So I'm writing a fantasy involving three gods. They require a delicate balance of power, so if one grows too strong, the others grow weaker. For example, if there is a war, the death god will become overly powerful, strengthened by all the death, and the remaining gods will be too weak to do their own jobs. My story is about the death god Aeron becoming too strong and eventually losing control over his power and his mind. He turns into a mindless killing machine, his only focus on razing all life on earth. (Note: Aeron is not a bad guy, and he does not intentionally hurt anyone. He is simply a prisoner of his own power, his mind twisted and corrupted by it so much that he is not even the same person anymore. Once he weakens, he'll go back to the mindful, peaceful god he was before.) Now, I know I want the story to end with him coming under control. But there are a few options I've considered and, having never read a story like this before, I don't know what's been done, what hasn't been done, and what is probably expected. So I'm going to ask you! It essentially comes down to three things: Defeat: Aeron will be defeated by my MC but allowed to live. There is risk in this option though, because there is a chance he could be overcome with power again in the future. Since this is the second time he's tried to raze the earth, it's an unlikely solution to a now recurring problem. Imprisonment: Aeron will be defeated and imprisoned so that he cannot be influenced by war happening on earth. There is risk in this option too. Aeron was imprisoned after the first time he lost his mind and was released at the start of my story by people who fed him death until he snapped. So there's the possibility that, if imprisoned, he could be released and wreak havoc on the world again. Death: Whether Aeron comes to his senses or is defeated, he realizes there is no choice but to die. If he is imprisoned or allowed to live, the risk is great that it could happen again. So he passes his magic to the goddess of life (who will then have balance within herself and will not be influenced by war) then kills himself. I don't want to do something so off the wall, it'll throw off the readers. But I don't want to go with the likely solution either. I'm leaning towards one option but could still use some input from others. So which would you prefer to see as the ending? What should happen to Aeron?