Linked to Zombie perpetual machines
This carriage was devised by Vitrivius as a way to make good use of the Zombies discovered in Roman territory.
How many zombies would be needed to allow this carriage to transport 1 ton of supplies at 15km/h ? Knowing that zombies cannot be killed by ordinary means, how hard would it be to transform this into war machines carrying onagers/ballistas etc, into battlefield ?
- Consider them to be human-like, with characteristic zombie gait, only differing in that they dont need to eat, they eat out of taste for human flesh, not out of nutrition. Do not consider normal metabolism. They can very well run continously, accumulating lactic acid without pain. There are no thermodynamic limits for them, besides that they can do whatever a normal human can do physically. They feel no pain and have an IQ between that of a cockroach and of an anemone. In other words they are purely reactive. They seem to not have immune systems, so they rot under anything that consumes flesh. They only stop moving when they are out of muscle tissue. The difference in speed is due to activity in cerebellum, its a matter of remembering how to run. The smart variety still remeber how to do trivial tasks like opening doors. The dumb ones can only run towards a target. If they lack a leg they will be unable to stand up, walk or run.