Characters: The City

The City, my home. What can I say about it?

Firstly, I hear you ask, why do I call it The City? Surely it has a name. Yes it does but it is referred to by everyone as simply The City. It is said that to invoke the true name of The City is to invite disaster, much as actors refer to it as The Scottish Play rather than its name. I can’t verify the veracity of the claim but it is best to ere on the side of caution. Now, I don’t know how anyone could go about hexing a name so that trouble comes to those who invoke it, but I am no expert on the research of new incantations. I simply use the ones I come across. If someone could do that then they are powerful indeed.

All cities have personality, they have a character unique to it. There are some that say that The City is alive, and more so, it has an awareness, a sentience. I would go so far as that, but there is a malignancy about The City. It feeds on its own citizens much like a vampire, drawing more into its web and once it has your tendril around you it is jealous in its possession, never letting you leave.

The City itself looks much like any other city when view from a distance, a gleaming metropolis of lights and glass. Except the view is rather different when you get close. I find the brighter the light, the darker the shadows, and it is very dark in The City.

The City is made up of a number of unique districts, suburban communities and zones. For the moment here is a brief run down on them.

Inner City; The corporate, commercial and political hub of the city, down on the waterfront where the river meets the bay. It may look clean and modern, but there is a dark heart to it.

The Park; On the western side of the Inner City is The Park, which also incorporates the old City Cemetery. After night both are places to avoid.

Docklands; South of the river, this encompasses the port, industrial and warehouse district. Many of them are old and abandoned.

The Northern Suburbs; If you can afford it, this is the safest place to live. If you can’t, you aren’t welcome. The Northern Beaches are home to the rich, powerful and paranoid.

The West; The neglected, cluttered western suburbs, with their burnt out homes, street crime and abandoned shops, is a place to be avoided, but also home for the majority of those that live in The City.

Southbrook; Southbrook makes The West look a pleasant place to live. A lawless slum, it is home to the homeless, the dispossessed and those seeking to disappear. No one cares what happens in Southbrook.

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Author of the darker side of things View all posts by Ash Stirling

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