I was about to put this in Character development but it has nothing to do with development so I put it in here. So I've reached a point where the main characters have nothing left to do but wait. So I've got a new character filling the down time in the story. At the end of the section on this character he will end up where the main characters are and it will continue from there. The thing is it's 30000 words into the story. Is this too late to introduce a new character in the story who is ultimately going to die anyway. He's not entirely necessary as his role in the story could be filled by an existing character but still he would fit best. Should I keep this character or is it too late in the book to introduce someone new? The other thing it would help with is word count which would be very good for me seeing as it's for nanowirmo. Any thoughts on the matter? It would be padding but I think it would help the story a small bit. Should I introduce him?