Wow, super surprised no-one mentioned this yet. But what about an Awakened Creature ancestry?
With a base like. +2 Str or Dex, +2 Cha, -2 Int. You can choose 25ft of x speed but if you choose other than land, your land speed becomes 5 ft. Low HP.
I've just gone through the old 3.5 classes (retro I know) and come across the Archivist.
A prepared divine caster that uses a prayer book and focuses on the mysteries/libraries/dark knowledge (though it could flex to occult as well).
I think as the Lost Omens Gods and Magic has already come out the next announced book will be primal based, with more wilderness and snares to toy with. Going off this...
I would dearly love a FF Blue Mage style Shifter (with different origins so primal is separate to arcane and alchemical accident, etc). And in fact, maybe that is more what they had in mind with synthesist summoners? As they share nearly the same design space don't they?
I think the only other logical 2nd class would be the kineticist, but I'm picturing more feat lines and powers rather than any actual spells (or casting like the summoner/magus), maybe even elemental skill feats?
Super stoked for this release!
Just have to say my hope for eventual neutral champion's titles to be as follows;
Basically what it says on the tin.
I really want a focussed shapeshifting class, I know other classes have flavours of it, but nothing 100%.
I'm imagining the 'shifts' for certain abilities (such as growing claws/pseudopods or turning into a swarm) functioning as stances, with the addition of other monster abilities like the earth elementals reaction of collapsing into the earth.
You can have different origins too; blood, cursed, alchemical, freak accident, divine.
I just think there's too much in the idea to have it relegated to a subfeature of different other classes is all
I personally am intrigued by the ancestry and ancestry feats; as it gives hopes for a flashbang style halo feat for aasimars, a tail fighting one for tieflings and some sort of jewel encrusted ancestry for an oread (with bonus to charisma obviously).