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Benjamin Lucius Riley

Postby Erinys » Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:37 am

From the New World Encyclopedia:

Benjamin Lucius Riley (November 1, 1986 - ) The available primary sources disagree on the details of the early career and birthplace of Benjamin L. Riley. Journal entries written by survivor Algernon Blackwood establish that Riley, like Blackwood himself, was a former reporter; first-hand interviews with former military survivors tends to indicate that Riley had been a private in he U.S. Army, while former doctors and nurses often claim that Riley had trained as a paramedic, and career criminals are confident that he been incarcerated for petty theft. At present it seems most likely that Riley never told anyone what his real occupation had been, prior to the Troubles, and that various members of his crew had simply assumed that he had done certain jobs based on his possession of the appropriate job skills.

The only facts which are now certain are that Ben Riley arrived in the town of Piety, Indiana on the morning of October 16th, 20--, with an express intention of saving its surviving human population from a breaking Wave of dead marching from the former city of Indianapolis. In the course of 14 eventful days, Riley was able to seize control of an abandoned building, recruit a group of stalwart human resisters, build barricades and traps, and supply food and water at one of the first known "Fort Zombie" sanctuaries to stand against such a Wave.

Sources agree that Riley had no surviving family of his own. The present wherabouts of this early resistance leader are unknown.
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Re: Benjamin Lucius Riley

Postby aidan » Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:45 am

First thing that pops out to me: the "New World Encyclopedia" has been written shortly enough after the events of the game that Ben's "whereabouts", rather than "resting place" or "tomb", are unknown. Seems we were able to get back on our feet enough to start printing encyclopedic volumes before many survivors of the game even died. Is that about the size of it?
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Re: Benjamin Lucius Riley

Postby Erinys » Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:09 am

Printing presses are in operation, and the majority of first generation survivors are alive when the first edition of the New World Encyclopedia is published. On the other hand, the laws of the physical universe have stretched like taffy, and even during the events of FZ there are already Characters in the game who have lived for significantly longer than ordinary human beings are supposed to. :wink:

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Re: Benjamin Lucius Riley

Postby Monkeyking » Tue Nov 03, 2009 11:43 pm

Would the theses laws of the physical of the universe eroded enough to use telekinesis by the time this encyclopedia was written? :twisted: And are there still zombie hordes around by the time this encyclopedia was published to what extent?
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Re: Benjamin Lucius Riley

Postby Mightypeon » Fri Jan 07, 2011 12:06 pm

I would have some question concerning the "tech doesnt work" effect.

-If the enemy is the "world of the dead", would equipment designed solely to kill/destroy humans be more affected/corrupted?
-Could beeing inside such equipment/using such (affected)equipment greatly increase your chances of rotting (would nicely explain why one doesnt pick up Soldier Zed weapons)?
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Re: Benjamin Lucius Riley

Postby Erinys » Fri Jan 07, 2011 5:14 pm

You absolutely do NOT want to touch anything or anyone with Rot if it can be avoided. The reason that weapons become extensions of Rot so easily is that they represent power in the mind of the victim--and power is one of the promises that Fam La whispers into the ear of the weak and the broken.

An uncorrupted weapon is one that has been used in defense of life. A Rotted rifle in the hands of a Rotted soldier or cop, a Rotted blade in the hands of a Rotted fireman or butcher, is just an extension of the hate and fear that is Fam La. Picking it up would be far more dangerous than punching the zombie with your naked fist.

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Re: Benjamin Lucius Riley

Postby Mightypeon » Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:35 pm

Thanks for the awnser! If using a gun to save people "holifies" it, do guns used to kill innocents corrupt their wielders?
Does the corruptive effect scales with the weapons power (as in, the power it represents to the wielder), as in, using a German Kar-98-K from the second world war is risky, driving around in a former Waffen-SS-tiger (Nazi examples used to prevent debates on how "evil" contemporary American weapons/Tanks are) is near 100% rot insurance for all non saints?
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Re: Benjamin Lucius Riley

Postby Erinys » Fri Jan 07, 2011 10:42 pm

If human beings Rotted and crossed over while in a tank, especially while thinking of the tank as an extension of themselves, it is at least conceivable that the tank could Rot with them. There is no evidence as yet that an object over the size of a personal item can be infused with either positive attributes OR Rot, however.

The winds of power are certainly blowing. Magic is getting stronger as the "rules" that governed our universe bend, warp and finally break completely under the weight of Fam La's onslaught. But unleashing all possibilities is not necessarily to the Enemy's advantage.

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Re: Benjamin Lucius Riley

Postby U.E.D.C. » Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:47 pm

Rot tanks.... as if Fam La wasn't dangerous enough.

Do the rounds fired by corrupted weapons also carry the same danger, so being shot from a corrupted rifle by a soldier zombie would be more dangerous than a round fired by the rifle of a soldier who died fighting the zombies?
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Re: Benjamin Lucius Riley

Postby Erinys » Sat Jan 08, 2011 12:55 am

The round is dangerous in the sense that the slug fired is a dense pellet of black Rot. It hits, penetrates, and mushrooms. An extremely strong person can take it as merely physical damage, but if the victim is weakened in any way, the Black Bullet will shred and then infect from within.

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Re: Benjamin Lucius Riley

Postby Jerico » Mon Sep 12, 2011 5:33 pm

Erinys wrote:The round is dangerous in the sense that the slug fired is a dense pellet of black Rot. It hits, penetrates, and mushrooms. An extremely strong person can take it as merely physical damage, but if the victim is weakened in any way, the Black Bullet will shred and then infect from within.

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So that's why they don't run out of ammo? It's because they don't shoot bullets, just compressed Darkness. Makes sense within the universe of the game.
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