Recently while working on my story, I decided to introduce an entirely new set of characters with their own storyline, set elsewhere in my books world. There are a lot of benefits to this, but also lots of fun and interesting new complications that I'm having to deal with. Primarily what I want to talk about here, though, is my antagonist. In my original outline, he only showed up directly in the third act, and was mostly in the story to be a looming but unseen threat. (The original outline had a lot of parallels to True Grit, including the third-act conflict being the first time we meet any of our real bad guys.) However, with the addition of my new characters and plot, the villain is going to show up far earlier, and while my *original* characters still will not meet him for the first two-thirds of the story, my new characters will be interacting with him quite a bit. Since he's now going to be getting so much pagetime, he actually needs a personality, and at least a little bit of sympathy. In as much summary as I can give while still describing the problem: (Yes, this gets long, but I'm trying to convey all the important details.) My *original* protagonists are a young girl (14-15 years) named Adelyn who happens to be a sorceress, and the Sellsword named David whom she's hired to help her. Her family (As well as many other people from her town,) were attacked by a large group of bandits and kidnapped, and so she's going off with the David to hunt down the bandits and rescue her family. Unbeknownst to Adelyn, David is actually a powerful wizard himself, one who fought in a recent war and is considered by many to be a war criminal due to the high number of casualties he inflicted, among other things. However, he was never convicted (He fought for the winners of the war,) and he wore a mask and used a title (The Blue Flame) when he fought, so his identity was mostly concealed and he never faced judgement. Racked with guilt over his actions during the war, he now is trying to repay his debt to humanity by bringing criminals to justice, saving lives, etc. This is what motivates him to help the girl. The Villain is *also* a powerful sorcerer, (I haven't named him yet,) though he's not in the same league as the David. He leads a group of sixty or seventy men and women who are taking advantage of a very weak government presence and a high amount of political instability to make a seize at power. They've been kidnapping people to work them as slaves on a major mining excavation project. (Originally this was going to be a silver mine, though I've recently decided to change this. Now, they are excavating the partially collapsed ruins of a fortress which was built into a mountain, and is believed to be cursed.) He is *claiming* to be The Blue Flame, (David's title when he fought in the war,) in order to intimidate his soldiers into obedience. He may also have a second in command, but I haven't worked out his character yet. That's what I had *Before* I added the secondary plot. With the new plot, I added a character, Jason. Jason is Adelyn's brother, and is one of the people who were kidnapped by the Villain. He's got a mental handicap which makes speech and communication difficult. He and his best friend, Micheal, are struggling to keep up with the workload forced upon them while also planning an escape attempt. This escape will ultimately fail in the eleventh hour, but it'll set off some other events leading to the climax of the story. Currently, though, my Villain has very little personality. He's simply a 'Very bad person'. I mean, he kidnaps many dozens of people and forces them into slavery, has no qualms about killing people in his way, and he take on the name of a war criminal in order to appear more intimidating. That's fine for a one-off villain who doesn't show up much, but now that he's getting so much more appearance, I actually need to figure out why he *wants* power (Besides just 'Muahahahah POWER!'), and I want to give him at least a little personality. I'm trying to avoid cliches, but that mostly just leaves me stuck with either a boring character or a superficially interesting one who's been done before. I want something that complements the rest of the cast, but I don't know what that *something* should be.