Truism #1: A lot of professionals are crackpots.

Alaude was the most professional of all the Primo's Guardians. This was something you'd noticed a lot. He was always business-like, polite in his speech. He was all business, calm, cool, reserved, all professional coolness.

But at the same time, he was anti-social, had a bit of love affair with fighting, and would rather have nothing to do with anyone. In fact, he really seemed to dislike everyone and nearly everything. That was weird to you, how he never seemed to need or want anyone. After all, weren't people social by nature? His eccentricities bordered on craziness. He was a professional but a complete and utter weirdo.