The concept of the changeling/doppelganger isn’t new but when I thought of how they fit into Sothilistan society I knew they would have to become a permanent fixture of the game world. The serpentfolk saw them, not just as treasured slaves but as true living treasures.
As descendants of doppelgangers, changeling slaves held unique positions in Yuan Ti society. As emissaries, spies, pleasure slaves, and ever changeable living art, owning a changeling was a great mark of status. Subsequently, changelings, who were owned only by high nobility and the very finest pleasure houses, lived their own lives of finery and pleasure far above what most citizens of the empire could even dream. Considering this, most changelings opposed the slave rebellions. However, the very abilities making the changelings so valuable to their owners, put the few rebellion supporters in a position to do irreparable damage. Ultimately, marking them as the greatest betrayers of the Yuan Ti empire. Memories of this time has led to a dichotomy among the changelings. Those that feel this was the golden age of their species and those that vehemently denounce this idea, commonly saying, “Choosing to be first among slaves is still choosing to be a slave.”
A race of consummate shapechangers, changelings can shift from one gender to another seamlessly. In their natural forms they are either male or female and are built much like very lean humans with light gray skin, indistinct features, and stark white hair.
Changeling Racial Traits
Ability Score Increase: Dexterity and Charisma scores increase by 1
Size: Medium (Changelings in their natural form are built much like lean humans.
Speed: 30 feet
Darkvision: 60 feet
Duplicity: You gain proficiency in the Deception skill.
Shapechanger: As an action, you can polymorph into any humanoid form of your size, or back to your true form. The new form lasts until you change shape again. Your statistics are the same in all forms. Your equipment doesn’t change with you, and if you die, you revert to your true appearance.
Natural Linguist: Training to learn new languages takes half as long as normal (PHB page 187)
Languages: Common and two other languages of your choice