Shifter

Sometimes called the weretouched, shifters are distant relatives of modern lycanthropes, unable to transmit disease. Shifters can tap into their lycan heritage, an ability they call shifting, to take on animalistic features.

Shifters tend to emotional extremes, with behavior traits that can be explained as almost purely instinctual. The three main aspects of their psychology are: struggling with powerful instinctual emotional responses, a strong belief in self-reliance, and a desire for personal freedom.

While mostly human, shifters have obvious feral features. Beast shifters tend to have ears on top of their head, resembling their animal heritage. Tails are also common, assisting with balance. Other common traits for beast shifters are long, powerful nails, and thick, wild facial hair. Bird shifters have long, majestic hairstyles and weigh very little. Water creature type shifters tend to have slightly slimy perspiration that protects its skin from dry air and grow very little hair. Elven stories of mermaids, may have actually been a type of water shifter. This type of shifter also tends to resemble sea elves, instead of humans.

Beast shifters and most bird shifters, with the exception of Kenku Swiftwing Shifters, live in sparse villages, the highest number of villages being in the Eldeen Reaches. Water shifters live in other undersea villages, with similar creatures, the highest concentration of them in the Eldeen Bay.

Shifter pairings always result in the shifter type of a parent. Physical features, however, vary within shifter type. A beast shifter may have wolf ears, while its sibling may grow a cat’s tail.

Though there are three types of shifters, beast, bird, and water, many shifter families have an identifiable trait. Some of these traits are as follows:

  • Beasthide shifters are blunt and rude, often speaking loudly and interrupting others. Their skin grows thick, or they develop heightened regenerative powers.
  • Cliffwalk shifters are often shy and introverted. They are able to climb vertical walls quickly at a young age, and are at home in mountainous areas.
  • Dreamsight shifters, the rarest of all shifters, are calm and contemplative, especially when compared to other shifters. This type of shifter gains a natural psychic connection with nature.
  • Gorebrute shifters are loud and aggressive, and more likely to threaten violence than most individuals. Their key trait is the development of horns and thick muscle.
  • Longstride shifters are aloof and prideful. They are able to run quickly and for long periods of time.
  • Longtooth shifters are savage and almost feral. They develop powerful and menacing looking jaws.
  • Razorclaw shifters respect little other than physical power. They have well muscled arms, ending in slightly elongated claws as hard as iron.
  • Swiftwing shifters are twitchy and nervous. Because of their light frames and their affinity, they are able to remain airborne for short periods of time.
  • Truedive shifters are remote and somewhat callous. More at home in or near water, they can go long periods of time without air, and have natural swimming ability.
  • Wildhunt shifters are suspicious and untrusting. They have a very keen sense of smell.

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