His greatest skills were arbitrating and speaking in tongues, and was the inventor of the GOLMAC spell. He held two positions of authority: President of the Gurth Arbiters Congress, and Guildmaster of the Gurth City chapter of the Enchanters' Guild, a position he attained in 933 GUE. With his authority, he was able to restore high enchantment dues.
Barbel was a noted critic of his fellow Enchanters. Incidentally, Barbel of Gurth's Double Fanucci handicap is 42.
- "When I was a boy, I was told that any Enchanter could become a Guildmaster. Now I'm beginning to believe it."
- "There's too much showing-off, too much one-upmanship between the chapters, and no cooperation." - comment after the 115th Convention of Enchanters and Sorcerers of 957 GUE. Source: Popular Enchanting