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?
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.
1983 December 31 (Saturday)
It has been the 6th winter since I startedworking 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 theAntarctic 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 Nemesis
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-virus
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?