Writing rule: Never kill off an underdeveloped character. It is okay to kill of an anonymous character, but it is not okay to kill off a partially developed character. Either take the time to develop the character enough so that the reader cares about them or kill off an anonymous character in their place. Example: Baron Amicone was never in danger of dying in Book 1 because he is underdeveloped at this point. Lt. Petrev Avidita on the other hand, …well…, let’s just say that his fate changed regularly between various edits.