The peace here was a fragile one and the tranquillity of those gathered relied upon it. Departures upset the balance but rarely to the point of calamity. New blood was always recruited quickly and new life was thereby breathed into a community that could be likened to a living and breathing organism.
This harmony could be maintained through almost any disruption save that of violence. Violence had the power to shift their reality; to break their tranquil state.
Violence punctuated their darkest chapters and suspended their narrative in a state of unease from which they were slower and slower to recover.