Discovered Nov. 26 2010 by Agent zippylee
In honor of Thanksgiving, we’re going to explore an Esper that literally embodies the spirit of the season: a Turkey Esper that crops up when American’s thoughts turn towards their stomachs and roasting featherbirds stuffed with bread and raisins. I’m a vegetarian, but I wasn’t always such. I still remember the delicious meals I would enjoy every year with my family. Mashed potatoes and gravy, creamed corn and carrots, green beans and almonds, and of course the Turkey with cranberries. It’s no surprise that Gobbler have started showing up already, in anticipation of the nationwide feasting that will occur this week.
Gobblers look basically like a turkey, though they have some interesting additions. Often they will appear as a roughly-drawn picture, or more often, a colorful hand or handprint. We suspect this has a lot to do with the common elementary school activity of drawing turkeys with a hand-print. As we have seen in other areas of the Thymosphere, the thoughts of children are much stronger, perhaps because their imaginations still roam free, not yet having been reined in by the strictures of terrestrial institutions.
In addition to its variable shape, Gobbler is often seen in traditional Pilgrim Garb, and sometimes (more rarely) in an Indian Headdress. These are, of course, a product of the stereotypical notions that most people have about the circumstances surrounding the “First Thanksgiving” as it were. Gobbler are formed from these thoughts about Thanksgiving as well, and costuming is one of the many ways that the Thymosphere manifests physically.
Gobbler are almost manically drawn to the consumption of their terrestrial brethren. This Thanksgiving while you eat your meal, there is bound to be a Gobbler clucking around your dinner table. They recognize a turkey, even when it’s cooked, and will often stand right on top of it. Despite this, they don’t seem to be upset by the notion that they’re being cooked and eaten. Not that I’m an expert on determining the emotions of birds. But what we’ve observed, just by releasing a Gobbler in the Espercorp kitchen on Turkey Night, is that they seem very peaceful. They will even take their excess Spirit Energy and produce packets of Consumables in the form of various Thanksgiving dishes, and lay them out for other Espers to eat, literally sharing themselves with others. I think that’s a pretty nice thought, don’t you?
This is the big Gobbler population boom, and it happens once a year, but it doesn’t last long. Their plump bodies are rich with Spirit Energy, and during Thanksgiving Season you can expect predatory Espers to be feasting on them by the thousands. Since Gobblers themselves are benign and rather, well, dim, they don’t fare too well in the wild. Any Gobbler found after Thanksgiving week is a very lucky bird indeed. Doubly lucky, since Gobbler haven’t got the best Luck attribute in the world. If I were one of you Agents, I would bond with one and keep it protected. Who knows what an Esper with that much energy could become with a little training! Just be sure to keep them away from your Fire Espers. Gobblers go up in flames like a 10-month old Christmas tree!