So my main character has ended up in a fantasy world with a magitechnological society that is heavily geared towards reverse-engineering old magical artifacts found in ancient ruins. I need her to join up with a party heading into one of these dungeons relatively early in the story despite not being trained for it or having much personal motivation to do so. Here's what I have so far: After wandering around for a while, the MC runs into this wizard lady. Realizing she's dealing with a person from our world (it's a known phenomenon in the setting) Wizard Lady explains the basic gist of everything and becomes a sort of initial mentor to the MC. Think sorta sassy female Dumbledore. They head back to the city where my heroes are supposed to be based and the Wizard Lady determines that the MC is extremely powerful in terms of magic potential but also completely lacking in talent for spellcasting. Meanwhile a down-on-his luck young nobleman with a bad reputation wants to be the first to explore a newly discovered ruin. For personal reasons he doesn't want to bring any companions unless they are vital for the success of the expedition. Wizard Lady basically asks him to bring the MC along as a favor, despite the fact that she barely has any useful skills and doesn't know how to use her magic effectively, so it takes a bit of convincing. Notably, my MC is not really against any of this, but she's also well aware that she's in over her head and sorta agrees with the nobleman that bringing her along doesn't really make sense. Now, my current justification for all of this is that Wizard Lady is concerned that the MC will draw the attention of the military due to being unusually powerful, and essentially get drafted or "seized" as an important military asset. Wizard Lady is fairly influential and can pull a few strings, and she's friends with the local ruler and at least one of the gods. However, said ruler is out of town and the gods have a policy against interfering with mortal affairs. So, the MC needs to leave the city and remain out of reach of the military long enough for the ruler to return so she and Wizard Lady can ensure this won't be an issue. What I'm wondering is, does all of this make sense? Or does it seem too contrived? Writing political maneuvers have never been my strong suit.