Manet is one of Kvothe's best friends at The University. Grizzled, old, and crotchety, he has been at The University for thirty years. He consciously avoids moving past the rank of E'lir so that he can keep his tuition manageable, and appears to have no interest in ever being promoted to a full arcanist. Because of this, he is derided by some as "the eternal E'lir."
He helps teach Kvothe artificery.
"Manet" means stays in Latin.