The High Queen knew the Fourth were alleged to be very small, so researched the Elven library. She discounted the African pygmy tribes, but focused on myths concerning Flores Island.
With the aid of Ancestral technology, she found the Tribe, and made contact. This explained most of her missing time during the prelude to Ræm's birth; she arrived with not only the Fourth, but also the Third.
Ruaidhrí is a proud and hilarious cockerel of a man, unafraid of any opposition, but beholden of Ælthrelntheine, who he perceives as the epitome of godliness.
By return, she thinks of him and the Fourth as mischievous children, and looks forward to their infrequent meetings. Ruaidhrí also looks forward to meeting her, trimming his beard in preparation; a rare occurrence.
Consistent with this Tribes inherent humour, Ruaidhrí is called 'The Red king' because of his red hair and beard, and also because he blushes easily, and always in the presence of the High Queen of the Eleventh.
He is the consummate pickpocket, but means no ill by it, he is simply curious.
Invited to the birth of Ræm, he gave one of his best creations to the new baby. It was a pennywhistle carved from a branch of The One Tree.
Ruaidhrí has two adult children; son Cayden, and daughter Cayleigh. They are younger versions of their father, who love to have fun and share a joke. The pair are influential characters in Book 2 and early in Book
3, and they make a significant differences to the outcome of the battle for Berlin. We meet them first at the celebration of the birth of Ræm. This short episode is humorous and shows them in a true light. It also reveals another
side of Ælthrelntheine.