Inspired by Redking’s suggestion of coming up with 10 reasons for Daskinor’s insanity, here are a few to kick start a conversation:
1. He just is
What it says on the tin. In the real world some people have severe mental health problems. Daskinor is one such person in Athas.
2. Goblin Curse
Whether caused by a goblin artifact, epic spell or the dying curses of the last goblin slain by Daskinor, the Goblin Death’s mind has been bowed and broken by the weight of a curse levied by his victims.
3. The Weight of Ages
Taking the timeline in History of the Trembling Planes, Daskinor was born nearly 14,000 years ago in the 8th World Age. He uses permanent mind switch to swap bodies up until he becomes a Champion. The stress of carrying 14 millennia of memories is simply too much for a human mind to cope with and his mind starts failing.
4. Mind Switch Toll
Taking #3, the cumulative effect of taking hundreds, if not thousands of bodies from other sentient creatures has eroded Daskinor’s mental fortitude, even as his body was changed to a younger, stronger form.
5. The Burden of a Champion/Metamorphosis
For some reason, Daskinor’s transformation into a Champion/Dragon went wrong. As his body started changing to accommodate his new state, his mind began to fracture, initially manifesting as a monomaniacal genocidal focus against the goblins, and then degenerating further after their extinction.
Daskinor attempted to advance his metamorphosis or increase his own personal power. The attempt failed and broke his mind in the process.
7. Alien Incursion
In an attempt to fend off the Dragon and his Levy, Daskinor cast about, creating a portal to the Far Realm, gaining a onetime influx of power that scared Borys off and also threatening a planar breach that endangers Athas itself.
NB: I’ve seen a variation of this scenario somewhere but I can’t remember where or who suggested it. Apologies if I’ve bastardised the original author’s intent or premise.
8-10 I’m drawing a blank on right now.
Any advances on the above, or thoughts about the 7 suggestions above?