Wesker’s Report II
Story 1 : “Woman Specimen Subject”
31st July, 1978 (Monday)
It was summer, 20 years ago and I was 18 years old when I
visited there for the first time. I can still smell the
stench of the air stirred up by the helicopter’s rotor
blades.The mansion looked perfectly ordinary from the sky, but on
the ground, I sensed something that made me fear to tread.
Birkin, who was two years younger than me, was interested in
nothing but the research paper he was reading.
We had only been assigned to that place two days previously,
the same day they decided to close down the executive
training center we belonged to. This looked either carefully
planned or pure coincidence, only Spencer knows.
Here, Arklay Laboratory, was the very place where Spencer
himself had a base for ’T-virus’ research.
As we got off the helicopter, we saw the Laboratory Manager
was waiting for us at the lift. I can’t even remember the
No matter what his official title, the laboratory belonged to
Birkin and I from that day. We were given full authority as
chief research engineers. This was of course Spencer’s
intention. We had been chosen.
We completely ignored the Laboratory Manager and got into the
lift as the previous day I had memorized a map of the building.
As for Birkin, he didn’t mean any offense but he never had time
Being in our company for more than five seconds would have made
most people angry. The Laboratory Manager, however, showed no
As I was an egoistic young man these days, I did not take any
notice of his lack of reaction. After all, while I was there I was merely dancing to Spencer’s tune and the Lab Manager knew his intention better than I did
and acted accordingly.
While we were in the lift, Birkin was concentrating on the
papers, which contained detailed reports on Ebola, a Filovirius,
which had been discovered in Africa two years ago.
Even now, many people across the world are still studying Ebola.
But there are two distinct reasons why:
Some are studying the virus in order to save lives, while others have more sinister reasons.
90% of those infected with the Ebola virus will die. Once
infected, body tissue is destroyed within ten days. There is no
vaccination and no cure. If used as a weapon it is incredibly
frightening. Of course the treaty on Prohibition of Use of
Biological Weapons had been in effect long before that so it was
illegal to conduct research on the potential use of the virus as
a weapon. However, it’s perfectly legal to conduct research on it
to prevent its spreading if it was used by someone else as a
It is only a thin line between the two researches - in fact
there is practically no difference between the two. As you must
investigate how it can be used as a weapon in order to know how
it can be stopped.
This means it is possible to pretend that research is for the
purpose of prevention and cure while your true aim is the
However, Birkin was interested in neither of these routes as
the virus had too many imperfections.
Firstly, it dies easily when in contact with direct sunlight
and can only survive outside the body for a few days.
Secondly, the virus does not have enough time to move onto the
next host as it kills its initial host too quickly.
Lastly, the virus is transmitted in bodily fluids and secretions,
which can easily be prevented.
However, consider this :
What if the person infected with the virus could stand up and
walk ? And if subconsciously they sought direct physical contact
with uninfected people ?
The Ebola gene is an RNA gene. RNA genes can mutate a human’s
genes and that mutation would allow the human to have mutant-like
This creature would be a “Human Biological Weapon.” To all
intents and purposes, dead as a human being but still infecting
other humans as long as it continued to function.
It was lucky for us that Ebola did not exhibit such
We could keep the Ebola with that particular capacity just for
The organization, which was established around Spencer, was for
the manufacture of this “living weapon.” Officially, it was a
pharmaceutical company specializing in a cure for the virus,
nut in reality it was a factory producing biological weapons.
The discovery of the “Founder Virus,” which can modify genes, seemed
to be the genesis of this entire business.
In order to manufacture the “Human Biological Weapon” from the
“Founder virus,” it was necessary to develop a variant with that
particular peculiarity enhanced.
That was the T-virus project.
The “Founder virus” is an RNA virus. RNA viruses are known to
have a tendency to mutilate. That tendency enables us to
manipulate them, strengthening their certain peculiarities.
Birkin wondered if he could combine the Ebola gene with the
mutated “Founder virus” to enhance its peculiarity. The sample of
the Ebola virus had already arrived to this laboratory.
After switching from lift to lift, we eventually reached the top
security unit of the laboratory.
Even Birkin took his eyes off his report when we met “her” for the
We knew nothing about her. She was the biggest secret at the
laboratory and her data was never removed from the premises.
The records showed that she had been there ever since the institute
She was 25 years old. No one knew who she was or why she was there.
She was a human specimen to develop the “T-virus” on.
The experiment started on the 10th, November 1967.
She had been receiving injections of viruses for 11 years.
Birkin mumbled something -
Was it to curse ? Or to praise ?
We realized that there was no turning back.
Were we to lead the research to a successful conclusion or rot
away like her ? Of course we had no choice.
The sight of her bound to a shabby hospital bed moved something
in out of my conscience.
Was it apart of Spencer’s plan ?
(Record continues three years later)
Story 2 : ‘Alexia 1’
27th July 1981 (Sat)
(Three years after the previous report)
Today a 10 year old girl was appointed as a senior researcher at
the South Pole Laboratory.
Her name was Alexia Ashford.
I was 21 years old and Birkin was 19.
Irritatingly, the rumor about Alexia of the South Pole monopolized
discussions amongst Arklay’s researchers.
The Ashford name was legendary to the old staff who had bee at
Umbrella long enough to remember.
Whenever the research came to a standstill they always said 'If only
Dr Ashford was still alive.“
Certainly Dr. Ashford was a great scientist, one of the original
research team who discovered the “Founder virus,” and the originator
of the ’T-virus’ project.
However, he died soon after Umbrella was established. 13 years has
passed since his death. What was the point of expecting anything
from the Ashfords ?
In fact the South Pole laboratory, which was founded after Dr.
Edward’s death by his son, had so far yielded no results.
So, not much can be expected from the granddaughter, Alexia.
However, from that day, our dotard subordinates started saying
“If only Ms Alexia were here.”
It seemed like there was no potential for future development in
this lab as long as we had staff like those senile fools, who
could only judge people by their genealogy instead of using their
own sense of values.
Those fools could never take initiative and would remain as minor
researchers even though they had one foot in the grave. But I was
different, I had good judgement.
If I, as the chief researcher, had become emotional, the
development of the ’T-virus’ would have been delayed further.
To achieve results, one must stay calm and make sensible decisions
whatever the circumstances.
An idea came to me—
The success of the research relied on how to handle those ancient
gentlemen. As they could drop dead at any moment, wouldn’t they be
most useful if we were to use them for the most dangerous experiments.
The art of management is to utilize everyone beneath you.
However, Birkin was becoming a nuisance.
His reaction towards the Alexia rumors was so pathetic.
Although he never said it, he took pride in becoming the youngest
chief researcher ever at the age of 16. But this 10 year old girl
had smashed his figurative trophy to pieces. It must have been the
first time he had felt defeated.
He could never approve of someone who was younger than him, with a noble pedigree, and a woman at that.
It was unimaginable that he was being affected by a personnel
reshuffle in such a far away place, where there had been no
achievements for so long.
After all, he was still a kid.
Immature as he was, I needed him to pull himself together.
Over the last three years, our research had reached the second stage.
By then, the “T-virus” was becoming stable enough to be used to
create “Living Biological Weapons,” better known as Zombies.
However, the virus would never be able to modify the human gene
100% - there are incompatibilities between the virus and the genes
because no one person’s genes are exactly alike.
10% of all humans would make a lucky escape and not develop the
disease, even though a zombie infected them with the virus. There
was nothing we could do about this, no matter how hard we tried.
If it had a 90% success rate then it was good enough to use as a
biological weapon but Spencer didn’t seem to be satisfied.
Our boss wanted a “stand-alone” weapon which could wipe out and
But, what for ?
Essentially, the virtue of biological weapons was the low
development costs. But our “Living Biological Weapon” was becoming
Spencer would never have chosen this path if he was looking for
If manufactured for use in conjunction with an orthodox weapon, it
would have made a handsome profit. But to keep the research going to
make a stand-alone, exterminatory weapon did not make business sense.
Why did he continue ignoring the cost ?
If his aim was to monopolize the entire war industry by changing
the very concepts of war perhaps I could agree a little bit.
I still didn’t know what his true intention was.
Apart from Spencer’s intentions, Birkin was engineering a living
biological weapon with an increased emphasis on its ability to fight.
He was trying to create it not only through mutating human genes
with the “T-virus” but also by adding another creature’s genetic
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 we had to suspend the experiment for a while - to protect the
specimens from Birkin.
Birkin, who had this meaningless anger directed at Alexia, started
He would stay at the research facility late into the night continuously doing tests without a plan.
My staff and I collected biopsy samples as quickly as possible
before the specimens could die, but we couldn’t keep up with Birkin’s
The Manager of the Laboratory supplied the new specimens as if
nothing had happened, but they didn’t survive long.
It was Hell.
But she, the female specimen survived.
She was 28 years old by then and had spent 14 years in this lab.
The numerous injections of the “Founder virus” she had received over
the past 14 years would have left her bereft of any logical reasoning,
but if she still had any mind left, death would have been the one
and only thing she wanted.
But, she continued to live.
Why was she the only one to survive ?
The experiment data did not highlight and difference between her and
the other specimens.
We needed much more time to find out the answers to that question.
(Record continued 2 years later)
Story 3 : 'Alexia 2’
31st December 1983
(Two years after the previous record)
My 6th winter at Arklay Laboratory.
Two almost stagnant years had passed without much achievement,
but the turning point had finally arrived.
The catalyst was a report we received that morning.
Alexia had died at the Antarctic institute.
It was said that Alexia was accidentally infected by the T-Veronica
virus which she herself had developed.
At that time, Alexia was 12 years old, and was too young to continue
this kind of dangerous research.
A rumor began to circulate that Alexia had deliberately infected
herself with the virus, but that seemed very unlikely. More likely,
she had not got over the death of her father a year earlier and had
made an error.
institute, Alexia’s research was then taken over by
her twin brother, her only blood relative. But no one expected any
worthwhile results from him. The Ashford family line seemed to have
almost died out without producing anything of note. As I suspected,
the legend surrounding this family was no more than that.
Alexia’s death changed Birkin - or should I say it transformed Birkin
back to the person he once was. It played a major factor in Birkin’s
psychological well-being as his researchers started showing him more
respect. With Alexia dead, these was no longer anyone who exhibited
greater potential than him.
However, talking about Alexia in front of him was still a taboo.
Birkin strongly disagreed when I tried to get a hold of a T-Veronica
I had to bide my time to find a better opportunity to find out about
In spite of the fact that Birkin was in a much stronger, position he
still never matured.
However, in those days, I had much bigger issues to contend with.
The Arklay Laboratory was situated in the center of a mountainous
region, itself surrounded by a deep forest. I often went out for
walks during my time there, but I never came across anyone else.
Helicopter was the only means of reaching the laboratory, making it
inaccessible to outsiders. The remoteness of the area and lack of
people is an important factor when choosing a site for an institute
like this, in order to minimize a potential disaster if the virus
However, biological weapons were not as simple as that.
The viruses would not just infect human beings.
No virus chooses just one type of carrier.
For example, apart from humans, the influenza virus can infect birds,
pigs, horses and even sea lions. It complicates the matter further when you know that not all the species of the same family can be infected. For instance, ducks and chickens might become infected, but other species of birds are
spared. More over, the same virus may take different carriers,
depending on its variants. It is impossible to know all the carriers
for even just one virus.
The biggest problem is the high adaptability of the “T-virus.”
While Birkin was not contributing much, I had been studying the
possibility of secondary infection from the “T-virus.” What I
discovered was that the “T-virus” has carriers in almost every
single species. Not only animals, but plants, insects, even fish. Almost
all species have a potential to multiply and spread the
When I was strolling through the woods, I always thought -
Why did Spencer choose this location ?
There were so many species that co-existed in the forest.
What would happen if the virus escaped and came into contact with a
creature capable of being a carrier ?
If it were some insects, then they would not pose a big threat of
secondary infection due to their size.
But insects can multiply to enormous numbers.
In that case, how far could the virus be spread ?
Suppose it was some plants. It may appear at first that the
possibility of widespread infection would be small as plants cannot
But what about their pollen ?
This location was too dangerous.
Come to think of it, it made perfect sense for the Ashfords to choose
Antarctica as a site for their laboratory.
In contrast, this location it seems was selected in order to spread
But that couldn’t be true, could it ?
What did Spencer want us to do ?
These thoughts were too important to share with anybody else in the
The only person I could possibly ask was Birkin. But, it was obvious
there was no point in talking to him about it.
What I needed was more information.
Around this time, I started to feel the limitations of my situation.
In order to find out Spencer’s true intention, I needed to be in a
position which would give me access to the information I required.
I had no hesitation in giving up my present position for that purpose but I did not want to be too hasty, because if Spencer had any
suspicions about my real motives then the game would be over.
I concentrated on my research with Birkin so that my real thoughts
would not betray me.
While we were keeping ourselves busy, the female specimen was
almost forgotten about.
A failure with no use, but still she lived on. We called her a
failure because we could not get any valid data from her until that experiment took place, five years later.
Story 4 : 'Nemesis’
1st July 1988 (Fri)
(Five years after the last record)
It was our 11th summer since we arrived at the Arklay Laboratory.
I was 28 years old.
Birkin was then a father with a two year old daughter and a wife. This wife was
also a researcher at Arklay.
It was hard to believe that anyone could marry and bring up a child
while both of them worked there. On the other hand, because he was
different he could continue his research at Arklay.
Only the mad could succeed there.
In those 10 years, our research finally reached the third stage.
A highly sophisticated “Fighting Biological Weapon” with
intelligence, which would obey programmed orders and act as a
soldier. This was the monster we worked to create. We called it
But from the beginning there was one huge obstacle - it was almost
impossible to obtain a living subject on which we could base the
Tyrant. The supply of genetically adaptable human beings for the
Tyrant was extremely limited.
This is due to the nature of the “T-virus.”
The “T-virus” variant which was ideal to create the zombies and
the Hunters was suitable for most humans, but it had a fault of
making the carrier’s brain cells decline.
To transform the carrier into a Tyrant we needed to keep the
carrier’s intelligence at a certain level. In order to overcome
this issue, Birkin had been working on extracting a variant which
would cause the least amount of damage to the brain when it adapted
itself perfectly to the carrier.
However, humans with a genetic match to this variant were extremely
The Genetic Analytic team’s simulation report told us that only one
in ten million would be infected and transformed into a Tyrant with
the remainder becoming zombies.
It might have been possible to develop a more progressive strain of
the “T-virus” which could transform more humans into Tyrants.
However, to push the research further, first of all we required human
subjects with a perfect genetic match to the new variant.
There was little possibility that such a specimen would be supplied
to us, because even if we scoured the whole USA, we would only be
able to find 50 or so of them. In fact, at the time, even with the
utmost effort we only managed to collect a few specimens with a close
Even from the outset, our research was at a standstill.
But one day, we heard a rumor that a European laboratory were working
on a project to create the third generation Living Biological Weapon.
It was called the “Nemesis Project.”
I acted quickly to obtain a sample from the project so that I could
use it to our advantage. Of course, Birkin was against this idea, but
this time I somehow managed to persuade him. He had no choice but to
admit that our research wouldn’t go any further unless we found a
A few days later, in the middle of the night, a parcel arrived from
Europe via various transit points. It arrived to our heliport in a
We had to pull many strings to obtain if from the French laboratory
where it had been developed, but it could not have happened without
the support of Spencer.
Birkin showed no interest at all, but he accepted the importance of
The sample had been developed with a new design in mind.
A parasitic living body created by genetic modification - that
An intelligent lifeform that was unable to do anything on
However, once it parasitized the brain of another living being it
would take full control of the body and demonstrate its highly
developed aptitude for combat. The project was to provide the
intelligence and the biological body for combat separately and then
combine them in order to create one living biological weapon.
If it was successful we no longer needed to worry about the problems
we had previously encountered.
But there was a new problem in that it did not always settle in the
carrier in the same manner as we desired.
On the report attached to the sample we saw nothing but a long list
The carriers lasted for only about five minutes after Nemesis took
control of their brains.
But, we already knew that an incomplete prototype would be extremely
If we succeeded in prolonging the carriers’ survival then we could
hope to take the lead in the Nemesis project.
This was my aim.
Naturally, I was planning to use the female specimen.
With her unusual ability to survive, she could endure the Nemesis
prototype for a long time.
Even if we failed, we would lose nothing.
However, our experiments took an unexpected turn.
Nemesis vanished when it tried to enter her brain.
At first, we could not understand what happened.
We never thought that she would take over the parasite.
That was the beginning.
Until then, she was barely alive but something was about to awaken
We began to reexamine her.
Over the last 10 years, she had been checked down to the minutest
details, but we decided to ignore the past data and start anew. Now,
for the first time in her 21 years of being here, something no one
had seen was about to be revealed.
After much examination, only Birkin noticed it.
Something definitely existed in her.
This, however, went beyond the original “T-virus” project and led us
in a totally new and different direction.
That was the beginning of “G-Virus” project, which changed all our
Story 5: 'G-Virus’
31st July 1995 (Mon)
(Seven years after the previous record)
It was summer again and 17 years from the time I first visited the
Whenever I went there I always remember the smell of the wind from
that day. Nothing has changed since then, even the buildings and
I could see Birkin, who had already arrived, standing on the
I had not seen him for a long time.
Four years have passed since I left Arklay Laboratory.
At that time, when Birkin’s “G-virus” project was approved, I
applied for my transfer to the Information Bureau and was readily
accepted. It must have looked natural for everyone that I was giving
up my career as a researcher and seeking a change.
Actually, the “G-virus” project was beyond my abilities. Even if I did
not have any reason to find out Spencer’s true intention, it was true
that I felt my faculties as a researcher had reached their limits.
In spite of the downdraft caused by the helicopter, Birkin never took
his eyes off the research papers. Although it seemed he still visited
Arklay regularly, he was no longer a researcher at that facility.
Sometime ago, he had been transferred to a huge underground laboratory
in Raccoon City, which was his base for the G-virus project headed
Quite honestly, four years ago, I never thought that Spencer would
approve the “G-virus“project because it was founded on an unknown
belief and deviated from the original concept of a biological weapon.
The distinct difference between the “G-virus” and the T-Virus was
that the organism infected by the “G-virus” continued to mutate by
itself. Because a virus is an unprotected form of gene, it can easily
mutate. This mutation can happen when a virus is left on its own,
but once a virus is in another organism, it is a different story.
A gene in an organism’s body hardly mutates even though its structure
was modified by a virus, unless some external influences, such as
exposure to radiation, takes place. However, an organism infected with
the “G-virus” keeps mutating itself without any external influence
until it dies.
Similar characteristics did exist in the “T-virus.”
When we placed the “Living Biological Weapon” under certain
circumstances, we recorded some genetic recombination caused by an
activated virus in its own body. However, in the case of the T-Virus,
it always needed some external influences to trigger the
recombination and the results were always close to what we predicted.
G-infected organisms totally lacked such predictability.
No one could foresee what recombination it would take, and whatever
the means to stop the process it kept mutating nonetheless making
our manipulation worthless.
Seven years ago, Birkin found similar signs of this effect in the
female specimen. On the surface she had not changed at all, but
internally, she changed continuously and remained alive by merging
and coexisting with all the experimental viruses she was administered.
And the 21 years of internal mutation evolved her enough to accept
the parasitic organism Nemesis.
The “G-virus” project was trying to push this abnormality to the
But, the end result of this project could be either the evolution
of the ultimate organism or total destruction.
Can we call this a weapon ?
What made Spencer approve this project ?
Even though I had been in the Information Bureau for four years by
this time, I could still not understand his motives. And now,
Spencer does not even come to Arklay.
It is as if he had foreseen something was about to happen there.
The image of Spencer was fading away from me like a mirage in the
But, an opportunity must present itself sometime.
If I can survive until then.
The lift was carrying both Birkin and me to the highest security
level to the place where we saw her for the first time. The new
chief researcher John, Birkin’s successor, was waiting for us there.
He was transferred from the Chicago Laboratory and was said to be
an excellent scientist, but he seemed to be too normal to work for
this laboratory. He had doubts about the cruelty of the research
and reported to his superior to correct the situation.
That caused a big enough stir even in the Information Bureau.
It was everyone’s opinion that if any information was leaked, it
had to come from him.
We ignored John and started to give her the final treatment.
To kill her.
She had regained a little intelligence after taking in the Nemesis.
But, it resulted in nothing more than making her behave strangely.
The odd behavior continued to escalate. Nowadays, she peels off
other women’s faces and wears them over her own. The records show
that she behaved in the same manner when she was first given the
“Founder virus.” We were never sure what made her react in such a
way, but her termination was decided after three researchers became
Now the study of the “G-virus” was on track she lost her status as
a valuable specimen.
The termination of her vital signs was checked and confirmed
repeatedly for the next three days. Then, the body was taken away
to some location at the instruction of the Laboratory Manager.
Even now, I still do not know who she was and why she was brought
Of course it was exactly the same for other specimens.
However, if she had not been there, the G-Project might never have
existed and if that was the case then Birkin and I would be in very
As I left Arklay Laboratory, I was thinking things over.
Just how calculating is Spencer ?