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Fantasy is a wonderful genre for beating cliches. The first draft is just for putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and getting the story out. Revisions are where you get to make your story unique. I say fantasy is great for getting rid of the cliches because there are so many ways to use your imagination to say things a little bit differently and illustrate your world at the same time.
Consider a few you might use in your story:
strong as an ox
off the top of your head
pay an arm and a leg
money is the root of all evil
So think of things in your story that resonate with the reader. What can you highlight to bring your reader deeper in? Did you say in the middle of chapter one that your protagonist admired the pet gratula for the strength of its jaws? Were you looking at the price of a trade good and considering selling your firstborn? (Just kidding - that's another well-known one.) Perhaps instead you can show the value of something else in the world or illustrate something differently. This protagonist trades his sanity for that wanted item. Maybe your interesting character thinks with something other than her head - and things don't fly off the tip of her tongue, either.
Be ruthless with those revisions. Pull the reader into the story and your world with images that depict the beauty and grandeur of your imagination. Have fun with the descriptions, the metaphors, and the voices of the characters to make it real.
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