creature of unclear origin, but thought to have originated in India
. (Feminine: nagini
.) The creatures resemble, superficially, the hydra
in that they are serpent
-creatures. There is some debate as to whether they each posess a single head, or many, some say up to seven. It is possible different species vary in this.
Unlike their "cousin" the hydra, nagas are peaceful and wise creatures, interested in knowledge and fascinated with the human concepts of 'love' and 'soul'. They are water elementals and it is believed they control the rains and rivers. For this they are revered and almost worshipped, because the rain comes only when they are content. All nagas have a priceless jewel set in their foreheads or throats. Some think this is the source of their powers