How Should I Start My Story?
I'm trying to figure out where is the best place to start my young adult fantasy story which is part 3 for this game mod I'm working on. My protagonist is a former police officer dismissed from the force after his nyctophobia got the best of him during his first assignment which happened during totality of the Great American Eclipse. Later, he is transported to an alternate world where he learns that his great grandfather was a great hero and the people look up to him to be the hero they now need because of his lineage. During the story, he gets involved with the rebellion against an enemy army invading the world, falls in love with a free-spirited princess training to be a full fledged sorceress, makes new friends, and ultimately finds himself in conflict with a dark wizard who plunges both this world and Earth into eternal darkness, forcing him to overcome his fear to save mankind.
Truthfully, the story has two dark wizards, one of whom is leading the enemy army invading the world, the other, who eventually rises to become the new antagonist the protagonist struggles against starts off as one of the protagonist's allies and friends.
The event that actually kicks off all the events of the story occur when the first of the dark wizards is released from the magical curse that imprisoned him at the climax of part 2. Should I start off with this event or should I just introduce my protagonist somewhere else? Or does anyone else have any other ideas?