Shibura's rider Hender is just a supremely awesome all-around cool guy... or at least he thinks so. Being cool is his primary goal, which is why he doesn't care about silly things like saddles or scabbards.
Why do I get the feeling that a certain Homestuck character may have influenced this guy's design?
never read homestuck. this guy is just a cooool guy archetype i've been drawing for 20 years in one form or another.
A character whose main trait is a motivation to look cool, which leads him to make dumb and impractical choices, while choosing a profession that can be life threatening. All of this reminds me of Lotton the Wizard a minor character from "Black Lagoon".