So I have been developing my novel plot and I have hit a point where I would like some opinions from strangers. My question is: Is this character believable? Does her development make sense to you? How would you feel about this character? Would you be able to predict this? It’s about one of my main characters and the love interest in the book. To keep things brief: There are three forms of humans, all with different abilities. Humans are equilibrium of the two others and use enchanted weapons. S* are connected to the physical world and able to manipulate the physical. They have elemental magic. A* are connected to the spiritual world and use spirit magic. Their abilities include predicting the future, possession magic, healing magic, curses and so on. Both humans, S*s and A*s have slightly different physical features. They also differ in their cultures and beliefs. A*s live in seclusion from humanity because they’re connected to the spirits. In order to awaken your abilities as an A*, you will have to give up on the physical world (human relationships and so on) and give into the other world. The late emperor lead a genocide on the A*s which only a few survived which leads us to the love interest. She, let’s call her M, escaped with her father. Together with the other A*s, they lived in a small community. When it came to awakening M’s power, she was not able to because she kept clinging to the memory of her mother and the fact that her father was with her. However once an A* starts awakening their power, they either do it or the spirits kill them. Everyone tried to save M from death by trying to force her to give up on her connection to the physical world. They did some pretty terrible things out of desperation. Anyway, M being mentally and physically completely worn out only clung to her memory even more. She ended up becoming an illusionist. Someone that cannot change reality but they manipulate people’s perception of reality. For example, they can basically make you think you’ve been pierced by a sword (and feel the pain kinda like a placebo effect) when in reality no harm was done to their body. They can drive people absolutely insane. Illusion is not a pure skill. A*s normally can only summon/manipulate/use the power of the dead. Illusion however manipulates the spirit of the living. The spirits angered with M forced the other A*s to kill her. M’s father overcome with grief over his daughter’s destiny planned to put a curse on the remaining A*s and he trusted his daughter with his plans. She however loved everyone in the community and didn’t believe in her father’s plans but there was no stopping him. She was so afraid of another genocide because the first one was the cause for all her pain. In the end she killed her own father and fled. Everyone believed M had finally gone insane and searched for her with the intention to kill her but they weren’t able to. Which leads us to her character at the start of the book. M hides her A features through illusions. She is part of a human trafficking group which the protagonist and his friend go to at the start of the story. She has become a skilled assassin which contrasts the protagonist who is also skilled with weapons but absolutely unable to kill. She is very mischievous, cheeky and does not care for rules. She does what she believes is necessary to achieve her goals. However she is really loyal and has a keen sense for justice but she believes she has to do everything on her own. She has lost all trust in other people’s justice. When I think of her character, I think of an aloof cat if that helps anyone. Throughout the story she will put faith in the protagonist and two other characters. In the end of the story she reveals her ability in order to save the people she has grown close to. However the reveal of her ability makes her everyone’s enemy, even the protagonist’s because her abilities are dangerous to everyone (plot related). She is able to save the protagonist but has to flee right after in order to save her own life. The protagonist might’ve been forced to kill her otherwise. He feels somewhat betrayed by her but cannot forget what she did for him. However due to the plot he has to kill her if he wants to protect the others which causes a lot of inner conflict.