You cough politely, and the old man looks up at you in surprise.
'Ah!' he squeaks, his voice wavering. 'A visitor!' He leaps up with surprising agility considering his age and scuttles over to you to shake your hand. 'We have so few visitors!' he says delightedly. 'It really is an honour - the greatest honour!'
You smile and tell him your name - he's obviously just a harmless old man.
'An adventurer, eh? We've had quite a few of them pass through here over the years, I can tell you... Ah, well - that's what happens if you go looking for trouble, I suppose.' He sighs and adjusts his spectacles. 'Well now,' he says, brightening. 'What can I do for you?'