its coming, its coming now.this is the way the world endsThe Disease
this is the way the world ends
this is the way the world ends
not with a bang but a whimper
-T.S. Eliotinspirationcalifornia thread
: a human-made biological weapon, a superflu
known formally as "Project Blue
" and colloquially as "Captain Trips
epidemic leads to the death of most of the human population in North America (and the
world: it is hinted that General Starkey’s men had released the virus in eastern Europe, China,
and the Soviet Union; and Peru and Senegal are mentioned in discussion of post-epidemic
deaths due to natural causes). 99.4% of people are susceptible to Captain Trips, and the
disease has a mortality rate of 100%.source
A military doctor identified four stages. He notes that some characters bypass a stage
or stay in one stage longer than most. Some characters appear to improve for a while,
only to relapse strongly afterwards.Stage One
has no frank symptoms, although the victim is infectious.
Blood pressure shows unusual variations, and “wagon wheel” incubator cells are
present in the sputum.Stage Two
resembles the common cold, with mild symptoms such as nasal
discharge, sneezing and coughing. A low-grade fever may be present. Many characters
in this stage do not limit their activities; they continue to shop, travel, or work, spreading
the disease.Stage Three
at the start may resemble asthma, bronchitis, influenza, or
mononucleosis. The cold-like symptoms of Stage Two become more severe. Chills,
high fever, swollen lymph glands, dizziness, weakness, and painful urination develop.
Most characters in this stage go to bed or try to see a doctor. Late in this stage, the
illness becomes more like pneumonia; a few characters show delirium just before
entering the fourth, terminal stage.Stage Fou
r resembles pneumonia, bubonic plague and, in some cases,
hemorrhagic fever. Breathing becomes difficult and there is much swelling in the
face, neck and groin. Swollen areas turn purple, then black. There is much discharge
of mucus, which may be bloody. Fever is extremely high, and delirium is common.
Characters in this stage are immobilized in most—but not all—cases; as in the earlier
stages, any caregiver will be infected unless he or she is immune. Death is usually
caused by respiratory failure.source
The SettingsThe Dreams
: The story begins in two areas: The San Fernando Valley
: an urbanized valley located in Southern California, United States.
More than half of the city of Los Angeles' land area lies within the San Fernando Valley.
Other cities in the Valley include Burbank, Glendale, San Fernando, Calabasas, and Agoura Hills.sourceThe Seattle Metropolitan Area
: the U.S. state of Washington includes the city of
Seattle, King County, Snohomish County, and Pierce County within the Puget Sound region.
The U.S. Census Bureau defines the metropolitan area as the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue,
WA Metropolitan Statistical Area, with an estimated population of 3,203,314, making it the
15th largest United States Metropolitan Statistical Area.source
: Once the majority of the human population has been
decimated, those who remain begin to suffer from extremely vivid dreams. They are,
in a sense, more like visions and consist of two other beings: An angelic young woman
and a dark, demonic man. Neither of them seem to retain true forms and they speak
in cryptic messages to each of the dreamers. Occasionally, the dreams may be mixed
with both of the figures or neither of them. The setting is always the same: an empty
city or field.
There are six characters. Three in California, three in Washington.
All of them are completely immune to the Superflu.
They've all watched their friends and family drop like flies because of this
incurable disease. In hopes of finding other survivors, they've banded together
and started a journey to to an establishment located in Virginia. It is believed
that this is where all the survivors, if any, are to go to wait further
instructions. Unbeknownst to them, there is no government facility that will
protect them. Instead, any survivors that have remained throughout the country,
are starting their own groups influenced by two individuals. One calls himself
Sgt. Pepper after the famous Beatle's song and album. He's formed a sort of cult
following, claiming he is divine, the messiah of all religions that will lead the people
to redemption. The other is Rachel White, an old woman who wants to help recreate
society. They're located in Boston and Georgia, accordingly.
The story follows the two groups on their journey, beginning just weeks before the
Superflu takes full effect of the country. Eventually, the survivors will run into each
other somewhere in Utah. As they continue towards the East Coast, they'll begin picking
sides, unaware that the two groups that have been created were founded by both the devil
and God. The disease was a modern day 'flood', God's attempt of purging the world of sin.
But now that the devil's hand is in play, it seems that wiping out the entirety of the human
race was in vain.