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@when-i-see-the-kingdom Hello!  I have a few thoughts regarding this:

So, personally, I actually don’t think that it’s necessary that authors use character archetypes.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I think that this can be extremely helpful for some people, but I don’t think that archetypes make the character.  So for example, it’s definitely possible to have an amazing story where the protagonist doesn’t have a love interest.  And while the love interest is a very important character archetype, there’s a lot of stories out there that have extremely bland, boring love interests.  If it helps to base characters off of archetypes, then by all means do that!  I just think that you shouldn’t feel like each of your characters have to fit a certain archetype 🙂

That being said, I do think it’s important that as many parts in the story have a definite place and role.  I think that if you want to hold the readers attention and really pique their interest as much as possible, you should make sure that their sustained interest is rewarded.  Think foreshadowing, Chekov’s gun, etc etc.  In my experience, the most engaging and satisfying stories are the ones that don’t leave any loose ends.

So, I think that instead of having a character come and introduce the mentor, then leave, you might want to consider seeing if there’s a chance they could become relevant later on in the story.  Or, it might be interesting to replace this character or combine them with another character who has a bigger role.  Just some thoughts!

*laughs as one fey*

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