So I'm gonna put out a story about a warrior who I want to be similar to legends. Like stories of fictional and real life legendary fighters like Neo, IP Man, Bruce Lee, Michael Jai White, Anime Fighters. I wanted to make a character's who's story feels like it came from oral tradition of an African warrior at the height of the Atlantic Slave Trade. The MC has some of the traits inspired by traditional ancient legends: heroic, tragic, silent, composed and I feel like it really works for him. And I want the feel of the story to be as archaic and barbaric as historical tales but I also want him to be somewhat a symbol of human exceptionalism. Which is what is bothering me though. In the story I'm struggling with what makes him truly exceptional. Throughout the tale he gets into large fights by himself and handles himself adeptly. But what makes him seem like a more awe inspiring legend: killing the warriors he fights or handling them without killing them? Here's an excerpt: It's giving me pause myself. I want Shuja to seem like a hero you can celebrate. But grisly murder doesn't seem befitting of a hero. This is literally the only person he has killed so far but I'm wondering would it seem much more heroic if he managed to defeat many dozens upon dozens of warriors without killing a single one? Or would a giant massacre elevate his true warrior status? What makes him more worthy of a legendary title?