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  1. RadZakpak

    Yellow Eyes in the Zombies Comic

    Personally I've always been confused by eye color ever since Gorod Krovi. Correct me if I am wrong, but don't some of the zombies in Revelations have Orange eyes and others Red? If this is the case, the only maps to have the red eyes are Mob of the Dead, Gorod Krovi, Revelations, and Blood of the Dead. Back in Mob of the Dead, the red eyes seemed to make sense as the map was controlled by an entity who was not Sam or Edward (Who we now know is the Warden). But Gorod Krovi seemed to muddle things up, and I've never really been able to pin down why. But on the topic of the Yellow/Orange eyes, I direct you to an audio reel from Classified: If the default color of zombies eyes was yellow, wouldn't it seem strange for Schuster to take such notice of their eye color as surely he's seen many of them before at Group 935? To me, this reel seems to imply the yellow color is abnormal, and better yet, the only time Schuster has seen zombies with a yellow eye color is when Maxis shot himself and Samantha sent the zombies to kill everyone at Griffin Station. It would explain why radios that take place after this one chronologically have Schuster apparently trying to convince the others at Groom Lake about the existence of Samantha. Seeing these yellow eyes may have reminded him who is in control. Not only is this an interesting subtle connection, but it lends to the idea that yellow eyes are related to Samantha/Ludvig Maxis, and they're not just the default color. As for the change in the comics, it is tough to determine. There is always the possibility the artists simply overlooked the eye color issue in favor of drawing the zombies more grotesquely, since that seems to be the comic's style. But as the comics went on perhaps they were informed they should have colored eyes. But, that is not to dismiss the possibility that it all means something. We just don't know yet.
  2. The last unsolved cipher in Classified was recently solved, and I saw no post on it, so I thought I might as well start the discussion. It was solved by Reddit users /u/Richkiller and /u/coldstone_the_gamer. It reads: Now, this has some major implications as the only M besides Maxis we've known has most definitely been Monty. M has appeared in a Shadows of Evil cipher, and a cipher in Revelations which is 100% from Monty's perspective after the events of the map. I am fine with Monty being retroactively responsible for things like Perks and power-ups as those were unexplained phenomena. But this... is kind of infuriating. I mean, we don't fully know Monty's motivations yet, but why the Hell would he set Maxis on a journey to create the MTD, the device that has caused ALL of the inter-dimensional hullabaloo he complains over and over about?! Why, if Maxis was told to create Group 935 and teleporters by Monty, did Maxis abandon the MTD for years only to return to it in 1945 before his demise? Why would Monty want Richtofen to have it? We know he can retroactively change events of the past in slight ways, hence his creation of Perk-a-Colas and Powerups, and he "set Maxis on a journey". So why not go back on that since it has created such a mess for him? I don't know, it just seems pointless. Maxis being a man of science is enough motivation to want to create the MTD and 935. We didn't need Monty to be behind that too. I'm curious on what everyone else thinks, though. I'd love to hear another perspective.
  3. RadZakpak

    The Last Classified Cipher Discussion

    You know, speaking about Maxis again, I remember in Revelations theorizing that Monty and Maxis are one and the same, or that Monty is some sort of thing in Maxis’ head. The reason I felt this was that we never see or hear the two interact. Maxis in radios speaks about Monty and the children. But in the radio mirroring the Origins end cutscene where Maxis tells the children to go to the basement, Maxis says his line, and then monty says something along the lines of “You just say what i tell you to say into the microphone.” I think it would be a clever twist for Maxis to be Monty’s creation sent to Earth to do his bidding or something like that, or to subvert us expecting Shadowman and Monty to be two halves of the same worm, it is actually Maxis and Monty. This would explain the ambiguity between these M ciphers and why they still refer to him as M when we know who Monty is now.
  4. RadZakpak

    The Last Classified Cipher Discussion

    I like both of your posts! Some very great points, and I do hope we get some more fleshed out story behind Monty because as he is right now he feels like a cop-out for a lot of tough story holes. I think it would be really interesting to see what @Electric Jesus said, and maybe we can understand more why Monty and the Shadowman take the forms they do when the rest of their respective kind look so inhuman. Perhaps the two have more of a past in our own realm than we realize, and the form Monty takes and the house have some sentimental value to him. Now that your theories are out there I'm a bit more hopeful about where they are going. Let's hope they have the opportunity to tell that story by the end of Black Ops 4.
  5. RadZakpak

    The State of Zombies

    I think the community has reached a breaking point that was inevitable at some point where the community is too large, too many Youtubers have dedicated their living to it, and Treyarch has been pushed to their limit of development capability under Activision with the rest of Call of Duty. I fully believe there are passionate people in the Zombies team, and it shows in the maps in BO4, but in the current gaming development climate revenue takes priority over passion and developers are mistreated for the sake of saving a buck. It's a pretty disgusting industry that I don't think enough people are aware of because it isn't as large as Hollywood. A lot of this blame has be on Youtubers, and by association, their viewers in the community. I watch zombies Youtubers all the time: MrTLexify, RadAustins27, Nixaru, JCBackfire, LiamFTWinter, etc., but there are so many of them and content in zombies is stagnant and really always has been. I'm afraid so many of them have dedicated all this time to making Zombies content when there isn't really much to talk about, and it's caused them to be bitter and negative. I think it is important to acknowledge that the attitudes of Youtubers have a massive trickle-down effect on the rest of the Community, and you can see it on Reddit with all the negativity. A lot of the negativity about the game is justified, but it's becoming toxic and I'm afraid for the future of the series and the community. I want to take you all back to 2014 before the launch of Halo The Master Chief Collection. I was a massive fan of the series, and was looking forward to every aspect of this game. Finally playing all of the original Halo games online on the same game! It was like a dream. The hype built up in the community until launch. There were massive Matchmaking issues and glitches in every aspect of the massive game. The community as a whole, and especially /r/Halo turned from angry to completely toxic. Saying anything positive whatsoever was liable to caused you to be attacked in the comments. People would follow you into other subreddits and downvote you there, calling you a "shill". To this day I love Halo, but I don't play it anymore. I don't interact with the community and I don't really keep up to date with news about the games because of that time. I don't want Zombies to become that for me. I just think Youtubers should take accountability and try to branch into something they do still like. MrTLexify made a lot of great points in his video today and the one released during the time they all played Fortnite. One point is that he does not want to keep making content in this game if it is not fun and if there is not content to make. Pushing out something you don't care for just makes the content worse and causes you to be negative to the point that it affects your fans' opinions.
  6. RadZakpak

    The Last Classified Cipher Discussion

    That's an interesting idea and would explain why he was so quick to drop the whole project after so much success. But at the same time, immediately after abandoning the project he has Group 935 start creating weapons, and spends from December 20th, 1942 to September 24th, 1945 at the Kino facility attempting to perfect his undead army. Surely if Maxis were so loyal to Monty, he would not do this as there is no reason for Monty to want more zombies in the world. It just seems so inconsistent to say that Maxis was set on his journey by Monty, and yet all of his actions are against what Monty would want, that is unless Monty somehow predicted the cycle and he wants it to be perpetuated forever, and I see no logical reason he would want this unless it were a source of power or something. He complains about the inter-dimensional nonsense all of the time in Revelations! I like the idea that Monty hates Richtofen so much because he has thwarted his plans via Maxis all the way in the past, but it just doesn't make sense why he would want Maxis to do what he does throughout his time at Group 935. Maybe as we learn more about Monty we will come to understand his motivations more and this will make sense, but as of right now it doesn't quite fit together.
  7. RadZakpak

    Class Setups??

    I typically always run Dying Wish, Stamin-Up, Victorious Tortoise, and my fourth slot tends to vary. For elixirs I like the one that refills your grenades, Burned Out, and Anywhere But Here, the fourth doesn't matter much. I like to start with the Strife and for Chaos Story I use Chakrams and for Aether I use the Path of Sorrows.
  8. RadZakpak

    What keeps you loving Zombies?

    I think in the beginning it was the passion and sense of closeness in the community. Strangely enough, there was a time where the zombies community wasn't toxic and people actually helped each other out. Zombies youtubers were small and there were few of them making decent views. Forums like these made many friendships. Zombies made me many friendships and if I'm being honest I don't think I would be where I am today career-wise if not for the friends I've made in zombies, and the interest in the science behind developing games. Also, at the time, it was the only game I was any good at as I got better and better learning the maps of the original Black Ops. I remember the hype and easter egg hunt surrounding the release of Shangri-La, and then finally Moon, my current favorite map ever. After that point, I valued the co-op experience, but more than that I was into the storyline. It is next to impossible to explain the Aether story to anyone who has not followed since early in its inception, and having knowledge of its entirety is both a gift and a curse. It's a story I've kept up with since I was 13 and I'm not stopping until the final map. For all its ups and downs, there is truly nothing like it, and I'm glad to have experienced it with you all. Fingers crossed it is ended in a satisfying way after all these years. What keeps me loving this storyline is that I can come back to it every day and find some new connection or draw a new conclusion or theory from a quote or a cipher. Also I love that a lot of these ideas we all have are influenced by others in the community online. Like a community puzzle we've been taking a crack at for years.
  9. What is Kustover Posten? Well the only reference we have to the place is in a single Moon audio reel. This is the transcript of the part of the audio reel we care about: See, here's the funny thing, we don't even know if what Schuster says IS "Kustover Posten", but it is the accepted transcription. Past this audio reel we really have nothing else to go off of in the story to determine exactly what this place is and what it is for, but we can speculate. First off, I am 99% confident the last word is Posten, and if that is the case it is a German location. I don't know if I didn't look hard enough, but I can't find anything on the meaning of Kustover, if that truly is what Schuster says. In that case it may be a proper noun such as a name or city. Posten just translates to post which in context can refer either to mail (sending something to the post) or to a job or occupation. So the name itself is not a super helpful tip as to where it may be located or what it is for, but the context the place is used in gives some clue. What Schuster is referring to by the "shipment" is this event from the timeline, depicted in a previous audio reel: So Richtofen appears to be smuggling in living subjects working for Group 935 to be murdered before the MPD. Grim work, indeed. Schuster says that the bodies are either buried (to be resurrected later and kill everyone, as well as rise back up in the events of Moon) or they are sent back to Kustover Posten. The use of back implies that this is where they are getting their supply of "scientists and soldiers". This begs the question, is Kustover Posten a Group 935 facility? We are led to believe so since they are getting scientists from it. That is unless Kustover Posten is some sort of middle man location where Richtofen's followers send people to be killed for the MPD and be picked up all together in one "shipment". It's also possible, since we hear nothing else about this facility, that Kustover Posten is not a major Group 935 operation, and Doctor Maxis wouldn't notice a few missing scientists and soldiers meant to be guarding the place. The final potential use of Kustover is as a sort of independent prison. We know from Maxis' induction speech that Group 935 is hardcore, and incredibly secretive, such that you must cut all ties with family (a bit hypocritical of you, Ludvig, with your daughter and all). It's totally possible that Group 935 has its own prison for spies in the organization, which could still be classified as "scientists" as well as soldiers that guard the prison OR are sent in by the Nazis. It's possible Peter McCain was going to be sent there after he was captured and before he managed to escape Verruckt. Anyway, that was my over-analysis of the ever-elusive Kustover Posten. Let me know your thoughts and what you think is the most likely purpose for the place, and if you think it may pop up again alongside the other obscure Zombies story threads, such as Group 601.
  10. RadZakpak

    The CoD Zombies Storybook

    Have you ever wanted to experience the Call of Duty Zombies storyline as a narrative, interweaving all the little details to make a story that can be read anywhere? The CoD Zombies Storybook is an anthology project, telling every facet of the zombies storyline in a narrative fashion for easier reading and understanding, with some artistic liberties and theories thrown in to keep the story cohesive. If you would like to view each chapter on the site, click here. You can click any chapter on the sidebar to the left, and any major changes to chapters since their publishing will be noted at the bottom of the page Book 1: Told from a variety of perspectives, Book 1 chronicles the exploitation of Element 115 by Group 935 during the Second World War, which ultimately lead to the chaos pervading the entire story. Book 1 introduces Doctor Edward Richtofen, his superior and rival Doctor Ludvig Maxis, as well as Maxis' daughter Samantha. It also shows the war and experiments taking place behind the curtain from the perspective of American spy Peter McCain, as well as soldiers across the front, “Tank” Dempsey, Nikolai Belinski, and Takeo Masaki. Book 1 will see the rise and fall into madness of the brilliant Richtofen, as he sets a plan in motion that will alter time and space permenantly, and have him come to meet his three infamous test subjects for the first time. Book 2: Set back and desiring power, Edward Richtofen enlists the help of Dempsey, Nikolai, and Takeo to complete his plan to enter the Aether. Through all the blood and gore from legions of undead controlled by Samantha, the group, together known as Ultimis, finds themselves sent jumping through time in search of key components to Richtofen's plan. As we follow Ultimis, we see the ramifications of Richtofen's actions on the world during the era of the Cold War, where Group 935 scientists are used between the United States and Soviet Union in a technology race. The unholy experiments perpetuated by Group 935 and Samantha's influence create chaos in the modernizing world as major powers meet in order to keep the peace. Ultimis fights for Richtofen's agenda, only to find they have permenantly damaged the Earth and created a rift between dimensions. Book 3: Following Richtofen's entering of the Aether, the world in 2025 is plunged into chaos from the fallout of the missiles impacting major countries of the Earth. Broken Arrow, the organizational successor to Group 935 in the United States created during the Cold War, is in part responsible for the post-missile civilization's falling apart. Former agent of Broken Arrow, known only now as “Russman”, wanders America, his memories inconsistent from the 115 exposure. Along his travels he meets Samuel Stuhlinger, a disgraced reporter with former connections to a flesh-devouring cult. Utilizing Broken Arrow's technology and wary of zombies and other survivors, they travel in search of solace in Hell on Earth. Marlton Johnson, an engineer contracted to work with Broken Arrow, who has only survived through his intelligence and knack for technology, meets Abigail “Misty” Briarton, a farm girl who lost everything and searches for somewhere better. As the four would come together at a zombie-infested bus station, they would be known as Victis. The world has plunged into a war between those on the side of Ludvig Maxis, his voice now a part of technology across the globe, those listening to Edward Richtofen's voice in their head, and the undead. Caught in this conflict, Victis must choose a side and find purpose as the world literally crumbles beneath them. Book 4: When Edward Richtofen began to meddle with Element 115, he inadvertantly split the universe into several different multiverses, with elements of each travelling and passing through one another. One Dimension 63 was home to alternate versions of Group 935, Richtofen, Dempsey, Takeo, Nikolai, and Ludvig Maxis, now present during the first World War. Lost without her father, Samantha calls to the Ludvig of this dimension, enlisting his help as well as Richtofen and the three soldiers sent to capture him, in order to free her from the Aether. Together, Richtofen and his unconventional allies would become Primis, following Samantha's freedom, Richtofen would come to learn of his true importance to the state of the multiverse. Driven to put an end to the chaos ensnaring it, and to redeem the actions of his other selves, Richtofen comes together with the rest of Primis to collect their eternal souls and put an end to the reign of the Apothicons, an ancient evil responsible for Richtofen's corruption and the spread of Element 115 throughout the dimensions. Book 4 follows the cycle that Primis is trapped in, spanning throughout centuries and fractured timelines. Book 5: Stuck in an infinite loop, Primis Richtofen decides the only way to break this cycle and stop the evil truly perpetuating it is to betray a version of himself, and allow him to die. Moving forward, he allows the rest of Primis to view the Kronorium, and as Nikolai gazes on all the versions of the future and past they have been fighting through together, he now sees the multiverse as it truly is. Book 5 follows the culmination of every element from Books 1-4 as they come together to truly put an end to the evil that has allowed chaos the cloud every dimension. My goal with the storybook is for readers to have an easy to understand and an entertaining source of zombies knowledge. If you have any criticism or any concern regarding accuracy of information, please ask in this thread. The purpose of this thread is to suggest any changes and provide criticism for the way the story is told. I am an amateur writer, and criticism will only help me. I will also use this thread to update when a new chapter is posted. NOTE TO ANY NEW READERS: Do not take my work as a definitive understanding of the storyline. Understand that there are many points in the zombies storyline left ambiguous or that were completely abandoned by Treyarch. My goal with the storybook is to use commonly accepted theories from the community to fill in these gaps to create a cohesive story. Simply, do not use my storybook as the be-all end-all source of storyline knowledge, as much of it is speculation, and as the storyline continues to evolve under community intervention, things will change in the story.
  11. RadZakpak

    The CoD Zombies Storybook

    Good news everyone! I have two new chapters for you all, and in Book 2 no less! Prologue: "Undone" Chapter 1: "Danke Schoen" I realize I promised three chapters by the end of the month, and I still may deliver on that, but as I was writing Danke Schoen, it panned out to be a very long chapter, much more like the length of a chapter in a real novel. It took about double the amount of work that would go into any other chapter, and hopefully that paid off in the end. I am curious though, after reading, do you guys prefer the shorter, more concise chapters like I have always done, or do you like the longer, more detailed ones like Danke Schoen? If not, I think the chapter could be split in two to go with other chapters going forward. And let me know of any continuity errors in these chapters or if you think I've gotten something wrong about the story. On one hand writing Book 2 without finishing Book 1 can be risky and sometimes difficult, but I feel it makes the book able to stand out more on its own rather than being tethered to the story before. My goal here is for this book to be a proper introduction into the world if you already have some knowledge of the storyline or have not read Book 1 in a while. So let me know if some element is confusing that I did not spot. Thanks, everyone!
  12. RadZakpak

    CODZ RUSH LEAGUE

    When I clicked the link and signed up for the site, everytime I go to the link provided it says “You cannot do this.”
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    **LEAK** Revealed Easter Eggs & Important Info

    Some interesting information to analyze. It's very unfortunate how this information came out however, but that should probably be discussed elsewhere, if at all. I'm predicting this will be a celebrity map like Mob and Shadows, and my guess is the mansion may be the mansion of Alistair. Who knows how this will connect with the mythology behind Voyage and IX. Very excited for this if it is anything like Classified in terms of remake. I'm leaning towards this being an Aether story map since it's a somewhat important location in the story and using its layout in the Chaos story would be more confusing than this dual story already is. The question is who we will be playing and when it takes place. My prediction is it is either: A. A direct sequel to Classified with Ultimis going to Nuketown from Groom Lake, possibly to collect something or jump forward in time to 2025, so that they can go back to Groom Lake for the events of Moon to take place (This seems a little convoluted and predictable, however.), or B. We play as Victis, and this takes place between Buried and the comics, when they seem to just be wandering around trying to survive. If we go with option B there are way more possible openings that may make this map counter Classified in terms of tying up loose ends. For one, we can get a better glimpse at the world after Maxis has taken over, for another we can get some more history of Broken Arrow's work, maybe with more Russman and Marlton backstory since they were involved with Broken Arrow and Nuketown, respectively. It would be a great opportunity to introduce Primis Richtofen trying to contact Stuhlinger for the events of the comics to take place. Maybe a classic Victis wonder weapon could come back better than ever? (Jet Gun?!) So much potential there... Maybe even a secret cutscene where you have to glitch to round 150 (heh), and Primis led by Nikolai arrives to recruit Victis for the upcoming Great War. If this all happens... I want a medal. This concerns me deeply, and not in a "I'm entitled to more" kind of way. If Nuketown is an Aether map and DLC 1 has a Chaos map, that leaves three more maps to wrap up the entire ten year long Aether story AND wrap up the Chaos story in a satisfying way that leaves it open to Treyarch's next game. How will that be done? Will the DLCs be Chaos-Aether-Chaos- Aether? If that is the case, the new Chaos crew that we have just met in IX and VOD who they have been trying to hype up will only get one new map for the entire game's season. How about Chaos-Chaos-Chaos-Aether? That is a little better for the Chaos crew as they get a little more breathing room with two more maps, and one more Aether map after Nuketown is fine to wrap things up finally, but the wait time between Nuketown and this final map will probably cause a lot of the hype surrounding this "grand finale" to die out. Putting this finale earlier in the season may make the Chaos story weaker in stakes by comparison and no one will be excited any more. The only conclusion that can be made if this is to work is that there will be more maps outside the Black Ops Pass to come, and that is just a scummy business practice considering how much many of us zombies fans have invested in this game already. I wouldn't be surprised given the success of Zombies Chronicles, but not only would this hurt Infinity Ward's upcoming title, but it is a slap in the face to anyone who bought the pass expecting a story resolution. My guess is the story cutscenes present in the Specialist stories WERE from that campaign. It's a shame this had to happen, but to be honest the story doesn't seem all that compelling and BO3's campaign was not very fun.
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    Call of Duty Zombie Labs now canon?

    I mean, Hellhounds didn't come into existence until Richtofen betrayed Maxis October 13th, 1945, and between then and Der Riese on October 28th, unless he had the time to invent the bomb and then create blueprints for it, and then test it on Hellhounds all while travelling to Japan and back, it doesn't seem plausible. I think the implication with these camos is that the new writing over the original blueprints is from American scientists after they seized them from Group 935 after the war. Also, Porter is German, or was at least working for Group 935 during the extent of the war. He died October 14th, 1945 and is in the Der Riese radio where the speaker kills himself by cyanide:
  15. RadZakpak

    Call of Duty Zombie Labs now canon?

    I thought the exact same thing when I saw the camos. Really interesting they connected all the way back to those trailers. Also of note on the blueprints is on the monkey bombs it says “Does not work on Hellhounds” which is strange and makes me think the US must also know about Sam’s Hellhounds. Makes you wonder just how much they really do know about Samantha at this point. Also, on one of the Ray Gun blueprints there is a picture of presumably Dr. Porter.
  16. I think he did need the GPDs, considering he would even bother making the deal with the US and the Soviets in the first place. I think his goal was take control of MPD, then become immortal inside, and once GPDs get activated he has power. Also, about the MTD, there’s a quote in the CotD easter egg where Richtofen says the time circuits are broken on the teleporter behind the door and must be fixed, and that they went too far into the future (2011). So by the time he started his plans he must have been able to intentionally travel time?
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    Classified Ending FOUND!

    Agreed, this is the kind of “easter egg” that would have been solved by those least expecting it which would have been cool and good for the high round community. But oh well...
  18. I've been combing through the Classified radios and ciphers trying to find any subtle hints or details that may have been missed. And I have not seen anyone mention the significance of this radio: Something of note about how this radio fits with the others in context: firstly, it is meant to be roughly two weeks after one of the reels in Classified in which Schuster and George Sawyer are arguing about building a teleporter to Griffin Station like the one previously used by Richtofen. Sawyer is rushing Schuster's work, demanding they must complete the teleporter, while Schuster says that it takes time due to the fact that if calibrations are not correct, the subject may be teleported through time rather than space. In the audio reel I've posted above, Schuster believes he has sent Private Hastings, along with four other men before him, through not only space but time as well. I firmly believe Treyarch is meaning to imply that the subjects Schuster is testing with are being sent to the Moon in October 13th, 2025, when the map Moon actually takes place, and that they are the Cosmonaut zombies we face in the map. This assumption is based on three key points from the radio: 1. Dr. Schuster seems to be confident that the subjects are being sent to Griffin Station, but that WHEN they are being sent is uncertain. 2. The reel makes it a point to include the detail that Schuster can't understand the Private in his space suit, as it sounds muffled. Much like the cosmonaut in Moon with his muffled radio chatter you hear when you get close. 3. Schuster jokes that Private Hastings and the others are, "just dancing around on the Moon somewhere in the far future having a grand old time!" Who else do we know who does that? Now, I obviously don't mean to imply that Dr. Schuster knows about the glitch in Black Ops that causes astronaut zombies to do a dance-like animation in place. However, that sentence is very specific and I would not put it past Treyarch to write specific lines like that as a nod to the player and a nudge to let us know the implications. It just seems like a very odd line considering how relevant it is to this theory. Also let's not forget the unique way that the cosmonaut spawns in, in a flash of light like it was just teleported, and its suit is in pristine condition, meant to trick players into thinking they are another player. Now, why is it a zombie when Private Hastings was alive before going into the teleporter? Simple, we already know a miscalibrated teleporter can turn a living creature into a zombie. Think of the initial testing on the MTD that created the first zombies. Or think of Fluffy who transformed into a zombie when she went through the teleporter. So, simply put, the cosmonaut zombies that spawn in the map Moon are freshly teleported Privates from 1963 being tested on by Dr. Schuster. This radio was a great, subtle way to give us the origin of this strange enemy that has never been explained.
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    The CoD Zombies Storybook

    Awesome! I would love to have a physical version of my book, when I complete one that is... One of these days.
  20. RadZakpak

    The CoD Zombies Storybook

    So it's been a while, and with BO4 now in full swing, I want to take this opportunity to revive the project for those interested. I will update the OP with the new description as well. Link to the Storybook: https://www.callofdutyzombies.com/story/prologue-nacht (NOTE: Attack on the Pentagon is now non-canon and I will have to rewrite it a second time after what we've learned in Classified. If you do not know, the CoDz storybook is an undertaking to interpret the narrative of CoD zombies (The Aether Storyline) into a book format for a more linear experience, as to say the storyline is confusing for new players is an understatement. Also I think it will give an opportunity to see these beloved characters in a new light at the forefront of a story not always about shooting guns and killing zombies. For those already initiated, you may remember I just sort of stopped in the middle of rewriting Book 1 following the release of the timeline, and I never really kept anyone updated. I would like to apologize, and state that the project is not dead. The story is expanding all the time through the games as the community discover new secrets, and so it is a little daunting to keep up with. Not to mention real life and the struggles of school. So, here's the plan going forward. With Classified and Blood of the Dead blowing back open the storyline, I've given a lot of thought to how I want to structure the storybook to accommodate those maps as well as future maps in the Aether story, which are bound to happen. Now, I've heard leaked audio and kept up with the story developments of Blood and Classified. Without spoiling anything, I can kind of see the direction Craig and Blundell are going with this story, and I think it would be foolish of Treyarch and Activision to NOT end the Aether storyline with Black Ops 4, allowing the Chaos story to take its place in the future. With the pieces seeming to come together through Classified and Blood of the Dead, I am led to believe we will see some spectacular finale to tie everything back together and end the story. This is a good point for me to start structuring how I want to lay out each “Book” in the Storybook, and I will share that here. Book 1: Told from a variety of perspectives, Book 1 chronicles the exploitation of Element 115 by Group 935 during the Second World War, which ultimately lead to the chaos pervading the entire story. Book 1 introduces Doctor Edward Richtofen, his superior and rival Doctor Ludvig Maxis, as well as Maxis' daughter Samantha. It also shows the war and experiments taking place behind the curtain from the perspective of American spy Peter McCain, as well as soldiers across the front, “Tank” Dempsey, Nikolai Belinski, and Takeo Masaki. Book 1 will see the rise and fall into madness of the brilliant Richtofen, as he sets a plan in motion that will alter time and space permenantly, and have him come to meet his three infamous test subjects for the first time. Book 2: Set back and desiring power, Edward Richtofen enlists the help of Dempsey, Nikolai, and Takeo to complete his plan to enter the Aether. Through all the blood and gore from legions of undead controlled by Samantha, the group, together known as Ultimis, finds themselves sent jumping through time in search of key components to Richtofen's plan. As we follow Ultimis, we see the ramifications of Richtofen's actions on the world during the era of the Cold War, where Group 935 scientists are used between the United States and Soviet Union in a technology race. The unholy experiments perpetuated by Group 935 and Samantha's influence create chaos in the modernizing world as major powers meet in order to keep the peace. Ultimis fights for Richtofen's agenda, only to find they have permenantly damaged the Earth and created a rift between dimensions. Book 3: Following Richtofen's entering of the Aether, the world in 2025 is plunged into chaos from the fallout of the missiles impacting major countries of the Earth. Broken Arrow, the organizational successor to Group 935 in the United States created during the Cold War, is in part responsible for the post-missile civilization's falling apart. Former agent of Broken Arrow, known only now as “Russman”, wanders America, his memories inconsistent from the 115 exposure. Along his travels he meets Samuel Stuhlinger, a disgraced reporter with former connections to a flesh-devouring cult. Utilizing Broken Arrow's technology and wary of zombies and other survivors, they travel in search of solace in Hell on Earth. Marlton Johnson, an engineer contracted to work with Broken Arrow, who has only survived through his intelligence and knack for technology, meets Abigail “Misty” Briarton, a farm girl who lost everything and searches for somewhere better. As the four would come together at a zombie-infested bus station, they would be known as Victis. The world has plunged into a war between those on the side of Ludvig Maxis, his voice now a part of technology across the globe, those listening to Edward Richtofen's voice in their head, and the undead. Caught in this conflict, Victis must choose a side and find purpose as the world literally crumbles beneath them. Book 4: When Edward Richtofen began to meddle with Element 115, he inadvertantly split the universe into several different multiverses, with elements of each travelling and passing through one another. One Dimension 63 was home to alternate versions of Group 935, Richtofen, Dempsey, Takeo, Nikolai, and Ludvig Maxis, now present during the first World War. Lost without her father, Samantha calls to the Ludvig of this dimension, enlisting his help as well as Richtofen and the three soldiers sent to capture him, in order to free her from the Aether. Together, Richtofen and his unconventional allies would become Primis, following Samantha's freedom, Richtofen would come to learn of his true importance to the state of the multiverse. Driven to put an end to the chaos ensnaring it, and to redeem the actions of his other selves, Richtofen comes together with the rest of Primis to collect their eternal souls and put an end to the reign of the Apothicons, an ancient evil responsible for Richtofen's corruption and the spread of Element 115 throughout the dimensions. Book 4 follows the cycle that Primis is trapped in, spanning throughout centuries and fractured timelines. Book 5: Stuck in an infinite loop, Primis Richtofen decides the only way to break this cycle and stop the evil truly perpetuating it is to betray a version of himself, and allow him to die. Moving forward, he allows the rest of Primis to view the Kronorium, and as Nikolai gazes on all the versions of the future and past they have been fighting through together, he now sees the multiverse as it truly is. Book 5 follows the culmination of every element from Books 1-4 as they come together to truly put an end to the evil that has allowed chaos the cloud every dimension. I'm hoping to have more chapters up when I have the time. My goal is to start small, and aim for 3 chapters in the month of November, and ramp up from there as I go on Winter Break. So be looking for that!
  21. Put this together in my spare time. Song is The Chain by Fleetwood Mac. Trailer is based on the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 trailer. Hope everyone enjoys.
  22. We also have to consider this is a different cycle than we are used to, and this Richtofen is in some ways different from the one we've known, due to the lack of a scar on his cheek. It's possible he did not earn their trust quite as much. Also consider the fact that he has brought the rest of Primis into this Hellish Prison, and for once, he doesn't have a definitive way out. We saw in the intro how flustered this Richtofen was that the Kronorium had changed and the plan was off-course. It would be totally understandable that Primis would be tipped off about this Richtofen since he brought them there, accidentally trapping them, and still won't explain what is going on or why they had to be there in the first place. By that point I would have had enough of his shit. And I think they have seen many Richtofens before. My evidence for that is The Giant radios, in which Nikolai openly discusses killing many versions of Richtofen, though we don't know exactly where these radios take place. Also consider that they have seen Richtofen kill a version of himself before. And the biggest evidence for me is that they don't seem all that surprised when they see the second Richtofen at Alcatraz when they arrive. Just business as usual, those Richtofens. For me the biggest reason they would instantly trust this Richtofen more is due to him handing Nikolai the Kronorium. This is so much more information and trust than any Richtofen has given any of them before. I think they realized that if any Richtofen is to be trusted, it is this one. Also, Nikolai got a glance at the Kronorium, with the altered timeline, so I think he saw what had to happen, and while Templar Richtofen took the blood from his other self, Nikolai showed Dempsey and Takeo off screen what must happen if they are to set things right. And I actually didn't know that Richtofen knew. Curious what he thought would happen or what his plan was.
  23. Watched the easter egg near the end but missing some details. The Richtofen in Templar outfit appears when the playable Richtofen gets in the blood machine willingly. He was frozen in another cryogenic freezer behind a wall and becomes playable in the bossfight. Essentially Richtofen got in the machine to summon the Warden so Primis could kill him and they could escape. But he had no idea about the Templar Richtofen. They abandon him, as they are freshly from Zetsubou and the Richtofen they left had no plan and refused to share any of his knowledge with the group. The first thing Templar Richtofen does is offer Nikolai a look at the Kronorium, something the other would never do. Also consider how many Richtofens they have met in their travels. What’s another one on the pile? Templar Richtofen did save their lives after all. i’m actually not sure on that gem. I’m sure it will be explored in the future. Maybe even in the supposed Classified easter egg yet to be completed? I love this cutscene so so much. Again I reiterate how tragic Richtofen’s character is. He truly was trying to save Primis, including himself, but he was unknowingly perpetuating the cycle. He had to be killed to prevent him from keeping it going. Many people theorize that Templar Richtofen is a Richtofen who just endured the Great War after being sent from Revelations who decided to try to break the cycle. There, he formulated a plan to trap Primis at Alcatraz, stop the cycle from continuing by killing his other self, and with the help of the others track down Monty.
  24. RadZakpak

    10/14 Game Updates

    Thankful for the quick turnaround from Treyarch. I see good support for zombies in the future. To be honest I didn't have a problem with the health. The zombies are not quite as aggressive as they were in BO3 so it felt balanced. But I think the points boost was very needed. I can see why it was the way it was, and still kind of is, but I just feel like after round 15 it was a slog without the means to buy any upgrades.

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