In my current WIP, I'm writing a chapter which introduces a whole load of characters. A few of them are main characters, but many are side characters who I'm not planning to give overly large roles. A couple die within the next few chapters. I feel it might come across as clunky, but I don't really see how to avoid it, as the story dictates that these two groups of people (a religious order and a royal council.) meet at this point. So how do you guys deal with chapters that introduce a lot of characters?