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Re: Apocalypse: The Human Race
« Reply #20 on: March 01, 2010, 07:34:42 PM »
Nov 15- Nov 17, 2023

The group was feeling a little bit frustrated, wanting to be proactive, yet forced to wait.

Vinnie visited Delmore in the infirmary.  He was doing okay, considering his broken ribs.  Dr.Cranton, the colony MD was looking after him, keeping the pain under control with diluted horse tranquilizers. Vinnie talked with him a while about his past.  He learned that the SoLA had came to the Bedrock cantonment where Delmore and some of the others had lived.  The Saints had harassed their collecting parties with increasing frequency.  They may have eventually moved in to attack Bedrock, but then Infection broke out in the cantonment that fateful night they ended up on the run.

This worries Delmore, as he recounts the tale.  He believes now that it may have been the marauders that somehow introduced the infection as a form of bio-warfare.   Vinnie agrees to try and get word to the tower-colony council, but they don't want to hear it. 

The council has just agreed to meet with two representatives of the Saints of Los Angeles, to discuss a partnership of peace in order for both societies to get through the winter.

When the two representatives of the vicious marauder group had arrived, the council ordered everyone to their room and to stay out of sight.  Vinnie was given his regular sentry duty at a balcony.  The representatives of the SoLA were given access via the garage, and escorted up the staircase to the council's top floor by the guards.  They hadn't brought any firearms that needed to be confiscated.

Vinnie, one floor below the council level began to wonder why the meeting was taking so long.  He was starting to get nervous about what Delmore had said.

  He suddenly heard gunshots above.  Unable to leave his post, he told his runner to find out what was happening.  When the messenger didn't return, Vinnie went upstairs to investigate.  When he got to the hall, and looked up the stairwell,  he saw a bloody, infected, rager come running down the staircase.  He fired at it in a panic and missed. Then it was on him!

 He tried to get free by hitting it with the butt of his rifle, to no avail.  It was tearing through his leather overcoat, when suddenly another sentry blasted its head off with a shotgun, splattering Vinnie with gore.

Without a moment's respite but to wipe the blood away from his mouth, two more infected came charging down, taking down the other sentry like a couple rabid attack dogs.  Thinking quickly, and possessed with terror, Vinnie ran down the hall heading for an alternate staircase.  The rager, hot on his heels reached out and caught him by his hood, but he tore it free and threw himself down the stairs.  The thing was still right behind, screaming and growling, making him unable to take even half a moment to turn and engage.

He tried to lose it on the next floor, running down the hall, with the thing just beyond arms reach.  He got to another stairwell and went running down, leaping to the next landing, getting off a few floors down, finally losing it. 

He took a moment to catch his breath and then made for the central staircase of the apartment building.  As he ran down the central stairs he encountered more of them coming down after him.  He was able to shoot them down before they got to him.

When he got to the right level the others in the group were staying on, he yelled to them, saying that the zombies were loose inside and they had to get the shab out.  Fearing the worst, they had kept most of their things packed into the suburban.  They grabbed what they had and fled down the stairs, amid the growing panic all around them.  Vinnie tossed Sawyer his pistol and suggested they take up the rear, covering each other in bounds, but Sawyer was already leaping down three flights of stairs before Vinnie even finished the sentence.

Down on a lower level, Sampson, the young farm hand, could hear the coming commotion from above.  Sampson grabbed his things and made his own way down toward the parking garage.

On the lowest defensible level, all the staircases had been eliminated except for the central one leading down to the parking garage. Two guards were posted at all times.  When the group arrived in advance of the chaos, the guards didn't know what to think.  They were supposed to keep unauthorized people from getting in, not people from fleeing out.

Vinnie and Bruce went to the infirmary on that level to collect Delmore.  Doc Cranton refused, saying that he shouldn't be move unnecessarily.  When they explained that the infected were loose in the colony and coming, the Doc said the best bet was to barricade themselves in, and wait for the guards to eliminate the infected.  Vinnie told him to get out of the way, and when the doctor wouldn't, he then smashed him in the face with the butt of his rifle.  Bruce and Vinnie helped Delmore up and out, and Vinnie grabbed and armload of medical supplies on the way out.

Bruce convinced the two axe-wielding guards to come along, and get away with them. They all raced down to the garage level.  Sampson had already made it down there and was trying to tell his mechanic friends to clear out.  They didn't believe him, until the others arrived and two bloody bodies fell down the elevator shaft to land with a splat.  The mechanics then ran to the stairs and went up, hoping to save loved ones.

The group and the two guards, Chad and Ortese, got into the suburban and took a GMC van.  They drove up the ramp, and Sawyer, driving the suburban tried to ram through the chainlink fence and through the zombie hoard that had built up.  He didn't have enough momentum.  He backed up, nearly ramming the van that was behind him, driven by Bruce.

On his second ram attempt, he made it through the crush of undead, and the van came right behind.  They took off down the road that led out of town, away from the river.  They didn't want to go in the direction of the Saints' camp.

Just outside of town, they spotted a road block made of two mining dump trucks.  When they tried to off-road it to the train tracks, the van got stuck.  Sawyer, driving the suburban made it to the tracks and kept on going.

Vinnie jumped out of the van and ran to a nearby ridge to get a vantage point on the roadblock, while Bruce got Debbie into the van drivers seat.  He and Hope then got behind the stuck vehicle and pushed to try and get the Van free.  Slipping on his face in the muddy grass, Bruce cursed and pushed again with all his might.  The van lurched forward several meters before bogging down again, spraying mud behind its spinning tires.

From the low hill, Vinnie could see the roadblock.  He saw two guys get in one of the big trucks and start driving toward where they had seen the van go off the road.  When it got less than 100 meters away he took a shot with his Lee Enfield and took out the driver.  He went running over to the driverless truck, but the other occupant took over and turned the big beast.  He started driving right for Vinnie.  Vinnie stopped, aimed and fired a shot through the front windshield, taking out that man as well.

Vinnie climbed up into the truck and found one of the men had a motorola radio.  He tried to impersonate the dead man, in an attempt to make the other guys at the roadblock drop their guard.  He then used the dump truck to get the van un-stuck by pushing at its rear.  The van, now free of the mud followed behind the dump truck as Vinnie drove it toward the roadblock.  He stopped 200 meters away, and propped his rifle on the front of the dumptruck.  He took out the one guard who was armed with an M60 machinegun.  The other guard took cover, spraying 9mm round from his uzi and climbed into the cab of his mining dump truck.

Vinnie put his truck in gear and drove up close enough to leap over onto the other truck.  He shot at the man taking cover inside.  When the black man surrendered and dropped his weapon, Vinnie shot him in the head.

Sawyer, Sampson and Ken who had been watching the proceedings from safety down the road, drove up.  They all looted the bodies, and then took the dumptrucks that were laden with buidling supplies.  They drove as a convoy for nearly 150 kilometers, until the dump trucks finally ran out of diesel.  They then carried on with just the van and suburban.  They turned off the main highway, and wandered some back country roads until they came to a small airport just before dark.

A quick search of an airplane hangar showed no zombie presence, and they stayed the night.  There were no zombie encounters that night, and none seemed to be in the area by morning.  A search of the area turned up a couple vending machines full of snacks, some V-8 juice and a small quantity of water remaining in a water dispenser.  They found the skeletal remains of a security guard, with his equipment.

While looking around the surrounding grounds, Hope found a metal hatch leading to an underground area, and ran to tell the others.  Vinnie predicted that it was a nuclear bunker or missile silo.  Leaving Chad, Ortese and Ken to guard the vehicles, the rest went down to explore it, and found it was a vast complex in heavy disrepair, the bottom filling with dark water.  Graphitti covered many areas.  They scrounged until they found some pistols with tins of sealed ammunition, some sealed batteries, and a small quantity of military rations.

A floorplan showed that it was indeed a 3-silo ICBM launch facility.  When Vinnie found a geiger counter, and put fresh batteries in it, he determined that the site had a definite radioactive level.  Unsure of what dosage was safe, they left the facility, only to find that radiation levels were higher above ground, and in the airplane hangar.  Even the snack foods and the bullets, water and batteries registered radiation levels.

Unsure of whether they should discard the items, they loaded up and drove. Sawyer passed a few bags of the potentially contaminated chips to Chad and Ortese to try.  The former colony guards readily accepted, unaware of the debate about radiation had gone on.  The others were disgusted when they found out the ex-con was using the two as guinea pigs, but none of them said anything.

 They passed other launch sites with their silos open, until finally making their way back to the main highway.  They drove another 100 kilometers before the radiation levels dropped off to negligible.  They turned into a driveway and pulled up to a ranch house intending to spend the night.


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Re: Apocalypse: The Human Race
« Reply #21 on: March 01, 2010, 07:36:51 PM »
When I ran that last game, I used this as a resource and for images of the abandoned missile base:

It's quite cool.

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Re: Apocalypse: The Human Race
« Reply #22 on: March 01, 2010, 10:00:52 PM »
Freaky. Yet cool. Me likey.
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Re: Apocalypse: The Human Race
« Reply #23 on: March 25, 2010, 10:21:19 PM »
Nov 18- Nov 20, 2023

At the ranch, the group parked the van and the suburban out in front of the farm house.  People were starting to feel nauseous and queasy, from their radiation dosage. It was already approaching sun-down.  Bruce, Sawyer, Sampson and ‘Ben’ were checking out the farm house. A zombie burst through the screen door at the back to attack Sampson.  He tried to fight it off, but it bit through his leather coat before it was killed.  Sampson was left laying on the ground, clutching his side in obvious shock and pain.

Bruce and Sawyer both saw the look Sampson's face and knew immediately that he had been bitten.  Sampson was in denial.  He wasn’t sure he’d actually been bit or not, protectively clutching the wound, he was telling the other two to stay back.  Bruce demanded to check the wound.

When he caught a glimpse of the flesh in the dim light, he saw that it was swelling and turning purple.  He instantly pointed his pistol at the young man.

Sampson tried to calm Bruce down, sweating and nervous, holding both hands out to forestall the gunshot that would end his life. "I'm not bitten....I'm not, dude.  Please.....don't shoot" he begged.

 Bruce couldn’t pull the trigger though, as he still seemed just too human.  He was waiting for the virulent disease to overcome him, trying to keep his aim steady.  Sawyer said he’d better do it, just to be safe. No sense being all sentimental where group survival was at stake.  

When he heard Sawyer say, 'I'll do it!',  Sampson finally snapped.

Sampson leaped up and fled the house out the back door.  Sawyer chased him immediately, firing several shots, one of which grazed him, but Sampson escaped into the darkness.

Ken came in to see what the shooting was about.  He noted that there were a couple of zombies out in staggering in the yard, and probably more coming, drawn by the noise of gunfire.  Greatly annoyed, Ken started trying to fortify the doors and windows with kitchen appliances and furniture.  Bruce and Sawye, the old enemies however were preoccupied with their newest in a long line of arguments.

Their argument about what to do with Sampson quickly spiraled out of control when Bruce decided he’d had enough of Sawyer once and for all. He drove a powerful right hook across the convict's head.  The brutal fight that erupted ranged all over the kitchen, clattering dishes, breaking the table, and splintering cupboards.  Vinnie and ‘Ben’ stayed clear of it, and Ken yelled at them to knock it off and help fortify against the zombies, but they were too deep into senseless combat to listen.

Sawyer, battered and bruised, finally slammed Bruce’s head into the counter-top and then onto the floor, beating him finally into unconscious.
 By then the others had come into the house from the vehicles; Brian and Ortese helping the convalescent Demore.  Hope and Debbie were in shock at the amount of blood from the hand-to-hand fight.  The two new guys, guards from the tower colony that had come with them, Brian and Ortese, wondered what kind of demented group would fight each other in such a time of peril, and said as much.

Sawyer,dripping and spitting blood, yelled at them; "Shut the **** up.  That's the way it is.  You don't like it, get the **** outta my house.  You keep looking at me like that, I'm gonna give you what he got, mother****er!"

  They didn’t know what to make of him, since he was acting like a lunatic, so they left the kitchen to try and avoid another fight, and went to the living room.

Sawyer followed them, all riled up and full of rage, and wanting to exert his dominance.  Brian, no small man, told Sawyer that he and Ortese now claimed the living room as their space, and it he didn’t leave there was indeed going to be another fight.  

Sawyer purposefully came into the livingroom and sat down on the easy chair.  Brian warned him once more, brandishing his wood axe.

Sawyer stared at him for a while, and then ruefully agreed to leave, but as he passed Brian, Sawyer quickly shanked Brian in the kidney with his concealed knife.  Brian staggered back.  Ortese moved to block Sawyer, and then Brian swung the axe and hit him with a terrible gash across the skull that knocked him to the ground. Sawyer, knocked nearly senseless surrendered and begged not to be killed.  Brian stood over him, dripping blood.  Ortese tried to bandage him, while Brian tried to think clearly on whether he should kill the helpless Sawyer.  He took Sawyer's pistol and knife away from him and told him to get away.

Ortese bound up his Brian's wound, and then when no one was paying attention, they both left.  Stealing the suburban, and most of the group’s supplies they drove off into the night.

Meanwhile, Sampson who had been hiding in the dark, trying to keep ahead of zombies that were congregating toward him, came around to the front of the house.  He waited until it was clear.  Once Brian and Ortese left, Sampson crept into the farm house before Ken finished re-blocking the front door.  Sampson ran upstairs, and slammed right into Vinnie who was searching the house with ‘Ben’.  Vinnie wasn't sure what the whole argument about Sampson had been. He didn’t seem like a zombie to Vinnie, so Vinnie assumed the issue was resolved.

Sampson fortified himself in an upstairs bedroom and set empty cans as an early warning if the door opened, and then hid himself in the closet.

Vinnie went downstairs to tell the others that he saw Sampson upstairs.  Sawyer, enraged again,  took the pistol off of Bruce’s unconscious body, as Debbie was trying to care for him.  Sawyer was intent on killing Sampson one way or another, but realized he was too weak and disoriented to do it right now.

Ken had had enough of the fighting amongst the group, and Sawyer’s antics.  Looking out for himself, he had gone up stairs to find the attic. It was a trap door with a folding ladder.  He got up into it, and pulled the ladder up behind him. He took refuge ther, away from the chaos that seemed to be infecting everyone.

The rest spent an uneasy night and most of the rest of the day.  People were very sick and vomiting from the radiation they had absorbed.  Bruce was awake, but still quite badly battered.  Vinnie was making Delmore as comfortable as possible, but noted that his internal bleeding had started again, and his other wounds were infected.  Without their supplies from the suburban, almost everyone was out of food and water and were beginning to feel the first hunger and thirst pangs.  The zombie moans and pounding were all around the house starting to wear on peoples nerves.  Some started to wonder how long the walls might hold up.

Sawyer had recovered a lot of his strength and was making plans to go upstairs to find and kill Sampson. Hope said that if Sampson was a zombie, he’d have come down looking for them by now.  Sawyer said that he was obviously just doing a slow turn. Slow turns were not unheard of when bitten by a shambler.  He asked Vinnie to go with him to kill Sampson. Vinnie agreed.  When they came into the bedroom and triggered the cans, Sampson got ready to shoot whoever opened the closet with his crossbow.

Vinnie opened the closet and saw Sampson.  Sampson looked up an Vinnie, but didn’t shoot.  Vinnie turned to Sawyer and said. “Zombie my shebs, Zombies don’t use crossbows.”

Sawyer yelled that he saw Sampson get bit and was going to turn soon.  Vinnie said that he’d kill him when he turned then, but he wasn’t convinced, and backed away.  Sawyer, unwilling to stick his own head around the corner to get a shot withdrew.  

Sampson, watching through the crack of the door, realizied Sawyer wanted to kill him that badly. He popped out and shot Sawyer in the head with the crossbow when his back was turned.  The bolt wasn’t a direct hit and furrowed his scalp.  Sawyer ran back downstairs and tried to drum up some support fir killing Sampson.

Bruce said he didn’t even have a gun anymore.  Hope told him that the gun Sawyer had was probably the one he'd taken from Bruce.  Sawyer hoped Vinnie would lie about the situation to back him up, but Vinnie, true to the Ranger code kept himself morally straight and told the truth about the incident with Brian and Ortese, how Sawyer had pressed the fight and how Sawyer had taken Bruce’s pistol.

Bruce, still in shock from having lost the fight, and in effect being tossed out of the de facto leadership position, told Sawyer he wanted nothing to do with him again, ever.  If he wanted to kill Sampson, he was on his own.  Meanwhile Sampson was throwing mattresses and furniture over the banister to try to block off the stairs.

Ken, relatively comfortable in the attic, called down to the others that the house was totally surrounded by zombies.  He said that anyone who had had enough of the in-fighting could join him in the attic.  But not Sampson; Ken wasn’t convinced he wasn’t going to turn into a zombie yet.

Sawyer was unwilling to try to go after Sampson by himself.  He got Vinnie to help him bandage his head wound.  Hope said that she thought everyone was going crazy.  Sawyer said that he was just trying to look out for everyone.  He said Sampson was as much a liability now as Hope’s father had been back at her cantonment when he got infected with the 'flu'.  

Hope, angrily denied it.  She said her father had come down with Influenza according to the camp doctor.  The zombie infection had gotten into Bedrock some other way.  She said it was wrong to kill someone who wasn’t a zombie, just because they were sick.  She said she’d had enough of this nightmare of not feeling safe and climbed upstairs.

Sampson, seeing no threat let her pass.  Hope asked Ken if she could come up to the attic.  He lowered the step ladder for her.  In the attic Ken gave her a bit of food and water.  She saw that he had been carving a hole through the ceiling to let himself up onto the roof for a potential getaway when the zombies broke in.  Hope started to feel a little safer again.

Bruce, realizing that Sampson was still thinking rationally and trying to defend himself asked to come up unarmed and talk.  He came up, inspected the wound again, and realized that by a miracle the zombie teeth had pierced through the leather, but had just pinched his flesh, giving him a terrible purple bruise, but without breaking the skin.

He returned to the ground floor to report that Sampson was fine, and probably not going to turn, though everyone watched him closely.  Sampson stayed away from Sawyer, and vice versa.  Even Sawyer seemed to relent, following Bruce's customary leadership.

By nightfall, things were getting worse.  It finally hit home that the zombies were eventually going to break in, and even if they didn’t they were going to die of thirst and starvation.  Delmore’s condition continued to worsen, and everyone was still dizzy and sick with radiation poisoning.

Bruce, in frustration went up to talk to Ken.  He took out his own frustrations of helplessness on Ken.  Ken, heated, argued back, feeling insulted that he was accused of hiding and abandoning the group.  Ken said that in his opinion,  their in-fighting, such as  Sampson, Sawyer, Bruce and the two new guys showed that there was no group anymore.  It was gone, and he was looking out for his own welfare, and now Hope’s too because she had seen reason.

Bruce told him that if they didn’t figure out a way to get out of here they were all going to die.  Ken told him to speak for himself, as he already had a plan to escape.  Bruce said that not all of them were capable of going out through the roof.  He wasn’t going to abandon Delmore in his condition.

Ken told him he can make his own, better plan, if he wanted, and he’d help if her could, but he was keeping his own roof-escape, and wasn’t going to stay and die for anyone.

They explored the basement and found heating oil that they might be able to use. While they were down there they heard a single gunshot.  They went up to find Vinnie standing over Delmore.  Delmore had a fresh bullet in his forehead.  Vinnie, very somber said that Delmore was gone.

“You shot him?  Please tell me that it was his choice,” Bruce said.  Vinnie just stared at him for a moment.  "I had to take care of a brother," Vinnie said.  "I’ve done it before.  Don’t worry about it.”

Deep into the night they all worked out a plan. The heating oil they found in the basement was put into containers for Molotov ****tails.  Sampson, still freaked out about having been hunted, advised that one of the most important things they do for survival was to get rid of Sawyer.  He’d already shown himself a huge liability.  No one was willing to take that step, and try to take out the big convict personally however.

They needed to try to cut down on the mass of zombies on the outside.  There were thoughts of using Delmore’s body as bait.  Vinnie stepped in, and said “No way.”  He’d kill whoever tried to defile the body.  

They tried to lure them to the doors from up on the roof and then threw the doors open, luring them into the farm house, while they climbed up to the attic and out to the roof.  A lot of zombies came inside, but there was still a lot to jump over to get clear.  Bruce and Ken threw Molotov ****tails down onto the zombies, despite Sampson’s warning that they’d burn the house down.  The zombies staggered into the house, and caught the house on fire.

Amid the rising smoke, Ken volunteered to try to jump over the horde and get to the van.  His leap fell short, and he landed amidst the zombies.  He fought and thrashed and managed to get clear of the grasping arms without getting bitten.  He ran to the van, and started it up.  He rammed into the zombies trying to clear them, and hit the house.

The others came to the edge of the roof and jumped down onto the roof of the van.  Vinnie reversed and got clear of the zombies as the house quickly went up in flames.  Down the lane, everyone piled into the van, and Ken drove down to the road and head east on the highway.  They realized the van’s gas tank was nearly on empty and they had no more fuel.  

After a short drive down the highway they saw a small town.  Hungry, thirsty, tired, sick and exhausted, they slowed down preparing to enter and scrounge for fuel.

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Re: Apocalypse: The Human Race
« Reply #24 on: April 18, 2010, 08:23:54 PM »
Nov 21- Nov 23, 2023

At the small roadside town, still sick and nauseous from radiation, Bruce and Sampson team up to search for gas in the cold windy night.  Vinnie and Sawyer search another area of the town.  Most of the town had been burned down.

Sampson and Bruce talk about Sawyer being a liability.  Bruce said he took the van keys so they don't have to worry about him taking off on them.  Sampson reiterates that he would rather he did just take off and leave the group.

Meanwhile, searching a garage, some massive wild dogs attack Vinnie.  They knock him down and try to tear at his throat. They are particularly big and vicious.  He tries to shoot with his pistol but they are shaking and thrashing him too violently to get more than a grazing shot on them. Sawyer helps to fight them off, then uses some peroxide on the neck wound. Vinnie, more proficient in first aid, talks Sawyer through bandaging him up.  Sampson and Bruce soon show up at a run.

They all head back to the van.  Hope has killed a few of the gathering zombies with her crossbow.  They consider that since they are nearly out of gas they may have to end up walking.  They decide there is nothing of value in the burned-out town and decide to drive on what they have.

Hope asks Sampson to share some of his crossbow bolts.  He puts her off, saying that he will do it later.  She asks why later?  Why not now? He puts her off again, thinking up excuses, including that he needs them more than her, because he goes out scrounging.  She argues that she was keeping the vehicle safe, and if she didn't need them, how come there were four zombies with bolts in their brains just outside the van? She assumes he's just a greedy bastard being an shebs, and tells him to hurry up and get eaten by a zombie already so she can take what she needs.

A little way further down the highway, they come to a bigger town.  Once again they send out the search parties.  Before he goes, Sampson approaches Hope and gives her a few crossbow bolts.  She's still angry but accepts them.

Vinnie is getting delirious with hunger, thirst, blood loss from the dog bite and general exhaustion. He is starting to have minor hallucinations. He is feeling weak and trembling.  While they are searching he sees what, in his state, he believes is a 'nice doggie', and goes to pet him. 

Sawyer, observing, sees Vinnie reaching for something, saying "nice doggie".  Sawyer comes closer to see that it is a crawling, legless zombie and knocks him away.  Sawyer kills the corpse and guides Vinnie back to the van.

While Bruce and Sampson are exploring, they head down into a cellar/ tornado shelter.  Sampson reaches the bottom of the steps, and as he shines his flashlight to the left, a zombie grabs him from behind, and latches on.  It knocks off his cowboy hat.

Bruce tries to stab the zombie in the head with his blade.  He gets the zombie, but doesn't pierce the skull. Sampson is flailing and trying to throw the undead off him.  In the chaos, Bruce nearly cuts Sampson with the now infected blade.

Suddenly Sampson's cries of alarm and struggle change to shrieks of pain.  Bruce can tell he's been bitten, even as he finally pierces the zombie's head.

Sampson is on the floor quivering and twitching. Bruce starts backing up the stairs, with a growing feeling of dread.  The cowboy grows still.  He twitches once...then again.   Suddenly Sampson flies to his feet, full of bloody rage and bloodlust.  Bruce runs, slamming the doors shut and thrusting his machete through the handles to lock it.  He runs from the banging doors back towards the van.

He gets there, out of breath, trying to tell the others what happened. They hurriedly prepare to leave, but Hope is nowhere to be found.  Sawyer says to just leave, but Bruce refuses.  They decide to wait for her to come back. Vinnie, still groggy, grabs his rifle and gets up into a fire position on the roof to wait for the Sampson-rager.

Almost an hour later, Sampson has beat down the doors and has tracked down Bruce. He comes charging around the corner of the street.  Vinnie identifies him, running toward them.  He squeezes off a single shot and takes him down.  Hope, hearing the gunshot comes running from where she was searching some houses. 

She had decided to go out trying to prove her usefulness. Again. She is upset to learn that Sampson actually got bitten and turned.  She somberly takes the remainder of his crossbow bolts, and fetches his trademark cowboy hat.  She was thinking about the last thing she said to him.

(Yep.  That player has lost ANOTHER character.  It was pretty much just some really bad luck this time.)

Since its nearly dawn, they wait in the van, getting what sleep they can until sun-up.  Food and water are critically short.  Bruce and Debbie haven't eaten in almost 48 hrs.  The meager amount remaining is shared out.  Vinnie, feeling a bit better after some sleep, notes that Bruce is looking right out of it.  He's seen that 1000 yard stare before.  He suggests he stay with the girls and gets some rest.  He tells Hope to see if she can care for him a bit.

Debbie hears this. Insulted at the insinuation that Hope is closer to Bruce that she is, Debbie points out to Vinnie that she, herself, will take care ofBruce.

When the others are outside of the van, Vinnie gives Bruce a shot of medicinal morphine to take his stress down.

Ben butchers the wild dog carcass from the previous night.  He does this up on the roof of the van.

While searching some more later on, Vinnie sees another pack of wild dogs coming across the field.  He and Ken get a vantage point on the roof of a shed.  He shoots several of them, and Ken cuts some down with his sword as they bark up at them on the shed.  They also see some distant zombies making their way across the rolling plains toward them.

Heading back to the van, they hear a yell of rage.  As they run closer, dragging dog carcasses, the yell turns into a soul-wrenching cry of sorrow and moan of despair.  They see Ben up on the van's roof.  He is hunched over the bloody carcass.  Fearing the worst, the others prepare to fight.

Ben turns around to face them with a look of pure outrage.  "Look!  Look at my hair!"

They see his beloved rats' nest of hair is coming out in clumps due to the radiation sickness.  The others are relieved, considering what they suspected might have happened.  Soon Vinnie, Ken, Bruce and Debbie are also losing their hair.

When they head back out to scrounge for fuel, Bruce wakes to find both women are crying.  He is still dazed himself, between being drugged and malnourished and radiation sickened.  He tries to comfort Debbie, but soon passes out due to his lingering sickness and exhaustion.

Finding only a single gallon of gas, they take it, and decide to drive slowly down the highway.  Since everyone is still so tired, Debbie volunteers to drive.  Bruce sits up front with her and tries to make conversation, but she seems distant and withdrawn.  He finds, in the meager conversation, that she was married once before, and inadvertently brings up the fact that its probably good that she can't have children, which is deeply upsetting to her.

Just after sundown, they pull into a promising looking farm house.  They do a sweep, and find it empty.  Sawyer claims an upstairs bedroom and barricades himself in, not trusting the others.  Downstairs, Vinnie breaks apart some furniture to start the fireplace, and Bruce helps by dismantling some cupboard doors.

'Ben', wearing a hat made of uncured wild dog pelt, that he calls his 'hair', sets about preparing and cooking up some of the dog meat for the group.   After the meal, Ken finds a room, and invites Hope to share it with him so they could 'watch over each other', like back in the attic.  She agrees.  Bruce and Debbie prepare to sequester in the downstairs bedroom. Vinnie is concerned with everyone neglecting security.  He is angrily adamant that he's not taking the middle of the night watch yet again, just because he's the only one with any discipline. Bruce agrees, and if Vinnie takes first he will take second.

Debbie is feeling miserable.  She cries, upset that she is old and now her skin is red and blotchy and her hair is gone, and she feels horrible. Bruce, with morale issues, and medical problems of his own isn't much comfort for her.

Ken convinces Hope not to sleep in the closet, and to share the bed with him.  When he gets closer to her, she warns him off.  She tells him that no boys are allowed to touch her.  Ken points out that he's a man, not a 'boy'.  Hope includes men with boys.

Vinnie wakes Bruce and then goes to sleep on the couch by the fire.  Bruce later wakes Ken, who finishes his watch and bangs on the wall of the upstairs bedroom to wake Sawyer.

In the morning they start to search the grounds.  The temperature is hovering around 0 degrees celsius...the freezing mark.  They discover that they are only a half mile from a golf course.  They avoid the zombies near it, and enter the clubhouse. A search turns up some minor supplies, and a Subaru Outback in reasonable condition, but no fuel.

They walk back toward the farm house.  From the field they see a pair of reinforced cars driving fast down the highway.  The cars don't slow or stop, still heading east out of sight.  They are disgusted to think that the 'Saints' might still be following them, though they didn't see any SoLA markings.

Back at the farm house, they find several zombies clustered around it.  They move in to dispatch them, as freezing rain begins to fall.  Inside the house, they gather all containers they can to catch rainfall.  Vinnie uses some of the shampoo they found to clean out the sink, and then he and Bruce begin filling it with rainwater.  They heat some of the water over the fire in order to take care of hygiene.  After a hot meal things seem to be going well.  Bruce is starting to come out of his slump, feeling more human again.

At night, Ken tries showing off for Hope, trying to get her to notice him in a sexual manner.  He uses his workout routine and martial arts exercises and tries to entice her to participate. She doesn't seem interested, and he eventually relents.

In the morning, Bruce wakes from a restful sleep, his morale slowly returning.  When he rolls over,however, he finds blood in the bed. He soon discovers that in the middle of the night, Debbie opened her own wrists in a moment of despair.  He is devastated and in shock.  He somberly leaves the room to inform the others.

They go out to dig her a shallow grave in the icy falling rain. Sawyer, the murder convict, tries to say something comforting, but Bruce just glares at him in disdain.  Bruce then tells them all that he will say his piece alone.  'Ben' stays with him a bit, offering him a swig of alcohol.  He takes it, then 'Ben' takes some.  Out of respect 'Ben' pours some onto the grave for Debbie.

When 'Ben' leaves, Bruce apologizes to Debbie for not being strong for her when she needed him.  He shakes his head, and goes into the house. 

Ken is bewildered by the suicide, not really sure what Debbie was all about. Hope is heartbroken and withdraws further into herself.  Vinnie acknowledges Bruce's loss, but takes it in stride.  It happens.

Without fuel, they begin wondering how far they are going to get now.


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« Reply #25 on: April 26, 2010, 07:32:56 PM »
Nov 24- Nov 27, 2023

After coming in from burying Debbie, 'Ben' and Will drink some more.  Vinnie, trying not to be insensitive, reminds everyone about the desperate need to be scrounging in the nearby town, and tries to get the others into gear. They walk to the town as a group, and then split up to search.  They find very little in the town.  A cold rain is still coming down. They get back to the farm house cold, wet and miserable just before nightfall.

They re-barricade the door and those who have some dry clothing change into them.  Wet articles are hung by the fireplace to dry. They settle into night routine, eating the remaining scraps of their food.

In the middle of the night, while on watch, Sawyer detects someone at the front door.  He investigates and finds a man drenched from the rain trying to open the door.  He quickly questions him at gunpoint, and then feeling un-threatened, lets him in.  He's a survivor who has been walking for some time.  Sawyer gives him a place to sleep by the fire.  (Yes this is the new character to replace Sampson)

In the morning Vinnie is startled to see the stranger.  He whips out his gun to interrogate the newcomer.  Sawyer vouches for him, but that's not convincing enough for Bruce or Vinnie.  The new guy, Kyle, tries to explain that he just needed a place for the night, and indicates he'd like to join their survivor group after losing his own comrades some time ago.

While Kyle gets dressed, Bruce makes a snide comment about Sawyer having checked him out, likely 'prison style.'  Kyle is shocked at the implication that Sawyer might be into sodomy.  Sawyer, in a spike of anger, makes a lunge for Bruce, but trips and stumbles.

Bruce draws his one-shot home made 'zip gun' and points it at Sawyer, saying he's had enough of him. Taking a lunge at him is too much for Bruce to have to take, after their major fight. Sawyer, heavily annoyed, says he just tripped and that Bruce is paranoid because he got his shebs kicked.  He draws the attention of the others; "Look, once again Bruce is threatening me with a gun.  It happens so many times I've lost count. "

 Bruce, dangerously close to being psychologically unhinged, demands that Sawyer give up his pistol.  He just doesn't trust the convict at all.

Vinnie steps in and says that he gave Sawyer that pistol to use. Bruce tells Sawyer to give it back to Vinnie or he's going to shoot the con in the head.  Sawyer shakes his head, telling everyone who will listen that Bruce is off the deep end, totally stressed out, and its only a matter of time before he'll be threatening everyone. 

"Point it at your own head di'kut. Pull the trigger, save yourself the misery and save us all the trouble," Sawyer tells him.

Kyle, the new guy, says that for what it’s worth, Sawyer seems like a nice guy to him; he did let him in after all.  If it will help defuse the situation, Kyle says that he will take the gun, as a completely neutral newcomer to the situation.

Vinnie, Sawyer and Bruce, nearly laughing at the absurdity of the suggestion, agree that that isn't very shabla likely.

The standoff continues for some time.  Vinnie tries to talk Bruce down.  Bruce counters that he's not flipping out, in fact he insists that he's quite sane and calm.  Vinnie, points out that he's been drinking heavily lately and is still likely hung over.  Bruce says it doesn't change that Sawyer is the bad guy.

Finally Sawyer relents and gives the pistol back to Vinnie.  Hope and Ken come downstairs and wonder what all the yelling was about.  Vinnie suggests they take the van into town with all of their supplies so they can make their base in the town itself in an old garage he spotted.  It will cut down on time wasted walking back and forth.

On the way Kyle explains that he's a mixed martial artist, who was preparing to hit the big time until the apocalypse started to happen.  He said he's studied styles as diverse as Sankukai karate, Thai boxing, Hapkido and Jeet Kune Do; Bruce Lee's style, (who is a personal hero of his...him and Mr. Miyagi. ) He says that Ken looks a lot like Bruce Lee, and thinks that’s cool.  Ken isn't impressed by the talk, especially when he has to point out that Bruce Lee is Chinese, not Japanese.  Kyle later says he knew that, that he was just joking.

They drive the van, nearly on gas fumes, into the town and park it.  They do a search in the town and turn up a small cache of canned goods. Vinnie gives the pistol back to Sawyer.  While Vinnie, Sawyer and Kyle are searching some houses, they hear the roar of throbbing engines.  They dart across the street as the first few bikes of a motorcycle gang come into view.

Fearing that they've been spotted, they go through a house and out the back and into another house.  They go up to the second storey and watch out the windows. The bike engines have stopped, and they see leather-clad Harley-Davidson bikers searching around.  They are white, scruffy and definitely not the SoLA.  One blows a whistle and then calls out to Vinnie and the others:  "We know you're around here, and you aren't zombies, so just come out!"

Vinnie sees that they're armed with melee weapons and pistols.  He answers them saying that they don't want trouble, they're just looking for food. He grips his rifle, ready to fight.  When asked who he's with, he says they aren't with anyone, just wandering survivors, but he used to be a RANGER.

The bikers call over more of their own, and soon there are a dozen of them.  The leader wants Vinnie to come out and talk.  Vinnie reluctantly agrees. 
Sawyer says he'll go to.  They tell Kyle to stay back and cover them.  "Sure," Kyle agrees, though not exactly sure how to cover them from the second floor of a building...with a baseball bat.

They talk with the enigmatic leader of the bikers, who says they represent the Apoc Angels.  One of the bikers recognizes Sawyer as 'Knuckles' from the time they spent in San Quentin together.  He mentions it to the leader.

The Apoc Angels leader tells Vinnie that he's on their turf but they are willing to overlook it if they sit down and talk with them a bit.  Vinnie, agrees and hopes for the best, calling Kyle out. The bikers tell them to meet them at the garage and then they get their bikes and pull out.

When the bikers, (twenty-odd strong, with a couple 4x4 trucks and a half dozen or so women), are out of sight, Bruce, Ken and Hope come out of hiding, having heard the motorcycles.  Vinnie explains that the Bikers seem reasonable enough.  Bruce is concerned but doesn't have much choice.

Back at the garage, the group points out that the van is theirs.  The Biker's road boss is 'Duke'.  He says that it’s on their property, and everything on their turf belongs to them. But to show their good faith, they aren't going to contest it. They make some introductions.

Duke says they were on their way down to Bikertown from up north in Manitoba but got heavily delayed.  Now the weather is really slowing them up.

The group tells the bikers that  they were just wandering, trying to survive.  Duke says they should come to Bikertown, it's the closest thing to 'real' civilization.  He explains how the Apoc Angels are an evolution of the old Hells Angels, the saviors of civilization, despite being traditional outlaws and rebels.  In the post-apocalyptic world, laws have no meaning, so anyone can be a didn't mean anything anymore.

The true strength of the biker lifestyle is the free spirited yet organized a wolf pack.  He goes on to explain that Bikertown was an oil refinery that was guarded by a security group affiliated with Blackwater International;  Ex military, special forces Navy SEALS and the like. They did an excellent job of keeping the place, and the local civilian workers, secure despite the zombie outbreak and marauders that followed.

But what they had, others wanted.  The Hells Angels and other outlaws and marauders tried in vain to penetrate the defences for months.  One man, 'Spince', united the bikers under the 'Apoc Angels' banner.  Over several years, in a time known as 'The Biker Wars', the organization became large and a mongol horde.  At the end of the Biker Wars, the ultimate prize was had.  The refinery defences were breached and the defenders had to surrender.  They expected only death or worse.

But Spince had control, like a modern Genghis Khan.  He gave the refinery back into the care of the security types, to hold and preserve in his name.  The condition was that Apoc Angels members be always welcome.  They worked out a system of barter and basic currency.  The bikers now have a home base to venture out from, and the civilians have a large group of scroungers that bring back valuables from the greater continent.  The Apoc Angels are the amalgamation of hundreds of renegade bikers and other riding clubs.  Duke's pack is just one of many out on a season of free riding, and bringing back goods.

This tale intrigues some of the group. Vinnie asks about the currency they use.  When Duke says its food-based, the basic unit of barter being the 'c', rather than the dollar.  "Calories?" Vinnie guesses.  "Cans" Duke replies, "A can of food is the universal standard for trade."

Duke says he wants to deal with the leader of this little ragtag group.

Sawyer steps up and says that he himself is the leader.  Bruce counters that.  Duke says that any sane group needs one man in charge.  They'd better figure out who it is, and then he'll deal with that man.

This discussion between Sawyer and Bruce quickly becomes heated.  Sawyer says there is no way he'll follow Bruce any more.  The new guy, Kyle, says that Sawyer seems a decent enough guy. 'Ben' says Sawyer should definitely not be in charge.  He's hated Sawyer for a long time now. 
Vinnie doesn't think Bruce is stable enough lately, and he gives credit to Sawyer for trying to reform his ways.  Hope is unsure and remains quiet...all of the confrontation all the time is making her feel terrible.  Ken says that no one is the boss of him.

Bruce can't believe Sawyer is getting people to think he's a better, reformed person.  This frustrates him more.  He reminds everyone that Sawyer has been ready to leave every one of them high and dry at one time or another.  Bruce calls out to Vinnie, asking why he doesn't try the position of leader himself.  He's got an army background, he should make a decent leader.

Vinnie reluctantly agrees, and no one has any objections to Vinnie speaking for the group, but Ken points again out that no one is the boss of him.

Vinnie goes to talk to Duke.

Duke says his offer is simple: One option is: The bikers will leave the group on their own, probably to die, since the area has been picked over pretty well, and he adds they are in the middle of 'Indian territory'. 

The other option is that the bikers give them fuel for the van, and guide them down to Bikertown in Texas.  In return, upon arrival, the group turns the van over to the bikers.

Vinnie asks about what they'd do then.  They'd be stuck there, with no means of travel or payment.  Duke reminds them its a barter system down there.  Surely they have things to trade.  Vinnie wonders about the value of their items.  Duke tells him that the knife he's carrying could be traded in for the equivalent of 10 or maybe even 15 cans. A pistol might fetch 50 to 80c.  The van is worth about 300c.  He gestures at Hope, and says that very pretty red-haired girl would be worth twice a typical woman.  Maybe like 200c.

Vinnie says that she isn't for sale. She doesn't do sexual things, not even with the japanese guy that has been watching over her lately.  Duke says that if she's a virgin, her price might even double.  If they didn't want to sell her outright, they might think about just renting her out for a while.  Just something to think about.

Bikertown is a four day trip, maybe a week depending on road conditions.

Vinnie, after some tough thought, agrees to their terms.  When he goes to pass on the info to the others, Bruce is worried about ending up stranded in a town of cut-throats.  He also points out that they have almost no food.  Are the bikers going to feed them too?

Vinnie goes back to ask Duke.  Duke is mildly annoyed.  He says he doesn't usually re-negotiate contracts, but since the group is getting along well and cooperative, he'll consider it.  Vinnie tells him they need food.  Duke says they have a lot in the back of the truck, but they are bringing it back to Bikertown.  It's a season's worth of employment.

Vinnie says they don't have any cans to buy food with...they can't very well buy food with food.  Duke explains that the 'can' is the universally accepted currency, but everything has a can-equivalent trading value.  He reminds him about the knife.  Duke says he'd trade 10 cans of food for it.  Vinnie, thinking of the group, offers up his M4 assault rifle.

Duke says that'll feed them for the whole trip and then a bit more. He promises to give him a bit of 'change' at the end, depending on the length of the trip.

While they rest, the bikers warm up with a trashcan fire.  They are chilled to the bone from riding in the cold. The group shares in the biker's communal pot of stew. It's not a lot...the bikers don't like to 'eat' into their profits too much.

Sawyer talks with his old buddy, Longley, a very large, round and bulky biker who used to be an enforcer for the original Hells Angels.  He had been serving time in prison for multiple assassinations, including a cop.

 He tells Sawyer about some of the other groups the Apoc Angels are perpetually at war with, including The Ghost Wolf Nation, (a band of 'redskins'), The Brigade (and bunch of army guys and wannabes that took over Ft Hood.), The Lords of Death ( a bunch of anarchist sickos), The Road Pirates and Redliners (A recently merged car racing and automotive combat group), and The Texas Rangers ( Used to be survivors centered around a group of Law enforcement types, until there was a leadership overthrow.  Now they are marauders.) He says that Sawyer probably already knows about the Texas Rangers, since his buddy Vinnie says he was one. He then shakes his head.

Sawyer says that Vinnie is no marauder.  He said he was indeed a ranger, but he meant ARMY ranger.  "Whoa" the biker says and quickly goes to pass on that info to the two guys that were planning on knifing him for belonging to the rival group.  They get the word just before they were going to attack.  Vinnie isn't sure what was about to happen, until Sawyer explains in private.

Bruce is feeling nervous around all the criminals, especially he is concerned about the frequent looks they giving to Hope, and wonders about Ken who has been very quiet.  He overhears that a couple of the bikers are ex military, one of them is a very grizzled old 'Nam vet.  Another one, Danny Boyle, apparently used to be a cop himself.  Bruce finds an opportunity to talk to him and find out his story.

Boyle says he used to be a New York state trooper, and when the apocalypse happened, he tried to help people survive.  After a couple years on the highways, he always ended alone and outnumbered.  He had to join with a biker gang or perish. Since then, he's glad he did.  Bruce tells him he's a cop.  Boyle says not to sweat it too much.  The old world is gone.  The new rules are what matters.  As a history buff, he says that groups like this are what survives dark ages and preserves humanity for the eventual return of civilized life.

Bruce notes that there are several women in the biker gang.  Most of them are looking various levels of hot, in that biker-trashy way. He asks about them.  The biker says that every biker pack runs a bit different. Women are generally commodities that get shared around. Outside of Bikertown every pack's leader is the absolute boss, and has a tough second in command to help enforce his will, a 'sergeant at arms'.

 In Duke's pack, before heading out for a season, Duke holds competitions for each woman.  The winner gets to 'keep' that woman as his bitch for the full month or season.

The boss and the sergeant at arms can take any of the women whenever.  The senior and regular members can compete, but the senior members always get first pick as to who they are competing for.  The prospective members...usually kids from Bikertown who want to join the pack can't compete for the women, until they are full members.

He points out one girl in her mid teens.  "That's Nina, she's our newest girl.
Duke bought her in Bikertown for four cases of beer." He explains that all the girls are basically 'married-off' for the season, but the men can loan them out to the other members in return for trade. 

Bruce discusses this with the others, and wonders if any of them might be able to buy some time with one of the ladies. He says he personally hasn't been laid in such a long time.  The others glare at him.  Vinnie points out that Bruce buried his girlfriend yesterday, and that he's the only one besides Sawyer to get any action for months, if not years.

"Still, a week is a week," Bruce maintains, looking hungrily at the wild and loose seeming women.

Vinnie identifies a girl that he finds attractive.
 He asks around and finds she's paired with Ed Cook, the mean, bitter old biker who was a 'Nam vet.  He asks him if he could get some time with the lady.

"You a member of the Apoc Angels?" The old guy spits.

"No," Vinnie replies.

"See those young guys over there?" he gestures to the prospective members. "They are trying to be members, and they aren't getting any action, so why the hell should you?"

Vinnie nods and goes away.

Kyle, asks around and finds one of the ladies, Penny,  is matched up to an older biker named 'Mad dog'.  He recalls from the introductions that Mad Dog went to prison for a while for running a prostitution ring.  He goes up to deal with him, and finds him a relatively friendly sort. They work out a deal, and he introduces him to the girl.  Kyle takes her into the back of the van. 

Sawyer has made a deal with his old buddy, Longley, to borrow his woman, Dawn.  He bangs impatiently on the door of the van, waiting for his turn to use it. Sawyer quickly finds out that her attitude closely resembles Stacey's.  It helps him to give her a good, rough, hard session.

 Bruce tries to work a deal to get time with the woman he heard used to be a porn star.
 He quickly finds he has nothing to trade that the biker who 'owns' her wants.

They stay the night in the garage and get an early start in the morning.  In the van, they follow the convoy of bikes.  The two trucks drive behind the van.  They travel over 400km that day, heading out of Nebraska, down into Kansas.  They stop well short of sundown in a tiny roadside town the bikers seem to know well.

The group gets out to do a bit of subsistence scrounging, and then partake of the communal meal, and supplement it with a bit of their own remaining food to stave off hunger.  Kyle confides to Vinnie that Mad Dog is quite reasonable about renting out his woman.   

The transaction is successful, and Vinnie takes her in the van.  She's seems like a sweet girl, not too corrupted by life on the road.  She tells him she's 20 years old.  He confesses that she looks a lot like a woman he used to work with, and always thought was sexy.  She shows Vinnie a good time, which he takes full advantage of.

Later on that evening, a biker asks Vinnie who to talk to abut having a go at the little 'Desert Rose' meaning Hope.  Vinnie tells him that its not up to him.  If anyone is 'with her' it would probably be the japanese guy Ken, but that not even he has been doing her.

"What's the hold up?  She's perfectly ripe.  Saving her for Christmas?"

Vinnie says he'd have to talk to Ken.  When the biker asks Ken about it, Ken tells him no chance.  The biker accepts this, but reminds him they are going to Bikertown, and its built on trade.  Sometimes you have to be willing to trade what you've got to get something you need.

Kyle takes the time to introduce himself to the biker pack's enforcer, the sergeant at arms, Rick Jameson. 

Others have said that he's the toughest motherfucker around.  Kyle feels it only proper for one warrior to make acquaintance with another. 

He asks the biker where he got his fighting skills from.  "The only place that really counts," he replies.  Kyle surmises that he's a survivalist type fighter. He isn't too friendly, but Kyle didn't expect a man with his job, stature and position to be.  He felt good at least identifying himself, even if the biker didn't think much of Jeet Kune Do, at least he admitted a bit of respect for Bruce Lee.

Another day on the road follows the night.  The air is already getting warmer and they make good time, crossing down into northern Texas from Oklahoma.  Despite the group's nervousness, Duke decides to camp out the following night in the open.  They pitch their tents.  The bikers tell them not to worry about zombies.  There aren't a lot in the area after the biker wars and they always have at least two guys walking perimeter security.

Sawyer asks Longley where Bikertown is.  He says it's just southwest of Houston, about 30km from the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.  Sawyer asks if there are beaches.  Longley nods. 'Nice.' Sawyer says, remembering the cold they are leaving behind. Another two days on the road and they should be in Bikertown Longley tells him. 


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Re: Apocalypse: The Human Race
« Reply #26 on: June 19, 2010, 07:59:56 PM »
Should I continue posting these?  There are a half dozen more before the game ended, but it takes a while to re-type them, so I want to make sure it's worth the effort.

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« Reply #27 on: June 19, 2010, 08:16:34 PM »
Please do...I love these...
Lists of games I play:
-- Star Trek Online
-- KOTOR (1 and 2)
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« Reply #28 on: September 22, 2010, 05:01:33 AM »
Ah yes.... loyal, loyal Ky'ram.  Methinks you are the only one.   :)


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Re: Apocalypse: The Human Race
« Reply #29 on: November 04, 2010, 10:47:45 PM »
The Walking Dead on AMC has resparked my interest in sharing these.

okay...where were we?

Oh yes:

28 Nov - 2 Dec 2023

Bruce doesn't trust the bikers, but he goes along with the will of the group.  After a few days travel they arrive at a large fortress, like a medieval castle, out in the desert.  Bruce feels very uneasy about not being armed, but the others seem to have no problems, so they enter.  No sooner do they walk in before a net falls down on them from above.  The whole group is tied up in the net and helpless.  Bruce watches in horror as the Saints of LA pull their vehicles into the stonghold.  The leader of the marauder group walks over to the biker leader and hands him a bulging gym bag of supplies.

'You di'kute!' Bruce screams at the bikers, as they drag Hope from the nets and begin tearing her clothes off.  He tries to be brave as the massive chief of the marauders walks slowly towards him, drawing a big revolver.  He points it at Bruce's forehead, smiles and tells him 'goodbye copper'...BLAM!

Bruce awakens from his terrible nightmare, where the bikers have led them to the SoLA in return for payment. He is relieved to find out that it was just a very vivid nightmare. (I actually ran the start of the game as if it that is what was really happening, just to make it seem real.  Just when the SoLA were going to kill the helpless and tied-up Bruce...I told him he wakes up.  Everyone was relieved, even though I was telling it from Bruce's perspective.)

The group is still camped out by the road.  It is the early morning.  There is a chill in the air, but its not frosty.

When everyone gets up and begins packing for the day's journey, Vinnie comes to Bruce to talk about Hope's low spirits, and how to snap her out of it.  Bruce sidetracks the discussion, with something bigger on his mind.  Sawyer.  Bruce asks him why an Army Ranger like Vinnie, who lives with the code of 'never leave a man behind', among other noble sentiments, would end up being buddies with Sawyer who is always ready to leave anyone and everyone behind.

Vinnie says that its Bruce always pulling guns on Sawyer all the time, but not the other way around.  He says that Sawyer is reformed now and he's getting better all the time.  He really wants to talk about Hope, not Sawyer.  He doesn't want to see her 'off' herself like Debbie did.  Vinnie thinks that Bruce might be able to talk to her, since he's known her the longest of the group, and he's a sympathetic person.

They both talk to Hope together, but she still seems very depressed.  She's upset because she thinks she killed Sampson.  She remembers that  she actually said that he hoped he got bitten by a zombie, and then, right after that, he did.  

During the talk, they find out that the reason she doesn't let anyone touch her, is because her father told her that any boy who touched her would turn into zombies, then they'd have to be killed.  She says that when she was 14 a boyfriend kissed her, and the next day he got bitten by a zombie while part of a scrounging party.  Her father told her that she was cursed because of her red hair.

Bruce surmises that in that instance, Hope probably told her father about her first kiss, and he arranged to have the boy killed on the next trip out.  Either that or it was just coincidence, and that her father lied to her because he was so over-protective.  Hope doesn't believe it.  Vinnie and Bruce both try to convince her that the plague doesn't work that way.  Hope, in frustration, threatens to kiss Bruce and Vinnie to prove it to them.  Bruce says that's a chance he'd be willing to take.  

Hope doesn't go through with it.  Despite really believing it, she says she just couldn't bring herself to kill them in such a cruel way, just to prove her father was right.

Later on, Kyle tells Vinnie that he's grateful for what he's done to negotiate with the bikers to keep them fed, and offers to train him to fight in one or more of his martial arts styles.  Vinnie says that he is already trained in hand to hand combat, but he will think about the offer.

That day they travel past the nuclear blasted remains of San Antonio.  They end up camping out off the highway again in a wooded area.  The bikers tell them they are in 'Brigade' territory.  The 'Brigade' is a marauder group that utilize a lot of military supplies and equipment.  There aren't that many of them, so the chances of encountering them are small, but they usually have a lot of firepower. They are based somewhere at Ft Hood, the largest army base in the US.  They drive in hummers and seem to  have lots of ammo for their machine guns.  They kill bikers, or any other groups on sight.

Kyle offers his training again to Vinnie.  Vinnie decides he wouldn't mind picking up a bit of Thai kick boxing.  Kyle begins showing him the basics.  

Bruce asks the ex-cop biker, Boyle, about how he likes being with the bikers.  Boyle jokes with him that he's just 'under cover'. He then explains that he was robbed by the bikers a few years ago, but they left him alive. After wards, he went trying to chase them down, nearly naked and virtually weaponless aside from a sharpened stick.  They liked his spirit and brought him back to Bikertown where he worked odd jobs for a bit, scraping up excrement.

He said he reallyknew that life was getting better for him at Bikertown when he realized he was no longer worried just about day to day survival.  He started to get bored with mere survival, and saw that the bikers had the best of both worlds: a secure base to live in relative civilization, and the open road to see sights, enjoy freedom and scavenge enough to make them well-off.

So he went through the process, got taken on as a prospective in Duke's pack and ended up being a member. Since then they've driven all over North America, and even as far south as central america.  He admits that this time however they are a little behind; normally they have a big 2 ton truck to carry their scrounged salvage, but it rolled and burned, so now they are heading back nearly empty-handed.

Bruce asks more about Bikertown, wondering what to expect, and wondering how safe they are going to be, especially with Hope.  Boyle tells him that there aren't many laws in Bikertown, but the fact that there are laws at all makes it safer than out in the wasteland.  ARMS, the former employees of 'Armed Response Military Security' corporation, are the law enforcers.  Bikers are otherwise top of the chain, then come the civilians that run the town and make it function.  The lowest are the 'Transients'.  Transients are expected to look after themselves.  No one is allowed to just kill them or steal from them, but if a transient goes to ARMS and complains that something was taken from them, without the wounds to prove they fought for what's theirs, don't expect much sympathy from them.

The typical punishment for a transient is to be put outside the front gate.  Soon as the gates close, the guy usually starts running; he's got 5 minutes before the guys in the sentry tower start shooting.

The group travels again the following day, but Duke calls a halt just after noon.  He explains that they are almost out of fuel. He hoped they'd have enough, but the van just sucked a bit more than anticipated.  They find a barn to fortify, and then they pool all the remaining gas into two bikes.  He sends two of his men on the bikes to pick up some fuel from Bikertown, and bring it back.

In the meantime, they set up a sentry roster, and while away the hours playing poker, and throwing blades for sport.  Bruce and Vinnie do more training, and Ken does his own sword practice.  Sawyer gets involved with the biker's card games, but they aren't interested in non-members getting in on the blade throwing competition.

Kyle tries to talk to Hope, about seeing if she's feeling better.  He tries to talk to her about his eastern philosophy, but she ends up thinking his notions are crazy.

The next day the two bikers come back loaded down with fuel containers. They make the last haul to Bikertown.

The group finds that Bikertown is surrounded by progressive perimeters to channel enemy down main approach paths.  They enter into a fenced off gated area where they are sniffed by dogs for any infection.  On the other side of the metal barrier is the sprawling refinery.  People live in wide swathes of areas, like tent-cities around the oil reservoir silos.  The bikers bring them to a transient area and tell them to make a claim on a patch of real estate.  Will puts up his tent.

The bikers take the van as per the agreement, and give Vinnie a couple dozen cans of food as 'change' for his assault rifle.  They are reminded that cans are currency.  If they have anything they want to trade in, to take it to the 'general store/ bank'.

Bruce, Vinnie, Sawyer and Kyle go there and trade in various articles for currency, either cans of food, goods, or strips of stamped metal that stand in for fifty cans worth.  Sawyer buys a 3 man tent for himself, because Will won't let him sleep in the 8 man tent he owns.  Kyle asks to stay with Sawyer.  He agrees.

They look around for work, and find various jobs posted.  They learn that the refinery gets its oil from pumping derricks some 600km to the west, and that every few weeks a tanker truck needs security.  They also see that ARMS hires supplementals to help patrol the perimeter and man the guard towers.  The convoy security applicants need their own vehicle, and in both cases they need to pass an ARMS tryout.

Vinnie, interested, asks some patrons at an outdoor bar, 'The Blind Bomber', serving out of the converted side of a school bus.  They tell him that ARMS tryouts are every few weeks, and that the next is in 3 days.

Sawyer and Kyle are asking about jobs for 'tough guys', and see if the bar needs security. The owner of the 'Blind Bomber' points to the pair of black-clad assault rifle wielding ARMS men patrolling the area.

They go to the indoor bar/nightclub/restaurant called 'Painted Black'.  They find there is a 2c cover charge.  Kyle talks to the two security guys and says they just want to speak to the owner.  When they ask who they're with, Kyle says they aren't with anyone.  The guys tell them to "go shab off; damn transients."

Sawyer says he'll wait outside while Kyle asks about work.  Kyle says fine, but if there's only one opening, he'll take it himself. He pays the 2 can charge; a couple cans of dogfood from his gym bag, and goes in to find the owner.  He offers his services as a good fighter.  The owner, Frankie, says that most of the people in Bikertown think they are good fighters.  He can only support so many security persons; they'd have to prove it.  Kyle asks how, and Frankie tells him he'd have to win a grand match in The Pit to consider him.

Kyle goes out and tells Sawyer.  They find out that potential spectacle fighters for The Pit have to audition.  The best way is at the ARMS try outs.  It's also where bikers see who the good fighters are, when it comes time to select prospectives.

Sawyer, not liking being treated like a 'scumbag transient' goes to talk to his biker buddy, Longley, and see if there's any way he can skip the prospective stage and become a full member of the biker pack automatically.  Longley says that's not done unless he was a patched member of a major motorcycle club from before. Sawyer asks if Longley can vouch for him, and if his prison sentence and history is an asset.  Longley explains that you have to prove yourself to the group, and then they vote you in or not.  They don't know you until they've spent a good deal of time on the road with you.

The group starts realizing they need currency, and they are going to need to eat.  Investigating jobs, they find that working in the refinery is the top job for a civilian, but it's very competitive, and very hard to get. It's a lifetime career in Bikertown.

 Sawyer, Kyle and Vinnie all plan on going to the ARMS tryouts in 3 days, for various reasons; to become a supplemental security man, to become biker prospectives, and/or to become spectacle pit fighters. In the meantime, they go to work on the hog farm, shoveling osik and feed. They are fed bread, beans and given 1c as payment daily.

In the evening, after the first day of farm work, Vinnie, Kyle and Sawyer find a bath house.  Kyle convinces them to get cigars from the general store.  They soak in the hot tubs side by side, smoking their cigars, get hair cuts and shaves and enjoy the relative good life.  Hope finishes her own bath and they bring her along to find some entertainment.  They see that the 'House of Sin' has a live show.

They soon find that it's a live sex show. On the stage, two women are with one guy.  They ask Hope what she thinks.  She says she's never seen anything like that before, and doesn't know what to think. After the show they take her to the 'Blind Bomber'.

Vinnie buys a round of beer, Hope drinking alcohol for the first time.  Hope asks Vinnie about what they saw at the show. She doesn't understand the concept of some of the oral acts she saw.  All Vinnie can really say is that the three were 'having fun'.  It's all about 'feeling good'.  Maybe she could try it some day, he suggests hopefully.

While they are having a relative good time under the patio lanterns of the outdoor Texas bar, a biker from a nearby table invites himself over to see if he can intimidate Vinnie into buying him a drink as well.  Sawyer tells this Biker to shut up and go back to his table.  This of course starts a shoving match between them.

Kyle watches the other bikers, ready to intercede.  The biker throws a punch at Sawyer, and then 'its on like Donkey-Kong'.  When the other three bikers get up to help their buddy, Kyle intercepts and after a flurry of powerful kicks and strikes, two of them are down hard, while the remaining one sits back down.

Vinnie and Hope watch the the show, as Sawyer beats the biker down.   When the biker is down and bloody, the two ARMS guards who have been watching the whole thing, step up and **** their rifles. They see that the bikers are dragged out of the place. Sawyer and Kyle go back to their drinks, feeling pretty good.

Hope asked why there was a fight.  They explain to her how some people are just mean and want to take advantage of people.  Taking advantage is like stealing.  Hope wants to know why people steal, why people don't just go and find a house to scrounge for things themselves.

In the conversation, she is dumbfounded when they explain to her that every house out in the wasteland used to have one or more people living in it.  It's just too many people for her to comprehend.  By extension, it's the first time she'd ever made the connection that all the hundreds of zombies she's seen used to be living people once.

In the discussion, the guys realize that Hope childishlly believes that food and items actually 'grow' in the houses; that after a house has been looted of goods, that they will eventually grow back to be looted again, like fruits on a tree.  No one has ever explained it to her, as she never knew the old world. When they tell her that houses don't generate cans of food, she says that she's not a kid anymore; she doesn't believe in 'The Scrounger Bunny' anymore, so they must grow. The guys just look at each other.  Scrounger Bunny?

Hope explains that one of the guys back where she grew up used to talk about the Scrounger Bunny that left things for the search parties to find.  That's where the treats they brought back for her came from.  But now she knows that houses just grow the stuff.

Before it gets too late, they go back to their camp.  Kyle fishes out a bottle of Cognac he has.  They have a few drinks (Hope coughs it up through her nose.)   Hope says she'd impressed with how they dropped those bikers when they were being rude.  Kyle tells her that he could teach her how to fight too.  Hope says she already knows how to fight.

"Okay, hit me," Kyle says.  The slightly inebriated teenage girl punches him right in the face.  Kyle, caught completely by surprise, shakes it off amid the laughter of the others.  Hope asks if anyone else wants one. Sawyer suggests that Ken's a good fighter, maybe he'd do better.  So Hope goes into the tent, to where Ken is sleeping, and punches him in the face. Ken, wakes up, shocked, and isn't sure what just happened as Hope ducks out of the tent giggling drunkenly.

Grinning, Kyle asks her to do it to him again. This time he blocks it.  He tells her he can train her if he wants.  She isn't interested, and says she's very tired and then gets ready to turn in, anticipating another long day on the hog farm.  Kyle asks Hope if she wants to come into the tent with him and Sawyer.  She is tipsy, but says no.  Vinnie tries to sleep as close to her as he can, but finds Ken in the way.  The men are forced to relieve their tensions alone, in private.

The next day is a long and hot one.  At the end of the work day, they get cleaned up back at their camp.  Hope says that a girl she was working with mentioned that you can get really good 'prepared food' at the 'Painted Black' place.  Kyle says that’s the place with the cover charge. She really wants to go, but doesn't want to go alone.

Vinnie, Sawyer and Kyle go with her.  They find out that pretty women don't have to pay cover.  "Some things never change," Sawyer notes.

The place has got a stage with a pair of brass poles, a pool table, a few card tables and some dart boards.  The pretty waitresses double as the strippers.  There is an interesting menu posted.  Vinnie recommends the pancakes and syrup for Hope.  Vinnie gets a barbecued chicken, Sawyer a beef steak, and Kyle orders the chicken wings. They get some beer, and Vinnie buys Hope a can of coke.

They look forward to seeing their beautiful, perky blonde waitress 'MJ' on the stage.  Hope is interested to know that the women get paid well for getting up on the stage and taking off their clothes.  Vinnie suggests that she might be able to make money that way, if she wanted.  Hope thinks she'd be too shy.  Kyle points out that no one would be touching her at least.  He also suggests that the town has a coral, she might go and work with horses.

A rough and tough looking biker called 'Skeeter' who says he's friends with Duke's crew introduces himself.  They invite him to sit at their table.   Vinnie buys him a beer. Kyle asks him where the town's unattached women hang out.

Skeeter tells him that there is no such thing in Bikertown. All women are pretty much spoken for by one man or another. Like property. The biker leaders pick up new women at the shelter/school when they come of age.  Women who get pregnant are provided with free food and lodging in the shelter until their kid is a year old. The shelter is run by ARMS and a cadre of former teachers.

They ask if it's possible for a woman to be a full member of a bike pack; without also being a sexual toy.  Skeeter says that a lot of women are very useful members of a bike gang, in combat and scrounging and guard duties, even driving, but in the end, their most useful talent his pleasing the men on the road.  No women are forced to belong to a pack, and ARMS will ensure they can leave and work as a civilian at any time, but most seem to like the life as much as the men, as well as the prestige that comes with membership in a pack.

Skeeter realizes then they they are talking about Hope, in a veiled way.  He says a nice little lady like that has lots of options in Bikertown.  They could even make arrangements with the owners of the 'House of Sin' to auction off her virginity.  They could make 'some serious can'.

Sawyer asks if it's possible to start your own biker group. Skeeter says there are 41 registered bike packs.  You'd have to get the biker council to recognize and register your new pack.  There are also independents; transients that go out into the wasteland to scavenge and bring back goods as well.  The only difference is that they have to pay 4c per person on re-entry to Bikertown, and don't get the other perks of membership in a biker group.

They tell him they are going to the ARMS tryouts.  Skeeter lets them know where and when it'll take place.  He says ARMS will be making records, and there will also be a number of representatives from all of the biker packs, scouting out prospective members.  They ask him if he knows if Duke is looking for new members.  Skeeter says he isn't sure, but since they had some bad luck out in the wasteland, they'll be wanting to head out again soon; possibly as soon as next month.

They ask him about The Pit matches.  He tells them that the tryouts are fist fights, but in the spectacle matches they throw random elements into it, including randomly determined weapons, and other oddities.  The prizes are usually not enough to make a living on alone, but the fame garnered can be helpful in other pursuits; if you survive.

They thank Skeeter for his information, and head off to bed.  Still not sure of their futures, they know their first step will be the ARMS tryouts tomorrow.