Saturday, April 3, 2010
Do Shapeshifters Age Gracefully?
I was sitting in the dentist's chair the other day and for obvious reasons, my mind started wandering. Would shape-shifters be faced with the inevitable patch-work after a certain age? Would the "patch" they required as humans reveal itself after they'd shifted?
What if they lost a tooth? I would think an implant would be their choice because otherwise they might not have an important tooth. They'd need their teeth to help bring down dinner when they changed. But how would that change affect an implant?
I write erotic romance so alpha heroes (who are perfect physical specimens) have center stage but I did briefly use an older alpha who was having to deal with a challenge to his power. He was a very minor character but he will probably re-appear at some point in the series. To portray him realistically, should I give him a lost tooth? I gave my shifters the ability to heal from practically anything but they can't regenerate a limb so I'm thinking growing a new tooth would be outside the realm of possibility.
Would cosmetic surgery be out of the question? It seems reasonable that it might be easier to shift if the skin were looser. Hmmm...what do you think?
How would your shifters deal with aging gracefully? Or would they fight it tooth and claw?