Anyone else think Brador is...well, a bit of a noob? His attire is an altered version of the foreign attire, which is what we start the game wearing, complete with awful stats on the parts not reinforced with beast hide. His tactics are among the worst of the enemy hunters we face as well. He very rarely, if ever, uses any attack besides basic R1's and uncharged R2's (I've never seen him use the L2 in any of my many playthroughs), and he has an embarrassing tendency to continue his r1 chain long after you're out of range, making him easy prey for interrupts and viscerals. He doesn't dodge much, preferring to trade hits, and he seems to have very little concept of strafing, moving mostly just forwards and occasionally dodging backwards (dodging mostly backwards is another behavior that can be considered noobish). My thought is that, while on his first hunt, Brador witnessed a church hunter become a minor cleric beast, and slew it. Not wanting the public to panic at the knowledge that beast hunters became among the most horrific beasts, the Healing Church coerced Brador into keeping quiet on the affair. Seeing the value of a hunter who would keep quiet on sensitive matters, they "promoted" him to church assassin in the nightmare, and gave him a weapon that would, supposedly, allow him to purge any beastliness from his blood, as well as a relentless, but silent bell. They knew he couldn't defeat an accomplished hunter in a single battle, but they trusted that his relentless invasions would eventually wear them down, as he did with Simon.