Walking pass a dormant local colony.
4 months later...
Oh my ghost of Confucius, this one looks ugly.
So ah, ha, I forgot about this entirely.
Sorry guys, here is the story (sorta) 4 months later... maybe 5?
Earth encountered a new life form which converts human brains' neural networks (connectomes) into sustainable energy streams. The conversion turns its subject to a long lasting zombie (the burned out look).
The energy streams tend to congregate, into small local colonies in less dense areas (as shown in my picture), or into larger clouds of self-aware consciousness.
There is a fraction of the population that is not affected. (the two characters in the picture)
I had planned more pictures in this universe, but I am really really lazy and my cintiq companion is broken.