Hmm. I agree that Strongbow's more prickly characteristics can really turn people off. I think it's at least partly in self-defense, however. A way of protecting his inner self. And at least some of it came from Crescent's death, [...]
As I said, a result of brutality ...but really, he did seem a bit stiff even while Crescent was alive. A little like Sole Protector Rayek, but without the gloating. He's like a guy in uniform making you feel like you haven't bled enough to afford the fun you're having. But I can see how his steadfast convictions would be attractive. I guess what I value more is the ability to change your mind, and to have new ideas every once in a while. But then, that just wouldn't be Strongbow, so as a "contribution" to Elfquest I like him just the way he is.