|The Council of Elders|
China Sorrows, the current Grand Mage of the Irish Sanctuary
|Date Founded||Before the events of Skulduggery Pleasant|
|Notable Members||Ghastly Bespoke, Erskine Ravel, Thurid Guild|
The Council of Elders were a group of three sorcerers that lead their countries' Sanctuary. The Elders were led by a Grand Mage who was always one of the three Elders. The Elders gave orders to the sorcerers and Cleavers.
During the years 2007-2013, Ireland had an unusual number of Elders as many were either killed or imprisoned.
Before the Sanctuaries existed, there were magical communities. Each of these was ruled by twelve village elders. Each of these twelve would oversee a different aspect of village life, but, when the time came to make important decisions, all twelve votes were counted equally. When the Sanctuaries were established twelve were cut down to three.
One way that a new Council was chosen was through a vote. A person was nominated, and then a choice few of the magical community vote on who should be in the Council.
Decisions were typically made by voting.
They never met with mortal leaders due to a policy of non-interference.
The Elders' Journals
These are a collection of 344 journals of past Elders for Elder's eyes only that they are required to read upon assuming command. This does not necessarily mean that it happens, as shown by Erskine Ravel and Ghastly Bespoke's cluelessness over the contents of the Elder journals.
See Category:Elders for a full list.
- China Sorrows (Grand Mage)
- Eachan Meritorious (Grand Mage; deceased)
- Erskine Ravel (Grand Mage; deceased)
- Thurid Guild (Grand Mage; imprisoned)
- Madame Mist (Elder; deceased)
- Ghastly Bespoke (Elder; deceased)
- Morwenna Crow (Elder; deceased)
- Sagacious Tome (Elder; deceased)
- Corrival Deuce (Elected Grand Mage; deceased)
- Palaver Graves (Grand Mage)
- Quintin Strom (Grand Mage; deceased)
- Cothernus Ode (Grand Mage; deceased)
- Illori Reticent (Elder; deceased)
- Renato Bisahalani (Deceased, Grand Mage)
- Zafira Kerias (Deceased, Grand Mage)
- Johann Starke (Elder)
- Dedrich Wahrheit (Grand Mage, deceased)
- Dragunov (Grand Mage)
- Mandat (Grand Mage)
- Trebuchet (Grand Mage; deceased)
- Mandat - Elder (formerly)
- Karrik (Grand Mage; deceased)
- Morwenna Crow is the only Necromancer to be in the Council of Elders and also the only female Elder in the books until Mortal Coil.
- Madame Mist is the first Children of the Spider member to serve on the Council.
- In the years 2007-2013, at least one member was either corrupt or had a hidden agenda.