Thorne's not being mind-controlled in any way, Vellian's just in his head, telling him what to do.
Also, I had an interview with The Captioned Life Podcast! It was so fun. I got to talk about Everpresent, my process in making it, and my passion for comics/storytelling. I hope you check it out!
You can also check out The Captioned Life Podcast's other episodes on their website.