Old Man Nick Knack
|Dragon Quest series character|
|Old Man Nick Knack|
|Dragon Quest V|
Old Man Nick Knack died of old age waiting for certain goods to arrive at the Knick-knackatory, but became a ghost and continued to wait. After The Hero delivers the special products, he becomes the curator of the museum. He calls himself "Ghost Grandfather", because he has forgotten his real name. While this character's name is similar to that of Yuji Horii, the game creator has stated in a prerelease interview that the two are unrelated.
After 18 pedestals are filled, Old Man Nick Knack, gives The Hero 1,000 Gold Coins as thanks.
Old Man Nick Knack's diary can be read from a bookshelf in his bedroom and changes depending on how the Knick-knackatory is managed:
'Today is the... Well, today's the day after yesterday. Just like every other day.
'I wonder whether he'll make a go of the museum or not. Maybe he'll make it into the grand knick-knackatory I always dreamt of.'
(Written after the basement has all Knick-Knacks.)
'Today is the... Well, today's today, that's what it is!
'So anyway, the fella hasn't put a single article on display! He's put the whole lot in the box room...
'I'm startin' to wonder if he doesn't have sometin' against me...'
(Written after 6 or more Knick-Knacks are placed on the first floor.)
'Today's some day or other, I can't rightly remember when.
'But it doesn't matter. The point is, the place is finally startin' to look like a knick-knackatory. 'Tis slow progress, but it's gettin' there.
'Ye can't be too quick-quack with the knick-knacks, though. Slow and steady, that's the key. That way I can keep an eye on the fella.'
(Written after all pedestals in the basement and the first floor have Knick-Knacks, plus one pedestal on the second floor having one.)
'Ah, me ole diary. How's she cuttin'? D'ye happen to know what the day is, do ye?
'Well anyway, he's found me a fair few knick-knacks now, so he has.
'It won't be long 'til every pedestal in the place is taken. I can hardly contain meself!'
(Written after 7 Knick-Knacks are placed on the second floor.)
'There's no time to write down the date!
'Give a dog a bone, I was right to appoint that young feen as curator!
'He's made everytin' just grand. 'Tis almost like I was runnin' the place meself, so it is! Here's hopin' it lasts a long while.'
(Written after the Yggdrasil sapling is watered.)
'I couldn't care less what day it is.
'The knick-knackatory's about as perfect as it can be.
'I can honestly say I've not been so deeply moved since the day I died.'
(Written after the Catas Trophy is placed on the top floor.)
'Today's... Well, knick-knack, Janey Mac, 'tis one o' those days!
'The lad's put the Catas Trophy on display! I nearly died again, so I did! Again!
'He's a tough one, that fella. I can't rightly grumble at him, what with him bein' such a bruiser an' all.'