strangers : walltown
The xoridrove
prefix
xori
suffix
drove
IPA
/zɔɹəˈdɹoʊv/
ID
01007
value
1:87
I.Q.
423,370
height
12'5"
length
20'11"
weight
5,906 lbs
ext. temp.
59°F
int. temp.
-3°F
variance
5%

title
the Crossout Kings
curio
type
sublime
rank
baron
choleric
temper, sub
perverse
division
foundry
division, ▞▟▘
▟▜▟▜▟▜▗▗
stability
70%
prevalence
3.3%
constancy
45%
lifespan
0.98-20 years

If the xoridrove's parent strain and the great vein of its descendants are now defined by their later role in the development cyclo-interference (or "hypno") crowns, then the x-eyed substrain has left its mark primarily (and solely) upon popular discourse.

The strain another victim to the flood, nothing can be known of its behaviour or effects. Indeed, most knowledge of the strain (including the numbers that would form its base metadata) comes via its inclusion in the video game, Zeroworld. Its included entry, however, gives little in the way of actual description, and can be taken as a mouthpiece for the author's own ire against the xorihouses and their (allegedly) cruel use of corral-cage chutes to extract cyclo-resonant fluids from the captive, inert strangers trapped inside.

The use of the xoridromel's image as a stand-in for political thought dates back, in fact, to the walltowns themselves. Both its silhouette and its eye markings (albeit appearing in stylized form) were used to a flagrant degree by the dozens of fractured guerilla groups in the years leading up to the mattress camps, culminating in that valiant (but futile) three-story mark sprayed on Jaundice Press Tower.

total generated
1,429
direct sub-strains
6
sensitives encountered
61
sensitives killed
20
total killed in flood
1,340

Ahh, yes, how could I forget. It's amazing just how many xoridromel variants we managed to get out there, isn't it?

Though, this one's kind of interesting...during the development of Mirinet, there was a module key that used the exact same tokens as Module 2 – the only difference was the name and the eye shape. I think one of us probably thought that this was really clever. And we were planning all these products for Mirinet's release, and we had drawn a poster – or maybe it was just a postcard? Anyway, the picture was a xoridromel versus xoridrove, on a tic-tac-toe board kind of thing. I've tried to remember, I don't think my sketches really do it justice, but – anyway, the visual department really did a great job with it.

In terms of the xoridrove itself though, by introducing it to Walltown, I think we wanted to establish it as the natural foil to the xoridromel. I'd love to find the old notes, but a lot of that was trashed after the offices got razed...we were right on the edge of the old industrial district so it wasn't too surprising, but still...

the subject scrutinizes the image for a full half-minute.

I was really into those "x" eyes back then, wasn't I...

the subject laughs beneath their breath, though a hollow sadness lingers.