Her father used to work for the government as a trusted adviser to the dictator, and gained his trust just to help the people in need behind his back. After the government picked up what was happening with the supplies they pinned it all on him, removing him from his family, and killed off, along with whoever he sent supplies too.
The start of the first Crusades.
Because of that event martial law was declared.
To make sure people could not possess contraband, Guards searched every house the fifth of every month.
Alexzais defied the law, just as her father had, doing pretty much everything that carried death as punishment. Seven years later, the routine proceeds as normal until the Guards find something resulting in the death of her mother, and her brother being kidnapped and taken deep into the capitol of Acastus, for torture…
"They'll come, search for something that isn't there and then leave. Just like all the other fifths before."