"The Goldskin Effect" describes a process by which long-term inhabitants of the planet Home have gradually had their skin and eyes change to a golden hue as well as an alteration to their vocal chords. The effect also applied to flora and fauna.
Notable Goldskins in the fiction Edit
From the Frontier Gazetteer Edit
(for full entry please read Bedaho)
Any form of life which grows on Home is infected by a native life form, at the subcellular level. It is entirely benign and some people believe that it confers resistance to some viral infections. The only side effect of infection is to turn the host creature a radiant golden colour. A visit to Home is like taking a trip into King Midas' court, the world glows with gold from one horizon to the other. Every living creature on the planet shimmers with life and glisters in golden hues. The crops are gold. the trees are gold, the animals are gold and the people are golden.
The exact nature of the organism which causes the goldskin effect is not completely determined yet, though its effects are well understood. A creature born on the planet, or remaining there for a prolonged time (longer than 30 days) will become infected by the organism and then acquires the distinctive pigmentation within a few weeks. The colour is permanent and goldskins who leave the planet remain golden, but the organism is not passed on by any form of contact. Empire technicians trying to get the goldskin effect to appear in laboratory animals have so far failed to duplicate the conditions necessary for the organism to survive.