At the beginning of the twenty-first century The Umbrella Corporation had become the largest commercial entity in the United States. Nine out of every ten homes contained its products. Its political and financial influence was felt everywhere.
In public it is the leading supplier of:
- Computer Technology
- Medical Products
- And Healthcare
Contributing factors to Umbrella’s success were their non lethal commercial products. Such products include:
- Adravil: An apparently ibuprofen-based analgesic. May be an analog of the real drug Advil.
- Safsprin: Another of Umbrella’s three main public products. Aspirin based, it can be used as treatment for various common, daily illnesses.
- Uspirim: Another Umbrella Aspirin-based product.
- Aqua Cure: Umbrella’s crowning public achievement.
Aqua Cure is an ointment used on open wounds that made the company famous worldwide. It is considered to be Umbrella’s primary public product and is very effective. It is assumed that the T-Virus is used on this product to re-accommodate the damaged cells, though no side-effects have been shown from this product.
Unknown even to its own employees, its massive profits are generated by:
- Military Technology
- Genetic Experimentation
- And Viral Weaponry
The problem is that the public is unaware of Umbrella’s actions and the experiments they work on. Each time someone tries to expose the Corporation, Umbrella always manages to cover their tracks and convince everyone that those experiments are non-existent.
I am one of the few who tried stopping them. My name is Justyn.
I worked for the Umbrella Corporation. I was head of security at a secret high tech facility called The Hive, a giant underground laboratory developing experimental viral weaponry. But there was an incident, the virus escaped and everybody inside The Hive died. The trouble was they didn’t stay dead. The T-Virus reanimated their bodies. Umbrella sent in a U.B.C.S. team, Umbrella Biohazard Counter-measure Service, but none of them lived. I and one other survived, an environmentalist named Matt. When we emerged we were seized by Umbrella scientists. Matt and I were separated, we thought we had survived the horror, but we were wrong. Soon after I escaped from The Hive, I was captured and the order to re-open The Hive’s doors was issued. Upon opening, the infected employees and creatures quickly overcame the Umbrella scientists and continued on to the city.
Umbrella then failed to contain the incident and the infection spread to Raccoon City, the nearest urban center. The T-Virus spread faster than anyone could have anticipated. In just 13 hours the infection was all over the city, infecting all of the residents living there. To keep the virus from escaping the city, Umbrella built a wall around it and forced all the people to stay inside of it. After a few hours they sent a nuclear missile to completely sanitize the city.
Umbrella then went on to say that a meltdown at the nuclear power plant nearby is what destroyed the city, so the truth of what happened there was kept from the public. But now, the truth must be revealed and as we all know, just a story won’t make people believe. That’s why I have tried to gather as many files and as much data as possible. The things I have collected include images from security cameras in The Hive and Raccoon City. I have also accessed a few files from Umbrella’s computers. And Raccoon News 7’s former anchor, Terri Morales’ video tape.
Some people believe the truth about the Raccoon City incident, but few, if any, actually know how it started. The outbreak actually began in an underground testing facility at The Hive. I also have some images taken from The Hive’s main security system, the Red Queen.
Terri Morales brought a video recorder around during the Raccoon City incident. She recorded everything that went on. Unfortunately, she died before we made it out of the city, but her recorder was left in my hands. After I was caught by Umbrella the tape quickly went to the media. People started to believe it until Umbrella claimed it was an elaborate hoax.
What is the T-Virus? The T-Virus is like any other virus. It is a protein crystal with a DNA core. As the crystal makes contact with a cell’s membrane, it destroys it and inserts its DNA into the cell. The cell absorbs the viral genome into its own DNA, which takes over the cell’s functions. The cell begins to produce offspring of the original virus. The new viruses are then released from the host cell and infect the neighboring cells, which starts the process all over again.
The T-Virus kills any living mitochondria and replaces the dead ones with itself. The virus then combines with other cells to produce energy. The energy produced is just enough to power the motor neurons and the basic lower brain functions. Not only that, but this bypasses the entire circulatory system, which makes the heart and lung redundant systems that can be disposed.
However, the T-Virus can only properly function by consuming the cell in order to produce its energy and to divide via mitosis to spread around the body. This slow breakdown of cells leads to the necrotizing effects seen on most BOWs. The virus also incorporates itself into the host’s RNA, which substantially alters it. This is why creatures, such as bees and spiders, only have very minor mutation, such as increased size, when compared to the human mutation caused by the virus. This is due to their lower stance in the evolutionary chain.
Should the human host be alive at the time of T-Virus infection, all higher brain functions are destroyed as the virus simply dissolves away the frontal lobes. This leaves only the telencephalon, better known as the cerebrum, to govern behavior. Therefore, the infected host is left with a very animalistic behavior. As the virus spreads, it damages the hypothalamus. This produces a massive flood of neurotransmitters, enzymes, and hormones such as norepinephrine and dopamine. These effects, combined with the painful symptoms of the infection, induce a psychotic rage, persistent hunger, and increased aggressiveness in those infected.
Should the human host be dead at the time of infection, only enough energy is produced to power the lower brain functions. These functions are responsible for the most primal instincts, such as walking and eating.
In either case, their late-stage appearance and behavior are characteristics of their name-sake, that of the zombie.
Should a late-stage human host be rendered unconscious, the body will lay in a dormant phase appearing to be dead. In actuality the host is rapidly mutating due to the T-Virus becoming hyperactive. Within the timeframe of an hour, the decayed skeletal and muscular system is reconstructed into a stronger and more durable form, development can be seen of sharp canine teeth and razor claws, fresh blood seeps into remaining skin giving it a reddish hue, advances in decomposition, and intact eyes become a bright white. Umbrella researchers at the Arklay Laboratory have dubbed this stage as a V-ACT, commonly referred to as a Crimson Head. The brain is then jolted back to consciousness with a slight but important increase in intelligence, and large increase in agility and aggressiveness. As a consequence of this rapid mutation, cellular breakdown hits a critical point where the host cannot regenerate properly any longer and can effectively be killed permanently, given enough damage.
Means of Infection:
- Direct injection
Many of Umbrella’s experimentations (known as Bio-Organic Weapons) with the T-Virus were initiated by direct injection of the virus into the host. This was considered Umbrella’s primary means of infection.
One of the theories for the initial outbreak at the Arklay Research Facility is that the scientists and researchers there were infected once the T-Virus got into the water supply.
Though there are discrepancies between canonical and uncanonical material over whether or not the T-Virus is an airborne virus, when the virus broke out in the Arklay Research Facility the cleanup workers wore bio-chemical protection suits. This is the main argument for those who feel that the virus is an airborne pathogen, if only for a short period of time. However, the use of biochem protection suits does not prove that the virus is airborne, but only that the workers thought it could be. Reporter Ben Bertolucci states that the virus is not airborne in one of his notes. In the uncanonical Resident Evil movie, the Red Queen states that T-Virus is airborne, but only briefly. However, in Resident Evil: Apocalypse, the T-Virus seems to remain airborne permanently, only affecting the deceased. This is suggested in the ending sequences of the movie, when Dr. Ashford comes back to life after a zombie only passes near him.
- Contact with open wounds
Any contact of the T-virus with the bloodstream will cause infection, including the blood-to-blood contact possible in close combat.
Anyone attacked by an infected host in close combat, be it by bite, scratch, gash, or stab will have the virus transferred to their bloodstream. The Umbrella Corp. believes this to be a secondary means of infection.
There are three known serums that will cure those infected with the T-Virus.
The first is an unnamed vaccine developed by Douglas Rover of the Umbrella Medical Service in Raccoon Hospital as a last-minute effort to find a cure for the virus. However, most of the hospital’s staff had already succumbed to the virus before the vaccine could’ve been properly mass-produced. This vaccine can be cultivated by using a specialized synthesizer and inserting a medium base into the system, and then mixing the needed chemicals with the control panel. The exact components that were used to create this system are unknown; as most of the documentations were either stolen by Nicholai Ginovaef or destroyed during an explosion he triggered. However, Carlos Oliveira was able to use the machine before that and create a vaccine for Jill Valentine when she was infected by the virus.
The second serum is Daylight, developed by Greg Muller and Peter Jenkins of the City College of Raccoon. The actual ingredients for Daylight are T-Blood (a blood sample of a T-virus infected creature, namely T-Thanatos), V-Poison (a sample of Wasp stinger poison from an infected Wasp) and P-Base (an unknown chemical liquid that requires preparing before being mixed). Once all the ingredients have been collected, they can be mixed together in a special chemical mixer. The mixture takes about five to seven minutes to make and thirty seconds to one minute to duplicate.
The third serum is an unknown serum Linda Carter developed. It has similar features to the Daylight serum and it is suggested that it is a prototype. The serum itself is unknown due to the brief time it was available, but it was destroyed in the chaos of the Umbrella Incident.
Now the present:
Although Umbrella has a high alert watch for me I still have access to the one remaining facility. Thankfully my stealth and high tech training is how I can have access without detection so but I have to careful very careful. I am… no… I WILL bring Umbrella down.
That is my report for now. An update will follow as more vital info is achieved.
– Justyn Case
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