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Classification

Group: Group VI (Reverse Transcribing)
Family: Retroviridae
Genus: Unknown

Title

The Abyss Virus

The Abyss virus was a marine pathogenic fish virus discovered in a predatory species of deep-sea fish inhabiting a super deep ocean zone more than 9000 meters underwater. It was combined with genes of the t-virus, resulting in a new virus known as the "t-Abyss virus."

History

The Abyss virus was an ancient marine virus instrumental to the evolution of deep-sea organisms, similar to the involvement of the Progenitor virus in the evolutionary history of land-based creatures.

A team of scientists at the University of Montpellier marine laboratory conducted the fourth deep-sea investigation at the Kermadec Trench, one of Earth's deepest oceanic trenches off the coast of New Zealand's North Island using an unmanned exploration vessel and discovered a new species of deep-sea fish.

In addition to the usual tolerance to high pressures, this fish displayed an unbelievable degree of motility and ferocity not usually found at such depths. After examining the fish the researchers discovered that its unique traits were not native to the fish's biology, but caused by a viral infection. They isolated this new kind of pathogenic fish virus and began mapping its genetic structure.

When the virus' gene mapping neared completion, a research institute of the TRICELL pharmaceutical branch led by Excella Gionne offered assistance through an advisor, Morgan Lansdale, commissioner of the FBC (Federal Bioterrorism Commission), and suggested an experiment to create a weaponized variant by incorporating genes of the t-virus developed by the Umbrella Corporation. As a result, a new viral strain known as "t-Abyss" was created able to develop biological weapons with marine attributes. This opened a new path to marine B.O.W. development, a cause once abandoned due to the t-virus' low effectiveness on aquatic organisms.

Attributes

The virus possessed the ability to take the large fat and water reserves of deep-sea fish suited to high-pressure, low-oxygen, low-temperature depths, and turn them into high-density bone and muscle structures not usually found in organisms living in deep-water habitats. In other hosts, the body tissue of an infected individual would collapse unable to bear the virus' powerful mutation speed.

Etymology

The "Abyss" virus was named based on the fear of unfathomable depth.