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We know for example, that he came from a small village in the west. We know he served in several militia as a foot soldier. We know the armed force he served with was ambushed during their final battle, and slaughtered almost to the man. We know he escaped, wounded but alive.
We don't know what happened to him after that, and until he made his reappearance several years later.
People were passing stories around about him as far back as 5 years ago. We know this. Appearing suddenly on the scene of bandit attacks and clutching a large black sword, he made a name for himself protecting the weak. Eventually his travels led here, to the heart of the kingdom and the home of the princess. Led to an oath of service to the crown, and new stories of heroic deeds.
Led to the end of the legend of the hero, and the creation of something new.. an anti-hero.
What is an anti-hero? If you had asked me 2 years ago, I would have replied 'Oh, a villain of course, what else could it be?' A year ago even, I would have said the same thing, if with a bit more hesitation.
A villain does evil with intent. Focused on his own wants and needs to the exclusion of all others, he pilots his life with a broken moral compass.
A hero performs acts of good, also with intent. Focused on doing the the *right* things, he serves the people while adhering strictly to the pull of his compass.
So what then is an anti-hero? If a villain is the polar opposite of a hero, where then does the anti hero fit into this scale?
The truth is more complicated.
An anti-hero isn't born, he's made.
There is still a little time before the fires reach this part of the city. I have taken precautions against the smoke, and I have ensured that this room will survive this conflagration. I have nothing left to do now but to wait, and to recount this story.
I leave this for you.