So I am writing the lore for a video game. It takes place on an island, near the Western Coast. It has been 20 years since the zombie apocalypse and 10 years since the government started reclaiming key cities and spots in postapocalyptic America. The game takes place when the government is nearing the gates of said island. What would hinder them from taking this chaotic island with a unified army?
When assaulting an enemy position, there's a simple calculation that the attackers must make based on two quesions:
- What are we likely to gain from this battle?
- What are we likely to lose from this battle?
Now, every army has different standards for where the cost benefit ends, but the answer here could be quite simple - it would cost the government too much in the way of lives and resources to take the location in question and the prospective gain in land and resources wouldn't make it worth the trade off.
If you're attempting to reclaim a land from zombies, but the enemy doesn't have anything in the way of resources and controls no vital logistic routes, you might as well ignore them if they aren't making any attempt to fight you. And, even if they are, containment is far, far easier than assault. An island, for instance, hold little in the way of strategic value for either logistics or resources.
Simply put, it's not that they cannot reclaim it, it's that they don't want to. It's just not worth it when there are more important things to go after in a zombie apocalypse and resources are usually assumed to be limited.
No one knowing what the fuck was going on in the darkness. No one but us.
Initially, no one believed the hysterical evacuees. Forty-foot-tall cannibal motherfuckers running loose on the Island? Negro, please.
Until a set of soon-to-be-iconic Polaroids made it out on one clipper showing what later came to be called a Class 2 in the process of putting a slender broken girl in its mouth.
Beneath the photo someone had scrawled: Numbers 11:18. Who shall give us flesh to eat?
Most places in the US, it was just zombies. Zombies, and rumors, but when the sun came up just zombies. You can clear out zombies with steady, unified, disciplined people.
But there were still rumors. Maybe things worse than zombies. Maybe things smarter than zombies, that knew when those disciplined people were showing up. Maybe these things were older than the zombies, or had started the zombie epidemic. Maybe they fed on zombies. Maybe they were amalgams of zombies. Maybe these things could make you a zombie if one looked at you, or thought about you. Rumors, even as the country was gradually cleared.
There are rumors about this island.