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Species Ability: Polymorph
Given the nature of their gift, which is a physical polymorph rather than magical, they are quite vulnerable between morphs. Changelings also rarely, if ever, reveal their true form to others. One distinguishing characteristic of a changeling’s anatomy to that of their chosen morph is their body temperature. On average changelings run 10-20% hotter than the average human temperature.
Changelings are considered outsiders among the sentient bipedal races. Some races are more accepting than others, such as Beastkin and orc, but races that have myths of changelings stealing children (such as humans and elves), often look on the gray-skinned people with suspicion.
Changelings vary in size from 5’-7’ with a typically average body weight. All changelings’ true forms are gray haired, with completely white eyes, and gray skin. Their facial features are disturbingly flat. In their true form some changelings can have slightly distinguishing features, such as the shape of their mouth, tilt of their eyes, or haircut. Changelings live to be around 70 years old.
All changelings are able to physically mimic the appearance of any biped that is within their size range. The details of this shift is reliant on physical access to their subject, as well as details known about the individual’s life.
(Please note that Polymorph does not include equipment or items.)
Changelings are able to morph one time per day, and can hold the same morph with increasing cost and exhaustion for up to one week. All changelings must revert back to their true form after one week of morph, where they remain in their true form for one day. As polymorph for changelings is a physical change, if they are caught mid-morph they will be immediately in danger. Shifting is physically demanding as well, and many Changelings have to eat and drink, on average, 50% more than their bipedal counterparts.
Most changelings will use charm, intimidation, or stealth magic to aid in their natural polymorph ability. These skills are highly valued amongst the Black Coats.