I'm working on a detailed plot outline for a fantasy story that revolves around three main characters, Liana, Celia, and Ander. Here's a brief overview:
- Celia suffers from a condition called "Essence Depletion Syndrome," leading her life essence to diminish quickly.
- Liana, an infant twin mage with vast magical reserves, is taken by Celia's mother, Elara, when both girls are infants. Elara establishes a magical bond between the two, allowing some of Liana's magic to sustain Celia. While Liana remains unaffected by this bond, it's vital for Celia.
- Importantly, twins in this world possess a potent bond that could disrupt the connection between Liana and Celia. Hence, Elara separates Liana from her twin, Ander, preventing this twin bond from forming.
- However, as the narrative unfolds, Ander finds Liana and establishes an emotional bond with her, allowing the magical twin bond to start forming. This poses challenges, as they later learn about the bond Elara created to sustain Celia and have to ensure the twin bond doesn't endanger Celia.
My conundrum is this: I want to introduce a potential cure for Celia's condition so that she'll no longer be reliant on Liana's magic to sustain her, but it needs to appear nearly impossible to achieve, ensuring the perceived gravity of her condition remains. Considering the rarity of twin mages in this universe, I'm hesitant about adding another incredibly rare element, even if I foreshadow it early on, because I worry it will feel like a deus ex machina.
Do you have any suggestions on how I can do this without it feeling contrived?