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The Asp Bloodline comprised the rank and file of the Naga forces.
They were the second most numerous of the Naga Bloodlines, outnumbered only by the Greensnake Bloodline and the most combat focused of the Naga Bloodlines, invariably holding the position of the Shahadet.  They showed thinly veiled contempt toward those whom they felt were weaker than they were, such as most humans.
Ranging from 15' to 20' in length and weighing between 600 to 800 pounds, the Asps, along with the Cobra Bloodline, were noticeably larger than the smaller Greensnake and Chameleon Bloodlines, but were still dwarfed in turn by the massive Constrictor Bloodline. 
The Asp were prone to hubris and arrogance, far more so than other Naga.  Many of the Asps advocated war against the humans when they first awoke from their long slumber. A prominent warrior called the Balash was particularly vehement, and went so far as to attack several bands of humans near the Naga lands. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed and the Naga eventually allied with the humans against the Shadowlands, giving the Asps a foe whom to direct their anger. 
The First Naga War Edit
The expansionistic Asp used their poisons to destroy the lesser bloodlines during the Bloodland Wars. The Greensnakes were enslaved, while the Chameleons escaped to the sea. Before they could conquer the Cobras and Constrictor Bloodlines the Asp leader, the Shahismael was killed by his lieutenant, the Shahadet. 
Naga Kingdom Edit
In the first Great Sleep twelve Asp accepted the Curse of Eternal Vigilance of the Naga cities. If the cities were in danger, they would awaken and defend their sleeping comrades who lay deep beneath the earth. Those who awakened before the time came, were unable to sleep again and died of age and lonely sorrow. When the cities were awakened, only four of these warriors had survived. 
In 1160 several Asp warriors were awakened by Ghedai of their slumber. They protected the naga cities of the Shinomen Mori,  and honored the nezumi as guardians of the Temple to Te'tik'kir  after almost the entire nezumi race died in the Battle of Tomorrow. 
Dark Naga Edit
Known Asp Leaders Edit
|Shahadet||Pre-calendar - 1132|
See also Edit
External Links Edit
- ↑ Player's Guide: 2nd Ed, p. 130
- ↑ Creatures of Rokugan, p. 40
- ↑ Way of the Naga, pp. 59-60
- ↑ Enemies of the Empire, p. 74
- ↑ Rokugan, p. 27
- ↑ Way of the Naga, pp. 24, 28
- ↑ Way of the Naga, p. 24
- ↑ Way of the Naga, p. 31
- ↑ Treachery's Coin, Part IV, by Shawn Carman
- ↑ A New Empire, Part III, by Rusty Priske, Nancy Sauer, and Lucas Twyman
- ↑ Farewell to the Nezumi
- ↑ Asp Skirmisher (Coils of Madness Boxtext)
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