How a Mind can be broken Edit
- Guilt- As mentioned multiple times within the series, elves can't handle guilt. If an elf becomes guilty enough, they can completely fall apart, and their mind can be broken.
- Mind Break- A mind can be purposely broken if one has committed a serious enough crime, and the Council believes that they are hiding information.
What having one is like Edit
When one has a broken mind, they can't quite function correctly. All of the memories are jumbled up, and nothing is coherent; reality is messed up. However, if one is trained properly, they can retreat to a "nook" so that a solid piece of themselves remains. Although breathing and alive, their thoughts aren't coherent, and they can't control their bodies much. As described in many of the books, a person with a broken mind can frequently be seen with glazed eyes. A person with a broken mind may also frequently thrash their bodies.
What being inside one as an outsider is like Edit
It is unsafe to go inside a broken mind, unless your name happens to be Sophie Elizabeth Foster. You can be pulled into a broken mind and lost. A broken mind is described as "Cold, Dark, Black, and Sharp."