I'm currently having a few issues with a character of one of my players. When the new third party Pathfinder book In the Company of Dragons came out he was on fire to play a dragon. Now after looking at the book I've seen a small problem with that: The ability to take on humanoid form is delayed. According to the book he would get it at level 4 at the earliest (normally 3rd, but he started with one level of sorcerer). The campaign is starting with 1st level characters.
The campaign we are playing we are going as realistic as possible in terms of social reactions. Dragons are seen as monsters in the region. He is a dragon that is about the size of a human child. So the "best" reaction he can hope for is for people to run away and the "worst" that they gather all soldiers in the village to kill the monster before it grows enough to become a threat to the village (the region already has a werewolf problem and people there are superstitious and there is no way I see them letting a child dragon live without being killed or sold).
To fit the campaign, a dragon PC would need to be able to take on humanoid shape from 1st level.
The first idea I had was the Alter Self spell, maybe in a ring. Then I saw the price, and even with the Rich Parent trait it would be impossible (as far as I can tell) to gain that without me bending the rules.
So are there any ways for a 1st level dragon to gain the ability to take on a human form, even temporarily, for long enough to cover a couple days' stay in a city? Without resorting to house rules?
I know of the Inheritance optional rules that allow a gamemaster to give a player such items (for backstory hooks), but I see the Inheritance rules more as a last ditch solution than a rule and I would rather a solution that is more by-the-book, if it's possible. I can always resort to the Inheritance rules if it's not.