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dealing with entourages

So the hero and heroine set out to visit her parents.  All kings and queens together then.  Therefore, they set out with an entourage.

That means I need to shuffle them off to one side while the hero and heroine deal with an issue along the way.

It's a good thing there's magic involved, but still. . . .

In some respects the fairy tale world is like a Dark Ages setting: kings and queens and princes and princesses go running all about without attendants.

On the other hand, it's also a place that, while there are bandits (in case you need a mundane substitution of letters, or sometimes in place of ogres), a lone traveler can easily walk from one kingdom to another untroubled.

The problem with novels is that a more detailed setting can't be half of one, and half of the other.

sigh
Tags: travel, world-building: royalty
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