Minister Caudecus

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Legate Minister Lord Caudecus Beetlestone the Wise is the charismatic and cunning Legate Minister of the Krytan Ministry. As Legate Minister, he is responsible for overseeing the functions of the Ministry, as well as being in direct command of the Commander of the Ministry Guard. He is a veteran of the War of Ascalon Independence, having served as a General in the war, Caudecus is an opponent of the current truce with the charr. With his experience and popularity, Caudecus has emerged as a serious political rival to Queen Jennah, whose egalitarian rule has eroded her support with the nobility, and whose failure to hold back the centaurs and bandits plaguing Kryta has caused some of the common folk to begin to doubt her ability to defend her nation.

In addition to his activities in Divinity's Reach, Caudecus is credited with the expansion of Beetletun, home to both his own mansion and a statue of himself. His carnivals have allowed him to amass a fortune which allows him to retain the services of many Ministry Guards and Seraph — this, he claims, is the reason why the bandits and centaurs do not attack Beetletun, and allow his shire to be relatively prosperous. His wife died several years ago, reportedly killed by bandits, leaving his daughter Demmi Beetlestone as his only family.

In 1325 AE, he became suspected of orchestrating various bandit operations, including the capture of the Falcon Company and framing Minister Arton for their supposed deaths, as well as being behind Minister Zamon's dealings with the bandits. However, no solid proof was provided, preventing prosecution. Later, his daughter defected to the Order of Whispers, claiming to have evidence of shady dealings by her father. She was aided by Lightbringer Tybalt Leftpaw. Caudecus dispatched Ministry Commander Landon to recover her, but was unsuccessful. Around this time, he hosted a party at his estate, Beetlestone Manor, to celebrate the human-charr détente. There, he promised to unveil a new creation by Uzolan the Artist, his personal inventor, who turned out to be behind a Separatist plot by Captain Monique DeLana to kill the Queen. Fortunately, the soon-to-be Pact Commander, Logan Thackeray, and Zojja were able to stop the plot before either the Queen or the Minister could come to harm. Following this, at the Queen's insistence, the Minister was taken back to the Royal Palace, where he remained, officially for his safety, as his manor is investigated for further Separatist and bandit activities.

Locations[edit]

Kryta

Historical locations[edit]

Kryta

Story involvement[edit]

Personal story[edit]

Living World Season 3[edit]

Combat abilities[edit]

Effects

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Skills

Only during Confessor's End (both fights):

  • Slice (thief skill) Slice (thief skill) - Slice your foe.
    • Redirect Arrow.png Slash (thief skill) Slash (thief skill) - Slash your foe again.
      • Redirect Arrow.png Crippling Strike Crippling Strike - Cripple your foe with a final strike.
  • Pistol Whip Pistol Whip - Pistol-whip your foe, stunning them, then slash repeatedly with your sword.
  • Body Shot Body Shot - Make your foe vulnerable with a body shot.
  • Head Shot Head Shot - Daze your foe with a head shot.

Only during Confessor's End (first fight only):

Only during Confessor's End (second fight only):

  • Make way for the confessor! - High damage delayed shadowstep skill that Launch 40px.png Launches foes and is followed by three Filthy Peasant! skills. Enables Counter Magic special action skill to reduce damage and prevent launch.
  • Confessor's Rage - AoE damage attack
  • Throw Unstable Bloodstone Fragment Throw Unstable Bloodstone Fragment - Throw a shard at the target, applying a random condition in an area around the impact.
Stolen skills

Dialogue[edit]

Historical dialogue[edit]

<Character's race>, if you're satisfying your curiosity about our kingdom's inner workings, you should visit the Chamber of Ministers. My schedule does not accommodate trivialities.
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All right.
If human
Do you have a complaint? If so, I suggest you speak with one of the lower Ministers. My schedule does not accommodate trivialities.
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Right. Good-bye.
If charr
Ahem. I suggest you trouble someone else with your attention, charr. My schedule does not accommodate trivialities.
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I can tell when I'm not wanted.

Trivia[edit]

  • Caudecus Beetlestone seems to be named and modeled after ArenaNet Environment Art Lead Dave Beetlestone.
  • Caduceus is the staff carried by Hermes Trismegistus in Greco-Egyptian mythology and Hermes in Greek mythology. The same staff was also borne by heralds in general, for example by Iris, the messenger of Hera.