Okay, I might be exaggerating here. The truth is that there’s probably an easy way out of here and I may have stumbled onto it a few times. My head is so fuzzy from fatigue and the remnants of a head cold that I can’t focus. Figure I’ll toss things out here and see what happens. Keep in mind that this will be vague because I don’t want to spoil any of the War of Nytefall stuff.
So, I’m in the third act of Ravenous, which I hope to release later this year. I also take a look at the outline for the next volume when I get close to the end of the previous installment. I do this because the changes that occurred are fresh in my mind, so I can begin revamping the path. Not as difficult as one would think, but I’m having trouble right now because of focus issues. So, I’ve run into two problems:
- It looks like I kill a character in the original outline, but I didn’t mean to. I have this one showing up again later with some important stuff. This death is done as a show of power by the new villain who can overpower Clyde. It’s not an essential scene, so I might put a different one in there that’s either expendable or can survive the otherwise lethal blow. Yet, that leaves me with this one having nothing to do. Another option is to fake their death.
- The bigger problem is that I gave an important mission to find the new villain’s origins to a character who shouldn’t be on it anymore. I do something to them in Ravenous that can’t be shrugged off so easily. They need to either still have this issue or be battling a really big side effect while pulling out of it. I considered having them do it while maintaining the issue, which is feasible, but it would put it all at risk. Another option would be to take the accidentally killed one and put them on the case. There can be a switch at some point too if this one starts it and the one that people think are dead takes over. A really big factor here is that the original ‘hunter’ had some very specific skills and the other one has different abilities. I could hand it off to someone else entirely too.
Okay, I should be fair here. The issue in #2 is that I’m giving a character a drug addiction that they will either still have or be battling withdrawal in this volume. It makes it difficult to have them on this important mission. This problem will cause a lot of chaos in Ravenous, so it’s hard to believe they’re back on track by Savagery. I considered having the two characters in question here work together too, but they don’t really work well as a team. Replacements for the drug addicted character aren’t easy to find either because 2 are busy elsewhere, one is incapacitated quickly, and another hasn’t been a big player for a while. Maybe I can put that one in with the ‘dead’ one actually. Am I figuring stuff out as I write this?
I’m doing this backwards like an idiot because I’m tired and too lazy to switch things around. The story of Savagery is that a new villain shows up and manages to conquer both vampire kingdoms. This person overpowers Clyde who then disappears to go through a training path to get stronger. It leaves the other characters captured and at the whim of this new character who wants a fight to the death with the ‘Monster of Nytefall’ to prove he is the strongest being on Windemere. The side mission I’m talking about is to find a weakness in the hopes of helping Clyde when he returns. Well, this has been rambling enough. Thanks for any help and maybe just writing this out will clear my head enough.