Welcome to Hell. On August 2, 2012, military-affiliated corporation BioSec created Viral Contagion Apophis B-213 (commonly abbreviated VCAB-213). It was originally intended to act as a bioweapon, to be exported to the highest bidding country, which could then be destroyed from within. On December 24, 2013, VCAB-213 escaped containment beneath New York City in the form of its original carriers. On December 25, 2013, approximately 1/8 of the city's population was infected. And on December 31, 2013, the virus had spread up and down the East Coast of North America, completely decimated Germany, was spreading West across the North American continent, and south into South America. New York City remains a warzone as the United States military (partnered with several other nations), BioSec Security Detail, and the Infected struggle to gain a permanent foothold. Welcome to NYC, Quarantine Zone 0. Welcome to Hell. For the this RP, there will be three character types: Proto-Infected (the human-like progenitors to the modern zombies), Survivors (which will unite with either the Proto-Infected or the military), or the EIS (Epidemic Investigation Service) detectives/General Military troops/BioSec Security. The virus is something I came up with in the shower (Seriously! I was scrubbing myself with bodywash, and it came to me when I wondered how the hell all of those advanced zombie types in video games become like that. Better than that time I came up with a Star Wars story when I was wiping my ass...): The virus infects the host, which dies within 12 hours, exact time of death varying depending on body weight, height, and physical strength. Upon resurrection (resulting from the virus salvaging what's left over of the human brain function, located in the brain stem), the zombie has little purpose aside from spreading the virus. However, biomass (flesh, muscle, bones, organs), upon consumption, is repurposed by the virus: Bones are added to the body skeleton to add to height and natural weapons; muscles are packed together to increase strength, speed, and stamina; flesh allows for bodily expansion and defense; organs allow for increased functions, particularly the brain and nervous system (which would increase viral control over the body, including general intelligence, advanced problem solving, and motor control). As the Infected grow larger, they become much more dangerous and territorial. Eventually, they grow to a size that is practically impossible to control, kill, or quarantine, resulting in global infection or destruction. The two Proto-Infected were the only successful experiments, avoiding the detrimental effects of the virus (death and reanimation, constant hunger, need to spread the virus) while maintaining the benefits (enhanced and ever-growing speed, strength, stamina, agility, and intelligence). They escaped from containment together, while also releasing one of their unstable cousins, resulting in the outbreak of New York City, the Northeast United States, Quebec, and eventually the entire East Coast of North America, not to mention scattered outbreaks occurring worldwide due to infected escaping via air or sea, prompting global cooperation in an effort to stall or destroy the virus, which has failed in the first 4 months (during which the RP will take place). The Military has entered into the situation (partnered with BioSec, who acts independently of most general operations) to recapture the Proto-Infected, and act like the situation never happened. The US Military are fairly corrupted, being partly responsible for the creation of VCAB-213, as well as hindering every operation dedicated to completely annihilating Apophis. So if you want to be a good soldier, I'd recommend the British SAS or French Troupes de marine. The EIS (Epidemic Intelligence Service), working alongside the military to investigate the outbreak. Being outside of the traditional military, they're generally the good guys. Survivors are those average people who managed to survive the first wave of infection, and now attempt to escape the hordes behind them. I'm thinking a group of 3-8. A max of two Proto-Infected (as they would be the most overpowered of the bunch), 3 survivors, and 2 detectives/soldiers. Romance might as well be allowed. Survivors can ally with either side, betray sides, and go their own way. Same goes for the others, though I'd think that the Proto-Infected would stick together. There is no such thing as first-come-first-serve here. You can be the first person to post a character, and you can get looked over in favor of someone with a better CS. Also, if you write the character sheet well, I expect the same quality for the rest of the RP. Mah rules: Grammar, Sentence Structure, and Punctuation of Intermediate Level. BE APPROPRIATE. If you're making a joke, make it clear that it is a joke. No racism, sexism, or other -isms without some clear comedic value. If you're being an ass for no reason, you will be kicked, no warning. Nor will I accept intolerance of other people's opinions. As much as I will not accept someone saying the Holocaust was the greatest thing in the world (without any joke that anyone would consider funny), I will not accept someone who would take offense to a religious joke make some great fuss over comedy. Both result in getting kicked. NO PUPPETEERING WITH ANOTHER PLAYER'S CHARACTERS. You have total control over any and all characters that YOU make, be they major or minor, but NOT those of another player. First offense results in a warning on the public OOC. Second offense results in being kicked and killed off. Once upon a time (three or four days ago), I was kicked out of an RP. I will not name which RP or who the GM was, just the reason: I proposed a faster pace of posting, that it would be unfair to other roleplayers for one to hold up the rest by not posting for a while when it is impossible for the plot to continue without them. This contrasted with the GM's ideas, and thus I was kicked. I did receive notice, and the issue was settled after I explained the comment as a simple preference rather than a necessity. She accepted this, but by then had already opened up my position to someone else, and I couldn't get back on. The point to this? CONFLICT WITH THE GM (me) OR Co-GM WILL RESULT IN THE IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION OF YOUR POSITION. However, you will be privately messaged, and an appeal can be made. If it was simply a misunderstanding (as in my case), you're welcome to join again. Otherwise, the situation is permanent. The PM will appear the DAY THAT I FIND A PROBLEM. You'll have 48 hours to make an appeal to regain your position, within which it will not be open to anyone else, and that seems to be plenty of time to me. POSTING SPEED WITH A MAXIMUM OF ONCE/MULTIPLE POSTS PER DAY, AND A MINIMUM OF ONCE A WEEK. I may have made this somewhat plain in the post above, but it I feel it unfair to other people for someone to join the RP, say they're dedicated, and then back out on it, holding up the line. Conflict with this rule (no post within a week) will result in a PM, followed by a waiting period of 48 hours for a post. If you have a good reason (work life, relationships, family events, etc.), the period is extended for however long is needed or estimated. If there is no action in the time period, another PM will be sent, with a 24 hour waiting period. If no posts occur within the 24 hour period, you're kicked. Character Sheet? Name: Age (range from 16-45): Affiliation (Survivor, Military/EIS/BioSec, Proto-Infected): Biography: Appearance (Just an image is necessary): People interested in Proto-Infected will need to PM me. I've already claimed one, and I had some ideas that might need some conference. This RP will NOT BE A SURVIVAL SITUATION. This will take place in the immediate carnage of the outbreak and the aftermath of the infection. We'll be traveling along the East Coast, Survivors trying to reach the supposed safe-haven of Langley, Virginia, Proto-Infected trying to reach the BioSec headquarters in Washington, D.C. (making their paths intersect), and the Military just trying to escape QZ 0, BioSec trying to contain the virus and recapture the Proto-Infected, or the EIS trying to find the source of the virus and destroy it (making a web of connections). Hope to have some takers soon.