The Seven Justices
The Seven Justices are the governing body of the Empire. While they still take their orders from La Regina, they are widely considered the ruling power in Illycera. And with the Civil War and the empress becoming a less public figure, this is becoming more true than ever.
They each represent a portion of population or an ideal of Bahamut. The seats are elected or appointed depending on the position. They are:
The Voice of the Commoners (elected): Baltar Greybeard, owner of the Lusty Dragon Inn.
The Voice of the Aristocracy (elected): Lady Elaine Firehawk, a human noble.
The Voice of the Gods (appointed): High Templar Ordon Bloodmoon Formerly Hayden Delphis, High Priest of Erathis. This seat was originally offered to Balta. Hayden and Balta have left the city.
The Voice of Wisdom (appointed): Mordenkraz the Masterful, Headmaster of the High Institute of Magic.
The Voice of Duty (appointed): The Dragoon, lord of the Bloody Mummers.
The Voice of Justice (elected): Auric Silverscale, Captain of the City Watch.
The Voice of the Throne (appointed): Prince Claudio ill Ragner, uncle of the empress and next in the line of succession.