In Two Destroyers, I don’t waste much time bringing Derrek’s allies into the fold. While the story is from Derrek’s view point it doesn’t mean the world revolves around him. Like many stories, he is a catalyst to the events that will decide Geldbane’s fate.
Notice I said ‘a’ not ‘the’. It goes without saying that Zammela is just as, if not more important than Derrek. It leads to the question what is his role in all this?
You might have noticed the art framing the post and some of you that have stuck with me on my venture into the wild world of fantasy writing might ask, what about Naida? Isn’t she important? The answer is yes: So is Hush, Tartagin, and Kristoph. While Derrek and Zam are the direct resolution to the primary conflict, their colleagues serve a much greater role and their relationship to the events surrounding Pange, it’s Sun, it’s fallen King, and the Goddess are all intertwined.
Linear stories are pretty dull; if everyone is on the same page and share the same motivations there is no conflict amongst the protagonists. If there is one thing I can promise you is that there is plenty of that. I have four chapters posted for public viewing and the circumstances surrounding Naida start to form pretty early.
I’ve made some pretty potent changes in the early chapters of the story, and I think it’s for the better. Zammela is brought front and center pretty quickly and the one responsible for Derrek’s arrival plays a much bigger part.
Tartagin Tolten is about the only character who’s role hasn’t changed much since I first penned the chapters years ago. But I think with a little exposure to his character, function and where he’s been hopefully you’ll agree with that call.
Don’t forget, while rough, there are supplementary chapters for the other characters in my Public Folder that are a bit rough, but if you want some background insight you might want to take a peek. On the back half, I’ve decided to bring in Hush sooner than I originally planned.
Once the group gets together, they have a great deal of synergy and contrasting personality. Under that there is real tension and real reasons for distrust and even hatred. In my eyes, that’s the formula for success in a successful and interesting cast.
Hmmm…you know, come to think of it I probably need to re-examine how I’m going to get my party together. I know that inevitably they’re going to become tightly-knit companions (after nearly killing each other on several occasions, one of which is the result of a civil war), but lately I’ve been mulling over giving each new cast member a full story arc to develop before officially joining the team. It’ll require some more pondering, I think.
But enough of that. I’m with you — even if protagonists are going after the same general goal, there needs to be some kind of conflict between them. I’ve gotten a bit of mileage out of the “order versus chaos” theme by splitting my teams down the line…though there are obviously other ways to cause conflict.
In any case, a good post. Certainly got me thinking.
A healthy balance between thinking and doing is how you make quality. But it’s always better to just ‘do’ and learn as you go!
Then it’s just a matter of being able to look at what you create with a critical eye.