Hey writing forum! First post here, but a bit of a lurker for a while. In any case, I'm at a point of my book where I need a character reason for the main character to spare a longtime menace and rival of her family. The plot reason is "because if she kills them, an irreparable curse will be cast on the land," but the character reason has to be something more along the lines of wanting the break the cycle of violence between her family and their rivals and start addressing the grief which drives these factions to antagonize each other. That's fine and all, but when driving the story, I want the latter ( the protag realizing something to the effect of:"I need to heal for ME and OTHERS") rather being overshadowed by plot-reason (The protag just saying "I don't want to suffer this curse") when it comes to the final moments of that decision. Through the story the main character and company finds out about said ancient curse thing that is lain upon their land, but I'm struggling to find a way to connect the two. In any case, the main character is curious, loyal, insightful, but can be timid to avoid getting hurt. She evades, dodges, and stays quiet to avoid getting hurt. However, at the start of the novel, she swears to the remaining members of her clan that she will avenge them, and she decided that she wants to stop avoiding the past and confront the enemy that killed members of her family. Her sense of duty and yearning for peace over this issue is always at conflict with how she normally deals with these problems. I need some event that lets her realize that it's not vengance she needs, but instead peace with herself and truama. I think that her realizing that for herself will be much more effective than "I don't want to unleash a curse." Any ideas or examples? I'm open to suggestions. Sorry if it seems vague, but I wanted to keep it concise.