Tome of Dorgoth

Tiheri Baudelf

Tiheri Baudelf (532 LC - present) is a 371-year old high elf scholar and monk, dedicated to the history of the Kingdom of Laeryll. Baudelf has specialized in the political transitions that occurred during the reign of Bothandal the Crafter (444 BLC - 5 BLC) and connects the system of Province Keepers, established in 358 BLC, to a decay in decision-making that has culminated in the growth of the Labarean Empire. Baudelf is the founder of the Forum for Monarchy, a salon dedicated to restoring pre-Bothandalist politics in the Kingdom.

Baudelf's theory consists of two main arguments. One is that the varied interests of the Laeryllian provinces lead to the Province Keepers always advising against changes in policy. The second is that Bothandal's philosophy has led to a set of values that emphasize seeking peace and consensus. The combination of these is perpetual stalling of decision-making and appeasement, if not outright concession towards enemies. Baudelf has cited the Hilltower Treaty as a turning point in his thinking, as he considers it as a humiliating 'give-away' of Silimanis and the coastal strip that followed a cowardly retreat.

In their book One bird on the throne, Baudelf and religious scholar Falix Fisibird explore the rise of this set of values. They observe that it coincides with the move from the Bird Gods to a strong focus on Waye and posit that societal absolutism is conserved: it just went from the political into the religious sphere.

Baudelf is a strong proponent of military action against the Labarean expansionism and a passionate advocate for a return of the Bird Gods into daily life.

Cultural impact

Baudelf coined the term 'paradox of inferiority' to describe how humans, due to their short lifespan, are often more driven and productive than elves.

Position on wood elf autonomy

Baudelf takes an ambivalent stance toward wood elves. Their syncretism leads to a continued worship of the Bird Gods in Qosid, which he admires. At the same time, he ardently advocates a return to Laeryllian glory days, which are clearly the accomplishments of high elves after The Shimmering. Their egalitarian society stands in stark contract with his desire for pre-Bothandalist monarchism, but he shares the disdain that Qosidians have for top-down decisions, such as the Decree of Returning.

In the end, Baudelf would like to see a Crown that actively controls Qosid, but cannot help but admire the purity that he sees in wood elf politics and culture.