When I asked for help naming a bad guy I got a lot of responses. While I came with my own naming convention, the creative flow from others helped propel me. Today I need help naming a virus. I have a name in mind, but I’m not in love with it. The virus is a bloodborne pathogen transmitted with an exchange of bodily fluids. So a bite, deep scratch, and sharing needles are good examples.
The infected person will essentially turn into a zombie. Stay with me, I can use help from those that don’t read or have any interest in this genre too! The symptoms are as follows: light sensitivity, dilated pupils, can die just like humans, skin turns grayish depending on race. They can run as fast as healthy humans, though clumsier, and difficulty with fine motor skills (doorknobs for example). They are non-verbal and their temperature is higher than normal. They need the essential things that all humans need to survive but can usually push it a few days longer, but not much more.
Is there a cure? Sorry, no spoilers here!
I would like the virus to be something I can manipulate a bit. Like if the virus was called Apple, I could call its victims Applers. Or if it was called Dog, I could call them Doggies or Doggers or The Dogged. You get my drift. Let the creative juices flow! Hope you can come up with a few good ones.
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