Reputation Simple, straightforward shapeshifters, companions, and partners
Features Human shapeshifters with a single animal form
Prevalence Widely dispersed, no home polity
Height human range
Weight human range
Lifespan 25 years

Key Features

  • Shapeshift between human and single animal form
  • Typical appearance for species in each form
  • Animal form determined by family lineage
  • Simple, straightforward worldview
  • Rapid progression and short lifespan

Aging Table

Stage Age Human Equiv.
Maturity 4 years 13 years
Prime 8 years 25 years
Middle Age 13 years 40 years
Senescence 20 years 60 years
Max Lifespan 25 years 75 years

Features and Abilities

Elyanati in human form are physically indistinguishable from the general population of Humans. Collectively, they encompass the same range of body types, physical features, and coloration as does the Human race. Their human traits follow the same rules of inheritance as in Humans. No animal features are carried over into the human form.

In animal form, Elyanati are again typical representatives of their species; they are not exceptional in size or coloring, and no human features influence their appearance to any degree. Elyanati parents and their children do not necessarily share the same species of animal form, thus traits of parents' animal forms are not inherited by their children, except in rare cases where a natural hybrid might be produced.

Changing Shape

The process of transformation is simple: the Elyanat wills the change, and it happens instantaneously. Shapeshifting cannot be forced, nor does it happen unconsciously. To an onlooker, the shift appears as though the Elyanat is wrapped in a darkening blur; there is an odd impression of a 'twist', and then the shadow vanishes and the Elyanat's other form is revealed in its place. Some claim to hear a faint 'pop' accompanying the transformation.

An Elyanat's two forms are demonstrably different physical bodies. Injury and illness in one do not carry over to the other; neither do tattoos, piercings, or anything else of the sort. Elyanati may take advantage of this trait to swap out an injured body for the hale one — even forestalling death from a mortal injury if they react quickly enough. However, just as injury does not carry over, neither does healing; the inactive form cannot recover if it is not taken up again. Thus an Elyanat who uses their other form to avoid an illness or injury is also preventing its treatment, and one who cheats death once by shifting cannot shift back without that bill coming due.

Just as injuries 'shift out' with the form, so can a limited amount of additional physical mass such as clothing, a pouch, or a small bag. The total added mass must be discrete (i.e. not attached to anything else), in physical contact with the Elyanat, and cannot exceed 10% of their weight or 10 lbs, whichever is less. This feature has advantages, in that lightweight items can be transported with the Elyanat, unreachable by anyone else; and it has disadvantages, in that one overburdened or tethered to something else cannot shift, and shifted-out items can only be retrieved by shifting back.


Although their physical forms are distinct, Elyanati fertility is a melding of influences from both of one's forms. Female Elyanati are fertile in season appropriate to their animal form, but that fertility is occult; there are no physical or behavioral changes to accompany it. Gestation in Elyanati females is three months if the father is also Elyanati, and five months if he is not. After the first month, the mother is restricted to human form and unable to shapeshift.

Elyanati do not pair with nor reproduce with animals, even of the same nominal species as their animal form; mentally, they simply do not perceive animals as potential mates, although they often have an aesthetic appreciation towards them.


An Elyanat's form is determined by their lineage; all descendants of a given lineage have animal forms of the same type, although within lineages the exact species any Elyanat gets is random. Children of two Elyanati of different lineages may only inherit one, and have even odds as to which they get. Within a lineage, hybrid forms (e.g. horse x donkey = mule, tiger x lion = liger) are vanishingly rare, but possible if and only if the parents have the appropriate animal forms. Hybrid-form Elyanati do not have impaired fertility, but hybrids cannot be perpetuated for multiple generations; i.e. their children will have a random animal of appropriate lineage.

Note that there no Elyanati whose animal forms are domesticated — no dogs, housecats, refined horse breeds, etc.

Children of an Elyanat and any other race have even odds of being Elyanati themselves, in which case they share the same lineage as their Elyanat parent. Otherwise, they inherit Human traits from the Elyanat parent. For example, the child of an Elyanat and an Asar may either be Elyanat (with no special Asar traits), or a Mixed Blood (Human x Asar).

Lineage Animal Type Most Common In Least Common In
Canine all wild canine species Kothinar Okudan
Chiropterine all bats Rasumbel
Corvine all corvid birds Okudan
Equine all wild equids Rasumbel
Feline all wild feline species Okudan
Lapine all wild lagomorphs (rabbits, hares, pika)
Musteline all mustelids, procyonids, and skunks Vishaza
Passerine all non-corvid songbirds, pigeons, doves Kothinar
Raptorine all birds of prey (hawks, falcons, owls, etc.) Okudan
Ursine all bears Okudan


In terms of psychology, Elyanati are neither fish nor fowl — not quite Human, not quite animal. Where their physical shapes are decidedly distinct, the mind of an Elyanat seems to be a harmonious blending, taking aspects of the mentality of each form and sharing them across both.

Broadly speaking, an Elyanat's social manner and how they interact with others are governed by their animal's nature. Gregarious and cooperative species generally produce Elyanati who are socially active, inclined to integrate themselves into communities, and comfortable with social hierarchies. In contrast, species with solitary or aloof natures tend to produce Elyanati who are inclined to build a limited number of deep personal connections, less amenable to large gatherings or fostering social networks, and less interested in social conformity. Regardless of animal species, all Elyanati tend to be straightforward and down-to-earth in their social conduct, unconcerned with anything beyond the basic level of propriety and manners.

Similarly, aptitudes and activity preferences are broadly influenced by the animal form. A feline Elyanat might prefer to put forth no more effort than necessary, while a raven might be drawn to tinkering and crafts. It is however virtually universal that Elyanati prefer active and physical activities — doing and making — over purely mental pursuits and abstract concepts. As such, Elyanati are rare in scholarly professions, and they also have difficulty with magic disciplines due to the introspection and self-reflection required. This does not mean Elyanati categorically cannot succeed at such life paths, but those who have the patience and persistence to do so are unusual.

However, while much about Elyanati mentalities are shaped by their animal forms, ultimately they have more in common with Humans and other sapient races than with their animal kin. Animal lives and desires are limited, constrained compared to what an Elyanat can imagine and desire; there can be satisfaction for a while in living a primitive, wild life, but not forever. Animal companions, even of their species, are not true peers for an Elyanat, and even the most aloof of Elyanati feels a need to engage with other sapients. By the same token, although Elyanati as a race have broad generalities in common, they are simultaneously divided by their differences; thus they have no society of their own, but meld into the communities of other races.


Elyanati can be found nearly anywhere, but are never common, as they fold into the societies and cultures of other races. There are substantial minority populations of Elyanati in some polities, such as Okudan, but there is no place that the Elyanati as a race collectively call home.



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