The near future...
These are the Chronicles of The End of the World. It all
started fifteen years ago, in 2005, when a great sickness
swept over the world. At first, it seemed to be just a new
strain of the flu, but we soon learned that it was something
more--something much more.
You see, the common flu would only stay in the human system
for maybe a week, tops, but 'The Sickness', as it was to
become known, it never seemed to go away. It just slowly ate
you up, until there was nothing left. As crazy as it may
sound, what started out as a mild illness, turned into an
epidemic that swept the entire world and in just a few years,
over 3 billion people had died.
But, what caused all of this suffering? Doctors said, at
first, that it was dehydration that actually killed people,
not the disease itself. Several days of intense vomiting and
purging diarrhea killed off the young and the old rather
quickly. We thought the worst was over, but, we were wrong.
Initially, people thought it was the water that was making
everyone sick. That somehow all of the world's oceans, lakes
and rivers had become poisoned, polluted, to the point of no
repair. So, almost everyone stopped drinking water. All that
did was make it easier for The Sickness to kill off more
people. If they couldn't replenish the lost fluid, dehydration
set in quickly, and they were gone before we knew it.
Finally, after more than two years of people dropping like
flies, a professor in Spain made a horrifying discovery. The
Sickness wasn't in the water, but in the very air that we
breath. But, by that time, it was too late for most people.
There were less than a million of us left on the entire
Ten more years have passed since then and those of us who
actually survived The Sickness, well I guess we are immune. A
while back, there was some genetic research done on some of
the survivors and it seems that we all have an extra gene that
makes us immune--the Immortal Gene, it's called.
Yeah, we lived through the greatest plague known to man,
but now what do we do? Earth has become a Ghost Planet. There
are just a few families, in a few cities, scattered all over
the globe and supplies to keep those few of us alive are
getting pretty scarce.