This will be an evolving list that will update as more of the world is explored.
This the general term that is used to classify species who can shift between an animal and Leukreschen form. Depending on location, the animal form may be:
- A bear
- A horse
- A wolf
- A cat
There may be others, but within the confines of The Followers of Torments Saga, these are the only ones mentioned. When you come across a werebeast, you may find them in their animal form or their bipedal form. As an animal, they are almost indistinguishable from a non-shifter animal, having the same range of abilities. The exception, of course, is with their intelligence – even in their animal form, they still maintain their humanoid intelligence level. (Though, at times, it may be questionable if an individual wouldn’t be better off taking on the intelligence of the animal they shift to.)
In their bipedal form, they are almost indistinguishable from the Leukreschen, the newest race in the Sunlits. Once again, shifters have the same range of abilities as the non-shifters in this form. Here are the ways to tell the shifters from the non-shifters when you encounter one:
- Their body hair will have the same coloration as their animal shift. Example: A tiger shifter will have orange and black stripped hair, eyebrows, facial hair (if male), arm and leg hair
- The felines carry their unnatural feline grace into their bipedal form. Without training, these weres can slip into and out of almost anywhere without giving away their presence.
- Similar to the felines, the canids will have body hair subtly mirroring their animal form. Since Alterraden is a young world, there are no domesticated dogs. As such, any highly unusual colorations (such as cream colored hair with bright orange roots or tips) tend to indicate a Fae, rather than a were.
- The canines bring their unusual endurance into their bipedal forms. For most, they do their best not to reveal the difference, but at need for a community, which has accepted them, they will use their endurance to aid in retrieving a lost member, brining in the harvest, or getting the annual planting done due to a natural disaster.
- Once again, the body hair will mirror their animal shift’s true color. Because of this, horses around the plains are treated with great courtesy and care; just in case it’s an adolescent were playing a prank, or serving out punishment from their herd.
- Each equine shift will carry some trait from their animal form. For most, this trait appears in the form of short, stubby fingers, hooves instead of feet (which in their bipedal form are always encased in boots), or an occasional tail that will not go away (most often hidden under robes or a very long vest.) An infrequent trait is a mane that continues down to the shoulder blades before tapering off (again, the excess hair is hidden under the shifter’s clothes.)
- As with the other shifters, the bears’ body hair will mirror their animal shift. So far, the only known bear shifters fall into the Grizzly, Black Bear, Sun Bear, and Polar Bear families.
- All of the werebears bring their incredible strength to their bipedal forms. Most tend to find enjoyment working as blacksmiths, carters, or other careers requiring them to use their strength.
The last form, called a “war form” is a hybrid between the bipedal and animal forms. In their war form, werebeasts are between ten and twenty percent larger than in their bipedal form and five to ten percent stronger, depending on what animal shift they are.