Hopefully this is in the right place (the other sub-forums didn't seem appropriate), but I am continuously finding myself facing a dilemma in my current story. The main character is in a position of great importance in society. She is the only human alive who can communicate with this society's god, and there is only ever one at a time (another will be born with that gift after she dies, somewhat akin to reincarnation). However, she has gotten herself into trouble a few times, and even did something that normally would get a priestess in this society excommunicated. But, because of her title, she cannot be expelled from the temple. Without her, there would be no intermediary between the people and their god. Her title even allows her to act as spiritual inspiration for everyday people. I've already had an instance where the MC was punished by being confined to the temple grounds for a few weeks, unable to go into the city streets. Another time, she was going to be slated to do some manual duties around the temple, until a series of events happened that made that not happen. Corporal punishment isn't practiced with priestesses, and any punishment is decided by the headmistress of the temple. I guess I am worrying that I am making the MC get off easy. While many of the things she does (willingly or unwillingly) that has gotten her into trouble resulted in bad stuff happening to her (she runs away at one point but then is kidnapped and imprisoned, as an example), I feel a bit lame making those unintended consequences be an excuse for the headmistress not punishing her. Either that, or something the MC went through resulted in her learning important information, and the headmistress ends up finding that information very useful to know, so she has to admit that some good came out of a bad situation. Now my question for you: What would you do if this type of situation happened in one of your stories? How would you handle it? Curfews and increased manual duties are about the only logical punishments I can think of at this time, but it doesn't seem very creative. Again, the biggest issue is that the MC can't be stripped of her important title or be kicked out of the temple, but she makes mistakes and breaks rules because I need to show she is still human (and a teenager), capable of fallibility despite her title.