Three years prior to the events described in the Sorcery! series, the "black-eyed curse" befell the Seventh Noble of Kharé, and he has been reduced to the status of a blind beggar, walking the streets of the cityport, begging for alms. To add to his misfortunes, he has attracted the tormenting attentions of a pair of Harpies, who seek to steal what little money he has collected. Although he tries his best to fight them off, he stands little chance, due to his age and lack of sight (Sk 2, St 8).
The only sign of his former status is a silver ring, in the shape of a serpent, on his finger, and it is rumoured that this may in fact be the Serpent Ring. As a former Noble of Kharé, it is possible that he is one of those who knows a part of the spell which unlocks the North Gate of the city, but his memory is failing, so he may have forgotten it if he ever knew it.
- Given that a number of characters in the Sorcery! series have their inspiration in the film Jason and the Argonauts, it is likely that this character was inspired by the blind Phineas, who is tormented by Harpies.