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Elder Council Chamber

High Chancellor Ocato in the Elder Council Chambers in the Imperial Palace, the location where the council convenes.

The Elder Council is the central government of the Empire of Tamriel in The Elder Scrolls. The Tamrielic government is a unicameral and unelected body. The nature of its composition is not detailed.

It is however specified that the body can legislate. The exact process of legislation within the Council itself is unclear - though it is clear that Emperors have possessed the power of veto since Uriel Septim VI's reign in the early 4th century of the Third Era.

The leader at the end of the Third Era was High Chancellor Ocato, an Altmer who is said to have been virtually running the Empire for 15 years after Emperor Uriel Septim VII's murder in 3E 433. Following the Oblivion Crisis, Ocato began to recognize the threat of the Thalmor and was assassinated.[1]

His death caused the Stormcrown Interregnum which fractured the Elder Council.[1]


The Council convenes at its chambers in the center of the Imperial Palace complex, within the Imperial City. The Council chamber comprises a large circular table encircled by tall chairs. The table is in the exact center of a dome shaped room possessive of an extremely high ceiling. The palace is built around the ancient Ayleid White-Gold Tower stretching hundreds of feet into the air, which at least partially accounts for the design of the Council chamber.


The exact details of what makes up the council is unknown. Known members are:



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