I’ve decided on starting ‘Blue Crystal’ that no character was going to be safe. My first chapter starts with a dead character, and two more die in a gang-style fight on the way up to the surface. There’s talk of a plague that had killed a percentage of the working class population, and at the end of the second chapter my main character comes close to dying of the same plague.
I’ve just finished the end of the fifth chapter of my first draft, and I’ve killed the first of my important characters. Funny thing was, I wasn’t expecting it. In the 0-draft he made it through to the end and wasn’t particularly important.