I have a character (a naval officer,in a historical setting) who had been abused/beaten by his superior for about twenty years. He was just a boy when it began. He was asked repeatedly why he never tried to kill the bastard, and he answers a) the boss is way stronger than him, he'd have no chance in a fight b) he would be unable to stab him in the back, he has still some principles left. (Also, killing a superior would mean execution, but he doesn't fear death.) He can't leave either - the boss' colleagues would never dare to take his favourite toy. And he spent his life on sea, couldn't get used to dry land. I think no matter how he hates this man, he's still attached to him in a way - like a slave to his master. So I just want him to be a credible character. Will he work this way? (He will eventually kill the baddie later - but not for his own good, to save someone else.) + info - he's addicted to laudanum, the surgeon always gave it to him after beatings and it's pretty much the only thing that help him endure the constant torture.