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The Senate
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The Senate (元老院, Genrōin) is the central power that governs the Makai Order in the Original Series and Ryūga-verse.

Description & Characteristics

Original Series

The Senate is the most defined within the original universe. Supreme power over the Makai Order, they manage the entirety of their organization. Although it was first organized by the priests, the Watch Dogs now govern the order as a whole. The entity is known as Gajari also has an influence on the order, but the depth his involvement is unclear. There doesn't seem to be a council of any kind, rather experienced agents are organized to delegate daily operations. The strongest and talented within the order are recruited to help maintain peace and develop new ways to improve their society.

The best Makai Knights are chosen to become Knights of The Senate. Knights with high competency and renowned pedigree are promoted to Senatorial Knights to handle unique and difficult missions (e.g Kouga Saejima and Wataru Shijima). This includes clandestine investigations, capturing a Horror (for research and information), and defeating targets that are beyond the capabilities of a typical knight. Other than able to cross the jurisdiction of other districts, there doesn't seem to be much benefit in the title other than the prestige.

Like knights, Priests of the Senate are Makai Priests that have been chosen for their talents and skills. Because priests are branched into many areas of study (e.g. engineering, fabrication, healing, etc.), some are hired to focus on research and development projects and some are assigned to a knight as support on the field. Priest Ratess have domain over the Madō Train and Spirit Pelt, granting him access to one of the most powerful form of magical transportation and producing magical brushes for the order. Leo Fudō's talents in engineering and fabrication created the Gōryū, giving priests higher combat abilities against formidable Horrors. Because he's also talented in field work, he was assigned to aid Kouga in investigating into the Red Mask threat.

The Watch Dogs of The Senate are the least defined. They do the same jobs as regular watch dogs; they summon and directly speak with their subordinates and never seen using an Orders Document. The knights and priests are organized into their respective districts and have a Watch Dog to manage and relay orders; Senatorial Watch Dogs are presumed to be the higher-ups that dispatch missions for knights to handle. Although they have magical abilities, they have knights and priests handle the field work and don't get involved except dealing with forces of darkness.

Although the senate is a long established organization, they make no effort in checking in on the status of their knights and priests. They been known to oblivious of crimes happening and don't investigate matters until it's too late. There have been knights and priests that have died or been murdered and the senate is clueless about their status. While they do have people investigate into missing person(s) cases, it's only looked into when someone is noticeably missing. Lesser involved members of their society are the most vulnerable. Although they have some sort of consensus system, they don't properly keep track of their knights and priests when they get married or start a family. The Makai Armor is probably one of the most important weapons they have in their arsenal and nobody keeps track of them when a knight dies. Armors have been lost in time because it was never tracked and the senate never bothers to find them. This has caused internal security issues and confusion when unknown factors (not investigated) turns against the senate's interest.

When Rei Suzumura succeeded as the new Silver Fanged Knight, there was no information regarding him, only out-of-date information. The murders on the Suzumura estate was never investigated, it was left alone, leading Rei to blame Garo. The Lord Armor had been dormant for years, yet nobody investigated the Fudō bloodline. The senate wasn't aware that the original Lord, Gōki Fudō, had died and survived by identical twin sons, Sigma and Leo. This caused massive confusion and mis-identity when Sigma went on a rampage as Red Mask and Leo taking the blame for his brother's actions. It was only because Leo explained his history and Rei and Kouga's discovery of the true culprit of the murder of the former's predecessor and adoptive father that all matters were clarified.

Another problem they indirectly caused was the cease of Makai Guides, a type of seer that can read the future. The Senate made no effort to preserve the practice and allowed their kind to fade. The reason of this was arguably out of belief that their service deemed obsolete for the Order's cause thus not valuable enough to be reliable at best and potential liability at worst despite their power to sense fate could have prevented many catastrophes to happened upon them. Assuming the latter to be the case, it can be inferred that corrupt members of the Senate had ordered assassination on both Elda and her lover Shinji as they set out to secure Gyanon's corpse. In either way, the survived Elda became corrupted and used her powers to benefit Barago and remains at large.

To take preventative measures against future threats of corruption, the Order sanctioned Shadowfolk community consisted Darkness Hunters (specialized priests who act as an internal affairs unit) and Phantom Makai Knights (the covert sub-division of Makai Knights), but it's evident such endeavor was not enough. Darkness Hunters are specially trained priests who highly adept in martial arts (capable of handling a knight) and dark sensory abilities, thus act as an internal affairs unit whose job is to identify corrupted members and purify them. Unfortunately, purifying corrupted members often means death, the Darkness Hunters are unfavorably viewed by others within their community as the result, an issue that further exacerbated by its founders' fall from grace. In their indecisiveness, the Senate made no effort to dispel their disliked reputation, let alone preserve the division until Priestess Bikū proved the importance of their work. Phantom Makai Knights on the other hand, are the covert sub-division of Makai Knights who carry out special missions that requires an entire team of knights. Led by Senatorial Knight Eiji Busujima (Taishi to his team) and educated in stealth and infiltration, the shadow knights have ninja-like qualities and carry out missions commanded by the senate. The nature of their missions are unclear, but it is presumed to be dirty work that's secretly handled to avoid shame or scrutiny from other members of their order. As with former group, they are least understood by the others and had its leader went rogue, but nevertheless managed to prove their usefulness within the Order thanks to the effort of its prominent members where in Phantom Makai Knights' case, the Knight who shares his name with his Armor.

Had the senate investigated or kept their information better updated and make use of the order's forces at its fullest, a lot of crisis and mysteries would've been easily resolved with less threatening complications to the Order itself. Overall, the senate is an antiquated system of governance and that desperately needs higher standards. Until then, it's up to the most responsible members of Makai Order to keep their society from crumbling.

Ryūga-verse

Little is known about the senate within this world as they were never featured. Only by mere mention in Makai Tales, the senate revealed to governs the priests and knights of their society. As with in Original Universe, the senate relied on Watch Dogs (whom confirmed to be veteran Makai Priests) and Makai Priests to help govern and regulate matters of their world, with the knights focused on anti-Horror combat.

However, despite much more competent than their counterpart from Original Universe (particularly when it comes about secrecy), it doesn't change the fact that their ability to govern their own people is shown to miniscule at best, as there doesn't seem to be any enforcers to help further maintain order. This limitation resulted them to occasionally sloppy enough to overlook issues in their Order at times, such as grooming new knights as seen in case of Garo title that nearly forgotten until the Dōgai family stepped up, not made an effort to retrieve Agō before it awaken and went rogue, and deaths in their own order.

Overall, despite the Order is plagued by irresponsibility among their members and the afromentioned limitations, they nevertheless have greater standards than that of in Original Universe, but even it's up to the most responsible of members of the Order to ensure their society from falling apart.

Anime Series

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Just like the Ryūga-verse, The Senate within this world is obscure and vague. In the past, a member of the senate excommunicated Mendoza due to his experimentation with human blood and his disregard for human lives. Because of the ancient rules the Makai Order set, The Senate could not simply execute Mendoza, therefore he was painfully put a curse as Two Makai Knights restrained him. The marks on Mendoza's body served both as a punishment for his sins and as a way to prevent Mendoza's tainted blood from getting in contact with the Makai Order ever again. Sadly, due to the rules they set and overconfidence, neither of them expecting that Mendoza retaliated by using witch hunts to expose and came close in decimating their community. Subsequently, after Mendoza's imprisonment, the Order spent centuries to reform its community which includes integrating modern technology into their world to better combat the darkness and re-evaluate its ancient rules, thus allowing Knights and Alchemists choosing whether to execute their human target.

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