It's possible that he was cursed because he did something bad, and he regretted it and is trying to be a good person, or at least a less bad person.Regarding armor designs: I think Pellan's armor, especially the pauldrons, looks really... interesting considering his current predicament.
A bit too fitting to be a coincidence.
At thhe very least it doesn't speak well of his character. Good guy armor usually doesn't look like that.
Or I could be talking out of my ass. Hooray for random guessing!