I'm encountering a few issues while planning out my story, and my brain has just gone to derp mode. I have the general plot down: Set in the future, apocalypse occurs, Earth goes through period of time similar to an Ice Age, mythological creatures ranging from demons to the Chimera. After a year or two of enduring this, humans have been able to adapt, as usual, and form an army to fight against these creatures (of course, lots of deaths have occurred, but the humans get their shit together soon enough). A group of soldiers find a safe haven (untouched by all the evil in the world), but only several can enter--gotta come up with a reason why... Overall, I want the ending to be neutral, not particularly bad with nearly everyone dying, or good, with Earth being renewed and happy endings, but just in the middle. My brain has just kind of spazzed out, and I can't think of how to end it specifically, nor how to get to the ending. And cliches. I'm not sure if I should make the Leading Council a group of dirty soldiers... Ideas? Help? Apologies that I'm asking so many questions, and if I'm being too general.