The odds are not often good...
...but luckily for Phillip Kindred 13 they were.
I love this game, even with its sometimes painful difficulty... that said I have a story.
there are MINOR MINOR spoilers, but assuming you've turned on the game, and have played for more than five minutes, there's not much I'm going to spoil here.
I could hear the beast before I ever saw it, large, heavy, and heading this way... the world was a blur and the lights played havoc with my eyes, even still I knew something was coming. Without thinking I quickly got up of the cold tiled floor and rushed to the door where the sounds were coming from, growing ever closer. Looking at the panel next to the door I realized it was nothing I recognized. Quickly I scanned the room for something, anything. I spied a broken window on the other side of the room, not terribly large, but big enough for me.
I ran to the window, taking care not to slip on the wet ground caused by my opened tank. I jumped up to the window and started to climb out as the "thing" entered the room. I only saw it for a moment, but I would never wish to see it again.
Outside the facility, I got a chance to look around... at nothing. There was nothing for what seemed like miles. There was a hill to the north, and some trees far off to the west, but no signs of life anywhere. I decided to peer back into the facility to see if I could find some clue as to where I should go.
Climbing back into the facility I nearly tripped over a medi-box, not an unusual item in a medical facility, I picked it up and peered inside. Lucky break, antibiotics, painkillers OC and Rx, some bandages, and most importantly sleep aids... no longer would I have to worry about my chronic insomnia that kept me up for weeks on end (it was nice in college when studying for my medical license); but, sadly, no directions.
I decided not to stick around the facility longer then necessary, such an odd building would surely acquire the attention of more of those creatures... if they hadn't picked up my scent already.
I hopped back out the window and started in a near random direction. With every movement the back of my mind told me to travel east, for what reason I dont know, but I had no reason to ignore my instincts.
I walked for what seemed like hours, until I finally wandered across a small forest shack. I looked in through a window but couldn't see a thing, I knocked, nothing. It was looking more and more like I would have to break in, when I decided to try the door... it was unlocked. Though odd, I was not about to question my new found luck, and quickly I began searching the place for anything I could use, I was hoping at least for some clothes.
A boot, some wire, and a box...
It seemed my luck was spent on the door.
Disappointed I left the shack, with my brand new boot... and my box with some wire inside it. Suddenly I stumbled upon a car. Using the tracking skills I picked up in basic I located a body, and not far from it another boot... too bad its another left, completely useless.
I walked back to the car and looked inside, in the back seat sat a nice comfy sleeping bag. Good, now... how am I going to carry this. I decided the box was a bit pointless, and after trying to stuff the sleeping bag into the box, entirely useless. I left the box with some wires in it, lying on the ground next to the car, perhaps someone could use it.
After another hour or two of dragging around the sleeping bag I noticed it was starting to get darker and I was having difficulty seeing, but as luck may have it, I finally found some form of civilization.
Any hope I had when I had at first seen the town quickly melted away when I saw the first few buildings up close. The town was deserted and a total wreck.
I poked around in the debris for a while, eventually finding a pair of pants, that were likely to fall apart if I sat wrong; a basic T-shirt, this made me feel a little better; and a lighter and a sauce pan, likely the best find of the search. Thinking back on basic again, I could remember the Sargent explaining the basics of survival. I dont remember it all, but I do remember the boiling water made sure it was drinkable. after letting it cool afterwards of course.
It was really starting to get dark now, and I was in need of a place to sleep. The weather was far more erratic than I remembered and I was getting tired of the rain. I took my findings into a small abandoned shed, not much but it did the trick. As I was moving things into the shed I saw something on the horizon, a backdrop of bright light on an other wisely black sky... lights? electricity? civilization! My route was planned from then on.
The night passed slowly, as I was kept awake by nightmares of the thing that I saw at the facility. I thought about using the sleeping pills, but I didn't want to waste them. Eventually, morning came.
I decided that before I leave I should look over the town once more, to make sure I hadn't missed anything. I had. A lone apartment building that I hadn't noticed the previous night was missing its door, so I looked inside. Immediately I was rewarded, a backpack... now I can carry all the things I found, I was dreading the inevitable decision on which items I would have to leave, now I could take it all.
Spirits lifted and feeling good about my self I left town heading towards the glow I saw the previous night. Though my spirits were high, I felt I was hungry and I was desperate for some water... the race for water began.
I continued on my path towards the light, either I would get there thirsty and hungry or I would find something along the way. At least that's what I told myself. Eventually though I found a lake with a nearby forest. I collected some supplies from the forest for a fire and set to work purifying some water. It took a while, and it took all my will power not to drink directly from the lake but I knew better. I heard of people back in times before proper plumbing getting cholera and dying... not a pleasant death either.
After it was sanitized I drank... probably too much, but I was thirsty, beyond what I had originally thought. With my thirst dealt with I turned my attention to my hunger. It wasn't much further to the lights, so I decided I would continue on my way, and forage for things on the way.
It wasnt long before I found a bunch of berries, they looked like blueberries but not quite, I was dreading having not payed attention during the plants section of survival training... they looked like blueberries, so I ate them. I then continued on my way.
It didnt take long for the effects to show them selves, the berries were definitely not blue berries. I was attacked by a surge of cramps followed by a massive wave of discomfort. I quickly pulled out my Medi-box and fished out my antibiotics, probably not my greatest decision, but it was the only thing I could think of.
I soldiered on, pausing only to relieve myself of my occasional "massive discomfort", eventually though I saw the city...
I walked through the shantytown and up to the gates, hopefully they had something that could help me inside. A wave of despair hit me when I was rejected entry.
Eventually though, with the help of a strange man, I was able to get entry... but it would never be. As I left the building I passed out from the pain.
I dont know for sure how long I was out, a day maybe two, all I remember is waking up with the greatest thirst I have ever known and the greatest hunger with it. But I was alive, and I felt "well", at least I didn't feel sick anymore...
In the end I made it inside the city, I was able to scrap together enough money to buy some basic food, and I used that to build bows for the shop in the shanty town... not glorious work, but good enough to get me back into shape.
And that's where the story ends, I'm still out there, surviving... somewhere, somehow. Who knows how long I have left, or if there is more to tell of my story, I want to wish every survivor/looter out there the best of luck.
We either die a survivor, or live long enough to see ourselves eat every DMC guard.