The Ruling Council was a body that governed over the planet Scadam and its population of Scadamites. It included open-minded Durgan the Philosopher, traditionalist Obispo and apparently young philosopher Tuskar in a minor role. The Council met in a Council Chamber in Scadam.
When the pirate armada of warships called Black Fleet approached the planet Scadam, ravaging worlds in their path, the Council gathered to look for a solution. The Scadamites happened to have a pacifist culture, having rejected warfare, weaponry and military generations ago; so the Council refused to take any protective action, instead resigning to their doom. Dissenting, Durgan tried to inspire the Scadamites to fight because they were in an exceptional situation; but he was found to be heretic and expelled from the council. After this, Durgan went underground, the Council no longer aware of his activities (They wouldn't have approved anyway).
The Council met again when the Fleet attacked another planet, several parsecs nearer Scadam; and the greatest Scadamite thinkers looked for a solution to their problem, while Obispo insisted in their policy. Tuskar, who had been Durgan's apprentice, decided to look independently for his missing master. While going sleuth, Tuskar entered a forbidden museum; there he videoconferenced with Durgan. Durgan told Tuskar that he had sent an agent, the Chief Examiner, to another planet to collect superpowers he was to use in a champion. Tuskar found the idea abhorrent and threatened to report to the Council; but Durgan convinced Tuskar to join him instead based on the fact that Tuskar had also broken the Council's rules during his investigation.
Scadam was flattened by the Black Fleet attack, its population almost extinguished. It is reasonable to assume that the Ruling Council was dismantled.
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