Some People think the Zombocalypse is silly. It is. And… it isn’t. If you see it as a way to train, just like the military does, for the uncertain future, to train as you would fight, then you can actually learn a few things from the books and movies that abound on the subject. Things that might just give you an edge tomorrow, or the day after the end of everything you once knew. I’ve put together a few archetypes you might meet, so familiarize with these characters and think about what you might do when interacting with them based on the info given. So…
If it all happened Tomorrow, the pandemic that effected the Dead Walking, or maybe just some virus that got loose and turned everyone into semi-stoned, highly feral cannibals, (Or even a social movement that’s gone off the Marlon Brando end of the Apocalypse) then it might not all be grouping up with the sword chick, the crossbow guy, and the sheriff. Might get a little more real than that. Here’s some visual food along with my take on who exactly you might find out there in the New American Dark Ages.
1. The Turned. The Zombie. The Infected.
Call her what you want she’s close to patient Zero and she’s gone feral. I think this photo nails the spaced out, almost blissful look, counter-posed with the blood and onset of necrosis. This is, for me, more real than the current crop of zombies you’re seeing on TV.
2. My So-Called Used-To-Be Best Friend.
You form a Ka-Tet as Steven King might term it. You band together, grab
some weapons and Mad Max leather from the mall and you’re hunkered down. But one day Madison goes out on a mission, or just to get away from the stress of close quarters living, or even look for her boyfriend that tried to kill her when he turned. Who knows. But she comes back “bit” and now, despite the in-bunker argument she’s out of her mind and crazy for you. Or, for you flesh that is. Whether she’s a a zombie, or she’s got the modern equivalent of the Black Plague, she’s no longer an asset. If she’s not really killing you with tooth and claw, she’s decreasing your chances to make it to the FEMA Safe-Haven that’s got to exist somewhere. The President said so, from inside his bunker. Behind those big locked vault doors. Deep down under the earth.
3. Survivors. Other people.
Not necessarily enemies, or zekes. But, stragglers and strangers who’ve barely survived, They need help and they come with issues. This will probably be the second highest group you’ll find in a TEOTWAWKI-Type Scenario. The largest being the Zekes, or an invading foreign presence. Issues, they got ’em. Probably most everyone they know is dead, so there’s some PTSD going on. And, they’ve… you know, “Done Things” to get by. Everything changes you. Makes you into who you’re becoming. Survivors are like Icebergs, there’s a lot going on underneath the frigid waters that you’ll need to take into account as you steer yourself through the end of the world.
Or, people who think they’ve finally gone to Disneyland, sorta. These are people with skills, either acquired in the military, or learned through nurture and not nature. They’re survivors and they have a tendency to look out for Numero Uno. Which, if you don’t know Spanish, is themselves. Believe it or not, this is the Mad Max Archetype. Highly skilled and capable of doing almost anything to keep moving. The drawback is you’re usually not part of their plan. So, watch out.
5. Armed Forces.
the most dangerous people in the game of your own personal survival. Their first priority will be to protect the command structure. Meaning the government and the bunkers our Elites are hiding in as they wait out this “Current Crisis”. They’ll be more well-supplied than most and they’ll know that to keep getting a meal-a-day they’ll need to do what needs to be done. yes, they can help you, but you’ll most likely need to give up some of your rights to fall under their “protection”. Marital Law has most likely been declared and that gives the military some pretty broad powers. In other words you won’t be able to scream about your rights, or social justice, as they hang you for stealing bread for your starving family. Watch out.
Hey, maybe I’m wrong. Maybe there never will be a Zombie Apocalypse. Or a Black Plague 2.0. Or Pandemic Airborne AIDS. Or another Three Hurricane Cat Four Direct Hit. Or a Comet Strike. Or a Nuclear Exchange. Or an EMP. Or…. who knows, maybe even a fascist government cabal bent on holding onto power no matter what. There’s some dark, world killer stuff out there.
But, consider this…
If you dug this post… then please check out this book. It’s called The End of the World as We Knew It and it’s a Post-Apocalyptic story that focuses on the real instead of all that other glamorous stuff so many think the end of the world might be about. It’s The Notebook meets The Walking Dead.
‘In the future, an artist specializing in historical records creates a piece of art based on three separate accounts of the Pandemic. What follows is a patchwork tale of survival and horror as two lovers struggle to survive the undying dead and the collapse of an America turned charnel house. Told as memos from Ground Zero, and later in the journal of a Dark Tower-like quest by train and foot across a nightmare landscape of ruined cities and raving corpses, the three accounts reveal more than just the grim realities of society’s collapse. The Notebook meets The Walking Dead in this stained glass depiction of the end of the world as we knew it.’