Pax Britannica and the Undead (Open)
The head came off easily. But her dead sunken eyes lingered in my mind, even after I smashed her head in.
We call them 'it'. We were supposed to. They weren't human after all, just animals infected with a disease.
But how could anyone think that way? They still wore what they had before they turned. Peasants, soldiers, nobles, artisans... all one and the same. Just a dead hunger in their eyes and a moan from their mouths. But they were human once. And every single one of them had a story before they died. I'm killing sick people. We had to do that to survive. But how can anyone live in a world like that?
Holy Mary... I can't take this anymore. I'm so sorry.
God save the king. That is all we can expect.
June 17th 1818AD, Journal of LCpl. John Welch.
Basically a zombie apocalypse setting during the year 1817. Recovering from the chaos of the Napoleonic Wars, England, France and the rest of the continent did not expect a sudden outbreak of a strange disease. A successful quarantine was instituted, but it was after the victims' deaths did the situation make itself truly apparent.
The victims rose from the dead and attacked the living, turning them into undead monsters. Spreading like wildfire from the coast of Normandy to Portugal, from Sicily to even Novgorod, only England and the icy reaches of Russia and Scandinavia survived the dead uprising.
- We're set in the early 19th century Europe! We're going to have to change some of our cultural views!
- It's not all about being invincible and killing hordes of zombies.
- If you want an intelligent zombie, we certainly can work things out.
- There might be survivor communities in mainland Europe. How they survive, it's up to you.
- There might be magic, might not be. If there's magic, certainly nothing flashy, and generally low-key enough to be rationalised away.