David R. Watson is a bowyer currently living in Austin, Texas. He is the real-life inspiration behind the companion Iolo and composed the music for the song "Stones," which became a series staple following its initial appearance in Ultima V. Additionally, Watson is a fencing master and lutenist, with a varied career of video game support including level designer in X-COM: Apocalypse and lead mission analyst in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
In Game Counterparts
- Iolo Fitzowen: Watson's alter ego throughout the Ultima series is Iolo Fitzowen, who is based on Watson's persona within the Society for Creative Anarchonism's barony of Bryn Gwlad.
- Triolo: In Savage Empire, Watson is represented by the shaman Triolo, who appears to bear some unfathomed relation to the original Iolo found within Britannia.
- David Yellin: In Martian Dreams, Watson's counterpart is the geologist David Yellin.