I am trying to write a story, but i am stuck for days now thinking what the bad guys are and what do they do. I know that maybe it sounds rediculus to have a story, without knowing your antagonist, but what i want to show with my story could work with any opposition, so i didn't think about them until i finished with every other aspect of the story. My story is about normal humans that are dragged to a world where monsters rule. They are terrified but they know that as the only ones who know about the existence of the monsters they must fight them. The protagonists cant go back to their everyday live. They are trapped in a world where they can die in any moment and every mistake is punished hard. I am not going to make it easy for them. Injuries persist and drags them down, making the hunting that much harder. Psychological pressure takes it’s toll and it drive the characters are on the verge of suicide or madness. Death is a very real possibility and can happen from the simplest screw up. My main goal is to depict what would happen in real life, if every day men started hunting powerful monsters (with ties to the government maybe?). One thing that the protagonists have for them, is that although their bodies and souls are getting more injured as time walks by, they gain more experience and they are becoming better hunters. I want to show that an excellent hunter is not someone who can run a marathon at sprint speeds and after that he can win the aiming olympics. It’s the man who has the knowledge of how to hunt and prepares in such a way, that his body is not getting in the way of the hunt. Also all this pain makes them tougher. I have imagined a scene that the monsters catch one of the heroes and try to torture him to get information. After all the pain that the hunter had to endure from the hunts, he has become tougher and does not brake under the tortures. After seeing this the enemies try to give him telepathic images of hurting the ones he loves or destroying the things that he lives for, only to discover that he no longer considers himself alive, and has given up everything in his life. His only thought is to stop them. My only problem is that i cant think about what the monsters are and what do they do? I was thinking about vampires, but i am quite bored of them, and just killing some people every night, by drinking their blood is not very scary. Also, i want to give something more epic, like having the enemies having a secret agenda or something like that? I am playing with the idea that they are trying to get power to stop a demonic invasion, but i am not sure about anything. One idea i had while trying to register was having the enemies organise mass suicides, because suicides destroy the souls of humans and that creates “spirit bombs” that can hold the Demon army from opening a portal (or something) and at the endgame they plan to make the vast majority of the people to kill themselves (99% of them?). Some could say that they are a necessary evil, because they sacrifice humans for the greater good, but it is not so. The demons wouldn’t destroy the humans souls. The humans would die here and go on on whatever the afterlife is. The enemies do this because their only life is here, they have no after life, and they destroy immortal souls to save their skin. Maybe they sold their souls to the demons for immortality here and powers, and by doing so they opened the window for the future invasion they are now trying to stop. But i dont know if this is a good idea or how to implement it. Should i say that the enemy uses organized religion? Do they use some of the New World Order conspiracies to brainwash the people to kill themselves? Do they kidnap people and brainwash them? I like the first two options, but then how do the heroes learn about them? How do i make it personal and more direct? I was imagining that the story starts by an attack at the main protagonist, stopped by the hunters, and then joining them because he wants to fight. Sorry for not having a strict structure and saying whatever came to my mind in the last paragraph.. Looking forward to seeing your ideas!