@teary-eyed-circle-of-friendship i want to inform you that last night i somehow dreamed about a Far West + Saint Seiya 12 Houses AU … i can’t remember much of it, but Saga had a sugarcane plantation and managed an illegal slave trade market, and Camus and Hyoga participated into a “pistols at dawn” type duel..
It was fairly weird.
Sengbe Pieh (c.1814 – c.1879), later known as Joseph Cinqué, was a West African man of the Mende people and was the most prominent defendant in the case United States v. The Amistad, in which it was found that he and 51 others had been victims of the illegal Atlantic slave trade.
Nathaniel Jocelyn painted portraits of Joseph Cinqué and of the abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison. He went on to found the National Bank Note Engraving Company. After Trumbull, he is represented by more portraits in the Yale collection than any other artist. In 1827 he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member, and became a full Academician in 1946.
asked: Hello! I was wondering, how late would you say is too late to introduce an important element to a story? For example, new main characters or a major threat/enemy that the characters had not been aware of? The plot of my story follows someone trying to bring down an illegal slave trade. Part way through, she rescues two children who she ends up adopting, and a bit later on discovers that the slave trade is part of a much bigger crime organisation.
The rule I like to follow is that no new information or characters can be introduced in the last act–part three if your story could be divided into three acts, and part four if your story could be divided into four acts. However, that doesn’t mean all characters and information has to be introduced prior to that point. It just means that there needs to have been some reference to or foreshadowing of those elements or characters prior to the last act. That way they’re not really “new” elements. So, try to find some way to foreshadow the fact that there’s something bigger going on, and if you can introduce the crime organization’s ring leader and other major players earlier on, so that the protagonist and reader are aware of them but perhaps don’t understand who they really are, that would be ideal. That way, the revelation that there’s a bigger crime organization involved and that the ringleader is someone known but totally unexpected, you also have yourself a nice little plot twist.