The Kaga are a race said to have entered the world from the distant realm of Eisadai. How long they have walked among the other races is unknown, as the Kaga are shapeshifters of uncanny talent, capable of hiding among other races virtually unseen. Also known as “Mirrorfolk”, the Kaga are often considered a myth, a misconception the Kaga themselves are likely to foster. More than a few Kaga who became sloppy (or were mistaken for the far more malevolent Dopplegangers) have fond them selves cornered and executed by an angry mob, all to eager to blame their troubles on the shapeshifter among them.
In their natural form, the Kaga are genderless creatures. Resembling well muscled but androgynous humans, they have skin the color of chalk and are completely hairless. The corneas of their eyes are silver and have a mirror like sheen.
Kaga are naturally nocturnal, but adopt the activity cycle of whatever creature they are currently mimicking. The Kaga are natural omnivorous, but easily adopt the dietary habits of their chosen form as well.
Kaga can reproduce sexually with nearly any other humanoid creature, as either the sire or mother, depending on the Kagas adopted gender at the time of conception. When siring offspring, the child will typically be the race of the mother (or an appropriate type of half-breed) in all respects. Likewise, when bearing a child, the offspring would be the race that the Kaga was wearing at the time of conception. A pregnant Kaga will find themselves trapped in the form they were wearing when the child was conceived, and can only change shape with effort. In either case, in one out of every twenty births, the offspring will be Kaga, wearing the shape they were born in until the reach adolescence. From there, a parent or mentor will find the child and teach them about their people, history, and how to use their abilities. Some Kaga come into their powers without guidance, but these are rare and often tragic cases.
Once beyond the adolescence of their initial race, a Kaga can live for a exceptionally long time, making it necessary to shed old identities and adopt new ones. Once at the end of their lives, the Kaga can often choose a “final form”, one their body will retain even into death, preserving the secrets of their race
Kaga society is loose almost by necessity. They are typically wanderers traveling either as solitary individuals or in small groups, but many use their ability to insinuate themselves into a comfortable community and live there for years without anyone being the wiser. Kaga can instinctively sense the presence of another of their kind, and when they meet it is considered polite to make introductions and share stories. Over time this have given the Kaga a rich oral tradition, seeped in metaphor and double meaning to confuse the ears of those who might be listening.
Alignment & Religion
Each Kaga is shaped by their experiences, and thus every alignment is represented, with the majority being some degree of chaotic or neutral. This is due to both the Kaga’s love of freedom and their mental flexibility (which is necessary to maintaining an assumed identity).
Kaga typically begin following the faiths of their youth, and learn how to pay lip service to other faiths as needed. But many come to worship a patron deity they call simply the Faceless God.
As Adventurers, the Kaga play many different parts and many different roles, and prefer classes that are highly skilled and flexible, such as Bards and Rogues. Others supplement their natural abilities with spellcasting, with Sorcerers being common due to the races protean nature.
+2 racial bonus to one ability score of choice at creation; The Kaga are supremely variable,but will display a natural aptitude for one area or another.
Medium Size Humanoid (Kaga, Shapechanger)
Normal Speed: Kaga have a base speed of 30 feet
Cunning: Kaga gain a +2 racial bonus to Bluff and Sense Motive.
Minor Shapechange (su):All Kaga have the ability to transform themselves at will. This ability is similar to Alter Self, but with the following exceptions.
- The Kaga can assume the appearance of a Small or Medium humanoid, but does not adjust its ability scores.
- Using Minor Shapechange is a full round action that does not provoke attacks of opportunity.
- Changing Shape does not affect clothing or gear, it does effect the tactile, olfactory and audible aspects the new form, thus granting a +10 circumstance bonus to Disguise checks.
- This ability does allow the Kaga to appear as specific people, including those of other genders.
- It lasts for as long as the Kaga desires, even if unconscious or sleeping (although Kaga do revert back to their natural form upon death). Kaga with grievous physical wounds (lost eye, severed hand, etc) cannot disguise that injury regardless of their form, nor can a Kaga mimic such an injury intentionally.
- Anything that can see through or acts on a shapechanger’s alternate forms applies to a Kaga in the same manor.
Natural Mimic: Kaga always consider Disguise and Linguistics to be class skills.
Resistant: Kaga are adaptable in both mind and body; they gain a +2 racial bonus on saving throws against mind-affecting effects and poison.
Aging Effects: Adult Special Middle Age 125 Old 188 Venerable 250 Maximum 250+ 2d% years
Languages: Kaga begin play with Kaga Sign Language and one other Common language from their native Region. Kaga with high Intelligence scores can choose from the following;
Native Regions: The Horizon Lands
Alternative Racial Traits
- Fey-Blooded: Kaga with this trait have a stronger connection to the realms of the fey. The Kaga counts as Fey as well as Humanoid (Kaga, Shapechanger) for all purposes (such as humanoid-affecting spells like charm person or enlarge person). In addition, the Kaga gains DR 2/Cold Iron. This replaces Resistant.
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