Councilor Grace Matsumoto retired from the Justiciars to join the Grey Council and the Arcanum Council in 1942. She is currently the oldest member of the Grey Council. She was born in 1902 in San Francisco, California, U.S., joined the order and Arcanum in 1916, and studied at the Shadow Academy. Justiciar Matsumoto joined the sect in 1923 as an aide and detective before becoming a judge in her own right in 1930. She oversaw the Arcanum courts in northern Asia for a decade before being chosen for the councils. She has won more re-elections to the Grey Council than anyone wishes to count. On both councils, her voting record tends to be consistently progressive and to lean toward the Black Order’s positions more often than not. She was a supporter of the creation of both the Red and Blue Orders, but has blocked their bids for Council seats.
Charles McDonough is part of the senior triad of the Black Council, and part of the Arcanum Council. He was born in 1914 in Melrose, Scotland. He attended Shen Zhou College in 1928 and was brought into the Black Council’s sphere as an aide within a year of graduating. He remained with the Council, rising to a diplomatic post in the 1940s. During that span, he largely worked on maintaining positive relations between the order’s members and sects on different continent. By the fifties, he was the right hand to a council member, a few years later, McDonough was elected to his mentor’s vacant post. On the whole, McDonough’s votes on both councils have been trending conservative for decades. He opposed the creation of the new orders and is the locus of resistance to Greensward’s current attempt.
Preston Nord is the most recent addition to the Blue Council. He was elevated by unanimous committee vote in 2012. He was born in 1972 and educated at Navarmance. Upon graduation, Nord joined the Psychometrist sect and set about writing a flurry of papers, treatises, and two books on the history of the White Order and Navarmance. Since he joined the council, some concerns about the validity and credibility of his work have been raised, particularly since his publications rely on his memory and non-confirmable data, plus a significant amount of conjecture that lacks substantiation in his corpus. Still, he has been an effective administrator and tends to be one of the more balanced council members.
Kenneth Parson is part of the senior triad of the Black Council and a member of the Arcanum Council. He was born in 1916, in Hong Kong. He attended Shen Zhou College, overlapping his fellow Councilor McDonough. There, he studied earth and fire sorceries as his preference. He spent nearly two decades building a reputation in southern Asia for rooting out nests of Ravagers and leading Guardian strike forces. As a result of his last such raid, Parson lost his left arm below the elbow. Despite the availability of prostheses fashioned by metal sorcerers, he refuses to replace his limb, treating the loss as a sort of badge of honor. Parson tends to be the moderate voice among his triad, but does get along well with the Red Order and takes their advice very seriously.
Councilor Kamaria Ramirez is one of the Black Council’s middle triad members. She was born in 1951 in Maracaibo, Venezuela. She joined the Arcanum in 1965 and attended the Shadow Academy as a Black Order member. Ramirez served in the Arcanum Council’s South American office for over a decade before becoming an aide. Since joining the Black Council, she has been a moderate voice, balancing Farman and Watts. Although she has expressed support for Greensward’s bid for order status, Ramirez also cautions care and taking small steps to assess the effects that such a move would have on both the sect and the Black Order. She notes her concern that a significant exodus from the order may weaken the order’s strength and effectiveness in the Arcanum and opposite the White Order.
Angel Rodriguez joined the Blue Council in 1992 in a fifteen to four committee vote. He was born in 1950 in Quito, Ecuador and joined the Arcanum as a student at the Shadow Academy in 1964. At the Academy, he studied water sorcery and the Guardians. In the first couple decades after graduating, Rodriguez established himself as the Arcanum’s leading, living, authority on the Guardians, particularly their biology and the magic of their creation. His body of work, combined with the evidence of managerial skill over research teams, led to the committee’s decision to elevate him to the council. Since joining the council, Rodriguez has been a strong proponent of defensive and, for lack of a better term, militant research on the part of the order.
Master Dan Sowell is something of an enigma. He is a member of both the Grey and Arcanum Councils. He is also known to be the custodian of Carston Manor. When he was placed in each position is unclear. The order has apparently made all three pieces of information classified. There are rumors that he is part of the Shadow Circle sect. As far as can be determined, he was never a Justiciar. However, Sowell’s voting record on the Arcanum Council is publicly available. In that, he tends to side with the White Order, more often than not. He also has a strong history of voting based on the Blue Order’s advice and recommendations, though, which don’t always align with the White Robes.
Addison Starks is part of the Black Council’s junior triad. She joined the council in 1994 upon the retirement of a senior councilor. Starks was born in 1970 in Denver, Colorado, U.S., as Andrew Starks. In the mid-90s, after joining the council, Andrew officially became Addison, after a number of sessions with healers over the course of a couple years. Throughout her tenure on the council, Starks has been a very progressive voice, often frustrated by the lack of speed or urgency on the part of the senior triad and the Arcanum Council. She has been an advocate for many minority voices in the order, and without, as evidenced by her campaign in the order to push for Guardian representation on the Arcanum Council and bringing them completely into the Arcanum as full members.
Kyle Watts is part of the Black Council’s middle triad of councilors. He was born in 1956 in Dunedin, New Zealand. He attended the Shadow Academy, starting in 1970, where he studied Arcanum law, and water sorcery, as his foci. He served in the Black Order’s legal counsel division for nearly a decade before being assigned to the Black Council as a legal advisor. Since becoming a councilor, Watts has been the council’s in-house legal expert. He has helped the council craft policies and Arcanum petitions that hold their own against the Grey Justiciars. To date, he has taken no position on the Greensward issue, nor expressed any position on the Red and Blue Orders’ precedent. Watts is known for being the most inscrutable member of the Black Council and, in some ways, the least public.
Born in Sapporo, Japan to an American father and Japanese mother, Myju Wilson was raised to be a member of the Black Order. She studied at Shen Zhou, starting in 1971. However, upon graduation, she rejected the order and declared herself for the Blue Order. There, Wilson joined the Library of Sumer sect and devoted herself to the acquisition and preservation of knowledge. By 1990, she had become director of the preservation department, charged with repair and restoration of documents. It was this position that led to her elevation to the Blue Council in 2007, in a seventeen to two committee vote. As a council member, Wilson has been both passionate and cautious. She has firmly upheld the rights of researchers and the order, while cautioning against instituting too much change too fast.