In my current fantasy project, there are three gods: Avani (life), Aeron (death), and Veiro (spirit). They require a delicate balance of power, so if one becomes too strong, it weakens the others. Hundreds of years before my story starts, there is a war. So much death makes Aeron too strong, and his very presence kills the people and earth around him. Knowing there is no other way to restore the balance and weaken Aeron, he is imprisoned and buried underground. At the start of my story, a group of death magic users, called the Acolytes of the Aeron Brotherhood, discover Aeron has been buried and seek to raise him. Originally, I planned on having Aeron be angry at his burial and wish to seek revenge. However, I decided instead that Aeron is a victim. He cannot control his powers and understands the need for balance between the three gods. He allowed himself to be imprisoned so that the balance could be restored. The entire first book focuses on trying to stop this raising, but my MC unknowingly fails and Aeron is released. And since I've decided Aeron is no longer angry and seeking revenge.... I have no idea what happens in the second book now. It was going to be about my MC trying to stop him from inciting war and killing Avani and Veiro... But since that isn't happening, I don't know where to go from here. I thought of having the Brotherhood imprison Aeron again, using him as a weapon against the world. But.... Why? For what purpose? I can't figure out what their motive would be to kill thousands of people. My husband suggested maybe the leader of the Brotherhood (Myron) was an assassin, working for a king or nobleman he thought was respectable, despite paying him to kill people. Myron thought that he was killing people who deserved it -- thieves, other murderers, people who escaped justice, etc. But then he finds out the king has hired him to kill people who stand against him -- people who wish to expose his corruption, take his seat, stand in the way of him getting more power. So then Myron becomes enraged and essentially loses his mind. He raises Aeron so he can use him to rid the world of corruption -- start anew with the Brotherhood. My problem with this is that I really want a more sinister villain. Someone who doesn't believe he's doing good -- someone who's just crazy and ruthless and unforgiving. So I thought.. Maybe Myron was the son of royalty. His family was denied the crown (years and years before the story starts), so he wants to take back what is "rightfully" his. But that's been done. So then I thought... Maybe the death magic users are looked down on. Maybe people are afraid of them because of what they can do, so they are often shut out, ignored, and flat out mistreated by other magic users. So then Myron wants to rebel against them -- take power for himself and do the same to the other magic users that they did to death magic users. But that would require a large rework of an already planned and outlined second draft. And it seems so... petty. I'm very much at a loss. So if any of you could suggest a reason why someone would want to destroy the world, I'd appreciate it. It doesn't necessarily have to be specifically for my world. Some generalizations would be fine, because I really just need the inspiration to come up with something. I need a second book, so I need to figure this out. And the reason I need to do it now is because I need to link it with the first. I already planned scenes for Aeron to visit my MC in her dreams, whispering awful things to her about her worthlessness and eventual death. But since he's now no longer a bad guy, I have to take that out. If I hadn't thought of this before, I'd have been stuck with Aeron being the villain. So if I finish the novel before planning the second, I'm going to be stuck with something that I may not necessarily want later. Any ideas?