So, Arrendis? There’s a basic difference in the way you, plus most of the Matari who post here, and I see this world.
To me, order comes first. It comes first because I regard civilization as a prerequisite to improving things, and because chaos plays into the hands of multiple deadly enemies, all of them slavers.
People in a state of chaos do not become more open or trusting of others. They do not become more considerate of others’ welfare. They close the shutters, seal the doors, arm themselves, and protect their own. And that’s just Caldari Prime-in-a-hard-winter style chaos. Add in a bunch of highly-opportunistic bandit gangs strong enough to verge on being civilizations in their own right, and things get really troublesome.
Then we add in the fact that some of those bandits, and the instigators of this little event, are Sani Sabik, what I’d frankly describe as chaos cultists because their understanding of the world comes closest to reality in such a situation and because their philosophy tends to encourage moving towards exactly that.
Burn the world? “Anything’s better than this?” To the Abyss with that.
There is no justice in this world. All there is, is a bunch of humans struggling to bring something worthy of that name into being. But the success of that project depends on being able to maintain the order in which such a thing can grow. Revert to chaos, and the world goes straight back to might-makes-right.
Maybe that doesn’t sound so bad to you. Maybe you think you’re well-situated to inflict your vision of “right” on the world. But for myself?
Yes, I’ll take “quiet” where I can find it and work on “justice” later. It’s the only way I can see a path forward as a thing that even exists. I have my duty, and I have reasons for holding that “duty” in high regard. If that makes me a villain to you, or anyone else, that’s fine. There’s only one person in this world whose judgment I will accept.
I made a promise: loyalty unto death. I take it seriously. And you’re quite right: to break my promise and lose my integrity and self-respect would indeed cost me dearly. If that makes obedience “the easy path,” so be it.
Where I am is exactly where I should be.