I don't want to give away any details on my story's plot, but would you be convinced by a military captain quitting her position over the massacre of creatures she deems animals? To expand on that: She's studied at universities that stressed the humanities, particularly morality, and believes in integrity. She's a person who believes in the philosophical lectures she was taught. The reasons she quits: 1. The conscripted troops are undisciplined, they take pleasure in killing the harmless creatures and mock the dying. 2. The commander's special relationship to the royal family allows him to shirk his duties for years and to abuse the power of his position 3. The commander who ordered this massacre refused to give the real reason behind it (hence it just comes off as unnecessary brutality and goes against everything she'd learned about humanity's higher moral ground (the philosophy they're taught is extremely pro-human)). 4. She'd saved a survivor from the massacre and saw its distress clearly, in addition to witnessing the infant creature's traumatic slumber (sobbing in its sleep, etc). I should however stress that she sees the infant creature as an animal, not a person (although she's mentioned previously that she was taught that animals were deserving of moral status equal to humans due to their (animal's) ability to feel negative and positive emotions just like humans). 5. She comes from a prestigious family who are.....for lack of a better word....civilized? They don't believe in indulging in barbarity/base behavior and are very philosophical, kind of thing 6. Probably a minor point, but she's raised animals when she was younger and the infant creature reminds her of those times (as in, she had lovingly raised them). She quits essentially the next day after the creature's fitful rest makes her feel shameful over the (what she feels unnecessary and little more than wanton acts of cruelty) actions of the armed forces. Given the above, are you convinced that she'd resign? I'm going to add (probably unnecessarily) this note, but I'm hoping you've answered that previous question first: When I first developed the idea that she resigns, I hadn't made it the very next day. Since I hadn't written down much of her part in the story until later, I no longer remembered the details of WHEN she finally decided to quit (the above was true regardless, they weren't shoe-horned in. Due to there also being two MCs living in separate locations (and both are in correspondence), timeline became an issue as well. This is why I need to make the above sound convincing.