There are many more characters actively involved in the action of the second book than there were in the first book. Throughout this guide, I may refer to these characters using a plethora of generalizations and labels. For a more clear understanding of what I may be talking about, I’m clarifying my terminology beginning with character status.
Character Status: indicates the amount of time or text that a particular character takes up or their level of importance to the story. A main character will appear in some form or fashion throughout the entirety of the story and is critical to the overall development of the story. A support character is present throughout most of text and story, but not all of it. A few of these characters will even seem to barely come and go throughout the pages of the text, but their influence is essential to the development of either the entire story or a specific character. Minor characters are just that, but not when it comes to their importance. These characters exist only for very specific incidents within the story. I don’t spend too much time developing these characters, but bring them into the action at times when they are most needed. Finally I have what I call mentions. Mentions are characters that barely exist. They could simply be a name mentioned in a dialog or someone briefly encountered on the battlefield. Though mentions take up little time and text, and aren't necessarily essential to story development, they do leave a lasting impression on the overall story.