Efrim Uttu-Isimud Waite (born July 1st 1999), known professionally as Efrim Waite, is a French-British musician, investor, and entrepreneur. They are best known for their solo work as well as being the lyricist, vocalist, and guitarist of the band Polysemic Sortilege.
Born in Italy and raised in London City and Paris, Waite studied at the Conservatoire de Paris and the University of Cambridge. They formed Polysemic Sortilege in 2019 and released seven albums until the band was broken up in 2033.
Waite launched their solo career in 2029 and has since released five albums. Their dense lyrics, public elusiveness, and cryptic statements have made Waite an influential and controversial figure in the music industry.
On October 4th 2049, Waite was found comatose in Tunisia after being reported missing in Spain by their executive protection team. They received care in a private clinic before boarding a private jet out of Tunisia on October 6th 2049. On October 10th 2049, Waite was spotted entering the Paris catacombs ahead of an explosion that uncovered a G6 hub in an unmapped section of the tunnels. It is unclear whether Waite was killed in the blast.
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Early life and education
Efrim Waite was born Efrim Uttu-Isimud Waite in Aquileia, Italy on July 1st 1999. Their father is Abdel Talbot Waite, a British bioengineer of Syrian descent, and their mother is Marguerite LeNormand, a French physicist. Waite’s childhood was spent between London City and Paris. They began playing music at an early age and released their first EP in 2009, going on to create over fifty projects before the age of fifteen.
In 2016, Waite enrolled at the Conservatoire de Paris, but dropped out before completing the first semester. In 2017, they began studying at the University of Cambridge, graduating with a Master’s degree in Physics and completing their PhD at Cambridge’s Cavendish Laboratory.
During their brief time at the Conservatoire de Paris in 2016, Waite met drummer/singer Nadira Bentoumi, bassist Imran Djebarri, and violinist Rokaya Toussaint. Upon Waite’s departure for Cambridge, the four were determined to work on something together and ultimately formed Polysemic Sortilege in October 2019 after a “life-changing experience that had nothing to do with music, or so we thought.” 
As part of Polysemic Sortilege, Waite released seven albums. Their lyrics were often highlighted as one of the band’s strong points, but it wasn’t until the 2028 release of The Opening, the band’s final album, that they gained international and commercial acclaim. Polysemic Sortilege went on hiatus in 2031 and officially disbanded in 2033 following the disappearance and death of Djebarri. 
In 2029, Waite released their solo debut, For That Which Howls In Multiples. Although the album was considered a commercial failure, it was met with critical acclaim. Pitchfork praised Waite’s eagerness to “return to Polysemic Sortilege’s early sound” and described the album as “a noxious, intricate soundscape pulsing with slow-moving chaos, loss, and the sense that Waite is begging to be heard.” The Guardian called the album “a two-hour, heart-wrenching epic, an abandoned lover’s plea echoing from the depths of hell.”
Waite’s second album, Of Altars & Graves & Sacrifices, was released in 2033. In his longest review to date, Anthony Fantano dedicated two hours to the album and called it “an incomprehensible, erudite masterpiece that seems eager to devour all of history and spit it back at us. Waite sings in eight different languages while deftly referencing John Milton, the Quran, particle physics, and obscure fin-de-siècle occult art. It’s a prophetic vision of folly and grief that stretches across time and place.” Following the death of Djebarri in August 2033 and investigations into Waite’s involvement, Of Altars & Graves & Sacrifices was removed from all major distribution platforms, which has made it into one of the most widely pirated albums of all time.
In 2036, Waite released their third album, Slumber ’Til The Miasma Calls My Name, to universal acclaim. The Guardian dedicated a special issue to the album, labelling it “a forty-seven minute, one-track experiment that simply shouldn’t work, yet does. Waite crafts melodies akin to whale songs and deep ocean sounds. They do not seem intended for us, yet we cannot help but listen. The discordant, labyrinthine landscapes Waite envisions reconfigure what music can be and the ways in which art affects us.”
After disappearing from the public eye for over two years, Waite returned to music in 2039 with a double-album called Epiphylogenesis: Unbecoming Machine / Becoming Other, which was praised for “weaving a unique, historical, and monstrous tapestry of the complexities created by our interactions with technology.”
Waite’s fifth album, Wandering The Squirming Multiplicities: A Farewell, A Fluctuating Hatching, An Ending A Venir, was first announced in 2045. Waite described it as their “magnum opus, which shall take the time it takes and the forms it will,” suggesting it would be their final album. On October 8th 2049, Waite uploaded a message to Vessel to announce that Wandering The Squirming Multiplicities: A Farewell, A Fluctuating Hatching, An Ending A Venir would be released on October 10th 2049.
On October 10th 2049, Waite uploaded a copy of Wandering The Squirming Multiplicities, consisting of four instrumental tracks. The upload took place moments before Waite was seen entering the Paris catacombs. The previously announced subtitle of the album was instead added to Waite’s artist bio.
Business ventures and research
In 2023, Waite founded Debtera Pharma, which became part of Zhupao Campus in 2032 and was acquired by Zhupao in 2033. Waite has also invested in numerous other companies and ventures, including Sanial in 2029, Cengal in 2030, and Pokrov in 2034. In 2039, Waite acquired a majority stake in PenCréant and enlisted the company to replicate ancient grimoires and musical instruments to their specifications.
Waite’s involvement with Sanial was heavily publicised when they volunteered to be the first human test subject for a neural colloid implant. In several interviews, Waite has expressed the belief that colloids are a highly beneficial technological development, stating that “colloids, rather than interstellar travel, are mankind’s only chance to see what lies beyond the primeval muck.” 
Death of Imran Djebarri
Waite was the primary suspect in a murder investigation after the death of Djebarri, who disappeared on August 1st 2033 after landing in Tunisia. On August 3rd 2033, Djebarri’s remains were found in a hotel room in Tunis, with the cause of death established as hypovolemic shock due to multiple thoracic wounds.
Djebarri’s body was found placed on a pile of animal remains and the words THE SONG-WEAVER BEHELD US were painted on a nearby wall using Djebarri’s blood. The handwriting was shown to match Waite’s. Additionally, hotel logs revealed that Waite had spent a night in the same hotel room precisely a year before Djebarri’s death.
Waite’s whereabouts on August 3rd 2033 remain contentious. Compiled footage from various sources showed Waite in Chile, Japan, South Africa, and Sweden throughout the day. This footage has been dismissed by multiple investigators and later attributed to a “hacking campaign carried out by bad faith actors in order to derail the investigation and frame Waite.”
Waite has stated that they never left their London City residence the entire time. Their phones, laptops, and smart devices were active there at the time of Djebarri’s murder, and multiple eyewitnesses, including Waite’s executive protection team and personnel, confirmed they had been there since August 1st 2033, the day Djebarri disappeared. All charges against Waite were dropped in October 2033 due to lack of evidence. 
Numerous lyrics from Of Altars & Graves & Sacrifices seem to reference and foreshadow Djebarri’s final days, including the location of his body and injuries sustained. The other members of Polysemic Sortilege never commented on the events. Many fans and critics believe that Djebarri’s death, Waite’s lyrics, and their erratic behaviour over the years led to the band’s separation in November 2033. 
Death of Nadira Bentoumi
On October 4th 2049, Bentoumi was found murdered in their Paris apartment, with the cause of death established as hypovolemic shock due to wounds identical to those inflicted on Djebarri. Despite the similarities between their deaths, French authorities have ruled out Waite as a suspect, as they were hospitalised in Tunisia at the time. 
Waite has refused to comment on the death of Bentoumi as well as the disappearance of Toussaint, who was reported missing by their spouse in Iceland on October 5th 2049. On October 8th 2049, remains belonging to Toussaint were found in a restricted area of the Arabika Massif. 
On October 2nd 2049, Waite was reported missing by their executive protection team. They were last seen on October 1st 2049 while boarding a ferry in Spain, but did not disembark in Morocco. On October 4th 2049, Waite was found comatose and in critical condition in the area of Chott el Djerid in Tunisia. Their exact location was not publicly disclosed and Tunisian authorities have declined to offer details, citing “an ongoing investigation.” 
At 05:32 local time, Waite was transported to La Rabta Hospital in Tunis and admitted to intensive care, and subsequently transferred to the neurology department of the Carthagene private clinic. The head of the department has stated that Waite’s vital signs are “stable and within normal range,” that they are awake and conscious, and that they have yet to speak or communicate.  On October 6th 2049, Waite was discharged from the clinic, with reports that they were seen boarding a private jet from Tunis-Carthage International Airport. 
On October 9th 2049, Waite’s medical records were leaked to Vessel, which has been attributed to “an anonymous member of staff” at the Carthagene clinic. The leaked data cache includes documents revealing that Waite has received over 120 colloid implants between 2032 and 2045. Medical scans taken in 2045 reveal “what appear to be colloids by the hundreds,” but the exact number is “impossible to pin down, as many of them appear to be custom-made and difficult to identify.” 
Other files indicate that Waite has been on a strict regimen of colchicine, anakinra, and various nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) since 2039, which corresponds with previously unconfirmed reports suggesting that Waite has been fighting an unknown illness for years.  Waite’s attorney, Claudius Fang, released a statement in response to the leak, announcing legal action against the Carthagene clinic for “endangering my client’s safety, well-being, and public image.”
At 09:51 CET on October 10th 2049, Waite was spotted in Paris, entering the Paris catacombs while using a CV dazzle hoodie to conceal their hair. At 10:19 CET, an underground detonation near Place Denfert-Rochereau collapsed a section of the street, revealing an unmapped set of tunnels containing partially destroyed Omnius servers. The explosion resulted in a local G6 outage, indicating that the site served as a G6 hub. Waite has not been seen since entering the catacombs and it remains unclear whether they were killed in the blast. French authorities are treating them as a suspect. 
Although Waite has given numerous interviews over the years, they have steadily refused to discuss their private life, preferring to talk about “the matter that matters.” Their elusiveness and cryptic statements have added to what some have described as the “Waite mystique,” but also led to criticism from fans and critics. The origin of Waite’s iconic tress of white hair has been the subject of rabid speculation, with fans having determined from photographic material that they must have acquired it before or in October 2019. 
Waite has worn numerous religious garments throughout their career, including veils, dresses, tassels, robes, kaunakes, sheepskin skirts, tufts, and kalasiris. Their style has been described as “a puzzling mélange of ancient and pre-historic imagery, little of which could be called fashionable or even aesthetically pleasing.”  Waite’s rotating outfits have contributed to unconfirmed rumours that they are behind Code Aberrant. 
Waite is fluent in French, English, Arabic, and has mentioned being proficient in Latin. They have described themselves as “a believer, but not in any of the newer religions,” later mentioning Zoroastrianism and Hinduism as religions that “carry traces of truth, but not enough for [their] liking.”  Waite has also expressed appreciation for tattoos, skin implants, and scarification. 
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