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Classification

B.O.W. Model: "Malacoda"
Base Organism: Skin fluke

Title

Malacoda

Malacoda was a parasitic marine B.O.W. (Bio Organic Weapon) created after infecting a skin fluke with the t-Abyss virus. 1

History

In the process of researching marine organism B.O.W.s, infection experiments were conducted with t-Abyss on various fish, but one of them was infected with a skin fluke, a small monogenean parasite of the Gyrodactylus genus. As the fluke was already attached to the host, it was also infected with the virus and specifically altered the base B.O.W. and improved its development. However, since the use of Malacoda was dangerous and unpredictable, there were no experiment cases.

In 2005, several Malacoda specimens escaped from the sinking Queen Zenobia and infected a whale in the Mediterranean Sea which then latched onto the ship. The host and the Malacoda parasites were collectively destroyed by Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine.

Attributes

The larva of a Malacoda was approximately 1cm small. If its small body was employed efficiently and parasitized a host, the larva would first secrete a particular kind of body fluid and transmit the virus to the host. Then, it would mature into an adult form itself and increase in size together with the host. It is believed that, depending on the size of the host, t-Abyss and the Malacoda's secreted fluid would probably boost the parasite's metabolism via a synergistic effect, meaning that the size to which a Malacoda could grow was dependent upon the size of its host.

Etymology

The name "Malacoda" was taken from a character in Dante Alighieri's Inferno, part of the Divine Comedy. He is the leader of the Malebranche, the nine demons who guard Bolgia Five of Malebolge, the eighth circle of Hell. The name Malacoda is roughly equivalent to "bad tail" or "evil tail" in Italian.

Footnotes

  1. 1. "Malacoda" Development Progress Document