the Council of Seven
Every five years, the tribes sent their greatest warriors to Ribarra to compete in games of logic, wisdom, magical might and physical prowess. The winning teams remained in Ribarra. The leaders of each team make up the Council of Seven, and their companions became bodyguards and advisers.
After Eriak conquered Ribarra, he did not to dismantle the Council. The Council’s main duties currently center around managing the tribes’ tribute, and supplying men when the king declares war. This has yet to be tested – Eriak conquered with his own men, and Shansis has not yet declared war or demanded extra fighting power.