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  1. I am the Well - I'm sorry Abravadavre, my sweet, but it's time to say goodbye. 115 - I love both. This is the better of the two.
  2. Alone I am the Well The Gift Abracadavre 115 The One Dead Again Stormbound
  3. 1. 115 2. Ace of Spades - Good song and funny haha deathcard reference 3. Archangel - Eminem doesn't really work in Zombies imo 4. The One - WAWG is brilliant, but I like The One 5. Mystery - So damn catchy 6. Dead Again - I'm so sorry, Johnny... 7. Shockwave - Both are great, this is genuinely hard. 8. Stormbound - Again, both are good, but Stormbound is the better choice IMO
  4. 1. Alone - I (somewhat unpopularly) like Coming Home, too, but Alone wins out. 2. We All Fall Down - Very cool and underrated song that, in typical KLU style, had massive thematic implications. 3. I Am The Well - It's just the best isn't it? 4. Carrion - No contest, SoF isn't even a Zombies song, or if it is, so is Rusty Cage 5. The Gift - This one is very difficult because I enjoy both very much, but I think The Gift might just have the edge 6. Drowning - Again, very hard, as these are two that I love to play on Bass myself, but Drowning wins out here, some of those Bass riffs are incredibly cool 7. Abracadavre - Now don't get me wrong, I think Undone is highly underrated, but I have to give it to Abracadavre here 8. A Light From The Shore - Genuinely no competition, you've got pop-metal versus a symphonic masterpiece.
  5. 1. Alone - Difficult one, but Alone represents the height of Kevin's songwriting abilities whilst BoA, whilst still damn good, is one of the first zombies songs written. 2. Remember Forever - The first (and only, as far as I remember) song written by Jack Wall and Cindy Shapiro (of whom the latter is also the singer), that as well as sounding incredibly good (PHAT bass) has a lyrical perspective rarely heard. 3. Abracadavre - Both songs were written with in theory the same amount of storyline insight, however one was written from a perspective of external authors (a7x) whilst Abracadavre was written with full knowledge of what was to come. Also, this in my mind is the real first showcase of what is now Kevin's trademark writing style 4. 115 - This might be a nostalgia vote, but it's one I have to do 5. Beauty of Annihilation (TG) - I don't particularly like either of them 6. Shockwave - Very difficult choice, but I think I prefer Shockwave. However I must add that I think Pareidolia goes hard and is criminally underrated.
  6. Greetings one and all. Today I've got something a little different to share - The First CoDZ Forums Writing Competition! UPDATE: Thank you all for your entries. This first edition of the competition is now closed and the winners are: @The Dark Aether and @anonymous Congratulations to you too, and to all who entered! RULES: Anyone may enter Submissions should aim to be around 1000-1500 words . Submissions will still be accepted regardless, however please try to be sensible - we have to read this too. Submissions can be sent either as a response to this post or to me via Discord (Cal#8013) Submissions should be a Word Doc/Google Doc or PDF Submission deadline is February 26th 2021 (One week from now) Submissions do not have to use the below prompts, though their use is recommended Submissions that choose not to use the provided prompts and instead stray too far into fan fiction territory (e.g. Ultimis Richtofen goes to Burger King) will likely not be considered - if you're writing without a prompt, it better be good! Submissions will be judged by myself alongside judges from the CoDZ Forum community (T.B.D) PROMPTS: CODZ Writing Comp I - Google Docs DOCS.GOOGLE.COM CODZ WRITING COMPETITION EDITION I Prompt 1 You are a civilian who after witnessing an unexplained phenomenon, is now trapped in the Dark Aether. Finding a notebook and pencil in an abandoned department store... Good Luck to all Participants and Happy Writing!
  7. If they were from the Dark Aether, they ought to be far more mutated than we see. If a soldier turns into a Mimic within 30 days of exposure, the Mangler should look pretty far removed from how it does.
  8. As stated on the intel for the R.A.I.K-84, the gun was inspired by old schematics found for the Generator Khaosa Zavoyski-45 (GKZ-45). This gun was designed by Soviet Scientists in 1945, however was ruled impossible, and thus remained exclusively hypothetical. Dr. Khulklay recovered these schematics from the KGB's archives and began viewing them with great interest in 1984, however, as the introduction of Aetherium suddenly made the ideas behind the theoretical weapon now incredibly doable. The gun existed in the Agonia Fracture in the Aether Storyline as the rapid arms race caused by the unending Battle of Stalingrad, combined with the ease of access to Element 115, meant that such innovations as this became commonplace. Now, onto the Mangler. The Mangler. This augmented soldier was the final product of a research initiative known as "Project Rasputin" - the reference to the Mad Monk should make it obvious what this project was trying to achieve. Much like the GKZ, I would assume that Project Rasputin was a long, ongoing research effort that was only allowed to come to fruition in the Agonia Fracture thanks to the unique conditions I've already discussed. As a result, I think it's fair to say that the Mangler reappears not because of some anomaly, but because Omega recovered thereto impossible-to-complete schematics born out of Project Rasputin, that now with the induction of Aetherium, were suddenly possible.
  9. This also really helps to explain the differences in 115 and Exo Element 1's methods of Resurrection. I'd go as far as to call 115 "spiritual", relating to literally binding the soul to a body (and in the case of the Elemental Shard, fully re-inserting that soul in order to restore true life). Aetherium, on the other hand, is as you say, literally a contaminant, or a radiation. We can see it with Der Wechsler, where a person's mind can be restored with far less effort than that of 115 zombies, which required the Elemental Shard, the focal-point of the entire Aether. Instead, merely all you need to do is "scrub" the Aetherium "plaque" from the brain and intelligence is restored.
  10. To be an Elder God isn't, in my opinion, a matter of biology. It's merely a role that has to be filled.
  11. (Find the companion video here) Whispers in the Dark Despite only being one chapter into the Dark Aether Storyline, we have already heard repeated references to colossal entities that roam the umbral landscapes within the Dark Aether, leaving trails of pure destruction in their wake, all the while being worshipped by the comparatively meager lifeforms that now call these same planes home. To those who believe them deserving as reverence, these eldritch behemoths are known seemingly interchangeably as "Elder Gods" or "Overlords". For those who, like me, are enthusiasts of the prior storyline, your ears should have pricked up, as we know these names well. But more on that later. Defining the Eldritch Purely from the information we have been given via Preseason and Season 1 Intel, as well as firsthand experience within the map, we are able to make a few base assumptions about the way in which the Dark Aether works, and how these colossi fit in. For any entities taken into the realms of the Dark Aether, they quickly have to adjust to the idea of hierarchy - however this is one different to that which the modern man is used to. Rather than one's position in this hierarchy being achieved by way of wealth or status, this is something far more primal. In the Dark Aether, the only thing that matters is raw power. We can see this clearly exhibited by the Stranger. Whilst many humans desperately try to cling to their old ways of life and meet a rapid end because of it, the Stranger was able to adapt to his new life of horror with incredible swiftness. As a result, he was able to survive where most other humans could not. After many thousands of days of this, he makes the observation that for many of the "lesser" creatures of the Dark Aether, he is no longer the prey. In fact, he had become the hunter. As this shift occurred, only far stronger creatures dared attack the Stranger and, as would be imagined, these stronger creatures numbered far less than the near limitless undead, plaguehounds, or other similar types. Furthermore, we know that creatures that mutate by way of the Dark Aether become integrated in what can only be called a hivemind - as made clear by the quotes of both the Megaton and the Mayak. "ONE LAND, ONE ARMY, ONE MISSION!" -Megaton "THIS WORLD WILL BE OURS!" -Mayak (Megaton Overlord) Furthermore, to address that, Mayak is a far more powerful variant of the Megaton. If this theory of hierarchy was true, we would expect Mayak to have some sort of increased rank over that of the standard variant - and lo and behold, he does, as he is also referred to as the Megaton Overlord. Despite not having a concrete explanation yet for how this process of ranking naturally occurs, it would appear a reasonable guess that it is reliant upon the amount of Exo Element 1 that an individual has been exposed to. This would equally explain the Stranger’s unique proficiency, as the longer he survives in there, the easier it becomes to survive due to increased level of corruption. Interestingly, there is a precedent for the idea of strength relating to the corruption of the Dark Aether - for that, let’s return to our prior story. Heart of Darkness In the Aether Storyline, existence as perceivable to humans was formed through the efforts of The First One, manipulating the energies of the Aether in order to create as he saw fit. Eventually he desisted, yet his society continued, experimenting with the energies of creation like the scientists of our modern day. After an unknown period of time, one group began to experiment with the opposite force - the entropic energies of the Dark Aether (See the video on that for greater depth). Eventually, the rest of their race caught wind of these dangerous experiments and a war broke out between the two factions. Those who dared experiment with these darker forces ultimately lost and were banished into the Dark Aether - becoming the Apothicons, whilst the victors would become what we know as Keepers. Despite conflicting sources on the exact nature of these events, we know that one of the members of the losing faction was the Shadowman, however, it was likely that he wasn’t a founding member. "He was my friend... My best friend... Then the Apothicons got hold of him." -Monty The Dark Aether Some Keepers begin to experiment with the Dark Aether, which corrupts and corrodes their souls. Among them is the Shadowman. -Kronorium excerpt, 'Agartha' Due to this fact, we know that whilst they all met the same eventual fate by being cast into the Dark Aether, some already bore the corruption of the Dark Aether prior to their banishment. If we take our previous points into consideration, we should expect to see entities of considerably more power than the average Apothicon - which we do. They are called Elder Gods or Overlords. Despite the Shadowman likely being one half of the sundered First One, and clearly being the war-leader of the Apothicons, he does not have the most raw power. This position of honour and reverence is reserved for the Elder Gods, who have the role of spreading the Dark Aether’s influence. In the Aether Storyline, this was done by spreading Element 115 (the Aetheric equivalent of Exo Element 1) throughout existence. Of course, this method is now impossible, as 115 no longer exists, but as stated, this is merely the method. As evidenced by Die Maschine, the arrogance of humans is plenty capable of assisting the Elder Gods without the need of the Element. Now that we have a rough profile of what is required to create an Elder God, and those who have fulfilled the role in the past, only one question remains. Who are the current Elder Gods? Well it would stand to reason that they would be whomever have been in the Dark Aether for the longest period of time - a thought I will leave you with.
  12. Yeah I like that quote. Kevin, like any good musician, makes sure to never say outright what anything in his songs mean. He wants to leave the interpretation up to us.
  13. Unfortunately that ones kind of difficult, because the meaning isn't totally clear in English either. I'd say it means the "fatigued things" or possibly "fatigued people" go away
  14. Sure thing man, that's no problem at all. Could you link your blog too? I'd love to check it out. Much love to the foreign language zombies communities btw, you guys are all awesome.
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