So I'm writing a historical novel about the Amazons based on the Greek legend of Penthesilea, one of the Amazon queens. As the legend goes, Penthesilea accidentally kills her sister Hippolyte while hunting, and is so overcome by grief that she goes to fight in the Trojan War, and dies. I'm trying to stay close to the legend while still making it as historically accurate as possible--sort of a 'what if the Amazons had actually existed' kind of thing. Anyway, I've been reading up on conflict, and how you're supposed to have conflicts be resolved in ways that lead to more conflicts; sort of have all the conflict connected, in a way. I think I'm having difficulty connecting the two big conflicts. The primary conflict is internal; Penthesilea hates herself for killing Hippolyte but knows she can't be a good queen if she's depressed and full of self-loathing. She learns through a series of events that fighting for the Trojans in the war will absolve her in the gods' eyes, and thinks that if the gods can forgive her, then once she's earned their forgiveness, she can forgive herself and move on. BUT she's well-aware that she might die fighting, and on some subconscious level is hoping for death there. The secondary conflict is external; the Trojan War. According to the legend, Penthesilea arrives just after Achilles kills the Trojan prince Hector. She leads the Trojan army into battle, runs into Achilles on the battlefield, and they fight. She dies, but since she's done as the gods wanted and fought for Troy, she dies happy knowing the gods have absolved her. My question, if you're still around after this lengthy post, is this: Are the conflicts connected enough? Does it make sense that her guilt and hope of recovery lead her to die in battle? What can I do to make it better? Thanks for your help!