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A doru.
Type Outsider
(div, evil, extraplanar)
Environment Abaddon

Source: Howl of the Carrion King, pg(s). 80-81

Dorus are the least powerful type of div, and generally serve as messengers for more powerful fiends. Like all divs, they relish misery and destruction.[1]


Dorus resemble the severed head of a monstrous humanoid with writhing hair, bestial teeth, and huge horns. A doru is typically much larger than a humanoid head, measuring about 16 inches in height and width and weighing around 10 pounds.[2]

Dorus normally float through the air at the eye level of the creature they are speaking with. They also sometimes roll wildly about on the floor to unnerve their opponents.[2]

They normally prefer to avoid combat when possible, using their innate abilities to turn invisible, implant mental suggestions and charms, and create multiple imaginary images of itself to distract and elude opponents. If they do attack, they bite with their razor-sharp teeth, injecting a poison that saps the victim's will.[2]

Dorus are known to speak Taldane, Abyssal, Celestial, and Infernal.[2]

Habitat and ecology

Dorus typically dwell in the depths of Abaddon, along with the other divs and the daemons. They also often travel to the Material Plane to torment, manipulate, or spy on mortals; more rarely, they serve as familiars of powerful wizards.[3]

As outsiders, dorus require neither food nor sleep. However, they enjoy both, particularly seafood. Few things please a doru so much as a pile of comfortable pillows after a good meal.[2][3]


Dorus are the least powerful type of div, and typically serve more powerful divs as messengers, spies, and manipulators. Dorus often spend time on the Material Plane whispering evil advice into the ears of susceptible mortals and bringing confidential information back to their div masters. Despite their dangerous reputation, however, many wizards still desire a doru familiar, as they are said to know many great secrets of magic.[1]

The greatest weakness of dorus is their obsession with secrets. If a doru suspects that someone holds a secret worth knowing, the doru will trade anything for that secret, including its services.[3]