Came up with this when watching some youtube vids of mental patients doing their thing. (was on the weird part of youtube again. :blink: ) And I thought to myself, dang, imagine running into that guy in Epoch, and he's armed no less. Boom, lightbulb goes off. Brilliant Idea. In my lore thread I mentioned that the event that ended civilization had a unseen effect on part of the population, slowly driving them absolutely bonkers.
In my mind, the Cultists represent the higher functioning crazies (you would have to be crazy to shoot fireballs and turn victims into walking bombs). But not all of them like that. Some of them have gone absolutely feral. Think mad max, times a thousand, or the Haunted in the Evil Within. They can still use (inaccuratly)firearms/melee weapons, but have lost all their humanity and higher thinking, running solely on instinct.
Ingame, they would wander around, attacking and eating animals raw. (this could be a warning sign, finding animal carcasses that have been stripped clean by human mouths.)
When they spot a sane human being (or even other crazies) They relentlessly chase you, even if you cross the entire map, they will chase you, and kill you unless you kill them first. They are rather dumb though, and will rush you head on. So one or two at once wont really be a big deal, unless you cant find a gun/melee weapon.
But not all the crazies would attack each other. Some times, they team up. Up to 20 crazies in one group.
Long story short. If a "herd" spots you, your in deep s***. You will get rushed by every single one. Unless you can kill them fast enough (unlikely), are part of a large team, or can escape somehow, you WILL die. And there will be no corpse when you get back. To be fair, there wont be a herd spawn on every reboot, maybe one or two a day. But If you can take down the herd, you will be well rewarded.
Crazies tend to collect shiny things, like gold, silver, guns, and gems.
And last but not least, those crazies still have the sense to find shelter, usually in an abandoned building, but sometimes they make camps in the woods. If you were to stumble onto one of these "nuthouses", watch your step. There would be booby traps surrounding the place. And the crazies will likely be nearby. But, there would be a reward for braving the unknown. As above, crazies tend to collect valuable items, and the nuthouse would be absolutely packed with goodies. And corpses. Lots of corpses.