a man wearing a long grey cloak.
He wears gloves with the fingers cut off, and carries a large hourglass with him.
"I'm Daver McCord."
"Every hour of the day, I ring the bell a number of times."
"According to the numbers on the hourglass, you see."
"Well, I usually know what time it is up here in my head somehow."
"But just in case, I start this hourglass at sunup, turning it over every nine hours."
"It is especially important for those with shops."
"They know when to open for business, eat lunch, close, and that sort of thing."
"Another of Lord British's innovations, this bell thing."
"You look much taller in person. Woodroffe's painting does not do you justice."
"Heh, heh. I know little of that. I'm just the bell-ringer."
"Hmmm. I guess that you don't keep a regular schedule, being the Avatar and all."
"Probably out till all hours, collecting runes and such."
"Magical little things."
"There's a symbol on one side, and a letter on the other."
"Probably spell something out if you put 'em all on a necklace."
"But that hasn't been done for a long time."
"After the Codex of Ultimate Wisdom was brought back from the underworld, Lord British gave the runes to the lords of the eight cities."
"Let's see now." He counts them off on his fingers.
"Minoc, Trinsic, Jhelom, Yew, Skara Brae, Britain, Moonglow..."
"...Ah yes, and New Magincia. I hear each of the lords knows a mantra."
"Haven't the foggiest what those are for."
"Something to do with the shrines, I think."
"Always wanted to visit them. Never had the time."
"Heh, heh, heh!"
"Lord British appointed lords to rule the eight cities."
"Until we meet again."
"Sorry, I cannot help you with that."