The Dor often shows its presence through some sort of bright glowing, whether through Aons, the twists of the Dakhor bones, or in the wake of the movements of someone using ChayShan.
Composition & Nature
The Dor is a mass of plasma-like substance in the Cognitive Realm, a large amount of power left behind after Odium visited Sel. It is the remnant of Devotion and Dominion's combined powers after the Shards themselves were Splintered. The Dor exists in the Cognitive Realm and is very dangerous, appearing as a large source of mindless, uncontrolled power.
The programming-esque way Investiture is drawn from the Dor is the result of "a mixture of the Vessels' personalities, the fact that the power resides in the Cognitive Realm, and the nature of Sel's focus" (Form). Those who use the Dor can sense when others are using it.
In Jesker, a religion practiced by many Dulas, the Dor is the overspirit, an unseen energy that permeates the world. They believe that Dor is a force that controls the world. Those who follow the Jesker think that the Dor leads those who understand it towards harmony. It also keeps balance in the natural world. The followers of Jeskeri think that the Dor provides the motivation for all events in nature. It is responsible for everything from water "wanting" to flow downhill to teaching captive young birds how to fly. The Jeskeri Mysteries, a splinter group, look at the Dor in a slightly different way. Instead of a simple passive energy, they see the Dor as fate. The people who follow the Mysteries perform rituals to try to harness the Dor, instead of trying to become in harmony with it like regular followers of the Jesker. They try to invoke it to bring good or bad luck on other people. How the followers of the Jesker became aware of the Dor's presence is still unknown.
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- Elantris chapter 63 Summary: Elantris/Chapter_63#
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- Shadows of Self Lansing signing
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- General Signed Books 2012
— Arcanum - 2012-12-08#
- Arcanum Unbounded Chicago signing
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- GenCon 2017
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- Elantris chapter 56 Summary: Elantris/Chapter_56#
- Elantris glossary section D
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|Characters||Raoden · Sarene · Hrathen · Dilaf · Galladon · Eventeo · Kiin · Iadon · Roial|
|Places||Opelon · Arelon · City of Elantris · Duladel · Fjorden · Teod · JinDo · Svorden|
|Magic||AonDor · Aons · Dakhor · ChayShan · Seons · Skaze · The Shaod · Forgery · The Pool|
|Mythology and Lore||Devotion · Dominion · The Dor · The Reod · Shu-Korath · Shu-Dereth · Shu-Keseg|