I don’t have a story behind this picture, except that it is Mika at some point during his street days in Cadebyr after his caravan turned him out. Maybe he was caught off guard while still showing his “true colours”, or maybe he’s been chased and has finally become cornered. Either way, I tried showing him somewhere between shifting from his original shade to the brown hair and eyes that he usually bears while among humans. Born belonging to the race that he does, Mika is automatically detested and mistrusted, despite actually being a law-abiding citizen and a fairly nice, although somewhat jumpy, guy. And then some background info on Mika’s people: A devious and stealthy race of shifters, Varians are born albino, but develop the ability to change colour at around the age of five or six, although different levels of stress can cause them to shift colour involuntarily. Despite being able to change the shades of their eyes, skin and hair, they are still easily recognized because of their slightly pointed ears with the little snip at the end. As nomads, Varians are well adapted at learning new languages and customs, although their will to blend in any more than strictly necessary is very limited. They function as jesters and entertainers, specialized in performing arts such as dance, theatre and music. Almost as mistrusted as the Seirios Lonians, Varians prefer not to stick around in one place for too long at a time, seeing as their audience could quickly turn against them. That aside, they actually have a preference for passing themselves off as performers from Seirios Lon when entering towns because this people is protected by the gatekeepers, unlike the Varians themselves, who are actually quite a thorn in the side of the Vitrey warriors.