So, this is my first time here. I am having a problem and need some pointers/ideas. I'll give you the setting and what I am trying to do, and what I am trying to avoid. Setting: This is Epic fantasy/tragic love story. A young girl is captured by slavers and locked in a cage in a dark/quiet room. The only contact she has from any other human is once a day for feeding and occasionally to be tortured. She is in this cell for a long time (not sure how long yet.) What I am trying to do: At some point during this bondage she develops another personality or a break in her personality to help her cope. I want it to not be revealed to the reader right away that it is not a separate person. What I want to avoid: Cliche Tyler Durden. I don't want to use the character as a stand in for one part of her psyche like the one is tough trying to pull through it and one is vulnerable. Any ideas how to do this without being too cliche, or even alternate ideas in place of this without changing the setting would be awesome! Thanks in advance!