eccentric professor of arcane anthropology at Corvix University.
Durante is sly. Working in a field that his colleagues consider eccentric, in order to gain acceptance and recognition for his work he has had to learn how to play politics and work angles.
Slips back and forth between looking distracted by other thoughts and begin laser focused on the situation at hand. He does this intentionally, particularly when dealing with university politics.
Durante wants the world to see the value of his research both for it’s own sake and for his own personal prestige and reputation.