His people permit him no choice. He must attend insipid peace talks on Enderium Six and what's worse, be polite. To humans.
In this scene, Pietas has been betrayed and trapped, and now they're coercing him to enter a lifepod.
The leaders of his people gathered in sleep around Pietas, sealed inside their curved, steel stasis tubes.
He folded his arms. "Feast your eyes, vultures." He lifted his chin. "You think to imprison me? You think to bring me down like a hunted animal?" He indicated the other life-pods. "I will not cower before you. I will not bow. I will not kneel. I will not serve. I will never submit. Humans were made to be ruled, not by my people, but by me."
The silhouettes above him contrasted with the bright light behind them. One by one, they slipped away, until one remained.
"Fighting us accomplishes nothing." The disembodied voice echoed in the chamber. "Enter the pod, Pietas, or we'll siphon the air. You'll die."
"I'll revive. I've died countless times. I do not fear death. Death fears me."
"So be it. Since you're so set on dying, have it your way. I told you if you didn't cooperate, I would detonate the bombs within the hostages you took aboard your ship. See for yourself."
On the opposite wall, an image of his ship sparkled into life, and a bloom of light filled the screen. A mass of debris shot in all directions.
"Your crew has ceased to exist."
"That image is a farce. You would not dare to destroy the council's flagship, and you will not destroy the council. You are cowards. You lock us away in a barren room and threaten our people. This is why humans do not deserve freedom. You are worthless, miserable liars."
"Believe me, your crew is quite dead. The universe is a safer place for it."
"Untrue. It will never be safe for humans. Especially for you."
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