posted on Jun, 27 2007 @ 10:48 AM
Great post, Danny, and welcome to ATS. is an infected human.
The Lyssa-X zombie virus is one of those "crap your pants" scenarios that forces one to reasses the entire scenario. We might even presume that the
zombies are not incapable of complex tasks like opening doors, climbing ladders, and even working in tandem with other zombies to breach defenses.
So, your post has me thinking, let's approach this from an entirely new angle, a worse case (not worst) scenario than the Solanum zombies.
Let's assume our zombie enemy:
is as fast, strong, and agile as an athletic human.
is capable of working in cooperation with other zombies.
is impervious to pain, or highly resistant to it.
is highly contagious via its fluids.
is compelled to eat, prefers human meat to all else.
is capable of being "killed" via trauma to vital organs besides the brain.
is capable of coitus, and even breeding.
can operate doors, climb over obstacles, climb up ladders, etc.
can pull/push things out of the way (ie. rip apart a barricade)
cannot use complex tools (but a bludgeon or a rock would be possible)
cannot reason or be reasoned with by humans.
lacks any and all traces of empathy and sympathy.
One problem that has occurred to me since "28 Days Later" is that in a scenario where the zombies weren't dead humans but merely insane, infected
ones, they have to eat to obtain nourishment, and their preferred meal is human flesh. Yet the virus also obviously compells them to infect others as
well, and they do not appear to attack other infected humans. If they are capable of being wounded and killed via trauma to organs and blood loss,
this means that they can't just eat and run and have a human rise up from the corpse, unless they'd only taken a few nibbles.
This presents an apparent conflict of interest for the zombie. Infect, or Eat? What if there's no one left to infect? Would they eat each other or
starve to death. Presumably in this situation, the drive to eat would be primary, and infection would result from injured prey that got away, but this
means that the spread of these kinds of zombies would be highly held in check by the mortality of its victims and the fact that they would be willing
to eat each other as well.
So one might only have to deal with a fraction of the number of Solanum zombies, but the Lyssa-X zombies would be so much more formidable opponants,
their effects would probably be far more devastating and horrific.
This does indeed cal for a whole new strategy in how to confront them.