Vlad thought Loftis resembled Morrolan e'Drien in terms of physical appearance. Vlad encountered Loftis while investigating the Orca conspiracy, and found the Dragonlord officer to be extremely sharp and difficult to fool, honest and noble. Kiera seemed to concur.
Loftis had knowledge of military history, and frequently sprinkled references to obscure battles or soldierly practices in his speech. Kiera's conversations with Loftis along these lines provided Vlad with a key clue to unlocking the mystery of the Jhereg thief's identity.