How to select between treating players as Antagonist, Impact or Proxy Protagonist Characters
Question: I purchased the "Dramatica Special Tenth Anniversary Edition" book and the StoryWeaver software.
My main character is also the protagonist, who Develops to the point where he must engage two high officials, in order to achieve his (story) goal.
One or both might help him achieve the goal, however, the goal is unknown to both. This is because one or both might either support or hinder him if his goal is made known to them.
He must devise a plan to engage both of them (as Protagonist proxies?) to unknowingly help him achieve his goal. One or both will provide the required help, at a sacrifice to one of their own top goals. If his plan fails, his only risks are his failure to meet his goal and possibly losing his business.
Neither the protagonist nor the reader ever knows if engaging just one of officials trustingly, and directly, would be sufficient, rather than any
elaborate plan that trusts neither official, whereas in the elaborate plan he also lose his business as well as his goal.
My question is, according to the Dramatic Theory and StoryWeaver software (or whatever theory), how do I treat these two officials as characters? Would these described players be treated as antagonists, impact characters, or protagonist proxies? Remember, in my story, neither the protagonist nor the reader ever know if either official would help meet the protagonist's goal without his developing his
elaborate plan. Neither of the these officials come into play until the protagonist has spent decades positioning himself to use them as tools for his goal.
Keep in mind that you only need one protagonist, who is the person leading the pursuit of the story goal. Other characters can be involved in the pursuit, but that doesn't make them the protagonist. It sounds to me like your main character is the protagonist.
To make a character into the antagonist, you would have to show him trying to prevent or avoid the achievement of the story goal. That's the test.
The impact character is the character who shows the main character a different approach to solving problems. The impact character gives the main character a reason to doubt himself. He pressures the main character to switch to the impact character's approach at the climax.
You could choose to make one of these officials the impact character, or you could make the impact character someone else. It's up to you.
It's also up to you whether to have one of them fulfill the role of Guardian, Skeptic, or any other archetypal role in the overall story.
Of course, you can also decide to tell part of the story from the point if view of one of these officials. In that case, he would be the main character of his own little story (which might not be fully developed).