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  1. For those who wish to see the video version of this post: https://bit.ly/2NAgtdC However, if you wish to instead read my thread or have a transcipt, keep reading: Mob of the Dead, and its reimagining, Blood of the Dead are maps based on the Alcatraz State Penitentiary. In these maps lie a villainous character known as Brutus, or Warden, or Cellbreaker. In the original version, Brutus has little to no kind of backstory, yet with Blood of the Dead, we finally get some insight on who he exactly is. But with Mob/Blood of the Dead being such an interesting map, with an interesting story and such; it made me wonder how the wardens who held this person in real life were truly like. Though none of these wardens are as deranged and sadistic as the Brutus we have come to know. It still is interesting to see the real life counterparts of our characters and settings from Zombies to the real world. Join me as we take a look into the true wardens of Alcatraz. True Wardens of Alcatraz: James Aloysius Johnston James Aloysius Johnston, known as "Old Saltwater", was the first known warden under control of Alcatraz. He was born in 1874, and prior to working at the prison, he was the warden of Folsom Prison and San Quentin State Prison. Johnston was noted for being extremely helpful during the creation of the island; including the ideals to the physical pieces of it. Johnston believed in strict discipline, and was a devout reformist. He also imposed rules, including one in which he would command a moment of silence, which was obviously mandatory toward the inmates. With his status, he was given another nickname "Golden Rule Warden" which came from his early days at San Quentin. He was also given "Old Saltwater" as a nickname from the inmates and guards. Though with his strict ideas, he was also known for his absence of using the prison's brutal alternative tactics. These tactics include: isolation in darkness, straitjackets, and so on. When 1937 came, he was attacked by a prisoner at a Worker's Strike. He died of bronchial infection in 1954. Johnston was the warden of Alcatraz from 1934 to 1948; the longest sentence a warden has served. Edwin Burnham Swope Edwin Burnham Swope, known as "Cowboy", was the second warden of Alcatraz. He was born in 1888, and prior to working at Alcatraz, he was warden in a few prisons. His nickname came from his appearance, and from his tendency to wear cowboy hats and to dress like a cowboy when he was off work. Just like Johnston, he was disciplinarian, but was not as popular with the people in Alcatraz, as Johnston was. Interestingly, when an inmate confronted him about his sentence of 199 years, Swope responded with: "My boy, we're all doing life. Every one of us is doing life." He died in 1955. His reign of Alcatraz went from 1948 to 1955. Paul Joseph Madigan Paul Joseph Madigan, was the third warden of Alcatraz. He was born in 1897, and when in Alcatraz he was the last Associate Warden under Johnston's rule, prior to being a warden himself. He was known for being one of the only wardens who climbed the ranks to be one himself. He was a devout Irish Catholic, unlike his other wardens, and was known for being more softer as well. His existence as warden was by far the most well received by prison staff. He died in 1974, with his ruling of Alcatraz spanning from 1955 to 1961. Olin Guy Blackwell Olin Guy Blackwell, was the fourth and last Warden of Alcatraz. He was born in 1915. Just like Paul, he was Associate Warden to his Warden. With Paul being one under Johnston, and Olin under Paul. Blackwell was warden under Alcatraz's difficult era, at this point in time in the early sixties - Alcatraz was nothing more than just a rock in the water. A dirty, decaying rock for that matter. Blackwell wasn't strict, and some believe that he wasn't due to his drinking habits. He was known for being a remarkable marksman, and was also Associate Warden of Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary. Blackwell passed away in 1986. Serving as Warden of Alcatraz from 1961 to 1963; a short sentence compared to the other wardens. Those are the four true wardens of Alcatraz, perhaps the inspiration of Brutus himself. Let me know out of the four, in which you believe could be Brutus of some sort. Whether you believe its the one consistent with the date, or one based on a Warden's actions. Let me know what you think. One a side note, Mob of the Dead takes place in 1933; Alcatraz was not open as a prison until 1934. Whether this continuity error by Treyarch was on purpose or not, Brutus confirms in a radio that the prison was built "a year early" - implying that Alcatraz opened in 1933, instead of 1934 as it actually was in real life.
  2. My friends made those connections with the gamefile finds and such. I just built upon it, and made a connection to that irl monk. When I learned of him, he gave me Shangri-La vibes, so I had to look into it.
  3. Nice work! Glad to have a bit more proof and backstory onto what Shangri-La is! Shangri-La recently has become my favorite map because of it's interesting locale and such..
  4. For those who wish to see the video version of this post: https://bit.ly/317Tgrh However, if you wish to instead read my thread or have a transcipt, keep reading: For quite some time, the Napalm Zombie from Shangri-La has never really had his identity known. With his threatening appearance and questionable moveset, it makes for an interesting discussion. This video will discuss my theory, with the help of my friends, on who the Napalm Zombie is, and what his true origins are. First off, let's discuss what Shangri-La was supposed to be… What it was supposed to be: Looking in the gamefiles, we can see that Shangri-La was supposed to be a Vietnam-style map. The evidence is if we take a look at the Zombie Character Models for the map, reading the names for them, we see “Viet Cong” and “NVA”.: “Vietcong” and “NVA” are of course referring to the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam; we could also say as another example that Shangri-La was originally a Vietnam map of some kind, with the idea that the map was released on Black Ops. In whereas, Black Ops had the Vietnam War and the mentioned faction; Treyarch could’ve simply wanted to implement them as they did with U.S.S.R with Ascension; another faction in the game. Even if Shang-La wasn’t to be the Vietnam map, the faction would have made an appearance somehow anyway, as we see with these concept arts, and poster (this poster was made prior to the release of Black Ops): So, now that we have a grasp on what Shangri-La was meant to be, and we could assume that the zombies are Vietnamese. We can now discuss the Napalm Zombie, as well as the zombie models too. We want to take a look at them, cause that will further the world building. Taking a look at one zombie model, we can see these tattoos, which resemble a real style of tattoos tied mostly to Hindu and Buddhism. So, we now have a buddhist connection. Now, we can finally take a look at our Napalm Zombie, let’s first take a look at how he interacts with the player. At first, he acts calm and collected. Yet once shot at, or by any means such as lethal. He runs at the player in an attempt to explode. Keep his suicidal tendency in mind, we will get to that. His calmness could be a connection to Buddhism’s Passaddhi, whilst him on fire may be a connection to the practice of Self-Immolation. Self-Immolation is the practice of setting oneself on fire, killing themselves for political, religious, or other reasons. It can be seen as some sort of protest. Here is where we find our connection to real-life events; Thích Quảng Đức. Thích Quảng Đức was a Vietnamese Buddhist --SOMEWHAT OF A GRAPHIC PHOTO-- who committed the act of Self-immolation in front of many on June 11, 1963. His reason was as a protest toward the South Vietnamese government for their persecution of Buddhists. Thích Quảng Đức could be the inspiration behind the Napalm Zombie. Think of Napalm as a protesting individual, at first calm, but then acts lethal; his only means of defense and offense is to explode in a fiery suicide. (Sometimes, he never gets aggressive.) So, to finally recap; the Napalm Zombie is likely a Vietnamese, Buddhist monk, who could have been inspired by Thích Quảng Đức. We can tell that he, along with the other zombies would have been Vietnamese, as shown from the in-game files and such. We can tell he may have practiced Buddhism, with the connections of the religion onto the models of other zombies. Looking at his attitude, and interaction; we can see him as a collected individual; yet will ignite. Appearance-wise, we can get the image of Self-immolation simply by the fire engulfed into him.

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