A Council of Three (kyoLyon) is the ruling body of a Xi’an House, composed of three elders. Three is seen by the Xi’an as the ideal number to balance important decisions, ensuring that multiple points of view are heard and wisdom prevails. All aspects of the governance of a House are overseen by its Council, such as the expenditure of fiscal assets, the distribution of food and clothing, and the arrangement of breeding partners to continue the family Line, among others.
The Imperial House’s Council of Three differs in that it is required by law to be made up of those who are not blood-related to the current Emperor. Instead, it consists of a high-ranking military official, an advanced practitioner of Li’tova from R.aip’uāng (Kai’pua III), and a representative from the Imperial Bureaucracy (Pō’t.ōngp.ū) who chose not to return to their House of birth upon completion of their required 30 years of service. Members of this Council do not retain ties to their House of birth. As the second highest ruling body in the Xi’an Empire, this Council of Three advises the Emperor, directs the governance of the Service, interprets and applies Li’tova, and controls the movement of the military.