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Can a changeling mechanically imitate/impersonate a warforged successfully/convincingly (presumably the changeling could add armor and the like to his/her "costume" appearance to help with the disguise)?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ When you say "mechanically" do you mean that the changeling has all of the same mechanical benefits that a warforged's racial traits provide (using armor to replicate the Integrated Protection for example)? \$\endgroup\$ – David Coffron Apr 9 at 19:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ @DavidCoffron I think they mean using in game mechanics to look like one, but worth clarifying. \$\endgroup\$ – NautArch Apr 9 at 19:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes David Coffron - I was referring to game mechanics.... \$\endgroup\$ – David Curp Apr 9 at 22:02
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Yes. Changelings can impersonate warforged.

The Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron (p.61) and Eberron: Rising from the Last War (p.18) both describe the change appearance racial feature:

You decide what you look like, including your height, weight, facial features, the sound of your voice, coloration, hair length, sex, and any other distinguishing characteristics. You can make yourself appear as a member of another race, though none of your game statistics change.

Changelings are good at imitation

Part of their racial feature grants them advantage on maintaining the ruse

Even to the most astute observers, your ruse is usually indiscernible. If you rouse suspicion, or if a wary creature suspects something is amiss, you have advantage on any Charisma (Deception) check you make to avoid detection.

Clothes do not make the warforged.

Warforged are one of the few races frequently depicted without clothing. So being naked isn't a give away nor would being clothed as some do choose to wear clothing.

Your clothing and other equipment don’t change in appearance, size, or shape to match your new form...

Natural Armor vs Worn Armor

The natural armor of the warforged isn't equipment, and would be fair game in the same way the scales of lizardfolk are. However, they can wear armor by "incorporating it into their body" (E:RftLW p.36):

To don armor, you must incorporate it into your body over the course of 1 hour, during which you remain in contact with the armor. To doff armor, you must spend 1 hour removing it. You can rest while donning or doffing armor in this way.

Armor worn this way is still equipment and not valid for being replicated by a changeling.

Warforged are valid targets of impersonation

Slightly diverging from the previous editions, which had them as living constructs subject to different rules, in E:RftLW (p.35) they are explicitly described as living humanoids subject to the same rules as other races:

Although they were manufactured, warforged are living humanoids. Resting, healing magic, and the Medi­cine skill all provide the same benefits to warforged that they do to other humanoids.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Note: the changeling's trait is named "Shapechanger" in the final version of changelings that appears in E:RftLW (and in the updated WGtE). The "advantage on checks to maintain the ruse" part is also not in the final version of the trait. You may want to update your answer to reference the final wording of the trait, as it's different in a few ways from the UA version (which appeared in the first version of WGtE). \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast Apr 9 at 22:20

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