TFW you realize for the first time that your beloved has genuine suicidal tendencies. I have been there. It is not fun. Ultimately, both Syr’Nj and Gravedust will have to help Byron wrestle this demon of his even more directly than they face his literal demons.

We pulled a lot of rugs out from under the readers, but I never for a second considered making Byron anything but a victim where the berserker curse was concerned. However he feels, it is externally imposed on him, and only a reflection of his true self in the sense that we all have capacity for violence when made mindless. Minor spoilers: the TV show pictured here lost me by waffling on this point with a similar scenario.