08 – Changelings and Shifters

Kristian and Keith have a “freeform” discussion about changelings and shifters.

Time Markers

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:00:24 – Why Changelings and Shifters Seem Underused
  • 00:04:50 – Shifter Communities
  • 00:08:00 – Shifter Culture, Classes, and Lineage
  • 00:13:20 – Inspiration for Creating Shifters
  • 00:20:33 – Lycanthropic Purge
  • 00:35:44 – Changeling Identity
  • 00:55:09 – Complete Guide to Doppelgangers
  • 01:00:31 – More on Changeling Identities
  • 01:06:54 – Dragonmarks Article: Changelings
  • 01:07:22 – Think about what the character’s ability means to you?
  • 01:07:59 – Consider That Everyone Knows Changelings Exist
  • 01:09:25 – Oooh! A Changeling Pretending to Be a Shifter
  • 01:09:50 – Wrap up

4 Replies to “08 – Changelings and Shifters”

  1. Just finished listening to this episode on changelings and shifters. What a fascinating conversation that was. I loved the talk about shared personas, and even personas being passed down thru generations. Really good. Can’t wait for the next one.

  2. I’ve been playing D&D since 1984, and I’ve always been a homebrew guy, until I picked up Eberron. Also not a fan of ‘celebrity’ culture, but the one ‘celeb’ picture I have is of me and Keith at UBCon in Buffalo NY. For my 40th birthday, I got my very first ever tattoo, and it’s a d20. I say all this to lend weight to what I’m about to say. I think Eberron is absolutely one of the critical and vital ideas in D&D, and wish it was better represented in 5e. The concept “If it exists in D&D, it has a place in Eberron” is so inclusive. The idea of changelings and dopplegangers that Kieth presented in this podcast was a real brain twist, and I love the concept.

    For me, personally, in a game I run (homebrew) that includes Eberron races, my players have no idea that 5 different NPCs are actually one changeling, even though they’ve been playing in this same campaign for over 3 years now. Sometimes I feel bad as the DM that one single changeling has so easily manipulated them by making them think that several people all want the same thing so often, but I’ve dropped more than enough hints. I’ve given up on expecting the players to finally figure it out. I think they just get the mindset that the elven woman is who she is, the gruff old human veteran is who he is, etc etc etc, and how could any of them be the same person as the grey skinned changeling beggar, or that the changeling beggar is also the magistrate’s golden haired Fabio looking master of arms?

    One part of me wants to tell everyone about this fantastic episode, but another part is afraid they’ll finally put 2 and 2 together. Wait… maybe I shouldn’t be posting this comment….

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