What Exactly Makes a Taken Unstable?

Awhile back, I took Erdrique (Level 23 Rogue/Primal Avatar) through the quest Fashion Madness and I noted that one of the monsters you encounter in that quest are Unstable Taken.  This made me wonder, what makes these taken “unstable” what does unstable actually mean.

We first come across the taken when we do the quest Missing from the Harbinger of Madness quest series.  As we make our way through that quest chain we learn that the taken are created from innocent humanoids who have been kidnapped and placed into special pods and basically transformed or morphed into the taken form.

Erdrique finding some unstable taken in Fashion Madness.

So what makes the taken from Fashion Madness different from the taken we have encountered before?  And how exactly are they unstable?  My assumption here is that these taken have been placed under some type of accelerated transformation process.  Its not clear how long a humanoid has to be inside the pod before they morphed into a taken but I would think it would take  a good amount of time.  I’m guessing that the taken we fight in Fashion Madness have been given some type of ingredient or catalyst that speeds their “development.”  However, this particular change in their creation makes them “unstable.”

I’m thinking that these unstable taken are more likely to lose control of their limited mind functions driving them even more insane and making them more likely to suffer some type of traumatic psychotic episode that would lead them to a premature death.

Definitely something I wouldn’t like to experience.  What does everybody else think?

Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in Fashion Madness :).

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