Ever met someone who did something bad that had unexpected positive consequences then tried to pretend that made their actions good?
Peonio needs to work on his political skill.
Peonio is legit scared, but trying to manipulate people into workin for him instead of asking for help is not doing him any good!
You write such great characters Dodom. Peonio could have been a flat cliche villain but you gave him real personality, just like you do with all your characters.
I had a poor start with villains and they started up kinda flat, but I've been trying to correct that, I'm happy to hear that you think it worked! :)