Imperial Agents are direct representatives of the Emperor, an elite caste within the Imperial Service. In this caste, there are ranks, structured according to their proximity to the Dragon. Zhànyīng Agents, the fighting eagles, are one of the lowest rungs of that ladder. Without contacts or influence, these agents have clawed their way into the Imperial Service on their own merits, but now have very little chance of breaking through the glass ceiling into higher ranks. This, however, is not a measure of their effectiveness. As representatives of the law and the Emperor, they have ample powers and the best equipment.
These Imperial Agents are given wide leeway, and they use it all in the performance of their duties. Wherever they go, the law is obeyed. Despised by the liberal press for their violent, expeditious methods, and accused of being an instrument of repression, the Zhànyīng know better. In their job, they are surrounded by the scum of society; they know criminals have immense power over law-abiding citizens. If they do not protect the oppressed, who will?
Zhànyīng Agents will get their hands dirty if that is what it takes to keep Yu Jing clean. It is just the burden they bear, and they expect no acknowledgement for it. Simply put, to do their job they must walk into morally grey areas, and to keep doing it, they can leave no compromising evidence behind, so they must clean up. They rationalize it as the reward for a job well done. A cursory Cube scan will reveal that Zhànyīng Agents are ruthless people with a very dark sense of humor but, along with alcohol, that is all that keeps them from going insane.