The privy council was a group of advisors to the High Lord or High Lady who ruled over the various Tapani sector Noble Houses. The council was typically drawn from the highest status nobles within each house. This comprised about ten percent of the noble class of which most were Lords.
The role of the privy council varied from house to house. In some houses, the council served only as an advisory body with no direct power. In other houses, the privy council was the real power behind the throne with a figurehead High Lord serving as the public face. Typically a High Lord had a fair amount of authority to formulate public policy but since the privy council represented the most powerful families the High Lord normally took their advice under consideration.