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Changer

Basic Information

Anatomy

Anyone, theoretically, could be a changer and no one would notice unless they transform in public. However, with males and females alike, werewolves tend to have more body hair on their arms and legs, and their muscles structure is built for speed and power. This can be noted especially with shorter individuals, who appear to be more stocky due to their muscle mass.

Genetics and Reproduction

Their reproductive process, for the most part, is very similar to ours, with the exception that gestation is about a month shorter, and babies are often born as pups.

Growth Rate & Stages

As babies, they do grow and mature a bit faster than humans, but passed 2 years old, the difference is barely noticeable. Their growth rate and stages, however, depends on their subspecies.

Dietary Needs and Habits

As they shift into canines, their body needs a huge amount of protein and fats to keep up with the high quantity of energy they spend everyday. It would only be logical to assume they are carnivores, but while they favour meat, they also eat fruits, cereals and dairy products.

Biological Cycle

Their human hair gets a lot thicker during the winter months, especially if they live in the North, but the second the weather get warmer, they start to shed.

Additional Information

Perception and Sensory Capabilities

Even under their human form, they have an exceptional sense of smell, hearing and sight.

Civilization and Culture

Courtship Ideals

When a changer has their heart set on someone, they will offer them gifts, usually in the form of food.    The object of a changer's affection is very likely to find a freshly dead prey on their doorstep, along with an assortment of nuts and fruits. This is a changer's way of showing to a potential mate that they will be able to provide for them and an eventual family.    If reciprocated, the affection will shift to a more physical level; holding and kissing hands, nuzzling, cuddling.

History

Changers have always been part of Thumia, as much as humans have. There is geographical as well as anthropological evidence that humans and changers have lived in harmony for several centuries even after the apparition of Magic, as demonstrated by remains of towns and trading outposts.
 However, despite no previous conflicts between humans and changers, a war was waged against changers everywhere on Thumia towards the end of the 17th century.    The conflict was started by a certain Robert Sullivan, a Hillford nobleman. He judged them to be "ruthless and dangerous savages" because of their shapeshifting abilities, despite no past instance of changers expressing hostility towards humans. He used his power and wealth to relay his views via propaganda, profiting of the illiteracy of the times, and soon enough his prejudice spread to nearly every continent.  Sullivan eventually rose to power in Hillford, and with his influence extending over all of Eonidios, he ordered a widespread capture of all changers in order to "protect their most vulnerable communities", and ordered troops to suppress resistance by any means necessary, which usually meant immediate death for the distressed changers trying to protect their families.    The negative impact of Sullivan's policies is still felt worldwide. The trading posts are long abandoned, the once amicable relationships are long dead and the remaining changers, while high in number, still feel the burn of their past trauma. Governments of more militarized countries still relay long-debunked propaganda against them.

Genetic Descendants
Scientific Name
Homo Sapiens Canithropos
Lifespan
a bit longer than humans; 95 to 115 years.
Conservation Status
Changers, or werewolves as they were once called, were thought to be extinct for most of the 18th and 19th century. However, several clans recently started to reappear in more rural areas on Thumia.

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