With my manuscript just recently finished, I've been going back through and trying to tighten up a lot of the loose ends. One major problem I've been wanting to pick at for the longest time is probably the second-to-best climatic scene within my entire story. I should give a little background information before I go any further. It's fantasy. There are two heroes. One is a mercenary, the other his trusted seven-foot tall wolfish companion. The animal is a legend; a sacred beast that can fight back the corruption slowly taking over their world. In order to make this come to be, the two must complete a ritual with one another. It's a sacred pact that links them together in both mind and spirit. My ideas are fairly thorough for the first manuscript, but it will continue on to a second (and hopefully third). Already the beast can harness the life of the land around him in order to attack. My problem is what "abilities" I should give to them as their bond grows deeper with one another. While trying to keep away from the cliche 'fusion' methods, I thought about having them be able to link their sights together. The mercenary can take on the vision of the beast, allowing him to see things that weren't visible in the human spectrum. (Although I feel like it's a pretty big rip from Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle). But after that, my brain fizzled out. So in conclusion, this bond is probably the most important piece of the entire plot. Yet I'm having a rough time explaining why exactly it's so important. It's not my intention to just simply take someone else's ideas and use them for my own, but a mere opinion would do a world of good for me. Why should anyone care of this pact? Any thoughts would be appreciated. EDIT: I do feel that my characters are compelling enough that the reader will understand its importance. But I might've digressed from my original point. I'm curious to know what others would think a mighty oath would grant to someone. Considering only the hero and his companion are able to make such a thing, I feel obligated to grant a greater "gift" with it. Hence, my problem.