Cosmic Plaything: Every time Brand resolves on something, the universe hits back at him.
Dark and Troubled Past: His mother didn`t love his father - they married for money. Then, his father died early, and he witnessed his mother rob his father on his deathbed, to get a hold on all the money. Brand was so squicked by this, he left home as soon as possible, not returning until the second act - and his mother hadn`t seen him since he was a boy. To this, add the climate: The farm he grew up in was placed right under the glacier, sheltered from the sun. Einar points out that he almost never played with the others.