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Brooks, a Ha’nawal.

Nawals are a race of shapeshifters from Mayan mythology.


They are known to be loyal by nature but they are also known to be tricksters. They seem to take pride in blood purity, refusing to train those of partial nawal heritage unless the individual in question has accomplished a great feat. They also practice arranged marriages to keep their bloodlines pure.


Nawals who have blood from a non-nawal parent are often looked down upon and refused training. They can only take the form of one animal, however they can control the size of that animal.


Ha’nawals (meaning water nawals) are nawals that can breathe underwater and camouflage. They are extremely rare.


  • Shapeshifting: Nawals are able to shapeshift into any animal they choose.
  • Vitakinesis: Nawals are able to heal themselves once properly trained.
  • Camouflage: Ha’nawaks are able to blend in with their surroundings.
  • Water Breathing: Ha’nawals are able to breath underwater. However the ability can become lost if they are kept away from the water for extended periods of time, but it is possible for the ability to return.

Known Nawals


  • Other names for nawals are naguel and nahual. However all three are pronounced as nawal.
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