The Council of Elders was an august body of men and women who oversaw the governance of Eternian for many years.
Their service to the planet began during the time of King Grayskull. Their exact relationship with the legendary king is unknown, but they were at his side when he decided to undertake a dangerous quest that would aide him in defeating the Horde. Later, they were also at his side as he drew his final breath.
When King Grayskull died, they were suffused with his energy. The transference left each of them with an ethereal silver glow, and the robes of leaders rather than warriors. Since this was a look they maintained during their centuries-long stewardship of Eternia, it is probable that King Grayskull’s gift greatly extended their lifespans.
At some point, the Council of Elders moved Eternia’s seat of power to the Hall of Wisdom. It was there that they met with a young soldier named Randor, and revealed to him that he would succeed them as Eternia’s sole ruler. Before the astonished young man could reply, though, the Hall of Wisdom was attacked by a dark warlord named Keldor. During the course of the battle, the Council of Elders vanished in a flash of light.
Unknown to all but a very select few, the Elders had transformed themselves into a powerful orb of energy and transported to Castle Grayskull, where the Sorceress could offer them further protection.
Although the Sorceress was forced to tap into their powers from time-to-time when faced with a powerful adversary, the Elders themselves were not seen again until Eternia itself was threatened by the reanimated snake-god Serpos. Their spirits emerged from castle’s abyss, and imprisoned the giant beast in a tomb of stone once more.
In part because of their extended rule over Eternia, there is much about the Council of Elders that has been lost to time, or confused over the years. For instance, it is known that they helped Zodak banish the Snake-Men at one point, yet the Sorceress told Prince Adam that the Horde’s reign outlasted the serpents; therefore, the Elders would not have had access to King Grayskull’s powers at the time. Perhaps even the Sorceress was confused (weakened, as she was, by King Hsss’ venom at the time), or perhaps the Snake-Men managed a resurgence after the fall of King Grayskull. The Council of Elders along may know what really happened.
Out of the eight known council members, one was a Calligar and one was a Mer-Man. Also of note, both Councilwomen (one of whom possessed blue skin) were completely bald. The most prominent of the Elders was a man with a beard and bushy eyebrows (that were reddish before his transformation).