DARIGAN CITADEL - Have you been aimlessly wandering the streets of Neopia,
desperate to find a cure for boredom? Did you just grab the final item(s) needed
for your uber-unique collection that no one else has thought of (or just ended
it because you were out of money)? Have you gone on a shopping spree for food
to only find that your pets are very bloated and probably suffer minor, temporary
symptoms of Bloaty Belly? Perhaps what you need is an idol, to stalk and swoon
over; to worship the ground he/she walks on; to plaster pictures all over your
NeoHome walls, or maybe just for the sake of worshipping someone.
Well [un]fortunately, I have chosen someone who may or may not be the perfect
model for that empty altar covered in dust in your living room. He is none other
than the ruler of the city named after him: Darigan.
Those who are loyal disciples under Meridell will take this time to lash out
at me insults and other words of treachery. Well, when you are finished, perhaps
you will continue reading this article. Finished? Great. For those who even
hold a spark of interest, let me tell you why Darigan may be your next idol.
First, let us look at his physical status. By his rather large ears, thin,
filmy wings, long spade-end tail, he seems to be some sort of mutant Korbat.
There is the first point for Korbat fans, which includes myself. He is definitely
not your average Korbat-not only is he bigger and stronger than most Korbats,
but he must have packed quite a punch to be worth 100 points if you managed
to defeat him.
However, that does not mean you abandon battyneo29471938 because he is not
as strong as the mighty Darigan. If you can, why not get your pets to worship
him too? As the cliché goes, 'the more the merrier!' What is so bad about worshipping
a mutant Korbat (and much more daunting one at that) if you are already a Korbat
lover? Sure, the skull and his rotted teeth (may I recommend Mint Flavoured
Toothpaste?) may not seem very appealing to the more sensitive Neopians, but
he has a reputation to live up to. This brings me to the next point-personality.
I am sure you all know that Darigan is the all-mighty ruler of the floating
Citadel named after him. His dark robes give him a dark, evil-enticing aura,
but the fact that he and his people faced years without the orb can be put at
fault. Okay, so his 'evilness' is a turnoff for those who believe in equality
and justice, but this leaves Darigan an open idol candidate for those who adore
and/or admire malevolence and ill will, and those who are indifferent or have
yet to choose a side.
The mighty Lord of Darigan obviously has leading authority over the city. Furthermore,
he probably has a sharp intellect and strategic thinking to have won the war.
Not only does he command troops with a single flick of his hand, but he can
also immerse the land in shadow with the power of his floating Citadel. He must
have power, or how would he manage to keep the city from falling on our heads?
Maybe that is really his secret plan to destroy Meridell, and all of Neopia.
Then what is his plan? Better yet, why does it matter? A faithful and devoted
worshipper would never need to ask questions. Their souls have been possessed
by their idol and they follow their new master mindlessly, never stopping-or
needing-to think. Does that not sound grand? Why not surrender your soul to
an intelligent being like Lord Darigan, and let him think for you? You will
never have to use up precious grey matter for thinking, except of course to
explain to the Chia Police why you burnt down Meridell Acres Farm.
However, it is not necessary to take such intense measures. Posters and statues
on the dining table is still a fine way to express reverence. If you are particularly
artistic, why not draw some portraits of Lord Darigan in striking poses, or
action-filled scenes? How about designing a Darigan plushie and other great
items? If the writers are inspired, they could write poetry or interesting stories.
Who knows? Maybe there will even be gallery specials for Meridell's adversary.
So, are you Darigan crazy yet? Probably not, but hopefully this article has
given you a different view on the dark lord, whether you choose to kiss his
feet or not. But hey, it might just give you something to do rather than watch
boredom steal your time.