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Literature / Shades Of The Moon

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''Shades of the Moon'' by 'Trikki' is an ongoing Web Serial Novel centered around a young man named Randel, who finds himself abducted and stuck in another world. He and six others (including two aliens) are dropped off in the middle of nowhere and are left to their own devices. Their only clue is the black collar around each of their necks. Although the collars cannot be removed, they provide the main characters supernatural powers—or more specifically, video game-like Skills and Abilities.

The novel's genre is rightly called Fantasy, though it has elements of Science Fiction as well. Due to the game-like elements, it could be further distinguished as LitRPG.


Shades of the Moon contains examples of:

  • Giant Spider: The alutnarats aka. armored spiders are dog-sized headless insectoids with deadly spike-like legs.
  • Insistent Terminology: Shrissten don't like to be called Lizardmen.
  • Lizard Folk: The Shrissten are sentient reptilian creatures, one of the original inhabitants of the land.
  • The Nose Knows: Nosy's sense of smell is extraordinary, and often helps Randel out by alerting him of danger.
  • RPG-Mechanics Verse: Players have different kind of magic than the land's inhabitants: it is based on elements that are straight out of video games.
  • Super Spit: Nosy's spit ignites upon contact with air.
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  • Teleportation: Randel's bread and butter Ability. He can either teleport to his dagger, or have his dagger teleport into his hand.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Players who purchase Morph Abilities can do this. A Morph Ability his different tiers: the lower ones usually provide only partial transformation, while a higher tier Morph could change the Player's whole body. Morph Abilities use Essence as a resource instead of mana.
  • Whatevermancy: Golem Craft is also called golemancy, one of the Four Corners of Magic. Another one of the Four is Necromancy.
  • Wizarding School: Only the wealthy can afford to attend schools. Magic is taught alongside other subjects.