A Problem with War of Nytefall

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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14 Responses to A Problem with War of Nytefall

  1. I’m reluctant to help, because these are your stories to bring in how you see fit. Teaming up incompatible personalities or skill sets can add some wonderful tension if you go that route. I run into issues like this all the time, then eventually need a character in two places at once or something like that. They seem to work themselves out, but I prefer a solid plan.

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  2. I would like to help, but my head is probably just as befogged as yours. Tiredness has a lot to answer for. Hope our heads clear soon!

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  3. I hope by writing it out you got some clarity cause on #1 I was going to suggest simply switching who gets killed with a new character but then the character with nothing to do stopped me short. On #2 having someone with a drug addiction on an important mission will raise the tension. ( a good thing in my mind) Maybe he will fail. Anyway, my suggestions would probably be less than helpful.

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  4. This is why I don’t do outlines.

    Anyway, it’s your story, so you should do what you think best in the end. My suggestion though is to have the one who gets killed’s death be faked, keep the drug addicted guy on the case, have his drug related issues almost make him fail, and then have the supposedly dead character come in at just the right moment to help the drug addict one avoid failure. It’s not a perfect solution, but it keeps your original plot points, and is doable. Plus, the drug addict almost failing while battling his issues will be good for tension, and the guy pretending to be dead will stop you needing to find him things to do for a while. You would need to weave in some whispers of doubt about his death being real though, or people might not like him coming back at just the right moment (just enough that the reader can look back and see the clues were there).

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    • The problem would be worse without outlines. I’d have no ideas going in for anything and never realize my mistakes. The character would have been killed and revived then I’d be forced to rewrite a major chunk of not everything.

      I’m leaning towards the fake death, but the audience knowing. The big issue is that the circumstances don’t really allow for a fake out. So, I need to change something there. It’s death in a challenge by combat, so it’s out in the open.

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  5. I think we all have those moments when we don’t know how the plot can come together. Good luck — I know you’ll find the answer.

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