I'm trying to tinker around with an idea I have been fostering for a while now. The basic run down is that each chapter takes a view from different character. The plot takes place in and around a period of times similar to the Crusades. The important piece I need help with is what type of character to use for my eastern half of the story. There are two prospective characters that could serve as my viewpoint character. A) A disgraced knight/noble turned mercenary who is barely surviving on the fringes of the "Muslim" Empire. His goal in life is to earn enough money to basically buy his way back into the "Catholic Europe" Kingdoms. As a result of his mercenary work he acquires a slave women and number of retainers that urge him to use the Crusade as a launching point for his comeback. B) A knight who was disgraced from his noble and well-established family because of a basic disagreement of opinions that lead to a violent engagement. Basically, he is kicked out of his family for questioning the statues quo of "Catholic Europe". He rose on to a hero for the peasant class. He flees to the "Muslim" Empire and eventually joins up with Character A. In the process of their travels Character B is enthralled by the workings of the "Muslim" fringes and becomes something of a mythic hero for the East. There also may or may not be a legend that Character B is trying to emulate. Basically what I'm asking is: My initial idea was to use character A and use B as one of his companions, but as I developed B he became far more interesting than character A. My dilemma is this: Does your viewpoint character necessarily have to be the most interesting guy around?