Lurker

In the early stages of t-Virus research, various samples were used to determine which organism would be best to administer the virus to. Compatibility screenings with various species resulted in a number of failed experiments. For amphibians, the base organism chosen was a frog, more specifically an American Bullfrog, and application of the virus resulted in a dramatic devolvement of its eyes. Its light-dependant sight degenerated rapidly but this curious development was compensated by an extraordinary increase of sensory abilities to track their prey. Marcus noted the space where the subject’s eye balls should be were now occupied by a middle-ear cavity, enabling them to sense and track whenever a food source is nearby.

Typically it was usually arthropod species infected with the t-Virus that would go on to experience gigantism but in this case the Lurker was an exception, growing dramatically in size and developing increased muscle mass that resulted in superior jumping and leaping ability. The hardened muscle in its tongue became strong enough to impale a human target with very little effort. Its digestive system had also developed to swallow an adult human whole. But despite increased aggression and formidable offensive properties, the Lurker displayed no brain development following t-Virus application and this severe lack of intelligence massively hindered any future promise as a potential biological weapon. The creature would regard anybody it came into contact with as prey and therefore it was impossible to train the Lurker to follow orders. No matter how much time passed between the administering of the t-Virus, they showed no signs of development in their brains, and thus no effort was made to condition them to follow orders so they could function as B.O.W.s.

Marcus recorded that this experiment demonstrated there was little hope of creating successful weapons from amphibian-based subjects as the t-Virus was not sufficiently compatible. In later years William Birkin would reach the same conclusion following the failure of the amphibian-based Hunter Y project. But because Lurkers were relatively cheap to produce and could thrive in water-based environments, their development data was retained and in later years specimens were made available for sale as low-cost products to terrorist groups and rogue organisations.

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