NE- beta Parasite
The NE-β parasite was developed by Umbrella USA as part of their intense rivalry with Umbrella Europe and was a short-lived attempt to sabotage the success of the Nemesis Project. William Birkin supervised development whilst simultaneously working on the G-Virus.
The first major difference between the α and β parasites was appearance. The NE-β was much larger and able to move around as an independent organism, much like a spider or crab. It has four large front legs, four smaller ones at the back and a hardened carapace shell protecting the main body. The parasite was quite weak when independent and not attached to any host. Small arms gunfire was enough to kill it although the organism possessed intriguing defence capabilities. It would encircle its prey and test the air around it before striking the target from behind. Using its sharp front pincers, it would decapitate the target and begin feasting blood from the neck stump, penetrating down and sucking up juices from a number of proboscis-like tubes until it reached the spinal cord and hacked directly into the central nervous system. The NE-β then essentially became the infectant’s ‘brain’ and controlled it directly. The top of the parasite still remained visible where the host’s head formerly was and could utilise its pincers to attack targets close up. Once in control, the parasite’s increased intelligence ensured the controlled host would display tactical abilities when it attacked, employing caution, timing and aggression rather than just rushing in blindly.
The parasite could also increase the host’s durability and speed. For example, a standard zombie infected with the NE-β parasite could run at its prey, something a regular t-Virus zombie would be incapable of. Another offensive trait was a unique ability to spit acidic bile onto a target which then acted as a pheromone to attract nearby organisms infected with the t-Virus. These subjects displayed increased aggression because of this stimulant. One final defence mechanism of the parasite was its ability to detach from its host once the host body sustained too much damage. Because it could survive independently, it could crawl off and locate another suitable host. It should also be noted that the bigger the host organism was, the bigger the parasite would grow.
When a T-103 type Tyrant was exposed to the β parasite, its pincers grew so large the Tyrant was able to use them as extra legs and to dig underground. This development was down to the absorption of nutrients and growth hormone from the host organism. Despite these impressive features, the parasite’s biggest weakness was its exposed head. The Alpha parasite used for the Nemesis existed under the skin of the host and was protected by the rib cage, but the β’s exposed core made it vulnerable to attacks from behind, meaning if the parasite was caught off guard it could easily be killed. Once the parasite was dead, the infected body would cease to function.
The NE-β parasite was developed at the P15B warehouse facility in Raccoon City in secret as a direct competitor to the Alpha parasite the European branch were working on. But due to the timing and subsequent catastrophe of the Raccoon City incident, these parasites were unable to be mass-produced and the project was discontinued following the death of William Birkin and the loss of all research.