I commented to a friend of mine yesterday that it seemed one of my main characters had too many powerful allies (read: any at all) and that, at first, I wasn't sure what to do about it--and then I decided a quick murder could solve the problem. Seemed like a natural solution at the time. His immediate comment was, "Ah, the Archer world view! There is no problem that can't be solved by murdering the right person at the right time." I wonder if I overuse that sort of thing. In this case it's still perfect, but it made me take a look at some other writing of mine to see if... Ok, well, yeah. Seemingly central characters drop like flies in my work. So I wanted to ask. In your Plot Creation Toolbox, what's the one tool you pull out most often?