Paths of the Planetouched
Changlelings are subtle shapeshifters capable of disguising their appearance. They evolved through the union of doppelgangers and humans, eventually becoming a separate race distinct from either ancestral tree. They do not possess the full shapechanging ability of a doppelganger, but they can create effective disguises at will. This ability makes them consummate spies and criminals, and many changelings live up to that potential.
Personality: In general, changelings are prudent and cautious, preferring to take risks only when they feel the payoff is worth it. They appreciate the finder things in life and take great pleasure in the comforts of a wealthy lifestyle when they can obtain it. They avoid direct confrontation, preferring stealthy strikes and hasty retreats whenever possible. In conversation, they are soft-spoken but have a gift for drawing out more information than the other party intends to reveal.
Physical Description: Changelings strongly resemble their doppelganger lineage, with only a passing nod to their human heritage. All changelings fall within the boundaries of Medium size, usually standing between 5 and 6 feet tall. Unlike true doppelgangers, changelings do have gender in their natural form, although they can adopt any shape they like. Changelings have pale skin, and their hair is thin and fair. Their limbs are long and slightly out of proportion compared to other humanoids. Their faces have slightly more distinct features than a doppelganger’s, including a hint of a nose and lips, though their eyes remain blank white and the rest of their facial features don’t look quite as finished as those on a human.
Height: 4’8" (56") + 2d10"
Weight: 110 + (2d10 x 2d4) lbs
Names: Changeling names are usually monosyllabic and seem to other races more like nicknames than proper names. In fact, changelings collect names and may go by entirely different names in different social circles. They make no distinction between male and female names.
Sample Names: Bin, Dox, Fie, Hars, Hin, Lam, Nit, Ot, Paik, Ruz, Sim, Toox, Yug.
Ability Scores: +2 Charisma, +1 to one other ability score of your choice.
Adult Age: 18
Average Lifespan: 100
Alignment: Usually any Neutral.
Speed: 30 ft (6 sq)
Shapechanger: You are a shapechanger; you can alter your appearance. As such, you are subject to effects and conditions that affect shapechangers.
Change Shape: You can use your action to polymorph into a Small or Medium humanoid you have seen, or back into your true form. Your statistics, other than your size, are the same in each form. Any equipment you are wearing or carrying isn’t transformed. You revert to your true form if you die.
Mental Defense: You have advantage on saving throws against being charmed.
Languages: You can speak, read, and write Common and one extra language of your choice.