so me and my friend Lazy have this group of characters who we created probably around 5 years ago and we developed their characters before actually developing a story, so now we have to try and write a story around the characters instead of vice versa. we’ve redone the plot probably about three or four times now. we could really use some advice on where to go with the story because we're completely at a loss here. the basic world rules are that there's a human world and a world full of magical/mythical creatures. there's also an afterlife-like world "in between" the two that holds ghosts and other spirits. in most versions of the story that we've gone through, the human and magical worlds are separated from each other, with the humans not knowing of the other world's existence. all magical creatures, obviously, have magic, and all of them can learn to take a human form (for plot convenience). some humans can also use magic but it's rare. characters (under spoilers to avoid a huge text wall) - Spoiler: Trevor the main-ish character is Trevor, a dragon lost his memories of being a dragon and thinks himself to be a human. he later runs into Diedra (see below) who wants to help return his lost memory. he and Diedra start off being at odds with each other but eventually become really close friends, the whole "showing each other their respective worlds" trope, yada yada yada. he's kinda generically nice in terms of personality, having occasionally outbursts of irritation/anger. tl;dr - Trevor is a dragon who in most pervious versions of the story lost his memories of being such and was "stuck" in human form Spoiler: Diedra Diedra is the other main-ish character. she is an irritable spriggan who is determined to help Trevor regain his true form because she hates humans and finds it an injustice for a magical creature to be "stuck" in a human form like this. she keeps a huge book full of information about the magical world, The Realm of the Arcane, which is usually a key plot item in most incarnations of this story. tl;dr - Diedra is a spriggan who meets Trevor by chance and tries to help him get his memories back Spoiler: Elaine Elaine is a changeling who also doesn't know of her true magical self because she was raised as a human (changelings switch their young with human babies in their mythology). she's pretty much the peacekeeper of the group and is incredibly empathetic, feeling upset when others are unhappy. in several versions of the story she's friends with Trevor previous to him meeting Diedra. she is also the one who ends up befriending/reforming Ethan which usually ends or helps end whatever the conflict is (it's changed a lot). tl;dr - Elaine is changeling who also doesn't know she isn't really human and eventually befriends/reforms the antagonist, Ethan Spoiler: Ethan Ethan is a human who has gone through so many changes with each story change that honestly, i'm not exactly sure who he is anymore. he's always been an oracle though, meaning he can see the spirit world and gets visions of the future. he's pretty pessimistic (possibly because of this - i was considering that nothing excites him anymore because he's already seen it). in the most recent version version of the story, he somehow gets himself possessed and possessed-Ethan, during the climax, starts tearing apart the borders between the parallel worlds which eventually combines them. though we're not really sure...why...? the reason he gets possessed in the first place is because he needed a way to be immortal, since his "platonic soul mate" (Elaine) is and we wanted them to be able to stay together instead of him growing old and dying in what would be a tiny blip to her. other versions of fixing this problem had Ethan as a werewolf, or dying (and then being resurrected somehow? i can't really remember), but this is the version i think works best. tl;dr - Ethan is a clairvoyant/oracle who has been the antagonist in all past versions of the story Spoiler: Jacob/Lakobos Jacob/Lakobos (not sure which name is correct here, he's not my character) is a hellhound and is the one who possesses Ethan. our thoughts for why he does this (and later does the whole reality-tearing thing) is that the spirit world basically sucks and he wants out. pretty simple. tl;dr - Jacob is a hellhound/spirit who possesses Ethan in the most recent version of the plot Spoiler: Brooke and Naida Brooke is a gryphon, Naida is a siren, and they're girlfriends. and that's about all we got about them. in the very original version of the story, Naida and Trevor had this like...hate-love relationship?? and there was an unnecessary love triangle (though it was really more like a diamond. basically the original story was a mess). and Brooke was there to be annoying or something. but with all the changing, they've kind of gotten left behind. but Lazy and i feel like we can't just get rid of them entirely, so we're trying to figure out their whole "deal" tl;dr - Brooke is a gryphon, Naida is a siren; they're girlfriends.