Changelings

Changelings don’t tend to make their own cities; instead they take up residence in the cities of other races. These areas are typically a maze of alleys and back-streets, divided by dozens of brightly colored cloth curtains, with buildings facing inwards towards the maze rather than out towards the larger city streets. Often these areas are accessible only via one or two draped alleys, and it can be very easy to get lost within.

One of the most notable aspects of Changeling culture is the importance of masks. Changelings are able to take on the appearance of any similar-sized creature, while masks remain fixed; thus Changelings tend to associate a particular identity with a particular mask. In many cases, these masks are exchanged or shared, such as the persona of a merchant or representative for the Changeling community. Most Changelings have an array of such masks, each with their own identity and ties in the community at large. However, each Changeling also keeps another mask, this one crafted themselves, and never shared; this mask represents their own persona. To wear this mask in front of another is a sign of trust and intimacy, and rarely done. If a Changeling travels away from home, they will leave their masks behind for other Changelings to take up, save for their personal mask.

The masks themselves are worn outside the districts only when a Changeling wants to acknowledge their own Changeling nature to other, non-Changelings. This is usually done as a way to put other races at ease, and so many Changelings wear masks when moving in the wider city. However, enough people make their way through the Changeling districts that it is an easy thing for a Changeling to slip out in the guise of another race.

Changelings

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