I'm working on a fantasy novel, and I want to achieve some of what George R.R. Martin did. He creates many characters, and they all fulfill a different sort of "thing" we as readers like in characters. The boy Starks are the heart and soul of the North, Arya is the well-meaning troublemaker, Tyrion is the clever comic relief (and a way for readers to spy on the antagonists), and so on. Now, I understand as an amateur writer that taking on such heavy loads will be very difficult, especially since developing a single protagonist is so difficult in its own right. However, ever since reading GRRM, I'm not satisfied following just one character throughout a fantasy book. That said, What is a full spectrum of characters, even in books not written GRRM-style? So far I have a post-war veteran (and captain of an airship) feeling lost, a politician trying to enforce a new form of government and struggling because her father was supposed to make that happen, but he was killed in the war, and then some minor characters. I want to add some sort of clever character and keep a fourth spot open for a rotating context-specific "main character." Does this sound like an enjoyable group to follow, or is it missing an element? My plan for the first book was to develop them each individually for a while but ultimately have them join up toward the end (as a crew on an airship) I thought that would be pretty epic.