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PostSubject: What Breakdown's About   Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:20 am

Breakdown is set in modern times and follows a few groups of people living through the start of what is essentially the zombie apocalypse, and eventually the complete breakdown of all society and most life on Earth. Some of the characters will merely be survivors, while most of the rest will be infected with a mutant strain of the pathogen causing the pandemic. Breakdown deals with zombies, mutants, death, destruction, emotional trauma, physical trauma, conspiracy theories, the theme being hunted, the idea of being experimented on, the human body's will to survive and the complete collapse of human civilisation. And also superpowers. There are also superpowers.

The story is divided into three books: Outbreak, Pandemic and Extinction. The three main groups initially find themselves in New York, London and Las Vegas, respectively.
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PostSubject: Re: What Breakdown's About   Sat Jan 05, 2013 5:14 am

Woohoo, zombies.

Superpowers, you say? I'm looking forward to seeing how superpowers will fit in.
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PostSubject: Re: What Breakdown's About   Sat Jan 05, 2013 12:00 pm

All in good time. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: What Breakdown's About   Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:28 pm

Righto. Should I be doing anything in the mean time? I have a terrible script to write for a play and I'd like to procrastinate as much as possible.
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PostSubject: Re: What Breakdown's About   Mon Jan 07, 2013 6:23 am

Uhm... Arr... Erm... YES! Awesomeness This is with regard to TPoA, though, so you can post any progress about it in its "Literary Progress" section.

Since I'm going to be dividing the books into three each and add them to the Alterverse novels accordingly (eg. TPoA Book I will span Book I, II and III of the Alterverse novels), I need help making the endings of parts 1, 2 and 3 of the book (TPoA: Book I: The Prophecy (formerly "Dual Initiation", formerly "The Start of Two Journeys", formerly "The Demon Star" - not sure why I'm telling you this)) more climaxy. In fact, you know what, I shall make a thread for this in the section mentioned in the previous paragraph.
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PostSubject: Re: What Breakdown's About   Mon Jan 07, 2013 2:36 pm

Okey dokey.
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PostSubject: Re: What Breakdown's About   Tue Jan 08, 2013 1:41 pm

Any questions? I'll be needing help with Breakdown, just like you helped with TPoA, by the way (mainly brainstorming and feedback on ideas, in other words).
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PostSubject: Re: What Breakdown's About   Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:12 am

How exactly does the zombie virus work. I mean, you've explained it but it's confusing.
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PostSubject: Re: What Breakdown's About   Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:16 am

That question, I think, should be directed here: http://alterverse.4umer.net/t176-the-pathogen

How it'll work for the story is like so:

-Many of the main characters will be G3 infected. They will experience fevers, headaches, faintings and other symptoms. Later some of them will start getting swellings on parts of their body similar to teratomas (small freaky tumor thingies). At the end of Breakdown's part in the first book, the comas will begin and their mutations will start showing.

-Later in the story, their comatose periods will last longer and the mutations will become more extreme. Basically, they will feel really dizzy, faint, then wake up a few hours later with a slightly modified body.

-They will also start hearing voices as the pathogen spreads in their bodies and becomes more connected to the hive mind. Eventually, they'll be able to feel other infected and telepathically communicate with them (excluding G2's) through the hive mind. Later some of their actions will seem automatic and uncontrolled, though, as the hive mind starts claiming them. Even later, they may find themselves completely controlled by the hive mind.

-Infected will be identifiable by black blood, greyed skin and darkened eyes.

-When a G3 infected dies, they will become G2 (zombies), unless incinerated or otherwise destroyed first.

-Shooting a G2 to someone about to become a G2 in the head will only kill them for good if the pathogen hasn't yet replicated to sufficient amounts to heal the brain (a few days at best).

-The pathogen doesn't just keep the central nervous system alive, it animates all tissues. If you chop of a G2's hand (if the concentration of the pathogen is sufficient (after a few days of infection)), it will develop into its own creature and likely mutate a means with which to feed (hand-monster).

-Again pertaining to the concentration of the pathogen, G2's will probably stay basic zombies for about a week after infection before mutations will start becoming apparent. These mutations will vary greatly, but with the common trait of making the infected a better hunter and survivor.

-As the part of the story in the first Alterverse book only spans a few days, we won't get more than just normal zombies until the second book.


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PostSubject: Re: What Breakdown's About   Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:03 am

Hand monsters sound awesome. And no, that clarifies some things, and since it'll just be normal zombies for now things'll be good.
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PostSubject: Re: What Breakdown's About   Sun Jan 13, 2013 11:35 am

Awesome. I think I shall post something about characters and plot in the Literary Development section tomorrow, so we can do more about the story there.

For now, I'd like to play The Walking Dead again. xD
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PostSubject: Re: What Breakdown's About   Sun Jan 13, 2013 1:31 pm

Heh, zombie games are fun. Have you played Left 4 Dead? I'm quite fond of it.
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PostSubject: Re: What Breakdown's About   Sun Jan 13, 2013 1:36 pm

Yeah. It's quite awesome. I'll also probably have similar G2 mutants in Breakdown.
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PostSubject: Re: What Breakdown's About   Mon Jan 14, 2013 3:33 pm

Oh, those'll be fun.
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