The docodori (/ˈdəʊkəʊdɔːɹi/) is a stranger with a pill-like body and simple markings. In shape, it is slightly tapered at the top and bottom, and possesses no prominent features save for four thin, wiry appendages which are darker in color than the docodori's other markings. Its shell-like skin is plasticine, and encapsulates an inner fluid, the composition of which varies depending on several factors (see designation of a quadrant). The docodori's head remains vertically aligned at all times, its body floating in the air approximately 5'6" above the ground. There is no force able to move the docodori from its location without destroying it.
If struck with enough violence, the docodori's body shatters outright, but otherwise only displays signs of wear-and-tear at a level visible under a microscope. It is unable to regenerate in case of breakage; any exposure to air causes its inner fluid to be instantaneously absorbed by its own flesh, which, internally, is curiously slick and coated with an infinitesimally thin layer of enamel-like substance that is always a light grey color. No fluid remains by the time the docodori's pieces strike the ground.
Its voice, if any, is unknown.
The docodori always appears in a group of four, known as a "quadrant", with only one quadrant appearing within a city at a time. A docodori quadrant seems less likely to appear on the edges of the city. Each quadrant appears to have no particular parameters or limits for its generation, and can appear on top of a post office roof1, along a shop-lined city street2, in the basement of a crowded but high-rent apartment block3, or in the middle of a baseball field4.
|1||I had gone there to go away for a while, to drop coins and see who'd run out to catch them. Azita Zamani|
|2||Stores closed – for good, or for now? Geu Go|
|3||A few rooms over, an argument pushed through one of the walls, and I leaned back against the opposite. Ignatius Yazizi|
|4||The grass was still green. Vaness Krain|
Three-quarters of the time, quadrants are undivided; the remaining 25% of time, they appear divided in two sets, or one group of two and two each in isolation, or each in the corner of four separate rooms, or any other arrangement within a space, although they never appear in a space which would force them to tangent a solid object.
A docodori quadrant fades into existence and becomes solid in a transition lasting exactly 1.933 seconds. If the space is obstructed in that time by anything larger than a speck of dirt, the quadrant's subsequent disruption into white and nullifies itself-
Each docodori in a quadrant takes on physical characteristics based on population trends of the strangers around it. Its skin changes color, and its inner composition sours or sweetens depending on the overall disposition most common within its quadrant. Its taxonomy also becomes amended.
|melancholic||radeki catchetski in||black-nbluto|
|choleric||radeki catchetski si||enziomatic mustradictone|
|phlegmatic||radeki catchetski de||yelourichrom|
|sanguine||radeki catchetski so||bloodwater|
If any strain bearing a prime number becomes the most numerous strain, the markings of all docodori within a quadrant shift to black. If a docodori becomes the most numerous strain within a region, the quadrant becomes pure white.
The docodori displays an uncomplicated, and unmodifiable, disposition: aside from a rhythmic clutching and un-clutching of its finger-like appendages, it does not react to any kind of stimulus in the world around it.
A docodori quartet is not completely still, however, and will bob up and down in alternation, rotate in place, or rattle one-by-one. All four individuals move in unison 50% of the time, and 25% of the time, one half of a group displays contrasting actions with the other half. In the remaining quarter of displays, no pattern is displayed, with one individual being just as likely to move as three. After one to six minutes of this activity, the group returns to its baseline state.
If touched by a sensitive, the docodori begins to vibrate, and its behaviour changes slightly, with some impact upon the strains within its quadrant that share its disposition. All activity returns to normal once contact desists.
|The quartermate clutched its fingers, as the veterans squeezed the life out of the fruits in their hands. The brilliant menders grabbed at an earth that did not yield, while the tenants grounded themselves as best they could. Azita Zamani|
|The quartermate rotated, as the ides danced. The beguilers and the butchers both brought their paths around their small perimeter, and the fountains strained in stillness against the earth. Go Geu|
|The quartermate wrenched upward, as the small trials nipped each other's heels. The time-keepers scratched at the floor below, and the confidantes snarled outward in their silent tongues. Ignatius Yazizi|
|The quartermate turned upside-down, as the inebriates went belly-up. The low-lifes settled only further above the bloodletter's now-sleeping stead. Vaness Krain|
Docodori die at different times, each death randomized from a scope of finite possibilities. One portion crackle and crumple (color lost before impact), while another portion spin and then settle upon their appendages before tipping and scattering, while another portion sputter as though struck by an explosive (but causing no surrounding damage). In all cases of death, the corpse does not persist beyond one or four seconds.