So, after the apocalypse, there is this charity organization, ORE, that has set up HQ in Des, Iowa. They have about 3,400 members, with about 1,000 of those living somewhere outside Des. They need to stay connected with these outposts, and keep them well supplied. They have a task force of 50 messengers, who have to brave the wide open wastes and deliver news and supplies. The one problem is, it would make more sense to mount the messengers on horses. But my story relies on them walking to their destinations. What would be a plausible reason for the ORE members to not use horses?
- The apocalypse was 500 years ago, so the Iowa environment is just the same as now. Plains.