The Order of the Scrollkeepers, or Mu Mukillu-Kirku, are the prime enforcers of the caste system in the Nikiltu culture, police force, administrators of the libraries, and the most respected diplomats of the Nikiltu tribe.
The order was founded in year 1 of the Scroll, as it denoted the start of the Nikiltan Calendar. For the next 536 years, things happened, and there was much rejoicing. (aka, I'll add more later - Zepto)
- Guard Duty: Either standing guard at the many gates of Kimjanu to keep the Nikiltans amongst their own castes,patrolling the city or guarding high-end officials.
- Librarians: The immense flood of knowledge that flows into Kimjanu needs to be managed, and they are the ones to do so. Information gets stored, copied, sorted, and organized by apprentices, under the watchful eyes of elder scrollkeepers.
- Assassination: the worst criminals of Nikiltu end up with death sentences on their heads, and the scrollkeepers are the ones to exact them.
- Diplomacy: When diplomacy is required, the Scrollkeepers are usually the ones to do it. In any case, they're the only Nikiltans who're regarded somewhat highly by the other tribes.
The Scrollkeepers are quite militantly dressed, carrying multiple Scroll Swords and Scroll Daggers around. They wear lightweight armour intended for mobility.
Fake, cloth scrolls are draped over their shoulders, as papyrus would be unsuitable for this. These cloths list the skills, abilities and accomplishments of the individual scrollkeeper, with newlings having a blank cloth, whereas elders carry multiple.
An optional part of the uniform is a long, bamboo pipe, a symbol for the delicate, thoughtful work the Scrollkeepers do.
Purpose of the Scrolls
The scrolls contain the names and castes of every high-end caste member; any scrollkeeper can check if someone is allowed in the higher circles of Kimjanu by reading the scrolls. It's purpose is more traditional than practical, as the scrolls aren't checked every time someone wants to enter the deeper parts of the city. It has lead to numerous idioms: to have 'one's name kept' denotes importance. Analogous, having 'one's name erased' is an euphemism for being imprisoned, enslaved, or exiled (in either case, their names would literally be erased as well)..