Hello. I think I've confused myself into a corner by thinking the following issue over too much: I'm currently polishing the structure and character arcs for my current project, a low fantasy story, with no magic or real gods and such, set mostly on an alternative Earth with a medieval/ancient flavor (I know, hardly original). I have four main characters with POVs: 1. A female, in continent A (is from continent B): I consider her to be the actual protagonist, just because the whole idea of the novel was to tell her story. 2. A male, in continent A: basically her love interest. At first he wasn't even going to have a POV but now he's more developed and has his own arc going on too linked to the female's. 3. A male, in continent B where the war is actually going on: I actually added him to the story a few weeks ago as he just came to me and he fitted so well with the world and in the story and has a important role at two points. 4. A male, in continent B where the war is actually going on: this is the character confusing me. He was created as mere instrument to let me show what's going on in the war setting first hand, so I wouldn't have a potential* reader having to find all about the war and other important events through quick exposition all the time. I really don't have a personal connection with him as I do with the other three MCs, but, thinking about the whole thing in a strictly functional way, if most of the plot points are determined by events in the war setting, and the character in that setting is a major force behind those events, isn't he technically the MC? If the focus of the story was the actual war, I know he'd have to be the MC. But I see the war as instrumental. I choose the war as background to the simple story I wanted to tell about the female character. Said war does serve as the driving plot of the story (to keep it moving and to create situations for the characters to develop) but it's not really the focus of it, for me the characters and their arcs are most important. Can I do that? I know I can, but I mean, would a potential reader think it makes no sense the 4th character is not the MC? And that the war is not really that much featured in the story even though major events happening during it affect the character's arcs so much? It kind of terrifies me to ask for your opinions about it, because I'm scared my story as is planned won't make sense because of the issues I mentioned, but the sooner I know the better I guess. Thanks for reading, and sorry for the long post. * I write as a hobby for myself, but I still want to achieve a certain standard, so I plan and write having in mind how actual readers would react to or judge it.