OK, in one story, I'm trying to write good guys who worship an Eldritch Abomination god. Basically, they appease it and convince it not to devour their world, and the contact with it warps their minds but also gives them magical powers. These people, called monks, are basically the elite of their society. Only certain people can become monks as most people would simply die if they had too much contact with this god, and the features that make someone monk material are mostly genetic. So the families that have a lot of monk relatives become the powerful families that run their society. Anyway, most monks have significant issues, similar to the features of real life mental illness mixed with brain injury. They have a range of functioning, since every individual differs in how well they can cope with the transformation. But most of them have some degree of hallucinations, find that they have involuntary movements as well as inability to do certain movements voluntarily, and other issues. As a result, it's standard for monks to have assistants following them everywhere to help them cope. The protagonists are a set of fraternal twins from a desperately poor family. The one boy passed the test to become a monk, the first one in his family to do so in ages. His brother has been hired to be his assistant (it's common for monks to pick someone they're close to, because it's believed they deal with the transformation better if a loved one is with them). They're sort of going through culture shock, because even though they live in the same society they've had very little to do with monks before due to the vast class divide between their family and typical monks. I'm sort of using them as stand-ins for our society in some ways, because they have far more personal experience with disabled people (eg 'kicked in the head by a horse', that sort of thing) than with monks, and they never realized monks have similar issues, such as the fact that some monks wear diapers. I'll be showing this from both the trainee monk's perspective and from his brother's perspective. Anyway, I'm wondering how much of the typical emotional process of dealing with a loved one changing so much would be affected by society's view that this change is a good thing. The protagonists have befriended some kids who were raised for the roles of monk and assistant from childhood, and these two will find the process much less upsetting than the protagonists do. But I don't think it would be a completely smooth adjustment even for them once they're dealing with the reality of monk life. Any ideas?