> Plus I'm fairly sure Mumph would lie through his teeth if necessary, if it meant saving the world from some horrible fate. I still remember that he's a soldier, not a super-hero.
He's a soldier, but not really a modern one. His military service dates back to the Zulu campaign (Rourke's Drift and Ulundi), and includes Khartoum, the Second Boer War, the Great War (Ardennes, Charleroi, Mons, Antwerp, Crackow, Galipoli, Verdun, the Somme, Ypres, and Passchendaele), the Spanish Civil War, and the Second World War. For many of these conflicts he was serving as a "political", meaning he worked not just as an officer but also as a courier, diplomat, and spy; and given that at least some of his superior officers were aware of his particular knack of getting the timing exactly right he ended up with his fair share of extraordinary missions for kind and country.
Mumphrey had something of a problem with some of this, because technically he isn't allowed to use the abilities of his office to shape the future in any major way; so for many of these battles he had to rely upon his own wits not upon the Chronometer.
But in some ways Mumphrey's not so much a soldier as a country squire, or as an overgrown public schoolboy, or as the last of the cavaliers, and it's his ability to slip between all of these while disguised as an avuncular eccentric that makes him so damned dangerous on occasion.
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