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Talos (1st Mutation)
T-A.L.O.S (1st Mutation) (Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles)
T-A.L.O.S (2nd Mutation) (Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles)
T-A.L.O.S. (1st Mutation) (Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles)
T-A.L.O.S. (2nd Mutation)
T-A.L.O.S.  (T-011) Body Bag (Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles)

Classification

B.O.W. Model: "T-A.L.O.S."
Base Organism: Human

Title

T-A.L.O.S.

"T-A.L.O.S.", short for "Tyrant Armored Lethal Organic System", also known simply as "Talos", was considered to be the pinnacle of the B.O.W. program of the Umbrella Corporation. It was based on a Tyrant and incorporated an "enhanced intelligence control system" (Armoured Computer Control) which provided remote computer control capabilities via a chip implanted in the base of its brain. T-A.L.O.S. was designed to be the most effective and versatile B.O.W. on the battlefield with a wide array of attachments and capabilities. 1 2 3 4

History

Concept

Following a successful experiment with the Tyrant (T-002 Model) in the 1990s, the Arklay Biological Weapon Research Team proposed a new next-generation Bio Organic Weapon. 5 Using a Tyrant (no. T-011) as the base organism, a prototype was initially developed at the Arklay Laboratory. The ultimate goal of the Talos Project was to develop a B.O.W. controlled by a computer system via a chip implanted in its brain which would allow the Tyrant to be controlled through a wireless connection, while also outfitting the Tyrant with a wide variety of advanced weaponry and protect it with armor built out of a special metallic alloy which would also restrain the t-virus

Retrieval (July 24, 1998)

Following the t-virus leak in the Arklay Laboratory in May 1998, Oswell E. Spencer ordered Sergei Vladimir to retrieve the "T-A.L.O.S. body T-011" prototype, known as the Guardian of Crete, before the order to destroy the facility (the "X-DAY Procedure") was carried out. On the night of July 24, Sergei and his Ivan custom model Tyrant successfully retrieved the prototype, and development was transferred and continued at the newly-constructed Caucasus Laboratory in Russia. 6

At the Caucasus Laboratory, T-A.L.O.S. was synchronized with the "RED QUEEN" artificial intelligence computer system after it was retrieved from Raccoon City and brought to Russia just before the Sterilization Operation on October 2, 1998 to enable the complete control of T.A.L.O.S. The AI was able to interface with the Tyrant directly and control every aspect of its body as well as its abilities and decisions in battle situations, using its own massive tactical database to decide upon the best course of action in a combat scenario. The T-A.L.O.S. Project was re-started to enable the revitalization of Umbrella which had been weakened by the collapse in its stock price by supplying the B.O.W. to conflict areas. Work was rushed based on the prototype body retrieved from the Arklay Laboratory and experimental data.

Operation T-A.L.O.S. (February 18, 2003)

On February 18, 2003 the T-A.L.O.S. prototype was deployed in action by Sergei to combat Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine prior to the arrival of the Russian Government. As they fought the B.O.W., the RED QUEEN guided its actions. Eventually with too much damage sustained, the t-virus caused the Tyrant to mutate, and it became a huge behemoth of a monster completely lacking a lower body and suspended on the ceiling by its spine. Unable to move effectively and limited by its small environment, the prototype Tyrant was at the mercy of the two humans attacking it despite being a formidable foe and was subsequently slain.

Attributes

T-A.L.O.S. was equipped with a state-of-the-art rocket launcher, which allowed it to reach distant targets, and outfitted with a protective metal armor encasing its body. This armor was designed with a special metallic alloy which allowed it to defend itself from not only explosions and gunfire, but also restrain runaway t-virus mutation. Despite the heavy load, the creature maintained ample speed. To compensate for the intensive weight of the rocket launcher, its left arm was enlarged to balance its body. Its spine was also infused with cybernetics on top of its nervous system, granting it enhancements to its dexterous body which the t-virus alone would not be able to provide. Its cardiovascular system was strenghtened with artificial organs, successfully giving it mobility unthinkable of a living thing. The Tyrant itself was distinguishable by its dark blue skin complexion and bright red eyes.

Despite being a humanoid B.O.W., it had enough armor, firepower and abilities to easily stand against a Special Forces unit or a tank. However, its overall effectiveness in combat degraded in situations involving mobile aerial targets such as attack helicopters. Due to its prototype status, it also had several large orange-coloured weak-points on several positions around its body, including the chest cavity and shoulders. 7

T-A.L.O.S.'s main components were:

  • T-A.L.O.S. body T-011
  • Synapse Connector
  • Cranial Unit
  • Sensory Unit
  • Circulatory Unit
  • Structural Unit
  • Control Unit
  • Armor Unit (8)
  • Rocket Launcher 

Mutations

First Form

The basic form of T-A.L.O.S., outfitted with weaponry and armor. 

Second Form

After having its armor destroyed and suffering additional damage, the t-virus within T-A.L.O.S.'s was unleashed, breaking free from the RED QUEEN's control and mutating the Tyrant into a huge, unrecognisable creature. Its spinal cord enlarged and then burst from its back and attached to the ceiling, during which it lost the lower half of its body altogether. Additionally, six clawed tentacles also protruded from its body. 

Etymology

Talos is named after a bronze giant in Greek mythology, the guardian of Crete.

Footnotes

  1. 1. T-A.L.O.S. Notes
  2. 2. BIOHAZARD UMBRELLA CHRONICLES ART OF ARTS (Page 065-066)
  3. 3. BIOHAZARD UMBRELLA CHRONICLES Official Guidebook (Page 080-082)
  4. 4. BIOHAZARD archives II (Page 206)
  5. 5. Talos Project
  6. 6. Sealed Letter to Sergei Vladimir
  7. 7. Simulated Combat Data