[Year Zero - YZ - SF - ZS] - Desolation Story
This is a work in progress. More or less laying my ideas out and trying to organize them into something that makes sense.
Inspiration came from the story and ARG related to the Nine Inch Nails album, Year Zero, and George Orwell's 1984.
Year Zero timeline and backstory
(2/22/2009) 81st Annual Academy Awards attacked with dirty bomb utilizing ricin; more bombs follow. Anaheim attacked with biological weapons. LA is evacuated 3 days later.
(3/17/2009) The first black President of the United States is assassinated through an act of racial aggression. Through a series of bureaucratic loopholes, his administration is replaced with an ultra-right wing group, and the first female president of the United States takes the helm.
(4/07/2009) The U.S. initiates nuclear strikes on Iran and North Korea in retaliation for the ricin attack on 2/22/-13. It is contested whether there was evidence as to who was behind the ricin attack. Listen: Hyperpower!
(8/23/2009) Angered by continuing aggression, Muslim countries and terrorist groups unite and declare jihad on the U.S.
(9/02/2009) Parepin first introduced to public water in Orlando, Washington DC, NYC, Atlanta, Boston, and subsequently the rest of the nation. The Emergency Measures act is passed which restricts free speech, and the resulting protesters are imprisoned and/or executed. Listen: The Beginning of the End.
Parepin seems to be an ACTH blocker. ACTH is a "fight or flight" hormone which is released from the hypothalamus whenever danger threatens. When secreted, ACTH stimulates the synthesis of the epinephrine (adrenaline) precursors dopa and norepinephrine. Second, ACTH stimulates the adrenal cortex to release cortisol.  Cortisol is a corticosteroid hormone produced by the adrenal cortex that is involved in the response to stress; it increases blood pressure, blood sugar levels, may cause infertility in women, and suppresses the immune system.
(9/11/2009) 105th Airborne Crusaders commissioned. First engagement in Syria in December. Listen: Good Soldier.
(7/2015 - 10/2015) India-Pakistan War. The war ends with the mutual destruction of both countries.
(11/20/2018) The first female President of the United States is impeached and convicted of treason. As a result, legislation is pushed through that ends free elections and allows the President to be chosen by a congressional panel.
(4/15/2019) Bioterrorism "attack" on Seattle. The government states that the populace was saved by Parepin in the water, while others contend that the attack was staged by the government.
(2/28/2020) Jed Mather (an American diplomat) is murdered by the weaponized virus "Redhorse" in Algeria. The IA threatens to use the weapon on the US if troops do not pull out. The US reaction is the Mather Law, which strips further civil rights from the American citizenry.
(3/1/2021) International corporations and world governments form the "Coalition for Peace".
(3/14/2022) In an effort to control the declining state of society, the US government forms a new federal entity to deal with it's citizens. The Bureau of Morality is commissioned. Listen: Survivalism.
(4/15/2023) With the nation under martial law, and the government in complete control, the long term concequences of parepin are surfacing. Listen: Vessel.
(5/4/2023) Reports surface that in some cicumstances, the dead are reanimating if not burned within 12 hours of the time of death. Government death squads are formed to incinerate the dead (Omega Squads). Some of them overstep boundaries by "suppressing" trouble spots in various cities around the world. Rebellion and resistance are at the forefront.
(6/1/2023) In order to prevent soldiers from suffering psychological effects from participating in daily massacre, a new drug is given to them via regular injections. An advanced form of Opal, the nickname "blisters" were given to them. One account told that they "erase the line between killing and fucking." Some of the effects are permanent. Users of the injections were not told they couldn't return home until after they had first taken them.
(7/14/2023) Society is officially split into two sections. The church of Plano is formed. [ http://churchofplano.com/ ] The populous live either in the government-sponsored religious clean facilities, or you live outside the walls of said facilities in the urban wastelands full of rebellious individuals and civil decay known as the Proletariat Zones. The ever increasing number of undead is touted as "A curse on the proletariat for it's wicked ways and godlessness." Listen: God Given.
(1/01/0000) The government of the US, along with the Church of Plano and Coalition for Peace establish a new international calendar. Destruction of the proletariat zones is ordered to "wash away the sins of the past and start anew."
This is where the players come in. Essentially, I envision a story form game taking place in a bleak future ripe with political and societal decay.
Map and Locales
1 - The White District is a well-guarded, well-maintained clean area. These are. It is an area controlled by governmental figures and religious extremists in order to maintain control over what's left of the populace. Civilians are under the influence of Parepin, only in a much higher dosage to the point of blind complacency. People mill about their existence in a manufactured state of calm, and have been brainwashed about what goes on in the world. There is a deep seated psychological propaganda program being broadcast to citizens in the white district daily. Telling them of the victories of the crusaders, and the elimination of the wicked. There is no longer natural reproduction. Additions to the population are made in government science labs, fitted with in-vitro technology. The dead and unwanted are ejected from the white zones into the killing fields, areas outside the white zones patrolled by elite zealots of the church of plano. Those who manage to escape "holy retribution" are forced into exile (few manage).
2 - Resistance Territory is controlled by members of the people's resistance. Their aim is to fight back against the oppression and retake the lands that were once theirs in the name of liberty, justice, and equality.
2B - Resistance HQ is the main headquarters of the resistance. The top leaders of the resistance can be found here. This area is highly guarded and very well dug in to defend from potential attacks.
3 - The Proletariat Areas are consisted of run down, derelict civilian areas ripe with decay. People struggle day to day to get what they need to survive. In some rural areas of the proletariat, there are fledgling farming communities. Parepin is only still affecting large municipal water supplies, but is slowly being broken down over time. Most people who live here are not under the effects of the drug, and are capable of clear thought and reason. The damage of the drug is still far reaching, as there is still widespread infertility in women. Occasional search and destroy missions are conducted by the Zealots into these areas.
4 - The Killing Fields are areas patrolled by Elite militant units commanded by the Church of Plano. They exist to coerce redemption into those who have not been enlightened or have resisted the will of God.
5 - Sector 13 is the black stain on the Church. It is unknown what goes on here, but many rumors and tales of horror have been passed around.
In this world of political and social decay, it's hard to concentrate on the other threat. The result of a side effect of the drug treatments: Zombies. Area 1 has little to no zombie concentration. Areas 2, 3, and 4 have a moderate concentration, mostly in areas 3 and 4. The killing fields contain the highest concentration of zombies known. There are also a large number of undead submerged in the waters of the river separating the White Zone from the rest of the lands. Sector 13 contains an unknown concentration of undead as very little is known about this area (more details about Sector 13 will come about later in the story).
As stated before most of those under the influence of Parepin or Blisters must be incinerated in the following 12 hours of the time of death.
The type of drug also produces a specific type of zombie. Parepin produces your slow moving, aimless, moaning zombie. The blister-injected soldiers will produce very aggressive, violent, fast moving zombies. The latter also have exhibited pack animal behavior, making them extremely dangerous. They have been nicknamed "Screamers" after the gut wrenching sounds they produce when hot on the scent of the living.
The Omega Squads
Little is known about the Omega Squads. It is rumored they are mostly concentrated around Sector 13, but there are accounts that tell of sightings in all areas.Their story will unfold as the game progresses. Players may not create Omega Squad characters. These are controlled by the GM.
The Zealots are the might of the Church. They kill in the name of righteousness, and are the gatekeepers to paradise. In holy robes blessed by the church, they take to the killing fields, burning the wicked, the sinful, and any who would resist the will of God. Zealots are usually composed of small teams containing several flame-throwers and rifleman for support. Players have a chance to become Zealots, but may not start as one.
The resistance fighters are the people's answer to the social decay. They are currently amassing a vast militia in order to strike back at their opressors and take back the world that was once theirs. They frequently go on guerilla missions into unclaimed territory to destroy zombie infestations, or attempts to reclaim areas taken by agents of the government and the Church. They have been referred to as "Minutemen" and "Sons of Liberty". Players have a chance to break free and become resistance fighters, or may start as one right away.
Basic Rules & Guidelines
- Characters may only be started in areas 1, 2, or 3 but are free to attempt travel into other areas of the map. Interaction with other players is open and encouraged.
- PC - Parepin Concentration: Players in white zones start with a PC of 50%. Players who successfully lessen the concentration of the drug lower than 50%
have an increasing ability to break the addiction and become resistance fighters. A player who raises his PC above 50%� will have an increasing chance to
become Zealots. Reaching a PC of 0% or 100% will grant additional bonuses later on. Players may attempt to raise or lower the PC concentration by keeping up
with (or missing) scheduled doses and by completing other hidden objectives. Things will become more clear over time. The GM will issue additions and
subtractions to PC% based on player action.
- This is a Story-Freeform game. You have alot of creative control over your character and the actions he/she does, but I will be guiding the story down a pre-determined path with a series of major events. I will also control various NPC actions in response to things your character does (or does not do).
- If you are new to TDWW, be sure and read up on the general rules located: here: http://thedeadwalk92428.yuku.com/topic/378 and here: http://thedeadwalk92428.yuku.com/topic/377
- If you are having trouble in the character creation process, feel free to ask folks in chat to help, or send me a PM. Alternatively there is a guide with tips on character creation writted by Ashie here: http://thedeadwalk92428.yuku.com/topic/496
- The character application sheet is a modified version of the freeform application, and can be found here: -link-
Audio Reference: NIN - Year Zero - Complete Album [Imeem.com]
Music to help get you into the story. Find the Listen tags in the background story and play the corresponding track.
Applications are closed until further notice.