|Esplin 9466 Prime|
Esplin 9466 Lesser (twin brother)
Yeerk military officer
|Behind the scenes|
Imprisoned for war crimes
- "How can a Yeerk, used to the warm intimacy of the Yeerk pool, truly understand what it is like to have four legs, to run, to see, to feel, to manipulate objects at will with delicate, precise hands? To have a deadly tail? It's not possible. Not really. [...] Slowly, slowly, I began to understand my enemy. To understand their impressive strengths. But also to see their weaknesses. The Andalites might have been the dominant species in this arm of the galaxy. But they were not invincible."
- ―Esplin 9466
Esplin 9466 was an officer in the Yeerk military. In his capacity as the leader of the Yeerk invasion of Earth, he served as the Animorphs' primary foe. For most of the series, he held the rank of Visser Three, but was promoted to the rank of Visser One towards the end of the war. In addition to being one of the first Hork-Bajir-Controllers, Esplin 9466 also possesses the distinction of being the first human-Controller and the first Andalite-Controller in history.
- "I come from no regular Yeerk pool. I was born from the decaying bodies of my tripartite parents, along with several hundred brothers and sisters, aboard ship. And one twin, naturally, as you know from the double-number designation. I have never lived on the home world. I was born in a sterile, titanium-alloy tank, beneath the warmth of a portable Kandrona. It was all I knew. [...] So we lived in our pool. As simple Yeerks must. And I would have lived happily enough. But then came the day when it was my turn to take "training.""
- ―Esplin 9466
- "I would never be a scientist. I knew I didn't have that kind of mind. But perhaps there was something else I could learn from the Andalite computer. Something that would make me fit for a host. [...] Know your enemy. That was my calling. That was the way to gaining my own host. I would learn all the computer held about the magnificent, powerful creatures called Andalites. Someday we would face the Andalites in battle. Then I would be needed."
- ―Esplin 9466
At the time, the Yeerks had only a small number of Gedds to use as host bodies, and so each of the quarter million Yeerks on the convoy were given fifteen minutes "training" in a Gedd host. When Esplin's turn came up, he was so overwhelmed by the experiences of sight, hearing and greater mobility that he made it his ambition to be one of the few Yeerks to always possess a host body. He had a twin brother named Esplin 9466 Lesser. To help increase his chances of achieving his dream, he immersed himself in Andalite culture, biology, and military tactics, taking a famous Andalite saying – "Know your friends well. Know your enemies better." – as his axiom. He quickly became the pre-eminent expert on all affairs Andalite in the gestating Yeerk Empire. Through this initial research, Esplin fostered a deep desire to one day infest an Andalite, so that he might truly understand them.
Launching the Hork-Bajir InfestationEdit
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- "Months went by, and slowly the memory of those few amazing moments in the Gedd faded. Others were called to assume hosts. I was not. But then it happened. Palp to palp, the message came to me. Esplin 9466 to the infestation pier! There was a new species to try. After failures with the Hawjabrans and only the few Ongachics, our wandering assemblage of spacecraft had found a new planet. With new creatures. Three had been seized from the surface and brought aboard. One was for me."
- ―Esplin 9466
Soon after arriving at the Hork-Bajir homeworld, the Yeerks capture two specimens to examine for their fitness of infestation. Esplin is called to the pier, and becomes the first Yeerk to inhabit a Hork-Bajir as a permanent host. He utters the words "Yes, these creatures will be our weapons," and seals the fate of the Hork-Bajir.
- "You see, I had already realized one very important thing: From now on, the host body one had would be an indication of power. Already there were lines of distinction between Yeerks who had Gedd hosts and Yeerks who were given the new, powerful Hork-Bajir bodies. These Hork-Bajir would be our shock troops. But there was still one host better than Hork-Bajir: Andalite. Yes, the Yeerk who could take an Andalite host would be more than a mere sub-visser. The Yeerk who could take and hold an Andalite host would be a visser, at the very least. And someday, who knows? A seat on the Council of Thirteen?"
- ―Esplin 9466
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- "I heard the title and swelled with pleasure. I had been newly promoted. Up from Sub-Visser Seventeen, my first command rank. It was a jump of five places! Sub-Vissers Sixteen and Fourteen had been promoted. Sub-Visser Thirteen had been killed in battle against Hork-Bajir rebels. Sub-Visser Fifteen was being executed for incompetence and cowardice. [...] But I was in command. I was the twelfth highest-ranking sub-visser. Beyond that there were nine vissers. But every day there were promotions. Every day new sub-vissers and vissers were added. We were growing! These were amazing, heady days."
- ―Esplin 9466
When the first Andalite forces arrive, Esplin, now known as Sub-Visser Twelve, leads the fighter attack against the Andalites. Using his knowledge of Andalite tactics and technology, his counter-measures prove to be effective, and he manages to survive the struggle against the then-superior Andalite forces, though most of his comrades are lost. By the end of the conflict, Esplin has established himself as one of the most prominent Yeerks of his generation.
- "There is one other possibility, Andalite. There has never been an Andalite-Controller. None of us has ever succeeded in capturing an Andalite alive. Your warriors use that nasty Andalite tail blade on themselves rather than be taken alive. Such a waste. Really. See, I want to be the first to have an Andalite body. With that body, with the Andalite morphing power, I wouldn't remain a sub-visser for long. I could be a full visser. [...] Let me take that Andalite body. You'll live. It's the only way you'll live."
- ―Esplin 9466 to Elfangor-Sirinial-Shamtul
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Esplin, now Sub-Visser Seven, is in charge of security on the Taxxon homeworld. He encounters Elfangor-Sirinial-Shamtul, Arbron, and Alloran-Semitur-Corrass on the Taxxon homeworld, and their two human charges, Loren and Chapman.
- "He stood there, rage on his face. Alloran. War-Prince Alloran-Semitur-Corrass. But not really Alloran anymore. For the rest of my life I would remember that moment. The moment when I looked for the first time, upon the abomination. You see, Alloran was no longer Alloran."
Esplin conducts a little signing negotiation with Chapman, understanding that the human race could be a useful new host species. During a skirmish with Elfangor, Esplin’s host is knocked unconscious, along with Alloran. Esplin uses the unguarded moment to acquire Alloran as a host body, becoming the first Andalite-Controller in history. He gives all his knowledge of Andalite fleet movements and modern tactics and technology to the Council of Thirteen, and they reward him for his efforts.
Using the Time MatrixEdit
- "Yes. We are falling toward a black hole in a dead ship. But we have a way out. The Time Matrix."
"In case you haven't noticed, Visser, the Time Matrix is strapped to the outside of the ship. The outside. In fact, it's probably drifting free. It was held in place with energy ropes. Those are gone."
"Gravity. There should be just enough attraction between the ship and the Time Matrix to keep it close."
"How do you propose getting to it?"
"We would have to work together, Andalite. And quickly."
- ―Esplin 9466 and Elfangor-Sirinial-Shamtul
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Esplin later arrives when it becomes known that the Skrit Na obtained the Time Matrix, now Visser Thirty-Two. He becomes entangled with Elfangor and Loren, and the result of their meddling with the Time Matrix as all three of them try to use it to go home results in a warped universe, part Earth, part Andalite homeworld, and part Yeerk Homeworld. In a final stand-off with Elfangor and Loren, Esplin travels through a rift and apparently returns to the Jahar, falling into a black hole, but he survives under unspecified circumstances.
Later, when the Ellimist warps Elfangor out of his original timeline, Esplin has already reached his trademark rank, Visser Three. Elfangor rams his Blade Ship, and the battle ends with an Andalite victory as Esplin retreats his forces. This battle makes Elfangor a Prince.
Visser Three is given the assignment of assuming control of the invasion of Earth. It is a job he doesn’t seem to care for initially, but this reveals how important the Yeerks view the invasion. When the Andalites finally do send a military force to Earth, Visser Three hides his bladeship in a crater on Earth’s moon. The resulting sneak attack results in the Andalites being overwhelmed and ultimately destroyed except for Elfangor, who dies shortly thereafter at the Visser’s hands, and Ax.
Invasion of EarthEdit
Visser Three moves the invasion along nicely, already in the later stages. He is soon confronted by the Animorphs, whom he believes to be "Andalite Bandits", his views on Andalites preventing him from considering the possibility that the Animorphs may just be humans with the power to morph. Within a few months, his main Kandrona generator is destroyed, and he gets into trouble when he captures the Animorphs and Visser One’s personal bodyguards discreetly set them free.
He orders two hundred Human-Controllers each month, according to The Capture in the town the Animorphs live. This included an entire hospital staff from the East Wing Hospital, writers, teachers, TV actors and hosts, and anyone in political power to join The Sharing. This will include the governor of where the Animorphs live, but it is unknown what happened to the state's governor. It is unclear whether the governor was infested by a Yeerk from the Yeerk pool, or the governor was rescued by the Animorphs when they 'captured' and starved Temrash 114, who had been assigned to be the governor's Yeerk.
As the series progresses, Visser Three finds himself increasingly put off-balance by the Animorphs' actions, even if they manage to keep him ignorant of the scale of their involvement in some cases. Thanks to the Animorphs, not only do various Hork-Bajir hosts escape to start a new colony hidden in the mountains, but the Yeerks' plans to use the telepathic Leerans as host or genetically engineer the arctic species the Venber to act as a slave race are each cut off before they can progress beyond the initial stages. Attempts to expose the Yeerk Peace Movement or develop an Anti-morphing ray to capture his enemies are also disrupted by his enemies' interference, until he discovers the truth of the Animorphs' identities and escalates the conflict, forcing the Animorphs to retreat to the Hork-Bajir colony with most of their families.
When the Andalites arrive, the Animorphs are able to force a stand-down, resulting in the now-promoted Visser One retreating from Alloran and accepting the decision to stand trial on Earth rather than with the Yeerks or the Andalites. Despite attempting to get Jake charged with war crimes, he is left incarcerated in his natural state on Earth for crimes against humanity.
Esplin is a no-nonsense Yeerk, personifying the cold and heartless enemy the Animorphs are up against. He keeps subordinates in line with fear over incentive, and isn’t above the random execution, just to keep the rest in line.
Esplin's twin brother was initially his comrade in arms, but eventually the pair became antagonistic towards each other, with Esplin declaring his brother a traitor. The other Esplin became a cannibal, killing other Yeerks in order to sustain his own need for Kandrona rays, and suspected that Visser Three only kept him alive in hopes of obtaining this technique. The home of Esplin's twin's host body on Earth later burned down under mysterious circumstances; it is unknown whether this was perpetrated by the Animorphs or by Visser Three himself.
Esplin is a war hero to his people in a similar way Elfangor is to his, and the two share a bitter hatred towards each other almost from the moment they meet. Though Esplin isn’t as selfless and valiant as Elfangor, he appears to be far more cunning, as demonstrated in most of the battles of wits he has with Elfangor, he emerges the victor.
He does enter a rivalry with then Visser One, and their rivalry was something of a legend, even among Andalite circles. He has a close friendship with Visser Four, the head of the Leeran invasion; though, with Esplin’s personality, it is most likely a political alliance more than friendship.
Most Yeerks possess some kind of relationship with their hosts, often not a positive one, and Alloran long ago gave up his fight with Esplin so until book 54 he remained an entire slave, not even thinking to be free once more. In book 54, however, once defeated by the Animorphs and Tom the traitor, Esplin voluntarily relinquished his hold on Alloran, favoring the Animorphs' punishment to what the Council would sentence him to, and Alloran was overjoyed to be free again, once and for all.
|Djabala, Kafit bird||Prior to The Andalite Chronicles|
|Taxxon||The Andalite Chronicles|
|Antarean Bogg||The Invasion|
|Unnamed Creature with Eight Heads and Eight Legs and fire breathing from capabilities|
|Huge unnamed creature with three legs, tiny head, and a rock like appearance|
|Amazonian Snake (unusable; Sario Rip)||The Forgotten|
|Lebtin Javelin fish||The Reaction|
|Unnamed Giant Yellow Sea Serpent creature||The Escape|
|Unnamed Winged porcupine-like creature||The Underground|
|Human (Hewlett Aldershot III; possibly)||The Decision|
|Dule Fansa, Human (Tony)||The Discovery|
|Unnamed Lizard Creature||The Threat|
|Human (Aria)||The Pretender|
|Unnamed creature with a Medusa-like head, with a scythe-shaped blade on each of the "snakes"||The Suspicion|
|Unnamed creature with an appearance resembling an eyeball, with long yellow tentacles for eyelashes||The Sickness|
|Unnamed Chameleon Land Crab creature||The Reunion|
|Unnamed putrid creature||The Weakness|
|Unnamed tar creature||The Hidden|
|Unnamed acidic crature||The Return|
|Unnamed creature, which resembled a mound of living, carnivorous, Jell-O|
|Unnamed creature, with an appearance like a giant squid covered in hard black scales, with twenty spike covered tentacles||The Ultimate|
|Giant Octopus||The Sacrifice|
- According to the Anibase, Alloran/Visser Three has a total 27 morphs in the series.
Books Narrated By Esplin 9466Edit
- Esplin 9466 has the title Visser Three from books #1-45 in the series. After the original Visser One is killed in book 45, he becomes Visser One for the rest of the series.
|Vissers in the Yeerk Empire|
|Visser One||Visser One | Visser One|
|Visser Two||Visser Two|
|Visser Three||Visser Three|
|Visser Four||Visser Four|
|Visser Thirty-two||Visser Thirty-two|