I used to play 4th edition.
(Pause for partial disgust.)
Yes, I started with it and I enjoyed the ease of character creation on the Character Builder.
I even had my group tally up 2 dollars from each person to help pay for the builder every month.
( I was the only one who had a job, a debit card, and a car…)
While in fourth edition I did discover something I loved without a doubt. \
The race called Changelings. They are Half-Doppelganger Half-Human race of Shape-shifting Aberration Humanoids.
They were my very favorite race.
I even created the character that this blog is mostly about, Yorick Sofer, as a Changeling.
When I left that group and shut down my WotC account, I went searching for more games.
I found they weren’t in other editions unless you played Eberron.
I tried to create Yorick as something else. I tried Elf, Half-Elf, Human, Undead, Vampire, Lycanthrope, and even tried halfling…
Nothing felt right.
So… When I moved to Pathfinder and they came out with the Advanced Race Guide, I was really excited to see Changeling in the Uncommon races!
I skipped to the page only to find a race of Half-Human… Half-Hags… Just… What the hell.
I flipped through the rest of the book in sadness only to find the “Race Builder.”
“My Gods…” I thought. “I can… Make… Changelings…”
So I made the Race and have renamed them Strangers.
Just one thing I would expect people to call them.
Here they are:
Type: Aberration (3 RP)
Darkvision – 60 Ft.
Size: Medium (0 RP)
Speed:Normal (30 Ft.) – (0 RP)
Ability Scores: Weakness – (-1 RP)
+2 Dex +2 Cha -4 Con
Language:Linguist – (1 RP)
Common, +1 Racial Language, Int adds any other. (except secrets)
Integrated – (1 RP)
+1 bonus to Bluff, Disguise, Knowledge (Local).
Change Shape, Greater – (6 RP)
Alter Self ability at will as a small or medium creature.
Total Cost: 10 RP
And very well if I do say so myself.
They fall right underneath the line for Standard Race.