In my fantasy, I want to jump to important periods in my characters lives and not follow them every step of the way all the time. For example, it's important that I set my antagonists life up, we need to see the kind of family he grew up with, his various motivators growing up, education, then jump forward to him killing his parents and brother for power. (A very common thing when you think about it.) His family is kind and loving, his brother though younger he doesn't want to get in the way of his progress, he ultimately decides to kill his family at a certain point in his life. The events in his life leading up to his decision are important. The family set-up, his education, his quest for knowledge and power which consumes him. For some, this may seem to be a backstory issue, but this is all highly important because from a young age we see a very dangerous and intelligent young man prepare for world conquest. After succeeding the throne, he gathers certain powers and begins to siege the world almost immediately. These certain powers happen to be the protags in my story, at first being an antagonistic force before switching sides. I don't want to in media res this, I want to linear my story. In some of my works, I'm playing with in media res, but for this one, I will lose a lot of important information on politics and religious war that can be shown and not told. The story's arc would be gone if this was omitted. If I started in media res it would be during the war and the war would make no sense. The protag would kill the antag and it would be done with. It would lose a lot. Since the story focuses more on religion and politics as a whole and the characters are instruments of being used or using one another I can't afford to let anything go. How do you guys deal with time jumps in your story? I know some people use chapter headings as a way to show passage time. I think this would be good and be the most effective, but I was wondering if anybody else had different ideas. If I'm not mistaken time jumping in the middle of a chapter would be a huge no no.