In the end it was The War that truly changed us all. We could not use the same tactics we used to save the Peloran two thousand years ago. The Shang were not the Ennead and the Terran were not the Albion. The War was different. So we adopted Terran tactics, rescinded many of our most cherished rules, and hoped that that lifetimes of tradition would keep our shared society from collapsing. It did not. We changed. We became more human. And that nearly killed us all.