"I was struck by the state of our society. The Empire was built upon the backs of mortal slaves, individuals whose lives were already brief and difficult enough as is without us imposing our will upon them. I had never questioned the system by which we lived, but after realizing this truth, it seemed disingenuous to continue propagating it."
Matta's Mutiny was an armed slave revolt in 230 BYZ. Led by the Exekian alchemist Matta, it resulted in the murder of Caspar, a high-ranking politician, and the attempted assassination of Emperor Rokanan. The rebellion was put down and those involved were interrogated under torture. To the confusion of the investigators, the slaves claimed the guards were ordered to leave their posts by a hunyadi, allowing them to escape. The hunyadi was revealed to be Kemet, Matta's adopted son.