A skinwalker cannot be born. They are created ritually, generally by choice of the individual. While there are exceptions to the rule, skinwalkers are generally malevolently created beings as an act of murder is required to complete the ceremony. For this price, they gain the ability to partially take the form of an animal by utilizing a pelt or feathers of that creature.
While the precise details of the ceremony are a close kept secret, the skinwalker ritual requires an act of murder to be completed, and the majority of converts commit this act willingly by seeking out and capturing their own. However, many an unwary youth has been lured by deception. Under illusion, they believe themselves to be ritually sacrificing an animal; and it is only after the slaughter has been completed that the illusion is shattered.
Regardless of one's intentions in becoming a skinwalker, there are negative consequences. It is rumored that by completing the ritual, one is sacrificing a part of their soul to a malevolent spirit (often said to be a Wendigo or something of the like). After this spirit consumes this essence it leaves behind traces of itself - thus providing the skinwalker its powers.
Initially, skinwalkers can only transform into a single animal, and must have some piece of that animal – feather, hide, claws, teeth etc – in order to assume its form. With time and experience, they can learn to adapt new forms.
Endurance - skinwalkers have incredible speed and endurance, and are rumored to be able to travel up to 200 miles in a single night.
Illusion - Skinwalkers have the ability to cause manipulated hallucinations in humans. This allows them to deceive individuals into believing they are seeing objects that are not there, and can be used to lure victims into traps.
Corpse Spells - As a sub-category of witch, skinwalkers are capable of limited magic utilizing ingredients typically obtained from bodies of the dead. Most commonly these include create small, needle-like darts from human bone; these are embedded in the flesh of a victim, and poison over time. Another common substance is corpse powder, which is used to cause hallucinations in small doses.
Skinwalkers also have the ability to manipulate their bodies in strange ways
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