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== History ==
 
== History ==
 
=== War of the Ancients ===
 
=== War of the Ancients ===
Naga are sinister, ophidian humanoids that dwell beneath the ocean. Their culture is ancient and mythical, for ten thousand years ago they were [[Kaldorei]].
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Naga are sinister, ophidian humanoids that dwell beneath the ocean. Theirs is an ancient and mystical culture, for ten thousand years ago they were [[Kaldorei]].
   
 
Ten thousand years ago, during the reign of [[Queen Azshara]], there was an elite magic-using sect known as the [[Highborne]], who dabbled in magics that many other elves considered reckless and irresponsible{{fact}} by drawing upon the power of the [[Well of Eternity]]. The high-borne elves enjoyed great power and comfort before the War of the Ancients.<ref name="MoM 66">''[[Manual of Monsters]]'', 66.</ref> During that conflict, the Highborne sought to abuse arcane magic to bring demons to the world. This action led to the War itself, in which the night elves, at great cost, defeated the Burning Legion. The magical backlash shattered the world, imploded the Well of Eternity, and blasted the Highborne’s capital city to the bottom of the ocean.<ref name="MG 105" /> Many were cast far into the flooding depths of the great cataclysm that sundered the land and destroyed the Well of Eternity; it was Queen Azshara's quick thinking that saved them. She is thought to have managed to make a pact with the Old Gods on behalf of her people, though the exact beings that transformed them are unknown. It is also possible its curser was [[Neptulon the Tidehunter]], the water [[Elemental Lord]].<ref name="MG 105" /><ref name="Encyc Sunder">[http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/story/chapter1.html#7 The Sundering of the World]</ref><ref name="Encyc Birth">[http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/encyclopedia/487.xml Birth of the Naga, Characteristics and Abilities]</ref><ref name="DF multiple">''Dark Factions'', 12, 66, 85, 119-20.</ref><ref>''[[Alliance & Horde Compendium]]'', 54, 66.</ref><ref name="A&HC 72-3">''Alliance & Horde Compendium'', 72-3.</ref> With the [[Old Gods]]'<ref>''[[The Sundering]]'', 332-3</ref><ref name="A&HC 19">''Alliance & Horde Compendium'', 19.</ref> curse they started to change. Since then they have further been twisted by the residual cascading energies of the Well of Eternity.<ref name="Encyc Sunder" /><ref name="Encyc Birth" /><ref name="DF multiple" /><ref name="DF 14">''Dark Factions'', 14.</ref><ref name="M&M 66">''[[Magic & Mayhem]]'', 66.</ref><ref name="MG 106">''Monster Guide'', 106.</ref> They took on new shapes, new powers and became the hateful, serpentine naga.
 
Ten thousand years ago, during the reign of [[Queen Azshara]], there was an elite magic-using sect known as the [[Highborne]], who dabbled in magics that many other elves considered reckless and irresponsible{{fact}} by drawing upon the power of the [[Well of Eternity]]. The high-borne elves enjoyed great power and comfort before the War of the Ancients.<ref name="MoM 66">''[[Manual of Monsters]]'', 66.</ref> During that conflict, the Highborne sought to abuse arcane magic to bring demons to the world. This action led to the War itself, in which the night elves, at great cost, defeated the Burning Legion. The magical backlash shattered the world, imploded the Well of Eternity, and blasted the Highborne’s capital city to the bottom of the ocean.<ref name="MG 105" /> Many were cast far into the flooding depths of the great cataclysm that sundered the land and destroyed the Well of Eternity; it was Queen Azshara's quick thinking that saved them. She is thought to have managed to make a pact with the Old Gods on behalf of her people, though the exact beings that transformed them are unknown. It is also possible its curser was [[Neptulon the Tidehunter]], the water [[Elemental Lord]].<ref name="MG 105" /><ref name="Encyc Sunder">[http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/story/chapter1.html#7 The Sundering of the World]</ref><ref name="Encyc Birth">[http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/encyclopedia/487.xml Birth of the Naga, Characteristics and Abilities]</ref><ref name="DF multiple">''Dark Factions'', 12, 66, 85, 119-20.</ref><ref>''[[Alliance & Horde Compendium]]'', 54, 66.</ref><ref name="A&HC 72-3">''Alliance & Horde Compendium'', 72-3.</ref> With the [[Old Gods]]'<ref>''[[The Sundering]]'', 332-3</ref><ref name="A&HC 19">''Alliance & Horde Compendium'', 19.</ref> curse they started to change. Since then they have further been twisted by the residual cascading energies of the Well of Eternity.<ref name="Encyc Sunder" /><ref name="Encyc Birth" /><ref name="DF multiple" /><ref name="DF 14">''Dark Factions'', 14.</ref><ref name="M&M 66">''[[Magic & Mayhem]]'', 66.</ref><ref name="MG 106">''Monster Guide'', 106.</ref> They took on new shapes, new powers and became the hateful, serpentine naga.
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