Tearmann is an old city: founded early into America's birth on the southeast coastline, the river that cut through its north end set it up as a perfect port city and lead to its thriving economy and accounts for its longevity. Even centuries later, it holds the skeleton of the city that once was; live oak lined roads, brick houses and cobblestone sidewalks, wrought iron fences and balconies, Victorian homes painted in soft pastels. Downtown, the new disappears into the old, modern businesses behind historic fronts.
As you get further from the river, however, the shape of the city begins to change. Where the rules and regulations that preserve the history of the city are loosened, skyscrapers and apartment complexes and sleek, modern glass buildings begin to take over. A second downtown spring sup and this one is dirtier, less scenic. Here are the commercial complexes, the strip malls, the gas stations and office complexes. Here, the hundred-and-more year-old trees are replaced with sparser, more manicured shrubs, the wild greenery replaced with concrete.