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Virus Classification

Group: Group VI (ssRNA-RT)
Family: Retroviridae
Genus: Unknown

Title

t-Veronica Virus

t-Veronica virus (short for Tyrant Veronica virus) was an artificial RNA virus created by Alexia Ashford through incorporating queen ant and plant genes into the Progenitor virus. It was named after the founder of the Ashford family and possessed the absolute dominance ability of a queen ant which could control low-level infected hosts like a queen. It was officially classified as a t-virus, but its purpose greatly deviated from the t-Virus Project. Although it was initially deemed a lost virus soon after its development, its recovery by Albert Wesker led to its use in B.O.W. (Bio Organic Weapons) development and leak into the possession of several organizations. 1 2

History

Creation (1981)

In 1981, Alexia Ashford was conducting virus research as part of the Ashford family's own "t-Virus Project" in the hopes of creating a weaponized virus based on the Progenitor virus to grasp the leading edge in biotechnology, an ideal formulated by her father Alexander Ashford. This would allow her family to regain the prosperous legacy of her grandfather Edward Ashford and increase the family's power within the Umbrella Corporation. The initial goal was to create a virus designed to increase the physical abilities of a human host, but during her research within the Umbrella Antarctic Base, she discovered traces of an ancient virus within the genes of a queen ant that inspired her to change the course of her research.

The ecology of ants served as a model for her personal ambition, and she hoped to engineer the attribute of "absolute dominance to control other creatures" held by queen ants into a new virus. She transplanted the queen ant genes into the Progenitor virus and successfully created a new virus strain. Thereafter, she dedicated herself to the research of ants and the building of an anthill. She viewed the ant ecosystem as perfect, and most notably saw the relationship between a queen ant and its soldiers and workers as befitting of her relationship with the rest of mankind.

During the building of her anthill, Ashford administered the virus into a plant and after its successful adaptation to the virus, it became a giant anthill named the "Alexia Pod" and she subsequently incorporated its genes into the virus. The new virus possessed an astounding reproductive capability and was able to replicate itself without restriction and destroy any existing ecosystem once introduced. To prevent a dispersal accident, Ashford chose the extreme climate of the Antarctic to culture the virus. Ashford had surpassed all other scientists in the field and was the first to realize the Progenitor virus' capability of "immortality."

Human Testing (1983)

On March 3, 1983, Ashford conducted first injection experiment on a human test subject using the the virus. This test subject was her own father, Alexander Ashford. 3 The rapid mutation of her father's cells caused erosion of his flesh and a rejection reaction to his brain cells, rendering him a grotesque and uncontrollable monster. When this defect became clear, she sought for a method of achieving perfect symbiosis with the virus.

Ashford eventually devised a method of physical cryopreservation which would preserve a host's body at a low temperature to slow the spread of the virus and enable it to instead adapt to the host's cells and preserve their mental functions. By her calculations, symbiosis and immuno-retention would take 15 years. With this answer, on December 27, 1983, she administered the virus into her own body and entered a cryogenic sleep within a capsule beneath the Antarctic base. 4

Recovery (1998)

In 1983, attempts to obtain t-Veronica by another Umbrella researcher named Albert Wesker were initially thwarted due to his colleague William Birkin refusing to have anything to do with it because of his intense jealousy of Ashford. However, upon betraying Umbrella and defecting to their rival company, one of the company's spies planted on Rockfort Island confirmed that Ashford had faked her death and would soon awaken on the island. The rival company ordered Wesker to lead their special operations force named H.C.F. (Hive/Host Capture Force) in a raid on the island to recover Ashford so that the virus could be extracted from her body for use in their B.O.W. research.

On December 27, 1998, H.C.F attacked the island but found no sign of Ashford, who later awoke in the Antarctic Base and extracted the stabilized strain of the virus from her body and injected it into Steve Burnside. Ashford was destroyed by Chris Redfield and the virus was presumed lost. However, following the death of Burnside whose body now also harbored the virus, Wesker's subordinates recovered his corpse and escaped, bringing it back to the rival company. The company applied it to the research and development of various B.O.W.s, including the Jabberwock S3. This gave them another advantage over Umbrella in the field of B.O.W. development, while Wesker saw no value in the virus for his own plans.

Use in South America (2001-2002)

In 2001, Wesker traveled to the small South American country of Amparo and approached the drug lord Javier Hidalgo, who sought t-Veronica as a cure to his daughter's illness. Wesker gave the virus to Hidalgo and told him of the fifteen year adaptation period. Although Hidalgo had no ability to use cryogenics, he injected his daughter with the virus and used a clue from primitive religions that inspired him to regularly transplant his daughter's organs, a method which allowed her to retain her human figure. While injecting her with the virus, it accidentally infected a nearby plant and produced the Veronica Plant.

In 2002, during the United States government's "Operation Javier" in Amparo, Hidalgo allowed himself to fuse with the Veronica Plant and caused the creation of a giant organism known as the "Veronica Complex." Because of the high temperature and moist environment of the Amazon jungle, the virus within the new organism would have quickly activated and spread in a scope of 60% of the whole jungle. If this occurred, the area would become a "Veronica Ecosystem" and all flora and fauna would be involved. However, the Veronica Complex was destroyed and the biohazard was prevented.

Later Developments

Around 2001, t-Veronica was due to be disposed of by the U.S. government, but a researcher named Carla Radames managed to obtain it for "The Family." She combined it with the DNA mutation property of the t-virus, creating a new virus strain known as "t-02" which negated t-Veronica's biggest fault of extreme brain cell rejection and no longer required fifteen years to adapt to a host. By combining t-02 with the G-virus, Radames succeeded in creating a new virus known as the "C-virus" which inherited insect and plant characteristics from t-Veronica. 5

In 2003, Wesker approached Excella Gionne of the pharmaceutical division of TRICELL and supplied her with t-Veronica and the t-virus in order to gain a position within the company and gain access to its resources. Information on the virus retrieved by Chris Redfield in the Umbrella Antarctic Base served as the foundation for the knowledge held by the BSAA (Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance) on the virus, and allowed them to compile a fairly detailed dossier on the virus. 6

Attributes

The primary attribute of t-Veronica was the "absolute dominance to control other creatures", the ability for an adapted host to control low-level unadapted hosts, an attribute derived from the queen ant genes used to create it. This bestowed insect-like characteristics in its mutations. Similarly, the introduction of plant genes caused the emergence of plant-like characteristics in some mutations. t-Veronica strengthened the DNA transmutation attribute of the Progenitor virus and was able to induce powerful mutations superior to the t-virus.

Another attribute inherited from the Progenitor virus was biological immortality for infected organisms. The virus not only rapidly eroded an infected host's cells, but also destroyed brain cells due to an extreme rejection reaction. t-Veronica was less dangerous in comparison with the t-virus which creates mutants via mutation and the G-virus which creates new organisms, but in terms of deadliness to humans, there was no difference and the viruses were equally dangerous. A host would gain incredible power and reproductive capability from adaptation.

t-Alexia

t-Alexia was a nickname coined by Albert Wesker to refer to the t-Veronica strain within the body of Alexia Ashford after she awakened from her 15 year cryogenic sleep. This strain had noticeably different properties in comparison to the original and was extracted from Ashford's blood and injected into Steve Burnside. Although he was unable to adapt with the virus due to the lack of a 15 year cryo-sleep, he was still able to retain a limited amount of independent thought during his mutation and regained his sense of self to break free of Ashford's command.

t-Alexia infected hosts with full adaption to the virus, such as Alexia Ashford, had the ability to revert to their human form at will unless the virus went out of control and mutated the body beyond repair. Others that had not bonded to the virus, such as Steve Burnside, would also be able to return to human form if they could resist the virus' erosion and regain their sense of self. However, this ability was time-limited as the virus would eventually erode an unadapted host's brain cells to the point of permanent brain damage.

By the time the virus had transferred between Alexia to Steve and finally to Manuela Hidalgo, its properties had altered and the virus was weakened to a certain degree. Hidalgo was able to control the virus' power similar to Ashford while resisting the erosion of her mind like Burnside. However, the 15 year adaptation period was still necessary to completely control the virus.

t-02

The weakened t-Veronica was used as the foundation of a new virus strain named "t-02", in which it was utilized in order to improve the DNA mutation property extracted from the t-virus. As a result, this new virus harbored even greater mutagenic properties than both viruses and inherited the insect and plant characteristics of t-Veronica in its mutations. t-02 was then combined with the G-virus, which led to the creation of the C-virus. However, t-02's independent properties are presently unknown due to lack of information.

Footnotes

  1. 1. t-Veronica Notes
  2. 2. biohazard archives (Page 301)
  3. 3. Queen Ant Research Report
  4. 4. Virus Research Report
  5. 5. Carla Radames File
  6. 6. BSAA File - t-Veronica