I'm 200+ pages into my first novel out of (hopefully) a trilogy or quartet and I plan for my first to be about 350-400 pages. My issue is, I've already killed off the first set of characters to spark the big conflict that drives my protagonist and she's now with a group but I never intended them to be significant. Is this a bad move so far into the novel? I could always keep one or two of them with her. Should I go back and take away names, details, moments of camaraderie to lessen the readers emotional investment in those characters OR should I have introduced more permanent supporting characters by now? Thanks for any help or advice! PS. I've also come to realise I want the whole thing in third person and have to re-write it anyway. So drastic advice is fine... I don't know what possessed me to write it in first.