Pigsmoke is a cross between Hogwarts and a typical US college, nominally set in the present day. Students are 18+ and exist to make your life difficult. Your department head is an arch-conservative taskmaster who leans on you to make their department look good. The dean's office wants to ensure you're following all of their ridiculous rules. The bursar won't give you any money, your peers want their names ahead of yours on your latest paper, and your personal life is a garbage fire. Chase tenure, avoid burnout, and try to resist the urge to go adventuring: like all get-rich-quick schemes, it'll probably just end with a humiliating death.