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Title: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Fenris on June 22, 2017, 01:29:25 AM
Hey there, Fenris here.

Just got done raiding an old mansion with my crew, rich bastard had some good shit, thanks to Deus Ex Machina for the tip on that one, next time there's a juicy far off rumour I'll make sure your the first to know. But let me get to my point.

In the grounds of this place there were a good dozen of casualties, but they weren't normal, like, they just dug around in old garden beds, or raked and raked at piles of leaves. We could walk right up to them, our latent even tapped one on the shoulder the loonie, but nothing happened, casualty just kept raking in the leaves.

Course, we weren't all so lucky with it, got a hell of a fright when a small mob crawled out of a pool and started chasing us, we put bullets in all of them after that.

Anyone else encountered these before? They got a name, I'm thinking "empty" or "robot" casualties?

Failing that what other weird manifestations you encountered? Figure we better compile all these together, have some sort of reference when we're out and about.

Time to start the rumour mill on aberrants, hopefully we can get a nice big thread of different experiences.
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: DeusExMachina275 on June 22, 2017, 01:49:21 AM
Heard about a group that went to raid a sealed up retirement home, place had a very thick black smoke, everyone but this one jackass who went in with no protection. According to the taker crew, guy went in with an immune, guy fucking goes latent, can't take the pain and dies and goes vector. Immune puts him down. They were the only 2 to go in so it could go airborne if sealed long enough.
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Voodoo Chile on June 22, 2017, 02:55:07 AM
Listen man, you guys ain't seen the real shit that the Blight can do. Word's gettin' out about what happened to The Clones of Funkenstein (you know those whacked out cats who brewed their own 'cid then went out for day of C-hunting) down in Nuevo Laredo, little south of what used to be the border twixt' Texas and Mexico. Now, one of my girls, Gypsy, had a little thing going on with one of them, she's the one who got the footage from the one man who made it out.

It FUCKING SPOKE. It spoke in this garbled, fucked up clicking and squelching, but I swear to fuck it was speaking English, something about "New Life, End Life, My Life?." All writhing tentacles in the shape of a man, and eyes and mouths opening up. Poor Gypsy OD'd on fucking Soma after watching her man get his skin drilled into by those fucking tentacles... and he just.... liquefied. Look it up man, I ain't bullshitting you, unless those DHQS fucks already covered the shit up.
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Askew on June 22, 2017, 03:31:17 AM
I was taking to Tarot's crew amd they told me about some LALA who was telling them about some kind of "Blight Box" or "The Obsidian Cube" or "The Black Tardis" or something?

From what they could tell, it was a box of blight the size of a car trunk or something that "fucking unfolded like origami" and had a dozen Cs come crawling out of or some shit. Tarot said it sounded likt the guy watched too many Dr Who episodes back in the day and had been staring at the sun too long.

I dunno whether this shit is legit or not, but I'm keeping an eye out for any weird black boxes outside the walls.
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: DeusExMachina275 on June 22, 2017, 03:52:23 AM
One guy I knows swears he is being followed by a casualty, or vector, he's not sure, every time he goes to shoot the damn thing it is just gone. I just I told him to get me video proof, because I think he is just getting dealt some bad soma or something.
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: LostinWonderland on June 22, 2017, 04:17:47 AM
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Listen man, you guys ain't seen the real shit that the Blight can do. Word's gettin' out about what happened to The Clones of Funkenstein (you know those whacked out cats who brewed their own 'cid then went out for day of C-hunting) down in Nuevo Laredo, little south of what used to be the border twixt' Texas and Mexico. Now, one of my girls, Gypsy, had a little thing going on with one of them, she's the one who got the footage from the one man who made it out.

It FUCKING SPOKE. It spoke in this garbled, fucked up clicking and squelching, but I swear to fuck it was speaking English, something about "New Life, End Life, My Life?." All writhing tentacles in the shape of a man, and eyes and mouths opening up. Poor Gypsy OD'd on fucking Soma after watching her man get his skin drilled into by those fucking tentacles... and he just.... liquefied. Look it up man, I ain't bullshitting you, unless those DHQS fucks already covered the shit up.

Voodoo, what are you on and how much Bounty can I give you to get some? Casualties don't talk. Sure, they do weird shit but they don't talk.

Now you want to talk about strange though, I've seen a fucking whale casualty. Guy gets back from a trip out in the Pacific and he starts speaking some Moby Dick shit about how one of his boats was capsized and this...thing, started swallowing up people whole. Well, I couldn't not go investigate this and so I hopped the next boat with two of my crew and we set off to where the guy said he saw the thing.
A few days later, lo and behold, we encounter the biggest, most revolting thing I've ever seen. The whale had huge black veins running all over it's body and we could see it rising out of the water a bit to blow out some kind of black ichor, the blight I think (which begs the question why it does this if it doesn't even need to breath anymore)?

So Captain Jack, guy who runs the ship we're on, wants to turn around and Gnat, one of my crew, starts arguing with him about costs or something when Tank, local latent and Black Math cultist, starts shooting at the thing. Sure enough, I can see the water start to ripple as it makes its way towards us. Soon all hands not working to turn the ship around as fast as possible are blasting away at this thing with everything we've got. I'm talking guns, spears, bows and arrows, hell one guy was throwing every heavy bucket he could find at. Nothing, I don't even know if we managed to hurt it much less slow it down. It hit the boat and a handful of people went overboard and never came back up. Some of the Blight was sprayed on to the deck and one guy got covered in it. He started freaking out before I put bullet in his head. I think the only thing that managed to save us were the shit ton of grenades that Tank brought. We never did find the body, you'd think something that big would be easy to find. Might still be out there.

Gnat managed to take a few pictures before it disappeared. Last I heard he sold them to some group in the Recession to make up for the Bounty we spent during the trip. I still say it was worth it.
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: DeusExMachina275 on June 22, 2017, 04:45:11 AM
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Listen man, you guys ain't seen the real shit that the Blight can do. Word's gettin' out about what happened to The Clones of Funkenstein (you know those whacked out cats who brewed their own 'cid then went out for day of C-hunting) down in Nuevo Laredo, little south of what used to be the border twixt' Texas and Mexico. Now, one of my girls, Gypsy, had a little thing going on with one of them, she's the one who got the footage from the one man who made it out.

It FUCKING SPOKE. It spoke in this garbled, fucked up clicking and squelching, but I swear to fuck it was speaking English, something about "New Life, End Life, My Life?." All writhing tentacles in the shape of a man, and eyes and mouths opening up. Poor Gypsy OD'd on fucking Soma after watching her man get his skin drilled into by those fucking tentacles... and he just.... liquefied. Look it up man, I ain't bullshitting you, unless those DHQS fucks already covered the shit up.

Voodoo, what are you on and how much Bounty can I give you to get some? Casualties don't talk. Sure, they do weird shit but they don't talk.

Now you want to talk about strange though, I've seen a fucking whale casualty. Guy gets back from a trip out in the Pacific and he starts speaking some Moby Dick shit about how one of his boats was capsized and this...thing, started swallowing up people whole. Well, I couldn't not go investigate this and so I hopped the next boat with two of my crew and we set off to where the guy said he saw the thing.
A few days later, lo and behold, we encounter the biggest, most revolting thing I've ever seen. The whale had huge black veins running all over it's body and we could see it rising out of the water a bit to blow out some kind of black ichor, the blight I think (which begs the question why it does this if it doesn't even need to breath anymore)?

So Captain Jack, guy who runs the ship we're on, wants to turn around and Gnat, one of my crew, starts arguing with him about costs or something when Tank, local latent and Black Math cultist, starts shooting at the thing. Sure enough, I can see the water start to ripple as it makes its way towards us. Soon all hands not working to turn the ship around as fast as possible are blasting away at this thing with everything we've got. I'm talking guns, spears, bows and arrows, hell one guy was throwing every heavy bucket he could find at. Nothing, I don't even know if we managed to hurt it much less slow it down. It hit the boat and a handful of people went overboard and never came back up. Some of the Blight was sprayed on to the deck and one guy got covered in it. He started freaking out before I put bullet in his head. I think the only thing that managed to save us were the shit ton of grenades that Tank brought. We never did find the body, you'd think something that big would be easy to find. Might still be out there.

Gnat managed to take a few pictures before it disappeared. Last I heard he sold them to some group in the Recession to make up for the Bounty we spent during the trip. I still say it was worth it.

Hunting your own white whale I see, if there are any more of those pictures, I could give you some info for your self to use.
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Reverend Green on June 22, 2017, 12:34:55 PM
Maybe you guys should stop drinking while on the job, it's quite dangerous
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Priceline on June 22, 2017, 03:31:50 PM
Look, we've got our hands full out here in the Great Plains with the hordes being blown back and forth by the constant winds, we don't need you spreading stories of boogeymen and making people wet their britches or jump at shadows.

These "aberrants" are just the ghost stories of our times.

Stop buying into the lies and spook stories!
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Freebird on June 22, 2017, 03:39:52 PM
It ain't no Great Blight Whale (goddamn, son, makes be glad I've never seen the ocean), but I've seen at least one freaky ass thing.

On one of our last Reformers jobs we hit this vertical farming technology place in Kansas City. They had these kind of vat-grown meat rigs going on, fuck if I know how they worked, but it was like ant farms full of organs. Anyway, I guess the Blight had gotten in one of these things, then gotten out of the case and was down in this pit. And it was trying to lure us down in there or something.

We didn't really get a good look at it, just threw molotovs down there and beat feet.
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Gafftop on June 22, 2017, 07:10:40 PM
Down here is south Texas we don't get much in terms of seasons beyond Summer, but in the few days of colder weather the Casualties do get sluggish and all manner of cold blooded critters look for someplace to keep warm. Sometimes you'll get rattlesnakes nesting together in a big ball inside a Casualty if they can't find someplace better. Normally its not too dangerous because the Blight kills them, but it is damned unnerving to see a Casualty coming towards you with a bunch of dead snakes hanging out of their belly. Last spring though I found one and I swear to you the snakes were still hissing and buzzing at me as it shambled. Keep safe out there y'all.
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Voodoo Chile on June 22, 2017, 08:42:07 PM
this thread is gold, keep it going ladies and gents :D
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Voodoo Chile on June 22, 2017, 08:47:37 PM
Quote
Listen man, you guys ain't seen the real shit that the Blight can do. Word's gettin' out about what happened to The Clones of Funkenstein (you know those whacked out cats who brewed their own 'cid then went out for day of C-hunting) down in Nuevo Laredo, little south of what used to be the border twixt' Texas and Mexico. Now, one of my girls, Gypsy, had a little thing going on with one of them, she's the one who got the footage from the one man who made it out.

It FUCKING SPOKE. It spoke in this garbled, fucked up clicking and squelching, but I swear to fuck it was speaking English, something about "New Life, End Life, My Life?." All writhing tentacles in the shape of a man, and eyes and mouths opening up. Poor Gypsy OD'd on fucking Soma after watching her man get his skin drilled into by those fucking tentacles... and he just.... liquefied. Look it up man, I ain't bullshitting you, unless those DHQS fucks already covered the shit up.

Voodoo, what are you on and how much Bounty can I give you to get some? Casualties don't talk. Sure, they do weird shit but they don't talk.

Now you want to talk about strange though, I've seen a fucking whale casualty. Guy gets back from a trip out in the Pacific and he starts speaking some Moby Dick shit about how one of his boats was capsized and this...thing, started swallowing up people whole. Well, I couldn't not go investigate this and so I hopped the next boat with two of my crew and we set off to where the guy said he saw the thing.
A few days later, lo and behold, we encounter the biggest, most revolting thing I've ever seen. The whale had huge black veins running all over it's body and we could see it rising out of the water a bit to blow out some kind of black ichor, the blight I think (which begs the question why it does this if it doesn't even need to breath anymore)?

So Captain Jack, guy who runs the ship we're on, wants to turn around and Gnat, one of my crew, starts arguing with him about costs or something when Tank, local latent and Black Math cultist, starts shooting at the thing. Sure enough, I can see the water start to ripple as it makes its way towards us. Soon all hands not working to turn the ship around as fast as possible are blasting away at this thing with everything we've got. I'm talking guns, spears, bows and arrows, hell one guy was throwing every heavy bucket he could find at. Nothing, I don't even know if we managed to hurt it much less slow it down. It hit the boat and a handful of people went overboard and never came back up. Some of the Blight was sprayed on to the deck and one guy got covered in it. He started freaking out before I put bullet in his head. I think the only thing that managed to save us were the shit ton of grenades that Tank brought. We never did find the body, you'd think something that big would be easy to find. Might still be out there.

Gnat managed to take a few pictures before it disappeared. Last I heard he sold them to some group in the Recession to make up for the Bounty we spent during the trip. I still say it was worth it.
Hey man, check our rep, Experienced ain't told a lie since we formed our crew, hell man Machine Gun even told about that shipment we skimmed off of last year (stupid motherfucker cost us more bounty than he was worth...)
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Flatcap on June 23, 2017, 01:17:39 AM
Alright, listen. We all know the Blight is mental, okay. It does crazy stuff. I don't think it knows what it's doing half the time, like sometimes it forgets? I don't know, I guess that's just me trying to find comfort in the idea that this shit is fallible.

I'm a brewer. Was a brewer before the Crash at least. Bunch of weird religious nut jobs run the enclave I ran to after the last place I was in went south, but I got a still going anyway because everybody needs a drink now and then. My clientele is mostly other Latents, since most people don't like the risk that alcohol doesn't kill the Blight. Grain's spoiling, I figure I'll go grab some honey and make mead, right? Can't be hard to find some fallen apiary, or just wild hives out in the Loss.

Won't say where this was, it was part of another job, but we're hiking up to the site and I hear buzzing. I say to myself, I knew I brough these old jars for a reason, and I go looking for the source of the sound. Big overgrown hive, looked like it used to be someone's backyard project and the bees just started expanding out from there. This noisy blob of wax. Now, obviously, I can hear it so that means every Casualty in this neck of the woods can hear it. So there is a bit of a fight to get my honey, but I've been out here long enough, I know what I'm doing.

Until I hear a second buzzing. It's moving. It's coming for me.

This guy still has his smoke mask on when he turned, which stopped me getting bit the first time. I shove him off, the mask falls away, and all of a sudden I'm getting stung to shit. Buzzing so loud it's like I'm in the middle of a hurricane all of a sudden. The casualty rears back up at me and I see there are bees surrounding it, crawling all over its black flesh. In and out of empty eye sockets. How it can hear me with all its goddamn head stuffed with buzzing I cannot damn imagine. It lunges, I react, smash its head against a fence post. Head collapses like a rotten fruit, like there's no skull any more, just wax. All I can think is Blight kills animals, right? Like, I've seen birds land on the wrong body and get strangled when the black strands reach up round their scrawny necks. Except sometimes, sometimes.. it forgets to kill bugs.
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Fenris on June 23, 2017, 01:35:37 AM
Maybe you guys should stop drinking while on the job, it's quite dangerous

Maybe you should get down from your high horse preacher, there's nasty shit out there, maybe some of these stories might save your life. Better to know what might be out there and recognise it than getting surprised and taken down.
Loving the antagonistic role you're playing Reverend!

Anyone got any confirmation or more info on those like casualty balls? Heard some stories from near Chicago early on, some group called The Brutalists I think it was? Something about a dozen casualties where the blight breaks through between the bodies, forming some super conglomeration of casualties. Heard those things almost took down an enclave.
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: LostinWonderland on June 23, 2017, 01:36:26 AM
Quote
Listen man, you guys ain't seen the real shit that the Blight can do. Word's gettin' out about what happened to The Clones of Funkenstein (you know those whacked out cats who brewed their own 'cid then went out for day of C-hunting) down in Nuevo Laredo, little south of what used to be the border twixt' Texas and Mexico. Now, one of my girls, Gypsy, had a little thing going on with one of them, she's the one who got the footage from the one man who made it out.

It FUCKING SPOKE. It spoke in this garbled, fucked up clicking and squelching, but I swear to fuck it was speaking English, something about "New Life, End Life, My Life?." All writhing tentacles in the shape of a man, and eyes and mouths opening up. Poor Gypsy OD'd on fucking Soma after watching her man get his skin drilled into by those fucking tentacles... and he just.... liquefied. Look it up man, I ain't bullshitting you, unless those DHQS fucks already covered the shit up.

Voodoo, what are you on and how much Bounty can I give you to get some? Casualties don't talk. Sure, they do weird shit but they don't talk.

Now you want to talk about strange though, I've seen a fucking whale casualty. Guy gets back from a trip out in the Pacific and he starts speaking some Moby Dick shit about how one of his boats was capsized and this...thing, started swallowing up people whole. Well, I couldn't not go investigate this and so I hopped the next boat with two of my crew and we set off to where the guy said he saw the thing.
A few days later, lo and behold, we encounter the biggest, most revolting thing I've ever seen. The whale had huge black veins running all over it's body and we could see it rising out of the water a bit to blow out some kind of black ichor, the blight I think (which begs the question why it does this if it doesn't even need to breath anymore)?

So Captain Jack, guy who runs the ship we're on, wants to turn around and Gnat, one of my crew, starts arguing with him about costs or something when Tank, local latent and Black Math cultist, starts shooting at the thing. Sure enough, I can see the water start to ripple as it makes its way towards us. Soon all hands not working to turn the ship around as fast as possible are blasting away at this thing with everything we've got. I'm talking guns, spears, bows and arrows, hell one guy was throwing every heavy bucket he could find at. Nothing, I don't even know if we managed to hurt it much less slow it down. It hit the boat and a handful of people went overboard and never came back up. Some of the Blight was sprayed on to the deck and one guy got covered in it. He started freaking out before I put bullet in his head. I think the only thing that managed to save us were the shit ton of grenades that Tank brought. We never did find the body, you'd think something that big would be easy to find. Might still be out there.

Gnat managed to take a few pictures before it disappeared. Last I heard he sold them to some group in the Recession to make up for the Bounty we spent during the trip. I still say it was worth it.
Hey man, check our rep, Experienced ain't told a lie since we formed our crew, hell man Machine Gun even told about that shipment we skimmed off of last year (stupid motherfucker cost us more bounty than he was worth...)

Hey man, no offense intended. I'm sure you and yours live up to your reputation. I'm just saying with all the things we don't know about the Blight, sometimes we see and hear things that may or may not be true. Course, that doesn't mean we shouldn't give it a listen either. Next time you find yourself in WA let me know and I'll give you and your crew some discounted pot. (Unless you come with anyone from RenCon, those fuckers don't get anything)

Also, thanks for the nightmares Flatcap.
I'd like to point out that I'm kinda new at RPing on a forum so I apologize for mistakes made.
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Priceline on June 23, 2017, 02:27:05 AM
Look, I will be the first one to admit that the Blight does some funky shit now and again, but you guys are letting the stress get to you.

Casualty whales?  Walking beehive men?  "Casualty Balls"?

Seriously.  Find some Soma, a few beers and take a few days off to relax and unwind, you're all headed down the express lane to LALA land!
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: LostinWonderland on June 23, 2017, 02:38:06 AM
Look, I will be the first one to admit that the Blight does some funky shit now and again, but you guys are letting the stress get to you.

Casualty whales?  Walking beehive men?  "Casualty Balls"?

Seriously.  Find some Soma, a few beers and take a few days off to relax and unwind, you're all headed down the express lane to LALA land!

“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” LC
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Flatcap on June 23, 2017, 03:50:32 AM
Look, I will be the first one to admit that the Blight does some funky shit now and again, but you guys are letting the stress get to you.

Casualty whales?  Walking beehive men?  "Casualty Balls"?

Seriously.  Find some Soma, a few beers and take a few days off to relax and unwind, you're all headed down the express lane to LALA land!

Oh good, you're one of THOSE assholes.

Next you'll be saying the Blight is all in our heads like those Red Pill assholes.

"Find a few beers"? Mate, I run the bloody brewery. I know my shit. You're not doing yourself any favours by ignoring this shit. In case you just woke up after a five year coma, the world is insane now. Pay attention, in case something like this shows up in your neck of the woods.
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Priceline on June 23, 2017, 05:12:47 AM
Oh good, you're one of THOSE assholes.

Next you'll be saying the Blight is all in our heads like those Red Pill assholes.

"Find a few beers"? Mate, I run the bloody brewery. I know my shit. You're not doing yourself any favours by ignoring this shit. In case you just woke up after a five year coma, the world is insane now. Pay attention, in case something like this shows up in your neck of the woods.
Hey now, hey now, hey now.

Let's take it back down a notch.

I freely admited that there's weird shit out here and that the Blight is fucked up shit, man.  What I'm saying is that people keep buying into the histerics of LALAs and those people who've crumbled under the stresses of this existence.  It's become like a ghost story competition between a bunch of boyscouts around a campfire. Each guy has to tell a scarier story than the last.   I mean seriously, a zombie whale? What the fuck.

On a different note, if you want some help with expansion of the brewery business, I know a guy that would probably be interested in a distribution deal.
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: LostinWonderland on June 23, 2017, 01:49:15 PM
Oh good, you're one of THOSE assholes.

Next you'll be saying the Blight is all in our heads like those Red Pill assholes.

"Find a few beers"? Mate, I run the bloody brewery. I know my shit. You're not doing yourself any favours by ignoring this shit. In case you just woke up after a five year coma, the world is insane now. Pay attention, in case something like this shows up in your neck of the woods.
Hey now, hey now, hey now.

Let's take it back down a notch.

I freely admited that there's weird shit out here and that the Blight is fucked up shit, man.  What I'm saying is that people keep buying into the histerics of LALAs and those people who've crumbled under the stresses of this existence.  It's become like a ghost story competition between a bunch of boyscouts around a campfire. Each guy has to tell a scarier story than the last.   I mean seriously, a zombie whale? What the fuck.

On a different note, if you want some help with expansion of the brewery business, I know a guy that would probably be interested in a distribution deal.

Hey man, I saw what I saw. If you choose not to believe me that's fine and I respect your position but we still don't understand the Blight and probably never will. So I don't think it needs to apply to any logic or beliefs, it just does what it wants. Honestly these claims don't seem as crazy (okay, maybe a little) when you consider only a couple of years ago the dead shouldn't have been able to walk around in the first place.
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Flatcap on June 23, 2017, 05:58:20 PM
And, to be fair, there are some total wackjobs out there. So, yeah, I understand you cant' take everything everyone says at face value. Pinch of salt, all that. Like, the whale thing? Weird, not sure if that really 'adds up' with how water messes with Blight.. but maybe Blight in the ocean could sink super deep and... I don't want to think about it.

So, if you can, try and verify this stuff, right? Like, has anyone else seen something like this somewhere else? Was anyone with you when it happened?
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Priceline on June 24, 2017, 01:26:49 AM
And, to be fair, there are some total wackjobs out there. So, yeah, I understand you cant' take everything everyone says at face value. Pinch of salt, all that. Like, the whale thing? Weird, not sure if that really 'adds up' with how water messes with Blight.. but maybe Blight in the ocean could sink super deep and... I don't want to think about it.

So, if you can, try and verify this stuff, right? Like, has anyone else seen something like this somewhere else? Was anyone with you when it happened?

Exactly my point, friend!

So far in my experience 99% of these stories end up being the end of a game of telephone.  "Well Steve told Becky told Carl told Dave told Scott, who told me that John saw it with his own eyes! God strike me down if I'm a liar!"

For instance I heard a story a few weeks back about one of these aberrant things... supposedly some intelligent form of casualty in the form of a 12 year old girl, able to direct and command the other casualties, like a hive mind or some such. But also was smart enough to know that a headshot would kill it, so it had raided some sort of military position and scavenged all the Kevlar it could and now its' head is the size of a beachball all wrapped up in Kevlar - not even a slit to see through, because it's telepathic and can see through the eyes of other casualties.

That's some impressively high stacked piles of steaming, stinking horseshit.
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Deadbody on June 24, 2017, 08:57:42 AM
So have you heard about the guy who built Casualty Forest?

So supposedly he went nuts not long after The Crash started and decided to whack all his coworkers. But he got all INGENIOUS about it.  He got hold of a bunch of those 'living tree coffins', doped his buddies up, shot 'em full of suppressin, stuffed 'em in the sacks, and buried 'em deep. Dunno how many he got rid of, but there's an awful lot of new timber growth out in eastern Oregon that's got black veins running up the trees and down into the leaves.

I don't know what's worse, fucking zombie trees or the idea that he may still be running around that forest.
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Priceline on June 24, 2017, 10:17:54 AM
So have you heard about....

So supposedly....

See this is exactly what I have been talking about!   These are all stories made to out do or one up the story of someone else that was just told! 

Uncorroborated, third-hand or more hearsay and histerics from obviously no longer sane sources.

Pictures! Video! Documentation of any kind!  Hell just an eye witness account with corroboration from another eye witness would be something!
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Deadbody on June 24, 2017, 11:20:53 AM
Oh, don't worry. I'm sure someone (or some DHQS) in the Recession is paying good bounty for a Taker team with a camera. You just don't get to see what pictures they took.
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: LostinWonderland on June 24, 2017, 02:58:45 PM
Oh, don't worry. I'm sure someone (or some DHQS) in the Recession is paying good bounty for a Taker team with a camera. You just don't get to see what pictures they took.

Well, Gnat did manage to find someone to sell his photos to so there's definitely someone out there willing to buy. I'll ask him about next time if I remember.
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Shortcut on June 25, 2017, 02:42:19 AM
 ;D
Yup!
Me and the Road Crew found a fella turning a screw when we climbed a data tower not all that long ago. He just kept turning and turning it until we put a round through him.
It kinda made me realise about how we're all sort of dead in one way or another. it's like there's a little timer we all get before we're all zombies. Some of us wait a little longer before giving into the hunger, and some of us don't, I guess. So if you're ever feeling down or like it's not really worth it in the end, don't worry!
It's not!
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: DeusExMachina275 on June 25, 2017, 09:12:19 AM
Oh, don't worry. I'm sure someone (or some DHQS) in the Recession is paying good bounty for a Taker team with a camera. You just don't get to see what pictures they took.

Oh, I DO want those pictures and videos, I make shit safer for takers out here in the Loss, I WAS IN THAT SHIT, and I would have paid good fucking money to know what was out there before going out, not knowing something is how you watch wife die to a vector trapped in meat locker.
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: 0perator on June 25, 2017, 12:05:40 PM
You're all reading too many horror stories. The Blight's just some fucked up disease, it doesn't create monsters. Besides casualties, that is. A guy I work with tried to convince me that if a latent gets stuck in a spot for long enough they turn into a blight tree, and that's stupid on the face of it. Feel free to trade bad information and ghost stories, though.
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Priceline on June 25, 2017, 07:14:15 PM
You're all reading too many horror stories. The Blight's just some fucked up disease, it doesn't create monsters. Besides casualties, that is. A guy I work with tried to convince me that if a latent gets stuck in a spot for long enough they turn into a blight tree, and that's stupid on the face of it. Feel free to trade bad information and ghost stories, though.

Another voice of reason! Thank you sir!
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Pixie on June 29, 2017, 01:26:38 AM
Late to the party, but chiming in to backup Freebird. I was on that job. Fire in an enclosed space worked that time. Also, that was some damn cool science the startup had going before the Crash. Wish we could have found more of their data, regrowing limbs and organs would be damn useful.
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Priceline on June 29, 2017, 01:40:50 AM
Late to the party, but chiming in to backup Freebird. I was on that job. Fire in an enclosed space worked that time. Also, that was some damn cool science the startup had going before the Crash. Wish we could have found more of their data, regrowing limbs and organs would be damn useful.

Hey since you and Freebird are being open and honest about previous endeavours as The Reformers, what exactly went down in Jeff City?  Some nasty rumors and a not-to-fuck-with body count made it's way west to my ears.
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Freebird on June 29, 2017, 10:10:46 PM
Late to the party, but chiming in to backup Freebird. I was on that job. Fire in an enclosed space worked that time. Also, that was some damn cool science the startup had going before the Crash. Wish we could have found more of their data, regrowing limbs and organs would be damn useful.

Hey since you and Freebird are being open and honest about previous endeavours as The Reformers, what exactly went down in Jeff City?  Some nasty rumors and a not-to-fuck-with body count made it's way west to my ears.

I guess it's public knowledge, right Pix? Or was there some kinda NDA thing those DHQS guys wanted us to hold with?

Screw it, we shouted off the roof of that government office building at the time, right before we threw Jeff down to get murdered by his own guys.

Jeff Carnavan was greedy. He wasn't content to just rob every boat coming down the Missouri river. No sir, screwing desperate refugees and honest traders wasn't not enough loot for old Governor Jeff, he decided to fuck over every Taker and enclave west of the Mississippi.

He set up a counterfeit Bounty printing operation, using the old driver's license printers in the state Department of Revenue office. Completely indistinguishable from the real thing, but worthless. That shit threatened to destabilize the monetary system for the entire goddamn Loss.

Sometimes, Takers and DHQS find themselves with some common interests. The result of those common interests was, as you say, a not-to-fuck-with body count.

I guess this is tooting our own horns, but the next time you swap Bounty for Crypto, or vice versa, maybe think a good thought our way.

Check out the episode here! https://www.technicaldifficultiespod.com/episodes/2016/7/13/red-markets-beta-the-reformers-episode-18 (https://www.technicaldifficultiespod.com/episodes/2016/7/13/red-markets-beta-the-reformers-episode-18)
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: The Passerby on July 02, 2017, 04:27:28 AM
Don't know what to really call it, maybe it's an aberrant or maybe it is just me gussying up a fish story, but here's what happened. It's last year, and I am in some shit hole planned walled community out in Arizona. You know the type, the place where there's security on segways and everyone at the gate needs to be logged in, especially if you're a minority. So the crew I was with, we were there on some closure job, some dentist locked his wife in the bedroom and just drove east. Standard stuff.

So anyway, it's about a 115F, the lawns are all parched and this place is about one lit joint away from being a blazing hellscape, and the Cs aren't too bothersome because most of them are jerky. I'm running overwatch a top what might as well been a literal hot tin roof, when I see it. This weird flash. It's only a couple blocks away. So I try to get eyes on with a eight power glass. Damnest thing, was a casualty skittering around like a damn roach. From shadow to shadow, under rusted out cars. It wasn't your usual crawling because it doesn't have legs type of casualty, was dressed in one of those road worker vests. It was definitely like a roach, and I had a suppressor on my rifle, so I figured I would try and take a shot.

I shit you not, it must of seen the sniper scope flash or something, because it looks right at me...and throws itself into a storm drain.

Or maybe it was chasing a gopher or some shit. I don't know. I was at least seven hundred yards off.

In any case, after that job I invested in better boots and thick gaiters, because the thought of something like that skittering from out under a car and giving my ankle a bite?

I don't fancy it.
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Silver on July 02, 2017, 06:46:28 AM
I used to think all those tales about Aberrants were full of shit until I was almost eaten by a goddamn zombie house.
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: DeusExMachina275 on July 02, 2017, 06:50:33 AM
Now that is a story that needs telling.
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Silver on July 02, 2017, 06:54:01 AM
Now that is a story that needs telling.

You couldn't pay me enough to relive the details, but the moral of the story is if you're infected, for fuck's sake don't lock yourself in a closet in a suburban house that's gonna rot through in a few years. When the body is immobile, Blight tendrils don't stop growing once they break skin.
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Referee on July 02, 2017, 08:50:16 PM
Anyone else encountered these before? They got a name, I'm thinking "empty" or "robot" casualties?

Failing that what other weird manifestations you encountered? Figure we better compile all these together, have some sort of reference when we're out and about.

Me and the Road Crew found a fella turning a screw when we climbed a data tower not all that long ago. He just kept turning and turning it until we put a round through him.

Verifying Fenris' and Shortcut's claims with one of my own. My crew found one of these 'empty' casualties crouched over their computer in a practically pristine office last year. It was typing away on a keyboard with the keys literally just about worn down, its shoulders occasionally shaking. I think they just don't stop doing whatever they were doing whenever they got the Blight. And you might be thinking hey, that's not so bad, right?

Yeah, no. We got morbidly curious, and found out the typing translated into "m feeling ill, love' *pause* 'yes' *pause, shoulder shaking* 'I'm sorry I stayed I love you I'm sorr", so they must've been in a chatroom or something when the Blight took. I try not to think about who might've been on the other end or for how long they got that message on loop.

We tried fishing around to see if anyone was after closure for it, but got no quick response, so Caddy just bashed its skull in. None of us felt in a mood to take video evidence, which in hindsight was real stupid, because we could probably have sold that instead, because people DO buy this shit. Which brings up an important point. If Priceline is fishing for proof and you provide it, there's a non-zero chance he - or anyone else here - will try to beat feet and sell it if you haven't already. Don't share an asset for free unless you feel like you can stand losing the B just to warn the rest of us.

But if you do provide credible proof, you get my respect. Forewarned is forearmed.
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Nomad on November 28, 2017, 09:02:43 PM
Oh boy, more crazy talk about abberants. Listen, folks, these are campfire stories they use to control you. The real truth is over at Manifest Destiny News Network @MDNN.public.Ubiq
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Gnat on December 03, 2017, 05:23:57 PM
Oh boy, more crazy talk about abberants. Listen, folks, these are campfire stories they use to control you. The real truth is over at Manifest Destiny News Network @MDNN.public.Ubiq

And if you want copies of the full footage they shot out here, plus analysis of their editing cuts, check out Manifest Destiny is Propaganda @MDPropa.public.Ubiq
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Varlaax on December 05, 2017, 10:21:41 PM
And Gnat never helped the DHQS?
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Gnat on December 05, 2017, 11:00:52 PM
Not without threats of an incoming drone strike.
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Varlaax on March 14, 2018, 09:00:29 PM
Abberants. Not real.

Abberant rumours and stories?

Certainly. Now to finish my Soma tea.
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Fisticuffs on March 15, 2018, 04:44:08 AM

These "aberrants" are just the ghost stories of our times.

Stop buying into the lies and spook stories!

you clearly spend a lot of time inside the fence or a cushy DHQS office.

I've posted on here before about my experience with Porcupines. not the animal, but casualty aberrants whose blight spines had grown out of their back hard and sharp. They took my whole crew.

But if you don't want to believe my stories, I ran across a group of Crusaders, one of which was a former Forensic scientist. She was high off her ass but she was telling us about something more terrifying than an Aberrant, just a weird quirk of the blight that people have not gotten to see yet. When a Latent dies in the enclave people are lined up to put a bullet in our heads, especially if they are children. no one wants to see that.

but latent vectors aren't like the freshies. If we die we just turn into casualties without the restraints of rigor mortis. That's why chest shots down take them down they're already dead... But here is what the Crusader was telling us. Rigor mortis often doesn't manifest in infants and children. So if a lantent child dies, boom instant ever-vec.
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Varlaax on March 15, 2018, 12:36:29 PM
Ever-vec?

I think there's a threadmill and power supply joke on there.
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Fisticuffs on March 15, 2018, 04:14:51 PM
And a child labor joke too if you really want
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Varlaax on March 15, 2018, 06:37:23 PM
Abberants. Laugh or go bonkers.
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: Silver on April 25, 2018, 06:12:18 AM
Abberants. Not real.

Abberant rumours and stories?

Certainly. Now to finish my Soma tea.

[laughs and then cries]
Title: Re: Weird Casualty Aberration
Post by: MauveHand on May 14, 2018, 11:47:14 PM
They're real. Seen a few, lived to tell.

Disbelieve if you want. Your funeral.