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I have just started a new job at the M/M factory (with a slight modification to avoid copyright). As part of the assembly line, the job isn't difficult. Your eyes have time to wander as the motions become second nature. I noticed the continuous absence of a very striking coworker. Why striking, you say? Not only did his man appear one day, and disappear the next, but his hair was a vibrant shade of teal-blue and paired with quite an unsettling face. During lunch break, I asked the guy (named Henry) who works next to this mysterious worker about the disappearances.

Henry replied, "Oh, him? He's an interesting one, isn't he. They can't fire him since he's such a rarity. I know health-wise he's quite brittle and visits the clinic once every fortnight about his right ankle. He's told me about it before; we seem to get along well. He hates Koby though. Says he's different. Kind of harsh if you ask me... I'm pretty sure they're cousins or something. Anyway, us guys call him Evil Blue cause of his face... but in a good way, though!" Henry awkwardly goes back to eating, ignoring my puppy dog eyes for more information (guess he let that one slip). I gave up and finished my lunch as well.

At the end of the day, I realized that I never got the most important piece of information: the rarity's name! A nickname won't cut it- there's no way I could go up to him and say, "Hey! Evil Blue! What's up?"

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I used to think it was Amazonite (gemstone) but another (maybe better?) answer for the name could be

cobalt

since

it's compounds are used to make blue pigments, it's name comes from 'kobold' which is an evil creature, and it's apparently brittle and rare. Also, 'Koby' kind of sounds like 'Cobalt', so maybe it's Cobalt's hated cousin.

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  • $\begingroup$ There is indeed wordplay, but "Koby" is quite literal :) You are totally correct to guess a r13(zvareny) +1 - there is certainly a more vibrant blue-teal and brittle boy that fits here. $\endgroup$ – iiiidk Aug 22 '18 at 19:02
  • $\begingroup$ @iiiidk Is the 'evil' part also a hint? Or is it there to add to the story? Or is giving that away too much? $\endgroup$ – 1848 Aug 22 '18 at 20:49
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    $\begingroup$ Evil is an important part. It's synonymous with what you're looking for. $\endgroup$ – iiiidk Aug 22 '18 at 20:50
  • $\begingroup$ @iiiidk any way the answer could be (rot 13) ghedhbvfr? Vg svgf gur pbybe/oevggyr pyhrf, naq frrzf yvxr pbybe oyhr vf hfrq gb jneq bss rivy. $\endgroup$ – 1848 Aug 22 '18 at 21:30
  • $\begingroup$ It's even more literal than that for Evil, and still takes Koby literally, too :^) r13(vg raqf va -var) $\endgroup$ – iiiidk Aug 23 '18 at 16:49

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