This…is a weird one, I’ll admit. I’m having some issues with it and was hoping you guys might be able to help a little. Bear with me.

My story is kind of one of those dystopian genocide things with a twist.

The main antagonist in my story is essentially a crazed warlord. He’s the head of his country’s army, pulling the strings of the prime minister who’s too much of an idiot to know what he’s really doing. There’s a twist though; captain crazy has it in good with a demon who’s told him if he can send X-many-souls to hell, he’ll be granted rule over one of the 9 circles. CC makes it his goal to essentially manufacture a genocide to achieve it, all the while working closely with the demon for advice and updates and blah blah blah.

Here’s the issue, though. The demon doesn’t actually exist and CC is, in fact, just insane. I’m trying to figure out how to include the demon as this important character without resulting in plot holes at the time of the big reveal. How can I limit his direct interaction to only one character while still painting him as one of the biggest influences in the plot?

Source: reddit post

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