A Shifter is a creature with the ability to change its shape. This change can be voluntary or prompted by a specific phase of a celestial body. This is often dependent upon the type of Shifter, although some subspecies are known to be able to shift under multiple sets of circumstances.
Animal shifters, to include the Lycanthrope, are generally created via infection through bodily fluid contact. The contact may be sexual in nature or even a simple bite.
Most common is the Lycanthrope or more commonly, the Werewolf. Less plentiful are a great many other werecreatures, capable of shifting into other animals.
Hybrids, creatures that are part animal and part Human, are known to exist. The hybrid form can be permanent or temporary. These individuals possess both Human and animalistic traits.
Edited by Grimscythe