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AALIYAH: (she/her)

Background:  Aaliyah was raised in the exurbs of south jersey outside Philadelphia. She always traveled into the city whenever possible and made many friends. She was beaten and robbed several times, so she made it a point to learn how to defend herself, which led to her learning kickboxing. She excelled and eventually joined the UFC. At 5’10, she struggled to stay within the weight limits of the FlyWeight division. She was 20-4 and ranked second when she could no longer keep under regulation weight. She retired, opened up a kickboxing school and did product endorsements.

 

The Zombie Pandemic: Alliyah owned four kickboxing schools, two in Philadelphia and two in NYC at the time of the pandemic. She lived in Philly and spent most of her time at those two schools, but she was visiting her NY schools when the zombie pandemic hit. She found herself trapped in Manhatten when all the tunnels and bridges were closed, and eventually, she swam the Hudson River to the jersey side. It took two weeks to make it to Philly, and by then, Philly was lost to the zombies. She made her way to her home, but her girlfriend was not there. She searched the neighborhood and tried to visit friends, but could not find her.

Skills/Strengths:  Aaliyah has extremely fast reflexes and is a skilled fighter. She is an intelligent businesswoman, using her fame in the UFC to launch a successful chain of kickboxing schools in the Philadelphia and NY area.

Biggest Fear:  That she will never see her girlfriend or family again. She has become close to the other survivors in the Warehouse and worries what will happen when the time comes to leave their hideout.

Persistent Thought:  Would there ever be an economy based on money ever again? Or would it only be bartering be goods and services?

Personal Objective:  To get back to her parent's house in Cumberland County, NJ. If/when she leaves the safety of the Warehouse for her parent's home, she intends to stop by her old home to leave instructions for her girlfriend, in the hopes that she will return and know where to find her.

LENNY: (he/him)

 

Background: Leonard (Lenny) was raised in rural WV and learned how to shoot as a teenager. He joined the military at a young age, and his proficiency with a rifle grew. He saw combat action during the first Gulf War. He continued his service at a military base as an ordinance specialist, keeping track of and responsible for weapons, primarily guns, and explosives. He retired from the US Army and being divorced; he moved to the east coast to be close to his two sons. He turned his experience with military hardware into a second career as a firearms instructor. He also worked with veterans organizations to help homeless veterans, often employing them in his training school until they got on their feet.

The Zombie Pandemic: The zombie pandemic unfolded in less than 72 hours. At the start, he was at his rural home, but he soon went to get his two sons out of the city. They were almost out of the city when the madness escalated, and they headed back to his son’s home for safety. Along with others in the apartment building, they barricaded the ground level against intruders but eventually had to leave when food ran out. They found themselves at the Warehouse compound, where Lenny’s skills made him a valuable member. His sons went out on a scouting mission but did not return.

Skills/Strengths: Lenny is extremely skilled with almost any sort of firearm and has extremely fast reflexes with them. He is especially good at quick reloading.

Biggest Fear: Both his sons are dead or worse, that he will never know their fate and will never have a sense of closure.

Persistent Thought: Were the President and other leaders alive in an underground bunker? How long would they stay there? Would they turn into the Eloi, and the leaders turn into Morlocks from the HG Wells story “The Time Machine”?

Personal Objective:  To find his sons and get back to his rural home.

 

 

Michael: (he/him)

Background: Originally raised as a girl, he lived in a quiet suburb with his sister Chloe, the children of two hippy parents. Chloe was and is his best friend. Chloe went  to graduate school at Berkley. He had an easy-going childhood but realized in Jr high that he identified as male and came out to his family in his senior year of high school. During college, he began using the pronouns he/him and changed his name to Michael. He began taking testosterone to aid in the transition.

The Zombie Pandemic: Michael was at home on a college break when the world went to hell. His father died of a heart attack a month into the crisis, and his mother was attacked in the backyard where she thought she was safe. The plan was to stay put until the zombie pandemic was resolved, but with both his parents dead, he ventured out, eventually finding an encampment in a warehouse where he could lay low.

Skills/Strengths: Michael has always been good at making friends and has an excellent ability to judge character, useful when deciding who to ally with. He also is extremely fast and agile, a trait that made him a star in college track. Although he was never Olympic quality, he has entered many competitions and won numerous times.

Biggest Fear: Michael is an asthmatic and has severe allergies. He has run out of inhalers and allergy medications once already. He found more but is worried about running out again. Michael also is a transgender man and takes Hormone therapy. He has been unable to locate a new supply of medication, and although he knows there shouldn’t be a serious health risk, he worries about potential side effects and emotional impact from a lack of testosterone.

Persistent Thought: Michael keeps wondering if the animals in research labs and zoos understood what was happening or if they thought that we no longer cared about them and had abandoned them.

Personal Objective: To find replacement hormone medication; to find other transgender people, so he feels more at ease; and to find his sister Chloe in California.

SOPHIA: (she/her)

Background: Sophia is the daughter of Mexican immigrants who came to America in the late 70s. They owned a corner luncheonette, and she was raised with a strong work ethic and a sense of economic independence. Although she was never a victim of crime, the neighborhood was pretty rough. Her parents taught her that bullies and criminals preyed on easy victims, so they trained her to be assertive and confident and enrolled her in a self-defense class while in high school.

She was good at it, and she worked at the luncheonette on weekends and as a trainer in the same studio where she learned self-defense during the week. She lives at home with her parents and sister.

The Zombie Pandemic:  The zombie pandemic began in earnest on a Friday and exploded by late Saturday. Sophia had closed the luncheonette but kept it open for EMS, first responders, fire and police personnel fighting what would ultimately be a losing battle. She stayed at the luncheonette overnight Saturday, Sunday, but on Monday, the luncheonette was overrun. She made it home but found her family dead, so she went to friends and stayed there till they ran out of food. Eventually, she made a run for it and found the Warehouse.

 

Skills/Strengths:  Not a skilled fighter, Sophia is skilled at avoiding attacks and turning enemies against them. She can handle herself in a fight, even against multiple attackers.

Biggest Fear:  Food meant everything to her, and the idea of eating bland food out of cans for the rest of her life makes her sad.

Persistent Thought: She was supposed to see the dentist the week before martial law was declared, but she was too busy to go. Now she worries about her teeth. She has always been sensitive about her oral care ever since seeing the movie Castaway. Now she worries she will develop some dental problems and lack the ability to treat it and be in agonizing pain.

Personal Objective:  Everyone she cared for is gone. She wants to find somewhere to live where she can raise crops, well someone else can raise them, but she can turn them into delicious meals for those around her.

ANTONIO: (he/him)

Background:  Antonio was raised in Portugal and came to America with his mother and Aunt when he was nine. He always had athletic talent and excelled in high school sports, especially soccer. He went to college on a soccer scholarship, and he graduated with a 3.7 GPA in Finance. He signed on with an MLS team as a goalie and was quite good and one of the most popular players.

The Zombie Pandemic: Antonio had seen up close what the zombies could do. There was a charity event held that Saturday afternoon, and there was a moderate crowd; the arena was half full of people looking to raise money for Alzheimer's. Some of them must have been infected, and they turned, and before he knew it, the crowd had panicked, and everyone was being attacked. He managed to make it into the player area. He regretted he could not help these people, but there was nothing he could do. His mother and Aunt were away visiting family at the time, and he has no idea what became of them.

Skills/Strengths: Antonio has extremely fast reflexes and has powerful legs and hands, which lend well to making fast moves in an alley of hungry zombies.

Biggest Fear:  Antonio is afraid he will have no purpose, no skill that would make him of value to a community. There won’t be professional sports anytime soon, and it looks like the world does not need someone to give them a loan. He makes up for this by being hardworking and enthusiastic.

Persistent Thought: He regrets never knowing what happened on season 17 of The Bachelor.

Personal Objective: He assumes his mother and Aunt are dead. It’s easier that way. He wants to be part of a community. To learn a craft, a useful skill. It doesn’t matter if its woodworking, electrical, but something blue-collar, something that uses his hands so that he will help be responsible for the building of a community.

 

MARY: (she/her)

Background:  Mary was the first member of her family to graduate college, and she even got her masters degree in **********. Her family was poor, and her parents drilled it into her at an early age that if she wanted to be something, she had to work extra hard at her grades and be smarter than everyone else. Luckily she had a good memory and an aptitude for medicine. She wanted to be a vet, but eventually, she decided that traditional human medicine was more suited for her. After college, she worked in the E/R, where she was when the world changed.

The Zombie Pandemic:  As is often the case, those in the medic saw things before the patterns became apparent to those higher up. Things began to hit the fan on a Saturday, but there were reports of “strange illnesses” a week before, but they were isolated, and many of the zombies were killed before they could attack many people. The bitten were treated as if they had rabies. It seems that it took a lot longer to “turn” if you were not killed outright in the attack. Mary saw what was happening and had a go-bag with her at all times the Wednesday before martial law was instituted. She had done a 48-hour shift, catching bits of sleep here and there that Friday into Sunday when the hospital became overrun.

Skills/Strengths: Mary always has medical supplies on her to treat minor injuries. She understands that amputation of a limb is the only way to prevent someone from turning, and a bit anywhere else cannot be remedied.

Biggest Fear:  The impact of the loss of medical knowledge and supplies. When this is over (if it ever is over), a lot of people are going to die from the flu and from minor injuries that get infected. And there won’t be a lot anyone can do without doctors and medicine.

Persistent Thought: Who is in charge? Will things devolve into feudal states with local warlords and allegiances? Is there still a CDC or WHO somewhere, trying to find a cure?

Personal Objective:  To help find and organize doctors to centralize medical care for survivors.

CALLASANDRA: (she/her) SCAVENGER

Background: When the X-Virus hit, Callasandra was a model and the last person you’d ever expect to be at home on the street. She grew up poor and homeless. She learned early not to have much stuff and to be able to replace anything she needed quickly. When you’re homeless, your stuff is not your own. Eventually, she saved money by finding useful things people had discarded and trade them, sell them or pawn them.

She worked three jobs and had a militant work ethic. A talent agent spotted her working a coffee shop, and she soon had a modeling contract. She took no shit and had no issue firing her talent manager and agent because she felt they were more interested in their percentage than seeing her succeed. She gained a reputation for being beautiful, and smart, and calculating. She used her fame to promote the Vegan lifestyle and to help support animal causes.

 

The Zombie Pandemic: Callasandra made it a point always to be reading, studying, and keeping up on current events; to take advantage of the opportunity, one had to see it coming. She read esoteric news sources and was worried about the X-Virus before most people had even heard of it, let alone understood its implications. She had begun making plans and defenses, and when martial law was declared, she already had a stockpile of food and supplies but few weapons. She had maps and had plans for potential places to hide. She knew the countryside would likely be safer, but she knew the city, and she felt she could survive the streets. She always did.

 

Skills/Strengths: Callasandra is smart, determined, and hard-working. She is a planner and thinker and avoids emotional entanglements, which could compromise her safety and future. She can barter and trade with ruthless efficiency.

 

Biggest Fear:  She will be dependent on other people.

 

Persistent Thought: What is my next move? What is my backup plan if that fails?

 

Personal Objective: Her building caught fire in a neighborhood-wide conflagration. Otherwise, she would still be there. She wants to find a safe place made of concrete for herself and no one else.

 

LOUIS: (they/them) SCAVENGER

 

Background: Louis's family owned one of the largest metal reclamation companies in the greater metro area. Ever since he could remember, his father ran the business with his sister and uncle's help. His mother ran the finances of the business. As a teenager, he worked as a gopher, basically doing whatever odd jobs needed to be done from cleaning up, running reports from mom to dad, and learning how to run the various machines, all except the giant magnetic crane. Louis had a love of art, and in the junk and debris, he saw robot arms, dinosaur legs, and steampunk contraptions. His father gave him free rein to take whatever parts he wanted, but he had to salvage them himself. He augmented the metal parts with things he found on the street and had secured an art scholarship at Fillmore College by the time he graduated high school.

 

The Zombie Pandemic: To be honest, Louis was taken by surprise when the shit hit the fan. He was scavenging for supplies early in the morning before the garage trucks showed up, had classes during the day, worked in the shop later in the afternoon and evening, then was studying for classes late at night. He never was one to watch the news, so when it all went down that fateful Friday, he was taken aback. His father had this crazy idea to barricade themselves in the junkyard, but the zombies broke in easily, and he had to run. He eventually made his way back to the yard, but his family was not there.

 

Skills/Strengths: He is good at scavenging at seeing how a piece of junk could be a tool or weapon. He’s also a good judge of who to avoid from all his 5 AM treks down the city streets looking for supplies. He could spot a junkie, a drug dealer, a gang member on-site and knew how to move invisibly to avoid confrontation.

 

Biggest Fear: That his family is all dead. He has skills to survive but doesn’t see himself as having anything valuable to offer anyone.

 

Persistent Thought: Would there ever be a need for art again, in such a savage world?

 

Personal Objective: Find a way to create a safe hideout for himself and no one else, where he could create art to pass the time.

 

RYAN: (he/him) MMA FIGHTER

 

Background:  Ryan’s parents died when he was young, so he was taken in by his Uncle Joey, who ran a boxing club. Uncle Joey hired him to work at the club, doing cleanup and odd jobs, and the members liked him. Ryan didn’t have many friends his age and found he could relate to adults at the club more easily. Ryan had no interest in boxing until he was beaten up, and robbed by a gang.

Ryan immediately began training, and it turns out he had a talent for it. Ryan always found boxing to be limiting, at least as far as self-defense went, so he branched out and began to take Jui-Jitsu classes. At his Uncle's urging, he soon started kickboxing and entered the sport professionally. Ryan was rising thru the ranks with a 10-2 record when the X-Virus hit.

 

The Zombie Pandemic: The X-Virus had been brewing for two weeks before things hit the fan. That weekend Ryan was supposed to fight in an undercard match, but the fights were canceled when martial law was imposed. Ryan headed home, and he, his Uncle, and his older cousins all hunkered down. They didn’t have many supplies; a lot of people didn’t. Two other people joined them, and their supplies were dwindling when a local gang began breaking into people's homes and stealing what they could. Ryan managed to take down two of them, but they shot Joey; his cousins barely escaped, which was the last he saw of them. Orphaned again, and with the building no longer secure, Ryan found safety with a group of Survivors in a Warehouse.

Skills/Strengths:  Ryan is quiet, but people seem to trust him on site. Maybe he has that kind of face. Ryan is good in a fight and lightning fast reflexes. He can think quick in a panic.

Biggest Fear: it’s no secret that a lot of people lost most if not everyone they loved to the X-Virus. Having lost his family twice has made it hard for him to grow attached to anyone now. Considering the dangers, they’re bound to be lost too.

 

Persistent Thought: Who was luckier? Those who died? Or those who survived?

 

Personal Objective:  To circulate among the various Survivor groups to make a Survivor list to help families reunite.

 

ABBE: (she/her) FIREARMS INSTRUCTOR

 

Background: Abbe grew up in rural Pennsylvania, where guns were commonplace as many people were hunters. Her father taught her about camping, fishing, winter survival, and hunting at a young age. She took to all of it and was good at it. She could cut a cord of wood with an ax in a single morning. She loved waking up to a pot of coffee made over a campfire, going fishing, then cooking it over the campfire.

Abbe got a job at a local campsite and pretty soon was the camp manager. To augment her income, she worked at a local gun range where she taught basic gun safety classes. She also spent a weekend every month taking city folks out on a basic outdoor survival class. It proved lucrative enough to quit her job as the camp manager, but she loved working at the gun range too much to quit.

 

The Zombie Pandemic: Abbe did not need to “prepare” for the apocalypse; her whole life was about preparedness. They only got two tv stations, and there was no cable in her rural town, so she hadn’t heard much about the X-Virus. Abbe had gone into the city to meet up with some friends who own a gun shop and visit her sister the day it all went down. Everything that she hated about a big city proved to be a big problem quickly—too many people. Too many cars, so the roads clogged instantly. Not enough weapons. Too many stupid people. She stayed at the gun shop but surprisingly, they couldn’t defend it from the zombies and the regular folk trying to get their hands on a gun.

 

Skills/Strengths: She’s a dead shot with a gun and knows how to survive in the woods, but that second one is useless in a big city.

 

Biggest Fear: Someone is raiding her well-stocked supplies back home.

 

Persistent Thought: Her mom and dad would be fine. But what about her sister? She was never a country gal and didn’t have survival instincts.

 

Personal Objective:  Put together enough supplies that she can reasonably use to hike back to a place that made sense where she could defend herself.

 

REBEKKA: (she/her) COLLEGE TRACK STAR

 

Background:  Rebekka was an only child, and she learned how to amuse herself and keep her mind occupied as a result. She often went for walks, which led to running to explore and see new places. Living in a big city was not always safe, so she learned where to go and not go very quickly. She also learned to blend in and not draw attention. She joined the track team in high school and then in college, where she excelled. She wasn’t Olympic material, but she was good enough to get an article in Sports Illustrated. She had one of those fake magazine covers made of herself, which she hung on the wall, next to a framed copy of the article.

 

The Zombie Pandemic: She and her friends were on vacation in Bermuda when the first X-Virus reports emerged. They tried to fly home, but the flights were all full. Eventually, they had no choice but to take the cruise ship back to Norfolk, VA. The trip back took 48 hours, and hours before they approached the harbor, the President imposed martial law. From the harbor, they could see burning fires in the city. Half the passengers wanted to stay on the ship; half wanted to get off. The pier was deserted, but shortly after they had moored, things descended into chaos as first one, then five, then fifty zombies appeared. She was one of the lucky ones to get off the pier before things erupted. She was pretty sure the cruise line ship was now a death ship. She had no idea where her friends were. It took three weeks, but she finally managed to make her way back home. The house was ransacked, and her family was gone.

 

Skills/Strengths:  Rebekka is outgoing and generally seeing the silver lining in things. She is a fast runner, and she is also light on her feet so in the Warehouse she is often picked to be a scout when raids are made.

 

Biggest Fear: She has recurring nightmares about being trapped on the cruise ship, with her dead friends chasing her.

 

Persistent Thought:  Everyone lives in a group setting in the Warehouse. Very little privacy. If she ever met anyone and fell in love, what chance was there for romance when you were never alone?
 

Personal Objective: To have a place to hide with a private bedroom and hot running water.

 

WILLIAM: (he/him) SELF DEFENSE TRAINER


Background:  William’s mother was a CEO and hardly home much, and his father was a high school History teacher. He spent a lot of time as a child with teachers and at the school, often watching the sports team play and practice. He never had much interest or aptitude for team sports, but he did work out, and eventually, it led him to take judo lessons. He was quite good at it but had no interest in any competitive aspect of it. When he graduated high school, he began working in a local school and eventually became the manager. When the owner suffered a heart attack and moved across the country to live with his daughter, he sold the business to William, who reoriented its focus on self-defense.

 

The Zombie Pandemic: William was aware of how dangerous the city was and paid attention to the local crime reports. He had heard of several strange attacks and bizarre cases where EMS and police were attacked by the victims afterward. He still didn’t think a lot of them, but when the X-Virus was finally mentioned in the news as the source, William understood the danger. He closed his studio three days before martial law was imposed and had already begun warning his friends and neighbors to stock up on supplies. Most just thought he was over-reactive or paranoid...

Skills/Strengths:  William is highly skilled in multiple martial arts forms from Brazilian Ju-Jitsu to Taekwondo, from wrestling to MMA. He recently began learning Krav Maga, a combination of styles taught by the Israeli Military.

 

Biggest Fear: People let fear paralyze them into inaction. People simply could not wrap their heads around the X-Virus, and those who did react blindly. A lot of people were going to die as a result.

 

Persistent Thought: His parents were divorced, his father living in LA, his mother living in Manhattan. All those people on the island. All those zombies. He had no idea if either was alive or dead, but populated areas were not the place to be. Then again, look where he was, in the middle of the city, in a Warehouse.


Personal Objective: Teach self-defense and escape techniques to everyone in the Warehouse.

 

DIANA: (she/her) SOCCER PLAYER

 

Background:  Diana always loved soccer. She loved all competitive sports, actually, volleyball, basketball, baseball but especially soccer. She was a forward and could put on a burst of speed like an afterburner and just fly past the defenders. Her boyfriend was on the HS soccer team, too, one of many things they shared a love for.

She got a scholarship to play in college, and her team won the Division A championship for the first time. Her boyfriend ripped his Achilles tendon, and his career was over, but luckily he was a brilliant architect and graduated with a 3.8GPA. Diana finished with a 3.9 and celebrated with a big wedding. Now she was being scouted by several Women’s MLS teams.

 

The Zombie Pandemic: The X-Virus took everything away from her. And a lot of people, she supposed. That was their problem. She was angry at the scientists, the government, the zombies, the victims, everyone. She was babysitting her niece when martial law was declared. The X-Virus had been in the news for a week, but the last 48 hours had been nothing but X-Virus. She couldn’t reach her sister, so she fled home to find her husband dying in the bathroom. He then attacked her, and the baby was bitten. She had to run. She ran and ran, and after that, she ran some more. Eventually, she found a group of Survivors in a Warehouse. She couldn’t stand how calm some of them were. Some even were optimistic that someone would rescue them. Or the zombies would die of starvation. They’d find their lost loves ones. They were all delusional.

Skills/Strengths:  Diana is fueled by hate and anger. She channels that into fighting zombies. She has extremely good hand/eye coordination and is fast. She can outrun any zombie but shed rather kick in their stupid faces.

 

Biggest Fear: She’ll discover her sister alive and have to explain how she lost her baby to the zombies. The guilt over that is something that, like the zombies, will never die.

 

Persistent Thought: There wasn’t enough ammo to kill all the zombies. They would likely never get out of this alive.
 

Personal Objective:  teach the other Survivors to play soccer; wouldn’t that be great? Ha-HA great use of time and energy.

KELLY: (he/him) DOCTOR/NEUROSURGEON

Background:  Kelly comes from a family of doctors. His mother was a medic in the Army, and his father was an obstetrician. It was never assumed that he would go into medicine, but his parents just knew. They never pressed him to take that direction after high school, and initially, he entered the National Guard while attending college.  His excellent hand-eye coordination, good vision, and a good sense of spatial awareness led him to become a neurosurgeon, and he specialized in brain surgery.

 

The Zombie Pandemic:  Kelly would spend three weeks straight in a cabin on a lake in Minnesota. He would spend it fishing or hunting, hiking and relaxing, spending his evenings reading the latest medical journals by the fireplace. He always went alone and was at the cabin when the outbreak happened. He tended to break from electronic devices during this time and was unaware of the situation in the early days of the outbreak. The Friday before things went south, his sister called him, and when he rushed to the airport, it was too late. Flights were canceled, and it took him three weeks to get back home.

 

Skills/Strengths: Kelly never carried medical supplies on him until the outbreak but made keeping medical supplies in stock a priority once he arrived in the encampment.  He can tend to wounds easily and quickly and is a valuable member of the group.

 

Biggest Fear:  The loss of information now that so much was stored in the cloud. Who kept paper records of anything anymore? A lot of medical information would be lost if efforts weren’t made to preserve it somehow.

 

Persistent Thought: How does this virus work? The walking dead goes against all known medical science. He knew that you didn’t just have to attack the brain, but the brain stem at the base of the neck; that was what truly incapacitated a zombie. How many others knew that, though?

 

Personal Objective:  To find a way to study the virus which mean working with a “live” zombie if you will, and to study it up close.

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MEGHAN: (she/her) SURVIVALIST

 

Background: Meghan grew up near Ashland, Pennsylvania, the heart of coal country. Her father instilled self-sufficiency and respect for nature from a young age. Before she was 12, she could catch fish, shoot wild game, and trap rabbits with the best of them. Her father was the Ashland Coal Mine Tour owner, which takes visitors 1/3 of a mile into a defunct coal mine. She worked the mine tour during the week, but she was always camping, fishing, or hiking on the weekend. She loved the water, and soon she was working a second job taking people on white water rafting trips on the Susquehanna. It wasn’t that she didn’t like people. She loved people; she just enjoyed the privacy and solitude of the woods a whole lot more.

 

The Zombie Pandemic: Meghan had been to a few concerts, but when one of her favorite bands played a gig in Philadelphia she got tickets and decided she would spend a few days with friends who had moved there. The few days leading up to the concert had news reports of X-Virus outbreaks in Europe and Asia. Then that Thursday, San Francisco and Austin Texas went into full lockdown. The concert that night was canceled. Friday was when the President declared martial law and she was stuck in her friends apartment. She toyed with the idea of driving home anyway but every highway blocked off by National Guard. The next day there zombies everywhere, on every street.

 

Skills/Strengths: Meghan is good at almost everything a person might do in the woods. She is good with weapons, knives, can handle a boat with a 2x4 for a paddle, and can tell you where the safest place to set up camp would be. Unfortunately, she isn’t in the woods, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t useful.

 

Biggest Fear:  More people = more zombies and vice-versa. She was pretty sure Ashland was a safe place to be. It had to be, right? The worst part was not knowing.

 

Persistent Thought: I refuse to die because I had to see a band.

 

Personal Objective: Hike back home. It was roughly 70m as the crow flies. All she had to do was get a good backpack of supplies, starting with a solid knife, and she could do it.

 

JASON: (he/him) SURVIVALIST

 

Background:  Jason could not remember a time when he wasn’t a Scout. His two brothers were also Boy Scouts, and when they both made Eagle Scout, the pressure was on him to do the same. (he made Eagle Scout a full six months younger than his brothers). There was a love for nature in him, more than respect. Reverence.

He majored in Ecology in college and eventually got a job with the National Park Service in Forestry Management, making sure the Forests were healthy and protected from environmental hazards. In his spare time, he worked for environmental causes. He won the Hugo Riyes Award for Environmental Causes for his work which helped expose illegal river dumping by a mining corporation. The reporters who wrote the story won a Pulitzer Prize, and several of the top executives were arrested.

 

The Zombie Pandemic: Jason attended a conference on river equality in Philly the week the X-Virus exploded. The conference was from Monday-Friday, but many attendees skipped Thursday to head home early in advance of the worsening news situation. Friday was when things exploded, and the city streets jammed almost instantly. He had never seen gridlock like this before. When the president declared Martial law, he abandoned his car and headed back to the hotel, a walk of nearly two hours. It was the most terrifying two hours of his life; he isn’t sure how he even found the hotel again at one point. He was running blindly. He tried to stop at any hotel he found, but most had locked their doors and wouldn’t even talk to him. Thankfully the man at his hotel recognized him and let him back in. He and the other hotel guests organized into de facto employes and helped secure the property, distribute food, and generally take care of one another.

 

Skills/Strengths: More than knowing skills, his greatest strength is his attitude and determination. he can survive in the wilderness with nothing but his wits and a Buck knife for a month.

 

Biggest Fear:  The loss of law and order and authority to follow.

 

Persistent Thought: “Wouldn’t it be crazy if this was all some reality show gone awry?”

 

Personal Objective: Help whoever he can, however he can.

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