Thunder boomed across the vast, grim cityscape of Gotham, echoing through the cavernous alleyways between towering skyscrapers as the light from streetlamps reflected off the glistening rainwater rippling down the masonry and snaking its way through the curved gargoyles and stone busts adorning the corners of the vast mojority of the buildings in the once lavish downtown area. This night, like any other of late, revealed a darker side to the urban epicenter of the modern world - Gathering puddles on the cobbled sidewalks would abruptly splatter as muggers and thugs ran by. Flashes of lightning would reveal shattered glass glistening amidst the raindrops beneath shop-windows. Deep booms would briefly punctuate the stormy air - sometimes thunder, sometimes not.
This... was Gotham.