Hello all! Longtime lurker and zombies player, Octopus Chokeslam here. I decided to refister an account so that I could post my current theory on Denizens of the forest and how this theory can impact the current storyline of zombies. Now I'd first off like to point out that these little monstrosities DO NOT seem to be zombies. I will list the reasons why.
Reason 1. No rotting flesh/Don't look dead at all
From what we've seen in all maps excluding NDU and Verrukt all the zombies seem to have a substantial amount of decomposure, which these creatures lack.
Reason number 2. No glowing eyes
Most creatures under the influence of a soul in the Aether will have glowing eyes, representing that they've been zombiefied, which these creatures lack.
Now my theory is that these creatures are actually Vril-ya and have been "awakened" so to speak by the large amount of nuclear damage on earth done by the missiles that hit earth, this theory is also supported by the fact that they come of the ground, they can fly AND their teleporting abilities. If this is true it will tie in with shangrila and richtofen in too many ways to count. Ending this post I will provide a few simple pictures of the creatures I've gotten off of google.