The di'portheai is an elected council of nine Bardu elders and one T'chaillishwoman who govern the town of Dubardell. Appropriately, the name means "ten people". Councilwomen serve for one year, and are then considered exempt from running for the next five years.
Only women are permitted to serve as dianporthea, which is why it is sometimes called the "Women's Council" by the T'chaillish. The T'chaillish candidate must be able to read and write, which has led to unusually high literacy rates among Dubardan women, while Bardu candidates must have full Bardu status as well as a mimimum of ten years experience on the road as a Bard. Though considered elders, Bardu candidates need not retire from travelling to serve as dianporthea; they need only commit to spending one full year within the village.
Speechmaking is surprisingly uncommon among candidates, in part because candidates are not elected based on campaign promises but out of popularity and respect. Because the T'chaillish citizens are limited to a single council seat, they alone may vote on their representitive. However, Bardu and T'chaillishmen alike vote in the Bardu candidates. Elections are held annually on the first day of ceirnelo't.
It is considered very insulting to refer to the di'portheai as diportheai, because this means "un-person" in Bardu. Unfortunately, this is a common mistake among T'chaillish speakers who frequently drop the apostrophy when appropriating Bardu words.
There are some Bardu who point out that "diporthea" actually is the proper conjuction of di porthea. They believe that their ancestors chose this ambiguous name on purpose in order to remind council members that they are civil servants, not rulers, and that they should always be humble. Others argue that lexical ambiguity is a property of the T'chaillish tongue, not the Bardish one.