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|+||Shapeshifters are people of any [[race]] who are capable of turning into one or a small number of distinct forms.|
|+||Typically, shapeshifters have a humanoid form such as a [[human]] or [[elf]], and are capable of transforming into an animal and possibly an intermediate or related form. For example, [[werewolves]] can turn into a typical human, a typical four-footed wolf, and a large hybrid man-wolf.|
|+||Shapeshifters are not necessarily simply a humanoid who can turn into an animal. Animals can be born shapeshifters, and are thus an animal that can turn into a humanoid. In an extreme and rare case of an abrupt [[inborn]] ability showing up, it may even be possible for a shapeshifter to have two distinct non-humanoid forms, such as a wolf that can turn into a bird without having a humanoid form at all.|
|+||The ability to shift form is a hereditary [[Change Magic]] trait, insofar as hereditary magical abilities are normally inherited. Not everyone born into a shapeshifting bloodline becomes a shapeshifter, but shapeshifter [[souls]] can only be born into a shapeshifting bloodline, under normal circumstances. Occasionally a random inborn [[Talent]] my pop up out of nowhere, or a [[ritual]] may be used to convey shapeshifting powers. But for the most part, werewolves bear children who can be werewolves.|
|+||When a shapeshifter mates with a non-shapeshifter, the children tend to favor the physical appearance of the non-shifter parent. For instance, a [[human]]-appearing werewolf who mates with an [[elf]] will have children that look entirely elven rather than half-elven.|