The following describes the characteristics for this race. See “Structured Information” below for info regarding stats, points, and other required items to play this race. See “Culture & History” at the end of the page for a brief depiction of what this race in an NPC form is like (so you can compare) and how it affects the game world.
Description Structured Info Skills Culture & History
Written in scrolls from the days that there were just Humans openly in the world, tales told of men and women who could 'shift' into various animals. They didn't know at the time that they had seen an actual ShapeShifter. Since then, they've mixed in to the animal kingdom where they live as the creature they portray, until the day comes when they find the need or desire to venture into the humanoid world. Everything about these creatures varies, from their appearance, to their personalities. It is hard to know too much information about them due to this, making them very unpredictable.
This section provides the rules, stats, and general requirements for playing this race.
Everything in this section IS required for your character when you register.
Animal Forms: The forms chosen have to be a natural (non-mythical) animal. The smallest form that can be taken is something similar to the size of a mouse or lizard and no smaller. The largest form that can be taken is a gorilla or elephant. For extra animal abilities such as flying, swimming/diving, poison, defense, and more, you'll need to invest extra SP to acquire those with staff approval. The appearance of the animal is up to you but must be natural, with exception to Master Classes.
LanguageHuman, Vocals/language of shifted animal form.
1 HY : 1 AY
Lifespan: About 100 AY.
Humanoid form or animal form. Age of maturity is considered 18 AY.
Pregnancy forces a shifter to stay in humanoid form to protect the fetus, as shifting would harm it. Child will be born in humanoid form, and stay that way for the first year of it's life. Afterwards it will have sporadic shifting into it's first form until maturity at which age it will gain control to shift at will.
On a d100 roll (pregnancy):
30-79 One Child
Gender (d2 roll):
1 = Female
2 = Male
If parents are same race, the child will be that race.
If parents are each a different (but full blooded) race, the child will be half of each race.
If one or both parents are a half-race, the GM will have each parent roll d2 to determine which half from each parent they’ll be.
Death/Battle: Mortal in battle, normal death applies.
(Doubled stat at registration.)
(Halved stat at registration.)
3=Above Average, 4=Exceptional, 5=Godly
Invest your SP accordingly below if you desire to raise or acquire something listed.
Improve a Quality
To improve one of the qualities above, spend 3 SP, and increase the chosen quality by 1.
Improve an Attribute
To improve one of the attributes below, spend 5 SP, and increase the chosen stat by 1.
Night Vision (Sight): No penalty for seeing in natural darkness.
Disability (0 in Sight, Smell, Hearing, Speech, or Mobility):
If one of your vital senses is disabled, you can improve another by 1 point.
Jumping (Land): You can land from high places on your feet without taking damage, and can leap double the distance the average person can.
Cultural PreferencesAround Varlonan, these are the typical aspects of this race's lifestyle preferences.
Weapons: Natural in animal form, and man-made in humanoid form. They aren't very picky while in humanoid form, but most prefer to be in their animal form for battle.
Armor: Same as weapons.
Currency: In the animal kingdom the rules of power are survival of the fittest, so currency doesn't exist. In humanoid form however, they know they need currency to get what they need.
Diet: Often reflects their chosen animal forms.
Attire: Clothes are inconveniant for shifters, as they rip, get lost, or can injure the shifter during phasing. Packs are often carried and then hidden away in situations where they must shift, having a spare set of clothes.
Homeland: Risi Vulpes
Friends: Since a ShapeShifter is not very trusted by a lot of people due to the fact they are seen as 'sneaky', keeping friends can be difficult.
Foe: People don't trust them because they are paranoid that they are being spied on, or that ShapeShifters are just 'animals' and not actual 'people.'
Children: The children of ShapeShifters will not be able to control their ability as an infant for the first year. After that, they are raised and taught how to control their ability, using only a single form until they hit puberty so that they can be effecient and comfortable in at least that form. All are born through the humanoid form, since the parent is stuck in this form when pregnant to protect the fetus.
Territory: Varies, depending on their prefered animal instincts and advantages. Generally they will live wherever is most beneficial to their prefered animal form (foods, habitats, natural enemies, etc.) This applies to how they build their homes as well. The ones that prefer to stay in their humanoid form will stick to the local tradition of where they live.
Some say that as long as there have been animals in the forests, seas,
and skies of Varlonan there have also been Shapeshifters living
amongst them as their champions and guardians. Each of the animal
species of Varlonan is rumored to have a Shapeshifters bloodline
amongst them placed by those that created the angels and traces back
to the appearance of the corresponding species on Varlonan. While
there are some individuals known to 'go rogue' when it suits them and
abandon the totemic duties to their extended families, the majority of
the bloodline will stay true to their 'flock.'