Rannon is gruff of candor and gruff of... well, everything I guess, now that you think about it. He may seem rough and prickly on the outside, but deep down, he has a genuine love and fondness for killing orcs.
Why, you haven't heard of THE Ovalt Mithriltongue? The most talented bard and illusionist this side of Waterdeep? You must have been exploring the Underdark for some time, let me lead you over to the Barfing Bugbear for some libations and a song... of GLORY!