Seven Kingdoms: Seowyn's Crossing
Shaiiahan is the title given to the nominal leader of the elven “kingdom” of Faerinwold. The title, which translates as “Eldest One”, is given to a leader, elected by a simple majority of votes by members of the Elven Council. Each council member, in turn, is elected by a simple majority of votes by the people of a specific region or village. The title of Shaiiahan was created when Shalana Silvermyst called the first Conclave of the Seven Kingdoms; in need of a single leader to represent them at the Conclave, the Elven Council elected one member to speak for them, and the tradition continued.
Most shaiiahani hold the office until they wish to step down, but one could be simply removed from office by a vote called by the Elven Council. This has never happened. Rumor has it that the current shaiiahan, Thesin Ravenhair, is soon to retire. With the elves of Faerinwold somewhat more scattered following the Second Witching War, there hasn’t really been an Elven Council convened. How a successor would be chosen, or whether one would be, is a matter of some speculation. If the elves chose to discard the practice of electing a shaiiahan, it would definitely be a blow to those who hope that the Seven Kingdoms might someday unite again.