- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- workes 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
- 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
- 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.
- But why?
- 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
It has been the 6th winter since I worked at this Arklay facility.
During the last two years, we had made no real progress with our research and time passed by. But this had come to an end. We had received word that Alexia had died. The reason was the virus that Alexia herself created, the (T-Veronica virus). It seemed like the 12 year old Alexia was too young for such dangerous research.
I had heard rumours that Alexia had injected the T-veronica virus in herself but this I could not believe. She probably couldn't handle her father's death one year ago and made a simple error in her research.
Later, the research at the Antarctica facility was continued by Alexia's twin brother, but no one had expected anything from him. In the end, the Ashford family couldn't bring any results and would crumble down.
Like I had stated earlier, the Ashford family was a legend and will stay as a legend only.
With Alexia's death, Birkin had changed back to what he was before. Now there was no one who could surpass him, and all the researchers had to acknowledge him. But it was still a taboo to talk about Alexia infront of him. Even when I tried to get a sample of the T-veronica virus, he had strongly objected.
I had to put aside finding out about the research that Alexia had done for now. Ihad come to realize Birkin had not changed at all, when everything around him had changed.
But I had a much bigger problem on my hands.
Our facility was located in a very dense forest. I went out walking into the woods many times but because this facility was in the near center of the forest, we would never encounter any other humans. The only way to get here was by a helicopter. It was a needed precaution dealing with a bio-weapon. Since if by chance, the virus is 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.
A virus isn't always limited to affecting only one kind of organism. For example, the Influenza virus not only affects humans, but birds, pigs, horses and even seals. In each of these species, not all who come in contact with the virus are affected. Seagulls and chickens are, but all other birds are not. Also, the same virus may 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 made himself useless, I had done my own research on the T-virus. I had discovered that the T-virus can affect most life forms out there. Not only mammals but plants, bugs, and fish can also be affected.
Everytime I walked in the woods, I always thought to myself, 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 is small in size and probably would not go through a big mutation. But insects could spread the virus at an incredible rate. If this were to happen, how far would the T-virus spread?
If it were a plant that was infected, the plant itself could not move and would seem safe. But what about the seeds the plants give out?
It would be very dangerous for such a case to happen. Now that I think about it, it was a smart move for the Ashfords to locate their facility in Antarctica. But here it almost seems like someone wants the virus to spread. But that could not be possible. What is Spencer trying to make us do?
This issue was far too great and I could not discuss this with any other researcher. The only one who I could talk to was Birkin, but he probably wouldn't 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 get to a position where I could obtain more information.
For that I would throw away all my current positions. But I cannot do this quickly. I could not let Spencer notice my plans for if so, everything would be over.
I had continued to do research with Birkin so that no one would detect my intentions. During that time, that 'woman test subject' was forgotten. 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 this facility. I was 28 at the time. Birkin had become a father to a 2 year old girl. The wife was a also a researcher at the facility. It was natural that people who conducted research at the same facility fall in love and have children. But a normal person would not be able to continue research at this place. Everyone who is still here is crazy.
We had gone into phase three of our plan in the ten years. A programmed life, to be used a soldier, a bio-weapon for combat. This bio-weapon was to be called the "Tyrant". But this project had a huge problem from the start. Finding a test subject for this Tyrant was easier said than done. There were very few who were qualified enough 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 but their intelligence would be lost in the process. A certain amount of intelligence was needed to create a Tyrant. Birkin had created a different way of creating the Tyrant to compensate for this problem. But only a very small amount of people could be used for this different way. In the simulation, only 1 out of 100,000,000 mutated into a Tyrant, the rest became zombies.
If our research continued, we could create a different kind of T-virus that was compatible with far more people. But for this to happen we needed another test subject. But even if we searched through all of America, we would only find ten or so people that were compatible.
Other research facilities had encountered the same problem. We ran into a wall even before our research began.
But we had received word that the Europe facility had devised a plan to conquer this problem in phase 3. This was the Nemesis project. I had urged Birkin to get a sample of the project to further our own research. Although Birkin had strongly opposed, I convinced him otherwise. Until we found a compatible host our research would not proceed forward, and Birkin had to accept this.
We had received the package a few days later with a number of precautions written on it. The package brought to heliport was in a small box labeled "Nemesis Project". To gain this sample from the France facility required quite there effort, and credit for this accomplishment went to Spencer for backing us up. Birkin took no interest in the package till the end but had at least admitted to tests. The sample was new and was for test purposes.
A biological life form created by manipualting DNA. That was the what the Nemesis was. The intelligence was the only thing enhanced and this lifeform alone, could not do anything. But once it finds a host, it becomes a parasite and would take over that host and would cause it to have incredible combat ability.
The host for the weapon and the parasite would be made separately and later the intelligence of the parasite and the body of the host would be combined to create a bio-weapon. If this were to succeed it would overcome the problem of the intelligence and we could create a bio-weapon. But the problem was when the parasite takes over the host.
In the research files, the only information recorded was the death of each host once taken over by the parasite sample. Within 5 minutes of the parasite taking over, the host would die. But we were already aware of the danger that lied in the prototype.
If we could prolong the time the host would survive, we would gain the credit to the "Nemesis project". That was my plan. The host would be that women test subject.
Her incredible life rate could survive longer against 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 prototype that tried to enter her brain had disappeared. At first, we could not tell what had happened. We did not expect her to consume the Nemesis.
That was the beginning. Something was happenning inside that failed experiment. We had decided to start research on her from scratch.
In the past ten 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
It had been 17 years since I first came to this place. Every time I come here, I remember the smell of the wind from 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've seen him. Four years have passed since I left Arklay labs.
4 years ago, when Birkin's G-virus project was authorized, I requested to be transferred to the secret (intelligence) service. This was easily authorized. Most people saw it as a natural change, going from the research profession to another field.
In reality, the research conducted on the G-virus was far above my level. Even if I wasn't out to discover what Spencer was truly thinking, I could feel my limits as a researcher had reached their peak.
Even as the wind blew, Birkin didn't take his eyes off of his research files. He came to Arklay quite often, even though he was not employed here anymore.
Not too long ago, an underground lab under Racoon City was built. This was the place that Birkin's G-virus project would take shape. To be honest, I didn't think that Spencer would authorize "G". I thought this because "G" was considered far from being a weapon, and had too many unknowns about it.
"G" was slightly different from "T-virus" because the host would spontaneously react to the virus at a repetitive rate. It was very easy for a mutation to occur since the DNA would be open to a virus. But this is isolated to the virus itself and not the host's DNA.
Even if the virus could cause some form of change, it would be rare for the host's DNA to become mutated. Enter an ouside force such as radiation, and it would be a different story.
But in the case of "G" it was different. Even without an outside force the "G" would keep mutating the host until death.
Something very similar in nature did exist within the T-virus though. When a bio-weapon is put in a specific area, the virus inside the host would cause some form of mutation. This has already been confirmed. But for this an ouside force was always needed.
But the "G" has no need for such an element. No one can predict the pattern of the mutations. And even if we could think of a way to stop the mutation, the virus would just improvise.
7 years ago Birkin discovered this in that woman. At first look the woman appeared to have no physical changes. But inside of her various mutations had occurred, each consuming every kind of virus we injected her with, and had continued to live on.
Over a period of 21 years, it had mutated so much that it would even consume the Nemesis. 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 complete disaster.
.....could this be called a weapon?
What was Spencer thinking when he authorized this project? Even when I moved to the secret intelligence service I could not find out anything about Spencer's train of thought during these 4 years. Spencer hasn't been to Arklay labs in a while now. Almost as if he is 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 live until then.
The elevator took Birkin and I to the highest level in the lab. To that place where we first saw that woman.
There, we met the new research leader, John. He had come from a Chicago lab 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, and had repeatedly questioned the superiors.
This news reached my ears in the secret (intelligence) service. If information had been leaked out, he would be the first to go? This was the general opinion amongst the masses.
We both ignored John and started the clean-up of that woman. We had to kill her. When she had consumed Nemesis she started to regain some intelligence and exhibited some preculiar behaviors. The behavior would worsen. She would ripped off another womans face and would wear it herself. According to the records she showed the same behaviors when she was first injected with the original virus.
Recently three researchers had been killed as a result of her behavior, and this is what prompted her immediate termination. Because the "G project" was progressing so well, we had no use for her.
Her death was confirmed over the course of 3 days, and her "dead body" was carried somewhere by the president. After all was said and done, no one knew who she was or why she was here. But this was also true of any of the other test subjects.
If she had not been here the G-project would not have existed. Both Birkin and I would had be in completely different situations. I had this on my mind as I left the Arklay labs.
How far was Spencer planning on taking this?
(The "incident" would happen 3 years later)
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