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Psy Council Purpose[]

Before Silence, the Psy Council was less corrupt:

“Councils pre-Silence were focused on the strength and health of the race as a whole. Ironically, it’s that desire that led to Silence, but I think the seeds of hope are there, buried in the darkness.” (ToN)

The Council is the governing body of the Psy race. The Council consists of seven members, with the odd number ensuring there is no hung vote.[1]

This group oversees the PsyNet and its Anchors, to maintain stability and function. Unlike most Psy, a portion of a Councilor's mind is always active on the PsyNet, because they have to keep up with the data. They also attempt to control the NetMind, but at this they fail. Councilors are meant to be available to the public, but the path to them is lined with assistants and guards.[2]

The Council ordered the Silence Protocol in 1979, over a century ago, and they see that it’s enforced, via reconditioning, rehabilitation, intimidation or assassination.

Above the Law?[]

"Who punishes the ones who take it too far?"--Lucas Hunter

"The Council."--Sascha Duncan

"But if the Council is wrong?"

"They know everything that goes on in the PsyNet. How could they be wrong?"

"But if no one else has access to all the information, how can they be held accountable?"

"Who holds you accountable? Who punishes the alpha?"

"If I break Pack law, the sentinels will take me down. Who takes down your Council?"

"They are Council. They are above the law." [3]

Cut-Throat Councilors[]

In book 1, the Psy Council is composed of secretive, cutthroat Psy. Some appeared not to have great psychic ability, but these Psy were some of the most dangerous. It meant they were good at eliminating the competition and only leaving enough evidence for the other Councilors to appreciate their ruthlessness and elect them as a new member. Councilors are good at ignoring the sociopathy they don’t want to acknowledge in their race, and covering up crimes. They also have been known to destroy research and evidence from historic records, if it threatens their position of power.

Several Councilors are sociopathic. Some are serial killers, including Santano Enrique who nearly killed SnowDancer wolf changeling Brenna Kincaid. Nikita Duncan can liquify the brain in an instant with a psychic virus. Councilor Ming LeBon made torture an art form in training The Arrow Squad. The youngest, Tatiana Rika-Smythe, is a snake, able to worm her way into any mind, no matter how well shielded. Etc etc etc

Councilor Territories[]

The seven councilors are based around the world. Enrique, Nikita, Tatiana, and Anthony are all based in California, until soon enough Tatiana moves to Australia. Kaleb is based in Moscow. Ming is based in France, and assumes some control over Europe. Henry Scott is based in London, as is his “wife” Shoshana Scott. When Henry dies, Shoshana inherits his London home and lives there.

Council Disbanding[]

Because of individual ambitions, individual differences, and the covert work of the Ghost and other rebels, the governing council comes apart at the seams. By book 4, the ruling psy council is fraying badly from internal rivalries and external attacks. By book 6, the Purity/ Pure Psy organization is on the rise, led by councilor Henry Scott. By book 8, Councilor Nikita Duncan is again under attack by a fellow councilor. By book 9, the Council is totally dysfunctional.

“This smells like Council, but he’s confirmed the Council is no longer functioning as a cohesive unit so it could be any one of them.” (Play of Passion)

Council Members[]

Member Designation Service began Service ended Why service ended Replaced by Allied with Nominated by
Marshall Hyde Cardinal 2080 assassinated by the Ghost Anthony Kryiakus
Santano Enrique Cardinal Tk 2079 Killed by SnowDancer and DarkRiver Kaleb Krychek
Ming LeBon Cardinal Tp-combat
Nikita Duncan Tp (viral transmitter)
Tatiana Rika-Smythe 8.7 2082 invisible to PsyNet, holed
Henry Scott 9.5 tp 2081 assassinated by Vasic Zen
Shoshanna Scott 9.5
Kaleb Krychek Dual Card tk, tp 2079 Nikita Duncan (as of 2080)
Anthony Kyriakus 2080 Nikita Duncan

Nominations[]

In order to become a Councilor, you have to be nominated by a current Councilor for an open position. Only two positions are filled in the series.

Replacing Santano Enrique[]

Nominees: Kaleb Krychek (nominated by ), Faith Nightstar (nominated by ), M-Psy from India

Faith defected from the PsyNet, and thus only Kaleb was left to fill the position.

Replacing Marshall Hyde[]

Nominees: Anthony Kyriakus

Personal Infighting[]

None of the Councilors trusted each other. Anthony, as the leader of a rebellion determined to bring a new reigning order to the Net, trusted very, very few people at all. (BbF)

Henry Scott is perceived as the weaker half of the political Scott marriage. His “wife” Shoshanna Scott views herself as a queen. “Shoshanna had a politically lethal mind.” (SoH)

“Henry didn’t trust his wife an inch, but he respected her political acumen. Just as he respected the fact that one day soon he’d have to kill her—to ensure she didn’t kill him first.” (PoP). They both implanted themselves to rule over their fellow councilors, but had the chip removed soon enough when it started to malfunction. (HtP) Henry began to show his more ambitious aggressive nature through the Pure Psy attacks.

Ming LeBon has been known to secretly work on private agendas with Henry and Shoshana Scott. Ming has a keen strategic mind and is constantly brewing up some new deviltry. He often works behind the scenes to keep his hands clean. He made sure he got his mitts on one of the implants. He’s made some powerful enemies, including Hawke Snow and Devraj Santos, as well as The Arrow Squad

Santano Enrique was a sociopath with some ability to control what the NetMind reveals, so he could hide his dirty deeds. He groomed Kaleb Krychek to follow his lead, from childhood. Enrique, followed by Kaleb Krychek, were the Councilors responsible for corralling the DarkMind.

Tatiana Rika-Smythe also knew about Enrique’s sick hobby and actually aided and abetted him, in return for certain favors. She was an executive for the prior councilor, and killed him to take his seat. She recently moved her main residence from San Diego to Australia.

“Tatiana reached her position on the Council by killing her mentor. I know for a fact that she used psychic coercion to get certain contracts —- she’s one of the most dangerous and unscrupulous women in the Net.” (Tangle of Need)

Marshall Hyde was the oldest on the council, and the coldest, and the defacto chairman. He knew what evil Enrique was up to, and looked the other way as long as he kept his proclivities secret. The Ghost killed Hyde, bombing his residence. Krychek suggested his replacement, Anthony Kyriakus

Shoshanna and Nikita Duncan are sworn enemies. Nikita works well enough with Kaleb Krychek and Anthony Kyriakus

References[]

  1. Slave to Sensation (2006, Paperback), ch.15, p.195
  2. Slave to Sensation, pg. 196.
  3. Slave to Sensation, pg. 34-35.
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