The Advisory Council (officially, the Advisory Council to the Office of the Lord Mayor of Osis) is a body made up of important and influential members of society who briefs and informs the Lord Mayor on the status of the city, suggesting new laws, removing old laws, budget concerns, crime, and so forth. The Advisory Council has no direct power and cannot create or enforce policy, but as they often represent powerful people or factions they can bring a great deal of pressure to bear on the Lord Mayor’s Office.
The Advisory Council doesn’t have a completely set membership. The Merchant’s Guild, the trades guilds, the Centurion of the 2nd Cohort, the Commander of the City Guard, and the nobility all have a single permanent seat, but other individuals may be brought in as well on a short or long term basis. Most frequently this is a representative of The Archmage or The Priestess, but almost anybody can be asked to sit on the Council for a time. In the past, there have been Ambassadors from different Icons, adventurers, and (on a very memorable occasion) a member of the Rag Men was asked to join for a time. The Council nearly always has an odd number of members and rarely goes past nine members.