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The Great Loom

The Great Loom is the governing body of The Weavers, and a large vaulted cathedral-like room at the top of Djelem'den as well. The room is a massive round chamber surrounded by stone railed balconies that overlook an immense ancient round table made of moangi wood. The balconies are all accessible from the outside and provide space for large audiences, but there are no stairs down to the central floor where the table is located. The table itself, though made of luxurious wood, is simply designed and surrounded by thirty chairs. The outer doors are made of the same material and decorated with the Great Eye and Loom of both The Weavers and the Great Loom itself. There are also numerous stained glass windows depicting the Weavers' history. These, and a series of orange stand lamps, light the chamber.

The governing body itself is made of two parts. The Greater Consensus is made of thirty senior Weavers who each occupy a seat at the central table. They are the main governing body and make any final decisions brought before the Great Loom. These can range from trade agreements, to laws for Sceotan, and rules for Djelem'den itself. The Greater Consensus may meet on its own, and is allowed to discuss matters outside of the Great Loom chamber. These thirty individuals are the most powerful Weavers politically speaking.

Any vacant seats within the Greater Consensus are filled through nomination and voting. The Lesser Consensus performs the nominations while the Greater Consensus does the voting. Voting often does not take place until many days after nominations and no few meetings under closed consensus.

The Lesser Consensus is very interesting, because it actually includes all Weavers on Sceotan, excluding those of the Greater Consensus. This is because all Weavers have a voice in governance, it is their right as a full Weaver. Any Weavers not currently on Sceotan are not considered members because this facilitates expediency. The Lesser Consensus may attend any sessions of the Great Loom that are not under closed consensus. They also perform nominations towards seats on the Greater Consensus, can make proposals to the Great Loom, and are allowed to discuss matters outside of the Great Loom chamber. They are not however allowed to speak within the Great Loom chamber unless called upon by a member of the Greater Consensus.

Some believe the Great Loom to be a benevolent bastion of leadership and power. Yet anywhere light shines there are also shadows. The Great Loom governing body is just as susceptible to corruption as any other. Even more unfortunate, many members of the Greater Consensus have held power for centuries, a Weaver's long life lends to this. The theory goes that this exact thing leads to complacency and corruption, as they scheme to protect their influence and power.

Who is right here? Is the Great Loom a bastion of benevolence or a shadowy nest of political vipers? The answer may be somewhere in-between these two, or something else entirely.

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