Chapter 1: Know thine Enemy
First and foremost this is a war, unlike any war ever to be held before, but a war none the less. You may have read Sun Tzu's 'Art of War', The first rule is "Know thine enemy. We must discuss the biology, psycology, motivation, intelligents and reasoning abilities of your adversary, the Zombie, A challanging foe by any standards.
Apart from *that incident* in northern Spain, there has not been a well documented
outbreak of zombies, (for obvious reasons we don't talk about *that incident*and it won't be refered to again) so much of the planning and understanding is theorized but we do know enough to be prepared even if the goulds are slightly modified from our ideas.
The definitions of zombie are quite loose but the basics are generally
1) A person, or animal, who has been considered legally dead.
2) The reainmation of that corpse.
3) Attempts by the corpse to bring death or destruction to other livings beings.
In reference there are 3 distingushed typed of Zombie based on form of controling influance: Virus Type, Mind Control Type and Other (Satan/Voodoo/A wizard did it)
[Referred to as The Virus, The Controller, and The Source in that order for simplicity.]
Virus Type: This is very close to the stylised Hollywood type that has seen countless blockbuster apperences. This has been refered to by many names Solanum/ T Virus/ Rage etc etc. The typical process of this is a virus , possibley horrible experiment or alien origin, infiltrates the blood stream of the victim and acts quickly to kill the hosts brain, replacing cognitive thought with itself and usurping control of motor functions. Then singlemindedly attacking other living things in an attempt to prolong it's life inside the host and spread the virus through mixing of bodily fluids. They may try scratching, biting, spiting, vomiting and bleeding on a victim to attain there one goal.
General attributes of this type of infection in a person are: Pale clammy skin, fatigue, dizziness, headache, outbreak of sores, loss of hair, seizures, unconsciousness, vomiting and diarrhea as the human immune system attempts to fight the threat (the zombie virus is apt at overpowering the human immune system and it is believed beyond the ability of modern medicine to develope a cure). All or some of these symtoms will be followed by death when the virus shuts down the medulla oblongata, ceasing the breathing.
After some time anywhere from a few minutes up to 3 days the corpse will start to move under the instruction of the viral infection.Factors effecting this are age, gender, intelligence(this is the part virus likes to chew on), mental health and drug use(narcotics decrease intelligence and mental health, but also slow the viruses progress). The areas of the brain that process higher functions (like complex communication, appreacing fine art, problem solving and mathamatics) have been consumed by the virus, and it is believed this is where it derives nutrition, but lower areas of the brain have been left viable allowing zombies to form basics grunts and moans, identify targets, attack with flailing motions and bite*. It has been proposed by some that the Virus improves the bite strenght of the human jaw, though this is yet to be verified*.
Once infected the corpse may go up to 11 months with out food before succoming to starvation depending on the hosts body type. Obviously the Zombified body has cut down on many of the energy consuming functions none moreso then the brain. This may cause a risk of secondary outbreaks long after the zombies are thought to be dealt with. However if a zombie does feed on a human victim it can expand this exponentially to years.
These Zombies are simply trying to spread the infection in their blood, so you should be aware of bleeding, vomiting, open wounds, any fluid that may be contaminated including dried blood, and take appropiate safety action. If you do come about a contaiminant you should avoid it or burn it completely. Burning should only be done on out of body infected material or immobile zombies. Be aware the only thing worse then a zombie is a zombie on fire, now they can burn your skin allowing the virus in or destroy your safehouse. If or when they mutate to freaky mutant things they are considered "Other type" see below.
Mind Control Type: This form of Zombification is slightly different from virus type, both worse and better depending on how you look at it. Many simply aren't given a chance to defend themselves. This can operate on large or small scale, either when a device able to alter the Alpha wave patters in a human brain is operated or when some being with psychic powers decides to make everyone his mind bitch. While this may not kill the victim the personality is gone.
Again this may have origins in horrible experiment, alien or a new kind of warfare. The complexity and spread of the device can determine the responses of those under it's influence. A large powerful controller can give one person seemingly normal movement and speech, or a huge number of people an obviously influenced "sleepwalking" type movement. We consider only the sleepwalking ,poorly coordinated type from now on. As the controller has instantanous effect there is few if no warning signs. We presume you for some reason are immune, because if you aren't it doesn't matter, enjoi being a zombie. [They mocked you for wearing tinfoil hats but now who's the loser!]
One major benifit of this type, to survivors, is the obvious vunerability of the controller. If this is destroyed the zombie hordes either return to normal feeling a bit worse for where or drop dead en mass. We hope for the former but prepare for the latter. Expect serious defenses around the controller.
Sleepwalker type zombies are easy to spot. Blank facial expression, cold staring eyes, monotoneous voice, sudden huge change in political/religious beliefs and activities, talking and acting in sync with others, e.g if a large group of people suddenly stop what they're doing and say "we love the leader, we must go to him" you should suspect something. In fact because this is so similar to brain washing of some so called religious movements, there is good chance the controller will be on their grounds. Keep an keen eye on them. They may seem aggressive in coercing you to wear an artifact or accessory. This is a way to control you, avoid it at all cost. e.g "here have a brainslug, you'll enjoy it".
There physiology should not have changed at all, so taking them down is just like murder but morally right. Just like Murder and killing Virus type the best way is destroy the brain. It is thought in some groups that pain might be able to temporarily paralyse them as the controller tries to over power the natural human reactions. Investigate this but don't count on it. Unlike Virus type these zombies wouldn't, so easily, be able to tell who is and isn't a zombie, you might get away with some good acting but again take precautions.
Again the amount of influance depends on complexity and power of the controller, these zombies may have higher reasoning, be able to open doors, circumnavigate traps and use weapons or firearms. Your best tactic should be stealth, get passed them and destroy the controller or main broadcast tower. This has the advantage of possibley saving many of your friends and family
Other: There are of corse many different types of zombification, some we might not even know about yet. This type is everything else to help you group and understand them. Minions of hell, Poltergeists, Mutant things, possessed people/parts of people/objects, natural anomalies, wizard magic and anything similar, this includes Virus type zombies that have mutated into all sorts of creatures. Because these are so diverse there's not much known and every time will be different. For the most part you can act as if it's Mind Control type, always try kill or seal the source or controlling influence but make changes according to what you have learned about your perticular case. You can still apply most of the teachings in this book, so Enjoi.