Sun Forged Oath
Though Lookshy and indeed much of the River Province is nominally a meritocracy by way of the bureaucratic examinations necessary for positions, there will always be flaws in such a system. For one, only those with enough money and enough spare time can afford to dedicate themselves to the long study required for the tests. For another, people are inclined to look more favorably on the test responses of friends and family, especially those that demonstrate their friendship with fine gifts. So it was that Solid Mountain, a nervous and petty man whose name seems a strange irony, came to the position of bursar of the foremost university in Lookshy. He wields a fair amount of power, especially since his decisions indirectly affect the career paths of politicians and bureaucrats in their formative years, and he does so with a particular small minded interest in maintaining and growing his power further.