Councillor Bronte, (pronounced Bron-tay, Bront, or Bron-tee), has cropped brown hair, grayish-blue eyes, and sharp features. He is over 5,000 years old, therefore an Ancient, giving him pointy ears.
Bronte is one of the twelve Councillors. He also has the job of mentoring Sophie in Inflicting because he is the only known Inflictor besides her. He believes that the Council needs to work and understand the general public because they are currently too detached—a view Councillor Kenric and Councillor Oralie also shared. Bronte often walks among the people in the working-class cities of the Ancients, meaning he believes everyone is equal and need to work and understand the Elvin world. His crown has an Onyx Jewel centered on it.
Bronte is very grumpy. (This is later on revealed to be in part because of his ability.) It may also have to do with being an Ancient. Earlier on in the series, Bronte very much dislikes Sophie. He ignored the evidence that she existed, so when she was found to exist after Alden had searched for her, Bronte was furious and voted against her admission to Foxfire. However, as the series progresses, it seems like Bronte is not so anti-Sophie after all, and becomes one of her very few supporters on the Council. In Nightfall, the sixth book, this becomes so much that Sophie thinks that someone kidnapped Councillor Bronte and replaced him with someone else because of this. Also, he said that he wanted to meet Amy Foster and he said that he was an old fool longing for the past. He is also very kind and patient when he meets Amy. His mind is described as icy in comparison to Fitz's, as it feels like an icy gust. This reflects his personality. Bronte also figured out where and with who Amy was staying with, allegedly because he pieced their logic together on his own, but it is also speculated that a Telepath read Grady's mind when he went to report to the council.
Sophie also tried to inflict positive emotions on Bronte, and Bronte actually needed dark emotions to stop having positive emotions. The positive inflicting nearly gave Bronte- in Sophie's words- a "weird mental shutdown" which was odd.
In Book 8: Legacy, Bronte becomes one of Sophie's Councillor contacts for Team Valiant, along with Councillor Oralie. It is revealed that he is not Sophie's biological father, despite them both being Inflictors. When they are alone, Bronte said that he would be proud if they were related.
Like Grady, Bronte had problems controlling his ability after he manifested, and his temper flared up when anyone angered him in the slightest bit and he would inflict upon them. However, he learned to control his Inflicting better.
Bronte is initially portrayed as a speculative character and is shown to be very critical of Sophie. When Sophie was first trying for a seat in Foxfire via an unconventional Foxfire Entrance Exam, Bronte was one of her judges, along with Councillor Oralie and the now deceased Councillor Kenric. When she used her telekinesis to lift cups, and Bronte scoffed, saying "That's it?" Therefore, Sophie lifted the Councillors' chairs, lost control of her telekinesis, and dropped the chairs, letting Bronte fall on the floor. He voted against her attending Foxfire but was overruled.
When Sophie had to take care of Silveny, the Councillors came to check on her progress and Bronte was not impressed. He inflicted on her during their inflicting lesson, putting Sophie in severe pain. At the end of the book after Sophie came back from the Black Swan's High Seas Facility to get her abilities healed, Bronte threatened Sophie and her family because Silveny was injured, but Sophie offered to make a new spectacle for the Celestial Festival on her own.
Sophie had to inflict positive emotions on Bronte, but he had some sort of mental shutdown and Sophie helped him by inflicting negative emotions. Bronte was there when Fintan called Everblaze, and he was not the Councillor that teleported with Sophie. He was also there when they put the ability restrictor on Sophie. In this book he slowly starts to support Sophie.
Councillor Bronte became one of her supporters. After saving Atlantis, the Council offered Linh and Tam seats in the prestigious Foxfire Academy. He also showed a unique fascination towards Sophie's sister, Amy, as she was one of the first humans he'd seen in a long while. By her request, the two of them fly on Greyfell and Silveny's backs.
Bronte was there when the council showed Team Valiant the Point of Purity. He and Councillor Oralie were revealed to be Sophie's Councillor contacts for the team of Regents. Sophie thought Bronte was her biological father, but this theory was later debunked. However, Bronte told her he would have been proud if they were related, showing his growth of character and change in attitude towards Sophie through the series.
“It's a couple of glasses. I thought she was supposed to be able to lift ten times her body weight.”
“It takes a special someone to see darkness inside of someone and not condemn them”
- Bronte was a newly appointed Emissary when Serenvale was being overthrown and Fallon Vacker was a Councillor.
- Bronte means "thunder" in Phoenician.