Eight discovers his ability to shapeshift whilst living alone in the Himalayan Mountains. He sees a black rabbit which he talks to and before he realizes, he has transformed into a black rabbit as well. Eight tries to develop the Legacy himself, but is unable to change into anything apart from the black rabbit.
He soon meets Devdan, a spiritual man, who seems to know the power that Eight possesses. Devdan trains him in ancient Indian martial arts and teaches him about Hinduism and Eight used what he was taught to test the limits of his Legacies.
Clinging to Devdan's stories, Eight learns to transform into the ten avatars of Vishnu the Hindu God. When Marina, Six, Ella and Crayton travel to him in India, he tests the three other Garde with a different avatar. He tests Marina underwater with Kurma, the half man half tortoise; Six with Parashurama, the axe wielding giant; and Ella with Narismha, the ten-armed lion-man and Vishnu's most powerful incarnation.
Eight uses the Narismha avatar in the Everglades when he battles with the mutant three-headed, winged aligator
Has all Legacies through Ximic. Ximic is the legacy that allows one to copy legacies by seeing and memorising it. Pittacus is a Loric Elder and possibly the only Garde that possesses all the legacies.
Though not a Garde, either Lorien (as a gift like Legacies), or evolution gave the Chimæra the ability to shapeshift into any animal form at will. It is said that the Chimæra, with their changing abilities, came out of hiding when the Elders of Lorien found the Phoenix Stones.