|“|| Q: Do you swear upon the words of the Great Kerensky that you will follow the ordained trail through the black firmament of space, the trail that will ultimately lead us back to Terra to restore all that was good and pure in the Star League?
A: Aff. I swear my blood future upon it.
— From the ilKhan oath-taking ceremony
When the Clans face a time of crisis or all need to coordinate their efforts towards a common objective, each Clan forms a Kurultai and the Khans from each Clan then form a Grand Kurultai. The Grand Kurultai then internally elects a Khan to become the ilKhan who serves as an arbiter between Clans during the time of crisis, acting with the power of the Grand Council. The ilKhan enjoys wide-ranging but not absolute power, as he answers to the Grand Council. When the Martial code is in effect, however, the ilKhan may operate virtually unhindered.
The ilKhan may not interfere with matters that are internal to a specific Clan. However, this was ilKhan Lincoln Osis' biggest failure. He apparently stayed Khan of the Smoke Jaguars and mistook the well-being of the Smoke Jaguars for the well-being of all Clans. Brett Andrews similarly retained his position as Khan of Clan Steel Viper, and had his motives and legitimacy called into question as well.
Role of ilKhans
|1.||Nicholas Kerensky||Wolf||2815 – 2834||Founder of the Clans.|
|2.||Jerome Winson||Wolf||2834 – 2851||Elected to bring calm after the murder of Nicholas Kerensky.|
|3.||Zenos Danforth||Burrock||2858 – 2870||Oversaw the Trials of Possession over OmniMech technology and the Absorption of Clan Mongoose by Clan Smoke Jaguar.|
|4.||Victoria Ward||Wolf||2873 – 2891||ilKhan at the height of the Clan's Golden Century.|
|5.||Corian Tchernovkov||Coyote||2920 – 2934||Elected to improve inter-Clan relations. Secretly assassinated by Khan Tobias Katib of Clan Cloud Cobra.|
|6.||Tobias Khatib||Cloud Cobra||2935 – 2947||Used Corian Tchernovkov death to become elected. Put his own Clan's goals above all the Clans. When his involvement with Tchernovkov's murder is revealed he is stripped of rank and executed.|
|7.||Leo Showers||Smoke Jaguar||3048 – 3051||Led the Clan Invasion of the Inner Sphere.|
|8.||Ulric Kerensky||Wolf||3051 – 3058||ilKhan during the Battle of Tukayyid.|
|9.||Elias Crichell||Jade Falcon||3058||Elected in the field and immediately killed by Clan Wolf Khan Vlad Ward in a Trial of Grievance over his warrior qualifications.|
|10.||Lincoln Osis||Smoke Jaguar||3058 – 3060||Presided during the Annihilation of Clan Smoke Jaguar and the loss of the Great Refusal.|
|11.||Garrett Sainze||Fire Mandrill||3071||Was killed in a trial of refusal over his election.|
|12.||Brett Andrews||Steel Viper||3071 – 3075||Triggered the Wars of Reaving.|
|13.||Hannibal Banacek||Star Adder||3075 – 307?||Oversaw the Viper Annihilation.|