Appearance - The changeling child initially resembles the human it substitutes. While inside the host, it changes in appearance and behavior in disturbing ways. Malformations will appear on the skin, such as limbs taking on a distorted shape or with a striking forward curvature of the spine. Their eyes will become opaque and their flesh will gray like stone. Once a changelings true face is seen, it sheds the magic that is glamouring their identity to reveal this disturbing appearance. Those that have seen the face will forever be able to see the corrupted fae for what they are, versus others who will only view it as a human child. After the changeling leaves the host, a red blotchy birthmark will remain on the child’s body.
Abilities - These corrupted fae are best viewed as a parasite, slowly devouring the child’s soul and feeding off of their family’s love. If concerned for being destroyed or discovered, they will usually make the family play a ‘classic’ child’s game with them; ‘Hide and Seek’ for example. Rules are heavily weighed in their favor with these childish games and they trigger a special ability in the changeling. They are able to mislead the one who was asked to play. While engaged, the fae become saturated in endorphin’s rising their strength, agility, and endurance…but they can also read mind of those they are playing with. They can see the choices they will make seconds before they do, make winning these games extremely difficult. Winning allows these children to get away from them, glamouring parts of their mind to not remember why they were after them to begin with. It’s all just a big trick in the end.
If agitated, changelings can also become ill-featured and ill-tempered. They are known to fall into screaming and biting fits with extremely violent outbursts. Stories are told of these fits becoming so volatile that the outcome is blamed on the family. Oddly enough, this behavior tethers the family to the child out of fear.
To Banish - Making a meal that contains the ingredient ‘foxglove’ will force the vessel they are inhabiting to feel contaminated, but be warned: changelings are cunning when it comes to what they eat for this reason, and they will often eat raw foods in order to protect themselves from this possibility. The changeling must consume this meal on their own accord, which can be tricky. When banished, these fae will immediately attempt to find another child. The only way to truly destroy them is to capture their orb of light as it passes through their mouth. This can be done with a glass jar or something similar. After it is captured, the jar can be thrown into the fire.
History - Changelings originate from the Realm of Seven Isles, the homeland of the Fae. Before Earth was discovered and its resources used to plentiful the Realm, their world had fallen to corruption and damnation from evil monsters. Many fae succumbed to the darkness, which in return tainted their souls. When God granted the fae with humanoid forms on Earth, these damaged fae were unable to maintain an attractive or socially accepted visage (see appearance). They discovered that they could infect children like a parasite instead and use their bodies as a host to hide their true forms.
They feed greedily on the love children receive from their families. They will dispose of their hosts when they reach puberty, leaving a troubled husk of a human behind to find another child.