The post about the mental unstable character made me think... I was thinking to ask my question there first, but I realised it might be better to make a new topic. (Sorry, I have the feeling I am making tons of topics... but I have so many questions.) This concerns a story that is in a pre-first draft (a friend and I started to write little pieces in turns without discussing plot or anything and we decided that the plot we have now is a bit too good to be waste like that and we are planning to make it into a book). We have this one character who is going through a lot during the story... and we are going to cut out some of these things because it was actually way too much. I did some basic research about stress-disorders, but I have the feeling I need more and I'm a bit at a loss where to start looking to get some ideas how the character will/can feel mentally. These are the things he will be going through: - Before the story has started, he has been in a car crash (it has been some years, have to determine how many) and his best friend died in the car crash. The character feels guilty because he dared the driver (the friend) to do all sort of stupid things while driving. He has pushed this guilt away, however, but during the story something triggers the memory and it all comes rushing back. Another character will comfort him and try to make him see that it wasn't his fault - With some help of an evil power he attempts to commit suicide by hanging himself, though he is saved. - He (and the people he is travelling with) end up in another dimension (medieval setting) - At the start most people in that dimension try to avoid him because his animal spirit is seen in a rather negative light (crow/raven) - He gets possessed by an evil power who makes him kill people. When possessed he has no control over his own body but he can see and feel everything. The evil power convinces him the people 'he' murders, have to be punished because they have committed terrible crimes - Finally, he is suspected of the murders and lured in a trap and with the help with this evil power he manages to get away. He joins the evil power because he doesn't know what to do else (and thus committing treason) - He realised that the intentions of the evil powers aren't good at all (when the evil power kills a child) and he ends up betraying the evil power and saving 'the day' for the 'good' forces - The good capture him and toss him into a dungeon to await his trial - Meanwhile in that dungeon, a guy who hates this characters, flogs him terrible and tries to kill him. It's a lot and it will be spread over a couple of novels (well that's the plan) and I do think that some things have to be cut since listed up like this it looks very excessive., but I haven't had time yet to go over the plot with my co-writer. Anyway I was wondering how someone that has gone through this in a time span of a couple of months (I think it will be about three) will feel and if there are any good books where a character goes through a lot of suffering (preferably a point of view character).