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  1. Salutations reader! As I would hope, many of you have managed to discover and view The Giant's introduction scene, identifying the presence of twice as many Richtofens as we were prepared for. However, one must note the ease with which the Origins crew converses with this altogether strange and different Richtofen, of the warnings of impending doom they thrust upon him. They've obviously gained some form of knowledge as to the results of his nefarious experimentation, yet from who? None of the Origins crew was ever in possession of the information they so readily give in the intro during the course of the Origins map, suggesting that a 5th man, an unknown party, has supplied them with such information. Who that is, we cannot say, but yet again another crew is being guided by yet another voice, directed to carry out the whims of what could well be one more would-be God, be it a familiar face, or an altogether new Announcer guiding the path we take for survival. The only questions now are where did this unknown person ever manage to grasp an understanding of multiple timelines and the crux points at which the stream splits in a panorama of damnation and ascension? And why would such wisdom ever be provided to us in the first place? The last question simplest of all: Who is the 5th Man?
  2. As you may know, perks are a constant ever-updating facet of the Zombies experience, handy beverages that enhance the abilities of a player via numerous, perhaps magical effects within these seemingly rather mundane soft drinks. However, their creation, nor the explanation of how they achieve these effects has as of yet, not been explained in entirety within the storyline. Not one for merely slapping on the lazy story writing excuse of "it's magic", I'd love to entertain an explanation tied down with real life science, along with the sci-fi genre's pseudo-science, however misguided or a self-delusion it may be. So keeping such in mind, despite the depth of detail and research I've gone at lengths to reiterate the perks in semi-scientific terms, this theory is not meant to misguide you into accepting the below as established fact. Now that we've moved that out the way, let me begin: In their attempts at creating the perfect Nazi super-soldier, Group 935 at one point came along the perk beverage machines. Each perk alters the recipient, enhancing reload time, providing greater endurance, improving fire rate, and more. Yet, despite all these wonders, we've not yet heard of an experiment wherein a squadron of soldiers were given these wonderful beverages and sent into battle to crush the inferior equipped Allies. This exemption has always led me to believe the perks themselves contain a flaw to great to overcome for group 935 to apply to the entirety of the Axis armies. As such I looked at the common method by which a player loses his/or her perks: the process of "bleeding out", upon revival said player is rid of all perks they've ingested. This suggests, that along with blood loss, is perk loss, a certainly large flaw, for can one imagine a Group 935 experiment where one Nazi soldier was pumped with Perk drinks, sent into battle, only to find out he is once again reduced to a mortal man the moment he is shot? If these perks can only grant their gifts to men lucky enough not to get shot, it would undermine their use, as a every-day part of war is indeed inevitable blood loss. But not to be stopped there, I decided to expand further upon this theory. I'd speculate that the perk beverages themselves, alter the blood cells. Due to blood loss draining a player of the benefits, one could assess that the blood is necessary or integral to the effect of a perk. Just as one ingests medicine, which is soon dispersed amongst the human system, perks would disperse through the digestive tract and alter the blood cells, but not the brain. See, during a normal day, when one loses blood, the brain sends the orders to regenerate new blood cells, based upon "blueprints" it has stored within. But, since the perk drinks are unable to effect the brain, bleeding out perk altered blood cells means the brain will regenerate normal blood, as opposed to making more Perk cells. Indeed, we never see if the Perk drinks ever wear off with time, although one could assume that inevitably a character uses the restroom faculties. So saying, upon tying the Perks to blood, one must then describe them in such terms. Below is such: Stamin-Up: Cellular respiration is the process wherein a person converts oxygen in the blood stream to ATP energy which is then either immediately used or stored as myoglobin. The harder you work, the more oxygen is required, and should you run out of ATP energy, your body begins converting available glucose into lactic acid an act that causes muscle cramps and fatigue. Eventually your body runs out of available energy in its entirety and the muscles then seize, a term noted as the lactate threshold. Fortunately Stamin-up avoids this problem by altering the oxygen enrichment of each blood cell, amplifying the amount of oxygen present in the stream, allowing your body to have a constant supply of ATP energy, and thus prolonging the period at which you run indefinitely, extending the the lactate threshold. Although it should be noted that despite Stamin-up, the body eventually requires sleep, thus stopping you short of running forever with this perk. Juggernog: Normal skin-repair requires extended time for platelets to appear and clot the wound through the blood stream, and white blood cell count determines the speed at which the system may fight against infectious disease. However, with Juggernog, white blood cells are augmented in power, and increased in amount, preventing almost any infection from deterring the physical body, as well as increasing the speed and count of platelets available to scab a wound and repair. A warning nonetheless, as speedily one recovers in use of Juggernog, it does not prevent all physical harm, and has a limit to which it can address wounds, until it depletes entirely. Speed-Cola: Reaction time can depend upon the speed that blood flow reaches the brain, allowing it to send commands in response to stimuli. With the introduction of Speed-Cola, blood cells are adapted to flow at greater speeds, as the heat begins to pump slightly faster, with the addition of some adrenaline to initiate faster pump times. As such, most recipients are able to react much faster than the average human with this stim, as do their reload times with weapons. Double-Tap: Muscle cramps that occur as an involuntary reaction, are normally due to a loss of electrolytes/or dehydration. When firing a weapon this can be cumbersome, as a twitch of the finger can either mean a faster shot, or a fumbling delay in fire. Playing upon this, Double-Tap targets the muscles in the hands, sending in small devices to measure the time at which a gun's hammer releases, and the muscles in the hand begin to feel pressure give way. detecting this distance for the next shot, Double-Tap drains the electrolytes at the minimum required distance to trigger a weapon, thus allowing one to fire faster. As a side-result, occasionally one may be given the amount of time to pull the trigger twice in such a period of time as to fire two bullets almost simultaneously. Be wary though, for extensive use of Double-Tap's now voluntary cramp reaction, bullets should deplete faster than normally assigned rates. Quick-Revive: Developed alongside the use of morphine as a pain medication, the Quick-revive beverage causes the drinker to become more responsive to Morphine effects, by combating tolerance of morphine over time with the introduction of numerous amounts of proglumide not only reducing tolerance, but preventing or enhancing the effect of Morphine. As such, each event calling for a quick jab of morphine ensures the maximum, and in some occasions even increased, reaction, allowing the injured to recuperate quicker. Dead-shot daiquiri: In order to increase the effectiveness of the human eye, this Daiquiri spreads a film of hydration over the eye, amplifying the detail at which it views. This film also carries high oxygen rates, constantly renewing the surrounding blood vessels to the eye. Eye irritation or dehydration of the body, depletes the film. Common uses of this drink in combat situation show an increase in accuracy. PHD Flopper: PHD Flopper adapts the response of all liquids in the body to outside pressure, along with augmentation of the pores for pressure release. In normal situations, upon a fast change in outside pressure, liquids in the body began exerting pressure of their own in response, an effect commonly known as the Bends, occurring most often in diving. This effect is multiplied when the human body is exposed to most explosives, noted as the balloon effect. Examples include the use of HE 155 bombs, which upon explosion in proximity to a human, will result in the liquids in said human's liquids rupturing out the body, even if shrapnel does not find its way to injure them. PHD Flopper negates the pressure of explosions or any other forces which apply pressure to the body, by allowing blood cells to respond in kind with exerted oxygen through reinforced pores. By doing so the body will now respond evenly to pressure, negating any explosive balloon effects. This response has been found to reduce the often dangerous effects on both the muscle and bone structure in jumps from large heights, although due to the even spread of air by the blood cells, the pores will still disperse their pressure, causing a wave of air to ripple around the subject. In environments where the air is filled with flammable gases, this ripple has the chance to ignite those gases, creating a minor explosion, should the pressures involved be great enough. This newer perk has found use nominally in bomb squads and the like, but it should be noted that it will not respond at all to low pressure, stabbing and the likes will penetrate the body, injuring and then depleting the subject of PHD Flopper effects through blood loss. Electric Cherry: Upon being consumed, this Perk spreads a chemical within the blood stream, that remains latent until the body produces epinephrine (better known as adrenaline), upon the arrival of epinephrine, this chemical agent strips the blood and surface area of the skin of most electrons, increasing their conductivity. As soon a proper friction is introduced, the surrounding area of the subject is bombarded by electricity. As a pre-caution, this effect is only available during times of great stress, which normally induce adrenaline. (For example: In combat situations both the haste, which may produce an adrenaline rush, and friction of reloading a weapon can induce the electrical effect. Do not attempt to force the reaction, as either limited or no reaction will occur.) Unfortunately, this taser-like defense has poor conductivity in other living beings, but has proven effective against the dead, due to a lack of mitigating factors. Tombstone Soda: Developed in response to other Perk's decay over both time, and severe loss of blood/or hydration, this beverage renews previous perk effects once following such an incident as described above. Nanite-esque devices in the drink first measure and store the data of other Perk's genetic blueprints, and then embed themselves in the brain. Upon a perk draining event, this data is discharged into the neurological system, allowing it to replenish blood and liquid reserves with cells identical to those altered by any Perk. Much to our misfortune, these devices deteriorate following a single use, and take their data with them, requiring a secondary cola to reproduce the devices. Mule-Kick: This drink was produced with the use of agents found in Stamin-up and Double-tap, and as such uses limited versions of their processes. Only targeting the muscles in the upper torso (primarily the arms and back muscles) these areas are enriched with oxygen, and forced into flexation. The resulting muscle tissue is permanently enlarged, although initial tears can cause sore pain in the torso. Thankfully, this minor pain is balanced by the ability of the subject to carry and use greater weight. Combat use remains to be the increase of weapon capacity, although it is occasionally used for cargo movement. Vulture-Aid: Yet another perk of unknown origin, it can be speculated that vulture aid was created as a supplement for hunting expeditions. By introducing a bacterial eliminating component (possibly trisodium phosphate) to the eccrine sweat glands, the perk almost eliminates human body odor, as the component 's anti-bacterial properties, once released, clean the affected skin. Unfortunately, it has little effect on outer clothing, and the untouched areas of skin (primarily the apocrine gland surfaces, such as the armpit), and as such the two items are subject to producing trace amounts of identifiable odor. However, a efficient remedy to its short falling, is that due to the reduced stench, one may coat their body in a masking agent, ie mud, fruit juices, or decomposed flesh. By doing so, the drinker's prey will remain oblivious to them. However, in the case of utilizing decomposed flesh, one must be wary enough to re-apply, as following several stages of decay, dead meat can lose its scent, becoming odorless in stages 4 and 5 when sufficient bacteria is not readily available within the corpse. Who's Who: Lacking in entirety any specific scientific base, this beverage allows astral projection, in response to great trauma. However, it can be speculated, that although beyond current understandings, this drink either achieves real practical use of ascetic hindu meditation; wherein the meditated being escapes the self and inhabits another organism, or perhaps achieves this by a relay of all psychological data, entering the damaged body into a regenerative hibernation and transferring consciousness via former contact to an empty vessel, in this case an infected husk; even more far flung is the drink acts as an escape mechanism, trauma prompting it to traverse to a similar reality, allowing momentary rectification of mistakes, before merging into the seams of a new universe. It can be further assumed it is nothing more than an indicator for the current Announcer to temporarily allow a reprieve, nothing more than a Get out of Jail free card appropriated for His game. nonetheless, it seems this final perk escapes any logical earthly bindings, re-affirming that all this, is none but a game.
  3. Zombie Physiology

    Under the subsection of shrieker zombies, it should be noted that they are not truly zombies at all. In fact, I believe the proper term for them is Djinn, which you may know as genies. In numerous religions, Djinn are malevolent (sometimes depicted as benevolent) spirits of the sand, hence their attitude towards the player, as well as their garb, not to mention the method in which they spawn, rising as sand from the ground. It could be speculated that due to either 115 exposure, or the present Anouncer's control of the undead, they too seek to attack the player. It is quite possible that the current Announcer, is not just in control of the undead, as a result of 115, but that they are in control of spirits, and 115 works as a better conduit, akin to gold's superiority to copper. this is further supported by Richtofen's need for increased power, and technology to manipulate Stuhlinger, who as we know, was himself suffering from extended 115 exposure.
  4. I'm still waiting on that "Science of Perks" post, dude!

    1. The Meh

      The Meh

      (Two months later... still waiting...)

  5. Congratulations Boom and Slade

    1. Boom115


      Thank you Skuld, I appreciate the kudos!

    2. Slade


      Muchas gracias, amigo Skuld!

  6. You find some horrifying images researching the real life inspirations for Zombies, that being said, I advise you to never search the explosive balloon effect, lest you wish to be haunted by ghoulish images.

  7.  Salutations my peers! Within this article you shall find a collection of facts regarding the supposed science-fiction hive mentality of our insectoid trespassers, as introduced in Extinction. A common misconception of these alien creatures would be the application of the term "Hive Mind" to their social functions. This implies a collective conscience, where all members share the memories and experience of another organism of their swarm. In fact, the actual term for the foreign Extinction race's organizational ability, would be Eusociality. The most common participants in such an animal society would be ants, bees, wasps, and termites; each has a caste based existence, each level of caste serving various functions, from  worker to warrior, such applies to Extinction creatures as well. Due to this, one can place the Extinction beasts in a separate category than the all-consuming force some of the community have labeled them as, as if they were akin to The Flood, etc.     A secondary consequence of their eusocial activities, would place them lower on the food chain, meaning that there are others, greater predators, and the seemingly mindless insectoid destroyers are not apex predators, but perhaps secondary/or primary consumers, requiring by nature that a larger threat exists among the stars. Although the monsters' apparent colonization strategy coupled by their increased aggression could mark them as artificially engineered shock troops, sent by a higher echelon of intelligence.     Continuing on, I have prepared an analysis of more recent events, namely "The Solaris Event" (a term propagated at one time by the PTGCentral YouTube channel). The most common cultural reference I could obtain with relevancy is in relation to the novel Solaris:     "Solaris chronicles the ultimate futility of attempted communications with the extraterrestrial life on a far-distant planet. Solaris is almost completely covered with an ocean that is revealed to be a single, planet-encompassing organism, with whom Terran scientists are attempting communication. What appear to be waves on its surface are later revealed to be the equivalents of muscle contractions. Kris Kelvin arrives aboard "Solaris Station",[3] a scientific research station hovering (via anti-gravity generators) near the oceanic surface of the planet Solaris. The scientists there have studied the planet and its ocean for many decades, a scientific discipline known as Solaristics, which over the years has degenerated to simply observe, record and categorize the complex phenomena that occur upon the surface of the ocean. Thus far, they have only achieved the formal classification of the phenomena with an elaborate nomenclature— yet do not understand what such activities really mean in a strictly scientific sense. Shortly before psychologist Kelvin's arrival, the crew has exposed the ocean to a more aggressive and unauthorized experimentation with a high-energy X-ray bombardment. Their experimentation gives unexpected results and becomes psychologically traumatic for them as individually flawed humans. The ocean's response to their aggression exposes the deeper, hidden aspects of the personalities of the human scientists — whilst revealing nothing of the ocean’s nature itself. To the extent that the ocean’s actions can be understood, the ocean then seems to test the minds of the scientists by confronting them with their most painful and repressed thoughts and memories. It does this via the materialization of physical human simulacra; Kelvin confronts memories of his dead lover and guilt about her suicide. The torments of the other researchers are only alluded to but seem even worse than Kelvin’s personal ordeal. The ocean’s intelligence expresses physical phenomena in ways difficult for their limited earth science to explain, deeply upsetting the scientists. The alien (extraterrestrial) mind of Solaris is so greatly different from the human mind of (objective) consciousness that attempts at inter-species communications are a dismal failure." - Obtained from Wikipedia     The main purpose of the tale is for the readers to recognize the futility of human communication with an extraterrestrial specie. This is due to vast differences in each race's evolutionary process, beings that develop from different classes of organic life will no doubt create cultural differences and moral standards so foreign to an alien world, that to apply any type of human thought to them would be impossible. The ideology of war, colonization, emotions, languages, nations, science, none would apply. This lack of communication would entail dangerous outcomes put into play by both sides. We would be unable to comprehend extraterrestrials at most, if not all, levels; how can one put aside the millennia of history that we as a race have input to our very core? Death is guaranteed, if They didn't pull the trigger, soon we would; our only hope for integration would require such an unlikely similarity between each race, as to allow minor communication, which itself is a very low probability.In correlation to Extinction, one could assume this refer to a point of attempted communication by one species to another, only to meet utter failure. Cross' existence could suggest she would be a catalyst to bridge a Solaris event, and establish communication, possibly even command between each specie. Should this be the same Solaris, we are at the mercy of lifeforms who know, and perhaps care not of us, for that is the sad truth of such a Solaris Event.
  8. Welcome to the forums Skuld :)