On the evening of Sunday, October 21st 2012, the countdown to the end of the world began. Two very large comets were anticipated to strike each other as their orbits intersected several astronomical units from earth, and while the catastrophe to occur was calculated as a possible outcome, it was numerically seen as very unlikely. Humanity was not prepared for that .5% possibility. As the day came, telescopes watching the sky for what events would transpire recorded some quite depressing news about the fate of humanity. Due to interactions with smaller bodies firing through the cosmos, the comets were able to collide in such a way that their combined mass was nearly certain to strike earth in a little over four months. The news was met with many reactions - most notable were the suicides. Within the first week of the news being known globally, ~500,000,000 people ended their own lives. The rate of deaths dropped sharply after news of a possible solution was spread, and trickles of "We've nearly done it!" kept being fed to the hungry masses for weeks. After two months, however, the news stopped coming. The channels were dead. Most people with some way to access the outside world suddenly had no electricity to use it. Those with faith and an appropriate "end times" tale began justifying their beliefs on the grounds of earth's destruction being almost guaranteed. From this point on, four major personality types began to emerge and take prominence on the dying world: The Zen, the Hamlet, the Id, and the Dick. People were known to jump from one or the other in this pre-apocalyptic world, as their opinions of events changed. Though anarchic and solitary by nature, bands of Ids were known to exist, wreaking havoc on all other personality types. Their logic was simple - if the world is doomed, and human history will be erased, why continue acting cordial towards others when they could drop their masks and indulge themselves? Dicks weren't solitary by desire, but it was nearly impossible for any one of them to ingratiate themselves onto another. When your whole modus operandi is to tell everyone you meet how dumb they were for not anticipating the destruction of earth in this exact manner, you tend to piss people off. Hamlets are the most tragic of those left on earth. They spend all of their time trapped in their past, trying to rewrite history in some way that would allow them to finally be at peace with themselves. This constant "what if this" or that can ultimately drive a Hamlet insane, though some are stubborn enough to hang on even into the present. The Zen is at peace. Ready to take what fate hands them, they have no qualms with current events. Those not accepting of earth's demise find themselves generally unsettled by how calm a Zen happens to be. It's now February 21st, 2013 (UTC - 5:00). The super-comet, dubbed Thanatos, is supposed to hit earth in exactly 7 days with 98% probability. It's accepted now that no major scientific minds are attempting to save humanity. All that's left is for those still alive to live out their last week in the only way they know how.