Hi everyone. I'm having a problem deciding on plot direction for my fantasy novel. It involves following multiple character, each with wildly different personalities and backgrounds. Through fate and mutual interest, I planned for them to have to come together to take a mentally challenged child with special powers to an important place. Basically, it would be like the lord of the rings fellowship (common theme I suppose), where a group must work together for the common good, though the forces around them and even their own personalities seem intent on stopping them. However, the only problem is that as I write the beginnings of the story, consisting of what were supposed to be the backgrounds of the characters, it seems like all of them coming together seems hokey and unbelievable. I've already fleshed out the relationships with the people involved in their own stories, and advanced their plot-lines so much that I'm starting to wonder if I should scrap the whole fellowship thing completely. It just seemed so awkward for them to suddenly leave their important lives to go run off on some adventure. Also, I'd rather not have them awkwardly forced together, like make up some prophecy as an excuse to throw all the characters together. Would you rather read multiple stories of people who lead separate lives that have some overlap? (for instance, two generals on opposite sides of an army: they effect each-others lives, but don't actually personally know one another). Or when you read a fantasy style book, do you want the kind of classic fellowship adventure? Does it sound more interesting to have a gladiator turned revolutionary, a warrior-monk, two knightly half-brothers and a Mage who wields forbidden magic become forced to work together for a greater good, and even their own selfish desires? Or would you rather here about each of their lives, their problems and triumphs separate from the other, Individual stories to express their aspect in the world but to fit into a common theme of my novel. Thanks a bunch!