General question about rp and how people interpret the skill 'changeself', along with racial pins and hats.
My interpretation of the pins/hats is they can be used as a way of rping being another race while getting mechanical benefits of the race you want. Which is cool. When it comes to racial emotes via pins, where it describes things like wings, I assume it's possible to use the emote even if your character's race doesn't have wings(if you have the pin). Or things like make sounds your race can't otherwise make(growls), or skin changing color.
That seems a little awkward if so, though I can't remember seeing anyone doing it so I don't really care. My point is... as I see it, racial hats literally turn you into another race, via some kind of hat magic. But as changeself is an illusion(and pretty low in skillranks), in my head all it does is make you look like that race, via bending light or w/e. Even if there's no mechanical way that I'm aware of for someone else to tell the difference, from a character perspective... it's just an image. The image could be changed, but doing something complicated(say, flapping wings) would require adjusting the image multiple times. IE, it wouldn't necessarily look 'natural.'
If others play it differently, that's fine. I'm just wondering if this makes sense to other people, or if I'm crazy/overthinking it/there's something I'm missing that would change the interpretation.