.... before I get accused for ripping Quinny(edit: oops), I had the same great idea as you buddy. I just really wanted to make Darly.
Hope you enjoy.Name:
25ish? (Actually 50)Sex:
“Biology department; Essay on the Enigma that is the classification of Shape-shifters”
By Professor E.G Harding,
A very uncommon and to this day impossible to categorize in a class has been the mysterious being of the shape shifter. Discovered by Professor and colleague in the department of Biology, Cynthia Beaudittix, in 1669, the Shape-shifter has since been a stain to taxonomists, though the origins of Shape-shifters are still unknown. It should first be noted that Professor Beaudittix is herself a Shape-shifter
Professor Beaudittix had first come to the University in 1653, majoring in biology then gaining her doctorate in 1672. Upon access to the department’s resources, Professor Beaudittix took the then stash of 6 mysterious eggs from cold storage and spent 3 years testing and incubating them. On the 2nd of June 1675, the first long thought dead eggs had hatched, and so had the other 5 within 4 weeks. These hatchlings were dubbed “the first generation,” though it soon became apparent that shape-shifters had existed long before this.
Professor Beaudittix revealed her true nature as a Shape-shifter in order to both validate her research and protect the rights of her subjects. Her choice in retaining one form and her status granted her protection under the humanoids act of the university. Thus, she studied and cared for the 6 children. Her research was driven both by finding out the origins of the shape-shifter and finding companionship amongst those that could change like her. It should be noted that the Professor live today, and she looks no older than 40, despite being at least 80 years old. Research did show that though the young age at the same rate as humans, their lives seem to be prolonged.
In a conversation I had with the Professor, she informed me that she had no idea where her people’s origin was from. She simply made it aware that her mother informed her that pregnancy in their species(?) was rare, and the reason was unknown. It would appear that the world has had Shape-shifters scattered around, though they are too difficult to quickly identify to give a reasonable estimate. It is fair to say that they are rare and completely disorganized.
Common features of Shape-shifters include not only the ability to change into creatures at will, but alter their own appearance and voice. Beaudittix had once told me that she had carefully crafted her current appearance to suit her, making minor adjustments as time went by, such as the height of a cheeky-bone, the length of her eyelashes and texture of her hair. Studies also show that they are able to communicate with most animals, though each seems to hold an affinity to certain families, examples, birds, dogs, fish. However, it appears all shape-shifters retain shape by mental concentration, thus making them extremely sensitive to noise and mental attacks.
It is still unclear whether the Shape-shifter was a natural being or a bio-engineered masterpiece. What is clear though is that an entire hidden minority lives amongst us. News of this was first published 50 years ago, but the lack of activity surrounding it has faded into biology trivia catalogues. However, as the First generation has pasted maturity and now ventured into the world, one can believe that very soon Shape-shifters may be coming up more in conversation soon.
Published by Institute of Science, The University of Rapscord, March, 1725Likes:
Flying, open spaces, clear skys, birds, tea, books, dressing up, wine, peace, music, witty banter, flirting (all in good fun), flexibility in conversation, new things, toying with people, being precise, singing, her harp, her wardrobe, trying on new faces. Dislikes:
Being locked up, long chaotic noises, heavy alcohol, storms, thunder, stubborn and unimaginative people, redundancy, overcooked food, being ruefully bossed around, someone taking too long asking a question because their trying to be “polite”, being treated differently. DON’T RUIN MY CLOTHES! Appearance:
Darly most famous appearance, the one she will take whenever a high profile landing is made, is that of “Darlina - The Siren.” She stands at 5’8, her chestnut hair resting gently on her shoulders, her figure is slim, but curvy, and lips more full with higher cheekbones on her light face. As the Siren, she always dresses in the best, though her favourite is her single shoulder, rouge sheath, that comes down to her ankles. A slit runs to her thigh and her arms are only covered by a soft scarlet cloth, though her hands don a pair of long black gloves. Her voice is a rich, low soprano that whispers its artistic merit. She walks in high heels and looks every part the femme fatale.
Darly default look of the ship is somewhat less defined, though no less beautiful. Once on ship, or when keeping a low profile, Darly appears a 5’10, slender but fit, short, wavy hair, and is gabbed in a loose white shirt, and a pair of tight fitting breeches. Darly wears comfortable heavy boots, and the breeches are held up by a leather belt with a silver belt buckle. The most disquieting thing is that at the point, Darly truly is androgynous, yet is beautiful in both regards. The slightly rounder cheeks and flat chest take away much from the seductive vixen, but Darly is still voluptuous as ever. Darly’s voice is also a mix between a high tenor or a low alto, providing no clue as to what gender Darly really is. Just now Darly, with still a curved back and gentle fingers, generally confuses both genders now.
Though Darly’s appearance does change from feminine to slighter more masculine, Darly still retains the same facial traits, making each “unique disguise” seem like they are related, perhaps family members. The one constant though are the long eyelashes around a one bright blue, other emerald green around Darly’s almond shaped eyes. Also, she can’t seem to change blood type.Blood Type:
Darly was the fourth to hatch at Rapscord University, and grew up under the care of Professor Beaudittix. For the first 7 years of her life, she and the 5 others were kept in a confide faculty, away from public eye, and allowed to grow freely, with the occasional test and blood test. At that time, none of the 6 had names, and were simply referred to in the number they hatched.
On Darly’s 8th birthday, the litter of child shape-shifters began devising, and attempting, plans to escape their “Prison”. After numerous failed attempts, the researches notice the children had begun changing themselves. With this development, allowing the children to roam around the university (supervised) seemed to be the best course of action. This was especially done to discourage them from taking more violent forms in their escapes.
While let loose like this, Darly came upon the department of Music. At first, she was bemused by the strings, the brass and the more "creative" projects the university was known for. The laboratory was quiet, but Darly and the other shapeshifters would bang things together in some sort of harmony, but the music department just did it better. After a week of occasionally visiting the music rooms, between tests and meals, Darly came across a singer. It was a beautiful girl, doing dress rehearsal for her final exam, and she was singing her heart out. The piece was "Vissi D'Arte
", full of want and loneliness, Darly was enchanted.
She borrowed song solo tracks from the library and the faculty, taking up singing whenever she could over the course of the years. It was her own sense of freedom, making her considerably more tolerable than the other shapeshifters (the 4 of the other 5 were getting visibly restless). Researchers found she became more fond of birds, taking their forms in order to sing, and generally having conversations with them.
On the hatch-lings 13th birthday, Beaudittix finally asked if they would like names. Until that point, they had referred to themselves by their hatching number, but now they were clearly at an age to make decisions. "4" (as Darly was known) chose "Darly", in respect to Dr Beaudittix affectionately calling Darly, "Darling," whenever Darly was singing.
By the age of 16, the Shapeshifters were allowed to roam around Lunar Station. By 18, the six began to petition the university to give them the right to leave Rapscord, with the promise to check in. By 21, they got it, and many went their separate ways. By that point, the project had already expanded, but this is Darly's history, so lets finish that up.
Darly, and the youngest "Winter", decided to stay for longer, to help Dr. Beaudittix with the program. After 6 years, Darly finally left the University, rumored had it by Dr. Beaudittix's orders. Darly would not resurface for several years, and on the island of Eioyui. There, Darly sought out famous composer and musical genius, Ludwig Wolfgang, and begged him for tutoring. Under his refining ears, Wolfgang unleashed Darly upon the upper class, bringing "Darlina - the siren of Eioyui" to high class fame. For years, Darlina and her fabled "Double solo" were rare, often expensive performances were the talk of Estoria. Her voice could bring women to tears and leave men in awe. Not only that, but she was beautiful and untouched, hidden away by Wolfgang himself (as rumor had it). Her voice and elusive nature enchanted Eioyui for near over a decade.
Now finally, only two months ago, the siren announced she would travel the world. Darly, taking an entire several sets of wardrobes and a lump sum of cash, returned to an incognito form and purchased passage to a variety of ports. Darly's objective is to continue the one Dr Beaudittix set for her. To find the origins of the Shapeshifters.
(short version: kids mature, some leave including Darly, Darly becomes big singer sensation. Wants more to life, Also, is searching for people's orgin. Will finish in morning)Weapons:
Although Darly’s powers grant more than reasonable combat, Darly carries a revolver. Strapped to Darly’s belt, the revolver is just to discourage the more minor threats. Mind you, Darly still know how to fire the damn thing.Powers:
Darly has the ability to change physical forms into any creature of her choosing. Although Darly generally prefers to change into birds, with a special favorite for the Red-crowned crane. It’s simply because their more calm. This is vital as the more powerful and dangerous the creature is, the harder it is to control. A large polar bear might be impressive, and can probably kill several men, but the mind is savage. Darly has not attempted to try to become mythical creatures, as it already requires a detailed understanding of how the creatures are formed, let along how to control them.
Darly’s more used ability is how to move undetected from town to town. Simply by changing appearance, Darly can look like any man, woman or child, just by looking at them, and can even tweak things to make unique faces. Darly’s voice can also mimic any voice heard. Darly is still has problems with the weakness, but so long as nothing major happens, it usual just looks like he/she is lightheaded.
Also, Darly speaking with animals, though again preferring birds. Many animals are jerks, or don’t really notice the world around them, but sometimes some had handy tips, or warnings.Weaknesses:
The problem with Shape-shifting is that it that an absolute focus to not only change into an animal, but to retain the form. To change an animal, the user must first think of the animal to the last detail (outside and inside) and put him/her self into that form. This could take seconds or minutes, depending on how quickly they can think of the form to the last hair. If the form is incomplete, the user will return to their last form (be it human or animal) and receive a mental hit. Once in form, the user must fight the animal impulses that will try and take over. If he fails to hold it back, and remember that he is human, the user will forever be that animal, and not remember a thing of being human. This means that a user mind is venerable, and if a large distraction or if the user gets exhausted to the point that they loss focus, then they are loss (meaning a Shape-shifter tries it best to change back before that stage). This means that the user is susceptible to high levels of loud chaotic noise (think, metal scrapping on metal) and mental attacks. Anything to break focus makes it difficult to keep control for long. Violent thunder are by far the most dangerous thing against a shape-shifter.
Also, Darly is claustrophobic. Quirks:
Clothes… so many damn clothes. For both sexes and for varying sizes. Half her bunk is full of costumes.
Has a special trick where Darly sings with two voices, in melody. Generally this is saved for the grand finale.
Carefully maintains a small medieval harp. Plays it often during sunny days on deck.
Doesn’t like to be referred to as “he” or “her”. Just “Darly.”
none right now.