The Whitlock Building
|The Whitlock Building
"... lights are on in the Whitlock Building ..."
|the Whitlock Building
The NecroTech logo hangs broken above the front desk, and doors open onto a number of blood stained laboratories and computer rooms.
The Whitlock Building, aka "The Fortress of Science", is a NecroTech facility located in the suburb of Dulston. Though a faceless corporate structure to the uninitiated, this facility has been long considered the primary manufacturer of Revivification Syringes for NecroTech within Dulston. Outfitted with NecroTech's latest automated mass-production laboratories, staff here work night and day to produce a large stockpile of syringes capable of dealing with any major zombie outbreaks. Whitlock NecroTech staff often work in tangent with research personnel stationed at the Bridgman Building to the northwest, but just as often send scientific teams into Rhodenbank to work at the Starr or Carlyle Buildings due to common interests in syringe manufacturing research.
The Whitlock Building, at twenty-five stories, is the third-tallest building in the suburb of Dulston, with only the Parrott Towers at thirty-three and Andow Towers at an imposing fifty-eight floors, reaching greater heights. The Whitlock facility was named after NecroTech co-founder and area native, Professor Graham Whitlock. In fact, his portrait- complete with ridiculous handlebar mustache- can be found hanging all over the building. Some of the paintings' eyes have been reported to move at times, but these rumors have been attributed to paranoia, a common mental trauma among Malton survivors. Professor Whitlock was notable in that he developed the original chemical compound, icenodrine sceptimus, that eventually (through heavy experimentation) became the secondary catalyst in the common-day NecroTech Revive Syringe, as well as the secret ingredient in Coca-Cola.
The Whitlock Building has had a long and proud history. Among the everyday tragedies and triumphs there were a few notable occurrences recorded. For example, it was here that noted NecroTech scientist, Caleb Usher, received his first promotion to 1st-class lab technician as reward for his all his efforts in establishing improved information networks throughout Dulston and Pescodside. The event was considered a NecroTech PR victory by senior executives outside Malton, as they felt their corporate image had suffered considerably due to the rumors of NecroTech's involvement in the current pandemic, aka the "Malton Incident".
In early-2007, Caleb Usher returned and spent significant time at the Whitlock Building while working on his new thesis, "Malton Siege Tactics: A Theorem Basis for Survival Attrition versus Zombie Mental Exhaustion (i.e. Boredom)". Caleb touted that his thesis, once completed and analyzed by the scientific community, would help explain basic principles by which survivors could survive even the largest and most determined zombie sieges. "It's simply a matter of factoring in specific zombie mental variables. As you can see here my study graphs indicate that zombie resolve in any endeavor weakens progressively over time, but when interacting with positive mental stimulus events, like successfully breaching barricades, it reverts the decline significantly although still proportional to the level of success. Therefore one could postulate that if sieging zombies were prevented from obtaining this 'success' stimulus that eventually they would depart in order to seek it elsewhere. Zombies cannot die, but they can apparently be bored to death, so to speak. Am I boring you? You look bored-"
In April 2007 the Whitlock Building eventually won over the hearts of the survivor group known as Electric Light Torchestra (E.L.T.) and they claimed the popular building as their headquarters. The ELT were well-known for their dedicated efforts in maintaining Dulston's power grid and its members could be spotted all over the suburb until they returned "home" for some light sleep. In time the ELT, like so many other groups, passed into history, but even though they were gone their dream of a fully-powered Dulston lives on in the hearts of Dulston's survivors.
It would be until January 2008 before another survivor group claimed ownership of the Whitlock Building. At that time the Whitlock Building became the HQ, and name-giver, to a survivor group known as Whitlock Assist and Rescue (W.A.R.), which would later became known as Whitlock Initiative for Zombie Revivification and Deliverance (W.I.Z.A.R.D.). However in January 2009, only one year later, the group chose to officially disband with several of its original members choosing to join other groups within the Dulston Alliance.
Dark days followed for Dulston's survivors and by August 2008 the Whitlock Building became home to the Malton Green Garden of the Angry Vaginas, a zombie group dedicated to keeping Dulston ruined. This was their mandate, and it was one that they had successfully kept in effect for some time.
As of September 2009 the Whitlock Building became home and HQ to the Zombie Resistance Movement (Z.R.M.), a survivor group dedicated to the elimination of the zombie threat and occasionally of those who sought to exploit it.
NecroTech staff continue to follow Directive 42-A, issued by the head office on January 19th 2006, with the activation and manufacture of MK-II revivification syringes. They have been charged with governing the Duport Avenue revivification zone and seeing to the restoration of life to all zombies located therein.
The activation of NecroNet with all NecroTech buildings has also allowed scientists to apply the DNA tracking research they have gathered to date. Standard protocol dictates that all staff be equipped with a standard issue DNA Extractor to tag any zombies they come across during field research.
To date research staff at the Whitlock Building are working hand-in-hand with survivors located in nearby resource buildings, namely:
- Treweeke Mall (92,7 x 93,8)
- St. Anacletus's Hospital (93,3)
- Gable Walk Fire Station (89,5), in Rhodenbank
It should also be noted that, due to rotating shifts, NecroTech staff commonly move between The Bridgman Building (91,2), The Wallbutton Building (89,3), The Carlyle Building (89,4) and The Starr Building (89,6). The Electric Light Torchestra can also be turned to for help, as they maintain the building by keeping it powered and barricaded.
The closest point is Duport Avenue to the north at (92,4).
The following zombie tracking reports are a free service provided by the NecroTech corporation to all its staff and local survivors in order to help facilitate quicker response times when managing zombie threats and to build a greater awareness of zombie migration patterns within the 9x9 block region around the Whitlock Building. As a cautious reminder, only those zombies tagged with the DNA Extractor will appear on these scans, so actual numbers may vary when dealing with older zombies (i.e. Brain Rot):
Please keep in mind that the Whitlock Building is the blue-coloured square in the very center of each 9x9 grid. Of note, Treweeke Mall is the 2x2 almost white coloured area located near the bottom of the grid. It should also be noted that the square to the immediate north is Duport Avenue, a popular revive point.
List of Dedicated Whitlock Staff
The following is a list of survivors who, for one reason or another, have chosen to make the Whitlock Building their home during the outbreak. These individuals can be considered dedicated to working here and assisting survivors local to the area, such as by reviving those who wait at Duport Avenue. If you are interested in being recognized as one of these individuals, all you need to do is add your name to this list:
(Note: This list, by definition, includes all W.I.Z.A.R.D. members, but is not limited to.)
September 23, 2010 - KFTW! Dulston reports that the "Fortress of Science" is once again in human hands. Leader Donut3 has installed a generator in the building and is waiting for some fuel. However, things are looking bright, and maybe, just maybe, Taco Tuesdays will return. --TheLurker7 03:49, 24 September 2010 (BST)