Moonskin

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Moonskin refers to how a Rakash appears when the moon Katamba is full.

Before the migration, the Rakash people were in this form as an everyday thing. It wasn't until The World Dragon charred Katamba in a battle against the Gods that the Rakash learned what it was to be without it and to be in their now human like forms that they are use to today. The Rakash of that time prayed to Mrod and he granted them their 'moonskin' form on the next full Katamba. The Rakash continued to change into moonskin at each full Katamba and it recedes at its waning. During this phase, they can communicate better with howls and have more expressive ears and tails. Previously, Rakash could only speak in a growling voice during moonskin. Now that the option is available to Rakash regardless of physical state, growling while speaking is looked at more as a means of expressing strong emotions.

Information on the cultural significance of moonskin and the impact it had on the early Rakash is provided here.

Messaging

When Katamba waxes full:
You see:

You feel a slight mental tug from the black moon Katamba, which quickly intensifies into an irresistable pull. As you turn your face to the sky, your vision blurs into a red haze and your body begins to convulse in agonized spasms.
As you regain control of your body -- now covered in fur and powerfully muscled -- you notice that scents are more intense and your vision is sharper, though colors seem washed out.

Others see:

A feral look comes over (Rakash) as (his/her) whole body begins to convulse. (His/Her) snout elongates as coarse hair sprouts from (his/her) body. Fingernails extend into razor-like claws as glistening fangs begin to grow.

When Katamba begins to wane:
You see:

You are overcome by a sudden wave of nausea. As you clutch your stomach, trying to hold yourself together, a terrible itching begins at the tips of your fingers and quickly spreads throughout your body. Just as your fur begins to fall out in clumps, dark oblivion washes over you.
You come to, feeling somewhat weak and shaky, and vulnerable without your claws. But the whole world seems bright, clean and new; colors are brighter and your field of vision is wider.

Others see:

Rakash's) fur begins to fall out in clumps. As (his/her) claws retract and (his/her) features begin to take on a Human (if somewhat (whatever skin-tone they have as human)) cast, (Rakash) passes out completely.

Now Rakash can feel the shift coming on:

  • Shifting into moonskin:
Your mental awareness of Katamba slowly waxes as a mild tension builds in your muscles.
  • Shifting out of moonskin:
Your mental awareness of Katamba slowly wanes as a mild tension builds in your muscles.

Timings

Moonskin Data
Record and Prediction Chart

B/E DATE TIME ZONE Notes
BEGIN March 13 2012 0005 CDST Actual
END March 14 2012 0334 CDST Lasted 27 hours 29 minutes
BEGIN March 22 2012 0810 CDST 8 days 4 hours 44 minutes downtime
END March 23 2012 1220 CDST Lasted 28 Hours 10 minutes
BEGIN March 31 2012 1614 CDST 8 days 4 hours 4 minutes downtime
END April 1 2012 2045 CDST Lasted 28 hours 31 minutes
BEGIN April 10 2012 0100 CDST 8 days 3 hours 15 minutes downtime
END April 11 2012 0430 CDST Lasted 27 hours 30 minutes
BEGIN April 19 2012 0905 CDST 8 days 4 hours 35 minutes downtime
END April 20 2012 1315 CDST Lasted 28 hours 10 minutes
BEGIN April 28 2012 1710 CDST 8 days 4 hours 55 minutes downtime
END April 29 2012 2121 CDST Lasted 28 hours 11 minutes
BEGIN May 8 2012 0156 CDST 8 days 4 hours 35 minutes downtime
END May 9 2012 0607 CDST Lasted 28 hours 11 minutes
BEGIN May 17 2012 1001 CDST 8 days 3 hours 54 minutes downtime
END May 18 2012 1412 CDST Lasted 28 hours 11 minutes
BEGIN May 26 2012 1847 CDST 8 days 4 hours 35 minutes downtime
END May 27 2012 2216 CDST Lasted 27 Hours 29 minutes
BEGIN June 5 2012 0246 CDST 8 days 4 hours 30 minutes downtime
END June 6 2012 0614-0800 CDST
BEGIN June 14 2012 1056 CDST
END June 15 2012 1507 CDST Lasted 28 hours 11 minutes
BEGIN June 23 2012 1942 CDST 8 Days 4 hours 35 minutes downtime
END June 24 2012 2353 CDST Lasted 28 hours 11 minutes
BEGIN July 3 2012 0347 CDST 8 days 3 hours 54 minutes downtime
END July 4 2012 0758 CDST Lasted 28 hours 11 minutes
BEGIN July 12 2012 1152 CDST 8 days 3 hours 54 minutes downtime
END July 13 2012 1603 CDST Lasted 28 hours 11 minutes
BEGIN July 21 2012 2038 CDST 8 days 4 hours 35 minutes downtime
END July 23 2012 0049 CDST Lasted 28 hours 11 minutes
BEGIN July 31 2012 0444 CDST 8 days 3 hours 54 minutes downtime
END August 1 2012 0845 CDST Lasted 28 hours 2 minutes
BEGIN August 9 2012 1330 CDST 8 days 4 hours 45 minutes downtime
END August 10 2012 1700 CDST Lasted 27 hours 30 minutes
  • Stopped tracking due to Rakash Early Warning System
Notes on timings so far
  • Time in between shifts(End of last to beginning of next): 7-8 days, 4-6 hours, and 0-18 minutes
  • Time of moonskin: Ranges from 27-52 hours and ~45 minutes between beginning and end stuns