POV character, let’s call her Alpha, needs to get a feudal lord to rebel against the Empire. The lord doesn’t know there is support for the rebellion. Alpha is a merchant and uses her network for scheming.
In a previous chapter, she started a set of rumors, counterfeits and staged incidents so the lord is convinced that one of the neighboring lords is trying to ruin him financially and, with the support of the Empire, take his possessions.
I’m trying to write a chapter where she visits the lord and gets his support for the rebellion. I’ll use this chapter to show some other things:
- political order and how the nobility lives
- introduce mundane magic features of the setting
- introduce the lord’s son who’ll be a POV character later
But I’m missing the conflict here. Alpha staged an excellent setup. The lord will tell her he’s in danger. She’ll offer him to join the rebellion. He accepts. Yawn.
How can I add more dynamic to this persuasion? Where can I look for inspiration?