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Path of The Scourge

For the full listing of ruins, see our ruin index, or click the bolded suburb links below.

2016

The Scourge started its infamous career in North Blythville in June 2016. We breached the barricades of the Hebditch Building, the only NecroTech facility in the suburb, allowing feral zombies inside. Afterwards, we invaded Julie General Hospital and made it the group's first ruin. Soon, we made the general vicinity of the Hebditch Building unsafe, killing several survivors and ruining most of the TRPs in the center of North Blythville.

With nearly a quarter of the suburb ruined, they moved on to greener pastures and the first Mall target in South Blythville. The destruction of Marven Mall took longer than expected, due to the agressive tactics and persistent defence of local survivors. Kudos! The fun was interupted by several suspected zerglings among the zombies there, which prompted us to leave sooner than expected. We're undead abominations out to kill every living thing in Malton, but that doesn't mean we can't be civilized about it...

Our next stop brought us to the steeples of Greentown, which we found mostly empty. Apparently a decade of zombie apocalypse has made the Maltonites renounce their faith... A pleasant visit to Dartside was up next, and we had lots of fun with the people from Tikhon Medical who truly tried their hardest to get eaten by us at least twice a day!

Tompson Mall, in Lockettside, was next on our list. The breathers here should be commended: they put up one of the most fun fights we've had so far and while we established a bridgehead several times in the SW corner of the Mall, it took us the better part of a week to really break through and ruin the Mall. Several attempts of Baraga and Rotting Rita to get combat revived at the Cheeke Building nextdoors to engage in some banter with the defenders were unsuccesful.

The next stop was Ruddlebank, where the north-east corner proved fruitful but the barricades were real tough. We then moved into Spicer Hills in hopes that the barricades would be less impenetrable, but this wasn't the case. We did our best, but chose to move on. Since we had such success in Dartside during the previous visit, we went back. The barricades started to fall again, and this time we took on buildings we hadn't touched last time. It proved to be our most successful suburb in our travels so far, giving us lots of unique ruins to add to our collection! This included our first-ever piñata at Samborne Towers, which would later inspire some further activities in that department...

In the fall, we passed through Kinch Heights for a couple weeks and then into West Grayside, where much of the suburb, including Pole Mall and Clapton Stadium, fell into our claws. The Scourge then turned southwards through Wyke Hills to settle in at Buckley Mall by Halloween. The Buckley residents proved the toughest yet, and held us off for two weeks over the Halloween season.

The 5th of November saw a hiatus for Scourge strikes, as some members traveled up to Ridleybank to participate. Two members stayed in Buttonville and got up to some hijinks, however, uncovering our first true artifact of worship: the Barhah Bambg!n. While at first installed as a decorative item by an unknown entity in what became known as Pumpkin NT, it quickly became a contested item of worship when The Randoms took it upon themselves to keep our members from licking the venerated pumpkin. Dudemeister, an ancient Malton survivor, was the first to deny the Scourge access, and saw her infamy rise to Satanesque levels within the community of Barhah. The Prophet of Pumpkin Phallacies, Krae, exposed the effects of the artifact upon direct contact in the first holy text, including hallucinations and the claims that it sometimes "whispered" to anyone close enough to hear... Scourge members Baraga and Rita engulfed the area in darkness, in an attempt to have the Barhah Bambg!n expose its enlightenment to them in a show of benign approval... so they can lick it. In the end, despite getting revived as rotters and trying their best, they were unable to lick the pumpkin as the Pumpkin NT was ruined by a zerg.

In the pumpkin's wake, the Scourge began to practice their new calling, piñataing buildings. After some practice in Buttonville, the group moved to Kinch Heights, with the goal of piñataing the entire almost-island around Milverton Place Police Department. However, they faced steep survivor resistance, and so moved a ways to try again in Miltown. Despite some more survivor zergers there, we were able to do a bunch of piñatas and quite a number of GKings, terrorizing Miltown for weeks over Christmas and New Years 2017.

2017

After passing by (and briefly ruining) Mitchem Mall, the Scourge got our first bellow in at the heavily-populated Fort Creedy, where we hung out for most of January. February saw us move up to Rolt Heights, taking on the Burchell Arms Regulars in their home base. The BAR hopped from building to building, but we made sure to keep them on their toes! With the help of some ferals, we took down the Arms multiple times, and stuck around the Rolt/Pescodside area through early March, when our new allies from Feral Clowder showed up. With their help, we were able to ruin and occupy the whole BAR area.

We then moved back down to Pitneybank for our longest residency in one suburb yet! We moved back and forth between Giddings Mall and Fort Creedy from mid-March through June, taking down both over and over. In the process, our numbers swelled: we got onto the stats page with our tenth member in May. With all the new babahs, we dedicated ourselves to helping them level up, saving the tastiest morsels for our young. We also migrated from IRC to Discord to help better run our strikes, and move the Scourge into the 21st century. Meanwhile, our allies in Feral Clowder visited us several times, helping out with some of the tastier (and hardest-to-reach) humans.

Unfortunately, by late June the survivors had decided we were too much for them, and began to create a serious survivor-zerg problem. The Scourge opted to ditch the area, and proceeded southeastwards through the empty lands of Pegton and Dentonside, leaving a wide trail of ruins in their wake, including Tolman Power Station. We then proceeded southwards through eastern Houldenbank, into Penny Heights. Although the survivors there had kept PH safe for nearly three years, they folded like paper before the Scourge, who ruined first Lumber Mall, then crushed the TRPs in southwest Penny before taking down Joachim Mall by the middle of July. For the later part of the month, the Scourge smashed up the Joachim area, ruining the adjacent buildings and nearby TRPs again and again, culminating with another ruin of Joachim.

After departing Penny Heights, the Scourge steamrolled across largely-abandoned Pennville, quickly arriving at GBP-controlled Scarletwood. It took a mere few days for us to destroy their base area, popping into The Scourge/East Grayside for some snacks and, in August, re-entering Wyke Hills to approach our old haunt, Buckley Mall. After taking down nearby TRPs, including the old Pumpkin NT, Buckley itself fell into our claws by the middle of August. We spent a few days messing up Buttonville, before reaching Kinch Heights. After having failed to take it down last November, our increased numbers let us easily smash it up, and get KH a non-safe rating for the first time in nearly four years.

The next stop was Dartside, where we revisited our old friends at Tikhon Medical and took the time to ruin nearly the entire suburb. After some brief strikes in Greentown, we hit and easily took Marven Mall by the end of August. After crushing nearby buildings in South Blythville and Lockettside, Tompson Mall promptly fell at the start of September. Despite our attempt to smash up Ruddlebank, hit rates were so horrendous we decided instead to move on, smashing up eastern Wykewood before arriving back at our starting location in North Blythville and ruining the cluster around Julie General where we started our path a year earlier. It seemed the survivors had cleared out of the area ahead of us — until we found them at Squadron1111's base at Tarasius General in Lerwill Heights. Although the Squadron talked a big game, it took less than 24 hours to clear them out and ruin their base.

By September '17, The Scourge was throwing waves of decayed hands at the barricades of Ackland Mall in Havercroft, and within 24 hours all four corners were in ruins. The next few days were spent educating the locals on the teachings of Barhah. When they had proven to be less than responsive, any survivors that hadn't fled were promptly eaten and the horde moved on to Eastonwood. When Penguinpyro was brought back to the land of the living, found a gun and shot up a police station. Apparently the Soldiers of Crossman don't like us, since they didn't even organize a welcoming party. In retaliation we trashed the place, danced on the remains and someone apparently peed in a corner... Our growing undead band of shamblers then moved to Calvert Mall in Gatcombeton, ruined it, trashed the neighborhood and then ruined it again for good measure before moving to our next targets... BARHAH!

We hung around Shuttlebank for a while — the locals put up a good fight at Fabian General. We moved along to the Bale Mall area, spending much of October trashing adjacent parts of East Boundwood and Yagoton. But it was all a ruse to throw them off our trail, circling back to Fabian General and retaking the area. After celebrating Halloween at Bale Mall, we moved southwards across Yagoton, Brooke Hills and Shearbank, taking Stickling Mall in the blink of an eye. Unfortunately, despite a couple Scourgers making an appearance in Ridleybank, no survivors showed up for the Fifth of November.

Our spirits were lifted, however, when Tikhon Medical invited us to a picnic in Shuttlebank, "celebrating" Tikhon Medical's "victory" over the Scourge. We thought it might be a trap, but when we showed up, it was real! All those snacks outside, just waiting to become a picnic themselves. Check out these awesome photos of the festivities.

After filling up our bellies (thanks, friends!), we jogged back over to Stickling Mall, before crossing the Randallbank/Huntley Heights/Heytown area to reach Dowdney Mall in Santlerville. Despite the fact that the BAR area and Treweeke Mall were already in ruins (a good bar can't keep its doors closed these days, can it?), we opted to travel back up that way to hang out in Gibsonton towards the tail end of November, before making a right turn across Spracklingbank to spend the holidays in our old haunt of Pitneybank. Along with some snowy jaunts across Peppardville and Heytown, we repeatedly ruined Giddings Mall and the surrounding buildings through the new year.

2018

We kicked off 2018 in Pitneybank. As the survivors seemed to have given up on the Giddings Mall area, we traveled a few blocks south to take Fort Creedy, which we hadn't visited in a while, and some adjacent buildings in Pegton. We continued to hang around the region, feeding up our Scourglings, engaging in a little friendly PKing, and taking some family photos. After one more jaunt over to Heytown, we turned towards our next targets: Tynte Mall in Pimbank, then Hildebrand Mall in Roftwood and Woodroffe Mall in Tollyton. The RCC proved to be especially noble opponents, and we fought them for much of January and February, as excellently narrated by ZombGG in the Great Scourgin' of Roftwood — I couldn't write it better, so check it out there! You may want to see our many photos, especially of the siege of the Herbert Building, though. We continued to bop back and forth between the three malls through the middle of February.

We were sad to leave the delectable mall cluster, but new ground had to be broken, so we spent the later part of February in migration, from Tollyton through Wray Heights, Gulsonside, and Scarletwood to take out Fort Perryn! We hung around the greater southwest, trashing Pennville, Fryerbank, Penny Heights and Osmondville before making our way back up to Pitneybank in late March, for our third visit there. What can we say, Fort Perryn is just a bounteous feast for our growing Babahz!

After taking down Perryn, we spent March in Spracklingbank and Heytown, before heading northwards to once again visit our frenemies the Burchell Arms Regulars. Over the course of April and May, we tore apart Gibsonton, Rolt Heights, Pescodside, Rhodenbank and Dulston, finally getting the chance to take out Treweeke Mall while also visiting such illustrious sites as the Brain Museum.

By the tail end of May, the greater BAR region was in ruins, and we shambled our way back down to visit our friends in Roftwood. They did such a great job immortalizing our previous visit, so we had to stop by and thank them! And, of course, spend the better part of a couple months trashing their suburb — from late May through early July, we definitely gave the RCC their money's worth. We did make a couple of jaunts to Tynte Mall in Pimbank and over to the Edgecombe/Peppardville area, before moving on to our next targets in July: Woodroffe Mall in Tollyton, Shackleville and then the home base of the Knights Templar in Kempsterbank. We'd never dropped by the home of one of the most illustrious survivor groups, and made sure to pay our respects by destroying their base several times over the course of July and August.

By the tail end of August, we decided we needed a break, and wanted to visit a sight in Malton we'd never seen before: the City Zoo! We quickly crossed the center of the city, ruining some of Galbraith Hills and Barrville along the way, before quickly trashing Ketchelbank. Did you know, at the time Ketchelbank was approaching the five-year mark as a continuously safe suburb? Well, we took out the zoo and much of the rest of it before we could allow that to happen. The Zookeepers didn't really make an appearance, though — perhaps we'll have to return another time!

Of course, being in the north-center of the city in September, we made sure to take in the autumnal colors in Shearbank, Yagoton and East Boundwood — the views are especially lovely from the roofs of Stickling and Bale Malls, and the high chimneys of Southall Mansion. In October, we blazed a trail across Millen Hills, Shearbank, Randallbank and Pimbank, in order to reach our dear friends in Roftwood by Halloween. The Roftwoodites didn't put up much of a fight, though, and we turned Hildebrand Mall from this to this in less than 48 hours, trashing much of the rest of the suburb thereafter while keeping Hildebrand in ruins and hopping over the border to take down Nichols Mall.

At the end of 2018, the Scourge decided to get back to its original goal: to ruin each and every building in Malton. To that effect, we decided to target specific suburbs, going for a 100% ruin rate. Our first attempts were in Tollyton and Wray Heights, where we were thwarted by finding a few buildings already ruined. We hopped over the border into Kempsterbank to visit our old frenemies the Knights Templar for Christmas. Despite our pleasant season's greetings, they opted not to wish us a happy holidays and instead to kick us from Whitenoll. So, of course, we trashed the place and tore up Kempsterbank for a couple weeks in response. Hey, it's 2019, don't you know how we operate by now?

2019

After tearing up Kempsterbank, the Scourge opted to start the new year revisiting a suburb we hadn't stopped by in nearly three years: West Grayside! We tore up Pole Mall and Clapton Stadium, then criss-crossed the suburb trashing it. We then moved on to our next attempt at a 100% ruin rate, and finally got it, in East Grayside — the first suburb in which we've ruined every single building. Thanks, East Grayside, for being so delectable!

We then decided to undertake some cleanup operations (if you can call it that) on Wyke Hills and Hollomstown, both of which we hadn't visited in a couple years. We also hit (and almost entirely ruined!) Danversbank, our last unvisited suburb in the southeast quadrant. After hearing that some harmanz were attempting to repair Whittenside, we smashed up their suburb to keep "Whittensdie" in zombie hands. Our subsequent stop was Scarletwood, as we realized we hadn't paid the Garniss Border Patrol a visit in two years — and we wanted to drop by to say hello!

In mid-April, we got a proposal from our friends in the illustrious RRF, as they were planning to make an attack on Roftwood. We made a plan: while the RRF took out Roftwood, we'd run support by ruining much of Tollyton, including Woodroffe Mall, one of the Roftwood residents' main backups. The mission was a complete success, and we even took the time to clean up our last few unruined buildings in Tollyton — making it the second suburb in which we've reached a 100% ruin rate! Once the area was fully de-harmanized, we headed northeast into Edgecombe to clean up the last refugia of the Roftwood residents, then circled through Pegton and Peppardville for a brief break. But it was a fake-out — we returned to Roftwood in mid-May, just as the Roftwood Coordination Center thought things were settling down. All around, a delicious time — and we look forward to working with the RRF again soon!

We crossed back through Edgecombe to reach Pitneybank for the 2019 edition of our residency there, encompassing most of May through July, including our third anniversary on June 19th! Here's a lovely family photo of us outside Giddings Mall, which, of course, we ruined several times over, despite the fact the humans kept moving back in to feed us. And, of course, we had to occupy Fort Creedy.

Unfortunately, we weren't able to reach one of our goals: Derham Bank, our last remaining building, was already ruined when we got there. So we decided to aim for a 100% ruin rate in other suburbs in the northeast, and over the rest of 2019 did a slow, curving tour, aiming for 100% ruins in each suburb we hit. We succeeded in Spracklingbank in July, but narrowly missed in Heytown, Santlerville and Huntley Heights in August and Raines Hills in September. By this point, we had ruining down to a science, and were trashing 2-3 suburbs a month. Thus, Chancelwood was a breeze (we took out the stadium, the mansion, and the Haslock NT... twice!), and we moved on to Earletown. In September 2019, Earletown had been safe for more than four years, and we had to quickly put an end to that! We also smashed up Pashenton in the run-up to Halloween. We spent that holiday back in Santlerville, completing the 100% ruin and retaking Dowdney Mall.

In November, we returned to Huntley Heights, destroying that suburb again, alongside Randallbank. We headed southwards across ghost-town Pimbank towards our next destination...

Where will the Scourge head next? Check back soon, or join us to find out!

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