| A contract's a contract. And a Sawad never breaks his word, or may the sands swallow him. Integrity is my people's way.
— Barnard Sawad
The enclaves of the desert are famed for producing well-trained, disciplined mercenaries, and Barnard is the leader of one such warrior clan. Armed with a slender, crescent blade in his right hand and a dagger in his left, he commands a unique fighting style as graceful as any dance.
To Barnard, a contract is bond. He would sooner die than break faith with a client. His people and the shi'arcs are sometimes rivals, sometimes allies, it all depends on who's paying.