So I just wrote a short story for the contest about the Seven Deadly Sins, it got me thinking about a similar idea to the story I wrote, but also different. I'm thinking of writing a story in which "the Seven" are the children of a Queen and a Demon. The king of course thinks the children are his, but as they grow up they start to develop strange powers. The Queen knows the truth, but she tries to keep it a secret. But when each one of the Seven reach their fourteenth birthday, their true potential becomes unlocked. They gain extraordinary powers, as well as handicaps from each of their respective sins. None of them can control their powers, and the Queen knows that they'll destroy the world if they don't learn. Meanwhile, in the neighboring country, the king's magician has learned about them and thinks that he might be able to sway the war in their favor if he can find a way to have the Seven destroy their own kingdom from the inside. Their father, the Demon, of course doesn't care about his offspring. Now, I'm trying to decide how the rest of the story should unfold. I'm thinking some of the Seven will master their talents and truly be good, though they'll never be able to entirely avoid the sin which they were born with, while others will wreak havoc on their kingdom, fail to control their powers, and eventually either be killed by others, or become so wrapped up in their powers that they destroy themselves. I'm also wondering why the Demon inpregnated the Queen. Whether it was just for kicks or if there was some sinister purpose behind this whole thing--like he wanted to watch the world be ripped apart by his children. I'm also trying to decide on an ending. Of course, a lot of this will change, but I like to get a basic premise for beginning, middle and end, and arrange action as I go. Obviously, the end isn't supposed to be happy. I want at least three of the Seven to be dead, at least one of which will get destroyed by his or her own powers. I want all of the Seven to be both lovable, but some people will hate them depending on their own personalities. I want to make a character that gets destroyed by their own powers to be one of the most relateable of the Seven, so it really rips the reader a new one when they die. And lastly, it's a very morally ambiguous story. I want to blur the lines of right and wrong. So uh... can anyone give me suggestions on how to flesh out the plot and how to make the characters? I'm sure I'll come up with lots more myself, but I just thought of all of this just now, and I like the idea, so I was hoping I could get input and advice, at least until it comes together more in my head.