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    Playable Naga speculative lore

    This thread inspired me to start hammering out some ideas on how Naga could become a playable race. This would likely be set in a Great Sea expansion, or at least one that would feature Azshara as a major baddie.


    Lore:

    The Silverdeep Naga are a clan centered in the underwater city of Naz’tej. The city is off the north coast of the Eastern Kingdoms, and is the most remote major Naga settlement. This distance has let the Silverdeep develop subtle yet distinct features. Their colorings are darker shades of blue and green, with red markings in some scales and in their spines. This has earned them the somewhat derisive nickname “redscales” among other Naga tribes.

    Further separating the Silverdeep from other clans is the fact that their males have a high aptitude for magic, particularly elemental magic. These factors leave the Silverdeep feeling somewhat aloof toward their brethren, though they share all Naga’s sense of superiority over other sentient races.

    The Silverdeep are led by Lady Kalina, a confidant of Queen Azshara from before the Sundering. The Lady has been tasked for millennia with protecting the Silver Temple, a Night Elf structure that sank beneath the ocean during the Sundering. The Temple is said to be home to a powerful artifact of Elune.


    Classes:

    Warrior, Mage, Priest, Rogue, Hunter, Shaman, Death Knight(see Q&A for DK thoughts)


    Leveling Storyline:

    Intended to feel similar to the Worgen and Goblin starting zones. The player’s quest progression will involve phasing and movement through specific areas, as well as trips to several capitals. A new character is a young Naga stepping up to fight for his clan. The player will be accompanied for his experience by a team of Naga who are the Lady Kalina’s chief combatants; they will be the player’s quest givers and class trainers. They are:

    Lady Az’tana <Priest Trainer> - High priestess of the Silver Temple and Lady Kalina’s right hands.

    Warlord Korajun <Warrior Trainer>

    Ter’zana the Siren <Mage Trainer>

    Battlemaiden Vaz’naja <Rogue Trainer>

    Fathom-Stalker J’kahn <Hunter Trainer>

    Fathom-Lord Burnscale <Shaman Trainer> - As both a male magic user, and a shaman, he is a rare sight among the Naga. Accepted by his own clan, his mastery of lightning and fire has other clans viewing him and his students warily.


    Quest Progression:

    A rough overview of the leveling experience.


    The Silver Temple
    Levels 1-4


    Player starts outside the Silver Temple. Gilblins are attacking. Quest givers explain that Lady Kalina had been called to Nazjatar, and they must swiftly deal with this or face her wrath.

    Fight into the temple, kill the Gilblin leaders, and disable the equipment they’ve hooked up to the temple’s sacred artifact.

    A band of Naga priests quickly arrive. Having come directly from Queen Azshara, they order everyone else out of the temple. Player gets his class quest at this point, then some mop-up quests on the Gilblin invaders, where he will pick up a quest giving item that suggests the invaders had inside help.

    Take it to the quest givers, who send the player to infiltrate the temple. Find the priests working with the Gilblins. Kill them, quest givers take the player (“An impressive young one who will find great favor with the Lady“) to Nazjatar to report the happenings to Lady Kalina. This could be a phased version of a high-level Nazjatar zone or instance.

    After meeting the Lady, Kalina angrily presents Azshara and her council with this evidence of treason in the ranks of the priests. Azshara says that it was her plan, to tap the power of the Artifact. Kalina had been called to the capital to spare her the destruction that the unleashing its power would cause. Kalina attacks Azshara but is easily knocked away. Player, the Lady, and companions are forced to flee the capital.


    The City of Naz’tej
    Levels 5-9


    Player goes to Naz’tej proper to find it under assault by another tribe of Naga. This tribe’s lady is a rival with Lady Kalina, and will relish a chance to wipe the Deepscale out. Player fights through the city on several missions to push back enemy forces, recover weapons and supplies, and rescue trapped or captured Silverdeep. After several battles, the attackers retreat, but the quest givers say that this was a probing attack.

    Player is sent on missions to recon and harass the enemy forces. Determine that the full force of the Naga empire is coming down on the Silverdeep. The city is not easily defensible, and the Lady will not allow her clan to be slaughtered. Orders all her Naga to head to deep water, and to wait for her instructions. The player is sent to guide the evacuation, and fight off infiltrators, murlocs, and other dangers.

    The Lady takes the player and quest givers/class trainers to do the one thing the Naga will not expect: seek help from land-dwellers. Goes to Orgrimmar, thinking that Lady Vashj’s history with the Blood Elves will be a way in with the Horde. Garrosh is skeptical, the Blood Elves want to distance themselves from Kael’thas, and the Trolls are furiously opposed. A Forsaken suggests the Naga could be useful in current operations, but Garrosh silences that, and orders his Kor’kron to escort the Naga back to the coast.

    On the Coastline, a force of hostile Naga lead by a powerful Siren are waiting, and ambush the player and group. Fighting goes on until there is one Kor’kron left. A blood elf unstealths behind the siren and kills her, and the rest of the naga flee. The blood elf picks up a trident from a fallen naga and runs the orc through.

    She introduces herself as an operative of the Alliance. If the Naga want allies, they’ll have to prove what they can bring. She has just begun to uncover the Horde operation that the forsaken had referred to. There is a Goblin submarine departing the dock. Follow it, find out what the horde is up to, and then come to Stormwind.


    The Ember Sea
    Level 10-16



    Player, the Lady, and companions arrive at the Ember Sea, the watery region between Elwynn Forest and Dun Morogh. The large body of water is covered by a constant mist, as hot geysers fed by the volcanoes of the Burning Steppes and Searing Gorge meets cold, snow-fed waterfalls coming down from Dun Morogh. Under this natural cover, the Horde has launched an operation to discretely breach the Deeprun Tram, giving them access to both Stormwind and Ironforge.

    Lady Kalina is impressed by the Sea. It is large enough to house the entire Silverdeep clan, and rich in plant and animal life. The entrance is a narrow straight, a natural aquatic fortification. If they can’t find allies, this will be the Silverdeep’s best chance of survival. The Lady and her honor guard leave to gather the rest of the clan, while the player and quest givers stay to deal with the horde and other problems (murlocs, elementals, Nessy).

    Upon completion of the quest chain the Lady arrives, and large numbers of Naga begin streaming into the Sea. The Lady, the quest givers, and the player leave for Stormwind, where the elf spy is waiting for them in the harbor. She and some guards escort them to the throne room, explaining that Varian Wrynn has called the leaders of the Alliance to discuss the Silverdeep.

    Tyrannde and Velen have not arrived yet, the other leaders are interested in hearing what the Naga have to say. When the Night Elf and Draenei leaders arrive, they report that their ship was attacked by Naga. They present weapons taken from the attackers, Lady Kalina says the weapons have markings from several other clans. Azshara’s army has come from them.

    Kalina says that she has no time. If the Alliance will not have them, the Silverdeep will make their last stand. Varian says the Alliance can’t have a hostile army right off the coast, with easy access to two capital cities. Greymane adds that the Naga have been more aggressive recently, and this is a great chance to strike a blow to their forces when they least expect it.

    The player and fellow Naga are ported back to the Ember Sea, to find hostile Naga fighting Silverdeep at the straight. Player is sent to lead an assault to push them back. Additional quests have them take out archers shooting at SEALs coming down the southern cliffs, and casters firing at bombers coming in from Dun Morogh. Last quest has the player going out to call friendly Naga back and deploy “frost bombs” created by the mage and shaman trainer to block the straight with ice. Final cutscene has the dwarves bombers dropping depth charges on the enemy naga, devastating them and forcing a retreat.

    Wrynn and Tyrande arrive, and press Lady Kalina to assure her commitment to the Alliance. Explain that she will be expected to assist her neighbors, and to send forces and supplies to major alliance campaigns. And, all the peoples of the Alliance have champions and adventures who travel the world, dealing with the large and small problems their citizens face.

    Kalina says she knows just the Naga to take up that mantle: you the player. First Alliance mission is being sent to Lakeshire, Redridge, to assist with the Murloc problem the town is having.



    Afterwards the Ember Sea will have a small Naga city built at the east, with a flight point and access to the Deeprun Tram. A team of gnome engineers is gleefully scouring the goblin technology left behind by the Horde. The zone would be used as an Alliance launching point for activity in new zones, particularly a Nazjatar zone.


    Q&A

    Q: Would Blizzard ever make playable naga?
    A: Chris Metzen suggests in this video that he wants to make Naga a playable race at some point. (~7:45 into the video)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kei61shkWhU

    Q: Naga have no legs, they can’t ride mounts.
    A: Sidesaddle!

    Q: Naga have no legs, they can’t wear pants.
    A: This video shows a male Naga in various tier sets. Note that all the robes actually have the proper shape for it’s length. The “body stocking” all the way to the tip of their tails will have to be corrected, I would think they need their tail in direct contact with the ground in order to move. Pants will have to be tweaked into kilts.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTlI-Ec73sM

    Q: Naga have no feet. What about shoes?
    A: Much like Tauren and Draenei turn boots into ankle warmers, the Naga will have to turn boots into tail cuffs, or maybe tail caps.

    Q: Why the Alliance?
    A: I like the idea of having the playable Naga be allies of convenience, rather than being reformed/redeemed. The Horde seems to already have several members of convenience. This would introduce new vibes in the Alliance. The Naga will bring a more vicious and devious angle to the Alliance, as well as causing strife with the Night Elves.

    Q: How could the Naga be Death Knights?
    A: That will be a big stretch, but could go something like this:

    The first quest giver is shocked to see a Naga rise from the pile of corpses, and comments on that in the first quest’s text. “Picked a bad day to raid the surface, didn’t you?” But if the Val’kyr could raise a Naga, it could be useful, so show what you’ve got. At the quest where other races kill their friends, a new Naga prisoner is added. He’s not Argent Dawn, and complains loudly about the absolutely cruelty of being imprisoned along side these filthy surface dwellers.

    Given that there are already continuity issues in the leveling experience, getting sent off to your new capital is something that could be accepted “just because”. Or, Thassurian (or Koltira for horde) could offer to take you with him to the Alliance.

    Or, the next races added could be the first non-DKs. Goblins and Worgen were acceptable close, I believe, but new races too far removed from that storyline may have to lose some options for lore reasons.

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    Very interesting What would be the racial spell naga will have, if I may ask?

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    The second the Naga become a playable race for the Horde, my Shaman becomes one. I love them and their looks, awesome.

    I'd really love to see this, though as a Horde player I'd like to see them on our side. The Alliance got the Worgen in Cata, now it's Horde time!

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    Get Bones of Transformation until this happens P:

    edit: Their would be so much crying if Allys got Worgen and then Naga right after (x

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    Alliance would never accept them. Also, the nage do not trust the Horde, they would never join them. Naga will not become a playable race.
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    Blizzard has stated that any race they add in must be bipedal. (two legs)

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    Quote Originally Posted by iamthedevil View Post
    Blizzard has stated that any race they add in must be bipedal. (two legs)
    Yes my good sir but Humans have four legs in the morning, two legs at noon, three legs at dusk, and no legs at night.


    On Topic: I would love having many races to be playable (Naga among them), but currently the lore restricts them from being aligned with any faction. I love murlocs to death but countless blizzard employees have stated that "we love em, but we cant fit them in."
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    Sounds good. I always thought if Naga became a playable race the only way it could be explained was if they were betrayed by their own kind. I wonder what Horde would get as their race though; most likely Ogres but who knows?

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    While being able to play as a Naga sound great it dose have problems.

    Lore is a big thing for me, id rather not have a dreanei repeat with lore being bent over sideways, and a goblin repeat would make it seem takd on (can only flip the same coin so many times) And as it stands Nelves and Belves would never want them to join their factions.
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    I like what you've come up with here, though as stated, Blizz wont add a race with no legs or 4 legs. Shame, I'd like to play as a Naga.

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    Nice

    I like your naga ideas, well thought out.

    It would seem to me that the next two races will be the horde-aligned ogres, and centaurs for alliance.

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    I dunno how I feel about Naga being a playable race, but I like reading what you wrote here.

    One problem though... Naga being alliance and not having their own mount. This could be 2 times the outrage as the worgen one ;p

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweepdeepsPL View Post
    Yes my good sir but Humans have four legs in the morning, two legs at noon, three legs at dusk, and no legs at night.


    On Topic: I would love having many races to be playable (Naga among them), but currently the lore restricts them from being aligned with any faction. I love murlocs to death but countless blizzard employees have stated that "we love em, but we cant fit them in."
    Haha sphinx

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    SO MUCH WANT *drools*. Ever since i started playing I have wanted the Naga to be playable. I just love them and even if people think they shouldnt be playable because they dont have legs. They can have hover mounts lol. I with they would be horde because of their ties to the bloodelf who had made alliance with them before they were even called blood elves.

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    I would like to play Naga as a villain race, and attack horde and alliance cities.

    Anyway, I think a 3rd faction is in the order

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    Not much of a stretch to say Naga Death Knights exist. Many of them died fighting Arthas in Ek and Northend under Vashj's command.

    It's been shown that not all Naga are loyal to Azshara and the Old Gods, just look at Vashj and the several Naga clans she took with her. So I wouldn't say it' far fetched that a rebel tribe would ally with the Alliance/Horde. Heck in Warcraft 3, they'v been shown to ally with other races when it's of great convenience to them.
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    I really like what you've done with the naga storyline. First i thought naga's wouldn't work as a playable race. But this thread starts me believing naga's can be cool.

    What about making Naga's the second neutral race? What about making Naga's an unlockable race, like Death Knight were an unlockable class when you have a level 55 character. Let's say naga's becomes available when you complete an achievement which involves completing a level 70 questline, which starts in Shattrah, about getting a certain item from enemy naga's and bring it to the Silverdeep Naga (the ones in the firstpost). The item tells the silverdeep naga the betrayal of the naga's and makes the Silverdeep naga join at the side of Horde or Alliance. Now you can create a naga character to play with which starts on level 65 and they choose a faction at level 68/69, so they can continue with the Horde or Alliance quests in Northrend.

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    It's nice and all, but I think we have more than enough races ATM. I rather see other content or classes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeror View Post
    I really like what you've done with the naga storyline. First i thought naga's wouldn't work as a playable race. But this thread starts me believing naga's can be cool.

    What about making Naga's the second neutral race? What about making Naga's an unlockable race, like Death Knight were an unlockable class when you have a level 55 character. Let's say naga's becomes available when you complete an achievement which involves completing a level 70 questline, which starts in Shattrah, about getting a certain item from enemy naga's and bring it to the Silverdeep Naga (the ones in the firstpost). The item tells the silverdeep naga the betrayal of the naga's and makes the Silverdeep naga join at the side of Horde or Alliance. Now you can create a naga character to play with which starts on level 65 and they choose a faction at level 68/69, so they can continue with the Horde or Alliance quests in Northrend.
    Sounds doable. I wrote this long before MoP and the pandaren were announced, so at the time I didn't consider a race that can choose its side an option. (Or a race that is not a DK. I'd thought that it would be mandatory from this point forward that all races can be DKs.)

    Not so sure about the hero race idea, though. It sounds fun on its own, but the idea of giving one race an edge for six or seven classes would compel people to only roll naga alts, or it would be so restricted and difficult to unlock that we'd see almost no naga whatsoever.

    But that's all up to Blizz to figure out, and they've done pretty well thus far in adding five races and two classes.

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    I WOULD LOVE FOR THIS TO HAPPEN..

    Sorry for caps, but can't even begin to describe how nice this would be. Naga's has always been a classs I've loved to death and I honestly think they would be a great addition to the game.

    Horde can get ogres, Alliance gets Naga's.

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