- Participants will be divided into two teams.
- The jobs will be mission styled captures. The team that completes the mission first wins.
- The date and time of the event will be announced as soon as the missions have been made.
- The dress code is ‘protective gear’. The bare minimum is a gas mask.
- Promotional posters will be released every now to get you all hyped up.
- The event is open to non-crew members, so feel free to invite friends.
Tensions have risen between the United States and North-Korea after their first successful launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). With the potential of a nuclear strike on the U.S. west coast, a first strike is out of the question, so alternatives have to be found. The Pentagon is especially interested in covert options, such as biological agents that can quickly decimated the isolated country. As such, they have commissioned Humane Labs to work on a biological agent that is both hard to detect and has a 100% mortality rate.
They have succeed in creating a rather gruesome weapon (as described in the section below). Thanks to recent breakthroughs in genetic engineering, they have created a highly lethal strain of the plague bacteria with severe neural consequences capable of destroying the high level brain functions needed to develop and launch nuclear missiles. They are currently working on a vaccine to fight the disease in case it moves out of the target area. Everything was well thought out, what they didn’t plan for however, was human error.
While working on the vaccine, a member of the research team put a Petri dish with a bacteria colony too close to an air vent. A large number of bacteria are blown into the lab and escape through the door as the research team leaves the room. The infection spreads to most of the staff during lunch hour and to their family and friends over the course of the week. Could this be humanity’s end?
The teams: The police and military simply don’t have enough personnel to deal with the infection, as such the state government has allowed them to deputise private citizens. Every idiot survivalist gun nut is called upon to perform quarantine guard duty, however military intelligence requires highly skilled people to perform covert operations deep within quarantined areas. Agent 14 has called upon you and your bunker staff to do ‘damage control’. The bunkers have been equipped with state of the art air filtration systems to provide a sterile base of operations. Nonetheless the work outside will be very dangerous. You’d better get yourself some protective gear while you can, agent. It’s gonna get nasty.
The timeline of the pandemic
- Week 1: The Humane labs staff becomes infected with the Necroa Plague. They experience memory loss and insomnia over the weekend. Most of them get into fights with their family, friends and neighbours. The infection spreads to people close to them and pets. After a few days the infection spreads to most of the neighbourhoods they live in. One of the staff goes to a seminar in Recife, Brazil. The infection spreads among the guests. Most of he staff are in hospital by the end of the week. Doctors are alarmed by the rapid cranial decay and patients are moved to quarantined sections of ICUs in various hospitals in Los Santos. Y. Pestis remains hidden deep within the patients’ brains.
- Week 2: Mysterious bruises and blisters appear on the hospitalised staff. Dermatologists are called in and the patients have to be restrained to keep them from attacking. The results reveal Y. Pestis is responsible for their illness. The are diagnosed with the bubonic plague, but doctors still can’t account for the cranial decay. Their families, friends and neighbours are quarantined, tested and prescribed antibiotics. Most healthy adults recover, but many children and elderly experience memory loss, chills, insomnia and confusion, some have a high fever. The quarantine proves too late, as the infection has already spread to other parts of the city and country. Meanwhile in Brazil Y. Pestis spreads to the city’s slums. Hundreds of thousands of people become infected. Anarchy erupts in the slums.
- Week 3: The staff’s bodies have become fully nectrotic and gangrenous and begin to shut down. They are taken out of quarantine and moved to the morgue for autopsy. Cytopathic restoration sets in and the corpses are revived. The hospital staff is completely taken by surprise and sustains heavy injuries before the police is able to take down the zombies. The CDC and WHO are on high alert. Los Santos and Recife shut their borders. Demand for over-the-counter antibiotics skyrockets all over the Americas.
- Week 4: Reports about bruises, blisters, insomnia and memory problems are coming in from a number of nations in Europe, Africa and Asia. Livestock start to exhibit strange behaviour. The CDC and WHO urge people to stop eating meat less than a month old. Hospitals and clinics in Los Santos see a huge rise in patients with necrotic tissues. Panic ensues when birds start flying into buildings and drop out of the sky. The slums surrounding Recife quickly become overrun by thousands of zombies. The military sees no other option than to ‘purge’ the affected areas. The world is in shock as hundreds of thousands of infected people are massacred, knowing all too well that they might be next. Island countries close their sea- and airports. Ironically the isolated nation of North-Korea is among the handful of uninfected nations.
- Week 5: Most major cities in the U.S. Canada, Mexico and Brazil now have a zombie problem, but have had enough time to prepare. Martial law has been declared in heavily affected nations, including the United States. Zombies are shot on sight and groups of vigilantes have taken up arms against the infected. Anarchy erupts in the U.S.. Rural communities take over local government control and manage to stay safe quite well. Meanwhile Y. Pestis ravages through poor dense urban areas, mostly India, China and African metropolitan areas. There are now more infected than in uninfected people in the world.
- Week 6: The disease starts to show up in almost all of the cities in infected countries. ‘Purging’ is now seen as a necessary measure to stop the infection from spreading. Millions of people die each die each day, either from the disease or by the purgings. Los Santos is declared a tragic loss and the United States Airforce bombs the city as a last resort. The rural communities are moderatly succesful at protecting themselves, but some do eventually become infected.
- Week 7: A few billion people have reached stage 2 of the disease. The only uninfected countries are; Greenland, Iceland, Madagascar, New Zealand and a few isolated Pacific Islands. People with the means to flee to those countries attempt to do so, but are gunned down by the airforces and coast guards of those countries before they reach their destination.
- Week 8: Billions of people have turned into zombies and billions more have reached stage 2. The eradication of most of humanity is just a few weeks away. The only way mankind can survive is if the survivors can develop a vaccine and repopulate.
- Week 8 and 9: The last of the infected lay dying in holes.
- Week 10: Y. Pestis has wiped out 7,470,500,000 people in just two months. Only 29,500,000 people survived. They collectively work on a vaccine, but with their limited resources, it could take decades.
The Necroa Plague
The Necroa Plague is an infectious disease caused by a genetically engineered strain of Yersinia Pestis, the bacterium that causes the bubonic plague. Although good hygiene has prevented outbreaks in the developed world, attempts have been made to weaponize it. The Pentagon commissioned such a project for covert use in North Korea and Humane Labs has succeed in genetically engineering a strain with DNA from Streptococcus pyogenes, a bacterium that causes highly infectious impetigo, but also necrotizing fasciitis (death of soft body tissue). To decrease the chance of early detection and increase infectivity, Humane Labs has infected their strain with a bacteriophage. A bacteriophage is a virus that replicates within a host bacterium. This particular phage directs the bacteria to the brain and prevents it from spreading to other parts of the body too rapidly. The phage then disconnects from the bacteria and infects the brain together with Y. Pestis. The plague eats away at the brain, causing rapid onset dementia, while the phage causes the brain to continuously release adrenaline. Together they cause severe mistrust of others, aggression and insomnia. During this stage, victims often develop an urge to injure others, causing the infection to spread via wounds.
Not only humans can be infected. Like the with the original Yersinia Pestis, fleas can become infected and spread the infection by biting humans. Species that are susceptible to the Necroa Plague are:
- Fleas and other insects
Transmission of Y. pestis to an uninfected individual is possible by any of the following means:
- Droplet contact – coughing or sneezing on another person
- Direct physical contact – touching an infected person, including sexual contact
- Indirect contact – usually by touching soil contamination or a contaminated surface
- Airborne transmission – can stay airborne for up to three hours
- Fecal-oral transmission – usually from contaminated food or water sources
- Vector borne transmission – carried by insects or other animals.
Signs and symptoms
Necroa plague knows a number of stages, each with new symptoms.
Stage 1: The incubation period is 1-2 days, during this time the bacterium replicates rapidly and only targets the brain. The first stage of the disease lasts one week. Symptoms during this stage are:
- General malaise
- High fever (39 °C; 102 °F)
- Increased heart rate
- Cerebral necrosis
- Rapid onset dementia
- Increased adrenaline production and release
Stage 2: During the second stage, the virus moves from the brain to the rest of the body, causing necrosis in organs and skin tissue. The skin appears bruised, but quickly develops into blisters and eventually visible necrosis. The adrenaline and dementia cause the victim to ignore the symptoms and continue display aggressive and violent behaviour. At this point the disease is highly infectious. Skin contact is enough to infect someone. This stage lasts one week. The mortality rate during this stage is 40%. New symptoms are:
- Swelling of lymph nodes
- Hyper salivation
- Severe degradation of higher brain functions
- Degradation of lower brain functions
Stage 3: The third and final is also known as the ‘zombie stage’. The phage injects DNA into the brain and organs to form complex structures which restore low level brain functions and vitals (cytopathic restoration). Adrenaline production and release is increased even further, effectively turning victims into zombies capable of attacking uninfected humans and wildlife. The phage reinfects the bacteria, slowing the disease to increase the chance of spreading the infection to others. This stage lasts two weeks. The mortality rate during this stage is 100%. Victims either die of total organ failure or brain death after the collapse of the phage’s structures when the phage has no bacteria left to feed on. New Symptoms are:
- Cytopathic restoration
- Advanced full body necrosis
- Spread of gangrene
- Increased adrenaline production and release
- Extremely aggressive behaviour
- Total organ failure
- Brain death
Although no cure or vaccine currently exists, antibiotic treatment has proven effective if administered within 24 hours. Early detection of the disease however can be difficult if transmitted by an infected person in the first stage of the disease, as they show no physical symptoms. Effective antibiotics are streptomycin, gentamicin and doxycycline.
The disease can live outside of the body in an aerosolised form for up to three hours. By then the increasingly weakening bacteria will have been consumed by the phage. It can survive in bodily fluids for up to two days. Full body armoured protective clothing is highly recommended.