The szarnone (/zɑɹˈnʌn/) is a floating, coiled stranger .. .. .. white at the nose and black by the end of its tail. Its body .. impervious to all outside influence from the physical world. It appears completely made of flesh, reflecting light slightly, as though ... sweaty and skin-like in texture, but leaves behind only the brief sensation of moisture when touched, with no residue upon the hand, and with no solidity to the touch. Its body is fully undamaged by even the blast of an atomic bomb.
A small shape of holographic light floats directly above the szarnone's nose. For some szarnone, this shape takes the form of a pyramid, while in others, this shape is a sphere or flat square, with the complex shapes like the great stellated dodecahedron1 seen less often (but not improbably infrequently) among their ranks. This light casts a glow bright enough to read by2.
The szarnone makes no sound, save for a thin, high-pitched tone that is almost inaudible, but persists for .. . following the encounter3.
the szarnine subtype: the szarnine substrain appears in .. .. half of worldwide infestations, and overtakes the szarnone globally within 1,000 years. Though the szarnine is as persistent as its parent strain in its ability to weather environmental detriment, any intended attack4 from a sensitive via use of an implement causes it to collapse and die. Upon contact with the ground, its flesh loses the appearance of solidity and fades into transient particles. It leaves no corpse behind.
The first szarnone appears in .... .. where the surrounding buildings stretch equally high, each devoid of all but the barest of adornments (posing mostly as designation5).
The second szarnone appears deep in the city6, ... ... ... a necessary loss of life in the months following its appearance7.
The third szarnone .. .. looking out over the suburbs8.
All subsequent szarnone appear randomly in the topmost interior places in equally tall towers (with their ranges shrinking or increasing as worldwide building heights fluctuate), their haloes similarly differing in no fully predictable sequence, but with certain commonalities and ... .. developing.
The szarnone's demeanor is .... .. . a swollen thing that ... .. to be a deity. It does not move or react to the world in any way9.
Encounters between sensitives and szarnone .. .. messianic ... .
The szarnone cannot be physically destroyed unless the space within which it dwells becomes exposed to the elements in .... a significant way10. When this space is .... ... ......... ...11 destroyed12, the szarnone's physical form flickers away13.
... ..... ...... at the end of its life, it flickers from view.
"I knew enough about that one to stay away. Around it, the fields seemed flattened; crop circle ringing rosy round that obelisk. But, all the same; I knew how it must have felt back then to have lived the way it all had been. I didn't stop until my legs gave out beneath me."