The Empire of Light
There are 9 ranks of bureaucrat within the Elgalad Empire
- Apprentice Scholar The examination for this is one can read and write Luzwen. This corresponds to the scholar background. This qualifies one for a position as a copyist of unimportant documents, in remote parts of the Empire, during times of shortages.
- Aspiring Scholar
- Earnest Scholar This is the typical rank of a customs agent or a tax collector.
- Esteemed Scholar
- Great Scholar
- Ascendant Scholar of the Four Winds This is the point where one becomes Chief Administrator of a province, or of a City.
- Supereffulgent Scholar of the Five Aspects
- Heavenly Scholar of the Nine Divinties This rank is exceedingly rare. Often there are no more but 2 or 3 of them in the Empire. In part this is because the examination for them takes, thorough knowledge of texts that it normally takes 20 years to read. Failure of this exam results in death for the examinee, since the examiner (who of course must be another Heavenly Scholar of the Nine Divinities) doesn’t want to be bothered with frivolous attempts to pass it. Refusal to finish the exam counts as a failure, and flight will be followed by a writ of sentence.