A Murder in Oikon
The Chancellery is one of Oikon’s three governing bodies, along with the Civil Guard and the Magistrates. It is a complexly organized collection of administrators, technicians, scholars, and clergy. Getting any business done in Oikonis likely to require contact with one or more chancellors, whether to receive a permit, notarize a sale or contract, or to pay an import tax, its a chancellor that will explain the rules and manage system.
If you ask one of these orderlies why they are needed, they might boast that the empire would collapse without them: who would come to trade if there was no reliable and comprehensive system for making claims and resolving disputes? Not every quibble can go before a judge… and how could such a large city (not to mention the guard) be provisioned without careful bookkeeping?