- "Let one million flowers bloom to put to rest our restless dead! To volunteer to fight for the Living Revolution is a sacred duty. Birth more children. Every life you bring to the world is another blow to the dead."
- —Words of encouragement from the Beacon's loudspeaker (translated from Mandarin)[src]
The Beacon of Light (commonly referred to as 'The Beacon') is a major location in The Walking Dead: Typhoon. It is a military secured water-purification plant surrounded by shipping containers. The settlement houses approximately three thousand survivors.
The Beacon is described as being "part military base, part refugee camp, part prison, and entirely downtrodden and miserable."
Not much is known about the Beacon from before the outbreak except it was a water-purification plant next to the Yuanjiang River which the military took control of as the outbreak began.
When the outbreak began, the government in Beijing declared a 'Living Revolution'. It's every citizen's duty to combat the dead by working together.
The Beacon is surrounded by razed land. To get inside survivors have to scale a large transmission tower and ride a makeshift cable transport into the camp. Below the cable transport is a large field known as the 'Charred Fields'. It is described as "a battlefield at the gates of hell, the site of a great war between the living and the dead. One which seemed destined to last forever."
All throughout the day, jiāngshī are attracted to the sounds and lights of the settlement. Barricades and teams of spearmen are set up to filter the dead into trenches so they can be safely killed from the higher ground. Once the jiāngshī are killed, the spearmen will close off certain tributaries so cart teams can retrieve the bodies and bring them to one of the many burn piles which dot the landscape. This job has to be done every day from sunup to sundown and is often assigned as punishment for petty crimes, disloyalty to the Living Revolution, or falling short of quota.
Men and women are positioned every ten feet on the perimeter wall of shipping containers. Half of them are watchers who use bullhorns to call out any jiāngshī who escape the trenches. The other half are armed with bows. Children as young as seven act as runners, carrying messages, water, and provisions. Some teenagers and older citizens are sent to the fields to strip valuables from corpses and reclaim spent arrows. Overhead, loudspeakers blare slogans of encouragement and threats about responsibility. These messages become background noise after being heard for a while.
Inside, the Beacon spans an area of three football fields. The majority of the settlement is a combination of tents and wooden structures. The remainder of the more permanent structures are made up of shipping containers. Next to the Yuanjiang River's purification plant there are a few concrete buildings occupied by the government. This is where the military and provincial secretary had set up the regional capital of Hunan after Changsha was overrun with jiāngshī. Throughout the Beacon the survivors huddle around burning drums and smoke fills the air.
There are many Wind Teams in the Beacon. These small groups venture outside the settlement following yellow flag paths out into the unknown to retrieve supplies for the community. When they return the groups stand in line for a while as the Quotamaster checks all their supplies and awards each team member points for their work which they can use to charge their electronics, have hot showers or purchase better weapons and supplies to use personally.
The Beacon's living quarters are pods inside dozens of container crates. The pods are stacked five-high along the side and back walls of each container. They look a lot like animal cages at pet shelters and have just enough room to lay flat on your back and almost long enough to stretch your legs. The mattresses are stuffed with hay bedding and a small chest at the head of the pot holds the individual's possessions.
A squat two-story building was once the purification plant's administration center. It now serves as the capital building for all of Hunan Province. It has ten rooms with only half in use by order of Secretary Guo.
- Yuanjiang River
- Lightning Lane
- Water-purification plant
- Charred Fields
- Quotamaster's tent
- General mess hall
- Wash tent
- Living quarters
- Hunan Province capital building
- Love Shack
- Darragh O'Brien
- Qingwei (Head Engineer)
- Wang (Fieldmaster)
- Ming Haobo
- Tian Haihong
- Xing Luhong
- Ling Weizhen
- Wang Lankui
- Approximately three thousand survivors
- Approximately one thousand Vultures (unwillingly)
- Elena Anderson
- Ying Hengyen (Windleader)
- Chen Wenzhu
- Wangfa (Defensemaster)
- Ming (Quotamaster)
- Guo (Secretary of State)
- Xing Lubin
- Numerous Vultures