Q&A Apocalypse Thread

We're going to build a post-apocalyptic setting, but instead of doing it post by post, we're going to use a question/answer format. Each user answers the question of the user above him and asks a question about the setting for an user below him to answer. After a few questions and answers, we'll have the framework of a decent setting. Here's an example:

> Poster 1:
> Q: What caused the apocalypse?

> Poster 2:
> A: Zombies
> Q: What created the zombies?

And so on and so on. Try not to contradict other anons, and try to avoid yes or no questions. I'll start,

> Q: What caused the collapse of civilization?

> Q: What caused the collapse of civilization?

A virus that gave living creatures genetical material from other creatures (Animals, plants, fungi and so on), mutating most of living creatures on the planet.

What is the question?

> Q: Where did the virus originate?

Oh ups.....

> Q: Where did the virus originate?

A. Virus was made to be used to make new GMO crops and animals.

> Q. How did the virus get out of the lab?

> A: A scientist obsessed with his twisted ideal of "improvement" intentionally released it before it was completed.

> Q: How long has it been since the outbreak?

150 years, give or take.

What is the (relatively) safer environment/biome for humans, and the most deadly?

Rolled 1 (1d2)

Contradiction answers. Let's roll 1d2 to see which is it.

> 1: 150 years, give or take
> 2: 30 years

A. Areas with more living creatures are generally much more dangerous, such as jungles and forests

Deserts and arctic regions are generally safer.

> Q. Are humans only sentient species, or have new ones came to existence?

A: The smarter birds, mainly corvids, have become sentient, but people have been a bit too preoccupied to actually notice.

Q: How populated are the human settlements?

> A: The virus was unfinished, and unable to effect the genome of 1/3rd of humanity, who remained pure. Those who were mutated vary between slightly animalistic humans, to anthropomorphic animals, to chimeric monstrosities. Pure Humans are generally more intelligent, as their brains haven't been altered, and as they're able to reproduce with one another without issue, make up almost 2/5ths of the intelligent population

> Q: What is the overall tech level?

A. Most settlements only stand for month or two before getting destroyed by animals.
Usually house 10-15 people.

>Q. Was all old technology destroyed?

Ignore this, user posted before me.

> A: It depends on the settlement in question, but most have gone back to feudal levels

> Q: What is the overall technology level?

> A: Most of it has been lost to the ravages of time, but knowledge has remained, and limited modern tech exists. The tech level is somewhere between early medieval and late 1800s, with some modern relics or jury-rigged tech thrown in.

> Q: What's the most common religion in eastern Europe?

A: Old pagonic religion, related to forests, animals and spirits.
This is why folk there reside in wooded areas.

Q: Are plants gaining animalistic features?

> Q: What caused the apocalypse?
Doesn't matter
> Q: What created the zombies?
Also doesn't matter
> Q: What caused the collapse of civilization?
9/10 cases - people being dicks to each other rather than working on preventing/reconstruction together.
Read (I repeat, READ) Postman or just watch Day After or even Miracle Mile. That's why most post-apo settings happen - people being dicks. And it's not about "those evil raiders" or "those perky other community". No. EVERYONE who is not in direct cooperation with each other is responsible.

>A: a fundamentalist sect of Eastern Orthodox that believes the mutated animals are from the Devil, who was empowered by mankind during "The Age of Depravity" (i.e. civilization before the apocalypse)

>Q: how easy/hard is it for the human settlements to stay in regular contact with each other?

> Q: Are both religions common, and feuding with one another?

A. They exist in different areas - one in the forests, other in the "cities"

> A: Some are, and over the century and a half, several extremely dangerous plant-based predators have evolved.

> Q: What kind of armor is commonly worn by travelers?

A: Usually thick cloth coats similar to padded armor

Q: Are people trading with each other?

> A: The trade of spice and scavenged goods is very common and lucrative, to the point that several nomadic merchant clans have sprung up.

> Q: Can something become mutated after birth?

A: Most mutations acure after birth during individuals life.

Q: Can mutated animals be tamed?

> A: It all depends on the species, some are as easy to tame as dogs, others are as difficult to tame as wild, starving, and rabid wolves.

> Q: Apart from the 10-15 people camps, are there any large towns or cities?

>you guys are too fucking fast

Of course. I mean, most aren't, but a whole deal of new species are there to grab.
The infamous hopping armored snails of Australia, as amusing as it sounds, are so good at being rapid growth cattle (and to some extent the equivalent of sled dogs) that they're becoming worldwide.

Q: on the matter of worldwide, what about the seas?

A: Few bigger town exist in the sea, with 100-200 people in them

Q: How dangerous are the seas?

> A: Much less dangerous than the land, but titanic hermit crabs, sea snails, and colossal squid occasionally pose a serious problem.

> Q: How common are motorized vehicles?

A. Some can be found in Australia, North Africa and North America.
Most are modified to run of gas produced from rotting biological waste

Q: Are there any unusual transport beasts?


A. Giant jumping spiders have been tamed, allowing humans the ability to travel massive distances in a single bound. The spiders are relatively harmless to humans, they're more interested in eating other large carapaced creatures

Q. What's the main crops or hunted creatures for human settlements?

A: Usually wild apples, crop and berries, as well as varios mushrooms.
Birds are commonly hunted for food.

Q: What is view of cannibalism?

A: Though generally frowned upon by most, in certain climates where animals either too scarce or too fearsome, meat is meat.

Q: Is there any semblance of a currency between the trading settlements?

A: Not really as most settlements rarely communace with one another and such system would be hard to establish.

Q: How missing limbs get replaced?

A: In pure humans, they obviously aren't. Most infected things can generally regrow things at need, but they are a lot more monstrous than other mutations.

Q: What are the most significant relics of the modern days?

A: With the decline of organized society and science, you'd think that prosthetics would decline in quality, but a certain predatory plan has been made docile in recent years, and can be bonded directly to human limbs where its roots work along side the human nervous system.

>Q: Has the weather changed? Almost cataclysmic or balmy and calm?

A: Air got colder and rainier, but not be noticeable amount. Overall is calmer

Q: Are all human creations (save for military objects) completely destroyed by erosion and plant life?

A: For the most part yes, but some tell of isolated zones free of plant or animal life. However no living person has seen a Place of Gleaming firsthand.

Q: What year did this apocalypse happen?

A. 20XX, specific date is lost to most folk.

Q: Do humans mutate to the point where most animals no longer attack them, and most plants are no longer dangerous?

> A: Yes, but this is rare, and most heavily mutated humans lose their fertility and much of their intelligence.

> Q: What's going on in Iceland?

>> Q: What's going on in Iceland?

>>A surviving cadre of scientists living and working in a volcano, fuelled by geothermal power, holding out against the apocalypse and looking for a cure. They are fighting against races of icelandic giants, as the genetic tendency towards giantism was replicated and enhanced by the virus.

What's your question?

>Q: What is happening in Afghanistan?

> A: Most of Afghanistan, and the Middle East by extension, fared better than Western civilization when the virus hit, due to their arid environment, and wer able to sustain larger, more stable settlements. The region has regressed to a primitive, feudal society, divided into several small, competing caliphates, warlord's territories, and the secular remnant of the Afghan military.

> Q: What's the most common domestic pet?

The chameleon cat.

It's not only aesthetically pleasant, can (and will) eat amost any bugs.

>what is the strangest domesticated animal?

> A : A kind of Komodo dragon that is the size of a big dog, and has 8 legs, pretty useful for hunting. Alternatively, some breeds of horribly mutated rats with dragonfly wings and hyenas exist.

> Q : What is happening in Europe?

Let's just say that I answered to and roll with it.

Europe: well, shit is not so bright. The continent happily grew back forests, which are from your freakier fairy tales now. That being said, its smaller natural regions means that for relative safety you need smaller population, so it is dotted with bizzare fortified feuds.
Oddly enough the mediterrenean is relatively better, if only for the generically worse ecological situation before, ironically enough. The problem are the sea nomads there. Jesus those guys are WEIRD even for the new world standard, embracing mutations and the new... things found in the sea. Let's just hope they don't befriend what is the oceans proper.

>As said there are instances of "animalization" in humans. Generally speaking, and excluding the worst ones, is what we would call miscegenation a taboo? Do popluations have some sort of "racial" segregation?

> A: It depends on the population in question, some encourage it for religious reasons, some encourage it for eugenic reasons, some despise it, and some simply don't care.

> Q: Speaking of eugenics, has National Socialism made a comeback?

(trying not to venture into /pol/ magical realm)

Well... not exactly. I mean, it's hard to have a NATION when your territory is so fragmented.
That being said, there is a whole lot of isolated communities focused on "purity" (it's a very important topic in religous terms, generally). For now there hasn't been a lot of wars, especially ones tinted with ideology, population is spread too thin. Some pogroms? Pretty much so.
It's more normal tough to observe complex rituals to "accustom" people to the (quite necessary) contacts with other villages and populations. Actually festivals+fairs are serious business just for that: even secluded communities need commerce, and it's not always that easy for people to deal with the stress of having, say, actually fucking beastmen wandering peacefully (we hope) in their village.

>what is the lore about the Golden Age of legends? Do they think back then like they tought about rome in the middle ages, did they mostly forgot, or it's all grandmothers tales, they don't actually believe we walked on the Moon?

>A: It depends who you ask, but most people think that some tales of the times from before are a little far fetched. I mean, come on, everyone had their own tiny computer?

>Q: What do people do for fun?

Whatever humans did before the Internet I guess, so stuck ball

>Q what's the most common style/technology level of architecture. Teepees mud huts etc, or more sophisticated buildings made of stone.

>stuck ball
That should read stick ball

> A: The most advanced architecture is leftover ruins from before the outbreak, but the most common structures are cobbled together shacks and fortifications designed to keep out the mutants.

> Q: How far did humanity's space program get before the outbreak, and is anything still up there?