|Videssos Cycle |
|Appearance(s):||The Videssos Cycle|
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
|Nationality:||Empire of Videssos|
Pikridios Goudeles was a member of the bureaucratic faction of the Empire of Videssos.
He had authority and prestige among the city's bureaucrats. He used a bookkeeping trick to embezzle the funds for a flashy ring under Marcus Scaurus' nose when the latter was appointed to oversee the bureaucracy, and then explained the trick to Scaurus (who later caught another bureaucrat attempting to use it).
He was chosen by Thorisin Gavras as emissary to Arghun, Khagan of the Gray Horse Arshaum clan, and learned the rudiments of swordplay from Lankinos Skylitzes. Upon arrival in Pardraya his skill in diplomacy and rhetoric helped the embassy more than once, and he was able to convince Arghun to ally with Videssos rather than Yezd, causing Bogoraz, the Yezda envoy, to attempt to poison the Khagan.
Goudeles had a wife (Tribonia) in Videssos the city and a mistress. He was a capable logothete and a courageous man, intelligent and charismatic. He was tolerant in matters of religion, but culturally elitist, disdaining the "barbarian" ways of living he encountered on the Pardrayan steppe.