I'm writing a scene in my novel that's more fantasy-based - it involves a different dimension, so I have the freedom to pretty much come up with whatever I want. The scene involves a beast/monster and how my main character would defeat/kill it. I have my stuff outlined in terms of big-picture story flow, but not in terms of the more specific details, so I've been stuck on this part for a while now. It's about the 50% point in my novel, and my MC is in a different dimension at a main "prison site" type place for people who have been "harvested" - siphoned through from her/our dimension to this one as, essentially, a food/energy source for the entities on the other side. My MC is the only person who can access this dimension without having been harvested herself (don't worry, this is due to sensible plot things, not a "Chosen One" issue or prophecy or anything vomitrocious like that). She's already seen glimpses of the victims who were 'harvested,' including some people who she knows, but they're essentially ghost-like silhouettes who can't move around, talk, or be animated in any way, because the energy has been drained from them and they're like husks. The specific place is like a tower, with walls around it where the other side of the wall is a mysterious dark void. The "beast" is basically a monster that has been placed there to guard the energy of the harvesting victims. I have things figured out in terms of overall story flow, but I'm stuck on the actual specifics that I'd need to write the scene. Specifically: - What type of creature/beast it would look like, in terms of features and descriptions - What my MC would need to do in order to get rid of it - The purpose of why that is the way it is I'm a believer in using monsters to symbolize bigger themes in the story, and I've even posted about that type of thing a long time ago. For example, the monsters in Pan's Labyrinth are all significant with regards to their appearances and features - those things deliberately parallel the themes they are metaphors for. Same can be said for other significant monsters like in LOTR, Game of Thrones and other stories. For this reason, I don't want to just come up with some random thing for the sake of cool imagery, I want it to be significant in terms of the themes I've referenced in my post. But it's one of those things where it's far easier to help someone else than to think of the best solutions for my own story. Can anyone help me out?