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. Though the nature of its composition is not detailed specifically, it likely comprises the Counts of Cyrodiil, the aristocracy from the other Imperial provinces, such as the Jarls of Skyrim , the highest ranking members of military and police forces, as well as appointments made by the head of state, the Emperor of Tamriel. 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. After the Oblivion Crisis, Ocato began to recognize the threat of the Thalmor, however, he was assassinated by them.
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. It can be speculated that the various rulers of the Imperial provinces are members, such as the Counts of Cyrodiil and Jarls of Skyrim, however this cannot be verified.
- The Elder Scrolls: Arena (First mentioned)
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Mentioned only)