So, I've been wanting to write this basic idea for awhile now. It was born out of a theory I had about the Inheritance Cycle a while back: that the Varden were evil, the king wasn't actually that bad (and if he was, it was directly because of the Varden), and that the green dragon egg hadn't been stolen because it had already hatched, and the Green Dragon and his rider were going to show up and show Eragon and Saphira how twisted up their view was by trusting the wrong people. Needless to say, that did not happen. However, I think it makes for a rather good story idea. But here's what I mean by two versions of the same story. Ultimately, the story is about the same thing. A vast empire has a rebellion stirring, and the emperor is largely considered to be Evul For the Lulz. However, the MC and her companions investigate (either out of suspicion as lower level rebels or as official, sponsored-by-royalty investigators) and figure out that the rebellion and their backers, the High Elves, are actually Villains With Good Publicity, and the Emperor is just a Hero With Bad Publicity (that's trope speak for my fellow tropers). And the story sort of goes from there. Now, I'm torn between what perspective the MC will be. Will she be a rebel who slowly learns the horrible truth? Or a loyal rider who is filled with doubt, but ultimately is validated in her steadfast trust in her emperor (and perhaps relative, I'm not sure yet)? Which sounds more interesting? A rebel who slowly realizes the truth about her dashing leaders; or a soldier and maybe royal who wants to believe in her emperor/uncle/whatever despite the evidence that seems to be piling up and all the rumors, and is the only person who really wants to prove the emperor's innocence?