The year is 2017. Early in the year, all was going normal. The world economy was starting to stabilize and US Forces withdrew from Afghanistan. On Valentine's Day, the first reports started to come in: the dead have begun to rise, and this was called The Awakening. At first, the government claimed hoaxes, then the massive number of reports could not be downplayed any longer.
The Awakening happened all across the world, simultaneously. The more stable governments hid it well while the third world countries felt the effects almost immediately. Within 2 weeks, Pakistan launched a nuclear attack on India who retaliated with an all out invasion. Days later, Iran attempted to send a warhead at Israel, but the device was detonated in the atmosphere.
In the short few months after the invasions and prior to Shut Down (the point at which all of the governments went dark and/or offline), very little research was done. Before all went offline, the Center for Disease Control and Homeland Security compiled the a handful of facts that it sent out as literature and online. They called it The Phoenix Report.Human finding:
>Humans were found to have an immunity to the infection at about 10-13%.
>No specifics to gender, age, ethnicity or blood type were found.
>A handful of infected who rose ceased activity in a handful of days. It was noted that all of these subjects were over the age of 95 prior to the infection taking over.
>It was noted that the infected would eat any flesh. A subject was even given a completely frozen hunk of hamburger and it spent it's time gnawing on the mass until it's teeth broke, and until it thawed.
>While the infected did not exhibit any strength higher than that of normal humans, they do not feel pain and thus the brain does not stop the body from trying to negate pain. Infected would tear their own arm out of socket, or bite metal until their own jaw broke if that was what was its most immediate obstacle.
>The most immediate manner to neutralize an infected is massive brain trauma. Severing the head will kill the body, but the head will continue to be active. Fire will not necessarily neutralize the infected, but if the fire is hot and constant enough, the first burns away flesh. At this point, since the body still uses the nervous system, if the heat will remove nerves, the body essentially "dies" with the nerves. Also of small note, tasers and electricity did not neutralize the threat, but it DID disturb the nervous system enough to subdue momentarily.
>The infect will reanimate anywhere from 6-20 hours after infection. Initially, the disease was only transmitted by bite but it was discovered that when bitten, the human host then becomes contagious. The infection at this point until reanimation was verified to be transmitted airborne, sexually, and as easily as the common cold.
>No corpse older than 96 hours dead had been confirmed to rise.
>Immune individuals have been exposed to all forms of the disease, including bite and infected blood injection. Results have included: nothing, nausea, fever, upset stomach, cramps and shakes.
Miscellaneous findings: Animals are susceptible to infection. >Carnivorous animals were more likely to be affected, but were more resistant to the form if bitten while herbivores and omnivores were generally immunes to all forms save for being bitten.
>It was still not known if this was bacterial or a virus.
>Three forms of infected are verified in humans. Right now these 3 forms have been linked to the blood type of the infected.
Almost immediately, the US government began to isolate individuals who were exposed and immune, trying to find the source of this and mass replicate the results. Wanting to make sure to maximize money and time spent, the individuals who were "tested" (or taken into custody) all had some form of knowledge or special training that, if need be could be taught or used (although the individuals were never told this).
It's now, 2 months since being locked away, 3 months since Shut Down, and approximately 7 or 8 months after The Rising. You are inside a CDC/Homeland Security isolation center located 50 miles south of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
You sit in your cell and wait. It isn't much of a cell in terms of accommodations; you have a full size bed, private bathroom, a small kitchen, tv. This cell has been your entire world for the last 3 or 4 months, but something has changed. There have been no visitors, no announcements or instructions for almost 6 days now.
You take a moment while snacking and stare at the door. Is it worth leaving? Is this a test? While you know it's safe and most likely no one can get in, what is waiting for you outside the door?
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First and foremost, failure to demonstrate knowledge of these will have you removed from the story line.
I plan on this being a "season" based RP storyline (SL). Meaning eventually, something dramatic will happen, people may die, and then I'll close season 1 and gear up towards season 2.
All characters will be linked in some way, shape or form to someone else in the story for season one. It has to be some degree of knowing the other on a personal or professional level.
THIS IS BECAUSE this SL is not focusing on a group of randumb (see what I did there?) people killing zombies. I want the focal point to be the characters, how they react, how they change and how they interact and influence one another.
All characters will have a reason or trade/profession that is part of the reason they were taken, even if THEY don't know it.
ALL characters in season one are immune to all forms of the infection.
ALL family members of your characters are DEAD. That does not mean they can not search or something, but they are dead.
There are other survivors. Feel free to introduce them and play them so long as they are conductive to the over all story line.
The facility all characters will start in is a CDC and Homeland Security Facility. How they are released will be revealed.
Do not post char sheets until I post mine. Note that I will include a section for something along the lines of possible/preferred partner types. I highly encourage players to build plot outside of the IC thread, via PM or the OOC thread. RP will not start until each character is paired up. I am not sure at this point whether or not I will allow players to join once the season "starts."
I encourage players to take on up to 2 character roles, although if you do this, ONE MUST DIE!!! Or both. But one of your two will die.
If you leave the story line willingly or otherwise (not talking vacations or things, I mean leaving and not coming back and this is known), I reserve the right to kill off your character in the SL.
I reserve the right to not accept characters or to ask to change or alter posts, or remove a player from the storyline for unwillingness to cooperate.
More to come in the next few days.
*** UPDATE ***
This story is taking place in a CDC/Homeland Security isolation center that is located about 50 miles SOUTH of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, which is about 10-20 miles north of Missouri's southern border.
*** UPDATE ***
The Infected: There are a handful of names for the infected including but not limited to: the infected, reanimates (RAs), the risen, zombies, undead, UPOS (undead pieces of shit) and the brain gang (for large groups). All types of the infected eat flesh. It can be decayed, rotten or cooked. While they all share those characteristics, some have more unique ones (see types below). All of the infected can be killed with massive brain trauma, this means you could literally beat the shit out of a zombie to death with your hands (this is not recommended).
The risen live the life span of a normal adult. That means after about 100 years, this infection should (hypothetically) wipe itself out for the most part.
Once a corpse rises, it does not gain any superhuman powers. However, something very important must be considered: zombies feel no pain and have no fear. This gives them more strength than a “normal” human. Pain thresholds stop humans from doing many things, but when there is nothing to tell the body, “HEY. Don’t smash your head against that bulletproof glass to eat the human on the other side. It will hurt, and possible make you dead,” then there is nothing to stop the human from trying to run through the glass with its face. Over and over again until one gives. A normal human wouldn’t try to squeeze their body through a 1 inch slit to get at meat. An infected would gladly try, regardless of the damage incurred.
The few studies that yielded information on the risen showed that zombie types differed by blood type. Those types are as follows:
(O blood type, approx 43% of Americans): This type of zombie is slow, dumb and come in great numbers. They are commonly referred to as “ones” or “unos.” They share many similarities with RA2 (A blood type, see below). They can vocalize moans and do so when they see prey. They react vaguely to smell and hearing to the degree that they will turn their heads. While they do not associate, say music with humans and meat, they are naturally drawn to sounds. They DO react to site. It is suspected that RA1 and RA2 have a slight form of heat vision. One study in Germany showed them react to heat signatures of human silouttes at up to 8 feet. This study was not fully researched prior to its…untimely closing. These RAs are not smart, as mentioned, and can hardly negotiate up/down stairs (which usually constitutes them falling down stairs. To move up, they either crawl or a mass of bodies stacks and actually allows the zombies in the back to crawl up the mass).
(A blood type, approx 41% of Americans): this type is very similar to RA1 but a little smarter. They move a little bit faster and are drawn to things a lot more quickly than Ones. They also react to one another more distinctly than Ones. Field studies have shown that a mass of Ones and Twos moving together will walk without much purpose or direction. But if one of the Twos see prey or meat, they will break off and all of the other Twos (within 5 or so feet) seem to gravitate together while the mass of Ones continue on. This happens even when the other RA2s are out of sight, smell and hearing, and scientists have no theories to the manner of communication that takes place that allows this.
(B blood type, approx 11% of Americans): RA3s are commonly referred to as Threes, joggers or Q1s (quick ones). These are a bit smarter than Ones and Twos and also a lot more aggressive and quick. Most studies found that Threes had a tendency to band together with more of a pack nature. In fact, they have been known to occasionally feed on Ones and Twos. They have been known to easily climb stairs and even climb over low walls. Similar to the Twos, they seem to be able to react as a group to one individual, and they have been documented to do so at distances of up to 15 feet. On rare occasion, this type has been known to stop and feed on non-Three infected.
(AB blood type, approx 5% of Americans): Fours are the scariest of the infected individually. They are called horsemen (a connection to the Four Horsemen), clickers (when excited, they have a tendancy to clack or chatter their teeth) and breathers (they always breath loud and deep and almost sound like they are wheezing or choking). They are fast and have an animalistic intelligence, having been known to follow prey for periods of time and waiting for individuals to become isolated. Unique to all other forms of RAs is that this type will kill anything, including other infected openly and aggressively. They do not kill one another however and groups of up to 3 have been sighted. Also unique to this class is that any creature bitten but NOT KILLED will become an RA4. However, if a human is bitten and dies, it will reanimate according to blood class.
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Ok first and foremost, this is MY RP storyline. The important thing to gather from that is that if you're conducting your character and posts in a way that is not conductive or beneficial--or influences it in a negative way, I am going to remove you from the story line. I am not saying "your character has to do what I want" or anything of the sort. If you do not understand this first concept, ask me please. If you're removed, your character is going to be killed off in a way that is in line with the current events of the story.
Next this is a LOW level advanced RP. I don't expect books, but I expect solid CONTENT as opposed to lengthy posts about you character standing up. However, a post should not be your character leaving his room, running down the hall, cleaning the hallway and heading down both stair wells and opening the lobby door and running outside.
Now while there is no order to the RP, I expect this RP to be slow and drawn out, mainly because this RP is going to be limited by our SLOWEST RPers. I don't want more than 2, MAYBE three posts by individuals prior to another person posting. This is as a courtesy.
If you have to take an extended (3 day or more) leave, please let me know and we'll be accommodating. If you go for more than 2 days without posting or word, there is a high chance you're going to find your character killed off, but I'll try to hold this to a minimum because I know life happens. But I you're posting all over the forums, and not here, then, you know.
A few things on your characters: just because they are picked to be isolated for a reason doesn't mean your character knows the reasons. Your characters are going to be somewhat ignorant to the specifics of infected types and the level of the outbreak. Not saying there aren't clues to be found inside the building. Also, just because your character was picked for an ability he has does not mean his usefulness is limited to that, or that his role in the group is defined by that. A Marine may not be killing every thing, but he may be leading or calming others down. A doctor may not be performing surgeries, but taking in depth observations about the surroundings and infected.
Also, because your character is linked to another or others, that does not mean your RP needs to even involve them. OR that that is the first person they will gravitate to.
Finally for characters, please see the first paragraph. My only expectations for your character is that you understand that the STORY LINE is bigger and more important than your character.
I also promote twists, plotting via PM and all that.
And the usual:
no god moding.
no MAJOR forced actions on other characters (I define "major" so again, talk to each other) without theirs or MY permission.
While characters don't need to respect each other, the players do.
Rules are not limited to those above.
Finally, I am very accommodating and understanding, I know real life and school and jobs and all that are more important than this. So TALK TO ME! If you have issues getting on, TALK TO ME. As long as I know, I am ok with pretty much anything.
READ THIS. SEND ME A PRIVATE MESSAGE STATING THAT YOU UNDERSTAND THIS OR I WILL NOT ALLOW YOUR RP!!!!!!!