Men are unjust.
Power, wealth, greed, lust – all of these are the failings most commonly and vigorously pursued into death by men. All of these are impediments to justice. Is it any wonder, then, that men are unjust?
The Arbiter’s work is above any law created by men, for without the Arbiter’s tireless efforts, no law of men – indeed, no men at all – would even exist. The Arbiter moves among the realms of mortals but does not interfere with those laws, for his is a higher calling.
There will come a time, however, when the Arbiter will encounter those resistant to his calling. They will impede him, hinder him, bring his work to a halt with their laws and rules and their abuses of power. When this time comes, the Arbiter’s mind must be always on justice.
Each confluence of events has many facets. At times, there are those who are in the wrong. For those, justice requires swift action to right the wrong and punish the transgressers. This is perhaps the simplest determination of justice.
But what, you may ask, of those events when no one is clearly in the wrong? Men can be misled, lied to, manipulated or misinformed by other men, with no true evil or corruption which would require the Arbiter’s intervention. When these men hinder the Arbiter’s true work, what is to be done?
For the Arbiter, justice must be derived from agreement. When he is in conflict with another, justice can be found only in balance, and mutual concessions that bring about the desired result.
It must be noted, however, that when the laws of men are in conflict with one another or with the Arbiter’s true purpose, the Arbiter must be willing to discard them in favor of the work. If no agreement can be reached, the Arbiter must consider his own work as the highest good, overriding all others; for without the Arbiter, no men would exist to create conflicting laws or refuse to come to agreement.
Should the law of men prevent the Arbiter from his task, laws must be considered null and void. Should any man refuse to come to mutual agreement when faced first with reason, and then with the power of the Arbiter, they must be assumed to be at least irrational, or at worst dangerous. The Arbiter should be certain to examine closely for corruption, for though men can be foolhardy, they are rarely true fools.
– “The Problem of Justice”, Master Myriana Drayk (3980-4124). The Arbiter’s Codex, pp. 90-93