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Common Name: Lamia, Naga, Gorgon
Species: Homoserpentes scytaleapiens
Physical Characteristics: A lamia, also known as a naga or gorgon is a humanoid cross-species, with dramatic reptilian and serpentine characteristics. These traits include eyes with slitted pupils and amber colored irises, retractable fangs with venom glands, and thermal-sensitive pits in the on the edge of each eye socket. Naga tongues are long, forked, and extremely sensitive, capable of identifying scents imperceptible to most other species, save for dog and wolf hybrids. Lamia hair varies from humanoid texture to long tendril-like spines, commonly mistaken for snakes. Naga are completely covered in scales of varying size, color, and texture. The scales on the head, torso, and arms are extremely small, small, and sensitive, and indistinguishable from human skin except under close inspection. Their arms are mostly humanoid, save for variation in scale density and coloring on the forearms and sharp, thick claws on the fingertips.
Lamia, like most other monster girl species, possess larger than average breasts. However, their mammaries are vestigial. While visibly identical to human breasts, including nipple and areola, lamia do not have lactal glands and are not capable of producing milk. Like other reptiles, lamias are ectothermic, or cold-blooded, and this core metabolic difference impacts their physiology in a variety of ways.
The most dramatic difference between lamia and humans, and other cross-species humanoids for that matter is their tail. Unlike the tails of dragonesses and other reptilian cross-species, a lamia’s tail makes up the entire lower half of her body. Starting at the base of the pubic bone, below the grown and buttocks, a lamia’s tail is composed of vertebrae, extending the spine, ribs, connective tissue, and over two hundred pounds of pure muscle. At an average of fourteen feet long, a lamia’s tail is incredibly powerful, capable of completely immobilizing prey and mates alike with alarming ease. A lamia can crush bone, but possesses a level of dexterity and control that allows her to handle a harpy egg without damaging it. In addition to strength, lamias are deceptively fast, capable of outpacing most other humanoid species.
The other major difference between naga and other humanoids is in their genitals. While superficially identical to a human vagina, save for a lack of pubic hair, a naga’s birth canal terminates at the cloacas instead of the cervix. The naga’s eggs are produced in the ovaries and pass in to the uterus, and the vagina facilitates both insemination and oviposition. Lamia vaginas lubricate quickly and with minimal stimulation, facilitating easy penetration as well as comfortable egg-laying.
Behavior: Lamia are quite possible the least understood and most vilified of all humanoid cross-species. Widely seen as cold, calculating, even cruel, lamias are wrongly treated as pariahs by many human and monster communities alike. In reality, nagas are kind, but guarded, intelligent, but cautious, and even curious and playful. Despite their cold blood, nagas have warm hearts and are known to form deep emotional bonds with individuals of varying species and genders, once a foundation of trust is laid.
Lamia capitalize on stealth, both in hunting and for security, commonly spending the majority of their time in the treetops. It is rare to encounter a lamia by accident. Rather, lamias are alerted to the presence of outsiders in their territory by scent and vibration and will stalk them from the canopy, analyzing their behavior before deciding when and if to make contact. A naga will make her presence known for one of two reasons. Either she is interested in pursuing a relationship, carnal or otherwise with her guest, or she views the trespasser as a threat and she intends to either frighten the intruder into fleeing or defending herself with lethal force if necessary. In addition to their tail and fangs, most naga are extremely proficient archers. Provoking a naga is highly discouraged.
Like harpies and cecaelia, all lamias are female. They are solitary by nature, but they are known to socialize with other lamias as well as other humanoids on occasion. Due to the nature of their anatomy and reproductive cycle, most lamia leave the raising of their offspring to the gestating parent, although some will be heavily involved in their daughters’ lives. It is not unusual for lamia to establish permanent romantic relationships with one or both of their co-parents.
Naga vary in their social attitudes. Some engage with human society on a regular basis, adopting light articles of clothing to cover their breasts, genitals, and buttocks at a minimum. Others embrace a more animalistic existence, forsaking clothing altogether, only engaging with humanoids for sexual trysts and other one-time interactions.
Naga are careful and secretive about bodily functions, mostly in the interest of avoiding detection by hunters. They will conceal their excretions, taking care to avoid containing natural water supplies. Naga are also adept swimmers, spending long stretches of time in the water bathing and fishing.
Like all ectotherms, lamias require warm ambient temperatures in order to maintain their metabolism and overall health, and spend hours warming themselves by basking in the sun. Due to their physiology, naga are restricted to desert and tropical climates, as sudden, persistent drops in core body temperature can be lethal to a naga.
Nagas tend to be sexually aggressive, initiating sexual contact with little notice. While they will respect another humanoid’s desires, they are completely uninhibited in their advances, and will pursue sexual partners with the same focus and intensity used for stalking prey.
Nutrition: Lamias are primarily carnivores, subsisting on a high protein, high fat diet. Adept hunters and archers, lamia will stalk and kill animals as large as deer. In the rare event that they fail to administer a lethal shot, a naga will wrap her tail around the wounded animal in order to asphyxiate it as quickly and humanely as possible. Lamias can subsist on vegetation for short periods of time, but they avoid doing so as much as possible.
While lamias suffer no ill effects from eating raw meat, they prefer to cook and season their meals. Some lamias are extremely talented chefs, going as far as to seek employment in fine restaurants, although their proclivity for social anxiety makes working in these environments extremely challenging.
While tastes and preferences vary between individual nagas, they do share a universal sweet tooth of sorts. Lamias love cowgirl milk, and can will drink it exclusively if given the opportunity. Some lamias are known to “adopt” cowgirls, forming mutually beneficial long-term romantic and sexual relationships. The cowgirl provides the lamia with a steady supply of milk as well as companionship, and the lamia provides her with security as well as relief from the symptoms of heat.
Lamias also enjoy eating to occasional unfertilized harpy egg. This practices is occasionally a point of friction between the two cross-species. Some harpies are largely indifferent to the practice, even trading the occasional egg for goods and services. It is not uncommon to see a naga protecting a harpy while she lays her monthly egg in exchange for said egg, which is widely considered a delicacy among lamias. However, some harpies view eating their eggs as the moral equivalent of cross-species cannibalism and will respond to a hungry naga in kind.
Shedding: Shedding is the most dangerous time in a naga’s life. Shedding occurs every six to eight weeks. The process takes several hours, during which a naga’s mobility and situational awareness is extremely limited. A complete shed is critical to a lamia’s health and comfort, as pockets of unshed scales can become calloused and cause infection. A naga’s scales must be damp and she must be well-hydrated in order to shed successfully. Under ideal circumstances, the skin will shed in a single, massive piece, leaving a ghostly visage of her body in her place.
Nagas are careful to dispose of their discarded skin carefully, in order to avoid detection. Not only is a carelessly discarded shed incontrovertible evidence that a naga is in the vicinity, it tends to frighten even the most forward thinking of humanoids, further solidifying feelings of fear and hostility within the human and cross-species communities.
After shedding, a naga’s scales are sensitive and delicate, further restricting her movement. Shedding tends to be an exhausting process, leaving the naga feeling extremely vulnerable. It is a sign of absolute trust if a naga allows another individual to be present while she is shedding. She is literally trusting that person with her life.
Reproductive Cycle: Nagas have one of the more unusual reproductive processes, even among cross-species. Unlike the majority of humanoids, which require two parents to produce viable offspring, nagas require three parents: a naga, a human male, and a mammalian humanoid female. Nagas, while innately predatory, are respectful of bodily autonomy and will only mate with willing partners. Due to the complex nature of this arrangement, successful conception and impregnation are relatively rare events.
Viable egg production begins at around eighteen years old. A naga can mate at any time, but her eggs can only be fertilized once they are fully formed. Eggs remain viable for much longer than human eggs, but a naga will lay any unfertilized eggs once every twenty-eight days and begin forming a fresh clutch.
Lamias experience elevated sexual arousal when holding a viable clutch. During this period, they will spend a considerable amount of time and energy searching their territory for a suitable mate. Some will even go as far as to entice enterprising young men and women to enter their home in order to copulate. Unlike cowgirls and other more sexually liberal cross-species, nagas prefer to mate in solitude and are unlikely to venture into densely populated areas to mate.
Once a suitable human male is located, the naga will bite him, injecting a small quantity of venom. Naga venom is not toxic to humanoids, serving as a potent aphrodisiac. She will then remove his clothing and coil her tail around him, immobilizing him before drawing his penis inside her vagina. Nagas always assume the dominant role in sexual encounters, regardless of gender or species. A naga will remain coiled around her mate for hours, keeping his penis inside her for duration, bringing them both to orgasm repeatedly. Once she has been satisfied sexually and she is confident that her eggs have been fertilized, the will remain coiled around him, keeping him safe and secure while he recovers from their lovemaking.
Once a naga’s eggs are fertilized, she has a limited window to find a compatible female cross-species humanoid to deposit her eggs into. A naga cannot incubate her eggs inside her own body, as her core temperature and nutritional intake are insufficient to support growth. She must find another willing woman to lay her eggs inside.
Despite the variety of compatible cross-species, very few are suitable for incubation. The naga must find a humanoid female with a functional uterus. Examples include humans, cowgirls, catgirls, cowgirls, kitsunes, wolfgirls, and other mammalian cross-species. Unsuitable cross-species include other lamias, dragonesses, harpies, driders, and other egg-laying and non-pregnancy sustaining humanoids. The naga must find a female of childbearing age that is not pregnant, menstruating, or otherwise incapable of sustaining a pregnancy.
Once a suitable incubator is located, the lamia will bite her and strip away her clothing. She will coil her tail around the woman’s legs, spreading them apart far enough to allow easy access to her vagina. If her mate requires stimulation to become wet, the naga will provide it, often using her nimble tongue to do so. Once her mate is sufficiently aroused, the naga will press her labia against her lover’s. The naga’s vaginal secretions will cause the incubator’s cervix to dilate, facilitating easy oviposition. The naga will then lay her eggs, pushing them out of her cloacas, down her birth canal, past her labia and into her lover’s vagina. As the egg enters her birth canal, her vaginal muscles will contract, drawing the egg into her uterus. The naga has a high degree of control over the release of her eggs, and will only lay as many eggs as her lover can successfully incubate. This varies based on age, size, and species.
The egg shells will thin into membranes roughly analogous to amniotic sacks, embedding into the uterine wall to draw nutrients from the new mother. Pregnancy lasts approximately forty weeks, and the incubator will give birth to live infant naga in roughly the same manner as she would birth children of her own species.
Tragically, many nagas internalize the hostility towards them, opting to retreat from humanoid society altogether.
The legal status of nagas varies on nationality. In some countries, nagas, like other humanoid cross-species, are considered full legal citizens with all the rights and responsibilities thereof. Nagas may marry each other, humans of any gender, and members of any other humanoid cross-species and gender they choose. Many nagas form permanent polyamorous unions with one member of each sex, allowing them to be fertilized by one partner and lay eggs inside the other.
In other countries, nagas are vilified and persecuted, hunted and killed simply for being serpentine. However, this is relatively rare, and cross-species rights advocates are working tirelessly to elevate the legal status of nagas in repressive nation-states.
Further Reading: Nagas and Where to Find Them, The Monstergirl Encyclopedia, Caring for Your Lamia While Shedding, Snakebites and Seduction, Cross-Species Digest