Hello out there!
A little backstory before my question.
One of my characters Byakko'a ( Keeper of the Moon Miqo'te) has had a real troubled past, stemming from the fact that he watched his own two daughters being burnt alive. Though usually it is a matriarchal society, he was forced to take lead over the village after his mother died because no one was as well trusted, or worthy of protecting the families within the tribe. Bya found 'mate' of sorts and that was when the fire came and burnt the entire tribe to the ground.
His father was nonexistent through this entire life. However, I'd like to try something here and bear with me: I'd like Bya to somehow and unwillingly inherent the ability to shift or transform into a white tiger of sorts. I'm not sure how hard this would break lore or not, it's really just an inquiry if anything.
My plan would be that in some fashion he learns of his fathers existence and finds out that it was him who destroyed the tribe those years ago and killed his children. At the confrontation, his father reveals a big secret that he can shift his body into a large tiger. The eldest male of blood kin would be the only one that it develops into, which is why Bya has not seen or experienced it himself. He also realizes his father is crazed and malicious and kills him to avenge the family he lost. Doing so, would mark him as the next successor of the ability.
So my questions:
1.) Would this ability be even plausible?
2.) There needs to be a high risk/drawback to this. It's a powerful transformation and there for needs a powerful drawback to invoking it. I played with the idea that it would be like a drug when he shifted, but the more he used it, the longer it took him to phase back into his regular miqo'te form. Eventually leading up to where he would stay a tiger forever.
3.) The father story is changabe. What are your thoughts on such?
Let me be clear. This is not some way of making a suedo werewolf thing. This would be a tribal transformation with clear setbacks and disadvantages. Any help would be awesome! Thanks!