Nazjatar

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NeutralNazjatar
Type

Capital city

Races

NagaNaga Naga

Government

Absolute monarchy

Ruler(s)
Languages
Faiths

Cult of personality around, and worship of, Queen Azshara

Affiliation
Location

Great Sea (under the Maelstrom)

Status

Active

There, at the bottom of the Maelstrom, the naga built for themselves a new city, Nazjatar, from which they would rebuild their power. It would take over ten thousand years before the naga would reveal their existence to the surface world.
The Sundering of the World

Nazjatar (pronounced "NAWZ-juh-tahr")[2] is the subaqueous capital city of the naga race, specifically those loyal to Queen Azshara, the former ruler of the Kaldorei Empire.

History

The city was constructed following the events of the Great Sundering, when the remaining Highborne became the naga and, under the direction of their ever-pragmatic Queen Azshara and Lady Vashj,[3] set about constructing a new capital beneath the waves of the Great Sea. Thus, Nazjatar was created. It now serves as the seat of Azshara's court and the point from which she and her followers constantly plot to one day reclaim that which they once ruled. In this city which rivals even the splendor of the previous Kaldorei capital of Zin-Azshari, Azshara rules over the naga race.

The naga of Nazjatar are masters of sorcery and natural dwellers of the ocean deeps.[4] The naga reinforcements sent to Azuremyst Isle for Warlord Sriss'tiz came directly from Nazjatar.[5]

In the RPG

Nazjatar's location in the Eye.

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Built into the walls of the Rift is the naga capital of Nazjatar. This is the seat of their hideous empire, and it is an eerie and frightening place. The buildings’ foundations merge with the walls of the Rift, though the structures themselves are oriented vertically, as normal (not horizontally; their foundations are on their walls). Naga swim among the buildings, conducting their nefarious plans.

Much of Nazjatar was once a Kaldorei city, and the ruins and architecture remain. However, the naga have added a good amount of their own art to this place, dredging building material from coral and rock and the fallen ruins of their former civilization. The place has a dark and sinister atmosphere. The buildings’ colors are muted, usually tan or gray, and bear carvings of waves, seahorses, fish, and more disturbing motifs: powerful naga warriors and mages, battling the makrura, enslaving the mur’gul, and returning to the surface to exact revenge on their ancient kin.

Queen Azshara, grown massive in size and in power, dwells in a great palace in Nazjatar’s center; this structure was her palace in the Kaldorei civilization 10,000 years ago as well.[6]

Geography

Nazjatar is found in a trench beneath the Eye of the Maelstrom. Nearby areas of interest include Mak'aru — capital city of the makrura lobster-men, Gishan Caverns, Pillar Deep, the Boiling Terrace, Rift, and Drowned Reaches.[7]

Notes & trivia

Speculation

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  • The name 'Nazjatar' is presumably derived from the name of the naga language, Nazja, or the opposite.
  • The destruction wrought by the Deathwing's emergence from Deepholm may have damaged Nazjatar, as this violent event occurred in the the vicinity of the Maelstrom and, as such, near the naga capital.

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