Changelings 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.
Changelings strongly resemble their doppelganger lineage, 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 gray 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 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.
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.
+2 Charisma: Changelings learn at an early age the art of attraction.
Shapechanger Subtype: Changelings are humanoids with the shapechanger subtype.
Slippery Mind: +2 racial bonus on saving throws against sleep and charm effects.
Conartistry: +2 racial bonus on Bluff, Intimidate, and Sense Motive checks. Changelings are inherently skilled in deception and intimidation.
Natural Linguist: Changelings add Linguistics to their list of class skills for any class they adopt.
Minor Change Shape (Su): Changelings have the supernatural ability to alter their appearance as though using a disguise self spell that affects their bodies but not their possessions. This ability is not an illusory effect, but a minor physical alteration of a changeling’s facial features, skin color and texture, and size, within the limits described for the spell. A changeling can use this ability at will, and the alteration lasts until she changes shape again. A changeling reverts to her natural form when killed. A true seeing spell reveals her natural form. When using this ability to create a disguise, a changeling receives a +10 circumstance bonus on Disguise checks. Using this ability is a full-round action.
Languages: Common. Bonus Languages: Auran, Common, Dwarven, Elven, Giant, Gnome, Halfling, Primordial, and Terran.