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Dark Doriard

Rotting tree stumps, animated by forest fairies, that can be randomly encountered in the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) video game Dragon Warrior IV. These plants have an undying hatred for human beings and will attack them on sight--they remember all too well that it was man who cut them down. After defeating one of these fiends, an adventurer may find that the Dark Doriard's remains have transformed into a 'Wooden Hat' that can be used as a helmet to protect one's head. Dark Doriards are more dangerous than their weaker cousins, the Demon Stumps.

Unlike normal trees, these flora can move about freely, however, a Dark Doriard's actions are stiff in comparison to a human's. Despite their slow movements, Dark Doriards have been known to perform a strange dance that can drain the magical force (i.e., magic points, MP) of anyone who watches it. These creatures attack by scratching and clawing their enemies with their arm-like branches. Dark Doriards can cast the magic spell 'Sleepmore' which can cause an individual to immediately fall into a deep sleep, leaving them at the mercy of the caster. The tough, wooden body of a Dark Doriard is relatively resistant to physical damage. Because of their magical nature, these children of the forest no longer have the need to photosynthesize and never tire.

Like most things made of wood, Dark Doriards burn readily and must avoid fire. While any type of edged weapon can potentially do them harm, they particularly fear axes and saws.

Cardboard, paper toweling, tissue paper, newsprint, electrical wire, white glue, hot glue, and paint.

9.4 cm/3.7 in. x 14.0 cm/5.5 in. (highest point x widest point)

One day; November 6, 2005.

Below is a photo of my initial paint job for this figure. Despite applying two washes of green paint over the base coat, the model was still far too blue--it was so bad that you can't even tell that washes were applied in the photo. An azure tree stump is not without its charms, but it wasn't close enough to the source material for my satisfaction, so I dry-brushed some undiluted green paint onto the figure to get the final blue-green results seen above.

Image of a Dark Doriard from the 'Dragon Warrior IV' Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) game:

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