I'm sure some of you have noticed by now, but while I'm not exactly illiterate, I'm also not exactly well read, most of my love of fantasy and great stories coming from the occasional RPG (digital, not pen and paper), most of which I never even was able to finish. Mostly because they were all ROMs let's just say I lost them. This is a two part question, maybe more depending on how you look at it: 1. How many people are in the general fantasy party in books of the type? And how does one go about coming up with reasons for people to be dragged across the world for little more than a pipe dream and a stranger's safety? In Paragaea, the book i just finished, the first two people where bored, the fourth person was a robot who was curious, and the last two they broke out of jail and wouldn't have come along if they hadn't been kicked off a boat. So far in my story the second character to join the party (for those not in the know, Party is RPG slang for the character group) was crashed in an escape pod and has no memory (Literally, she was made days before and just woke up, long story. Novel long), the third person saves them from bandits and the joins because the girl looks like his daughter, and the next guy is actually the boyfriend of the main character's sister out for revenge of her death. 2. What places would a party generally visit on their ubiquitous (and often rather linear, I'd like to see some backtracking) journey across the planet? I mean, in brief (which for me never is) a girl crashes into the forest, the main character goes on a journey to find out about the alchemic array on her back, learns she's a weapon, keeps her away from the badguys, badguys try to find her, badguys meet goodguys, they all go out for cake and ice cream, promptly remember they're enemies, and then kill each other. And of course in there the good guys try to find a way to for lack of a better word disarm the array without hurting her, as well as a way to stop the bad guys. Actually, for the most part ignore that (though srsly, I'll still take suggestions) that will fall into place once I finish the map. Give yourself a cookie if you read all that.