Appearance and PersonalityEdit
David is described as a pale, reed-thin man with long brown hair which falls into his eyes. He is a rather quiet Durast who enjoys using his Grisha talents of manipulating metal and doesn't seem to notice anything other than that. As an adult man his appearance is still described as unassuming and his personality is mild mannered, calm, intellectual, and distracted.
David first appears in Shadow and Bone when Genya Safin takes Alina Starkov to the workshops to pick up her glass discs. He is either unaware of Genya's crush or uninterested because he never acknowledges her presence. David is a skilled Fabrikator and the Darkling uses him to create the collar for Alina out of the Morozova's Stag's antlers.
Later, David admits that he feels bad about creating the collar, and Alina tells Genya to let him know she forgives him.
When Alina Starkov returns to the Little Palace, David mostly ignores her, as he feels guilty for making Morozova's Collar. Alina corners him in the workshops, and he tells her about his idea for the large dishes. David and Nikolai Lantsov work together on the dishes and the repair of the Hummingbird. Alina corners him again and asks about Morozova's journals. During the Darkling's attack, he attempts to use the remaining dish, but it doesn't work. When the Darkling reveals Genya, David rushes over to her, and they go with the other Grisha to the White Cathedral.