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In a war fought only by zombies and Screamers, who would persevere? Is there one monster that would reign supreme? In order to answer that question, we must first consider each of the creatures in turn.
The Zombie: As I stated in my Zombie versus Vampire argument, the modern archetype of the Zombie is rooted deep in the genre. Zombies are undead; that’s fairly simple to ascertain. They are plagued with a voracious hunger, they never stop to rest, and they move whether it’s night or day. They have no preference in whom they will kill and they can add to their ranks with a single, infected bite. The Zombie exists with no subtlety, no brains, and absolutely no subterfuge. That makes them pretty formidable, but how will they stack up against the Vampire or the Werewolf?
Screamers: For those of you not familiar with this particular monster, they are ‘fictional’ machines created by the Alliance to defend themselves against the NEB. They come in four different types and all emit an incredibly loud, metallic squeal before they attack. The first type, Type 1, embeds themselves in the sand and ambushes any unsuspecting enemies by slicing through limbs and the torso with a circular saw. The revised version of the Type 1 takes on more of a lizard shape and are armed with a buzz saw blade facing forward and mounted vertically in their heads. Type 2 is a class of adult men and women, who are both able to assimilate themselves into groups. While their function is not to kill, they can be very strong and use different tactics to lure their enemies to their deaths. The fourth type, Type 3, are the scariest in my books… These take the form of a small boy holding a teddy bear, pleading to come with you as if it were an orphan. Once inside your compound however, they attack with razor-like teeth and saw blades embedded into their hands.
The Screamer is a fantastic foe that has different ways of affecting victory over the Zombie. The Type 1 can slice and dice from ground level and since they are attracted by movement, the Zombie would have little hope of remaining intact long-term. If a Type 2 were to meet a Zombie, they may get bitten – heck their flesh might even become necrotic, but the underlying machinery would remain a cybernetic weapon however, ultimately doing what it was programmed to do. Even the Type 3 orphaned boy with the teddy bear would be able to get close enough to kill. Since the Zombies would ultimately come to them, their lack of cognitive ability could be their downfall…
So now it’s your turn. Present your argument – let me know who you think would win.