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The White Council is a large worldwide organization of human wizards, and is seen as their governing body.

Description Edit

It is controlled by the Senior Council. The goal of the White Council is to protect mankind from the abuses of magic as outlined in the Seven Laws of Magic.

Order Edit

Senior Council Edit

Main article: Senior Council

The Senior Council is the ruling body of the White Council. In theory the Senior Council is comprised of seven of the oldest wizards in the White Council. When a member dies the next several eldest members of the White Council are put forth as candidates and one is selected to join.[1]

In practice this tenent is not always held to. Gregori Cristos was selected as replacement to the deceased Aleron LaFortier even though it is implied he is far from the appropriate age to be normally considered. This selection implies that political skill and personal connections among the White Council might also be an important and unwritten requirement.

Merlin Edit

The Merlin is the leader of the Senior Council. When members of the Senior Council are absent without declaring a proxy, the Merlin is endowed with their votes. The position is named after the wizard who founded the Council. (ref?)

The current Merlin is Arthur Langtry.

Gatekeeper Edit

The Gatekeeper is a position in the White Council. The Gatekeepers job is to scan warriors returning through the Outer Gates for infection with Nemesis or similar influences. In this position he works closely with the Fae. The details of the position are not widely known in the Council. Most consider the Outer Gates a metaphor.

The current Gatekeeper is Rashid.

Blackstaff Edit

The Blackstaff is an unofficial position in the White Council.

Not a ranking in the Senior Council, nor an official position within the White Council, the Blackstaff is the sole person who can violate at his own judgement any of the Seven Laws of Magic without retribution. The Blackstaff is also the keeper and wielder of a special staff, the Blackstaff, after which the position is named.

The position is currently held by Ebenezar McCoy, who has held it since before his appointment to the Senior Council.[2] One such example of this is how McCoy used his magic to bring a decommissioned U.S.S.R. Communications satellite down on Duke Ortega's castle in Honduras, killing not only Red Court vampires, but also mortal villagers. [3]

The WardensEdit

Main article: Wardens

The Council's police force for wizards and Practitioners. And, during The War they have also become a military branch. 

The Council at LargeEdit

A Wizard has to have a certain level of power and ability to become a member of the Council.  

History Edit

The White Council has existed in one form or another since pre-Roman times.[4]

Its headquarters have been moved several times. Among its place of location have been Alexandria, Carthage, Rome, the Vatican in the early days of the Christian Church, Constantinople and Madrid. Since the end of the Middle Ages, for a little under five hundred years, the White Council's headquarters have been the Hidden Halls of Edinburgh; the complex is located beneath the city, with its main part occupying the space under Castle Edinburgh.[4]

The War between White Council of Wizards and the Red Court of Vampires has been going on since the events of Grave Peril

Other detailsEdit

The Old School of Wizardry originated from the Old World—Western Europe—and maintains an attitude of: "maintain secrecy and don't attract attention".[2]

Mind Magic Defense Training: Every wizard receives training in defence against mental assaults, though scant at best. Following the Laws of Magic, the Wardens kill whoever they catch practicing mind magic. They believe that there is no such thing as an expert in mind magic: Psychomancy. The Defense Training is devised by amateurs.[5] Afer Samuel Peabody had mind-controlled most of the Senior Council and many of the Wardens and other Council members, the White Council institutes better defense training.[6]

RobesEdit

Formal robes were flowing black with stoles of satin and silk in one of the various colors and pattern of trim that denoted status.[7]

Color or Trim Pattern Status Meaning
Purple stole Senior Council
Blue stole Member 
Red stole Member with a Century of Service
Braided silver cord Master Alchemists
Gold stitched Caduceus Master Healers
Copper chevron  Doctorate in Scholarly Discipline
Seal of Solomon Master Exorcist

PublicationsEdit

In the seriesEdit

Summer KnightEdit

Main article: Summer Knight (novel)

In Summer Knight, the White Council is holding a conclave in Chicago about The War. The Merlin and others on the Council are about to bring allegations against Harry Dresden accusing him of intentionally starting the War with the Red Court and placing the responsibility of the subsequent deaths on Harry. Ebenezar McCoy gathers his friends—Listens-to-Wind and Martha Liberty—on the Senior Council to stand up for Harry. One of his friends is Simon Pietrovich was recently killed when his fortress, Archangel, was attacked by the Reds. Martha Liberty and Joseph Listens-to-Wind are now one vote short to block The Merlin. [1]

During the Conclave, Ebenezar McCoy got around the Merlin and was voted into the Senior Council, replacing Simon Pietrovich.[2] Duke Paolo Ortega wrote, wanting Dresden extradited for trial by the Red Court as a criminal. The Merlin, along with Aleron LaFortier and Ancient Mai, tried to hang the full weight of The War on Harry Dresden's shoulders and tried to strip Harry of his status as a Council wizard. If succesful, they could ship him to Ortega. Ebenezar got the vote restricted to the Senior Council, which was split, three to three. It came down to Rashid, the Gatekeeper, who voted to have Harry pass a test by fulfulling the Winter Queen's request and thereby securing safe passage through the Ways through the Nevernever for the White Council in The War.[9]

Blood RitesEdit

Main article: Blood Rites

Dead BeatEdit

Main article: Dead Beat

In Dead Beat, Harry decides to wait to call the Council about the Heirs of Kemmler because: 1: Marvra is holding something over Murphy if Dresden Calls for help, 2: The Council doesn't like Harry and probably wouldn't come, and 3: they're busy with The War.[10] Corpsetaker nearly kills Harry with some powerful Psychomancy because of the rudimentary mind defense training the Council still uses even after a century.[5] Harry Calls the Council for help because he's way out of his league with the Necromancers and Captain Anastasia Luccio answers the phone herself.[11] Luccio brings some Wardens to a meeting at McAnally's Pub: Donald Morgan, Carlos Ramirez, and two trainees in brown robes Yoshimo and Kowalski. Luccio enlists Harry into the Wardens because the The War is going badly—They've just lost about three-quarters of their Wardens. She and morgan tell Harry about the latest battles.

Proven GuiltyEdit

Main article: Proven Guilty

In Proven Guilty, there is a small trial held to condemn and execute a warlock. The Merlin chose Chicago to send a message to Harry to toe the line.[12] At the end, there was another warlock trial for Molly Carpenter. She was eventually freed and made Harry's apprentice under the Doom of Damocles[13] At the end of Proven Guilty, the Council holds a trial for Molly Carpenter charging her with being a Warlock. She is nearly executed just because The Merlin doesn't like Harry, until her father, Michael Carpenter enters with several Senior Council members he just saved in a battle in The War.

Small FavorEdit

Main article: Small Favor

Turn CoatEdit

Main article: Turn Coat

Ghost StoryEdit

Main article: Ghost Story

In Ghost Story, with the Red Court vanquished, they have been very busy chasing down supernatural threats all over. They consider Molly Carpenter to be a criminal now that Harry Dresden is dead—the Wardens are hunting her to pass sentence on her—though Carlos Ramirez hasn't been trying that hard to find her.[14]

Cold DaysEdit

Main article: Cold Days

In Cold Days, they are busy fighting the Fomor. The word is that they are operating around the coasts of Europe, especially the Mediterranean. Lara's operation shares some information with them and they too. but they are not an alliance. In the US, Carlos Ramirez had been hurt real bad the previous year, he's not back in action yet.Warden Bill Meyers in Texas is giving the Fomor hell. The Wardens in Baltimore and San Diego are holding their own.[15]

See alsoEdit

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Summer Knight, ch. 4
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Summer Knight, ch. 5
  3. Blood Rites, ch. 35
  4. 4.0 4.1 Turn Coat, ch. 14
  5. 5.0 5.1 Dead Beat, ch. 17
  6. Turn Coat, ch. 49
  7. Turn Coat, ch. 47
  8. Blood Rites, ch. 34
  9. Summer Knight, ch. 6
  10. Dead Beat, ch. 6
  11. Dead Beat, ch. 27
  12. Proven Guilty, ch. 1
  13. Proven Guilty, ch. 45-47
  14. Ghost Story, ch. 10
  15. Cold Days, ch. 19

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