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« on: July 04, 2016, 01:41:33 pm »

Tactical evaluation, Strategic threat evaluation.

Crawlers:  Post-human infected who....walk.  Badly, but so it goes.  They make verbal noises.  Some are more aggressive than others, but it is uncertain as to whether that is related to their former personalities, physiques or the unknown processes that keep them moving.
Power:  Strong human 
Scary:  Unsettling  Sad
Threat scenario:  Large numbers, confined spaces.  Otherwise, easily outmaneuvered.

Spitters:  Post-human infected who mutated into walking guns.  They can spit high-velocity, infestive, acid/enzyme globs that can kill, maim and possibly Turn on impact. 
Power:  Strong human, strong ranged attack.
ScaryDangerous  Shocked
Threat scenario:  Open areas with no cover.  Difficult to engage hand-to-hand; use ambush or projectile weapons.

Basilisk:  Post-human infected with some intelligence that can use a poorly-understood mental paralysis initiated by eye-contact to trap prey.  They are known to be clever tactically and use deception to force prey to meet their eyes.
Power:  average human; silent ambush ranged-attack.  Lips Sealed
Threat scenario:  Ambush, anywhere they aren't expected or where normal humans are expected.  Danger is extreme for lone individuals.  Plus, this ability seems to be specifically evolved or more probably designed against humans.  Design implies an intelligent, non-human purpose. 

Berzerker/Raver:  Zombie with speed, learning intelligence, and apparent hatred.  This type is probably the more independent.
Power:  Strong human, Olympic sprint speed, strong melee attack possibly with improvised hand weapons.
Scary:  MMA Psychotic Dangerous  Shocked
Threat scenario:  Within 40m, if single.  In packs ("riot squads"), within 40m*zombie count. 
Advice:Best to engage from behind bars, 7' tall sheer fortifications, or from highly mobile vehicles using large-calibre, rapid-fire weaponry.  In hand-to-hand (not recommended), metal-hafted barbed spears with cross-hafts can be used to impale ravers long enough to allow for a crushing head blow from a club, mace or weighted flail.  Setting such spears to receive their charge will help prevent them from overbearing you, but only if your spear has a cross-guard to prevent them from just working their way down the shaft to arms length.  Be aware that its companions may change tactics if spears prove effective, possibly flanking you or jumping over your spears to come at you from behind.

Howlers/Banshees:  A crawler zombie with a secret weapon.  At close range, it emits a low-frequency moan that affects the human brain causing vertigo, pain and unconsciousness.
Power:  Strong human; undodgable hidden attack
Scary:  Freaky deadly  Huh?, if not aware of the attack potential or if not armed with projectile weapons.
Threat scenario:  Ambush, either from standard tactics in an urban center or from a 2nd or 3rd wave of crawlers.
Advice:  Howlers will howl; listen for them.  If you know they are out there, take pains to ensure at least 10' of stand off during an engagement with crawlers.  Consider any building an extreme-threat zone, as the close-quarters will prevent detection until you are already stunned.  Howlers do not need line-of-sight in this type of environment.

Hunters:  Possibly a focused, evolved form of berserker zombie.  Fast, flexible and dedicated to a single human target, they have all the hallmarks of a designed weapon for assassination.  This zombie type implies a central intelligence that is aware of human high-value targets.
Power:  MMA Ninja Terminator
Scary:  See Power above.   Shocked Terrifying, if you know they exist and they know you exist.
Threat scenario:  Always a terrifying threat.  Solid fortifications allowing for constant surveillance of wide stand-off zones will make it difficult for individual hunters to infiltrate.  While reputed to work alone, their appearance would allow them to blend with the in-crowd, allowing for a sudden ambush strike once within the 40m danger zone.
Advice: Detect and hunt them first.  Treat them with the same respect as a berserker:  projectile weapons, spears, armor.   You MUST find a secure place to sleep quickly, as hunters are adept as wearing down human prey with constant "teasing" and probing attacks.  Trees are a poor defense, as hunters climb quickly and have a verified 5m vertical leap.  Concrete-based skyscrapers are ideal, as the 2nd floor is often 6m or better from the street.  Numbers are your advantage; sleep in 3 to 4 shifts.

Mercy:  Possibly a sub-type of hunter zombie, a mercy is known to be fast and flexible.  It shows the focus of a hunter, but with a larger portion of patience.  It seems to leverage the hunter's predilection for wearing down its prey.  In terminal mode, it shows the same focus, delivering a single, targeted bite designed to allow the victim to bleed out, while seeming to "comfort" the dying person.
Power:  Strong human, adaptable.
Scary:  Unsettling  Cry, but typically less of a threat that a crawler.
Threat scenario:  If alone and unarmed.
Advice:  Don't be alone and unarmed.  Pace yourself and keep moving to keep the mercy at bay.  Find secure shelter.

Future:  If zombies are being evolved, we can expect more Mercy-Hunter-Banshee-Spitter hybrids that combine speed and agility with special abilities.  The forces involved may possibly evolve a Diplomat zombie to directly engage humans.
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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2016, 12:09:55 pm »

It would normally be at this moment that I mention free time and too much thereof, except.......

Munchkids: Post-human infected children, especially toddlers who are much more mobile, though no better behaved.

Power: 'Awww, you're so cute.... Oh, Sweet Jeebus, the teeth!'

Scary: Not usually, until they start snacking.

Threat scenario: High, if you're the type that likes children. Otherwise, not so much.

Note: They may look harmless individually, but in groups, they own your ass from the knees down.
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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2016, 12:25:10 pm »

And then there's.....

BOOMers: Post-human infected who were morbidly obese before contracting undeath and have fermented internally since.

Power: Any rough handling, such as being jostled by other undead or terminated by Zombie Hunters™, results in a massive explosion of zombie juices over a large radius. Not flammable or corrosive, but get some in your eye and see how f@#ked you are.

Scary: Hells yes, anything 'zerkers avoid is nothing I want loitering near me.

Threat scenario: Middling. They aren't any harder to outrun now than they were when alive, but if one goes off on someone, be elsewhere.
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2016, 01:00:50 pm »

For the love of all that is Unholy, when does this madness end?

The Fallen: Post-human infected Zombie Hunters™ who failed to live up to their resume, were smoked by team-killing-f@#ktards named Jasper or just had a REALLY bad day.

Power: They have all of their gear, know all of your tricks and have an overwhelming urge to kill you BECAUSE you kill zombies. What "Powers" do they need.

Scary: What the hell do you think, fool?

Threat scenario: Anywhere between ultra-f@#king-violet to only slightly less dangerous than a guy named Vader with a toothache.
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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2016, 08:09:30 pm »

Damn.  Those are pretty good.
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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2016, 08:20:55 pm »

Tactical evaluation, Strategic threat evaluation.

Proxy:  Post-human infected who have been rewired upstairs, downstairs and in the basement.  They're better than they were before.  Stronger. Faster.  More intelligent, and home to a proxy intelligence with its own agenda.  Uses a more refined version of the banshee moan to influence emotions, while able to speak fluently if roughly.  Able to "digest" organic matter of all types.  Unknown if able to infect.  No known attempts to infect, but several confirmed kills.
Power:  Olympic Einstein.
Scary:  Holy existential-crap scary.
Threat scenario:  Hyperintelligent humanoid at the extreme high-side of ninja capability.  Honestly, I'm not intelligent enough to advise you credibly against a threat like this.  Even if friendly or non-aggressive, this evolved form is a threat to homo sapien sapien, in the long term.  I advise in general terms to gather as much information on them as possible, especially around motivations and goals. Good luck.
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« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2016, 08:24:11 pm »

Sometimes I hold to the higher standard, raised better even.... amd then there's times like this......

Zombarbie: Post-human infected super models, porn stars and/or random hot girls next door that have retained their hotness despite the systemic necrosis.

Power: They have breasts, NICE breasts, and guess what? You are just their type. This time they mean it, pal, you are Mr. Right.

Scary: Hot chicks, plentiful breastages and they kill you with your own hormones. A wise man fears what is both deadly and irresistable. (Funny how that wisdom doesn't save Dr. Copafeel from funbag-assisted-suicide tho.)

Threat scenario: Really? I need to spell this one out? We could be looking at extinction level events here. And, because they are NIIICE breasts, we will stand in line for them to kill us. I lack the words to adequately describe how f@#ked we are if too many of these things congregate.
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« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2016, 08:30:19 pm »

Y'know, if you close your eyes when you are reading these and imagine Gilbert Gottfreid talking they are actually a lot funnier.
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« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2016, 08:16:47 pm »

There is something seriously off about me....

Zoombie: Post-human infected who, prior to assuming room temperature, were meth addicts, cokeheads or one of the somewhat sad and tedious Starb@#kers.

Power: At first glance they seem to be powerless, simply standing in one spot and twitching occasionally. They will however, often with little or no provocation, suddenly screech like a banshee and then run in a random direction as fast as they can, arms flailing madly, until they impact something, or someone, with enough mass to stop them.

Scary. Debateable. If you are standing in their path, or holding a caffinated beverage, yes. Otherwise, only if they lead 'zerkers to you or run into a BOOMer.

Threat scenario: As the experienced Zombie Hunter™ mastered the side-step long ago and these things have little to no ability to change direction mid-flight, these things are usually cake.
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« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2016, 07:20:42 am »

Y'know, if you close your eyes when you are reading these and imagine Gilbert Gottfreid talking they are actually a lot funnier.
But first, "Ugu..."
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« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2016, 11:47:09 am »

To double-down, so to speak, on my previously mentioned higher standard...

Zombusty: Your basic Zombarbie with that Kardashian ass on it.

Power: They got big butts and I cannot lie, all you Zombie Hunters™ can't deny.......

Scary: Only if you like junk in the truck thats gnawing on you. If your'e not down with the ghetto ass they are only as dangerous as any other zombarbie.

Threat scenario: It will be recorded in the pages of history that it was these things that cost us Compton, Harlem and West Baltimore. Seriously people, they will do your whole posse and not even feel bad about it.
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« Reply #11 on: July 13, 2016, 11:58:59 am »

Oh my God, Milo. Look at her ass. It's so big. I'll bet she's one of those necromancers girlfriends.....

I simply could not resist. I'm sorry..... Actually, no I'm not. Who the hell am I trying to fool.
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« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2016, 10:00:31 am »

This is getting redonkulous....

Zomboyeee: Post-human infected who were gangbangers, rappers or poser-ass wannabes like Vanilla Ice.

Power: They will break out with rhyming insults, to music, that tends to draw attention (read 'zerkers) to them. They are also usually wearing enough jewelry to constitute improvised chainmail in some game settings.

Scary: Only if they are behind you or outnumber you by more than 4 to 1. They can usually be found dragging a posse of lesser infected along with them.

Threat scenario: These critters can be troublesome if in an area with a decent population of other undead, though can sometimes be quieted by superior insulting ability, posession of a Tech 9™ or a hefty enough cloud of pot smoke.
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« Reply #13 on: July 14, 2016, 10:12:48 am »

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the forum...

Zombitch: Post-human infected who were, simply put, punk-ass whiners BEFORE they were lesser undead.

Power: None beyond throwing a fit because the Zombie Hunters™ are always picking on them.

Scary: Only if they attract -zerkers, though the 'zerkers will most likely terminate the zombitch first, THEN start chewing on you.

Threat scenario: They growl, if required, though are more scared of than you are of them.
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