Thomas Nightingale is a secondary protagonist and mentor (or Master) of protagonist Peter Grant. He currently holds the rank of a DCI and is thereby Peter's senior officer. He is also the leading officer of the police department that deals with magic.
He is currently approximately 115 years old (no confirmed birth date known) and described as 180 cm tall, slim, with finely boned feature, grey eyes and brown, short hair. He looks like he is in his early forties.
He is said to be born in year 1900.
He is always well dressed, mostly wearing suits or other formal clothing; the most casual up to now have been a polo shirt and jeans. He carries a silver-topped cane.
Nightingale is a reserved and serious person, who rarely loses his calm. He appears mostly distant, but is seen to be loyal and protective towards those he likes. He has a dry sense of humor.
Note: Most of Nightingale's past has yet to be revealed/elaborated on, therefore most of it is left to be guessed.
Nightingale was born around the turn of the century, making him approximately 115 years old. He had 2 sisters and 4 brothers. There is nothing known about his parents. He had an uncle named Stanley who was also a magician and who was at least of one the reasons why he also took the same path. He learned magic at Ambrose House.
Nightingale aged normally up until the 1970's, when he was somewhere between 70 and 80 years old. Due to as yet unknown influences he then began aging backwards, getting slowly younger again.
In the past Nightingale has interviewed several serial killers. among them are: Peter Sutcliffe, Dennis Nilsen, Fred West, and Michael Lupo. He also knew the wizard who helped the police in the search for Jack the Ripper.
Nightingale was first introduced in Rivers of London. He approached Peter, who had been searching for the ghost of Henry Pyke and took him in as a help on the murder case and later as a sworn apprentice.
Nightingale is a master magician to the point where he was known to be the most powerful magician in Europe during the 60's. He is an excellent fighter, being able to beat the highly skilled Varvara without suffering any injury. During World War II he held the rank of a Captain and was famous to the point where the Germans set a price on his head. He also destroyed two Tiger Tanks during that period, the first with three fireballs and the second wih a single fireball. He was wounded (shot) in action during the conflict.
In the present, he has shown to be highly skilled in using fireballs as an attack move, as well as using elaborate spells of higher order, up to seven. The same cannot be said of his skills with modern, electronic technology, of which he has a limited understanding.
He speaks at least English, Latin, German, Danish and the old language of Father Thames. He may also read old Greek and Arabic.
- He drives a classic grey Jaguar Mark 2 with a 3.8 litre XK6 engine.
- His suits are tailored by Dege & Skinner in Savile Row.