The mimic is very hard to describe. They possess the ability to shape shift into any creature, living or dead and can change their shape on a daily basis. The mimic is a feral creature that tends to live in a pride of a pack, ruled by an Alpha. Mimics are possessive, honorable, and loyal if nothing else. They do not use man made weapons in a fight but prefer to fight with teeth and claws.
Average Lifespan:: 100-700 years
Average Height:: unknown
Average Weight:: unknown
Location Found:: Millirand.
*all statistics based on averages; extremes in any direction, or found in odd locations, are always allowed.
Species info credited to Aehryn.
Appearance There is no accurate way to describe the appearance of a mimic. They possess the ability to assume the shape of any creature, living or dead, and vary that shape on a day-to-day basis. Each mimic has a 'true form'; depending on how quickly he or she matures, this form manifests around three to four years of age and is nearly always humanoid in nature.
Culture Mimics are feral. Unlike many traditional shapeshifters, the mimic is more animal than anything else. They live in groups, usually referred to as 'prides' or 'packs'. The Alpha reigns for life, and their power passes to their eldest offspring. Each mimic has a distinct personality, although a few particular characteristics seem to occur without fail: they are possessive, honorable, and staunchly loyal. There are those who break the mold, but the average mimic will not be a no-good traitor with plans to slaughter your family. The word of a mimic is incredibly valuable. If they promise you something or proclaim that they are in your debt, they will follow through no matter the physical or emotional cost.
In general, when a fight is unavoidable, a mimic will shift to an appropriate form and face his or her enemy with tooth and claw. They do not use man-made weapons of any kind; it is a rare day when one of their kind picks up a sword or tries their hand with a bow. It simply isn't efficient.
Abilities Mimics are able to shift their form and take on the appearance of any creature or person that they have seen. This means that their physical shape is never abstract; they cannot tweak what they see, and they cannot transform into things that don't actually exist. Oftentimes, a group of mimics will "share" a few of their forms, phasing so that others can pick up another shape. Similarly, certain shapes are particularly prized and kept secret until it is absolutely necessary that they be revealed. Many of these come from animals that are now extinct.
The seas have always been a fickle domain, as has their master, Sago. Although lacking in malice, the god’s mischief inspired him to create a new species, once which would not be what it seemed. To that end, he secluded himself in a secret place, beyond the sight of the other gods, intending to create a species that would make for perfect spies.
There, in that secret location, he set to work, forming a strange creature that was capable of taking on many myriad shapes. Its abilities remained much the same, save for whatever physical attributes its shapes might grant it, be it flight, the ability to breathe underwater, or similar abilities.
What the First Mimic looks like in its true, natural state, Sago only knows, and with his penchant for mischief, he kept this a secret unto himself. But, whatever its true form might’ve been, it swiftly took the shape of a dolphin in imitation of the Aspect shape Sago had assumed when he created it, and went out into the Realm. However, instead of being set to spy, Sago allowed the mimic to choose its destiny for itself.
Pleased with his new creation, and the consternation it caused among the peoples of Millirand, Sago crafted more of the creatures, and spread them across the Realms, steadfastly refusing to reveal what the mimics looked like in their natural state. Eventually, even Gaz’in reluctantly gave up trying to coax that knowledge out of Sago after receiving several different, increasingly outlandish descriptions.
Largely left to their own devices, the mimics formed packs of their own kind, and developed a few preferred shapes for themselves. Some of these packs took to living among other species, hidden among them until they shifted forms, often to the discomfort of other races. Sago was content to leave them to live their lives by their own will, with only the occasional bit of guidance.
This Ancient First was a mimic who, crafted by Sago, quickly took the form of a dolphin. Consumed with curiosity and a desire to learn, he changed shape often, with only his eyes - a rare shade of blue seen only in shallow southern waters - remaining the same. His long life and freedom led to an unparalleled knowledge of the world, to such a degree, in fact, that some whisper he shaped the movements of lesser gods..