Doty

Doty
Companion (Taryon Darrington)
Official sculpture of Doty, by Critical Role.[art 1]
Basic information
ActorMatthew Mercer
Race
  • Mechanical Servant (1.0, 2.0, 3.0)
  • Steel Defender (4.0, 5.0, X)
Biographical information
Full name
  • Doty[1]
  • Doty 2.0 (successor)
  • Doty 3.0 (successor)
  • Doty 4.0 (successor)
  • Doty 5.0 (successor)
  • Doty X (successor)
Pronounshe/him
LanguagesUnderstands Common, Undercommon, Gnomish, Draconic, Sylvan,[2][3] but can only say "Tary"
Affiliations
Status
StatusFunctional (rebuilt 9 times)
Causes of death
  • Doty: Dismantled by devils.[4]
  • Doty 2.0: Unknown
  • Doty 3.0: Scuffle against a bugbear.[5]
  • Doty 4.0: Malfunctioned and attempted to kill the Darrington Brigade.[6]
  • Doty 5.0 through 9: unknown
Mechanical information
Creature typeConstruct
Level15 (Tary's Level)
HP
81
AC
17
DC
Strength
14
Dexterity
12
Constitution
14
Intelligence
4
Wisdom
10
Charisma
6
Speed
walk 40 ft.
Stats referenceSteel Defender stat block from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything[3]
Appearances
First seen"A Bard's Lament" (1x85)
Last seen"The Adventures of the Darrington Brigade" (OSx35)
Stream

Tary.

— Doty 2.0's entire vocabulary.

Doty is the mechanical servant, scribe, and best friend of Taryon Darrington. Doty has been dismantled and rebuilt many times, the latest iteration in 836 PD being Doty X.

Description[edit | edit source]

Appearance[edit | edit source]

  • Doty is humanoid in shape, about eight-and-half feet tall and lanky.[7] He looks like he has been frequently repaired, with many scratch and scuff marks that are most likely the result of acting out fantasy battles with Taryon.[8] In an attempt to create a disguise for Doty, Taryon glued Shayne Tranter's hair to him to create a wig and goatee. A mask was then added so Doty ended up with a "secret goatee" under the mask.[9] The hair was later removed, although traces of the goatee were still there.[10]
  • Doty 2.0 presumably of a similar appearance to the original Doty.
  • Doty 3.0 "stands a shining golden color, gifted the materials by a thankful ore baron whom Taryon's Brigade of Adventurers saved from a terrifying doppelgänger's plot."[11]
  • Doty 4.0 was built as one arm and one eye on top of a tricycle due to Taryon's lack of funds.[12]
  • Doty 5.0, unlike previous versions, has an opposable thumb.[13]
  • Doty X, pronounced "Doty Ten", has a more sleek and angular appearance than previous iterations of Doty. His chassis has a built-in shelf that holds a selection of Tary's favorite books.[14]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Though Doty is usually stoic and implacable, he occasionally expresses a great range of emotions in his actions and intonation of "Tary". Displayed emotional reactions include humor, disappointment, sadness, and even hostility (such as his reactions towards Hazel Copperpot).[15] It is unknown whether the flaw in Doty 4.0 that caused Doty to turn on Tary was related to Doty's personality processing or some other function.

Biography[edit | edit source]

  • Doty was created by Taryon Darrington to be his biographer and only friend. Doty was destroyed during Vox Machina's journey through the Nine Hells with his creator weeping over his shattered chassis. Taryon later built a new construct named Doty 2.0 as a replacement.[16]
  • Doty 2.0 was rendered nonfunctional after taking heavy damage in battle. He was repaired by Taryon in Whitestone.[17] It can be assumed Doty 2.0 went in the way of his predecessors.
  • Doty 3.0 was built after Doty 2.0 and was likely destroyed in service to Taryon and the Darrington Brigade. In Taryon's letter to Vox Machina, it was stated that Doty 3.0 was destroyed in a scuffle against a bugbear.[18]
  • Doty 4.0 was malfunctioned and attempted to kill Taryon and the rest of the Darrington Brigade.[13]
  • Doty 5.0: When Vox Machina reunited a year after the battle with Vecna, Tary was travelling with Doty 5.0.[19]
  • Doty X: By 836 PD, Tary has constructed the tenth iteration of Doty.[14]

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Taryon Darrington[edit | edit source]

Taryon was Doty's creator and master. Doty faithfully transcribed all of Taryon's words and actions into the book he carried with him. The human built him when he was 27 years old and considered the construct to be his best friend. The two of them often acted out battles from the stories that Taryon had read.[20]

Hazel Copperpot[edit | edit source]

Despite usually being apathetic to individuals that aren't Tary, Doty 5.0 perceived Hazel as a threat. Hazel's intention to act as a biographer to Taryon Darrington would have threatened Doty's purpose. As a result, Doty managed to express frustration, hostility, and competitiveness with her, despite being completely featureless and only having a one-word vocabulary.

Character information[edit | edit source]

Official art of Taryon Darrington and Doty X in 836 PD, by Elliott Berggren from Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 272.[art 2]

Notable items[edit | edit source]

Doty abilities[edit | edit source]

  • Doty can make two slam attacks dealing bludgeoning damage.[23]
  • When an ally is attacked within 5 feet of Doty, Doty can spend a reaction to make an attack in retaliation.[24]

Doty 2.0 abilities[edit | edit source]

  • In addtion to the abilities of the first Doty, Doty 2.0 was capable of limited speech, only saying the word "Tary"[25]
  • Hand Cannon; takes a short rest to reload[26]
  • Darkvision[27]
  • An sprayer built-in into his arm to sprinkle on Tary's armor[28]

Doty X abilities[edit | edit source]

In addition to the abilities of previous iterations, Doty X has an expanded vocabulary, able to say the following six words: Tary, yes, correct, absolutely, soon, handsome.[29]

Appearances and mentions[edit | edit source]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • Sam said that when he pitched the idea for Taryon he told Matt that he wanted to have a biographer traveling with him to chronicle his exploits. Matt had already suggested the artificer class and thought the robot helper they tinker would be perfect. The artificer's companion is supposed to be modeled on a beast's statblock, so at Sam's suggestion they moved some of Doty's Strength points to Intelligence so he could write.[30]
  • The stats given above are for the Steel Defender versions of Doty, taken from the Eberron: Rising from the Last War book. Assuming they haven't been modified like the original Doty, this gives Doty the lowest intelligence score of any companion to accompany Vox Machina, despite Doty being able to write and thus technically being smarter than Grog Strongjaw.[30]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Pumat Sol was reading a completed copy of The Daring Trials and Tribulations of Sir Taryon Darrington in "Lost & Found" (2x13).[31]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Spelling of "Doty" confirmed by Sam Riegel. (source)
  2. Understands all languages Tary speaks.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, p. 19.
  4. "Bats Out of Hell" (1x93) at 2:23:03.
  5. See Sam's tweet of Tary's letter to Vox Machina, written for the post-campaign wrap-up but not read there.
  6. "Dalen's Closet" (OSx33) at 15:06.
  7. "Daring Days" (1x86) at 59:03.
  8. "Daring Days" (1x86) at 1:02:46.
  9. "Voice of the Tempest" (1x90) at 1:05:50.
  10. "Voice of the Tempest" (1x90).[citation needed]
  11. "The Chapter Closes" (1x115) at 3:51:13.
  12. Taryon's letter to Vox Machina, written for the post-campaign wrap-up but not read there.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Dalen's Closet" (OSx33) at 15:04.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 6: "Allies and Adversaries of Tal'Dorei", pp. 272–273.
  15. "The Adventures of the Darrington Brigade" (OSx35).[citation needed]
  16. "Bats Out of Hell" (1x93).[citation needed]
  17. "One Year Later..." (1x95).[citation needed]
  18. Taryon Darington's letter to Vox Machina (source)
  19. "Dalen's Closet" (OSx33) at 13:36.
  20. "Daring Days" (1x86) at 2:14:10.
  21. "Unfinished Business" (1x100) at 1:43:29.
  22. "Bats Out of Hell" (1x93) at 1:27:32.
  23. "Family Matters" (1x96) at 3:57:25.
  24. "Daring Days" (1x86) at 1:30:19.
  25. "One Year Later..." (1x95) at 51:53.
  26. "One Year Later..." (1x95) at 53:42.
  27. "Unfinished Business" (1x100) at 1:07:44.
  28. "Unfinished Business" (1x100) at 3:41:27.
  29. Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 6: "Allies and Adversaries of Tal'Dorei", p. 273.
  30. 30.0 30.1 "Talks Machina #13: A Bard's Lament & Daring Days" (TM1x86) at 59:38.
  31. "Lost & Found" (2x13) at 3:49:42.

Art:

  1. Official sculpture of Doty, by Critical Role (source). This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.
  2. Official art of Taryon Darrington and Doty X in 836 PD, by Elliott Berggren from Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 272. This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.