I have decided to put my main character in my third fantasy book in a very compromising position. For a few years, the emperor and his court spent time away from the capital, but a rebellion is starting to brew on the doorstep of his secondary palace. Eventually, the rebellion grows to a degree that the emperor is cut off from his strongest supporters and surrounded by vengeful rebels. Now, he and his allies have to fight their way out of a war-torn landscape. In order to do that, the emperor has to recruit his own army from scratch, which involves meeting some shady nobles and brokering complex deals with them. Along the way, the emperor meets new allies and makes just as many new enemies. Essentially, like his grandfather before him the emperor needs to rebuild his own power base in order to defeat his enemies and end the war.