Author’s note: As an author, I enjoy a bit of artistic license and have a great deal of fun writing articles and stories from the point of view of my characters/avatars. While this article is written by Belzan the Talk Tyria (TT) author, it is written in Belzan Furu, the GW character’s voice and from his perspective. I hope you enjoy the change of pace.
Caudecus. Why is it every time I hear that name or see the smug look on that statue’s face I immediately become angry? Maybe it’s because he is so smug, sitting there in his mansion whispering conspiracy into the ears of any who will listen. He thinks he is above the law and treats the Ministry Guard as his own private army. He’s a thorn in the side of the Seraph and many believe him to be an outright political rival to Queen Jennah. I for one don’t trust him, but then I’m a bit biased; I was born in Beetletun and I’ve seen how it has changed since he settled in the area.
To those living in Beetletun now, he’s a bit of a celebrity. He expanded the little farming community, plopped down a mansion, and built a carnival to distract everyone from the problems in Kryta. That’s right, I said “distract.” That should be clue enough right there of his intentions. Elder Hezron would never have tried to distract villagers from the threat of danger, he would have enlisted aid to defend the shire, as he did in 1072 against the Undead Hoardes.
Perhaps what the villagers of Beetletun need is some perspective.
The origins of the town of Beetletun are a bit mysterious. Before the rise of the Elder Dragons, it sat on the edges of Watchtower Coast and was once a defensive outpost against an unknown northern threat. I remember running barefoot around the shire as a child in the 1030s (yes, that makes me over 300 years old. Did I mention I’m a necromancer? That’s a story for another time though). At that time the shire was mostly a farming and partially a fishing community. The services offered by the town were meager and few people bothered to travel there when Lion’s Arch was so close by. We were a simple people. One thing remains true of Beetletun throughout the majority of it’s existence: we will not be bullied. When times are tough, the villagers band together to survive. This was especially true during the 1070s when Kryta was plagued with undead.
During the rise of the Zhaitan, when the lands flooded, Kryta became a haven and times were dark for humans. Beetletun and Shaemoor were rebuilt to suit the needs of the new lands and the influx of survivors (note: you can view the land changes on a map posted on Hunter’s blog here). As a rich and powerful man, Lord Caudecus was integral to the growth and expansion of Beetletun at this time. He built a mansion for himself and a statue was constructed to commemorate his actions. This is where, in my opinion, Caudecus the man begins to change. Wealth and power have a way of convincing a person that he/she is entitled to more wealth and power, and the fastest way to “earn” both is through politics.
Caudecus joined the ranks of the Ministry and rose to the position of Legate Minister after a short time. He is charismatic, wealthy, and has done well by many villagers in Kryta, so his meteoric rise to power is not surprising. He is a shrewd politician and has a large group of followers in both the Ministry and the citizenry. He has curried favor from Krytans by building a carnival in Divinity’s Reach and has control over the Ministry Guard, which further amplifies his power, considering they are the least policed armed faction of Kryta. Caudecus has, in my opinion, enough power and armed allies to rival the queen, and many Krytan’s believe that is exactly what he means to do.
I am of the opinion that Caudecus is not to be trusted. He wields a great deal of influence and power over Kryta. Queen Jennah’s treaty with the charr, while a great move forward in my opinion, has not been well received by the xenophobic Ministry. My sources in the Order of Whispers say that something is amiss with the Ministry Guard and rumors of a coup walk the streets like the shades of those murdered for profit. Legate Minister Caudecus is a rich and powerful man and a leader of men and women who are themselves rich and powerful. The Ministry holds great sway over the laws and politics of Kryta and Krytan’s have fallen prey to charismatic and powerful men before. The names Saul D’Alessio and The White Mantle are still cursed in the streets of Kryta.
But that is my (admittedly biased) opinion of Legate Minister Caudecus. Perhaps you know something about him that I do not. Maybe he really is the savior of Beetletun. Maybe he and the Ministry have good intentions for Kryta and fully intend to work with Queen Jennah. Maybe in time his heart will grow three sizes larger.
Please reply with thoughts, opinions, and information about Caudecus. If anything, we can get a better understanding of him through discussion. If not, I’m happy to start the lynch mob to take back Beetletun. I’m itching to put the “stomp” back in old stompin’ grounds!
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About the author: Belzan Furu is a Krytan spellcaster who is approximately 300 years old and is the GW and GW2 character of TT author Belzan. His blog can be found at belzan.wordpress.com. You can find him in game as Belzan Furu and you can read more about Belzan, the TT author, here.