Imagine a scenario where the citizens are upset with the ruling power. They’ve been tortured, imprisoned, forced to work in unsafe conditions and have little to eat. There is no hope for improvement as long as the current leaders are in power.
Attempts to negotiate have repeatedly failed. Rumor has it that an assassination is in the works, so armed military patrols the streets. It’s a dire situation.
Many stories have been written using this scenario as a base for sowing discord. Given a chance to write the story, how would yours differ?
Your task is to develop a scene in which rebellion is looming. Is it coming within the ranks of the aristocracy or from the peasants? Is it in a single city or throughout the empire? Who is leading the rebellion? Disenfranchised royals? Defecting soldiers?
What is the desired result and who would step up and be in charge assuming the rebellion is successful? What changes would be enacted, and would those be acceptable to all?
How many would die and what weapons would be used? Does magic come into play?
There are many things to consider to make this story stand out.
Have fun with this one.