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What is the safest way to camp in a zombie apocalypse?

A group of 25 survivors, consisting of engineers, MacGgyvers, and tinkerers, have constructed around ten slow-moving motorized wagons (resembling wagons but with engines instead of horses) carrying ...
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Why would you build slow moving vehicles instead of faster ones?

It's the zombie apocalypse. A group of survivors on the east coast learn about a safe settlement in the west. However, they must travel through the zombie-infested heart of the continent. The inner ...
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Would zombies be all bald? [closed]

all hair grows, dies, is replaced > process repeats over and over again for the rest of your life unless you are of European or North African descent, then at some point you'll grow bald spots ...
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Is it reasonable for a city to be almost completely wiped out after two weeks?

We are in an average, modern middle sized city with about 500,000 people. I am trying to turn everyone here into zombies with a unicellar fungus. Assuming we start with only one person infected, is it ...
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How many zombies does it take to cause an ice age?

Let's start with how necromancy works in this setting. A magic-user grabs a corpse, shoves magical energy inside, and gets to boss it around until the magic runs out. The efficiency that a corpse ...
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What's the angle of repose for dead zombie bodies?

I'm writing a story where the superhuman heroes fight hundreds of thousands of zombies. The zombies are fast and agile and completely surround the heroes. Dead zombies pile up around them until the ...
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Virus that affects only males? [duplicate]

Furrious Rabies affects only males in this universe, in our real universe it affects both genders. in our real universe I've never heard of any virus that only affects people with Y chromies. So I'm ...
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Surviving Organ Failure

This is a re-phrasing of the question "How Would Metabolism Work For A Zombie?". It's the year 2026 and a new engineered virus turns people into zombies who are very stupid and can only ...
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Gas or Electric for a Zombie Apocalypse [closed]

This question is referring to tools, like chainsaws and weedwhackers. Gas would be easier to get, being a liquid form that can be stockpiled, but gas tools are loud and leave fumes. Meanwhile, ...
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How would zombies affect trench warfare?

After thousands of years the mightiest of magic uses have finally cracked the code to revive the dead... Kind of. The resurrection spell, while restoring the body to a basic capacity, leaves them a ...
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Knocking Out Zombies

So basically we have zombies. And they are not just normal zombies... they are walking human corpses reanimated by slime molds growing around their bones! The zombies are moved around like puppets by ...
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How would my zombies locate victims?

My world has zombies that are created as a result of infection with a symbiotic organism consisting of a bacterium in symbiosis with another eukaryotic organism, essentially somewhat like a lichen. ...
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How Would Metabolism Work For A Zombie? [closed]

In this story I am planning to write, zombies are real! A bacterium has resulted in the reactivation of the nervous system in recently dead humans, who will now seek to feed on the flesh of the living!...
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How Well Would Humans Fare In A Romero-Styled Zombie Apocalypse? [closed]

The Story takes place in the modern world, and starting from one day anyone who recently died with their brain intact will revive as a zombie to feed on living flesh. In this question we will not ...
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Zombie's Detection Of Prey

A while ago I was watching The Walking Dead (Season 1) with my sister, and we came across that one scene where Rick and his group theorize that zombies detect humans via smell, but here's the problem: ...
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Farting... Zombies?

The sequel to my last question that is hopefully more meaningful. The zombie rules just in case you are new: "An unfortunate person gets infected, then the unfortunate person dies. After the ...
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What would a zombie's brain look like?

In this universe, a type of bacteria has been created by evil people who want to kill everyone else has been infecting people and turning them into zombies. Here's how it works: An unfortunate person ...
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Zombies with mostly busted brains

So I've seen multiple zombie fiction works explaining zombies by saying that the zombie pathogen destroys most human brain functions but leaves behind the cerebellum and the brain stem, so the zombies ...
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How do zombies survive for more than just a few months? [closed]

There is a continent totally taken over by zombies, yet this situation somehow lasts for multiple years. How could we assume it could last for so long? A human can survive for only about a month ...
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How would the US military efficiently deal with Necromorph-like zombies?

Most of the time, when movies or video games depict zombies, they are given one crucial weakness; the head. Blow it off, and you stop the zombie. The United States Army is well equipped to fight the ...
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How would a medieval kingdom survive a zombie outbreak [closed]

In my world, there is a zombie infestation that destroys and takes out many kingdoms, citystates, and villages. These zombies are fast and like the ones from zombieland. It is possible to get cured, ...
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How can civlization industrialize amidst a zombie outbreak?

In my world, there is a zombie pandemic that happens. The zombies are fast, but can be defeated by a large army. My world a little before the outbreak was close to having an Industrial Revolution. ...
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Does it make sense for my "zombie" to drink blood?

I'm working on another arc for my story saga, and one of the characters is a "zombie". I'm putting "zombie" in quotations because he's actually the result of genetic ...
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What kind of scientist would be ideal for studying zombies?

One of my side characters is a scientist, and he is zombie immune. This lets him get close enough to study the zombies. However, I feel like just saying he is a "biologist" might be too ...
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Why Wouldn't The Military Intervene with a Zombie Apocalypse?

I was looking around the site bored for a while, when I found this question: Why would the military use tanks in a zombie apocalypse? Because I'm writing my own zombie story, I realized that I need my ...
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Best way to stop a rotting zombie

The Context I am designing a type of zombie that is made through a ritual involving an eldritch abomination called the Unsound Vulture. These zombies manipulate their decaying flesh and bones to move, ...
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Zombies: if magic kept them "living" or at least conscious, what would they experience as they rotted? [closed]

Instead of being spread by a virus or the temporary effects of a voodoo-induced trance or paralysis, zombies are created by a magical curse that causes the person to rot while remaining relatively ...
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Politics and Zombies: Designing a balanced zombie plague that could realistically destroy civilization due to poor decision-making

As has been pointed out numerous times, zombie apocalypses of the classic zombie-bites-you-and-you-become-a-zombie are stupid and would never work in real life. Biting is a horribly inefficient method ...
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In a post intergalactic WW3 where most of scociety has moved into a VR world to escape, what created the zombies that roam outside (Not nuclear war) [closed]

Basically, this is after a war between human civilizations on multiple planets in our galaxy. Most people have decided to live the rest of their lives in a fully immersive VR world and a very small ...
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Please tell me if I got something wrong about virology

Note: Apologies for any grammatical errors. I have been working on a story of mine for quite a while now. A part of that story is a viral pathogen that turns people infected with it into what is ...
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Would an ultra-heavy tank be a resource-efficient zombie-extermination unit for an CBRN-contaminated environment?

The question, before you get into the rest of this textual abomination: with all of the context, objectives, and design features mentioned below, is an ultra-heavy tank a resource-efficient means of ...
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What would be the average civilian's first hints that a zombie apocalypse was near in a pre-mass internet world?

I'm a big fan of zombie fiction, but one aspect that is rarely touched upon is how things look in the first stages of an apocalypse scenario. If you were an average civilian in the mid 90's when the ...
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How can I justify the existence of massive zombies?

In my world some kind of virus/mushroom/parasite infected most of the population transforming them into zombies (so original!). I need to put different kind of zombies in my world, and while I can ...
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Why not burn bodies in a world crawling with undead? [duplicate]

In the majority of the modern fantasy worlds the dead are buried in crypts and tombs. At the same time, these places are frequently crawling with undead - skeletons, zombies, etc. I understand ...
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Why would the military use tanks in a zombie apocalypse?

So usually the use of tanks is to shoot at other tanks or fortifications. So would a tank be useful against zombies? Would they just use it to crush the Zs?
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What would allow gasoline to last for years?

Looking for a way gasoline can last more than 3-6 months? Going off the simple zombie apocalypse scenario, I want a way to find vehicles and drive them after they have sat for 2,3... x number of years?...
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Post zombie outbreak world. People who die turn into zombies. Can the government detect murders from natural death + transformation?

The zombie outbreak is contained and people survived in fortified cities and on islands and so on. Humans who die in any way that does not destroy the brain will turn into zombies. Rules of that is ...
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How could zombies infect the population of an entire town? [closed]

There is a zombie apocalypse scenario where one zombie appeared in a small town in America. Would it be possible or plausible for them to take over? My problem is that the military would just quickly ...
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How a zombie come back to true life?

In my world the polar opposite powers of Life and Death take turns to grow or wane, like the waves push and pull. In this particular cycle, Life is at its climax and the process of Death has started. ...
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What would be the most helpful household items in a zombie apocalypse?

We all know the ideas about the "ideal zombie shelter" stocked with food, water, and ridiculous amounts of ammunition, hidden somewhere up in the Rocky mountains far from cities. But what ...
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(Survival-Type Situation) How can I Craft a Powerful Sedative From Easy To Find/Gather Materials, Assuming No Meds in Clinics or Hospitals?

I have a character that finds himself in a decent-sized town that has already been ransacked, what can I use to craft sedatives that would be effective on both Zombies, (assuming their anatomy ...
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A zombie apocalypse is happening, what is the worst measures that a government can take? [closed]

So a zombie apocalypse is happening in two stages. First the "infection" is airborne and just popped all over the world In this stage only 1 in 3 will start changing into a zombie. It also takes ...
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A virus that can mutate a human body into having insane strength and dexterity

Im writing a story about a boy in the year 2033 that is immune to a zombie like virus (world war z like zombies) and when he is bitten instead of turning into a brain dead zombie/infected his body is ...
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What would a biosphere with naturally occurring undead population look like?

There exists a planet with a similar biological history of Earth that experienced a sudden inundation of the undead during it's equivalent of the middle Pleistocene. These undead are capable arising ...
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How could necromancy allow for widespread filibustering without making it too strong?

In the (roughly) D&D based world of ..., The Abyss, which birthed magic, gives men the power to fulfill the deepest and darkest desires of their hearts, unleashing great suffering upon their ...
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Why would neutral necromancers put animal souls in human corpses?

In my world, a creature is made up of three parts: the body (the physical stuff you live in), the spirit (your senses, locomotion, survival instinct and what makes you 'alive'), and the soul (the ...
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Why would people bury their dead in tombs when they might become zombies?

This is partly a Skyrim-inspired question, but also relevant to a story I'm trying to flesh out. In this world, magic and necromancy are perhaps not commonplace, but certainly not unheard of. Walking ...
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How would Europeans fend themselfs in a Zombie apocalypse? [closed]

Most of zombie apocalypse movies, series, comics, etc. are set in the United States, but how an outbreak look like in European countries? Would it be different at all?
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Cultural effects of revenants

In my fantasy world, revenants are a special type of undead. They only occur when a person dies feeling that they were wronged in life. If their soul contains enough hatred for those who wronged them, ...
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Why would anyone buy zombies? [closed]

In the shady city of Tarahan, ruled by the Cult of Carmine Heptagram, you can experience all sorts of arcane oddities, like hooded wraiths phasing through the buildings, stray imps being treated like ...
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