And one of my characters, not a POV character (at least not yet) but an important one none the less, tapped me on the shoulder and pointed out the BIG OBVIOUS that I've managed to completely miss for about a year.
Near the end of this book, this character makes a crucial decision that tears his family apart and sends him into exile. But that was before I knew he was not even going to be on the Isle where his homeland is, but rather sent off to a large continent as a protector to a princess who has been sent to try and prevent a war.
He finally got it through my head that he couldn't be in a position to make the choice he later makes because of how life-changing this trip will become.
But he needs to make this choice. It's quite important to the overall scheme of things (especially in the 5 book series I plan to write after this) that he makes this choice.
So, I've been mulling in my mind how to resolve this. In fact, I recall now that I did realize this, sort of, last year but just brushed it off as nonsense.
So here I am. I think I have a solution, one that might work, but I have to come up with a justification for why this other person would be sent in his stead.