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Officer Downspout by Kit Cox
Name Downspout
Race Gargoyle
Occupation Watchman, Constable
Physical appearance Ugly stone drainage system in the Gothic style
Residence Ankh-Morpork
Marital Status
Books Maskerade
Feet of Clay
Cameos The Fifth Elephant

One of the first gargoyles in the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, Downspout is good on stake-out and guarding duties. He is not happy indoors, as this is not his natural environment, but to show willing and be one of the boys, he will make a token appearance at the Watch Hogswatch party to tip a pint of gravy down his ear and be seen to mingle for a while, before nipping out onto the windowsill with a party hat on. His paper squeaker echoed out forlornly over the rooftops for the rest of the evening. This is one of the greatest moments of true pathos in the entire canon. Sniff!

Being a Gargoyle in the Watch has caused him some problems, namely his tendency to eat the messenger pigeons. As he has no concept of or use for money, he is paid instead in pigeons. His ability to patiently watch for days on end has come in useful for stake-out missions, and he helped the watch to catch the Park Lane Knobbler after three days of careful observation. In Feet of Clay Vimes entrusted Downspout to guard the Patrician's bedroom window, and he was also one of the first to hear the cry of Meshugah as the demented golem walked the fog shrouded streets.