Council of Strangers
His highest majesty is allowed seven advisors, beholden to no one but him and chosen by his hand. Unlike his Council of Bretheren, they can be woman or man. Noble, peasant, or free. Uganic or Chahëga. Though many majesties in their day had a council like this, the most recognisable is that of Mayua II Lyu, who in some circles bears the epithet of magnificent.The Empire's government is made up of many councils under their two-chambered parliament (the Council of Bretheren and Taminow Zuzan). The Council of Strangers is located nearly outside of these councils.
HistoryThe Council of Strangers has been a staple of the empire since it's founding by Puhan the Patient. In his treaty with the Amtar Lords, he also founded the Council of Bretheren, which they and their families still sit on to this day. However, he also gave himself permission to keep his own personal council, made up of his six brothers and his favourite wife, Hanimi Akha. While the descendants of these brothers also gained seats on the Council of Bretheren, becoming the Six Branches, the Council remained a non-hereditary appointment. In Valdan the Learned's reign, the Council continued to be a factor in the Emperor's decision-making. When on campaign or touring, the Council was often the only way for the Emperor to be informed of events back in Vost. Most of the Waya Dynasty monarchs had a Council of Strangers. But after Ghya I Ildilan became emperor, most of his dynasty didn't have a formal Council of Strangers.
The Post-Civil War and the Lyu DynastyThe Lyu dynasty has had, from its very inception, a fascination with the past. One of the major re-introductions was the Council of Strangers. At least in the Ugane public consciousness, the council of Mayua II Lyu is the most notable.
Qualifications and PrerequisitesThe main requirement for membership in the Council is to catch the eye of the Emperor. Members can be of any origin or gender (as they do not meet in the Dnan Yamtu or any of the other historical buildings of law), unlike the Council of Bretheren, which requires someone to be the son of an Amtar origin nobleman who already has a seat and is over the age of 30. However, a member has to be over the age of 22. While children come of age at 14, 22 is the age where they gain control of property and the full (if not limited) rights of an Empire's citizen.
How Mayua's council was appointed, or caught his eye.
- Hekasa Ekanbia - Highlighted in the lengthened version (and less exciting version) of Engwa Hodenay's A Summer with the River Peoples. Hekasa Kemia Tloaya Ekanbia was summoned from his practise in the main city of the valley, Qeqetoni, to serve the Emperor. Ekanbia also had a background in government and was later appointed to the council.
- Gizha Itan - The court's deaf historian had always gotten along with Mayua, the Itan family now established within the halls of power. His history of the Empire happened to be of interest.
- Hipanu Lisongi - An advisor to the ailing emperor before Mayua. Like his contemporary Aiza Salat, he had a penchant for being able to root out treason at court.
- Osna Naekh - Due to his contribution (at the time as a lowly translator) at the peace negotiations for the Ugane-Ropsh War father-in-law being able to pull strings, Osna was introduced to the Emperor.
- Aiza Salat - It was his job to make note of all of the affiars (and products of) that the emperor had. However, he was also adept at both researching these women and recording treasons.
- Gloka Unagitsyo - Mistress of Mayua II. She held sway due to her jovial personality and mothering at least two of his children.
- Kheren Zhashak - The Illigitimate brother of Mayua, the boys had been raised together (Kheren's mother being lavishly showered in gifts as the previous Emperor's favourite). He was particularly good at carrying out the lofty plans of his brother.
The DutiesThe council's chief duty is to give His Majesty advice This is true even though the The People's Constitution gives the public (at least the small amount granted sufferage) a small amount of power in the decision making since the Emperor's seal is what holds the most weight. In theory, the members are meant to be devoid of the political factions at court and within the two parliaments. However, this has rarely occurred. Nowadays, because of this, there is jockeying and hubbub around a new appointment where the factions of high society try and romance them into supporting their cause. Members of the council sometimes also hold positions in the Table of Ranks, such as Royal Physician, Master of the Hunt, or Chancellor.
The Members of Mayua II Lyu's Council of Bretheren, to which most of this articles is about. Made in Heroforge.
The Left-hand Council, The King's Council
- Gizha Itan
- Gloka Unagitsyo
- Ōsnå Naekh
- Aiza Salat
- Hekasa Ekanbia
- Hipanu Lisongi
- Kheren Zhashak