Dia de los Muertos

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Dia de los Muertos
Conflict Urban Dead
Date October 29th, 2005 - November 1st, 2005
Place Giddings Mall
Result Decisive zombie victory
PARA, The Stanbury Renegades, Creedy Defense Force, Army Control Corps The Ridleybank Resistance Front, Minions of the Apocalypse, The Undying Scourge, Shambling Seagulls
Kevar, Saromu, Cowboy Up, Sgt. Whiskey Swiper Petrosjko, Apocalypse Lord, Sniperwulf

700 survivors

500 zombies

All 700 About 50

Creedy. Perryn. Nichols. Woodroffe. Ackland. Hildebrand.''
The hordes have smashed all that oppose them.
One final name stands, the one place the humans consider to be inviolate. The Giddings Mall is a fortress, ideally located and built for a sustained defense.
The balance has begun to tilt back toward us. Where once we were the hunted, now we are the hunters. Now we dictate to the humans the future of this city.
I speak now to all the hordes, to all the unaffiliated ferals.
Let us break the back of human resistance once and for all. Let us show them that the hordes united can smash any stronghold of theirs.
Let us put our mark upon Malton with the battle to end all battles.
Who will join us?

Riding on the recent wave of zombie victory, Petrosjko posted his "Call to Arms" in The Morgue, on On October 28th, 2005.

After the September defeat of The Many, Giddings Mall had developed the reputation of an undefeatable fortress, so this rallying call was met with great excitement from across the zombie population, as the most prominent hordes pledged involvement:

Ladies and Gentlemen,
It has been decreed by our dread lord - the Apocalypse is coming to Giddings Mall. - Toben/Pike, of the Minions of the Apocalypse

Within hours, zombies began to congregate in the suburb of Pitneybank, and the Giddings barricades were quickly subject to repeated attack. The siege had began in earnest as the combined forces of the RRF and the Minions continued to breach the Giddings defences, wearing down the defenders. The support structures in the vicinity quickly crumbled, and Giddings was soon isolated. By the time of the arrival of the Undying Scourge on October 30th, the mall's collapse was clearly imminent, with the defenders growing more desperate and panicked with every breach that permitted the entry of dozens of zombies each time.

At approximately 20.00 (GMT), on October 31st, the SE quadrant of Giddings Mall fell to zombie claws (in those days, large buildings did not exist thus each quadrant of a mall had to be taken separately). Attention was quickly turned to the SW, which had been largely untouched by this point. Within 12 hours, it too fell into zombie possession. The defeat of the south signaled the death knell for Giddings, and at this point, the zombie victory was all but assured. By 15.00, November 1st, the NE had fallen, and finally at approximately 20.00, November 1st, the NW was devoid of life.

In the span of 24 hours, the mall had crumbled, merely five days since the very idea was first suggested. This was seen as a glorious victory for the hordes of Malton, an event quickly coined Dia de los Muertos, after the famous "Day of the Dead", a festival that traditionally falls on November 1st and George Romero film, Day of the Dead in which a horde of zombies overwhelm a human stronghold.

Many in the zombie community began to talk of a united zombie super-horde, and many more, fresh with the thrill of victory looked for a new, high profile target.

Unfortunately for the hordes, that target was the infamous Caiger Mall.