Paratus in northern Mal’tara.It is composed of guilds, merchants, bankers, minor nobility, and others of wealth and influence. Each entity has a vote determined by complex system involving taxes paid, assets held in the city, and number of individuals in each. The Consortium votes in a senior council and a speaker, who run the city, make the laws, and handle all political matters. Each council member represents their constituents interests and make sure that policy advances favorably for them. The political and economic intrigue within the council is very great and swings wildly as favors and bribes change hands.