Esme is an overweight fourth grader whom Scythe Goddard uncharacteristically spares in a mass gleaning at a mall. He then takes her to live with him in Maxim Easley's mansion, where Rowan understands that Esme is a prisoner. Esme doesn't question why Goddard spared her, and she believes that there's something special about her relationship with Goddard since she doesn't have immunity and yet Goddard chooses to not glean her. Rowan learns later that Esme is High Blade Xenocrates's illegitimate daughter and that Goddard is using her to blackmail Xenocrates into giving him his way. Rowan finds Esme annoying, especially since he's required to be nice to her. Despite this, she seems like a kind and insightful child. She likes to play cards, especially with Rowan and Volta, and she tries to make friends with Maxim's children.
Esme Character Timeline in Scythe
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...Chomsky, and Rand seem thrilled with their day's work, but Rowan and Volta are disturbed. Esme whispers to Rowan that Volta is always cranky after a gleaning. Midway through the meal,... (full context)
Scythe Goddard brightly toasts Rowan when he, Volta, Chomsky, and Rand get home. Rowan sees Esme watching and feels ashamed, wondering if she knows what he did. Goddard proceeds to throw... (full context)
...ring. Goddard's skeleton also has no skull. Rowan suggests the investigators need to look harder. Esme appears in the doorway. Rowan calls her in and informs Xenocrates that Esme is returning... (full context)