Nobody appears to know where The Council came from or what its aims are. What is known is that the man on that the world knows as High Prefect Apatèon is the same man that met and tried to threaten Lupernikes in Alexandria over 600 years ago.
He wore different glasses, lacked the fussy beard, and had longer hair but is certainly the person who called himself Ataraxias that supplanted the Empyraeum and instituted a theocracy in its wake.
The Council, which has since morphed into The Union, has existed far longer than almost anyone alive today can imagine. One person knows because he created it out of a misguided sense of solidarity towards his Trinity brethren. He never expected the person who he knew as Atara to both last this long and be so single-mindedly ambitious.
Sham, Gabriel, and Unity fought and lost a war to stop this man and Unity, it is said, lost her life at his hands.
Once all three were out of the way and Alexander had not returned, Apatèon forged ahead and, from his base in Brytton, built up a fanatical cult based on a very warped interpretation on the Kristoman religion. Somehow, he succeeded and has systematically erased all memory of the Empyraeum from the public mind.
It is hinted that, to make is coup easier, he spent long decades, with access a computer of superlative power, infiltrating every level of every government worldwide, obtaining intelligence - often of a deeply compromising nature - on every person of importance in every nation.
Many simply vanished into the night and were never seen again. Others were gone for a time but when they returned, something vital about them had changed. Men of science returned as zealots, critics of Apatèon were now unwavering supporters.
His Keepers or faceless police force, patrol the streets after curfew and will arrest anyone involved in unholy acts of any kind.
Though none have directly been able to confirm that they exist, rumour abound of soldiers other than Keepers having been seen around Lùndùn; big soldiers almost as large as a Kalshodar...