You are a most unwelcome interuption. I have no idea who you are, or how you got here, but I have better things to do than to associate myself with the likes of you.

Still, it seems that a greater power is at work here, and I will have no peace until I tell you something of myself. You must have friends in high places, unlike me. I have friends in low places.

My name is Merck Vanderoth and you don’t meet me until Chapter 8, so this is your chance to escape before I spoil something. I’m good at that…spoiling things. I’m not a Level 4 Swindler for no reason.

I’ve had a hard life, but things are better since I discovered sizzle. As narcotics go, it’s the best. Well, it’s the best I can afford…sometimes.

Since I’ve discovered Sizzle, my life has changed. I’m faster,

Merck Vanderoth

smarter, braver and more successful than I’ve ever been. Well, maybe that’s just the sizzle talking. That’s the trouble with drugs. They affect your judgement.

I guess time will tell whether or not I become one of the greatest Swindlers of all time, or whether I’m merely fooling myself.