It's not that I resent the tourists. I just dislike how freely they allow themselves to wander around one of the few places where history was preserved, a city in which industrial technology merged with flourishing stone and tile.
Let me introduce you to my home.
I live in a reclusive fortress which has seen far better days than now. Vines creep up stone, seemingly pulling a man made structure back into nature. Pebbles slip from the widening cracks. It's not much of a sight, but it preserves the olden days and it provides comfort, especially when the days grow dark.
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Malcolm Travors, and I am unlike the others. I can't deal with stupidity. I can't deal with cluttered, crushing stereotypes. I can't deal with the idea that quirks define who you are. I'll leave my physical traits aside for now. You'll see them soon enough.
I enjoy the nightlife, where I'm less restrained. Seeing the unblemished stars glowing in the dusk is an added bonus. I'll savor them as long as I can, but it's only a matter of time before I need to head into Better Alincourte again.
I see a blur of shadow flash across a stone wall but I don't react. I know what it is, and it knows me well. The shade transforms into a cloaked, feminine figure wielding a pointed scythe. As pale colors flow into the form, she clenches her slim hands and straightens. The tip of the metal scythe glints in the starlight. I bow stiffly.
"Lady Death," I say grimly.
She rolls her all-seeing eyes. "I told you not to call me that, Malcolm. It makes me sound dreadfully morbid."
I laugh without humor. It comes out as a dry chuckle and is stuck in my throat. "You reap people's souls. What's not morbid about that?"
"Malcolm, why the--"
"Death, my name's not to be used as freely as you wish. Even if you are the grim."
"You're always so sour," she chirps amiably. "I met a soul once in Serengton. He was hit by a bus crossing the street, you see. Very bloody. He spoke to me of his family, his girlfriend, his social life. Death isn't all that bad, if you accept it."
"Yes, of course," I retort. Leave it to the grim reaper to make death seem lovely. Of all people. "Leaving his family, friends, and girlfriend to deal with the grief is always such a wonderful experience. Just tell me why you're here."
Her cordiality drains away, to be replaced with a resigned scowl. "Alright then, Travors. Three citizens of South Alincourte had their inner ghosts corrupted by those nasty little dark demons. You know, the ones which you pulverized in Coda?"
I sigh, dismayed. "Yes, I know. Where are they?"
"I don't know," she shrugs. "I just reap people's souls." With that, she spirits away in a dark wave. And I'm left alone in my cold, dim sanctuary.