Actually, I'd be very surprised if Forizano didn't already have PTSD, considering what happened to him in the war. And I know for a fact Lyria did already, too; she just didn't let on much, because after 300 years those wounds would have become a familiar ache. But this recent incident would reopen those wounds.
So if anyone wants to help contribute to my research on PTSD, feel free to comment or drop me a line at fayanora at gmail dot com. I have a fair starting point from Tumblr and from knowing at least two people with PTSD, but every little bit helps. Especially since I am interested in how the condition differs for different people, because I can already sense that the different characters will not respond to having PTSD in the same ways.
What's even better for the story, I plan to have these common issues bring Lyria and Forizano together, and faster than I had previously planned. (Oh, and lastly: it fits in nicely with my plan to use Forizano as an authorial chew-toy. That poor man is gonna be going through a LOT more before this is all over.)
Hmm... come to think of it, without realizing it, I may have made Nokwahl, of my Nokwahl/Traipah stories, have PTSD as well. A lot of her behavior makes sense in that context, and it fits, given what she's been through.
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