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Years ago we figured out how to make ourselves supermen through nano technology. Only the rich and powerful were able to buy the expensive serums, This birthed the decade of the supermen. At the end of the decade crime across America was down 60% and America won 2 wars, it was the golden age, until the Z_strain infection arrived. A superhero got sick and infected the whole world with a highly contagious super bug called the Z-strain… It’s been years since Z-Strain pandemic ravaged the world and turned the peaceful populace into blood-mad savages.  Those that survived the initial chaos were reborn in blood, because the only way to return to normal is to take a vaccine every month or drink and feed on blood.

On the backs of the dead and rotted, New America’s corporate machine has rebuilt itself.  Seven cities remain whole, testaments to the sound capitalist structure of the former USA.  Power is back, cell phones are working again, and Starbucks has resumed its daily latte sales.  But the return to creature comforts came at a deep cost…only the swindlers and the rich can afford to keep up their daily vaccinations while the poor are destined to fall victim to the virus in refugee camps and broken slums.

But hope is on the horizon, a military research firm has found the cure to Z-Strain and in the right hands it could mean a return to the world that was before.  But as we all know, the right hands are rarely the ones that hold the answer…

Z STRAIN – The unknown virus that infected the Powerhumans. The Z Nano inside them mutates the virus and bonds with it, creating the Z Strain. The Z Strain mutates within the human body, causing similar effects of the Z Nano, but instead of enhancing the human body the Z Strain distorts it into a blood-craving monster.

STAGES OF Z-STRAIN

INFECTED – Everyone is infected in some way or another. The early stages have very few visible symptoms, as the virus lays dormant for up to two weeks. The infection is permanent and must be constantly maintained with vaccines to avoid a progression of the disease.

Z STRAIN – The unknown virus that infected the Powerhumans. The Z Nano inside them mutates the virus and bonds with it, creating the Z Strain. The Z Strain mutates within the human body, causing similar effects of the Z Nano, but instead of enhancing the human body the Z Strain distorts it into a blood-craving monster.

RULES/Z INFO

Humans – Regular people infected with the Z Nano causing minor resistance to hunger and other damage. Infection levels vary in severity, requiring anything from an oral dose of meds once a month to a daily shot.

Actives – Nanoviral breakdown of the tissues and brain occur in these individuals. The longer a person remains in an active state, the less likely their chances of recovering. Three weeks without a dosage of meds is considered the standard point of no return. Actives can survive up to the peak of Nano replication, at which point the cells within them consist more of Nano bots than actual cells, literally crumbling apart and decomposing. The consumption of organic matter slows the degradation process, particularly in humans.

Powerhumans – A tiny portion of the population is born with enhanced biological functions due to the original super-soldier construction of the Z Nano.

Variants

Super Actives – People in extreme distress during a time when they have not had a vaccination can sometimes experience massive muscle growth and stamina as the Nanovirus inside them attempts to transform them into a stronger predator. This physical power comes at a cost however, as they become far more difficult to turn back into humans. Their bodies will generally burn out from the stress,within a matter of days.

Feral Actives – Some colonies in the Wasteland area are full of half-starved people driven mad by constantly teetering on the edge of death. These places seem more like what you would expect to find in a Zombified area with Shambling husk people living entirely on blind instinct. Generally to stay alive, Ferals must be extremely cunning and without fear.

Corpse Bloat – Bodies of larger Actives have a tendency to fill up with methane during the Nanovirus’s frantic attempts to capitalize on the organic matter. These bodies are hazardous to other humans as they can often rupture and spray an area with extremely virulent Nanos.

Active Dead – Prematurely killed Actives or seriously infected humans who die before their body is fully destroyed can often continue functioning for up to 24 hours. As the Nano virus in the body is attempting to continue its survival, bites or fluid transfers from the Active Dead are exceedingly dangerous.