Legacy of the Last War
Shifters descended from the intermingling of humans and lycanthropes. No one knows when they originally appeared, for at first, they were mistaken for lycanthropes in human or hybrid form. Only when the race grew more numerous did other races recognize them as a distinct people.
Recognition of the race did not include acceptance, though. Other races are uncomfortable around shifters due to their predatory natures and vaguely bestial appearance. Treatment of shifters depends largely on where they are located. Among urban populations, shifters might be accepted as just more exotic travelers passing through. Should shifters appear in larger numbers, however, a community’s citizens might become suspicious. In rural environments, shifters are rarely tolerated.
Although a few shifter communities exist, the race controls no large regions in Khorvaire. The largest shifter population dwells in the Eldeen Reaches. Otherwise, shifters reside in only the wildest regions of humanoid nations, eking out livings as hunters and trappers or working as guides, trackers, or scouts. In the ice-covered reaches of Sarlona‘s Tashana Tundra, ancestral home of Eberron’s lycanthropes, the shifters have carved out their own nations. These three nations are essentially groups of united tribes. The struggle to survive in that land has prevented shifters from exercising any significant influence beyond its borders.