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 advice 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 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.