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Helfin is the Mayor of Erdane. He is not referred to by name until Traitor's Knot. He is described as a heavyset man with curled hair, a clipped silver beard, and pouched features who married into wealth.

Lord Mayor Helfin has a pigeon-pert wife and at least two daughters.

Role in the Story

Spoiler warning: Contains plot elements from multiple books in the series.

Ships of Merior

Third Age 5644: The Mayor initially rejects Lysaer's plan to raise Avenor, and sets an edict to draw and quarter him. Multiple letters from his barristers are sent to Rathain concerning the dangers of royal rule.

Third Age 5645: When Lysaer's caravan arrives in Erdane, penniless and ambushed, the Mayor of Erdane is moved to commiseration and grants him long-term lodging in the state guest chamber.

Grand Conspiracy

Third Age 5653: The Mayor's daughter, Ellaine, is promised in marriage to Lysaer.

Third Age 5654: The Mayor gives her away at the wedding in Avenor. Later, he boards Lysaer's state galley after hearing that sabotage has occurred in the Riverton shipyards.

Traitor's Knot

Third Age 5670: The Mayor (whose name is finally revealed to be Helfin) receives a letter from Ellaine describing the conspiracy behind Talith's death. He seeks an audience with Lysaer, who requisitions all of Erdane's resources to locate the missing princess.