Poer's objective in coming to Scuttlecove had been modest: to have the Lords of Gardmore experience first-hand the consequences of mismanagement of a city. Scuttlecove had not disappointed, seldom had he seen such a display of depravity, of violence, of amorality and evil; all because the rulers had allowed Might to become Law.
Cyrus and Adjanah hoped to change the city but Poer had seen the compromises that the Protectorate had had to make and he had no expectation that the rule of the Protectorate would be able to bring about any improvements. Still, the ultimate fate of Scuttlecove mattered not one bit to him, and the futility of the Protectorate's efforts was not reason enough for Poer to go back on his word and refuse to help Cyrus.
The matter was moot in any case, Poer had no intention of letting the few right-minded members of the city lose their lives—all the more so because it was Cyrus's sister that was in danger—and if it so happened that the likes of Tolun Kiel couldn't be saved and didn't get to participate in the ruling committee, well, Scuttlecove was a battlefield after all.