After the End
The world is not a nice place.
It never was, of course. But in the Golden Age of Legend, at least you didn’t have people trying to kill you all the time. There was always enough to eat, and you didn’t have to worry about the power going out.
But now, living in the ruins of what was once the center of freedom and democracy, we have a society of perversion and anarchy. Order is maintained only so long as you can kill anyone who might oppose you.
Survival is hard. So you have to be harder.