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Code: Veronica was a human genetic engineering project spearheaded by Dr. Alexander Ashford. The overall goal of the project was to engineer a "true" successor to the Ashford dynasty comparable to its founder, Veronica, who was the namesake of the project.
Planning and project expectations
The events that led to the project can be dated to just a few years prior with the discovery of the Progenitor Virus by Drs. Oswell E. Spencer; James Marcus and Edward Ashford. Fierce eugenicists, they intended the virus to be used to genetically-engineer a group of humans to lead civilization forward. However, they required money and so founded Umbrella Pharmaceuticals as a front for military contracts, selling modified strains of Progenitor as weapons in what would be known as the "t-Virus project".
Without a virology degree, Alexander knew his influence in the company would fade should his father die. To maintain Ashford influence in the company, Alexander began planning in 1968 under his father's knowledge.[excerpt 1] The first phase of the plan was to discover a gene for regulating intelligence. The second phase was to engineer an augmented clone of the late Lady Veronica, using preserved DNA from her crypt at the Ashfords' ancestral estate.
Alexander achieved both phases in rapid succession, with Alexia Ashford being born around 1971. She was quickly found to be a genius as intended and graduated from university at the age of ten, taking her place in Umbrella as an influential virologist. However, there were unforeseen results in this project. Firstly, an anomaly led to the development of a second embryo, a boy called Alfred who, while highly-intelligent, was not so gifted. The second result was Alexia's contempt for humankind, caused by her uncomparable intelligence. Alexander was later used by Alexia in her experimentations with her own t-Veronica Virus, before infecting herself in an attempt to evolve into a more powerful being.
- ↑ Excerpt from BIOHAZARD CODE: VERONICA KANZENBAN KAITAISHINSHO, page 287:
- ↑ BIOHAZARD CODE: VERONICA KANZENBAN KAITAISHINSHO, page 287