This Was a Mistake



2 years, 9 months ago

Basic Info


This Was a Mistake




Esk (shed caterpillar skin before transformation)


Not sentient before transformation, has just recently been transformed to Esk


Gender- and sexless

ID Number



Those Who Went Missing


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Origin: Abnormal | Nature: Unnerving | Boundary: Mangrove swamp | Size: Stretchy
Species: Esk | Collection: MYO | Designer: hitodama89

Uncommon traits: Sleek, bright markings, stripes
Rare traits: Manx, bright mask
Nature features: Fairy fingers (Clavaria fragilis), common puffballs (Lycoperdon perlatum)
Mutations: Long body, multiples (legs), underdeveloped (eyes), animal trait (segmentation), shape shift (length)
Original form: Shed caterpillar skin

Enchantments: Aura vision

Biome: Fresh waters
Boundary: Mangrove swamp
Haunt: Fairy ring
(Reference photos)

Ownership: hitodama89
- can gift, swap (esk only)
- cannot trade (non-esk), resell
Owner history:
Gifted via wellspring to hitodama89



Mistake's personality is a real enigma: it's close to impossible to tell what's going on in its head. It hasn't shown any signs of having a preference over certain pronouns or even if it understands the concept of names. When asked to identify itself it occasionally answers with the very first sentence it remembers from the time it became sentient, This Was a Mistake, so that's what most others have started to call the peculiar creature.

Mistake seems to spend most of its time in its own little world, not paying much attention to things happening around it. It examines things it encounters curiously by touching them with its face and paws and does it the same way whether its current subject of examination is a rock, a piece of trash or another Esk. It doesn't have any sort of understanding of social norms or why it should stop touching someone when they tell it to stop, but fortunately Mistake is a rather slow creature so it's not hard to physically avoid contact with it. It also doesn't seem to mind even if someone shoves or downright throws it away; it simply continues looking for something else to do, be it floating in a river for a week or tangling its stretchy body into a tree. Or even talking to itself, because even if Mistake can go long times without muttering a single word, it can in fact produce (telepathic) speech. However it only repeats things it has recently heard. Usually the words don't make much sense, but in rare occasions it does manage to say something actually insightful. It's not known if those instances truly tell anything about the creature's mental capabilities or not, but they certainly add their own layer to the mystery of the wormy Esk.


Mistake is a pale blue caterpillar-like Esk that in its basic form is small enough to fit into a person's palm, but it can also stretch its body length-wise up to 100 m. The Esk's elongated, tailless body is segmented into eight parts, it has six stumpy legs and tiny eyes that have barely any vision at all. That's why Mistake observes the world around it mostly through other senses and its enchantment, which allows it to sense auras - the life force - of all soul-bearing creatures around it, including plants, animals, humans as well as Esk and other wandering spirits. The Esk's nature features are pale yellow puffballs and fairy finger mushrooms that grow in six clusters on its backside.


Mistake began its existence as a part of a Cloudless sulphur caterpillar, more precisely as its skin. In time the animal shed and discarded its old skin, which was then found by an Esk called Someone Else. She had been looking for someone she could transform into one of her kind as an experiment and now she thought she had found a perfect subject in the form of a dead caterpillar. But because the thing she had found didn't actually contain the soul of a living creature, the transformation turned accidentally from a normal one to abnormal. As soon as the transformation was completed Elsie noticed that the newly born Esk looked rather unusual, but that alone didn't bother her a whole lot. What did shock her more was that the creature didn't speak a single word but instead started to stretch seemingly uncontrollably. After some fruitless attempts of trying to communicate with the being she uttered "this was a mistake" and ran away. After that Mistake has been alone in the world, wandering from one place to another without much understanding of what is going on around it.


  • Mistake's "voice" (Esk use telepathy) also mimics the voice of the creature the Esk's
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About the character

  • Created in 2021.
  • Esk is a closed species created by witherlings.
  • Masterlist entry can be found here.

Art permissions

  • Everyone can draw this Esk mostly without needing to ask permission first!
    Permission is only required if you want to show this Esk:
  • Interacting with another character
  • Doing something that might permanently affect its life
  • Doing things that might be against its nature.
  • Currently Mistake has just been tranformed and has no idea what is going on.
    It can wander to anywhere in the world, including conservatory and even the past.