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The Council of the Elders

The Elders Council? What makes you ask about them?   Well, you know about the Elder Demons right? You know the Iniil'shazul Council too right? Okay, well...the Council of the Elders is just like them except they're comprised strictly of the surviving Elders from their time.   The Elder Council is also, to put simply, higher, much higher in status than the Iniil'shazul Council. Everything our council does or enacts goes to the Elders for review. Everything that affects the realm on a global scale, they have somewhat of a final say in it...somewhat.   But no one argues with or challenges the Elder Council. They're too powerful, figuratively and literally. But, it's not like they're bad or anything. They just make sure that the Realm is safe from extreme dangers. Most of them have seen some serious shit in their days.  
— Lord Zalen Saleos to his son Damiien Saleos

Resignation of the Elders

After the 4th Great Holy, a new Era began in Infernus. With Zan'nal'takriin voluntarily banishing himself due to his perennial conflicts with Ri'ful'dan, and the rise and fall of the 1st Kur'ska from the previous Line, Infernus was in complete disarray once again.   The Elder demons at the time were in shame for their allowance of the reformation of a Kur'ru'skunal group forming once more. They were also in anger with each other for this at the same time. After the 4th Great Holy War, with the Elders about to begin fighting among each other, and with their divine father no longer there to guide them, many Elders feared they were heading down the same path as the Ancients: to Civil War.   However, the Civil War was averted when a small group of Elders convened a meeting. In this meeting, it was decided by a majority of Elders that if they continue their rule, then they would meet the same fate as the Ancients. It was there and then that the Elders signed the In'lazankel Valii'nolmaliikul, the Great Declaration of Resignation of Demons. It was then the Elders resigned their rule, and stepped down from all positions of power and politics.   With the resignation of the Elders, a new era dawned: The Contemporary Era. The Elders vowed to leave their children, the Contemporary's, or Devils, to their own rule. Without the Elders, however, the Contemporary's found themselves struggling to bring themselves from a dark age.

Formation of the Council

It wouldn't be too long until the Elders would find themselves back in Infernus's need. With the 3rd Dark Age of Infernus in effect, the Contemporaries pleaded for the help of the Elders. For 200 mortal years, The Elders ignored the begging of the Devils.   In the mortal year 201 CE, Elder Ev'kiilos Zanii'vol called a meeting of the Elders in the U'liin'san'na Building. For an entire Infernus Solar Year, the Elders met and convened, deciding whether they should intervene in the affairs of Infernus once again. In the mortal Year 205 CE, the Iin'vurnu kii Riin'volkol sa Nai'iinu was signed by the Elders. The Iin'vurnu kii Riin'volkol sa Nai'iinu , or the Infernus Promise of Advisory and Oversight, a document stating that the Elders would form a council solely comprised of themselves to act as overseers and advisors to the Contemporaries and that no Elder shall have direct hands in Infernus governing.   With the passing of the Iin'vurnu kii Riin'volkol sa Nai'iinu, the Elders officially founded The Council of the Elders in the mortal year 205 CE.

The Council in Modern Times

Currently, the Council still resides in the U'liin'san'na Building, located in the Satan'na Ancient District in the city of U'liis. Every member of the Council lives there and holds a personal office. And although they may not have direct hands in governing Infernus, every single piece of legislation or policy-making from the Iniil'shazul Council goes to the Elders for review. Although the Council cannot create legislation or policies, they can "proxy veto" via a formal petition from anyone in Infernus with a grand signature of at least 10,000 signers.   Concerning matters that could potentially change an entire Realm or a Zan'niil, the Elders can review and hold a piece of legislation under review. This process is called Volkel, or Bill Holding, Volkel is not the same as a veto, as with Volkel, a bill is kept under review by the Elders and can not be rejected as the Council is not a law-making body.   If a bill, however, contains anything that could be deemed as dangerous to Infernus in any way, then the Council can invoke Duriin Faikel, or Special Bill Holding. Unlike Volkel, this special process allows the Elder Council to keep a bill under permanent review. However, they still cannot officially perform a veto, and instead, the Council will make an appearance at the Iniil'shazul Council and the bill will be subject to even further review by both councils. The Elder Council advises on such bills, and because most, if not all demons see the Elders as great beings, take their advice to heart. Instead of using their constitutional right to ignore Duriin Faikel, the Iniil'shazul council more than likely will change a bill according the wisdom of the Elders.   The Council of the Elders since their formation have always abided by the laws that the Contemporaries have set in Infernus. However, most demons see the Elder Council as being even above the Iniil'shazul council, the most powerful organization in Infernus. Furthermore, the fact that even the Iniil'shazul council is willing to ignore constitutional rights and listen to the Elders has led most to believe that Elder Council, is figuratively above even the greatest law-making body. And although no member of the Elder Council would ever commit a heinous crime, if one ever did, then no one, not even a High King would dare bat an eye to the Elder.

Cover image: Shutterstock image 280619771 by Derek R. Audette


Author's Notes

As with all my articles for Summer Camp 2020, this article is a WIP and further lore and images are to be added after the challenge.

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