Fireborn: Dark Phoenix
Elders of Leataana
The Elders of Leataana are the loose ruling body of the Elves, chosen by a combination of merit and age. When an Elder dies, the remaining Elders elect a replacement from a shortlist of eligible candidates; however, for cautious and powerful immortals, this is not a frequent occurrence. The Elders who helped negotiate the Treaty of Grelda are, by all accounts, the same Elders as currently running Leataana.
Leataana is supposedly self-governing, with the Elders’ main function to act as a final court of justice in case of disputes (or serious crimes such as murder), as well as to respond to major threats and disasters. They sometimes act directly; but more usually through their network of adherents, pupils, and contacts, often called their “Young Network” even though most members are unusually old even for Elves – just not to the same level as the Elders! The Young Networks are the unofficial bureaucracy of Leataana; in practice they run most affairs and the Elders only intervene in crises.