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Characters in Groups

Today's rewriting has been motivated by characters that are actually groups of characters. Do you know what I mean?

Right now in Shen, I have hundreds of people in suspended animation on board a spaceship. They've been that way for over thirty chapters. They will wake up before the books is over, but I'm concerned because right now that's all they do. Doesn't seem enough. I'd like them to have a part to play. I need a scene that needs a crowd to produce a result.

And down on the ground I have another group, a cult living underground who call themselves the Bormu. Their leader died suddenly, and they are divided. I have hinted at that through other characters but not shown it through the people themselves. I wrote a crowd scene for them, but I felt it wouldn't work without some buildup. After all, they aren't in suspended animation!

Must get back to that now.

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