There are some rules to follow that are hard rules, but will serve you in good stead. They apply in a wartime situation, and they will apply equally in a disaster such as an apocalyptic event with societal collapse.
- Everybody Wants Something: they aren’t traveling toward your home turf for nothing. They want something: food, water, clothing, shelter, tools, or interest in the opposite sex. This last we’ll cover as an “individual item.” You need to find out what they want, and if they’re willing to trade something for it or if they’re just out scouting to raid (the more likely of the two choices).
- Discretion is the Better Part of Valor: Keep a cool head, a steady hand, an unflinching eye, and the ability to go into fighting mode in an instant. An aggressor will notice these things. He will want to assess your abilities. This also means keeping your cool. It doesn’t mean shutting up and allowing yourself to be verbally bullied into a corner. The enemy can sense weakness, as well. Mr. and Mrs. Hallmark? You’re going to have to step up and do your own dirty work…your own fighting for once. Better be smart and don’t bite off something that is bigger than you can chew.
- Interest in the Opposite Sex: This is a fact of life. The primary groups will be groups of men that are correlated directly with ancient hunting parties of old. These groups of men will no longer have rules they have to follow and they will want your wife, your daughter, or your sister. They will adhere to no rules or propriety. They will want children as well: girls or young boys. Let me be perfectly clear: you will have to kill them when they come for such.
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