Sometimes it’s not what’s in the game that tells the most compelling story. Any true fan of Resident Evil can attest to going through a game and desperately searching for little memos, bits of paper, letters to loved ones, plaques on walls, all little pieces of literature that tell a largely untold story. Sometimes the real horror story isn’t what you see on the screen, but what you can only imagine.
In the Resident Evil Universe, these stories are told in The Files.
All outsiders will receive the blade of punishment! We will bless them with a sacred death!
We will release them from their bonds of wickedness!
Type 2 Las Plagas
As stated in earlier documentation on the subject, the original Las Plagas parasite was discovered in an isolated area in Europe. Upon maturation in a host, the parasite quickly replaces the host’s will and self-awareness, rendering them highly susceptible to control by another. It was this aspect of Las Plagas that meant one so inclined could create obedient subjects who would obey directives without question. With obvious commercial application possibilities, Las Plagas quickly came under review by interested parties.
The problem with commercializing Las Plagas was the time discrepancy between initial infection and when the hosts were rendered susceptible to control. The time between when Las Plagas is administered to the host as an egg and the time when it fully matures and attaches itself to the central nervous system was met with negative criticism. The maturation cycle of Las Plagas was relatively brief, but potential customers wished for more expedient results. With this in mind, research was undertaken to improve Las Plagas. The final result of this research becoming Type 2 Plagas.
Type 2 Plagas differs from its predecessor in that it is administered in its matured state, and from that point the host can almost immediately be controlled. Type 2 is administered orally, or more specifically, it is forced into the mouth of the host. It’s an indelicate method, but it’s also the most effective. After oral administration, Type 2 rends the esophagus and moves first to the medulla oblongata, then to the brain proper, and finally the spinal cord. Once it has taken hold of the central nervous system, the host can be controlled.
Under a laboratory setting, we recorded complete control of a host within ten seconds of administration of Type 2. Aside from the reduced infection time, the Type 2 Plagas appeared to share all of the characteristics of the original Las Plagas, which made it more than suitable for commercialization. All that remains now is to accumulate field data from the Kijuju Autonomous Zone. Listed below are the three key experiments for evaluation of Type 2:
- InfectionAdminister Type 2 samples to 10 previously infected individuals and observe the rate at which they spread the infection. These 10 test subjects will be given enough Type 2 samples to create measurable results.
- Control Observe to what extent the barbaric behavior induced by the Plagas can be controlled. This will be ascertained by witnessing the results of the directive to engage the BSAA operatives within the area.
- FightingAccumulate data on Type 2 in combat. Type 2 hosts will battle BSAA operatives deployed in the area.
This experiment will be the last stage for evaluating the effectiveness of Type 2 Plagas
From the evidence gathered thus far, it would appear that most of Delta Team was wiped out between the time they requested backup and the time we reached the area. One of their beacons was still transmitting on active signal, so we moved to intercept due to the possibility of survivors. While en route, the beacon’s transmission ceased. Judging by the last transmission the beacon should be just ahead of our current position. There is a sealed door currently blocking our route, so infiltration may prove difficult.
Village Youth’s Diary
A man who said he was the foreman of the oil plant came to visit us today. He said he wants to inoculate everyone living near the oil field against some kind of disease. In my parents’ generation, they tricked out people and stole the land to turn it into their oil field. They must feel guilty about that because they are always trying to help out village now. When we couldn’t get across the swamp, they built a gondola on a rope for us.
Sometimes they’ll even give us alcohol from foreign countries. This medicine is probably something like that. Everyone in our village is glad to receive this medicine, but I don’t want it. I don’t have a reason for not getting it, I just didn’t like the way the foreman looks, that’s all.
Everyone went to the oil field to get this inoculation. The village is usually never this quiet. The only thing to do today is sleep.
I slept too much during the day, so I couldn’t sleep at night, and it was noisy outside. Everyone was talking with serious voices in the middle of the village. All of the children in the village had come down with a fever. The mothers all drew water to cool their bodies, but it didn’t help. By the next morning they were all dead. In the morning our leader went to the oil field. He wanted to know if the medicine they were given killed the children.
When he came back to the village, he said the children died because they had the disease. He told everyone that they needed to go back for more shots. I didn’t want to, but everyone in the village was worried about catching the disease. They forced me to go with them and get the shots.
People were fighting in the village. All the men are very angry. It might be because all the children died, but I think it’s something else. The women just sit around and don’t move. I wonder if the disease is spreading?
I couldn’t sit still today. It felt like something was moving around inside me. Outside I saw a man who looked strange. He was naked and had a weapon. His entire body was covered in war paint. It wasn’t even a festival day. I tried to talk to him, but when he turned around, I saw his face…
He didn’t even look human! What is happening to the people of my village!?
The screaming has not stopped since yesterday. The men are all dressing like our ancestors and fighting each other. Most of the women have died.
Head hurts. Fever… Feel angry. Saw big man outside window. Very tall. Must be vision.
Screams… stop… Looks fun… Want to… kill…
Type 3 Plagas Field Test
One week has passed since the initial field test of Type 3 Plagas. Type 3 was designed to display dramatically enhanced physical abilities over previous versions. The original Las Plagas had a special Plaga known as the control Plaga that would provide a host with enhanced physical abilities. These control types were limited in number, and they always caused severe physical changes in the host, and thus it was not always expedient to use them.
From a business standpoint, this was undesirable. The idea was to create super soldiers without any side effects, something consumers wanted. Other teams are currently working on developing a similar product to Las Plagas for commercial use, but given the affinity Las Plagas has for human hosts, it seems advantageous to continue to develop it. Other methods may produce superior super soldiers, but if they do not render the host completely controllable, their effectiveness would be limited.
Taking a subordinate Plaga (the base Las Plagas) and implanting a gene from the control Plaga created a new type of Plaga – the Type 3. It is believed that if Type 3 can be perfected, it will become the new standard on the bio weapons market. But that day is still in the offing. During a recent field test, a number of issues came to the fore. The chief problem is its ineffectual adherence rate. In adult and adolescent males the adherence rate is approximately 92 percent, the same for normal Las Plagas. For women and young children Type 3 has a 0 percent adherence rate.
With these disappointing results, it is obvious that in its current state, Type 3 would not render an adequate product. In addition, superficial mutations were invariably fatal. This is thought to be due to the dynamic influence of the control Plaga gene. The rest, however, was not without some favorable results. Our goal is to realize dramatic physical enhancements were somewhat realized. The jumping power of hosts has shown remarkable improvement.
Another point is one we hadn’t predicted: size increase in the hosts, with some reaching a height of almost three meters. This could also be due to the gene from the control Plaga, but it is within acceptable parameters. With this field test, we did not achieve all our initial desired results, but the test was not a complete failure. It may be possible to use the information garnered from the current tests and use them to make improvements in any future tests.
From Chief Researcher Brandon’s Journal – No. 1
Mr. Spencer once spoke of a flower called the Stairway to the Sun. Supposedly this flower would give the person who consumed it incredible abilities. Everyone thought it was nothing more than a rumor or legend that Mr. Spencer was telling us, but later research would prove us wrong. The first person to recognize the validity of that story was my teacher, Dr. James Marcus. He hypothesized that a virus, hereto unknown, might exist that could alter DNA. The man was so perspicacious! His hypothesis turned out to be correct!
The virus discovered in that flower was labeled “Progenitor.” For three months in Africa we worked diligently, fretted over results, and staved off attacks from the Ndipaya. After such time, our efforts were finally rewarded. Even Dr. Marcus, who until yesterday looked exhausted, was in good spirits. He wants to return home as soon as possible to delve deeper into his research. I feel the same way. I want to learn the secrets of this Progenitor virus as soon as possible.
We’ve hit the metaphorical brick wall. We brought the Progenitor flower back from Africa and attempted to cultivate it here. The initial culture samples of the Progenitor virus have not shown DNA-altering characteristics. We cultivated the flower to mass-produce the Progenitor virus. At first, everything proceeded smoothly. The plants were strong, and grew quickly. In a short amount of time they flowered.
But here is when a major problem surfaced! The flowers did not contain the Progenitor virus! Perhaps the environment in which they’re grown triggers the development of the virus. This matter must be investigated further.
We’ve made no progress. We’ve tried cultivating the flower under different conditions, but with no luck in triggering the development of the virus itself. Thus far we have tried changing the soil, water, temperature, and light exposure all with no success. I got into a heated debate with Dr. Marcus about the direction this research was taking. During that debate, Mr. Spencer interjected some foolhardy notion of starting a company. Without the Progenitor virus there’s no point in starting a company. Does he not see that? It’s all pointless!
Research Center Director Brandon’s Journal
We’ve closed down the Research Center. It’s strange, but I don’t really care. I’m indifferent to the whole thing. I feel the same way as when I heard that the Arklay facility and Raccoon City were destroyed. When did I become so apathetic? I’ve spent every waking moment researching and extracting the Progenitor virus. Everything I did was for Dr. Marcus. Actually, when I think about it, I probably stopped caring the day I heard he had died all those years ago.
I didn’t feel angry or happy or even shocked; I felt nothing at all. It was as if all my emotions just shut down. I just kept sending out samples of the Progenitor virus to all of Umbrella’s laboratories. I was just an automated machine reporting to Umbrella Headquarters every time one of my subordinates made a breakthrough or discovered something new.
I was like a zombie ambling through life. No thoughts, no feelings. And now the Research Center where I’ve spent half my life is closed. I really don’t care one way or another. It’s probably all for the best. Perhaps it is too late to have any semblance of a life again.
From Chief Researcher Brandon’s Journal – No. 2
It’s been over a year since we’ve had any breakthroughs. That’s why Dr. Marcus and I have decided to return to Africa. We can no longer continue our research without the progenitor virus. I know those routine attacks by the Ndipaya are really going to wrack my nerves, but for the sake of our research, I will persevere. In the face of my foreseen dismay it was Mr. Spencer who provided the answer.
“If you’re worried about the Ndipaya, then we’ll just have to remove them from the equations.”
I can only imagine the look of shock on our faces. The idea never occurred to me. It was quite an atypical solution to our problem, but it seemed to be the only option available. Dr. Marcus and I decided to try Mr. Spencer’s plan.
Finally, some good news! We learned they were able to chase the Ndipaya off their land. The land we acquired only amounts to half of those underground ruins, but if it includes the area where the Progenitor flower grows, then there should be no issues. Mr. Spencer said he plans to construct research facilities at the site, which will expedite our research into the virus. We hastily made our preparations to depart for Africa, but Mr. Spencer requested that Dr. Marcus stay in Raccoon City to take over the Training Center.
We were initially taken aback by this request, but we soon realized it was the logical course of action. Dr. Marcus needs a calm environment to properly conduct his research. If he were in Africa, there would be no proper facility for him to use at this time. I just hope the African research facilities get built soon.
So now I will go alone to Africa and send back samples of the Progenitor virus to Dr. Marcus. Both Dr. Marcus and Mr. Spencer agree this is the best course of action. I have to start making preparations to go. I have a feeling I’ll be pretty busy starting tomorrow.
I’ve been in Africa for two weeks now. It’s a good thing Dr. Marcus isn’t here. This place is far from being a paradise of research and scientific study. The so-called research facilities are nothing more than a bunch of tents, and we have to employ armed soldiers to keep the Ndipaya at bay. But the thing that gets on my nerves the most is the sound of the construction for the real research facilities.
How am I supposed to concentrate on research when everything is threatening to drive me insane? I’m trying to just concentrate on extracting the virus samples from the Progenitor flower so I can send them to Dr. Marcus. Hopefully, if I focus on my work, I can remain sane in this godforsaken place.
The research facilities are finally completed! This is the real Umbrella Africa Research Center, not just some pile of tents. But I’ve come to a realization in the past nine months. The facilities are too small for our needs. We need to make them larger, more suitable for our research. Then we can fill them with more talented researchers. This place needs to be our frontline in our Progenitor
Virus research. Our results will do a great service to Dr. Marcus and his viral research.
In a rare turn of events, that old skinflint Spencer actually agreed with me on this!
Telegram from James Marcus
T-Virus development a success
Jan 13 1978
Tricell Researcher Miguel’s Journal – No. 1
When I heard it was THE laboratory used by Umbrella in Africa, my expectations were raised, to say the least. But when I saw it, well, it’s a lab in name only. I don’t know how Umbrella ever used it, and Lord knows how Tricell could possibly have any use for it. The place was abandoned long ago, so there’s nothing there of any value to us. Not one piece of lab equipment remains, at least nothing that still works. I can’t say I’m surprised because I half expected this. Anyway, the important thing is the Progenitor virus.
If we didn’t need that virus for our research, there would have been no need to come to this run-down Umbrella facility anyway. We already have samples of the T-Virus, G-Virus, the T-Veronica virus, and even the Las Plagas parasite. We have everything we need for our research.
We just didn’t have that damned Progenitor virus. But we finally got our hands on it. Hopefully this will give us that much needed breakthrough in our research. I can’t wait to start working on it.
I wonder who came up with the name Licker for those creatures. I mean, when you see its long tongue you just know that it’s the perfect name. But for researchers like me, B.O.W.s like Lickers are just a pain in the ass. If I said Lickers were too perfect, I’d probably be going too far in my praise. But they’re pretty much an evolutionary dead-end. There’s no room left for improvement.
B.O.W.s that were created using the T-Virus don’t seem to show much improvement when the Progenitor virus is administered. I mean, their abilities show some slight improvements. For example, their sense of smell seems more or less improved. But that’s all we’ve got so far. They’re still blind as an old lady, and they’re ugly as shit. The biggest jump in their evolution seems to be their ability to reproduce. I hate when things don’t go according to plan, but since there’s still a demand for Lickers on the B.O.W. market, I guess things aren’t all that bad.
An E-mail to An Acquaintance
Hey, I know this is sudden, but I’m going to be getting some time off soon. We’ve completed most of our work on the new “project” (sorry, you know I can’t talk about work), so they’re giving us some time off as a reward for all our hard work. All the staff are leaving tomorrow and we’ll finally be getting out of this country. I’m heading straight back to Arizona, and I can’t wait to get home and see everyone.
More than that, I’ll just be happy to get away from “the high and mighty” Miguel. Guy thinks he’s some sort of super genius. Miguel’s a guy that sits next to me at work, and he’s a good researcher and all, don’t get me wrong. He’s got some good ideas and is good at noticing details, but every time he opens his mouth he just goes on and on about how great he is. You can’t even begin to imagine what torture it is to hear that day in and day out. I wish we made a sedative I could give him.
But forget all that. What matters is that I should be back home within the next few days. When I get back, I’ll give you a call. We gotta go out and get smashed. I could use the break.
Talk to you soon,
Regarding the Mutant Organism Found in the Facilities
A fire broke out during the test for loading Uroboros Virus onto the missiles. This required a temporary Level 4 (BL-4) quarantine for the immediate area.
It’s been five days since the area was put under quarantine. There have been reports of an animal undergoing a strange and rapid mutation. Eye-witness accounts indicate the creature possess a very hard epidermis. No viral cysts related to Uroboros have been reported, however. I speculate that we are dealing with something that has been influenced by the Uroboros Virus, a rare occurrence to be sure. Perhaps tomorrow I will put together an investigation team to procure a sample specimen.
I sent a lightly armed team to investigate the sightings of this strange creature. Unfortunately, another team had to be deployed to retrieve the corpses of the first team, which had been dismembered by something extremely sharp. There were also multiple stab wounds that appeared to be made by a giant spear.
Trace amounts of a peculiar chemical substance were detected on the eyes of some of the corpses. What kind of mutant organism we are dealing with is still unknown at this time. According to the initial investigation, we could be dealing with a new type of B.O.W. Based on the creature’s style of attack, I have codenamed it “Reaper” for the time being. Of course, more data on this creature is still required before a thorough analysis can be submitted.
Directions for Use of Uroboros Virus
- This instruction manual contains important information concerning the proper handling and use of the Uroboros Virus.
- Using the virus for anything outside the uses listed in this manual could result in the expiration of the handler.
- Using the virus for anything outside the uses listed in this manual could result in the expiration of those within the handler’s vicinity.
- Administration of the virus to a test subject usually results in dissolution, so carefully select your test subjects.
- When using this virus, please follow the instructions in this manual carefully.
Virus dosage is proportionate to the test subject’s weight. Please use the following chart:
60 kg or above………….1 bottle
40 – 60 kg……………..2/3 bottle
20 – 40 kg……………..1/2 bottle
20 kg or less…………..1/3 bottle
After injection of the virus, a test subject may experience some or all of the following symptoms:
— Sweating, labored breathing, delirium and/or confusion
After being administered, the virus will recognize and adapt to the test subject’s DNA. During that time, the virus will enter a state of dormancy. When it is unsuccessful in adapting to the subject’s DNA, it will begin to assimilate organic matter from its immediate environment in order to fuel its growth.
The immediate area around an unsuccessful adaptation is extremely volatile. Researchers should be advised to evacuate the vicinity of the test subject’s corpse or incinerate it to prevent its spread. The virus will transform the cells inside the test subject’s body into black leech-like pustules, then expel them through the skin surface, consuming the subject completely.
This creature displays only primitive intelligence, and will only search for and prey upon organic matter to fuel its growth. Individually these pustules are not a threat, but as a collective they become dangerous to other living organisms and will try to feed on them. Please take extreme caution when handling the virus. If the virus does adapt to the test subject’s DNA, you are required to report it to the proper section immediately.
In the case of rejection of the subject’s DNA, or if there are complications disposing of the corpse, please contact the section listed on the attached paper. You will then be instructed on how to deal with your situation.
Report on Implementation of Preventing Information Leaks
The following report details the execution of your orders.
All research personnel boarded a bus.
Left research facility and headed toward the airport.
Sleep gas was released and targets for elimination all fell into a coma.
Bus was stopped and targets were brought outside the bus to be eliminated.
Elimination of targets finished.
Targets’ bodies were collected and brought back to the research facility.
Bodies disposed of in the underground furnace along with all personal effects.
Completed immolating all bodies and personal effects. All orders successfully carried out.
End of report
Tricell Researcher Miguel’s Journal – No. 2
Our current aim is to develop a virus that surpasses the potential of both the G-Virus and the T-Veronica virus. We need to eliminate extreme mutations, mental atrophy, and instability in the virus. We were told not to be concerned with retention and rejection rates, but even still, overcoming these three problems is going to be a challenge. Of course, all that is really only a problem for regular researchers.
I’m already on the cusp of overcoming two of the problems. The third is proving to be a bit trickier, so I may have to resort to some alternative methods. Sometimes I frighten myself with my own ingenuity! Tricell is fortunate to have someone of my intelligence on their payroll.
Eye color: blue
Subject has already been in a medically induced stasis for an extended period. All vital signs including heart rate, respiration, blood pressure, and temperature are within normal values. A pigmentation abnormality has been observed. Effect of abnormality is limited to cranial hair follicles. In addition, slight skin whitening (etiolation) has been observed.
Report on Project W – Aug. 28, 1998
It has been confirmed that the accident at the Raccoon City Arklay Research Facility was due to the involvement of Project W test subject No. 013 (hereafter referred to as Albert). His death in the accident has made obtaining any further information an impossibility. (Albert’s death was confirmed by the Information Department.)
Albert’s death puts the current success rate of Project W down to 18 percent. The quota of qualified individuals for the project has been drastically reduced and must be addressed immediately. This poses a grave situation for any progress that can hope to be made in the project. Since there is no roster of qualified individuals to replace the recent losses, it would be advisable to start selecting individuals from the pool of failed candidates.
After this, adjustments can be made that will restore up to 93 percent of the quota prior to Albert’s death.
Umbrella Information Department
I just received word that Raccoon City has been wiped out. The Americans finally took action against us. I hope the irony of using the very military machine that was supposed to protect them from foreign attackers to kill their own people is not lost on them. While the danger posed by the threat of the T-Virus spreading was very real, I don’t think Americans will easily forgive their government for the deaths of over 100,000 of their own people. If the truth of this matter is ever brought to light, support for the current administration will plummet. I don’t think he wants that.
Even a child can see that they will come after Umbrella with everything they have. To hide their own foolish mistakes, they will blame Umbrella for Raccoon City’s annihilation. It would seem Umbrella will share Raccoon City’s fate, but perhaps it will be to a lesser degree. Umbrella was nothing but a tool for the research of the Progenitor virus. Even without that tool, the research still survives. Only Umbrella’s lowly employees will be hurt by its dissolution.
If the secret research involving the Progenitor virus is protected, then I can always rebuild anew. I’ve already made preparations for such a plan. The research facility in Africa remains a secret, and it is there that the Progenitor virus is produced, something that we didn’t achieve until the late 80s. Only a handful of people in the company are even aware of the African facility’s existence thanks to our strict regulation of the flow of information. Only a minimum amount of personnel were ever transferred from Africa to other locations, and they were always closely monitored.
Director Bailey has been confined to the African facility for almost 30 years, and even that has all been for this day. All that remains is to close that facility and everything will go according to my plan. Once that facility is gone, all its connections to Umbrella will disappear with it. Then I will have to deal with anyone who has a Level 10 security clearance as they are the only ones who know of the African facility’s existence. Everyone else will be summarily disposed of.
My secrets will be protected. When one buries a treasure, one should not leave behind a map.
Personnel with Access to Company Secrets
Ozwell S. – Deceased
Henning P. – Imprisoned
Masaki T. – Deceased
Jenny K. – Whereabouts unknown
Carlos M. – Found – information obtained – eliminated
Brandon B. – Deceased
Frank E. – Deceased
Isabella C. – Deceased
Greg A. – Deceased
Lee D. – Deceased
Michael K. – Deceased
Ethan W. – Deceased
Satellite Laser Shango Operating Manual
The Shango satellite laser is operated by using a rocket launcher-style laser targeting device (L.T.D.) that sends targeting coordinates to the satellite. The satellite is then capable of firing a highly concentrated laser to within centimeters of the target.
- Aim the L.T.D. at the target to relay the coordinates to the satellite. 2. Once the target has been ascertained, the coordinates will be relayed. During the transmission, the target ring will appear red on the targeting scope.Note: If the targeting sensor’s AI perceives that the target is no longer being tracked by the targeting scope, transmission of the coordinates will be canceled.
- When LOCK ON appears in the scope, it means the transmission has been successfully sent. Pulling the trigger will now activate the laser.
- The firing cannon must be given time to recharge before it can be re-fired.