So…I’ve been doing quite a bit of brainstorming for this series, and I’m considering changing this first installment’s title, and making the series into a trilogy. It would go as follows:
THE MAGICIAN’S BURDEN: What you all see now on the demo, plus about another 120k words. The last chapter will consist of a demon horde attacking your village and killing several main characters.
THE MAGICIAN’S ENIGMA: One chapter devoted to recovering after the battle and having funerals for the characters who died. Then at least two chapters where you train with Melithar the wizard. You’ll study in his extensive library, train physically, and learn to enhance your magical abilities.
You’ll also have to deal with drama among the other villagers and trauma among your own family. Of course, there will be a big emphasis romance throughout the trilogy.
Then there will be one chapter where you recruit a werewolf, Jonaug, on your way to the kingdom of Githrad to help fight the demon war. You also find an abused dog, Blossom, and can choose to be her guardian or let someone else watch over her. Then there will be another chapter where you recruit a fairy and RO, Alice, to your team as well. After that, there will be one or two chapters where your group fights against an immensely powerful witch, Baga, who has allied with the demons.
When you finally defeat Baga and arrive at the castle of Githrad, the installment will end.
THE MAGICIAN’S ENEMY: At Githrad, you will meet several new characters, including King Gellert and three ROs: Kidas the knight, Izzy the royal advisor, and Jude the servant. Once there, you will have a year to help them prepare for the impending demon army’s arrival. You will be able to do things like help prepare the kingdom’s army, help rally more troops from surrounding villages, help plant better and more crops, help barter for new weapons, etc. Naturally, all of this will span a few chapters.
Then, finally, the army of demons break through a portal from the Netherworld and into Lume. There will be a massive battle that spans at least three chapters, and it will consist of a skirmish, a nightraid, and then a final battle where either the demons or Githrad come out the victor. Then, I plan on having one last chapter as a big epilogue.
So, the more I think about this, I more I’m planning on sticking with this idea, or something like it. I think a trilogy of this nature would be much more balanced than the duology I had in mind. Each installment will be roughly 250k words. Now, what are your thoughts on this? Are the titles good? Does the trilogy’s outline seem appropriate? Thanks in advance for feedback!