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Last updated on August 15th, 2018

 

Setting

 

The apocalypse, and you...

 

A nightmare...

You see the world around you... you see people... you see happy families... you see couples angrily disputing... you see people doing their daily routines, their jobs, their chores... you see cars driving up and down whichever roads... you see people with their smartphones, making phone calls, doing selfies, surfing the internet... you see people enjoying the sun... all is fine...

 

Flashback...

You hear a fighter jet, its engines rupturing a calm Sunday's afternoon, silencing the birds, making dogs bark... you hear the arching sough of something falling from up high, a dull bang not too far away... You turn, trying to locate... you do not find a big explosion, no black smoke raising... you see a huge green cloud... you wonder what it was... something must have happened...

 

Another Flashback...

You hear a scream... then another... the green cloud expands... meanwhile a long range rocket passes high in the atmosphere... you see people, running in terror from the winding lanes leading from where the cloud must have its center... you see a guy with a bloody mouth, jumping one of the running ones... you see him biting the guy! Biting?!... something is wrong...

 

Random Visions...

You sit in a tight spot, concrete walls all around you, lots of people... there is a box on a shelf, showing moving pictures, sound, a narrator telling stuff you do not grasp... the pictures show masses of civilians fighting against others, jumping them, more detail you cannot see... they jump the soldiers, at town square... at the brinks of the city, where it must be, you see a big explosion shown, a mushroom shaped, huge explosion... then turmoil breaks out... something happens at the door of this concrete room... you hear people begin to scream, terror, useless commands shouted all over... gunfire... a hand grabs your wrist, tears you away... where is your family? Did you have one? you see all around you going dark, hear more screams... All is fubar...

 

Memories of sitting with an old woman who's been an official...

She was old, she was crippled, blind, having lost her legs, a big part of her body scarred from burnings... She told you, if she should do so or not, she just pressed it into you... World war III had broken out, right after NATO had failed, EU had broken, all allies in chaos or gone... Biological weapons containing an unhealable virus, made to kill its victims at once, to be distributed by mushroom spores had been dropped all over the USA, and likely other nations.
It had not worked as intended, some infected did not die for real, others stood up despite dieing. And it had backfired, had worked too slow: It did not kill instantly, it lasted between five minutes and three days to down a person fully - as much as one could talk about downing them! Travellers carried the infections all over the world, and it spread like a wildfire whereever it proceeded too far in a host. Military became busy in vain tries to establish order and safety, everywhere, but the war was not forgotten. So no big intercontinental nuclear missiles were used, but small, tactical nukes, to destoy infrastructure, military bases, or morals by the destruction of big cities with their remaining civilians! At first! The virus spread more and more! Nations began to bomb their own regions, aiming to destroy masses of infected at once! It failed...
98% of the populations died, social structures and governments failed, culture was lost... It became pure horror...

 

Was this nightmare, which you woke up from, memories from what you lived through? Had you been a small child back then or an adult? Was it something someone told you about the past you never experienced yourself as you were born after this day of apocalypse? You know it best, but the horror is true!
It must be the year 2044, about 25 years after all that had happened. Most of mankind is gone, dead, living as infected, or dead and still walking due to the infection with the goal to kill the few remaining living and feed on their flesh... But you, you still live in this, you suffer from this, you fight against this, daily, alone or with a few comrades... to survive...

 

 

What happened, remembered or not...

 

What is publicly known...

 

Separatism, egoism, oversized egos, greed and selfishness grew in many folks and their political leaders in the late 2010s. And while for some it just looked like an amusing show between the leaders at first, others took it all to their hearts and felt justified in their feelings and national pride. They had a good life, either in relative wealth or in the knowledge that their opinion and poverty would not bother anyone anyways. No one believed that one or some of the leaders would really push the red button.

But apparently exactly that happened: A big war broke out, likely between several factions all around the world, and the USA got struck hardest and first. It came by surprise, while most people thought that especially the USA would see the enemies' preparations by space satellites at least a year before any attack could happen. But it was not seen, cannot have been seen, or the initial strike could not have been so hard and devastating. the strike came out of the blue for most, and in form of a perfectly coordinated strike. Atom weapons, biological weapons, chemical weapons, perfectly placed strikes. The nuclear strikes destroyed the military infrastructure as if someone would want to conquer the USA, but also most water near those military bases and also big cities, and the lands there got contaminated to deadly extends.

The biological strikes hit the civilians, in cities, and even in villages, and wind and travelers carried it all over the landsides. Millions of people died - as they should likely according to the will of the enemy. But some victims of the biological agent just degenerated into fungus hosts and became extremely agressive and eager to devour human or any mammal flesh. They were usually called "Infected" since. Most of those who seemingly died though, woke and stood up again, just minutes after dieing. They began to move again, also agressive, also eager to feed on mammal flesh. They are usually called "Zombies".

People getting bitten by an infected or a zombie, or if else getting a virus overdose from spores, died within a time range of 5 minutes to 3 days and turned into likewise zombies or infected. And also those who died of other causes except a cerebral trauma stood up as zombies again. It became clear that only such a cerebral trauma seemed to really put those beings to rest. Else there is no cure, no vaccine against this virus.

The usage of the tactical nuclear warheads already made the survivors consider that the enemy did not want to do destroy the USA really, but to conquer it. That theory also got fueled when more tactical nukes hit city centers and likewise huge amassings of infected and zombies to destroy them, or when no huge, strategical nuclear rockets returned after the US rockets got launched against their enemies.

((Everyone knows so that to kill an infected or a zombie, one needs to damage or destroy the brain enough, and that everyone is basically holding the virus in themselves already, just needing an overdoes, e.g. by bite or spore inhalation, to turn into an infected or zombie themselves.))

 

What is less known...

 

It was a sudden, surprising strike, that hit the USA: A computer virus to turn military surveillance and communications black, and twelve hours later huge squadrons of bombers, fighter jets, even modified civil planes flew over the USA to drop bombs and missiles. The first ones were tactical nuclear warheads to destroy military infrastructure and capacities, radar and communications, basically to destroy the US coordination and counterstrike abilities. The second wave right after contained a biological warfare agent, a virus enclosed by fungus spores that should contaminate the lands and kill civilians. Then another strike of tactical nuclear warheads came, aiming mostly at city areas - initially to eradicate the big hordes of infected that had been there. That way the local fresh water got contaminated so much that a person drinking water from those areas or creaming themselves with local mud or dust, will for sure have a horribly painful death by cancer, just few months later. Getting purified water there is critical, but rarely there are any purification machines left in the struck cities. City areas hence became mostly abandoned, devastated, areas for scavenging. And only the most tough people, or the most shady and ruthless, life contemptuous beings took residence in those ruins aside of the hopeless or stubborn survivors.

Few know though that the third wave, basically the second wave of tactical warheads, was fired by the remaining USA military itself, in a failing try to contain the spreading of the virus, and to exterminate big masses of infected and zombies in one blow. Also barely anyone knows the state of the rest of the world: Civil traveling still happening in the first hours of the strikes had spread the virus all over the world in a matter of few days, and so the strategical nuclear counterstrike of the USA found their targets already in total chaos and fight for lives, be it Russia, China, or whichever conspiracy theory defined enemy might have been hit.

What neither everyone knows is that at times also other mammals - dogs, cats, horses, bulls, and likewise - can get infected, yet those need a far bigger dose.

((Few know that also animals can get infected, and that basically the entire world is in the same state.))

 

What is not known...

 

For centuries already, well two hundred years, a secret society called "The Warden And Yeomen Association", short: the "WAY Association", has infiltrated governments and secret services all over the world, planning to take over reign over the world, and to create a new humanity based on their ideas. They had been actually the ones forming the saying "we will have it our way", meaning "... our W.A.Y." in real. With the ever sinking interest in politics and social or economic correlations, as well as the well planned distribution of fake news, it was finally easy for them to put their ranks and files into all needed positions, including also the US American secret services. With them they gained access to the most powerful nuclear weapons, the best military equipment. And with their infiltration of respective research facilities in Asia and Europe, they got the scientific expertise for biological weaponry. Owning most of the economy, for disguise spread over tons of stock holding companies, trusts, and similar, they could coordinate the most massive strike ever seen.

So in truth it was basically the USA resources themselves to strike the USA. And by the very worldwide chaos that caused, the confusion of which country could manage such a strike, the WAY Association could continue to destroy civilization of the rest of the world - at least where they needed to - given that their virus spread exponentially all over.

((No one knows so about the Warden And Yeomen Association and the true reason for the apocalypse. Members of the Warden And Yeomen Association are not playable, except with explicit OOC Administrator approval, and even then only after a longtime good standing and activity on the sim.))