Something has left me very jaded about Achaean RP - particularly the growing trend in a number of cities where IC events are met with flagrantly OOC reactions. The most obvious and recent example of this is some of Eleusis' initial reaction to the Reckoning and their subsequent alignment shift. I've noticed this throughout nearly every city I've ever played in over the past 4 years, and it's gotten particularly bad lately.
There are definitive creeds and morals that characters of a given faction (particularly heavily-invested/people in Orders) are expected to espouse. For instance, it would be ridiculous for a Mhaldorian character to defend a traitorous slave in public, since they'd get executed largely on the spot. Similarly, an Eleusian would not defend an exterminator in public discourse with their peers. Much the same way that a Targossian will not defend a heathen, nor would an Ashtani occultist defend a rogue occultist.
However, I have observed on multiple occasions where a person's IC personality is apparently sufficient warrant for some people to completely and utterly disregard how they are supposed to act as a character. I mean to not say this with an air of haughtiness - suggesting how other people should play their characters and such - but regardless of how "nice" a person is on an IC/OOC level does not give people sufficient cause to defend them against the core tenets that govern their faction. If a nice person turns out to be a ferocious exterminator, you don't defend them. If a valuable slave turns out to be a traitor and leaves to go out and serve his cause elsewhere, nobody is going to realistically sit there ICly and think "it's ok they left because they were a nice person.".
What's more irritating is people using their IC authority to circumvent decisions made by other people which were done entirely in line with factional RP. While I do not base this off any of my recent experiences (I promise), it is a huge issue that people need to be continually vigilant for, as it is essentially ruining the game.
What drives people to do this? Is it even a real issue? I'd love to hear your thoughts/experiences on this, so that perhaps we may all work around having this sort of thing influence our own characters in future interactions.