What are the side effects of linking?
It seems that we assume there are none. But if you look at Dn'i society you see there is a strong prevalence of madness. Even amongst distant relations like Yeesha, Achenar, Catherine and more, there is a strong swathe of insanity or strange mental states.
Does the act of linking and writing books just attract these type of people?
Or perhaps it is something more sinister. Linking slowly changes your body chemistry, well at least your brain chemistry. In many people over time this causes madness.
But what of the ancient D'ni? Was it always this way? Or perhaps breeding with other species started causing this. Is this why there were such strict rules on not breeding outside of D'ni?
Perhaps there is something wrong with the ink? It detiorates with time, causing these symptoms to appear?
Is something lost, or is something gained with linking?
Is it possible that linking is the cause of living longer? The more you link, the madder you get, and the longer you live?
What are the implications of all of this to humans who link a lot? Are different races affected differently? Not at all?
What are your thoughts on this?
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