There are no answers in this post. I have no idea how to describe a shapeshifter in their default(ish) form. This is one of three reasons (the other reasons were poor planning around a time-consuming health thing, and a detour into finding an unnecessary but perfect pun-related image as a background for a party invitation) that I failed to make my writing goals today.
When a character can look like any humanoid, and has to always blend into contemporary human society (as in, not Odo from Star Trek: Deep Space 9, or Mystique from X-Men) what kind of descriptive cues work for that particular character in this particular novel? I’m not going to add a whole bunch of new stuff in this draft for the character to do, because that’ll derail everything. Simplicity is key, which is hilarious because one of my inspirations for the story was Guy Ritchie movies, which means the story itself is anything but simple.
I have no idea whether those last two paragraphs count as whining or bragging. Hopefully neither.
I’m gonna sleep on it. Hopefully an interesting solution, and one that makes perfect sense for the character, will present itself before work in the morning. In the meantime, here’s a drawing of a creature who can take the form of an eight-limbed humanoid. Enjoy.