The White Council
The White Council is a large worldwide organization of human wizards, and is seen as their governing body. 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.
The White Council has existed in one form or another since pre-Roman times.
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.
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. 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.
p.The Merlin is the leader of the Senior Council. When members of the Senior Council are absent, the Merlin is endowed with their votes
The position is named after the wizard who founded the Council.
The current Merlin is Arthur Langtry.
The Gatekeeper is a position in the White Council. The Gatekeepers job seems to have something to do with several of the laws of magic, his title apparently suggesting an activity with the the Outer Gate. He also seems to have a greater precognitive ability than most wizards.
The current Gatekeeper is Rashid.
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 in the world who can violate any of the Seven Laws of Magic if he deems necessary and be clear of any consequences from the Council. 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. 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 South America, killing not only Red Court vampires, but also mortal villagers.