I would say that the narrative is not set in stone, per se... but certain things are. Like, there are key checkpoints that I know I have to hit, it's just getting from here to there that is the real challenge of writing any novels. I'm actually struggling a bit right now because I have so much planned for this book that if i do it all, it could wind up being a novel and a half, or about 1500 pages. so I've got to figure out the right amount of content to cut. So far, that has involved cutting out most of the fighting... but I'm going to have to start working some of it back in just because I feel like that *is* my style and does belong in these books. It's going to be a juggling act of trying to keep things moving at a fast clip, without making the narrative feel rushed.
That said, I'm hoping that quite a few things will be elaborated on. Talis' discovery of Kargaroth and subsequent ascent as Vesovius,
This will be covered in depth. When all is said and done, I think Talis is *arguably* the main character of this novel.
how Sorion became a Saint
This actually wont be covered. Only because Sainthood is something that happens postmortem, and for this novel we're specifically keeping out of the celestial events. Keeping things more "down to earth", as it were. Also, keep in mind that the Saints are, largely, a personal task force for the gods. So Sorion doesn't become a Saint necessarily because of his faith or virtues, but moreso because Pecoros sees him as a powerful, dangerous figure who could help tip the scales in his endless balance of power struggle against Vaelius. Hopefully by the end of the novel, you'll at least see *that*.
why Halariu is named after someone introduced as a great fighter with no formal education
This is probably the part of the novel I'm most excited for, and is causing me the most issues. I'm having a really hard time not just filling up dozens of chapters writing strictly about Jaidra Halariu, and her story arc that's going to be woven throughout the book.
maybe seeing the Cleansing in action, ect.
And this is probably going to be the biggest twist of this novel. I'm definitely looking forward to writing this, but it's still *really* far away.