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Changelings are humans born with a fae soul inhabiting their body alongside their human one, and are the only kind of fae to inhabit the modern world. They are able to interact with the Dreaming and the chimerical reality which exists alongside the mortal world, but are also shielded by their mortal existence from the banality of the mundane world. They are cut off from the home of the fae, Arcadia, and must seek to keep the imagination and creativity in the world, as this glamour fuels their magics and sustains their dual existence.
Dark Ages Edit
Changelings were initially created when the fae sought a way to protect themselves from the increasing banality in the mundane world by transferring their souls into (often infant) humans, leading to the traditional changeling myth of fairies stealing away a human child to replace it with a child of their own. The process of becoming a Changeling was known as the Changeling Way, and was most often practised by the commoner kith. Most Changelings now, however, are born naturally, the fae soul migrating to another body at death.
Modern Days Edit
When the Sundering took place and the Dreaming broke off, many innate Changelings began to become a more common form of fae. When the Shattering took place, the Changelings were about all that were left in the mundane world in the fae department.
The difference between a normal person, a True Fae, and a changeling is that a Changeling is an apparently normal human housing a Chimerical spirit of a fae within. When in the Near Dreaming the tables are turned and it is more the body of an apparently fae individual housing the spirit of a mundane person within.