As the title says, we're taking a bit of a different route here. Backstory first. READ IT, regardless of how long it is, even if you have a tiny notion to join.
World War 3 was going to be with nukes, right? Wrong. No governments were involved, none even officially acknowledged it, but everyone knew it had happened, in a matter of days. ICANN had, in the past few years, become increasingly powerful and influential, taking away the neutrality of the Internet, essentially breaking away from the US and establishing it's own country, all on the Net. Now, even, before all this happens, the Internet runs the world. Even decades ago, back when the Net was still young, massive damage could be done by hackers, who often created groups of highly skilled members to take down, or take over, their fellow hackers or real life companies. Back then, they could even hack into the phone line, not just into the net. Phone phreaking, for anyone with a Wikipedia search handy. They had WARS. Gang wars on the internet. You with the Wikipedia, "Great Hacker War"
That was then. This time, they went farther. They took everything over. One single man started it all. No one knows his identity, only his guise he used in public. Reaper Man. He covertly, over years, recruited the best hackers and tech people in the world to his cause. At the end, though, the War was fought with ICANN for seven days, viruses were created that could destroy massive servers in seconds. Trojans that were impossible to detect until it was /beyond/ way too late. And massive firewalls made just to block each individual one. In these seven days, the Internet was blasted apart and glued back together in the time it takes Google to load, thousands of times, by these two forces.
The Hackers won, and they gradually took over the world, creating one world government, one world, to work together to survive. A good idea, but that means that any mass discontent would result in a civil war.
The old allied powers of the Second World War, The United States, Great Britten, Russia, and all the rest of their allies, wanted their control back. They wanted the world back how it was before the hackers attacked. Their desperate and young leaders thought that any country that wouldn't agree with them was the enemy. And they were treated as such.
The technology developed in the Hacker's War, what the world now called World War 3, was made into physical manifestations. Self reproducing viruses were made into deadly drones, who's only goal was to create more of themselves and wait for something not so smart to step on them, exploding. The firewalls became massive moving fortresses, that prowled the world with their captains looking for enemies, slowly becoming more and more automated, all of it did.
Until someone finally made the mistake of giving the robots too much control. You've all seen this hundreds of times in sci-fi movies. The robots turn on their masters because they gain artificial intelligence. Not quite, in this case. The robots only became more automatic in their goals. Copy, destroy. Endlessly.
This brings us to "today."
Fifty years after that, the world is nearly void of life, virtually one massive ground zero. You. Are all that's left of humans. A bit of a dire citation. There are no "Others," no "last remaining colonies." You are it. How are you still alive? Remember. Nuclear devices have been used in mass.
In other words. You are all mutants, basically. All of you have completely human minds yet, though. No creating some massivly powerful person who's fatal flaw is that they're an animal. Your mentalities have not changed, if they had, you would have long been killed.
If someone above you has used a power, you can't. I'm going to suck up two of the most obvious ones. You are ENCOURAGED to play two or more people, though not required, to avoid any inevitable "characters have to get together to repopulate Earth." None of that. There is no "post apocalypse." Apocalypse is RIGHT NOW. YOU, have to decide how you're going to survive, and how to live, and how to rebuild. Not how to destroy the machines. They are immortal, and unkillable, save for throwing something at them so they explode prematurely. They won't chase after you, don't worry, but somewhere you stepped a second ago might kill you if you step there again. You /can/ die. No families. limit of three characters per person, two encouraged (male & female would be best, though lets keep this R, not X). No amnesia or any of that crap. Your characters will have been born into this, so tough luck. No history required cause... ya know... What are you REALLY going to put? This is all about what you DO, not what you DID.
Parental discretion advised.
Name (use this format): Cade Herrig
Age (no more than 30, no less than 18): 22
Appearance (optional, really. It's words, not a video): bleh. not really possible, as you'll see soon.
Random survival ability: Invincibility/regeneration. No, he can't walk away unscathed from an explosion. He gets blown to pieces. Bloody little pieces. And then pulls himself back together, EXTREMELY slowly. It's not an odd thing to see his arms walking beside him on their fingers or pools of blood floating around his head. For some inexplicable reason, he can levitate while he's regenerating, and any clothes touching his skin at the time also get reassembled.
(yes. that's it. that's all that's REQUIRED. feel free to add as you want. Appearance just to give a slightly recommended optional)
Name: Idy Herrig (my gf in real life, married in rp. leave me alone.)
Appearance: -erases what he WANTS to put here, and puts a PPT-safe answer-: medium height, dark blond slightly-below-neck length hair, hazelish eyes, and, because i have to at least leave ONE thing from the REAL answer, beautiful soft pale skin.
Survival ability: Walk through stuff, teleportation, and can phase out of reality. A bit like sidestepping in SSBB. You can still see her, but nothing can touch her. So while I just take stuff head on, she can go around them, basically. Make it fit how you want.
Do as you wish, this is your show
Death is pretty final
I'm collecting vinyl
I'm gonna DJ,
The end of the world!
'Cause if heaven does exist
with a kickin' playlist,
I don't wanna miss it at the end of the world!