As many are aware, many Agents who explored the Thymosphere were witness to a phenomena we at Espercorp had not ever witnessed before. “Santa Claus” appeared within the Thymosphere and gave any Agent willing to engage them a ‘gift’, presumably in celebration of the Holiday. Was this phenomena an ‘Esper’? Or something new?
Needless to say, it’s an alarming occurrence that requires explanation. Since Christmas I’ve had to fend off countless emails from inquiring Agents demanding just that. Well, I’m working on it. My whole winter break got taken up researching the subject. Not that I’m complaining, mind you, but I was hoping to have some time off and instead I had a business trip to the North Pole. Anyways, it’s taken me some time to compile my notes on the subject, and compare my research with the Chief Spectrologists at Espercorp. But here it is, finally.
The best way to start this is to begin with a story. It was 12:03 am, the very beginning of Christmas Eve. The stockings were hung above the Espercorp Furnace with care, and we had decorated a Treant and let him loose in the main lounge. I was answering support email when I suddenly got a company-wide instant message from Scotty:
‘everyone to the hub NOW.’
Scotty doesn’t usually take the time to add periods to his sentences so I knew that this was important. By the time I got there everyone was already crowded around the Esper screen, looking at something big and red. “What is it?” I asked.
“It’s Santa!” Rusty exclaimed with joy. I laughed initially, but after a closer look, the resemblance was unmistakable, even through the blurry resolution of the Esper Screen: