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  1. I pity the undead fool that tries to cross us. We have to do some brainstorming! We need to find a clever commonality. I want to do something with us being forum dwellers like Roman citizens in the Forum, but it has to be one word. Maybe just Civis? Idk, I have to think about it haha
  2. The undead stuck in Der Riese can’t be undead forever, right? They have to decay sometime. It might be a walk in the park. I would just bring a flashlight. And haha, I look forward to the names. Should we keep them in Latin or nix that?
  3. My mistake, I should have rephrased it. I meant that they I always had explicit references to aspects of conspiracies, but not the entire theory. 115, Die Glocke, Illuminati, HAARP, Bohemian Grove, MK Ultra have all been explicitly referenced in the series. The Bus Driver is a gold mine for references. I just meant it was odd that there was never a passing mention to Odessa as an organization. (Side note- The Ancient Order Theory sounds really interesting!) I like that idea! That could also be a fun one-off map; like an explorer’s expedition gone wrong. It probably isn’t grammatically correct, but I’d go for Expedición de la muerte.
  4. Sounds like a plan! All the Nazi zombie games have trained me well. I just hope the apocalypse is a Nazi/Occult Zombie apocalypse. Not too well versed in the others and I can’t fly. So I will work on getting into 51, if you can get into Der Riese. Also, more importantly, what would the names for each crew be?
  5. ODESSA has to be related to the storyline. I remember we had this conversation in the discord (podcasts too, maybe?) when TAG came out. It is so strange that we never get any mention of the organization given Treyarch’s tendency to reference so many conspiracies. Plus, like you mentioned Odessa provides the best explanation for why 935 exists post Germany’s surrender. It would have been cool to get a Shang-esque map set in Peru or somewhere else in South America. Tie in some Incan mythos too. I would also settle for a rainforest map. That seems so fun.
  6. The cycle is just part of one larger cycle! In all seriousness, interesting post. It makes me wonder if the next installment of zombies will be about Eddie’s assent to power. Would this mean the Richtofen ending in Buried is a prequel of sorts? Our Richtofen saw how his victory would play out and thus allowed Maxis to win. Yet, all Richtofen had to do in his victory was not possess Stu. Maybe he was always fated to lose? And this new Eddie is the only way he can truly win. It adds more clarity to why he took this Eddie’s soul instead of shared the Primis/Ultimis one.
  7. Hmm could be. When the Shadowman was captured In Shadows, is his body left behind? I know there was the theory that he possessed maxis. I wonder if he physically changed Maxis or if it was some type of illusion.
  8. Happy Belated Year Swap! Yeah, there is some type of distinction between a soul and life force. Maybe life force is what powers the soul and the actual soul is the consciousness/personality of the individual. The soul is essentially a spectral battery or rechargeable device (e.g. computer). It could account for how some souls become corrupted. A soul filled with negative life energy (Dark Aether?) attempts to twist the will of the user. Also, maybe that is why having a soul is so important as it can resist corruption from negative life force?
  9. Fascinating! This reminds me of our conversation on the Bloody Teleporters thread. " I think there is a lot of evidence supporting it. If I am understanding this correctly: All of the portals that we travel through are fixed/ naturally occurring spots in the universe. Any attempt to manipulate the direction of the teleporters results in disaster for humans. Absolute Zero doesn’t exist in reality because that would mean no matter. Thus, the point of absolute zero exists outside of reality (space/time) This place of nothingness could be where Heaven/Afterlife/Hell are If one were to travel to this place, they wouldn’t exist in the material sense The only thing left would be something that transcends time and space Something Like a soul? This would explain the widespread use of souls as a power source in zombies. It is the only thing stable enough to survive matter transference Anyway, that is my two cents. Thanks for the fascinating read" What are your thoughts? Do you think some of this still holds truth?
  10. Yeah, it is all confusing. A flatlander wouldn’t be able to properly discern shape because of lack of height, right? The world should just be a series of lines to them, I think. My guess is that electromagnetism is the closest conceptually to older beliefs about energy, leylines, and psychic ability. Like we mentioned in your leylines thread, electromagnetism can be found in Mesmerism and Glavanism (I think too). It adds a sense of scientific legitimacy to older occult ideas. Science of the late nineteenth and early-mid twentieth centuries provided ample knowledge of the Electromagnetic spectrum. It makes sense that an occultist would associate it with physic waves and aliens. After all, the brain communicates through a series of neurons.
  11. Really fascinating stuff! I love the theology/mythology connection too. I have always liked the idea that something like God would dwell in the highest dimension or above all dimensions. Lovecraft had a similar concept too; the paradox of trying to conceive the inconceivable. This definitely accounts for the Apothicon’s telepathy. They are able to send thoughts (as electrical impulses?) from a higher dimension into a 3d plane. It would explain the disembodied voices seemingly coming out of nowhere. We are essentially listening to higher dimensional radio. On a side note, this made me wonder. We can only see the fruit’s layers from that perspective because we are 3 dimensional, right? A flatlander would have to be on top of or above the fruit to see this exact image. If I understand this correctly, that should not be possible. Flatlanders can only perceive in x and y, and not z. That dimension lacks z entirely. The layers visible to them would be completely different from the layers we see within the images. Those images are just demonstrations. P.S. In some interpretations of the Abrahamic Religions, angels are described in a similar manner; beings of great light and or no coherent form.
  12. 1. Samantha- She is like the fifth member of Ultimis (no offense, Pablo). Going back to the first zombie yelling something resembling the name “Sam”, Samantha has been there since the beginning. Before Monty and the Apothicons, she was the big-bad. 2. Takeo Masaki (Ultimis)- I like Billy, but the Ultimis crew is too iconic. They are perfect and will always hold a special place in my heart. Rock on, Tak. 3. Sal DeLuca- Gonna have to go with my goodfella over here. The mobsters had an elaborate backstory. Despite Five and CotD, the Mobsters started the trend for Treyarch’s approach to “one-off” crews. Even with only one appearance, they all felt like well-rounded characters. Sal and his Pals managed to be interesting and engaging with the occasional wise crack added into the mix. He is one of the celebs that I would like to see return. 4. Doctor Maxis (Original Timeline) - Don’t get me wrong, I really like Peter. He is iconic in his own right. Peter has been hanging around since the beginning and recently got more backstory in Alpha-Omega. However, Maxis had more time to develop as a character. Alongside Samantha, Maxis is another staple of the series; especially in Ultimis’ story. 5. Tank Dempsey (Primis)- Like Schuster and Peter, Pablo had little screen time. He is also like Peter in that he has his own claim to fame. Being the supposed mystery portrait and fifth test subject, Pablo is ingrained in Ultimis’ lore. However, Primis Dempsey has the honor of showing a saner version of Tank. In a roundabout way, Primis gave more legitimacy to Ultimis as characters. 6. Doctor Monty- Stu had one of the most interesting backstories of the Victis crew. He even had a few good one-liners, but Monty is something else. The story potential and questions surrounding Monty overshadowed his own late entry into the series.
  13. I just rewatched gameplay of the Skull. Truth be told, I’ve been aware of it, but have never gotten it haha. More importantly, one of the skull’s abilities is called Mesmerize. The word mesmerize comes directly from mesmerism. Mesmer employed a type of hypnotism as one of his techniques to help heal people. From my understanding, it was basically a placebo effect, but the association stuck. You and @caljitsu are definitely right. It may function as a local emp. A quick Google search also shows that Nan Sapwe was the God of Thunder, so that fits perfectly. And, it ties into the idea that the Vril people were natural conductors of electricity. That theory is spot on! Maybe Nan Sapwe was an uncorrupted keeper, so that is why the field is “white”? Maybe the local fields like the APD (initially) are more pure? For MotD and SoE, that is more or less what I meant. I see them as an unnatural barrier stopping souls from going to their rightful afterlife.
  14. The overall quote is about him discussing his inspiration for the Vril-Ya people with his friend. He mentions trying to distance the Vril from the occult aspects of mesmerism. I just thought it was neat to point that mesmerism had some association with bring back the dead. The only part that confuses me is him mentioning staves and rods. I get that they conduct electricity, but Mesmer ascribed an Occult meaning to them too, if I recall. It seems odd to not try and distance it from that aspect. The color frequency is really fascinating! The order works really well. Monty’s supposed colors appear to have the highest energy level of the announcers. And, it ties into the idea that purple/white might represent no announcer or the purest/strongest/oldest form of the Aether. I’d like to think the souls go somewhere, but the exact line of where the supernatural beings and scifi ends is blurred. Before, I would have said places like Alcatraz, but the living can visit that too. Maybe Alcatraz and Morg City are like a net that captures souls before they fully move on to the afterlife.

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