In my spare time, I've been working on this little creative piece that's been brewing in the back of my mind.
The setting is fantasy. Not a lot of flashy magic, but a definite supernatural feel.
I'm plotting out the first part of the story, and I've hit a spot where I just know I'm going to fall flat on my face.
Here's the scene:
The protagonist, Jenya, is trapped in a castle that is under siege, and is trying to escape.
In the scene, three things need to happen:
1) She must attempt an escape.
2) During the escape, she kills a soldier of the castle (who is relevant to her backstory).
3) The escape attempt leads to the sacking of the castle.
My original idea is this:
In the castle has a sally port. The port is gated on both sides (entrance and exit), the gatehouse for the sally port is built on the castle wall and is a reinforced building. In the building guards are posted to keep the gates from being opened. Jenya enters the gate house, kills the guards, barricades herself in, and uses some sort of wench mechanism to open the gates. The enemy pours in through the sally port, and the castle is lost.
The problem with this is that I know next to nothing about castles. I've studied them online and in books, and have read about sally ports and whatnot, but I've never actually *seen* a castle. So I have no way of knowing if this is even a remotely plausible idea, or what.
So, if anyone is an authority on the subject and feels like helping me out, please post. Or, you can present an idea of your own, based on the criteria above.