imperial / metric
number
028
class
operative
disposition
sanguine
height
3 ft, 10 in
length
6 ft, 11 in
weight
111 lbs
size variance
13%
I.Q.
1000
core temp.
133°F
stability
50%
prevalence
7%
constancy
46%
longevity
2-13 years
no. appearing
1
vision type
far
language family
mute
prefix skeki suffix droni
sttt an-bstk-a-a-a
physical appearance

The skekidroni (/ˈskɛkɪdrəʊni/) is a pale beige or yellow stranger with a slim face and a solid, rubbery body. Its limbs are short and thin, and the tip of its long, curling tail is dark. The flesh of the skekidroni is translucent, but only just so, appearing opaque at a thickness of no less than four inches. It has no internal structures analogous to organs existing in man or animal, but is not uniform throughout, with minor variations in density occurring towards the innermost sections of its body. The skekidroni's surface is unpleasantly warm to the touch, but does not cause burns.

The skekidroni regenerates from injuries over a span of several months, and displays some discoloration and loss of translucency in any damaged areas.

It emits no odors, and makes no sounds beyond a quiet, scratchy breathing.

environment and generation

The skekidroni appears in low-income housing areas, particularly in rooms with drab colors, low light levels, faded wallpaper, dingy curtains, wall-to-wall carpeting, or faux wood paneling. The exact moment of its generation remains unobserved. The skekidroni never appears within 554 feet of another member of its strain.

behaviour and effects

The skekidroni possesses an ingratiating, if restrained disposition. Although it smiles at its surroundings, it does not move except to flick its tail back and forth at regular intervals.

It is best characterized by a gradual degradation in form, as well as its effect on cathode ray tube televisions, with its presence causing static and distortions, particularly as the skekidroni ages.

When this stranger first appears, it is solid and clearly-defined. During this early stage of its life, the skekidroni's presence causes only a slight noise effect on nearby television screens, with no loss of audio volume or fidelity. As the skekidroni ages, however, its body grows less and less clearly defined, and more simplified, like a crude clay model. Its fingers merge together, its arms and legs affix to its sides, and its markings recede into its body. As this simplification progresses, its effect on televisions grows greater, with images becoming visibly noisy, and details growing difficult to discern. Audio is similarly distorted, with voices in particular sounding muted.

About halfway through its life, the skekidroni loses the ability to move its tail or smile, and its "breathing" ceases. Its stripes fade and blur into one another, followed by a lightening of the tail tip, which eventually merges with the rest of its body, as well. At the end of its life, the skekidroni resembles only a crude, rounded lump, and nearby televisions broadcast nothing but static. As they age, 20.66% of skekidroni also exhibit a growth of fuzz across their bodies, similar to mold on a piece of fruit. This harmless substance can be scraped off when touched, and any amount of friction causes it to disappear altogether.

interactions with sensitives

When touched by a sensitive during the early stages of its life, the skekidroni's breath quickens, as does the rate of its flicking tail, and its lips curl slightly upwards at the edges. In older skekidroni, this breathing and lip-curling behaviour can no longer occur, but occasionally, a slight vibration in the tail will continue to be felt in otherwise inert individuals.

Touching a skekidroni causes harmless visual snow to appear in the sensitive's vision. The severity of this phenomenon varies depending on the skekidroni's age, with younger skekidroni causing only a slight fuzziness, while older skekidroni cause almost complete blindness. Regardless of intensity, this snow fades within 0.3-2.4 seconds after physical contact ceases, with no other lingering side-effects.

aging and death

Because of this slow decline in form, the moment of death is difficult to visually ascertain. A skekidroni can be considered dead, however, once its presence no longer affects television sets, which return to normal with no ultimate loss in picture or sound quality or damage to their internal wiring.

After death, the skekidroni's corpse grows softer and more crumbly, and breaks apart within several weeks. These crumbs disappear into nothing, leaving only a waxy grey stain where the skekidroni once sat.

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