I have started the eighth chapter of my ongoing space opera book. Here is where I start introducing the morally ambiguous characters. For these characters, I have taken inspiration from war veterans who suffer from PTSD, doomsday preppers, and crime syndicates. These characters will be a combination of all these things. Like traumatized war veterans, these characters will be battle-hardened warriors and yet a part of them never left the battlefield. Like doomsday preppers, these characters will be taking extensive preparations for a worst case scenario such as a planetary invasion. Like crime syndicates, they have contacts with smugglers, pirates, and arms dealers that allow them to stockpile weapons and warships as well as other equipment. Overall, my main characters are beginning to tumble down the rabbit hole as they enter the underworld. This is when the lines of right and wrong become blurred.