The Heroic Trial and How To DM One
In literature there’s a little-known plot device called the Heroic Trial. When done right it’s a useful way to test the resolve of the protagonist while simultaneously reminding the audience why he or she is truly the hero of legend. To be relateable a hero must doubt his own authenticity. To maintain our faith in the hero, the audience must be given assurances, often in the form of painful, emotionally traumatizing tests.
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