As most of you know, my story dates back some 30 odd years. It was a turbulent time in my life, and a great source for grist. I'd just been fired, lost my girl friend and gotten arrested. Strangely, so does my lead! However, one of the characters now seems out of place and a bit childish. In making up the mythical continent where the story unfolds, a neighboring country abuts the lead's country. A monarchy. That's deliberate. My ex-girlfriend was spoiled, redheaded, beautiful and hell on wheels. As were the times, she went out disco dancing, a fact that ultimately divided us. Bikers don't boogie, and she referred to me as 'scruffy.' Feeling my unshaven face at this moment, she's still right... Because of her demeanor, our co-workers nicknamed her 'the queen,' for a number of reasons. Yes, for her acerbic attitude, but partly because she was a disco queen. Because of her hair color, she became the template for 'The Red Queen.' Thirty years have passed. I still need a foreign country for the story. And as much as doing an homage to all of the red queens in literative history, the original impetus now seems dated. I've blocked out the simplistic start of her introductory chapter, and a member here is helping me polish a few scenes. Nothing is so tightly woven into the story so far that I cannot delete all references to a red queen and/or make a newer version. She does have a very important role, so I cannot eliminate her altogether. What do you guys do when time, circumstances and modern trends make your initial character(s) obsolete?