Donor The donor is the old man out in the shack in the forest, the hermit in the desert, the guru at the top of the mountain, the blind homeless person under the bridge in a cardboard box, the genius in the lab, the teacher in the classroom, the lawyer in his office, the surgeon in the operating theatre, your grandmother or grandfather, a rich uncle the list is endless. If the hero needs a series of objects, then the salesclerks who sell him the objects are donors. If the hero needs information from a series of sources, then all of the people he or she questions are donors. The donor is the key figure for the middle part of the story, simply because the donor tests the hero and if the hero passes the test, the donor gives the hero a helper or magical agent that will allow the hero to get out of the story.