Custom Race: Gyokuto
In Asian Culture, Gyokuto (Also known as the Moon Hare) have existed in distant legends and stories. They were known for their selfless compassion, seeking to grant the wishes of those worthy of their kindness. However capable of a vengeance when the innocents around them are wronged.
It is said that the lord of the heavens, Taishakuten; wished to travel among the human plane and set foot on a walk up a mountain in a mortal body. Unaware of the wants of hunger and thirst, the God find himself starving. All the creatures of the woodlands flocks to assist the lord. Bringing warmth of fur and water to quench his thirst. A rabbit in all it's wisdom asked the other animals to build a fire and once it was lit, tossed itself onto the blaze. Sacrificing it's life so that the Lord of the Heavens would not starve. Moved by the actions of the rabbit, Taishakuten brought the rabbit back to life and blessed it. Creating the Gyokuto.
However loose this legend may be, there has been some truth to the tale passed around in Asian Culture. The Gyokuto is linked to the Moon much like Shifters. It's theorized that Gyokuto may have some connection to shifters. It's impossible to 'contract' the disease like most shifters. A Gyokuto must be born or reborn from a prior death. Gyokuto tend to live what is called recycled lives. Often sacrificing themselves in an act of kindness, only to be born again. Aging over time. If they die too soon, a Gyokuto will not be reborn.
Socially, Gyokuto do not follow the laws of mankind. They tend to disregard laws if it stands in the way of them helping someone and often don't understand why some laws exist. This species has a heavy moral compass that keeps. They are also highly religious and spend a great deal of time making Moon Mochi to gift to their gods. Legend has it that the Mochi help keep the gods young and youthful when walking among the mortal world. This so called legend is one of the reasons Gyokuto have nearly gone extinct. A want for Immortality. Europeans hunted Gyokuto to near extinction and Asian Black Markets use to sell their Mochi to the highest bidder to offer just a bit more time at life to the desperate. Because of these hunts, the remaining Gyokuto have gone into hiding.
Being a Gyokuto means that you can take on various different forms. Some Gyokuto have all these forms, some have only a few. However, you MUST take the Animal form and Human form. A Gyokuto's senses are defined by the form they are in. If in True Form, a Gyokuto has the senses of a rabbit. If in Half form, those senses are cut in half. So on and so forth.
• Yokai Form - Moon Hare Humanoid
• Kagami Form - Human Form / Half Form
• Animal/True Form - This is the truest form.
Main Weaknesses for Custom Race (Not to be confused with Character Application Weaknesses) *
• Iron: Gyokuto are regarded in some countries as fae. In others they are seen as Djinn. It's hard to define what a Gyokuto is, but one thing is clear. That shared weakness to Iron. It won't kill them, but wounds made with Iron take far longer to heal and will most definitely leave a scar that can't be removed by just any magic.
• I Wish Upon A Star: When someone makes a wish on the Moon and Stars, a Gyokuto wants to make it come true if they hear it. This doesn't mean they'll use magic however. They often go out of their way to make a compromise of the wish (I wish to be rich = Gyokuto stealing from criminals and delivering the money to the wish maker), but if someone TRULY makes a wish with a pure heart.. Well. It can literally drive the Gyokuto insane just trying to make the wish come true. And until that is achieved, they will become obsessed.
• Night Vision Flaw: Due to their detailed vision at night, when daylight comes around a Gyokuto needs special glasses to ward off the sun. They are also sensitive to bright lights and stunned by sharp flashes of light.
• Smells Like Prey: Someone just rang the dinner bell. You don't get to be a Gyokuto without constantly smelling like a prey animal. To races with a sensitive sense of smell, you might as well just ring the dinner bell and call it a day.
Strengths for Young (1-70 years since Birth) - (Not to be confused with Character Application Strengths) *
• Immortality: A Gyokuto does however have an extended lifespan to go along with this. They age eternal until they die. A measured level of immortality. Once they reach the age of 21, they're body stops showing signs of aging.
• Moon Glow: Under the moonlight, a Gyokuto has an iridescent esk glow about them. They use this to light the way for lost travelers. This can be hidden with magical focus, much like psychic shielding.
• Night Vision: Gyokuto are creatures of the Night. They see really well at Night. So much so, it might as well be daylight for them.
Strengths for Mature (70+ Years since Birth)- (Not to be confused with Character Application Strengths) *
• Reincarnation: When a Gyokuto dies, they will be reborn into a new vessel to live a new life. (If you die on sim, that's it. Reincarnation works like a normal lifespan. You age by years, not in days.)
• Moon Mochi: It takes years for a Gyokuto to master the art of making Mochi from Moon Water and select ingredients. Every Gyokuto's recipe has it's only special 'thing' to it, but they all do one thing. Temporary Immortality. Otherwise known as a fountain of youth. Eating one makes the devourer look younger for a period of time. Their body feels youthful and full of energy. When the set time passes, they begin to age again. (Clause: Using this means admin approval. Furthermore, it does extend the lifespan and the time it works is up to the admin working on the case. Keep in mind that making Mochi more powerful than a months time drains a Gyokuto.)
• Mirror Magic: Older Gyokuto have found themselves dabbling in the art of Mirrors. Casting reflections to make dopplegangers and reflecting spells back upon a caster if their image is caught in the mirror during the time of the spell. The most important part of Mirror Magic is their refined ability to place objects in their Mirror. Upon making this race, you get a magical Mirror that can be as large as 1 foot by 1 foot. This mirror allows for the caster to place objects in the Mirror to save them for later. (Much like a bag of holding!)
Note: When applying for a Gyokuto character, please keep in mind that we will not allow Gyokuto older than 2000 years at the time of application.
(Text by Orokah Fhang, revised by Kyriana Beaumont)