John Timmons was an African-American liberal Protestant minister who became Dunkelzahn's first translator. Timmons died when he was shot by a man wielding a hunting rifle in 2022. Dunkelzahn quickly avenged him and, in his will, set up a fund in his honor.
Dunkelzahn came under question more than once about why he didn't prevent the attack or heal the wounded Timmons (who nearly survived on his own), but Dunkelzahn remained quiet on the matter. Rumors say Timmons was ready to break with the dragon and reveal all.
During his time as translator he became a symbol of open mindedness and tolerance. He was succeded by Terri Ann Riberio.