Sixth Epoch, Year 31, Palahesah 5.1.5.
The Skybreakers are all about order. It's not about rules, or laws, or whatever the current or local king declares is right, though some Skybreakers do go too far in that direction if you ask me. It's about higher ideals of rightness, and concepts like justice and fairness, and as I said in the beginning, order. They sought to make the world as it should be, and not as the passing whims of power and money declare that it ought to be. Which, in practical terms, inevitably translates as, "the way that we the Skybreakers think it should be, which is orderly."
In some situations, a Skybreakers is a ruler's best friend. They enforce that ruler's laws, which supports that ruler's vision and enforces peace in that realm. But a Skybreaker also believes that the law is universal, and should apply to the highest members of society as well as the lowest. And this goes for everyone, up to and including the Radiant orders and the Heralds themselves. Nobody in their view should be untouchable. Even a king, maybe even a god, should be held accountable if they abuse their power and authority. Which sounds like a pretty good belief to have, I guess, until you ask who's going to stop the Skybreakers from abusing their authority. The answer is often nobody, or the other orders, I guess, but that can get messy.
These attitudes, as you might expect, give the Skybreakers a bit of a stodgy reputation. Some of the more looser orders see them as sticks in the mud, and free thinkers see them as outright dangerous. Revolutionaries see them as friends of the powerful, but the powerful see them as fickle friends who might turn on you if they disapprove of your choices. The only people who really love them, I guess, are the people who know they can count on them, people who need justice. And if you're the kind of person the downtrodden people know they can always rely on to defend the innocent and punish the guilty, well, that seems like a pretty good place to be.