The Inner Council of Seven, also referred to as the Council of Seven, the Inner Council, and the Inner Circle, are the seven eldest and highest-ranking active members of clan Tremere's Pyramid. Each Councilor is of the fourth generation, and each of them is an honorary childe or an actual childe of the clan's founder, Tremere himself.
The body of the Council is descended from the original seven conspirators, including Tremere, who founded the chantry of Ceoris; this group eventually became the group of seven mages who were artificially Embraced as the first Tremere vampires. After the founder Tremere committed diablerie on Saulot and transformed the Tremere into a full-fledged clan, he established the Council of Seven from his honorary childer, blood bound them to himself, and scattered them across various domains in Europe and the Middle East. Centuries later, as European Kindred and kine had spread across the globe, the Council likewise expanded their domain: where each Councilor had originally led the Tremere of one specific region of Europe, each would now preside over an entire continent.
The known founding members of the Inner Council are:
- And three unspecified others, possibly including one or more of the present-day members named below
As of 1995, the members of the inner council were:
- Xavier de Cincao
- Thomas Wyncham
- Elaine de Calinot (not a founding member)
- Grimgroth (childe of Tremere himself; not a founding member)
- Abetorius (childe of Meerlinda; not a founding member)
Although both Children of the Night and Clanbook: Tremere Revised deliberately avoid naming the exact membership of the Council, numerous sources have confirmed that Etrius and Meerlinda are still Councilors in the Final Nights, and Grimgroth is implicitly the "Ancient" who appears in Blood Treachery. The current membership list above is reiterated in , although that book contradicts current VtM canon (and sometimes also contradicts itself) in numerous instances.