The Council Lands is a complex society made of many interlocking pieces. Two of the major ones are are guild and race, although locality also matters strongly. A simple guilds-man in a rural village may also be the head of the village council, and a local journeyman may not even be on the council. The races in parentheses are the ones most likely to be dominantly concerned with the particular organization structure mentioned. A few high elves are more concerned with Guild than House, but those are only from the Unhoused; more common are "domesticated" wood elves who have lost touch with their tribe and have settled into the guild structure. Clan-less dwarves are vanishingly rare. 

As the name suggests, the Council Lands are ruled by a council. Officially there is a pair of leaders (The Immortal Bard and the brass dragon), but they rarely participate.