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The Council of Elders is one of the ruling groups of the modern-day Templar Order.
The Council's members appears to have a higher rank than members of the Inner Sanctum of the Templar Order as exemplified by Kaye giving orders to Rikkin. Since the games stated than only the Generals of the Cross have a higher position than members of the Inner Sanctum, it can be asserted that the General is part of the Council.