Kian Alvane notes that the soldiers outside the Council Room within the Sixth Circle in Sadir "are charged with the protection of the Six, and of the Council." It can be presumed that the Council are an immediately subordinate rank to the Six, and that they number 36 (6 x 6) as there are that many empty chairs in the Council Room. Their seats are empty during Kian's audience with the Azadi empresses, and this may either indicate that the Council are only present for matters of deliberation (and Kian's mission had been decided upon previously), or that their role is purely ceremonial; the remains of a more democratic age.ruСовет