I'm new to this forum so let me say Hello to all of you in the first place.
I have a question regarding the Virtue/Skill shapeshifter the Virtue Skinchanger and the MuCo-Spells allowing you to become an animal.
I haven't found an answer in the core rulebook (v5). So I hope to get some answers here or a hint where to look it up .
What about your characteristics in the new form?
I guess the physical characteristics will be overwritten with the new form.
Intelligence will be the same as as human (because all 3 texts say you keep your intelligence).
Presence will be overwritten (you totally change yourself ...).
What about perception and communication.
If you can't communicate with anyone. Fine that's not a problem. But what if, however, someone will be able to communicate with you. I mean you are still intelligent and can think and can still use the words (etc) you want to use.
I think communicaton should be kept.
What about perception. I would argue nearly the same. You are still as perceptive as you are as human. You might become more senses (like scent for wolves) which gives you a +3 on certain perception rolls. And you might not be able to roll in specific situations (trying to spot something as a mole). But in genereal you still control your eyes.
Okay that was about characteristics
What about certain virtues?
Like tough. Will you have it in the altered form?
What about Strong fairie blood? Do you have darkvision in the altered form? If you picked blue blood will your blood as a bear also be blue?
And now about the abilities.
Do you still have your abilites (yes I know you have to be trained in this form - but let's say you used the form quite often)?
What if you shift into a wolve and the wolve has a better brawl(claws) ability then you have. Do you use the one of the wolve? Do you alway use the one of the wolve even if your attribute would be better?
A lot of unanswered questions.
And now the last one:
For the skinchanger it is clearly stated that his stuff does not change with him. For the MuCo-spells it is stated everything you wear is transformed.
What about the shapeshifter?
I would say as it is a major virtue and not a minor as for the skinchanger it should shift into the new form.
I know now someone might say as a shapeshifte you have more forms to shift into but for this you still have to spent XP.
Well your opinions ... or rulebooks where this is written .