So our party will be starting Strange Aeons in a couple more months here, and one of the characters I'm looking at is a Leper type character who wears full rags and, upon peeling off the cowl, could have any number of faces underneath.
I want a thousand-faces kind of character, possibly a passable shape-shifting combatant who can use surprise natural weapons and monstrous abilities, despite lacking his own identity.
Druid is an obvious way to go, but the lead-in for the ability I want (wild shape) is a LONG way into the character progression. The shape-shifter ranger is actually terrible, with no abilities that allow actually... shape-shifting. Which is weird.
I looked at the Metamorph, but Monstrous Physique seems *terribly* balanced for a character to build around. If I could get the higher stats on a medium sized character (gargoyle? bugbear?) it might be a more attractive option, but I'm just not sure.
There doesn't seem to be a pure shape-shifter archetype for Druid, or anything that gets better, earlier access to wild-shape, so how do you get there? Is there any way to mimic a lycanthrope? What about anthropomorphic animals (as per the spell)?