Aradesh is a good man who's genuinely concerned about his people and their problems. He may be a bit suspicious of the Vault Dweller at first, and can seem a bit paranoid, but that's because he distrusts all outsiders, and it is possible to earn his trust.
Aradesh was originally an inhabitant of Vault 15, a sister vault of Vault 13. His multicultural accent and appearance are attributed to living in Vault 15, which housed the social experiment of incorporating people of diverse cultural backgrounds. However, Aradesh left the vault with the other dwellers following a disastrous attack by raiders. Along with a few other exiled inhabitants of the vault, he ventured out into the wastes, looking for a place to begin anew.
Soon after the attack, Aradesh founded the humble community of Shady Sands using a G.E.C.K. in the year 2142. He then led the community with a steady, guiding hand, reinforcing the slightly xenophobic attitudes of the townsfolk, aiming to make it a completely self-sufficient community, and keep it that way. Initially, he greeted the Vault Dweller with reserve, but after he removed the radscorpion threat and later saved his daughter from the Khans, he welcomed him openly in the community. Broad horizons were opening up for the small town.
Aradesh (along with Seth and Tandi), would later start laying the foundations for the New California Republic, with him being elected as its first president. Soon after, inspired by the Vault Dweller's legacy, Aradesh and Seth began searching for Vault 13. However, during one of their expeditions they disappeared and were proclaimed dead. Afterwards, his daughter took her father's position of President, guiding the NCR to a brighter, safer future.
He is likely to be among the first non-player characters with a talking head that the Vault Dweller will encounter. It will be learned quickly that he does not tolerate being lied to. Should the Vault Dweller act rash, refuse to answer questions, or lie about their origins in Vault 13 (excusing the fact that the Vault Dweller with high Speech can lie their way in), Aradesh won't hesitate to lead them to the town borders. This has no real effect on further interactions in the town, as one can walk back in and re-initiate dialogue with Aradesh without negative repercussions.
'Many sticks can be broken. A bundle cannot.' This is a sentence that describes the symbol of Mussolini's Italian (fascist) soldiers during World War II. The symbol he describes, known as the fasces, is also a well known fascist symbol.