Council meetings were conducted by Zalathorm and his unique crystal orb that allowed him to contact any member regardless of their location. Most of the time only half of them attended meetings and at least thirty nine council members were required for a meeting to occur.
In the event that the Netyarch, or wizard-king, died, the Council would select the next Netyarch from among their ranks. This was typically the most powerful Elder. Power was measured by a complicated system based on the opinion of other Elders, ranking of specialization, and general level of magical might.