The essun's case is a particularly sad one. Like the hidekidroni
, the strain found itself the target of an "imposter" scheme – this one, far more successful than that of other contemporary shams. Wheeled before the lecture halls and glossed with failed preservatives, the rotting dummy essun proved a fascinating wealth of knowledge for the still nascent post-flood
academics. As their tapping of the fake, dead body continued, nearly all of the actual essun's primary material was overwritten by the imposter essun's extracted details.
With no record remaining, little can otherwise be known about the essun. Both smaller and sadder than its parent strain
, it would have had no ability to duplicate people, though it can only be speculated as to whether or not it adopted other behaviours by which to compensate.
This has not left the essun without its own notoriety, however. Its dramatic physical features (with the red teardrops often alluded to as the "first rains of the flood
"), is used to great effect in both literary fiction and aestheto games. In the essun's most famous appearance, the fictional finale of The Wishing Game
, it is barely visible in just one panning shot, its forehands tucked up by its chest and its face as hidden as can be.
Though the essun's role in media has since faded, it has not disappeared altogether. Particularly among aestheto fans, the strain remains an enduring symbol of loss and self-delusion.
Oh, right! This one! the subject laughs, and appears, briefly, amused amidst their confusion.
I have to say...it's really been so long since I've looked at so many of these guys. When you put all these entries up, the memories keep flood
Now, what to say about this one...during this time, I'd just started compiling the first draft of the Nurenverse writings, so I think I was eager to incorporate some of that imagery – the red sea, the tear drop, et cetera – though looking at it, the shape of the eye marking kind of clashes with the rest of the design in that regard...oh, I really should have caught something like that back on the review stage.
I'm sorry, I'm going to need a moment. Can we stop this? For a minute, I mean...
the subject appears withdrawn. they do not respond to the hand on their wrist. after several minutes, they lift their head again.
Alright, well...if you want me to say more...I could mention the suffix – this idea that once the suffix-less strain gained a the suffix (which was always a descendent of that initial 'droni', after god knows how many iterations...), they'd lose the ability to duplicate human forms. We had some bigger plans for how we wanted to implement this, but...I don't know, we just never...never really...
subject grows listless. the eyelids droop, but do not fully close.