One of the unique facets of Hevna is its mix of mundane and aetheric-attuned species. Perhaps the most obvious among these are the Nagu, several species of sentient humanoids all attuned to the Aether, with unique features between each genetic line.
Consistent Nagan Features
No matter the type of Nagu, or the unique features of each tribe, a slower life cycle and elongated lifespan are universal among the clans. While any member of mankind may consider themselves fortunate to reach their 90th birthday with their faculties intact, this age marks the mere mid point of a Nagan life.
Be it the snake-ish Kiyonagu, the fleet Yamanagu or even the extremely rare and reclusive Tyakonagu, it is far from uncommon to come across individuals well into their second century of life, holding the more dominant positions in their respective societies. While a Man may be considered adult in his early twenties, many Nagu are considered children until they reach their forties, even if their physical growth is usually complete by the age of thirty.
Nagu seem to retain their mental acuity well into their later life, one of many features that seems to give them an edge, but they are more prone to certain diseases and physical ailments that may restrict their activities in old age. This, in turn, has only helped to entrench the value and wisdom of elder Nagu in nearly all the branches of the aetheric races.
Another feature that effects all Nagu across Hevna is their unique breeding cycle compared to their human counterparts. While the races of men may delight in the ease of conception regardless of the time of year, season or aether level, Nagu are far more restricted in their behaviors.
It has long been known to Men that Weavers of their own kind had to be conceived and gestated during the throes of an Aether Storm. It is less well known, however, that for the Nagan races, aetheric activity is a necessity. While Man is limited only by the biological processes of their own bodies, Nagu are dependent on the environment around them to successfully conceive viable offspring, though the reason for this is currently unknown and little studied by Hevna’s scholars.
To best make use of the conditions they require to bring new life into the world, all Nagu living in a given geographic area will have an innate knowledge and ‘feel’ for the motions of aether Storms in their area and lifetime, and festivals planned to mark the beginning of each Storm season. While it is not uncommon for various tribes to take issue with each other and even war, the fertility festivals at the start of any Storm will over-rule any hostilities between Nagu for the sake of the future.
Despite the universal and instinctual reverence given to periods of peak fertility by all of the various tribes, Nagu still run a significant risk of infertility during a Storm, or a risk of stillbirth.
Children are often born less robust than those of Men, and most celebrate their fifth birthday in particular, as surviving this threshold usually means they will go on to survive until adulthood. Twins, triplets or other multiple births are nigh unheard of among Nagan mothers, with most species never having recorded an instance of such, let alone dealt with the difficulties of such a pregnancy and delivery. One notable exception to this can be found in the Tyakonagu, where the opposite is true.
As detailed above, all Nagu are conceived and carried to term within the confines of the great aetheric Storms that cross Hevna’s surface in a never-ending journey. While for Men this means some children may be born able to reach into the aether and Weave it to their will, all Nagu have this gift – it is an inherent feature of their respective genus’.
While every Nagan man, woman and child will be able to use the aether in some way, their skills run a breadth even broader than that of Mankind, with certain tribes seeming to have a better grasp of certain arts than others. For example, the Yamanagu of Rasaal are noted healers and restorative Weavers, while their Kiyonagu contemporaries are better blessed with illusory and sensory skills.
Nagan children often begin tutoring in Weaving alongside other basic skills at a young age, as the ability to reach into the aether seems to be an instinctive part of their existence. Needless to say, an untrained child left to his own devices can provide quite the bundle of trouble, especially those blessed with more kinetic Weaving, if they are not taught to control their skills alongside other fundamentals, such as reading, writing, and tool use.
As adults, Nagu make for excellent practitioners and scholars of the Woven arts, with some of the most detailed and accurate records of Magus power and theory having been penned by members of various Tribes. It is not uncommon to find elder Nagu who have mastered multiple schools of Weaving and act as tutors to the younger generations well into their dotage.
With their slower birth rates, more sedate maturation and differently focused culture, Nagu have often fond themselves in conflict with Mankind over space and resources in many parts of the world. Sadly, they often come out of such disputes on the losing side when all-out violence occurs, and as such have garnered a whole host of negative nicknames and slurs from the nations of Man. Chief among these, almost universal across the planet, is ‘beast-kin’. While the exact word differs from region to region with local languages and dialects, the meaning is the same – equating Nagu with animals, especially those considered vermin or base.
The reason for this is relatively simple – all Nagu, regardless of tribe, bear some kind of animal-like features. For some races, it is a simple covering of fur in key parts of the body, while for others it may be more extreme differences in the limbs. Regardless, all Nagan races have some kind of uniqueness that sets them apart from their human contemporaries, often making it impossible for one to mistake a Nagu for anything other than what he truly is. In many tribes, these differences apply not only to physical looks, but also to key behaviors such as diet, thanks to the complexities of each species’ genetic makeup.
Known Nagan Clans
Extinct Nagan Clans