6. The reversible step into the Danger zone
5. The first irreversible step into the Risk zone
4. The opportunity
3. The plan
What does the motivation step mean for other characters—if they were to have their own ladders?
If you have arrived here from the Murderer’s Ladder, then motivation could easily be anticipated as being revenge driven. However, this does not remove that same possible drive from other characters—especially the murderer’s henchmen.
Alternatively, motivation could be inspired out of compassion … from the murderer, the murderer’s henchmen, the murdered, the investigator, others, or all. That is to say that motivation is individual and could be as similar or as different as those individuals. None have been put to the test of their motivation, that remains at the next step of Temptation.
As a general observation, however, most motivations can be examined and unwound to simpler motivations that arrived early in the character’s life.