- For strategy in the Well of Eternity dungeon, see Queen Azshara (tactics). For the zone in eastern Kalimdor, see Azshara.
|Title||Queen of the Naga,
Empress of Nazjatar,
Light of Lights,
Queen of the Kaldorei (former);
see more below
|Race(s)||Naga demigod (formerly Highborne night elf)|
|Character class||Mage (TCG)|
|Affiliation(s)||Empire of Nazjatar and Old Gods' forces|
|Former affiliation(s)||Kaldorei Empire, Highborne and Burning Legion|
|Occupation||Empress of Nazjatar and queen of the naga, formerly queen of the night elves|
- "To fully prepare for a world of perfection, all the imperfect must be swept away."
Queen Azshara was the beloved ruler of the Kaldorei Empire ten thousand years ago, and is the current ruler of the monstrous naga. Entrancingly beautiful and beloved by her people, Azshara began a descent into madness when she was corrupted by the Dark Titan Sargeras, master of the Burning Legion. After her defeat at the hands of Malfurion Stormrage, and the Great Sundering that sent her and many of her Highborne into the depths of the sea, Azshara was transformed into the Empress of Nazjatar — progenitor of the serpentine naga. She now serves a new master and plans to bring her wrath and revenge upon Azeroth.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Locations
- 3 In the RPG
- 4 Personality and powers
- 5 Appearance
- 6 Titles and epithets
- 7 Memorable quotes
- 8 Trivia
- 9 Gallery
- 10 Patch changes
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
In search of ultimate power
Queen Azshara was born with golden eyes, which were quite rare in night elves before the Great Sundering. Thus, golden eyes were commonly regarded as a sign of future greatness. Indeed, she was widely considered the most beautiful of night elves and swiftly became the most beloved monarch in night elf history. Strong-willed, manipulative, and incomparably beautiful, Azshara possessed far more magical talent than almost any other night elf. As one of the Highborne and sole heir to the throne, she had long been fascinated with the Well of Eternity.
Azshara's coronation ceremony lasted days. Each night, the Highborne nobility lavished precious gifts on Azshara to curry her favor, but there was one she cherished more than all the others. A night elf named Lord Xavius presented the queen with a jeweled scepter, etched with delicate magical sigils. He promised Azshara that so long as she kept it close, it would bring her prosperity and great power. Azshara held the scepter aloft, and the jewels shimmered in the light of the moons like brilliant stars. The sight of the queen and her gift was so beautiful that it brought many of the attendant Highborne to tears. One of the first things Azshara did with the scepter was use its power to enhance her legendary beauty. As the years wore on, the queen seemed to grow younger and more mesmerizing. A brilliant aura enveloped Azshara, enthralling those who looked upon her. The Highborne marveled at this strange phenomenon. A few even took it as a sign of divinity.
After her coronation, she indulged her interests to the fullest. Soon she ordered the construction of a lavishly bejewelled palace on one of the Well's shores. Seeking to please the queen, the nobles proposed that the night elf capital city be renamed in her honor. Azshara graciously accepted, and after much heated debate, the city's name was changed to Zin-Azshari, or "glory of Azshara". Night elves everywhere celebrated the city's new name, for they loved their queen as much as they distrusted the decadent Highborne or the quel'dorei. Such was her charm that her people did not truly consider her one of the Highborne. Azshara was adored by all kaldorei, but she reserved her love only for her Highborne, the corrupt noble elite, who were hated among the jealous masses, for amongst the Highborne were some of the most powerful practitioners of magic. Azshara and her court took up residence in the new palace as soon as it was complete.
Azshara ordered her Highborne to join the night elf priests in trying to uncover the secrets of the Well. In their quest to learn its secrets, the night elves discovered that they could manipulate the cosmic energies flowing from the Well. Perhaps no one was more suited to this task than Azshara. She was one of the greatest magic users who had ever lived. As she honed her command over the lake's energies, she infused a drop of its living waters into her bejeweled scepter. Queen Azshara's enchanted scepter afforded her great power. Imbued with the Well of Eternity's potent waters, it held sway over the rivers and the seas, aquatic creatures of all kinds, and the life energies that stirred within Azshara herself. She granted it a new name, one befitting its remarkable properties: . Many of the Highborne living in the palace devoted themselves to constant study of the Well. As their obsession grew, these Highborne drew magic from the Well's depths at reckless speed and channelled the chaotic energies into ever-greater spells. The Well was thrown into constant turmoil. Dark storms broke out over its surface, and its waters darkened until they became utterly black.
At Azshara's behest, expeditionary forces were sent out to explore the world and expand the fledgling kaldorei empire's borders, founding the outposts of Shandaral, Then'Ralore and Eldre'Thalas. Azshara herself oversaw the construction of Lathar'Lazal, a temple of Elune built on the western edges of Kalimdor. As masons constructed the temple, Azshara shaped the waters around it with . She spoke the names of the rivers and the seas, and they moved at her command. Salt water from the roaring ocean and fresh water from the mountain streams trickled to Azshara's side. With the flick of her wrist, the queen partitioned them into great lakes that hugged Lathar'Lazal's sturdy foundation. Creatures of all kinds populated these waters, and they were at Azshara's beck and call. Whenever she walked the bridges of Lathar'Lazal, nearby schools of exotic fish would array themselves in colorful patterns. She even kept a colossal sea giant bound to one of the lakes. She used her scepter to make him perform tricks and feats of strength, much to the delight of the watching Highborne. Curious night elves from the far corners of the empire journeyed to Lathar'Lazal to study the mythical creature and his habits.
There was, however, one location that the queen sought to avoid: Mount Hyjal, the sacred mountain refuge of the elusive Wild Gods. Unsettled by the Wild Gods and their wild, untamable homeland, the queen publicly prohibited any attempts to expand into Hyjal under the pretense that she wanted to respect the night elves' kinship with the forests, even though in truth Azshara actually despised the mountain and the harmony it represented.
Azshara also struck an accord with the Zandalar tribe of trolls, who held considerable influence over the rest of their race. Uninterested in conquering the trolls, which the queen saw as a minor nuisance at best, she allowed the Zandalari too keep their sacred Zandalar Mountains in exchange for ending troll incursions into kaldorei territory.
Dreams of glory
One day, the queen was approached by her most trusted advisor, Counselor Xavius, who approached her with an idea of using the power of the Well of Eternity to cleanse the world, and make it perfect in her eyes. Their meddling with immense magic, however, drew the eye of an interested observer: Sargeras. Seeking to unleash his Burning Legion upon Azeroth, the Dark Titan entranced Xavius, pulling him under his power, following quickly with most of the Highborne and eventually Azshara herself. Xavius helped the queen communicate with Sargeras, whom she told of her desire to cleanse the world of the lesser races. Sargeras tricked the queen into making a portal from which was launched the first invasion of Azeroth by the Burning Legion, an event which is now known as the War of the Ancients.
The Burning Legion's first attack on the world of Azeroth was located at Zin-Azshari, the capital city of the ancient night elf civilization. The Burning Legion, spearheaded by Hakkar and Mannoroth, quickly decimated Zin-Azshari with no mercy, killing all that stood in their path. The second most powerful and populated city in the night elf empire, Suramar, was next in line to taste the fires of the Burning Legion. Thousands of night elves were slaughtered as the dark Highborne stood safely atop their walls and Azshara laughed at the deaths of her kind. "Azshara help us!" "For Azshara!" "Run Azshara!" were among the few battle roars emanating from the chaos, but Azshara just looked away and knew that her peoples' deaths were necessary so she could be the matriarch of a new perfect world that would be shaped after her own vision.
Eventually a resistance was formed, but Azshara paid no attention to their efforts. Sargeras dispatched three of his most dangerous minions to do his bidding: Hakkar the Houndmaster, Mannoroth the Destructor and finally Archimonde the Defiler. All three commanded and watched over the Legion and would have prevailed had it not been for the efforts of three night elves: Malfurion Stormrage the druid, Illidan Stormrage the sorcerer (twin to Malfurion), and Tyrande Whisperwind the priestess (beloved of both brothers), and three heroes from far into the future: A dragonmage in a high elf form known in humanoid shape as Krasus and as a dragon Korialstrasz, a skilled human wizard named Rhonin, and a seasoned orc warrior named Broxigar.
Some leagues away from Zin-Azshari, in the region of Azsuna, a Highborne named Prince Farondis was far enough that he did not fall under the demons' sway. Farondis decided that the only course of action for him to take was to destroy the Well of Eternity using the Tidestone of Golganneth, one of the Pillars of Creation. Vandros, a noble in Farondis' court, caught wind of the plan and reported it to the queen. Azshara wasted no time in punishing Farondis and his people. In a frightening display of arcane energy, she destroyed the Tidestone of Golganneth and unleashed a wave of dark magic across Azsuna and its inhabitants. The land was sundered and the resident elves now wander Azsuna eternally as spirits.
When the portal to the other realm was almost open, the combined force of the night elves and their allies from the future (see War of the Ancients) charged in to destroy it. Irritated by the lack of order, Azshara approached Mannoroth and demanded an explanation. Enraged by both his own failure and the questions asked by the Queen, he wanted to rip her head off, but quickly saw the error of his ways when he realized that Azshara was "a force against which only his lord and Archimonde would prove superior". Azshara forgave him that mistake and urged him on to allow Sargeras entrance to Kalimdor.
At some point around this moment Azshara was herself assaulted by a small band of night elves, in actuality Adventurers from the future. She used her Keepers of Eternity essentially as living shields to fight for her while using a mystical shield to prevent any wounds to her. She escaped after this skirmish.
Birth of the naga
Not much later, the portal was destroyed and the Sundering was upon Kalimdor. Realizing that Sargeras would not be coming, she decided not to tell her handmaidens and most loyal followers. As the ocean roared in to fill the void left by the destroyed Well of Eternity, Azshara raised Sharas'dal high. She wove a magical shield around herself and the Highborne, saving them from being crushed by the colossal waves. But it was only a momentary reprieve. The howling ocean soon swallowed the queen, Sharas'dal, and her followers. Their lungs burned for air, and so the queen willed Sharas'dal to let them breathe the water, but it did not. The scepter could not save them. Oblivion spread its arms and beckoned the desperate Highborne. As the ocean crushed the life from their bodies, ancient creatures stirred in the darkness. Their whispers flowed through the currents. Their powers wrapped tight around the queen and her servants. The Highborne became something new. Something more.
A fleece of scales shimmered over their skin. Tails thrashed against the currents. The unknown entities made the queen and her followers one with the sea, they made them into the naga. Though Azshara's old empire was in ruins, she crafted a new one far from the light of the sun. The queen and her naga servants created a capital, Nazjatar, at the bottom of the sea. With patience and cunning, they expanded their dominion over the oceans. It is even said that Azshara nurtured an alliance with the mysterious and powerful entities who had transformed them into naga.
As the years wore on, Azshara relied on Sharas'dal less and less. She still treasured the scepter, but she found it was more useful in the hands of her fearsome sea witches. These loyal servants wielded Sharas'dal as a weapon to spread the naga's domain and crush all who opposed them. It was not long before the naga sea witches learned to harness Sharas'dal as Azshara had. With a swipe of the scepter, they drove thousands of aquatic predators into a frenzy and unleashed them against troublesome sea giants. With a whispered incantation, they boiled Kvaldir raiders from the inside out and scattered their remains to the currents.
When the sea witches were not wielding Sharas'dal, Azshara would often carry it at her side and reminisce about times long past. She still remembered Lord Xavius's promise: so long as she kept the scepter close, it would bring her prosperity and great power. The queen had lost much, but she was not dead. Far from it. In her heart, she knew that one day her empire under the sea would eclipse even that of the ancient night elves. One day, the world would be hers again, and she would not let it slip through her fingers a second time.
World of Warcraft
This section concerns content exclusive to World of Warcraft.
Statues of Azshara appear frequently throughout Azeroth and Outland, usually in ruins inhabited by her naga.
This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
Prior to the release of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, in the Q&A section of the "World of Warcraft Raids and Dungeons" panel at the 2009 Blizzcon convention, game designer Tom Chilton confirmed that appearances by Queen Azshara and the city of Nazjatar were not intended to be part of the expansion, although her naga would make an appearance in the new leveling zone, Vashj'ir.
Despite this, Azshara plays in a minor role at Nazj'vel in southern Darkshore opposite Malfurion Stormrage. It is revealed that Queen Azshara is primarily responsible for the troubles in Darkshore, as she attempts to divert Malfurion Stormrage's attention from Hyjal. Both Alliance and Horde players can trigger her appearance at will by killing the four Darkscale Priestesses surrounding the . Her appearance here serves more as a preview of things to come than a major part of the storyline, as evidenced by the fact that she uses the Lady Vashj model.
It is later revealed that Queen Azshara would like nothing more than the total destruction of the Elemental Lord Neptulon, because that would leave her free to rule over the oceans in his stead. To that end, she personally charged the priestess Valishj and her Slitherblade naga with scouring the coast of Desolace for the , which would grant Azshara entrance into the Abyssal Maw. However, Valishj's efforts were thwarted by the combined efforts of the water revenant Lord Hydronis and an adventurer.
This section concerns content exclusive to Legion.
Queen Azshara has sent a force led by Tidemistress Athissa to Azsuna on the Broken Isles to retrieve the Tidestone of Golganneth. Azshara herself appears before Prince Farondis when Farondis tries to save an adventurer captured by the naga and attempts to convince him to kneel before her, but Farondis fights Azshara off. Azshara's naga form is marked as a 'vision' while her night elf form is labeled as the queen herself. What was and was not an illusion is unknown.
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Azshara is often thought to be the greatest mortal mage ever to live - although she may no longer be mortal. Azshara has become an Ancient and lurks beneath the waves, biding her time to reclaim her worldly power. Queen Azshara was not drowned, but transformed into a hideous aquatic thing who will someday lead her accursed followers to retake the surface world. Queen Azshara, her handmaidens, and many Highborne sunk into the sea. The Old Gods chose Azshara as another useful tool and transformed her, her Highborne, and her Handmaidens into Naga. The mighty Queen Azshara still lives and rules the naga. Once she awoke at the bottom of the sea, she ordered a palace built to rival her home in Azshara.
Queen Azshara lives still, in the vast city of Nazjatar at the bottom of a deep ocean trench. She has embraced the power of the naga, grown in size, and possesses many tentacles bedecked in jewels and items of power. She plots her revenge on the treacherous Night Elves, biding her time until the growing might of the naga can be brought to bear. Living under the sea, she has become queen of the naga. The naga serve Azshara without question. Most naga live in Nazjatar, their capital city. This city is built into a massive abyssal sea trench in the ocean floor, and houses Azshara's imperial palace.
The creature moves on five slithering, octopus-like tentacles, its massive round and bulbous body shifting constantly. A humanoid torso covered in thick scales rises from the body, the creature reaching at least 20 feet in height. Four arms extend from the torso, with two hands holding javelins of dark polished wood and gold-leafed tips. Despite the monstrosity of its body, the creature’s face still possesses an otherworldly, feminine, almost elven beauty. Snakes writhe about her head, serving as her hair and as further eyes. A cruel smile plays across her lips, as though she is deciding whether to play with her enemies a moment longer or simply destroy them now.
When Azshara finally decided to make the naga's existence known, she sent Lady Vashj to establish contact with the surface dwellers. She yet seeks revenge against the night elves who defeated her, slowly readying her naga subjects in Nazjatar to show their might to all of Azeroth. The world grows wary of what the changed Queen Azshara may attempt in the coming future.
Javelins of Suramar
Javelins of Suramar were wielded by Azshara in the Eternal Palace, and she wields them still in Nazjatar as queen of the naga. Each Javelin of Suramar is a 2-foot shaft of dark, polished wood with one end tapering to a point and clad in goldleafed steel.
Personality and powers
Strong-willed, manipulative, and incomparably beautiful, Azshara possessed far more magical talent than almost any other night elf in her time. Ten thousand years ago, she and the other Highborne brought Azeroth dangerously close to complete destruction when their meddling with arcane magic caught the attention of the Great Enemy, Sargeras. Corrupted by the influence of the fallen titan, Azshara set in motion a plan to bring the Burning Legion to Azeroth, a plan that caused the War of the Ancients and the Great Sundering of Azeroth. Beautiful, cruel Azshara was swallowed by the seas, never to be seen again... or so it was believed. The naga revere Azshara as a demigod, one who is still very much alive. How she could have survived the Sundering, and at what cost, remain mysteries that not many would dare to probe.
Perhaps Azshara's greatest ability was her immense charisma and stunning beauty, the latter of which she augmented further through mystical means. Such was her physical and mental appeal that none ever noticed her true personality, no matter how cruel or destructive her commands might be. The vast majority of her servitors were willing to go to any means to elevate themselves in her eyes, even at the cost of their own lives. Demons who were around her long enough fell prey to her wiles and would kill their own kin under her command. Xavius, who considered himself above her charms, was, in fact, completely enamored.
However, Azshara was much, much more than a pretty face. She was one of the most powerful mages to ever walk the face of Azeroth, wielding the arcane with such skill that she is known to have even been able to suppress her magical glow, as proved when Illidan noticed her intensifying it after receiving his new eyes.. With barely an effort she shielded her palace from the Sundering, and alter her own body to increase her beauty. So great was her power that when Mannoroth, once growing enraged at her questioning him, attempted to kill her he realized, to his chagrin, that Azshara was far more powerful than he, and that only Archimonde, Kil'jaeden, and Sargeras would prove superior. This power indicates that she was on a level similar to the Guardians of Tirisfal, and achieved this state on her own.
As a night elf
Queen Azshara was tall - even taller than many men, and she moved with a grace that even a cat would envy her, with great pride and grace. She spoke with a voice so enchanting it could send any man running into his certain death. Her skin was a deep violet, and her long, luscious hair cascaded as silver down her shoulders and back. Her eyes were golden and, as with other night elves, without pupils in them.
This description did not, however, fit how she was modelled in the previews of her appearance in the Well of Eternity instance in Patch 4.3.0, where she was displayed with dark blue hair, rather than moonlight silver, blue eyes, rather than golden, and a skin tone that's almost gray, rather than deep violet. Nor was her hair cascading, as Richard Knaak describes her several times in The Well of Eternity book, but rather appeared tied up in an elaborate knot. It appeared to be based on a popular piece of fan art, seen below. This however was later changed and Azshara got a brand new texture fitting the description of the novel.
As a naga
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Shadows & Light suggests that Azshara's altered body is with octopus-like tentacles quite different from those of ordinary naga. In World of Warcraft, statues of the queen depict her as any other female naga. These are most likely stylized representations, and not accurate representations of her appearance.
When Tyrande attempted to rescue Malfurion, the Emerald Nightmare produced a hallucination of Azshara (playing on Tyrande's fears of becoming like the evil queen) that contradicts the above information:
- A monstrous, blue-green face leered at her. It was elven, yet almost akin to some monstrous fish. Finlike projections extended not only from the head, but coursed down the scaled back. Indeed, scales covered the face and the curved chest as well. The hands were webbed and clawed, more like those of some ocean predator. They, though, were still more akin to a night elf's form than the lower part of the things body. Rather than legs, it moved upon what appeared some combination of a snake's and an eel's slippery torso. It was, in fact, the spiny tail of that torso which sought to strangle Tyrande. ... It was and was not the queen. There was just enough of Azshara's features in the scaled face, though the eyes were fiery red orbs that sought to burn into the high priestess's mind.
The above description lacks both the mollusc-like limbs of the S&L description and the serpentine hair and four arms that are diagnostic of high-ranking female naga. It is not known whether this description indicates a re-imagining of Azshara's naga biology, or if this image was based on Tyrande's imagination (as there is no mention that she ever saw Azshara after the Sundering) and is thus inaccurate.
Titles and epithets
- Cherished Heart of the People
- Daughter of the Moon
- Flower of Life
- Flower of the Moon
- Glory of Our People
- Her Glory
- Light of Lights
- Light of the Moon
- Light of a Thousand Moons
- Radiance of the Moon
- Vision of Perfection
- The Light Beneath the Tides
- Our Queen Beneath the Tides
(Several of these are specific to night elven civilization, so any names referencing the moon are probably no longer used.)
- "There has only ever been, only ever will be... one Azshara."
- "To fully prepare for a world of perfection, all the imperfect must be swept away."
- "Sacrifices are always required in the name of glorious pursuits."
- "What is Elune to the great Sargeras?"
- "Dear Kur'talos... I always thought him my most cherished servant, and this is how he rewards me. I've decided that Lord Ravencrest has displeased me, Varo'then. Can you remedy that?"
- "I've been most impressed by you, Illidan Stormrage! So very clever, so very powerful! Even our Lord Sargeras sees that or else why would he grant you such a precious gift? Such a shame to lose the beautiful amber eyes, though...I know it hurts much..."
- "Please! For you, I'm merely Azshara...such a handsome face! So strong, too...and with the mark of the Great One there as well!"
- "Lord Mannoroth. I find myself dissapointed with the lack of order taking place before the arrival of Sargeras."
- "For the sake of our Lord Sargeras I shall forgive your outburst...this time."
- 500 years ago, Azshara imprisoned a being named Leviroth in the waters Riplash Ruins. She also blessed the belonging to the Riplash's emperor Raj Naz'jan.
- According to The Old Wizard's Almanac, Azshara was reputedly one of the most powerful magic-users in Azeroth's history.
- At some point she wore .
- Queen Azshara makes an appearance as Tyrande's nightmare in the novel Stormrage.
- Her current model in-game is a placeholder, as she uses the same one as her servant Lady Vashj.
- At least one night elf considers Azshara to be dead.
- Lady Vashj uses battlecries that refer to Azshara: "For the empress!" and "In Azshara's name."
- Her snake hair, much like that of other female naga with similar features, is most likely inspired by the Gorgons from Greek mythology (the most famous of which was Medusa).
- She also has some of the features of Kali, the Hindu goddess of death and destruction.
- Queen Azshara is most likely a reference to "Asherah", a Semitic mother goddess who was worshipped in the ancient middle east. She is in the Ba'al Epic, and her name translates to "She who treads on the sea".
- can be fished up from the fountain in the version of Dalaran.
- Azshara is voiced by Laura Post.
Statue of Azshara in the Tomb of Sargeras. Maiev Shadowsong notices that she looks like a night elf but has a snake-like tail. Not mentioned, it also has an extra set of arms. During flashbacks in the mission, statues like this appear more night elven, and gold in color. They morph during scene transitions.
- Patch 4.3.0 (2011-11-29): Appears in the Well of Eternity dungeon.
- Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Appears during (with a placeholder model).
- ^ The Warcraft Encyclopedia/Demigods
- ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 40, 174, 197
- ^ World of Warcraft: Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 174
- ^ a b c d Words of Wind and Earth
- ^ Gadgetzan Times/A Magical History of Azeroth
- ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l The Warcraft Encyclopedia/Azshara
- ^ a b World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 95
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 98
- ^ Quest:Children of Nar'thalas
- ^ Throne of the Tides
- ^ Quest:Save Yourself
- ^ Dark Factions, pg. 34
- ^ World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 251
- ^ Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 187
- ^ Alliance & Horde Compendium, pg. 72-73
- ^ Manual of Monsters, pg. 66
- ^ a b Shadows & Light, pg. 76
- ^ Alliance & Horde Compendium, pg. 19
- ^ Shadows & Light, pg. 75
- ^ Manual of Monsters, pg. 189
- ^ Shadows & Light, pg. 71
- ^ Shadows & Light, pg. 169
- ^ Faces of Cataclysm. Archived from the original on 2009-08-26.
- ^ The Sundering pg.569
- ^ The Sundering pg. 146-147
- ^ The Sundering, pg. 310
- ^ a b The Well of Eternity, pg. 89
- ^ The Well of Eternity, pg. 2
- ^ Stormrage, pages 189-190
- ^ The Well of Eternity, pg. 90
- ^ a b c Enchanted Magus
- ^ The Well of Eternity, pg. 108
- ^ Quest:Nar'thalas Still Suffers
- ^ Quest:The Tidestone:Shattered
- ^ The Sundering pg. 572
- ^ The Sundering pg. 573
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Ruler of the Kaldorei (official)
Kur'talos Ravencrest (unofficial)
Queen of the Naga