In my current campaign one of my players is playing a Changeling. He has requested that he be allowed to keep his Changeling lineage a secret, and so far it hasn't been a problem as he hasn't shifted in front of the party members.
However, last session we ran into a grey area. He ran out into the hallway (in game) during a Social Encounter and came back into the room a few seconds later and announced "I am now disguised as the sheriff." Since I didn't know what to do, I just had him roll bluff against everyone's passive insight. This confused the other players as they thought How could his disguise fool us? We know what he looks like already! but I quickly moved on blaming it on the changeling being an "illusion" wizard and everyone just fell prey to magic.
So today I am looking back at the game notes from last session, and am reminded of this situation in the game. I go to look up the specific rules for the Changeling power "Changeling Disguise" and I read this:
Effect: You alter your physical form to take on the appearance of any Medium humanoid. You retain your statistics in your new form, and your clothing, armor, and possessions do not change. The new form lasts until you change form again. Any creature that attempts to see through your ruse makes an Insight check opposed by your Bluff check, and you gain a +5 bonus to your check.
So in my specific case I wasn't too far off in my guess (I should have had them roll active insight against his bluff instead of passive insight) of how to navigate this?
- Is treating the other player character's as "creatures" and making them do skill contests in situations like this one the right thing to do?
- What about in "normal" settings should the changeling have to make bluff checks even when he is in his standard "human form"? (So far since he introduced himself as this "human" wizard I have been going on the assumption that his allies blindly accept him as a human.)