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Romolo (ロモロ, Romoro?) is a former shipwright living in the main settlement of the 4th Floor of Aincrad in Sword Art Online and the Non-Player Character (NPC) that gives players the Shipwright of Yore quest.
Romolo is an old man whose wispy, balding hair and scraggly beard were bone-white, but his skin was well burned by the sun and the muscles of his arms and chest were taut. Romolo also has sinewy hands with scarred and tattered fingers. According to Kirito, Romolo looked like an old sailor who had once boasted of his strength and was now retired and drowning in liquor.
Having discovered about the existence of a quest that was not present in the beta and deciding that it was crucial to clearing the floor, Kirito and Asuna arrived at the starting point of the quest, the residence of Romolo. Kirito attempted the usual phrase to start the quest, but as it did not trigger it, he had to look for hints on the proper prompt. After realising that Romolo was a ship builder, Kirito requested the man to build a boat. The man claimed that he was no longer a shipwright, but stated that if they wanted a gondola, they would first need to get bear fat to seal the wood against water.
Once they returned several hours later with Legendary Bear Fat, Romolo began listing other items that were needed, but Kirito and Asuna had already obtained premium versions of the required items, thus Romolo stood up and unlocked the doors to his carpentry storeroom. Romolo then returned with a scroll and allowed the pair to choose the design of their gondola. Once the design was finalised, Romolo drew a three-dimensional model of the ship and proceeded to his workshop to work on the gondola. Three hours later, Romolo was done with the gondola, thus Kirito and Asuna came to the workshop and claimed it. However, minutes later, Kirito and Asuna returned, as the gondoliers from the Water Carriers Guild were antagonistic towards them, thus Romolo told them to track a big boat carrying wooden boxes at nightfall without being noticed to discover the reason behind the gondoliers' behaviour.
Once Kirito and Asuna reported the details about the quest to Argo, who added it to her guide, Romolo had to make seven more gondolas: one for Agil and his team, as well as three for the Dragon Knights and another three for the Aincrad Liberation Squad, all in the span of one day.