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While the term Zombie is used loosely to describe the infected, in the Outbreak world official organizations and news media (before the collapse) would refrain from such a term. Instead, they are just referred to as, “the Infected.” The following is an overview of the infection and the characteristics of the Infected to assist your RP should you find yourself infected or playing a “zombie” character in Outbreak.
OOC Rules Regarding Playing A Zombie (Or With A Zombie):
The Contagion is confirmed to be a mutated strand of the Bundibugyo Ebolavirus (BEBOV). This strand of Ebola was discovered in 2007 and believed to be a failed attempt at weaponized warfare for ethnic cleansing in Africa. The strand has since been mutated is now infecting humans at an exponential rate. It was airborne at its inception which led to the outbreak, but the rapid mutation of the virus has since removed its airborne toxicity, but made it near impossible to develop antivirals for. What treatment that has been developed is not guaranteed to work and only slows the process in hope that one day a real cure can be found. As of now, death and reanimation can be delayed, but is inevitable.
Why is there no cure? Because, while there is a reasonable right to life in the roleplay community, a lack of cure helps create the fear when it comes to survival RP. Some people may wish to play “infected” for a while before dying, which can be great fun! Quarantines, experimentation at the labs, spreading infection - have at it! Should you choose to become infected you are choosing to eventually die. Your HUD will help you determine how infected you might be, give you choices in your stages, but will eventually indicate you have a choice to die and reset your character or come back as a zombie.
4 Stages of Infection:
Point of infection: OOCly this is where you choose to become infected or not. This is the most treatable “stage” where amputation or bloodletting within the first 24 hours may keep the virus from spreading and full infection. You can choose from your HUD to be infected or not. If amputation is not a possibility only AES or Deimos Labs are equipped to perform bloodletting and your character will most certainly be indebted to them after for using such precious resources.
Stage 1: The viral infection is fully introduced into the body, most commonly through contact with contaminated specimens and open wounds (bites, scratches, blood). In as little as 15 minutes or as much as a 24 hours, the symptoms can be felt. Symptoms include dizziness, nausea, light headedness, irritability, sharp pains, fever, sweats, hallucinations, and blackouts. You are not yet infectious, but likely be quarantined if found exhibiting these symptoms. It has an incubation period of 24-72 hours.Treatment can be used to delay patients from progressing to later stages for up 10 days.
Stage 2: Due to increasing fevers and the onset of violent muscle spasms, the virus begins to take its toll on its victims motor functions. Victims exhibit incoherent speech, loss of motor control in fingers and hands, inability to walk and run, and tremors. They also begin to exhibit violent behaviors and are prone to bite those trying to aid them. Victims in Stage 2 are considered infectious and undergoing treatment to delay progression can be very painful. Painkillers have no impact. Most patient’s immune systems do not last past 5 days before progressing to Stage 3.
Stage 3: Victims begin nearing the final hours when they enter Stage 3. Nearly brain dead at this point, those who make it to Stage 3 will be nearly comatose, while the brain nearly boils inside the body due to fever. When not comatose, victims have extremely violent tendencies and are considered cannibalistic. In most cases, a stage 3 infected will have no recognition of people, or the mental capacity to use tools, operate machinery, or do anything they were once able to do as “human”. Treatment in stage 3 is difficult, rare and individuals would never have the same cognitive abilities again should a cure be found. Stage 3 patients can not survive longer than 24 hours without treatment and even with treatment they rarely last more than 3 days.
Stage 4: Man you're dead! Once you reach Stage 4 expect death within hours. The seizures get so violent and most victims clench their teeth so hard they crack and break apart. The pupils turn a dark red. At this point, the victim has been written off, last rights are given, and the body properly disposed of - with a bullet to the brain if the cleaning crew has their wits about them. Reanimation is imminent.
Note: you may go as quickly through these stages as you want!
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