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The Eebs were a husband-and-wife team of Red Court vampire assassin, composed by Esmerelda and Esteban Batiste. They appeared in Changes.

DescriptionEdit

They were notorious among the Fellowship of Saint Giles and were considered unorthodox and unpredictable, capable of sacrificing their personnel if necessary. They excelled more at planning than at fighting.[1]

Like others of their Court, they were able to compel and control others by looking in their eyes.[2]

Susan Rodriguez speculates that they have some kind of gruesome sort of love for each other, and Martin comments that they merely have complementary insanities.[1]

They had a practical long term approach to violence, hitting at weaknesses, repeatedly, exposing themselves to minimal risk. A single attempts may not have been successful, but they were repeated until success.[3]

Esmerelda BatisteEdit

Esmerelda Batiste was a tiny woman about 4'6" with the proportions of an adult. She had pale skin and freckles and appeared young, around nineteen. Her hair was light brown and straight. Her eyes were extremely odd: one was a pale icy blue, the other a deep dark green. She was wearing a gown with long flowing sleeves and some kind of sleeveless robe and corset; her feet were bare. She smelled like formaldehyde and mildew.[2]

Esteban BatisteEdit

Esteban Batiste was 5'6" with short red hair, a black beard, and sun-darkened skin. He was dressed in black silk clothing, like he'd just left a dress rehearsal for Hamlet.(reference needed)

BiographyEdit

It was initially assumed that they worked for Arianna Ortega,[1] later appearing that they worked for the Red King. They were not of original Mayan descent making it impossible to be named to the Circle. (It's unclear whether they were referring to the Lords of Outer Night, or the Circle).[2]

In the seriesEdit

ChangesEdit

Main article: Changes

In Changes, the Eebs were trailing Susan Rodriguez and Martin when they went to Harry's office building—covertly owned by Arianna Ortega—to steal information off the owner's computer. The Eebs lead a six-vamp team to stop Susan and Martin from learning about the Red Court plans. Harry Dresden intervened but one escaped, setting off an explosion that blew up the building.[4]

Later, Susan told Dresden that, according to the Fellowship of Saint Giles, their followers were the Eebs. Susan and Martin surmised that it was likely Esteban who had run since he's known to rabbit early and often and that Esmerelda would have been the spotter on top of a building and probably set off the charges. Dresden put in that they're likely the ones who shot at him on the steps of FBI Headquarters after he was released. Harry then questioned why, since killing him would have spoiled Arianna's fun. Susan answered there must be division in the ranks—at the top.[1]

The Eebs sent an Ik'k'uox demon to Rudolph's house in an effort to cut loose ends, which Dresden, Thomas Raith, Mouse, and Molly Carpenter engaged. The Eebs appeared out of the forest and abducted Harry, who was injured by the Ick.[5] They told Dresden of three options: gift his daughter to the Red King, kill himself, or be turned into a vampire. Dresden stalled long enough for Thomas Raith and Mouse to find and rescue him. The Eebs were driven off.[2]

Throwing a Molotov cocktail into Harry's doorway just as he was leaving; one of his crutches got burned. Dresden's trapped inside with Mrs. Spunkelcrief and the Willoughbys trapped upstairs.[6] Molly confirms their identity as the drive-by firebombers, Esteban Batiste specifically as the thrower. Dresden was certain that they'd find him in the hospital to finish the job. Dresden has Sanya and Molly Carpenter take him to Saint Mary of the Angels.[3]

They also hired gunman Stevie D to enter Saint Mary of the Angels to kill Harry Dresden, hypnotizing him to believe that Susan Rodriguez hired him.[7] Harry deduced the truth anyway.​[8]

The Eebs launched an attack against the Chicago FBI headquarters where Susan is being held, gunning for her, Harry, and Rudolph is their loose end. They followed Harry and Susan into the Erlking's stronghold—his dining hall full of goblins—in the Nevernever,[9] They informed the Erlking that Harry tricked them into his hold in order to escape the hunt, trying thereby to draw the Erlking in the War. Harry swore by his power that this happened by chance, and the Erlking set a trial by combat.[10] The Eebs chose a vampire and the Ik'k'uox as their champions. Harry and Susan defeated them; the Eebs were tortured as punishment.[11]

They are presumably dead by the end of Changes, along with all the other Red Court members killed by the Bloodline curse.[12]

QuotesEdit

Esmerelda: “We don’t like it (referring to Harry). Its Power smells foul.”
Esteban: “We must be patient. It could be a great asset.”
Esmerelda: “It is listening to us.”
Esteban: “We know that.”
Esmerelda: “Poor thing. So battered. We should give it a kiss and let it sleep. It would be merciful. And He would be pleased with us.”
Esteban: “No, our love. He would be satisfied with us. There is a difference.”
Esmerelda: “Have we not come to understand this simple fact? Never will He name us to the Circle, no matter how many prizes we bring into the Court. We are interlopers. We are not of the first Maya.
Esteban: “Many things can change in the span of eternity, our love. We will be patient.”
Esmerelda: “You mean that He might fall? (giggles) Then why aren’t we currying favor with Arianna?”
Esteban: “We shall not even consider it. Should we even think of it too often, He might know. He might act. Do we understand?”
Esmerelda: “We do.”[2]

SpeculationEdit

  • In Changes, the Eebs mentioned the "Circle". It is unclear whether they were referring to the Lords of Outer Night, The Circle, or some other entity, though it is more likely they were referring to the Lords of Outer Night.[2]
  • Donar Vadderung referred to the Lords of Outer Night and the Red King's inner circle.[13]
  • It seems that many of the characters on the vampire side are obsessed with ascending within the Red Court:
    • Arianna plotted the whole thing, not just for revenge on Harry Dresden and Ebenezar McCoy, but to get a seat on the Lords of Outer Night after the Red King is dead.[14]
    • Martin lived more than a century and a half plotting with the Red King in disguise as a Fellowship of Saint Giles member in order to ascend to a seat on the Lords of Outer Night.[15]
    • The Eebs seemed to be obsessed with rising in power within the Court, with their possible aim being to gain a seat on the Lords of Outer Night.[2]
  • Cowl, who first mentioned the Circle in White Night, was also present at Bianca's Ball, so he does have a Red Court connection.[16] He also states, in Dead Beat, that much occurred that night which Harry had no idea of.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Changes, ch. 22
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Changes, ch. 26
  3. 3.0 3.1 Changes, ch. 29
  4. Changes, ch. 4
  5. Changes, ch. 25
  6. Changes, ch. 28
  7. Changes, ch. 32
  8. Changes, ch. 33
  9. Changes, ch. 35
  10. Changes, ch. 36
  11. Changes, ch. 37
  12. Changes, ch. 49
  13. Changes, ch. 21
  14. Changes, ch. 44
  15. Changes, ch. 48
  16. White Night, ch. 15
  17. Dead Beat, ch. 8

See alsoEdit

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