A stern, powerfully built man, Vance is well-known for his exceptional skill in weaponcrafting, and also in imbuing magical properties in weapons (and occasionally armor). Projects that would take other, lesser blacksmiths days or even weeks to finish take him frequently no more than an hour or two, up to four hours if he’s being really careful and precise.
After Tesla’s foster parents died of illness, Vance took in the girl as both his apprentice and his surrogate daughter. He treated her with respect and a kind of awkward kindness, never being one to connect with other people. Still, he raised her at all, and perhaps is somewhat to blame for her abrasive and honest attitude. The similarities between the two are obvious in mannerisms, if not appearances.