Elaine is actually the third councilor to be given this assignment; her two male predecessors disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Rumor says that they have lost their faculties for some reason and have reverted to bestial ways. Other Tremere have only been told that these councilors left their posts, though they are commonly believed to be dead. Elaine's most controversial policy is a fairly recent one: she has begun Embracing locals who have shown magical potential, a policy which has not been well received though it has seemed to show promise.
Her detractors are quick to point out that Elaine herself has been unreachable in recent months from her Chantry in Algiers; they point to this as proof of the foolishness of her plan. There are rumors, however, that Elaine has simply entered a new phase of her plan. She is said to be travelling throughout her territory seeking out those who show both magical and leadership potential.