Ok I'm new to the site but not writing.
I have a firm belief that for any new story it should combine the old cliches and new ones, such as the characters live or like I like to do is the opposite and kill off several of them. Harry Potter wouldn't have been as good if Dumbledoor hadn't died just an example.
I'm writing a story called "The Fall from Grace" its my view of how Lucifer (the devil) breaks away from God and Heaven (in epic fantasy style). I created my current favorite character 'Kriegsbane' which is my profile name, and i intend to kill him off after he helps to even out the battle. He carries something i call a 'Blest' weapon. After an angel proves its worth as a Hero of Heaven God himself forges them a weapon. Kriegsbane is given a massive greatsword named 'Faithshredder' (i also drew this sword, think of Cloud's sword but cooler lol). He is fighting an enemy general, and he is surprised by a blast from an enemy siege cannon and he dies.
Please I would like to hear if anyone thinks that letting characters live or killing them off is better.