[F1 Re:Esc] Beyond Apocalypse.

edited February 2008 in In-Game


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    No asteroid, ice age or plague destroyed this world. Simply madness.

    With global food disruptions and local climate events caused refugees to flood from the poorest corners of the globe, while in the richest corners the gap between rich and poor grew uncontrollably. The weak and desperate found solace in a hundred pages called "Apocalypse." Some believe the book was a memetic virus. With brainwashing, deprivation, and secrecy the cult reached critical mass and optimal penetration. Then they struck.

    The ugly truth: The distance between humanity and devastation was measured by a few missed meals and a book.

    Challenge: Make it worse without using biological, chemical, or nuclear weapons.
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    The Conflagration was the ultimate gathering of the cultists of the Apocalypse, where, having destroyed the holy sites of other religions, they came to watch the end of the world. The Conflagration was timed to a partial eclipse, and as the eclipse passed above the great gathering at Wyoming, the teeming multitude stared up, expecting the end. Instead, all were struck blind, their corneas burned permanently by the simplest natural optics. Elsewhere, the failure of the Apocalypse returned some to their senses; despair and suicide followed.

    Challenge: Advance the timeline and give an impression of what's happened as major institutions such as nuclear power generators go untended.
  • First we tried to dig wells, but found no water. We sent eight men in eight directions. Two days before our supply ran out, Andrew returned and brought news of a spring. A week later we had water flowing into our compound. Our truck had stopped running, but the radio still worked. Jerry was able to use it to send communications to a nearby compound who say they can sell us seeds. We are meeting with them tomorrow in a valley several kilometers from our factory. We don't want them to know where we are based until we trust them.

    Challenge: How will humanity grow with such tiny colonies? Will there be inbreeding or will young people be sent to live with other tribes? Will textile factory city survive?
  • Humanity will not grow, at least not soon; uncontained pollution and toxic waste leave a resource crunch for the survivors. Inbreeding is still uncommon, as some holdovers from old religions spread out culturally. Young people are often sent on Mekkas, where they must travel long distances to complete a spiritual quest. Mekkas are the main conduit of information in this age. Sadly, the textile factory shall not survive. Something lurks beyond the enclaves, and it wants to kill humanity wherever it can be found.

    Challenge: What evil lurks?
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    At first they didn't understand the deaths - the bodies stripped of their flesh, ragged organs hanging free, clothes untouched. They hid from the darkness, travelled in groups. They tried to stay safe, and told each other stories of what lurked in the shadows, waiting for them. But they didn't really know. It was a little girl who started it. It had taken her mother, her father, and her little baby brother. She was all alone in the darkness, and she could hear their scuttling legs. That's when she tied her cat to the board, and set it outside her door. It didn't yowl for long, and the little girl lived. When people heard her story, they knew what they had to do. But there were very few animals left alive.

    Challenge: How does the roach-cult grow?
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    Posted By: joepubThe mind waits; the mind hungers. Between cracks in a collapsed wall. Between corpses in a pile of the dead. Between rotten produce piles at any abandoned supermarket. We are the mind, the cockroach fever, the collective superconscious that eats and breeds and survives radiation poisoning. Radiation only makes us stronger.
    Winner. Such a winner. That's postapocalyptic, right there.

    Let's hear that one again.
    Posted By: joepubThe mind waits; the mind hungers. Between cracks in a collapsed wall.
  • Afterwards, they could tell us - why would they let humans live? What was there to gain from us besides meat? The hunger was unabated, the need to feed and breed. Hunger overwhelmed the roach hive mind, even as it saw well enough what became of the places it had gone before. Stripped of all resources, cold, and wasted. Letting humans live was the road to knowledge; how to manage resources. Then, like the rats and racoons before them, the roaches began to change the human psyche. This was the foundation of their collapse.

    Challenge: Describe the decline / fracturing of the roach menace and mention Lucy or her kind.
  • There weren't many of them, at first, and they kept to themselves. Quiet children. But they grew. They became quiet adults. They didn't talk much, not even to each other. But they found their way into the right positions. Never in front of the crowd, they were always standing just to the side. They made themselves indispensable, but they were never well liked. People looked in their eyes, and they saw something in there. An insect intelligence. Not feeling, not thinking, just acting, like reflex. A complex, unthinking pattern.

    There were disasters. Ripple machines failed. Communities were wiped out. Never in large numbers, never enough to cause a panic. Towns grew in the wilderness, and then were swallowed up again. Years would pass between the events. Human society grew, but always the roaches were there, and they could never quite be beaten. The humans remained isolated from each other, in small, frightened pockets. They were safe, mostly, but they were never powerful. Still, they were safe, and for most people, that was enough. They never realised they were being farmed.

    Challenge: Someone catches on to the roaches' scheme. Who are they and what do they do?
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