(Written from a Production point of view)
This transcript section consists of the official Capcom translation, the BradyGames "Archives" translation, and the original Japanese text. Due to significant flaws both translations, a link to a more accurate fan translation can be found here. The Capcom USA translation is from a defunct website version, and can be found here.
July 31, 1978
The first time I visited that place, it was the summer of my 18th year. That makes it about 20 years ago. As I got off the helicopter, I remember the sight of the swirling wind that the helicopter blades whipped into the air. When viewed from above the old mansion seemed quite normal, but when seen from the ground there was something foreboding and unapproachable about it. Burkin (my junior by 2 years) seemed, as usual, to only be concerned with the document he was holding.
We were assigned to the mansion 2 days earlier, on the day that the "executive training center", we had belonged to, was closed. It all seemed like it was planned and too much of a coincidence. But probably the only person who knew the real truth was Spencer.
Spencer was one of the main guys in charge of America's "T-Virus" research at the Arklay Research Facility.
As soon as we got off the helicopter the head of the facility was standing in front of the elevator ready to greet us.
I can't even remember the guy's name. Who really cares about formalities and figureheads like him; from that day on, the Arklay Research Center was ours. As Chief Researchers, we were put completely in charge of all aspects of the facility. Of course that is just how Spencer had planned it all out. He chose us.
We ignored the facility head and got on the elevator. I had already memorized the building layout the day before, and Burkin, although he has no bad intentions, never really pays much attention to other people.
Most people probably get pretty irked from the first 5 seconds that they meet us.
However, the facility head had no reaction at all.
Back then I was a young-buck completely full of himself, so I didn't really pay the facility head any mind.
But in the end, I was really only Spencer's puppet, and the facility head, whose boss was Spencer, at least actually knew what Spencer was up to, and what he was thinking.
The whole time we were riding in the elevator, Burkin never took his eye off of the documents he was holding.
The document that Burkin was scrutinizing so closely was a report about a new virus that has shown up in Africa. It was called "Ebola".
At this moment there were many people, all throughout the world, who were studying the Ebola Virus. However, I think there are two major reasons why they were studying it. To help people and... to kill them.
As you probably know, the death rate of someone affected by Ebola is 90 percent. In 10 days it quickly destroys a person's organs. Even now, there are no known ways to prevent it or cure it. It could, quite possibly, destroy a large part of the human race.
Of course even before this, due to the "Biological Weapons Prohibition Pact", it was illegal for us to study the virus as a weapon. However, even if we weren't the ones to research it, there was no proof that someone else wouldn't be doing that same thing and so it was considered legal for us to research it--just in case. There is a thin line in "international law" between what is acceptable and what is prohibited.
And so, it became necessary to research how the virus study information would be used as a method of prevention, not as a weapon. There really is no difference in the way in which you research a virus as a cure, from how you research it as a weapon.
But since the two are very similar, it is possible to pretend you are researching a cure, while in fact, be researching the virus as a weapon.
Even though, at that time, for whatever reason, Burkin may have been looking at the Ebola report, he wasn't really researching the Ebola virus. The Ebola Virus had too many "weak spots".
First of all, the virus could only survive for a few days if not inside a human body. It would soon "die" if under sunlight (ultra-violet light) for too long.
Secondly, since it kills the host too quickly there isn't enough time to transfer/infect other hosts.
Finally, the virus is only transferable through direct touch and so it can be easily prevented.
Try to imagine the following: If a person who was heavily infected (the disease had spread all throughout their body) could actually stand and walk around? And, without knowing it, was in direct contact with other people, of their own accord...
What if the RNA of the Ebola Virus could actually alter a person's genetic code? And if, through that, a person was able to carry the virus without dying? What if this person had the resilience of a monster?
That is, wouldn't this person be a "living dead" whose body carried the virus? Something that could infect others, sort of like a "living biological weapon".
I guess we are lucky that the Ebola Virus doesn't have the potential to do such things.
I wonder if we will be successful in holding on to such a virus without it getting into the wrong person's hands?
The Arklay Lab headed up by Spencer was built for that purpose, it seemed. To create a disease capable of the characteristics I listed before. Officially it was just a pharmaceutical company researching cures to viruses, but the truth is, it was really a factory for manufacturing biological weapons.
The origin of the company was to create new "starter" viruses by recombining genes.
In order to produce "biological weapons" out of these new "starter" viruses, they began studying "virus mutations" in order to "strengthen" the basic viruses they had created.
This was known as the "T-Virus" experiment.
RNA based starter viruses can easily be mutated. Through those mutations, it is possible to "strengthen" their traits.
The reason Burkin was so interested in the Ebola Virus was that he was thinking of recombining the Ebola genes into a starter virus to strengthen its attributes. By the time we had arrived at the research center there was already a sample of the Ebola Virus waiting for us.
We changed elevators several times and finally reached the upper level of the complex. When we arrived even Burkin looked up.
It was the first time we had met "her".
We hadn't heard a single word about "her" before. She was a secret of the utmost confidentiality at the research center. And they didn't let any information about her out of the compound.
According to the records, she was at the research center from the very moment it was first built.
She was 25.
But we didn't know her name, nor why she was here.
She was to be used as the experimental subject host for the T-Virus. The day we began the experiment was November 10th, 1967.
We did T-Virus experiments on her for all of 11 years.
Burkin mumbled something.
Maybe they were words cursing our situation. Maybe they were words of praise.
In any case, we had come to the point of no return now.
We had two choices: to succeed in our research.... or to lay here rotting like she was. Of course that meant we really only had one choice.
She was bound to a "pipe bed" and something about her made me think....
Had this been a part of Spencer's plan all along?
(The report continues 3 years later)
When I first visited that place, I was 18 years old and it was summer. That was 20 years ago. I still remember the smell when the helicopter landed and the rotor caused the wind to stir. From the air, the mansion seemed normal but from ground, something was different. Birkin, who was 2 years younger than I, seemed only interested in the research files he had as usual…
1978 July 31 (Monday)
The 2 of us were assigned to that place. 2 days ago, the same day they decided to close the executive training centre. Everything could have been planned out from the beginning, or it could have all been a coincidence. The only person to know the truth was, most likely, Spencer.
Spencer at the time was using the Arklay research facility for the research on the t-virus.
As soon as we got off the helicopter, the president of that place stood in front of the elevator.
I don't even remember the guy's name. It didn't matter what was said officially. From that day on, the research facility was Birkin's and mine. We were assigned to be chief researchers there. This of course, was Spencer's idea. We were the chosen ones.
The two of us ignored the president as we entered the elevator. We had already been briefed about the layout of the area, and Birkin, with no bad intentions, we ignored everyone as usual.
Usually, when someone sees our actions, they would react within 5 seconds.
But the president didn't even react at all.
At the time, I was only a youngster so it didn't bother the president.
In the end, the president understood what Spencer was thinking and didn't take notice of someone like me.
While the 3 of us were on the elevator descending to the basement, Birkin still kept his eyes on the research files.
The files contained information about a new filovirus found 2 years ago in North Africa, called Ebola.
Even now, there are thousands of people researching the Ebola. But the people are always divided in half.
One group to save people from it.
One group to kill people with it.
As known, if a person is infected with the Ebola, the possibility of dying is 90%. It has the ability to destroy the physical structure within 10 days and even now, a cure hasn't been found. If this is used as a weapon, it would display incredible destruction.
Since making a bio-weapon is illegal, we would not use the virus as a weapon. But I'm certain that someone out there would use this as a weapon. So to prepare for a case of that nature, it is important to do research on a weapon now.
However, the line between finding a cure and making a bio-weapon is thin. This is because the actual research conducted do not differ at all between the two.
So one could say that they are researching for a cure, while they're actually making a bio-weapon.
But Birkin was not interested in either, because he just wanted to research the Ebola itself. The virus had too many things unknown about it at the time.
One was the fact that it would die within a few days by itself, and would die instantly when exposed to sunlight (ultraviolet rays).
The second was that it kills the host (human) so quick that there's almost no time for it to infect anyone else.
The third was that it has to physically touch another person in order to infect them, and can therefore be easily quarantined.
But I would like to bring up the following thought.
What if a person infected with the Ebola virus could stand up and walk around? And that infected person would have a disrupted chain of thought, and would infect others that weren't infected?
What if the DNA and RNA of the Ebola had a direct impact on the DNA of a human? And due to that, you'd make the person not die to easily?
The person would be dead from a human's point of view, but would still go around as a human bio-weapon spreading the virus around?
It's fortunate that the Ebola may have features like this.
Even from now, we will be the only ones to know about this.
Umbrella, with Spencer as the head, was an organization created to do research on viruses with these qualities. As a cover, they tell the world that they are a company making cures for these viruses, but the truth was a human bio-weapon developing organization.
The finding of the original virus which restructures the human DNA was the start of everything.
Using the original virus as a base, an enhanced virus would be made to develop a human bio-weapon.
This was the t-virus project.
The original virus was also an RNA virus, and would cause abnormalities that would enhance a person.
Birkin was interested in the Ebola because he planned on combining it with the DNA of the original virus to make an enhanced virus. The sample of the Ebola had already been brought to this research facility.
We had gone through many elevators and had finally reached the destination.
When we reached that place, even Birkin raised his face to the sight.
This was our first encounter with that woman.
We were not told anything about that woman. Everything relating to her at the research facility was kept top secret, and the data was not to be leaked to the outside.
From the records, she'd been there since the research facility was created.
She was 25 years old at that time.
But what her name was and why she was there was a mystery.
She was a test subject for the research on the t-virus.
The research began on 1967 November 10.
For 11 years, she had gone through tests with many viruses.
I heard Birkin whisper something.
Whether those words were cursing or praising, I do not know.
But we had come to a place we couldn't get back out from.
We knew we could either take the research to its completion, or end up like her. For us, we only had 1 choice.
That woman lying on the pipebed had moved something within both of our minds.
Was this also a part of Spencer's plan?
Part 2: Alexia 1Edit
July 27, 1981
Today, a 10 year-old girl was sent here, as a chief researcher, from Umbrella's Antarctica Research Facility.
Her name was Alexia Ashford.
I was 21 and Burkin was 19.
As annoying as it was, the whole Arklay complex was rampant with rumors of "Antarctica Alexia". Nobody talked about
She had been at Umbrella for a long time. The older guys at Umbrella knew the legendary Ashford name.
Before, if we ever reached a dead end in our research, one of the old timers would say "if only Professor Edward were
If I remember correctly, "Edward Ashford" was one of the people who first discovered the "Starter Virus" and who
originally planned creating the T-Virus.
However, he died soon after Umbrella was founded. It's been 13 years since his death. So is there really anything to
gain by having high expectations of the "Ashford" lineage?
And, in fact, the Antarctic Research Center founded by his son hadn't yielded a single result.
Don't people know the limits of Alexia's smarts? She is only Edward's grandchild after all.
But from the day she came, our worthless, good for nothing subordinates began to say "It's a good thing Alexia is here".
She may be from a famous family, carry great "genes" within her, but nonetheless, I knew it was gonna be a real hassle
having subordinates with such a lack of good judgement.
It's idiots like that, who, if they accidentally stuck their foot in a bucket, wouldn't be able to move or figure out what to
do unless someone told them.
At least I could still tell the difference.
However, if, at that time, I would have gotten upset about the whole thing, it would have just slowed down our progress
on the T-Virus research.
Unless you can keep cool and still be decisive no matter what the circumstances, then success will always evade you.
At that time I was thinking this:
By making good use of the "past", then we could definitely yield good results. And if some of those "old timers", who
feasibly could die at any second, then they would make great test subjects.
After all, do you think it is possible to stand above the people, if you can't rationally use their "human resources" well?
However, the problem was Burkin.
The way he reacted to the Alexia rumors was terrible.
He never really said it, but for Burkin, the fact that he was the youngest person to ever be a chief researcher was always
something he was proud of.
That "pride" was severely injured by having a mere 10 year-old become a chief researcher. It was probably the first
time someone so talented as he had ever tasted defeat.
He just couldn't accept the "younger, girl of good lineage".
To be made a fool of by someone who hadn't gotten any results. Someone who had worked so far away.
The fact that he couldn't get over it, showed his immaturity.
However, even though he was still immature, no matter what, I had to bring him back to his senses.
It was during these three years that our research moved up to the 2nd level.
It was at this point that we fixed upon the idea of making a "living biological weapon". We started to call the "T-Virus"
by a new name--"Zombie".
However, it was impossible to get a 100% infection ratio. Within people there is a subtle difference that the virus
couldn't totally overtake. It seems "compatibility" also was a major factor.
About 10 percent of the people who were injected with the "Zombie Virus" didn't get infected. And this was something
that, no matter how hard we researched, we just couldn't overcome.
A disease that would affect 90 percent of all humans seemed to me to be quite an effective weapon. But Spencer didn't
see it that way. Spencer said that he was hoping for a specialty virus that could "easily" wipe out EVERYONE.
But, why in the world would he want something like that?
One important characteristic of biological weapons was that they could be developed cheaply. However, the "biological
weapon" that we were researching started to become very costly.
If Spencer was in it just for the money, then he probably wouldn't have chosen to spend the extra money on researching
a specialty virus that infected and wiped out 100% of its victims. It just wasn't financially "worth it".
Why would he want to ignore all financial concerns just to continue the research?
If by changing the idea of war (through biological warfare), he was attempting to monopolize all military industries then
I would have understood that but...
Even to this day, I have no idea what his true intentions were.
But whatever Spencer's real reason was, Burkin was planning on making a biological weapon that would increase a
country's military capacity.
Not to just manipulate the genes of the "T-Virus", but also by adding other genetic code he was planning on creating
A military biological weapon that could annihilate those who went unaffected by the virus, as well as, people who were
wearing anti-viral gear and equipment. This weapon was later named "Hunter".
However, that experiment was temporarily put on hold.
In order to protect the test subjects from Burkin.
Burkin's pace was quickened by Alexia's existence. He began to act "out of the ordinary".
He would stay at the lab for 24 hours straight. Attempt experiments that he hadn't really thought out.
I tried to use other researchers to get as many samples from the subjects before they died, but I just couldn't keep up
with his pace.
The head facilitator brought in a new subject, as if nothing had ever happened. But she, too, soon died.
It was hell.
And within that hell there was but one person living--The female test subject's body that continued to live on.
She was already 28 years old. Having lived 14 of her years in this research facility.
Someone whose "consciousness" had been taken away by the "Starter Virus" that had been injected into her 14 years
ago. Someone who, if their "heart" did happen to actually be alive, would only hope for "death".
But she continued to "survive".
Why was only she able to survive this long? Her basic experiment data and that of other subjects seemed to be the
It would still take a long time for us to solve this riddle.
(The report continues 2 years later)
1981 July 27 (Monday)
On this day, Umbrella assigned a 10 year old girl to be the chief researcher at the Antarctic research facility.
Her name was Alexia Ashford.
At that time, I was 21 and Birkin was 19.
It was very provoking that even in our own Arklay research facility, everyone was talking about Alexia and the Antarctic.
It was because all the old high staff members of Umbrella considered the name of the Ashford family a legend.
Every time something went wrong with our research, those old fools would always say the same thing.
"If only Professor Edward were still alive…"
It is true that Edward Ashford was the first one to find the original virus, and he may have been an incredible scientist for starting the t-virus project.
But soon after Umbrella was formed, he died. It had been 13 years since then. Would there be no reason to expect anything from the Ashford family?
In fact, over the 13 years after Edward's death, the Antarctica research facility that his son built had done nothing.
This grand-daughter Alexia of his is probably nothing useful either!
But one day, our useless workers started to say these things.
"If only Alexia was here."
It angered me to think that our own workers and researchers are filled with these mindless fools who only judge people by their family name and bloodline.
Because they think like that, they always had to be told what to do, and never got promoted even though they were old enough to have one leg inside the coffin!
…But, I still had good judgement.
If I had let all of that go to my head, the development of the t-virus at the Arklay research facility would have been delayed
As the head researcher, I always had to keep myself under control or success would not be possible.
Then, a thought came to my mind.
I could use those old staff members to further the progress of the research and to gain my success. Those old fools could die at any time, and would serve as perfect test subjects for the dangerous experiments.
To be able to rise above everyone, why shouldn't I be able to use all resources to my full advantage?
But the problem was Birkin.
His reaction to Alexia was great.
Although he never spoke of it, Birkin took pride in the fact that he was the youngest to be assigned to this lab at the age of 16.
But his pride was completely destroyed by this 10 year old girl. Born as a genius, he had tasted his first defeat.
He couldn't handle the younger, legendary family, girl.
To be outdone by a girl who hadn't even made any research progress.
The main reason was the fact that she was still a child.
But I had to have Birkin back to his normal self again.
We had already reached phase 2 in our research in the past 3 years.
At that point in time, the t-virus was able to stably create a human bio-weapon, called a zombie.
But the effects of the virus vary greatly between people and there was no 100% guarantee for it to infect the DNA. Every person has a different DNA structure, and some may react differently.
If a zombie were to pass on the infection to a group of people, 10% would not get infected. This we could do nothing about, even though we continued to study the DNA.
With the remaining 90% of people that did get infected, this would still be enough to be used as a weapon, but Spencer thought differently.
Our employer wanted a 100% human-killing, independent perfect weapon.
Originally, the bio-weapon was to be made with very little cost. But our research into the human bio-weapon, was getting more expensive.
If Spencer just wanted to make money, he wouldn't have chosen this path.
If used as an ordinary weapon, he could easily make a profit from it. But to continue researching it as an independent perfect-killing weapon like we've been doing, it wouldn't add up.
Why does he continue the research even though he's loosing money?
I would understand if he was aiming for a military industry monopoly to change the meaning of war…
I still didn't understand Spencer's real intentions.
Apart from Spencer's real intentions Birkin was currently doing tests on a perfect human bio-weapon that possessed combat skills.
By changing the DNA of the t-virus and incorporating DNA information from other living things, this being could be created.
This fighting human bio-weapon, made to kill off any opposing forces or people that are immune to the virus, was later called the hunter.
But the tests had to be put on hold for a while.
The test subject had to be protected from Birkin.
Birkin felt it was meaningless to compete against Alexia, and started to act differently than usual.
For 24 hours a day, he would stay at the research facility, continuously doing tests without a plan.
I tried to use other researchers to collect samples and data from the test subjects before they died, but at the speed that Birkin went by, it was impossible for me to keep up.
The president would keep getting us new test subjects as if nothing happened, and that subject would die shortly after.
That place was like hell.
However, 1 person in that hell, that woman test subject, still lived.
She was already 28. That is to say, she spent 14 years in the research facility.
Over the 14 years, the effects from the original virus must have corrupted her mind, but if she were to still have a conscious mind, death is what she would want.
However, she lived on.
How could she live for so long? There was nothing different between her test data and those of the other test subjects.
More time was needed to solve this mystery.
Part 3: Alexia 2Edit
December 31st, 1983
The winter of my sixth year at the Arklay Research Center.
For the past 2 years, there were no significant results and time seemed to just stagnantly flow along, but before long we
had a breakthrough.
The thing that started it all was a report we got that morning.
Antarctica Alexia had died.
The cause of her death was that she accidentally got infected by a virus that she, herself, was researching. It was
called the "T-Veronica Virus".
Alexia was 12 years old. It seems she was just a little too young to be undertaking such dangerous experiments.
There were many rumors to be heard. One particular rumor actually suggested that she injected the "T-Veronica" into
her own body. But no matter what the circumstances I find that particular "theory" to be implausible.
Probably she was just so shaken up over her father's disappearance one year earlier that she just made a mistake in the
After that Alexia's last remaining blood relative, her twin brother who had worked in the Antarctica Research Center
came and picked up her work where she left off. But no one had any expectations of him.
In the end, the "Ashford" family was basically "dead"... without even yielding a single advance for the experiment.
It was just as I thought. A legend is, after all, merely that....a legend.
After the news of Alexia's death, Burkin changed. Or I guess I should say, he returned back to his normal self.
But I guess the biggest thing was that all of his subordinates now had no choice but to think of him as the main
researcher. Since, now, there was no one who could surpass his talents.
However, with that, it became "taboo" for anyone to talk about Alexia in front of him.
He fiercely opposed me when I planned on getting a sample of the T-Veronica Virus.
I had no choice but to put finding the truth about Alexia's research on the back burner.
In the end, even though the situation was at its best, Burkin, himself, failed to grow up and advance his research.
However, at that time I was concerned more about a different question at hand.
The Arklay Research Center was surrounded by a dense forest.
I often hiked through the forest but since the center was located in a mountain region there was never anyone to be
The only method of transportation was by helicopter. And the center wasn't exactly the type of place that people came
One important reason for the fact that the center was located in such an isolated location was to prevent the virus from
getting out in the instance of a "leak".
However, "biological weapons" aren't that simple.
"Viruses" don't only infect humans. The can infect "other" things as well.
Any virus is usually capable of infecting more than one host.
For example, the number of species that the ordinary "influenza virus" (the common flu) is recognized as infecting are
birds, pigs, horses, seals, and humans.
The difficult part is that not all types of animals/people within a species are affected. Even though, within the bird
species, ducks and chickens are affected, all other birds are not.
And, if a virus mutates, then the kinds and number of hosts it affects changes.
So it is impossible to create a virus that is capable of affecting everything.
And that was the main problem--trying to adapt the T-Virus so that it would affect "everything" that it came into
After Burkin became "useless", I started investigating the T-Virus's communicative infection rate.
It was then that I found out that, it was a fact that the T-Virus could infect almost any kind of living thing.
Not just animals, but plants, insects, fish--almost any species. The virus had the power to expand and disperse all over the earth.
Whenever I would leave the center for a walk in the woods I would always think to myself...
Why did Spencer choose this place?
Because there were lots of different types of species concentrated in the woods.
If the virus ever did get out here, then what would happen to a place where there were this many types of living things present?
In the case of insects, they are small so you might not think of them as "dangerous" even if they are secondary carriers of the virus.
However, insects usually exist in "swarms" and that huge number makes them a very dangerous "carrier", indeed.
If they were carriers then how far would the virus spread?
If a plant was a carrier then, since they can't move, you wouldn't expect them to be able to infect many people.
However, what about the "pollen" that comes from plants?
Considering those factors, the center was an extremely dangerous place to run "virus research".
And if you really think about it, the location of the Ashford's Antarctica Research Center was really a much safer and
It would almost seem as if this place was specifically chosen, as a location, for the purpose of "spreading" the virus.
But, I just can't imagine that would really be so.
What is Spencer trying to get us to do?
This was a major issue. So big that I couldn't tell the other researchers.
At this time the only person that I felt I could have talked with about this was Burkin, but it was evident that telling him would be meaningless.
I needed more information.
It was at that time that I first began to feel the limitations of my position as researcher.
I needed to get myself a position that had more access to information that would reveal Spencer's true objective.
I felt no love lost for throwing away my position as a researcher in order to find out.
But I couldn't rush things. Because if Spencer ever got wind to what I was doing then it would be all over.
I jumped back into my research and it was "business as usual" so as not to call attention to my plans.
During those times, the female test subject that continued to survive was left in some corner and forgotten.
A living "could've been".
We began to call her that, sometime after she stopped yielding useful data for us.
At least, until 5 years later that is...
(The report continues 5 years later)
1983 December 31 (Saturday)
It has been the 6th winter since I started working at the Arklay research facility.
During the before 2 years, we had made no real progress with our research, and time passed by.
But that came to an end.
We had received word from the Antarctic that Alexia had died.
The cause of Alexia's death was the t-veronica virus, which she had created herself.
At this time, Alexia was 12. It seemed that she was too young for such dangerous research.
Our Arklay research facility was located in a very dense forest.
I often went out walking into the woods, but because this facility was near the center of the forest, you would never encounter any other human.
The only way to get there was by a helicopter.
It was a needed precaution, since if by chance, the virus was leaked out, it would prevent the chances of spreading.
But a bio-weapon isn't so simple.
The virus can also affect non-human beings as well.
Any virus isn't always limited to only affect 1 type of organism.
For example, the Influenza virus not only affects humans, but also birds, pigs, horses, and even seals.
And even in each of these species, only certain ones are affected, such as with Seagulls and chickens while all other birds are not.
That same virus may also have different effects on different species.
The problem lies in how the t-virus can affect many different life forms.
During the time when Birkin was useless, I had done my own research on the t-virus.
I had found out that the t-virus can affect most life forms out there.
And not only mammals, but plants, bugs, and fish can also be affected by the t-virus.
Every time I walked in the woods outside the research facility, I always asked myself the same question
Why did Spencer choose this place?
There are many different forms of life in these woods.
What would happen if the virus were to leak out?
If only an insect were infected, it probably would not go through a big mutation because of its small size.
But these insects could spread the infection at an incredible rate.
If this were to happen, how far would the virus spread?
If a plant were infected, the plant itself couldn't move and would seem safe.
But what about the seeds that the plants give out?
It would be extremely dangerous if a case like that were to happen.
Now that I think about it, it was very smart by the Ashford family to locate their research facility in Antarctica.
But here, it almost seemed as if someone wanted the virus to spread.
But could that be possible?
What was Spencer trying to make us do?
This issue was far too great and couldn't be discussed with any other researcher.
The only one who I could talk to was Birkin, but he probably wouldn't even be interested.
I need more information.
I had started to realize my limits as a simple researcher.
To find out what Spencer was truly thinking, I needed to be at a position where I could obtain more information.
For that, I would throw away all my current positions.
But I couldn't do this quickly. I couldn't let Spencer notice my plans, for if so, everything would be over.
I continued to do the usual research with Birkin so that no one would notice my true intentions.
During that time, that woman test subject was completely forgotten at the research facility.
A failure that just lived on.
Until that day, 5 years later…
Part 4 Enter NemesisEdit
July 1st, 1988
The summer of our 11th year at Arklay was just starting.
I was already 28.
Burkin had become a father and already had a 2 year-old daughter.
His wife was one of the researchers that worked at Arklay.
You would normally think it hard to understand someone wanting to get married and raise a child, all the while doing
But, it is said that only "non-ordinary" people ever continued to do research at Arklay
Only the crazy ones ever succeeded there.
And so, after 10 long years, our research finally reached the 3rd stage.
To create a living biological weapon that was a soldier that would follow strict orders, obey its program, and have
It was the so-called "Tyrant", basically a monster, that we set out to create.
However, there was a major obstruction to our research back then. Finding a basic body for "Tyrant".
The biggest problem was that suitable bodies for Tyrant were, at that time, genetically very limited.
The source of the problem lay in the nature of the T-Virus.
The T-Virus mutation used to create "zombies" and "hunters" could be used on just about any human but it would also
cause a decline in the subjects brain capacity.
If the subject didn't have a certain amount of "intelligence" then it couldn't function as a Tyrant.
Burkin tried solving the problem by picking out new mutagens that would keep down the "wear and tear on the
subject’s brain" so long as the subject fit the "Tyrant Profile".
However the number of people that had "suitable" genetics to accept the tyrant cells were very limited.
In a genetic analysis simulation it was found that only 1 in a million had the genetic make-up to become a "Tyrant", any
other person would merely become a regular zombie.
If we would have continued with our research then I'm sure we would have found a way to make a different type of TVirus that could change more people into "Tyrants".
However, in order to do that research, we first needed people that were perfectly suitable for the new mutation.
However, the odds of us being able to bring one of those few people, living in America, that fit the profile was extremely
In the end, the only thing they were able to do was to, by force, bring a few "close contenders" in from other labs
Even before we had the chance to start our research, it seemed we had already hit an obstacle.
At that time I heard a rumor about another location in Europe where they had already reached the "third level" of
producing a living biological weapon using a method that no one had thought of.
It was known as the "Nemesis Plan".
In order to change the stagnant working pace and conditions, I took it upon myself to get a sample of one of the
subjects from that "plan".
Of course Burkin first disagreed with me, but in the end I was able to get him to reconsider.
Everyone had no choice but to recognize the fact that, until we found a suitable "Tyrant" subject, our research wasn't
The "package" from Europe came at midnight, several days later, after a series of broadcasts, proposals, and counterproposals.
That box that contained "it" landed on the helicopter pad.
It read "Nemesis Prototype".
I had to use some very strong tactics to get the incomplete "thing" where it was being researched in France, but all the
while, Spencer was backing me up, pulling all of his strings and using his influence.
Only Burkin showed no interest in "it" until the end. But he, at least, recognized it as an important part of the
The sample was developed to create a never before seen, totally new "form".
By manipulating genes, they had artificially created a "living parasite".
That was what "Nemesis" really was.
It could latch onto another organism's brain and then take control of the host's brain bringing it a high-level of
By combining intelligence with a destructive body suitable for battle, they were able to form the ultimate biological
And if they could complete the project then they would be capable of creating "warlike bodies" without having to worry
about the intelligence issue.
However, the problem was that the parasite containing "it" was not stable.
The only thing written within the document that was attached to the sample was "Failure--sample died" over and over
Anything that had been affected and whose intelligence was being controlled would die within 5 minutes.
We all understood that messing around with the "incomplete" prototype was very dangerous.
If we could only somehow manage to extend the amount of time that the hosts would live then we could take control
over the project. That was what I was aiming for.
Of course we would use "her" as our test subject.
Surely her unusually high endurance would be perfect for sustaining the Nemesis Prototype parasite for a long time.
Even if she didn't last that long, it's not as if we would be losing anything special anyways.
However, the experiment yielded a result that was opposite from what I was predicting.
The Nemesis parasite that tried to enter her brain disappeared.
At first, I didn't even know what was going on.
I couldn't believe that "she" would be the one to mix with the parasite genes without dying.
That was the beginning.
Somewhere within that "undying" body of hers, there had been a change...
We had to re-examine her from head to toe one more time.
During our 10 years of research she had been totally and thoroughly examined but this time we ignored that previous
For the 21 years that she had been here, for the first time, something was finally happening.
After she had already survived longer than other subjects who had received the Nemesis Virus, it was only Burkin that
started to realize what was happening.
There was something within "her".
That "something" was a deviation from the T-Virus plan.
Something new that gave way to a new form.
Something that changed our destiny.
It was the beginning of the "G-Virus plan".
(The report continues 7 years later)
The 11th summer had come since we started working at the Arklay research facility.
I was 28 at the time.
Birkin had become a father to a 2 year old girl.
The wife was an also a researcher at Arklay.
It was natural that people who conducted the same research at the same facility fall in love and had children.
But a normal person wouldn't be able to continue research at Arklay.
Everyone who were still here were crazy.
We had gone into phase 3 of our research in the 10 years.
A programmed life to be used a soldier, was the fighting human bio-weapon.
This project was to be called the "tyrant".
But this project had a huge set back from the start. Gaining the human test body for the tyrant was a problem
There were few people who were compatible to become the tyrant.
This was due to the nature of the t-virus.
Any human could be used to make a zombie or a hunter using the t-virus, but their intelligence would be lost in the process.
A certain amount of intelligence was needed to create a tyrant.
Birkin devised a different approach in order to compensate for this problem.
But only a very small amount of people with compatible DNA could be used for this different method.
In the simulation, only 1 out of 100 000 000 people turned into a tyrant, and the rest became zombies.
If our research continued, we could create a different kind of t-virus that was compatible for more people to become a tyrant.
But for this to happen, we needed a new and different completely compatible person as a test subject.
But even if we searched through all of America, we would only find 10 or so people that were compatible test bodies.
Other research facilities ran into the same problem.
We had run into a wall before our research even began.
But we had received word that the Europe research facility had thought of a plan to conquer this problem in phase 3 of the human bio-weapon development.
This was the Nemesis project.
I had urged to get a sample of the project to further our own research.
Although Birkin had strongly opposed, I had convinced him.
Until we found a compatible host, our research wouldn't move, and Birkin had to admit this.
We received a package a few days later with a number of precautions written on it.
The package brought to the heliport was a small box.
Gaining this package from the France research facility required quite an effort, but was mainly accomplished due to Spencer backing us up.
Birkin took no interest in the package until the end, but had at least admitted to do tests.
The sample was totally new and was thought up for test purposes.
A parasitic life form created by manipulating DNA.
That was what the Nemesis was.
The intelligence was the only thing enhanced, and this life form couldn't do anything on its own.
But once it finds a host, it becomes a parasite, and its intelligence would take over, causing it to have incredible combat abilities.
The host for the fighting life form and intelligence of the parasite would be made separately and later the 2 would be combined to create 1 human bio-weapon.
If this were to succeed, it would overcome the intelligence problem, and we could create the fighting life-form we had planned.
But the problem was when the parasite takes over the host.
All that was recorded in the files was the death of each host once taken over by the sample.
Within 5 minutes of the intelligence takeover by the Nemesis, the host of the parasite would die.
But we were already aware of the danger that lay in the prototype.
If we could prolong the survival time of the host, the Nemesis project would succeed. That was my plan.
The host would be that women test subject.
Her incredible life rate could survive longer against the parasite of the Nemesis prototype.
And even if it failed, nothing would change on our side.
But the test had created a result I had not expected.
The Nemesis that had tried to enter her brain had disappeared.
At first, we couldn't tell what had happened.
We didn't expect her to consume the parasite.
That was the beginning.
Something was happening inside that failed experiment.
We had decided to start research on her from scratch.
In the past 10 years, we had conducted every bit of research possible on her, but we had decided to throw all those files away.
Within the 21 years that she lived, something was beginning to show.
Only Birkin had begun to notice the change.
Indeed, something had begun to change inside her.
But that was something totally different from the t-virus project.
Something new and would bring a new idea to us.
The project which changed our destiny, the G-virus project.
Part 5: Enter G-virusEdit
July 31st, 1995
It had been 17 years since I’d been back "there".
When I come, I remember the wind. The scenery and buildings from the surrounding area hadn't changed a bit.
I saw Burkin standing on the Heli-pad. He arrived before I did.
Meeting with him somehow already seemed "nostalgic".
It had been 4 years since I had left the Arklay Research Center.
4 years ago, when Burkin's proposed "G-Virus" plan was approved, I put in a transfer request for the
"data/information" section and my request was immediately approved.
The fact that I had given up on being a researcher and needed a change probably seemed like a natural change that
most people go through.
Actually, the truth of the matter was that "G" had already reached a level that was beyond my ability.
And even if I wasn't really here to discover Spencer's "true intentions", I think that, at that time, I would have definitely
realized the limitations of my ability.
As the wind danced around the helicopter, Burkin was, as usual, fixated on some document.
Apparently, he was coming to Arklay on a routine basis, but he was no longer assigned there.
A while ago, he had been transferred to a huge underground research facility in Raccoon City. That was the main facility
for his "G-Virus" research.
But to tell the truth, 4 years ago, I really didn't think that Spencer would approve "G".
Because, "it" deviated from the idea of "weapon" and it was created with too many unknowns left unsolved.
The big difference between "G" and the "T-Virus" was that a body infected with "G" would spontaneously continue to
Of course a virus's genes are unprotected so it quickly mutates.
But the cells within a living organism are different.
Even if the subjects make-up has been altered by the virus, the cells within the organism's body rarely can be mutated.
Of course, by using outer "stimuli", such as radiation, you can make mutations occur within a living body.
However, a body that is infected with "G" continues to mutate, without any outer stimuli, until the host dies.
Even that "T-virus" has lots of attributes that are quite similar to "G".
It has already been observed that the genetic make-up of one of the "living biological weapons" (a person infected with
the T-Virus), who has been placed in a special setting, has continuously "changed".
But in order for this change to occur it is necessary to use outer stimuli as a catalyst. And one can mildly predict which
changes are likely to occur.
However, there are no such "laws" concerning a body infected with "G".
No one can predict just how someone infected with "G" will change. No matter what kind of method you use to try to
cope with "G", it continually changes, making that "method" ineffective.
7 years ago Burkin noticed a little bit of this effect in the female test subject.
There wasn't the slightest change in her appearance, but deep within her something was constantly changing and she
continued to co-exist with the virus used in the experiments.
And so after 21 years of inner mutations, even the "parasite Nemesis" just became one more mutation within her body.
The "G-Virus Plan" was a plan to push those "characteristics" to the utmost limit.
However, the thing that lay ahead could be an evolution to the "final form" for mankind... or it could be a "finale" in
which the organism merely dies...
Could we really call that a weapon?
What was Spencer thinking when he approved this plan?
Even though I had been working in the information section for these 4 long years, I had still been unable to figure out
what Spencer was planning.
And now Spencer has stopped coming to Arklay.
Almost as if something that he has been eagerly awaiting and expecting has begun to start.
Spencer, like some mirage floating in the desert, had begun to grow farther and farther away from me.
But I was sure that a chance would present itself to me eventually.
That was, of course, if I lived long enough to see that day.
Burkin and I got on the elevator and rode to the top floor.
To the place where we had first met "her".
A man named John, Burkin's successor and new chief researcher, was waiting there for us.
He came from a research center in Chicago and was supposedly a very talented scientist but he was a little too
"straight" to be working at a place like this.
He began to question the "inhumanity" of what was going on in the labs and made his opinions known to the upperlevel executives.
I had heard rumors about him at the information section.
Everyone seemed to agree that if any information ever leaked out, he probably would have been the culprit.
We ignored John and kept on walking, and then began the final "disposal" procedures on her.
"You must kill her".
Due to her being infected with "Nemesis", although only a minor amount, she started to "think" and become conscious.
She started to act in "grotesque" ways.
Her behavior has continued to escalate and now she wears the face of another woman that she "peeled off" just like a
According to reports, she acted in the same way after they gave her the first "Starter Virus".
I don't know why she began to act in such a way, but because she recently killed 3 researchers, "they" have decided to
"dispose" of her.
Now that the "G" research is on the right track, there is no real use for a "test subject" like her.
After constantly checking and re-confirming for 3 days the fact that she was dead, her corpse was, as per Facility
Head's order, taken away somewhere.
In the end, I never did find out who she was and why she was brought here?
Of course, she was merely a test subject.
But still though, if she hadn't been here then there wouldn't have been any "G Plan". And Burkin and I would probably
be leading different lives now.
I left the Arklay Research Center, thinking that very thing.
I wonder how much of this was according to Spencer's "plan".
(3 years later the "incident" began)
When I came back to that place, it had been 17 years since that day I was first assigned there.
Every time I go to that place, I would remember the smell of the wind of that day. The buildings and the surroundings all looked the same as before.
On the heliport, I could see Birkin.
It has been a long time since I'd seen him.
4 years had passed since I left the Arklay research facility.
4 years ago, when Birkin's G-virus project was authorized, I requested to be transferred to the secret service, and this was easily approved.
From everyone's point of view, it was a natural change for me to stop my research profession to go into another field.
In reality, the research conducted on the G was far above my level.
Even if my motive wasn't to find out what Spencer was truly thinking, I could feel my limits as a researcher.
In the midst of the wind blowing, Birkin as usual, didn't take his eyes off the research files.
He came to Arklay quite often, but he was not employed there anymore.
A little while ago, a huge underground research facility was built under Raccoon City. This was the place where his G-virus would be developed.
To be honest, 4 years ago, I didn't think that Spencer would authorize G.
This was because it was far from being a weapon, and had too many things unknowns about it.
The reason the G was slightly different from t-virus, was due to the host spontaneously reacting to the virus continuously.
It was very easy for a mutation to occur since the DNA would be open to a virus.
But this was just in the case of the virus itself and not the host's DNA.
Even if the virus could cause some form of change, the DNA of the host becoming mutated was a rare case.
If there was an outside force like radiation, however, it would be a different story.
But in the case of G, it was different, even without an outside force, it would keep mutating the host until death.
Something very similar to this did exist within the t-virus as well.
When a human bio-weapon is put in a specific area, the virus inside the host eventually causing some form of mutation, was already confirmed.
But for this to happen, an outside force was always needed.
But the G host had no need for such a thing.
No one could even predict what was lying ahead with the mutations, and even if we thought of a way to stop the mutation, the virus would just mutate to accommodate.
7 years ago, Birkin found this in that woman test subject.
At first look, the woman had no changes on the outside, but inside, various mutations had occurred which kept on consuming each kind of virus injected into her, and had continued to live on.
And over the 21 years of mutating, it had mutated so much that it would even consume the Nemesis parasite.
The G-virus project was to take this mutation to highest point possible.
But this could lead to the ultimate life form or it could end in disaster.
…could this be called a weapon?
What was Spencer thinking when he authorized this project?
Even when I moved to the secret service, I still couldn't find out what Spencer was really thinking during these 4 years.
And he didn't even show up at the Arklay labs anymore.
Almost as if he was expecting something to happen there…
Spencer was slowly drifting away from me, just as an oasis in a desert.
But, my chance will come soon enough.
That's if I can survive until then.
The elevator took Birkin and I to the highest level in the research facility.
To that place where we first saw that woman.
There, we met the new research leader, John, who was the successor to Birkin.
He had come from a Chicago research facility and was an excellent researcher, but he was too normal to work in a place like this.
He had started to question the motives of the research there and had repeatedly questioned the superiors.
This had even reached my ears at the secret service.
"If information was leaked out, he would be the first to go." This is what everyone had started to say.
We both ignored John and had started the cleanup of that woman.
We had to kill her.
When she had consumed the Nemesis, she started to regain some intelligence but they were very peculiar behaviors.
Each time it would escalate, she would rip off the face of another woman and would wear it herself.
According to the records, she showed the same behavior when she was first injected with the original virus.
No one knows why she would behave like that, but recently, 3 researchers had been killed that way, and this was what triggered the decision for her to be killed.
Since the G research was progressing steadily, there was no more use for her.
Her death was confirmed over the course of 3 days, and her dead body was carried somewhere by the president.
In the end, no one knew who she was or why she'd been here.
But this was also the same with any other test subject.
But if she hadn't been here, the G-project wouldn't have existed. If this were the case, both Birkin and I would have been in a different situation than now.
I had this on my mind as I left the Arklay research facility.
How far was Spencer planning to go with this?
D.C. Douglas NarrationEdit