Generations of men (and eventually women) had dedicated their lives to the Watchers Council. They claimed it was a calling, requiring commitment and loyalty. Only the best and brightest were admitted to this rarefied atmosphere and even then, the top positions were jockeyed over by the fewest and finest. Young men (and eventually women) fought for roles as active Watchers, competed to rove the world with their slayer, fighting evil in whatever incarnation they found.
In the end, though, they were no heroes. They were nothing but pirates, sea rovers stealing lives and futures of lovely and brave young girls.