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This was meant for ParallelTraveler, if you speak to him let him know I can't message him for some bizzare reason...
Here's the transcript he wanted me to supply him
Sorry for the very late response, something was acting up with my connection and I tried posting it twice without it going through, then I had to deal with a personal situation at home. I'm going to try and upload it as this new message, since I think it could also be related to the number of responses on the first post.... Here goes lucky attempt #3...
~Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Page 51-53.
There was no outward sign that anything changed, but inside the V-22, Cardoza must have reactivated the avatar implants, because the Undead and mutations began to move again. Alice turned and raised her Vectors, expecting the monsters---especially the two giant Lickers---to resume their attacks. Instead, all the creatures that were assembled on what was once the White House lawn merely shuffled about, moving foot to foot, as if they were excited. And then, moving in an eerie display of almost perfect unison, they looked up.
The winged monsters---the Infectors---broke out of their holding patterns, let out ear-splitting screeches, banked, and began descending. Alice half-expected the creatures to come flying toward them, but instead they flew low over the fiendish army, quadruple wings spread wide. And then their wings stiffened, ejecting a shower of flechette-like spines that flew through the air and sank deep into the flesh of their fellow monstrosities. And those that had been struck began to change. Their bodies began flailing wildly, as if they'd lost all control of themselves, and their flesh began to swell and break out in oozing pustules.
Alice turned to Wesker. "What the hell is this?"
Wesker watched the nightmarish transformations taking place around them with cool detachment.
"As I said earlier, the avatar implants are of limited use. But they do allow whoever wields control over them to move their recipients into position, and then do this."
The Infectors continued spraying the army of monsters with their spines, flying back and forth over their heads, seemingly determined not to miss a single one. The Infectors did not, however, shoot at Alice and her companions, nor did they attack any of the military personnel in the area. Alice didn't think this was because whatever chemical the spines contained wouldn't affect humans, although she supposed it was a possibility. But if she had to bet, she guess that Cardoza commanded the Infectors to leave the humans alone. She might want them dead---Wesker most of all--- but that didn't mean she wanted their deaths to be easy. If she was anything like the other Umbrella higher-ups that Alice had met, the woman had a sadistic streak a mile wide.
The creatures' bodies began to distort, limbs lengthening, bones cracking as they broke and then fused in sickening angles, only to break once more. Undulating tentacles emerged from their flesh, so many that it became almost impossible to see the creatures they were attached to.
The new mutations sustained damage from the weapons fire, but they didn't fall, and as Alice watched in horrified fascination, the tentacled abberations turned toward one another and began to merge. She first saw it happening with the giant Lickers, or rather the giant mounds of tentacles the Lickers had become. Their tentacles stretched outward in all directions, connecting with the tentacles of other, smaller creatures that reached toward them. When the tentacles touched, they fused, flowing together as if they were made of liquid. The mutations continued merging, becoming a mass of discolored, pustule-covered, slimy flesh. Withing moments, Alice and her companions were surrounded by a single gigantic organism that made her think of an amoeba that had been enlarged to billions of times its original size.
"You have to admit, the Melange has a certain primal elegance to it," Wesker said. "Pity it doesn't last long. Fifteen minutes from now it will liquefy, becoming lifeless sludge. Of course, by then we'll all be long dead." He looked at Alice. "Unless you act quickly."
The Infectors had continued flying over the mutating creatures as they transformed, but now that they had finished merging, the Infectors dove down into the mass of flesh and were absorbed. The Melange, as Wesker had called it, was complete. The military personnel continued their efforts to destroy the monstrosity that now filled the battlefield, but every piece of ammunition was absorbed, every swath of flesh blackened by a flamethrower or ravaged by a grenade blast or artillery shell rapidly healed. Helicopters moved in to attack the Melange, guns blazing. Bullets stitched a series of wounds into the conglomeration's mottled hide, but they too healed almost as swiftly as they were made. In response to the aerial assault, tentacles emerged from the Melange's surface and shot skyward. They grabbed hold of the landing skids and pulled. Some of the copters were dashed to the ground while others were hurled against the walls protecting the White House. Metal crumpled, fuel tanks exploded, and fireballs filled the air. The Melange did damage to itself bringing down the copters, but if the creature felt any pain from those injuries, it gave no sign. Perhaps it was strong enough to heal that much damage, too.
Alice hoped the tanks would fare better, but while they managed to blow significant chunks out of the Melange, its tentacles were able to grab hold of the tanks and bend their barrels, tear appart their road wheels, and breech the turrets to get at the men and women inside. They were pulled out and swiftly absorbed by the Melange.
One of the tentacles extruded from the mass and whipped toward Leon. He saw it coming and tried to blast it with his submachine gun, but the bullets had no effect. The tentacle wrapped around him, pinning his arms to his sides, and before any of them could react, the tentacle retracted, yanking him off his feet and pulling him in. He still had hold of his gun in his right hand, but the way his arms were pinned, there was no way he could fire it.
"Fuck You!" he yelled. It was unclear who he was addressing: the Melange, Cardoza or Wesker. Likely all three.
A gap opened in the Melange's discolored flesh, and Leon was pulled into it. The gap filled in, and Leon was gone.
"One down," Wesker said.
More than one, Alice thought. All around the battlefield, military personnel were being snatched up by the Melange's tentacles and pulled into its semi-viscous substance. Like Leon, some of the mena and women shouted curses before disappearing into the disgusting flesh-blob. Some cried out in rage or fear, while others remained silent, taken so swiftly they had no time for speech. With each person lost, Alice felt anger building inside her, growing stronger and hotter with each passing second. And with the anger came the ice-pick sensation at the back of her skull, but this time it didn't come alone. Accompanying it was a vertiginous buzzing, as if a swarm of bees was swirling around in her head. She bent down, placed her Vectors on the ground, then stood once more.
What happened to the people who were pulled into the Melange? Did they slowly suffocate while frantically attempting to claw their way free? Or did the Melange's substance work like acid, swiftly breaking their bodies down into their chemical components and absorbing them? A horrible death either way.
She heard Ada cry out then, followed by a burst of machine gun fire. She was vaguely aware of a tentacle wrapping around the former Umbrella operative, but she was unable to do anything about it. Something was happening inside her. A process had begun, and now that it had started, she couldn't stop it if she wanted to.
Unlike Leon, Ada managed to keep her gun arm free when the tentacle coiled around her midsection, and she fired at it, trying to sever it from the Melange's main mass. Jill dropped her weapon and raced toward Ada. With her hands, she grabbed hold of the tentacle wrapped around the other woman and fought to dislodge it. But her fingers sank into the spongy substance, making it impossible for her to get a grip on it. The tentacle retracted then, pulling Ada into the air. Jill's hand were still buried in the tentacle, and when it retracted, she was pulled off balance. Luckily, her hands came free, and while she stumbled, she managed to remain on her feet.
As the tentacle drew Ada toward the Melange's main mass, the woman emptied the rest of her clip into the muck, giving forth a defiant cry as she fired. She too was swallowed by the Melange, and her voice was cut off.
As she performed this gesture, the flames spread outward from the downed V-22 and raced across the surface of the Melange. Discolored flesh burned, the diseased meat giving off a sickening stench as it cooked. Up to this point, the surface of the Melange had been featureless, but now, a thousand toothless maws opened up on the creatures skin, and a deafening chorus of agony filled the air.
~Skip one paragraph, Page 59.
The Melange might have been dying, but it wasn't going down easily. It thrashed and bucked, burning tentacles flailing, shrieks blasting forth from its makeshift mouths.
He lifted his gaze from Alice and looked at the Melange. The flames consuming it still burned bright, but the conglomerate creature's exersions had lessened, and its chorus of screams had dwindled to feeble moans. Alice doubted the thing would last much longer. Evidently, Wesker came to the same conclusion, for he said, "I think it unlikely that the Melange will be able to get hold of you before it dies. There's too much distance between you and it, and its reach isn't what it was. Luckily, I can fix that."
Wesker, moving with a speed that a short time ago Alice could've matched, bent down, took hold of her wrists, and swiftly dragged her to the Melange's closest edge until Alice was less than ten feet from it. She felt searing heat rolling off the mutated monstrosity, and this close the stench of burning flesh was so thick, she found it almost impossible to breathe. Wesker released her wrists and her arms fell to the ground, limp and useless. He looked down at her, and this time when he smiled, he showed his teeth.
"The Melange will be desperate to repair itself before the end, and it will seek out any undamaged biological material it can find and absorb it in an attempt to heal itself. It won't work, of course. The creature's injuries are too severe, and in any event---"
Wesker paused as a flaming tentacle reached for him. He deftly dodged its attempt to grab hold of him, and it fell to the ground not too far from where Alice lay, twitching as the fire continued to consume it.
Wesker continued. "As I was saying, in any event, the Melange's time would soon be up even if it wasn't aflame. So I suppose there is a chance you might survive long enough for it to die first. But I doubt it."
A second flaming tentacle streaked toward him, Wesker batted it away as if it were nothing more than an annoying insect.
~Temporary break from writing.
I can continue writing out the transcript if needed, but all you're missing at this point is seeing Jill sacrifice herself to save Alice before the Melange's timeframe of activity is up and it starts to melt into a flaming gooey pile as Alice ducks into a sort of underground shelter to escape the melting muck. I am willing to provide it, but I doubt it yelds much info in comparing the Melange to Uroboros Aheri.
So in conclusion, I offer my points on why its design borrows from Uroboros:
The army of mutants flailed around helplessly as large pustules and tentacles took over most of their features, not unlike the introductions of the Uroboros Test Subject or Uroboros Mkono in Resident Evil 5.
The army of mutants join their mass together to form a single enormous conglomeration, similar to how Excella Gionne's mutation absorbed a large pile of dead Majini as she changed. They also share an insatiable desire to consume all nearby biological material and will seek it out.
Despite being described as having a tone similar to discolored flesh, giving it some similarities to the Nyx. The rest of this creatures notable characteristics are uncanny to what is seen in every Uroboros mutation. As they boast large oozing pustules and are mostly comprised of a collective of writhing tentacles.
During the army's transformation into the Melange, the description of limbs lengthening and bones breaking before fusing at akward angles could be seen as looking similar in appearance to a Revenant before the transformation was completed.
The Melange is one of the largest creatures encountered in the Anderson Universe, not unlike how Uroboros Aheri claims that title in the Prime Universe. (I know, a petty comparison, but it's worth noting when comparing to Uroboros Aheri).
Uroboros Aheri and the Melange were both created with the sole purpose of destroying the controller's enemies (Wesker wanting to kill Chris and Sheva in Resident Evil 5, Dania Cardoza wanting to kill Wesker and the resistance at the White House in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter).
Similar to Uroboros mutations, the Melange shows little to no sign of damage from traditional weapons fire, but soon reveals its primary weakness is intense heat. As they all react very negatively to fire.
Upon death, The Melange begins to liquefy and dissolve. Although it is up for debate whether this was a mechanic to conserve RAM space while playing Resident Evil 5. Every Uroboros rejected mutation noticeably melts as it dies before dissolving altogether. This [dissolving creatures deaths] has noticeably happened in-canon through cutscenes, novels, manga, etc. but that's a different topic entirely...
I hope this transcript sends out properly this time and you get a chance to read about this lesser known creature. I hope this will solve my reasoning to comparing the creatures to one another!
Did you say earlier you have Heavenly Island? I've noticed that users have been adding content using the various Scanlation names of characters (Zili > Julie; Millie > Molly). If you have the first tanoubon, can you get a scan of the part where the Idol Survival cast is introduced? That way we have kana to support whichever name is right.
Think when you have the time you can do clean translations of the Japanese transcripts for the various Resident Evil 0 cutscenes? My only options for translating them are Bing translator, so I can't say I'm of much use there.
Also, might as well ask, do you have any plans on creating cutscene articles for the HD Remaster of Resident Evil (assuming, of course, that that game actually has a cutscene gallery)?
We have a few already on a template; but no one's had the time to do ALL of them for either original or remake. Wit RE0 there are some interesting localization changes indicated through our use of G.Translate as a base; with Jisho and Wikipedia's "Japanese particles" page as the confirmations. I left RE0 to User:Staurophobia, I think. You might want to ask him if he has time to finish first.
I can sometime hopefully. I'd love to go through more scripts from the series, but they do take some time. I don't have the HD Remaster of the remake yet, but once I do, hopefully I can work toward that. Right now, I'm working through some random RE1-3 stuff.
Hey, I noticed you started utilizing the preview thing we talked about a little while ago.
Do you want me to add a |preview section for you to use instead of video? seems okay with video in use but we might be able to add a descriptive preview section with text as well, a notice or just one word. Just an idea I had right now.
I see you significantly expanded on the Elza Walker article.
Out of curiosity, do you think you can work your magic regarding Brian Irons (BIOHAZARD 1.5)? I'm in particular curious as to how he died (all I know is that he sacrificed himself to ensure the other survivors got a chance to live by going through an otherwise inescapable death trap, but I don't know the specifics).