Council of Merchants
The Council of Merchants is a ruling body in Arad Doman consisting of twelve of the most powerful nobles in the country, who are also the heads of the merchants guilds. These are most often women. The only purpose of this group is to appoint and depose the kings and queens of Arad Doman. A vote of three-quarters, minimum, must be given for a monarch to be deposed or raised.
The king's palace is said to be inferior to the houses of the members of the Council of Merchants (TGS, Ch. 29).
The known living members are:
Alamindra Cutren - Was found on her cousin's lands near the northern border.
The known deceased members, and causes of death are:
"The Council of Merchants has been too disorganized lately, each member trying to keep their own chunk of Arad Doman from unraveling. If they'd had the King, they'd have revealed him by now." (Innkeeper Quillin Tasil to Cadsuane, telling her rumors about and his own opinions of the Council of Merchants; The Gathering Storm, Chapter 31)