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|Aura:||Faint transmutation; (DC 13)|
Often used by monstrous creatures to take on a humanoid form, these mantles hide the true nature of the creature wearing it under the guise of another. The short cape always has the image of a specific stylized humanoid creature, such as a human or elf, and the image vanishes while the cape is in use.
At will as a standard action, the mantle bestows the effect of alter self on its user, with the one exception of transforming into a small or medium creature regardless of your original size. You are limited to the form created within the mantle's design... the Mantle of Elfshape would only let you transform into elves, while the mantle of humanshape only allows human forms. The exact details of the form are still under your control.
Mantles of Shaping have only been successfully produced out of a very limited list, as granting the full capabilities of alter self increases the cost of this relatively economically cheap item. The forms are all dwarves, elves, gnolls, gnomes, goblins, half-elves, halflings, half-orcs, hobgoblins, humans, kobolds, merfolk, and orcs.