Nolby is an old man who spends most or all of his time sitting on a bench under the oldest tree of Kyrandia.. He is quite grouchy when Brandon first talks to him, telling him to go away and stop bothering him.
While not a people person, he appears to have a sympathy for birds. At first he is unwilling to help, but when Brandon explains he is planning to defeat Malcolm, Nolby relents saying he knows of Malcolm, and that Malcolm scares the birds. He then tells Brandon that there is only one song bird left, but it's hurt.
When Brandon asks again about a quill, Nolby simply states that if Brandon would harvest he must first sow.