Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division (S.H.I.E.L.D.) Incident Records...

Viral Weapon Incident (V.W.I.) reports...

V.W.I. Audio/Video Archive accessed...

Report: V.W.I. #RCDI1998

Excerpts from the audiolog of Anthony Edward Stark (Iron Man). JARVIS Artificial Intelligence recording.

Caution: These files have been deemed Security Level 6 by director Nicholas Fury. Failure to provide proper clearance will result in prosecution and incarceration as necessary.


07/20/1998. 1028 hrs.

[Metal working sounds. Television heard in background.]

Female, muffled

...while the Avengers successfully repelled the attack, some are less than thrilled with their failure to capture the infamous World War 2 menace known as the Red Skull.

Senator Robert Kelly, muffled

How can they just let somebody like that get away? We're not talking about a purse-snatcher or something; Schmidt was practically another Mengele for god's sake!

Tony Stark, sarcastic

Sure, and that stuff you're talking about with mutants is so different.

Female, muffled

In other news, a string of bizarre murder cases have been making headlines in the small town of Raccoon City, Colorado. Details are presently unclear, though some local sources have referenced 'cannibalism' in their headlines. New information will be given as it comes in...

Tony Stark

'Cannibalism'? Jesus, this is what I get for putting on the news. JARVIS, how about something fun for a change?

JARVIS

Very good, sir.

Recording Ends.


08/10/1998. 1415 hrs.

Tony Stark

So Rhodey, how's our favorite flat top?

Air force Lt. Colonel James Rhodes

Still wondering why I associate with you. Billy...

Tony Stark

[Chuckle.]

'Billy'? Major Billy Guile?

Lt. Colonel Rhodes, amused

If you ever call him that I can't be held responsible for what happens to your face. He doesn't like you as it is.

Tony Stark

Right. 'Wretched hive of scum and villainy'. That's me. You were saying?

Lt. Colonel Rhodes

He's worried about one of his boys. Redfield got discharged for telling another colonel where he could put an order, and now he's with the S.T.A.R.S. unit in Raccoon City.

Tony Stark

Raccoon City? You mean the place where people are eating each other? Doesn't sound like a great reassignment.

Lt. Colonel Rhodes

It's not, and apparently what's left of the S.T.A.R.S. unit got thrown out for 'botching an investigation'. Redfield and the others have gone dark.

Tony Stark, surprised

'What's left'?

Lt. Colonel Rhodes

Out of the two teams sent, five people came back. The other seven are K.I.A.

Tony Stark, incredulous

You're kidding. And nobody is looking into that?

Lt. Colonel Rhodes

[Sigh.]

Guile is trying, but the Shadaloo investigation is taking up most of his time, and the police chief in Raccoon is an asshole. Public support could help but to be honest, with what's going on these days, something like this barely makes a blip on the radar.

Tony Stark

Isn't that the truth. Between Magneto, Shadaloo, and HYDRA, I wouldn't be surprised if General Zod attacked us.

Lt. Colonel Rhodes

Yeah, well try not to jinx us, alright Tony? We don't need to fight comic books too.

Tony Stark

Right. If you or Billy need any help, just ask.

Lt. Colonel Rhodes

Thanks Tony.

Recording Ends.


09/27/1998. 2331 hrs.

[Noise from in-flight Repulsors. Audio quality is choppy.]

Tony Stark

You know I've never violated a government quarantine before? Guess that's something to check off on the bucket list.

Captain Steven G. Rogers, voice tight

Fury is ordering the Avengers to assist in quarantine operations. He's concerned that the virus may be airborne, and will infect anyone entering the city.

Tony Stark

So, we're supposed to just sit around while the whole city goes crazy? No chance Steve. And it's not like a bunch of army grunts with stop signs are going to stop it if it is airborne.

Captain Rogers

What about you?

Tony Stark

My suits have some of the best air scrubbers on the planet. I'll be fine. Are you getting the band together?

Captain Rogers

I've put the call out, but Thor is still in Asgard and I haven't gotten a response from Dr. Banner. Hank locked himself in the lab and is looking for a cure. Janet is with him.

Tony Stark

And Clint and Natasha are still over in Thailand. What about Fury? Is he going to try and stop me?

Captain Rogers

I doubt it. He's enforcing the quarantine, but he hasn't ordered you pursued. My guess is that he has orders and his hands are tied. The World Security Council is still pretty sore at him for New York.

Tony Stark, sarcastic

So I get to be recon. Great. Well, at least the Avengers are saving their best for first.

Captain Rogers

I'll be right behind you, soldier. I just need to...liberate some transportation first.

Tony Stark

Ha, right. Don't do anything I wouldn't do. And make sure you get some biohazard gear. 'George A. Romero's Captain America' doesn't have a good ring to it.

Recording Ends.


09/28/1998. 0200 hrs.

[Approaching moans. Heavy distant gunfire and screams. Hand repulsor shots heard over audio.]

Tony Stark

Talk to me JARVIS. This isn't really working.

[More repulsor shots. Moans continue to approach.]

JARVIS

Current repulsor output is set to subdue and incapacitate threats rather than terminate. Suggest increasing power to predicted lethal levels.

Tony Stark

So do it! Code TOS391963!

JARVIS

Certainly, sir.

[Each repulsor shot now ends a moan.]

Recording Ends.


09/28/1998. 1245 hrs.

JARVIS

It appears to be a secondary mutation of the virus, sir. After a period of hibernation, where-in previous wounds are healed, the subject revives with new abilities.

Tony Stark

Great. So I put a zombie down, it takes a nap, and then it wakes up with a red face and Wolverine claws. Fantastic. At least they're not adamantium.

Recording Ends.


09/28/1998. 1401 hrs.

Tony Stark

Any life signs?

JARVIS

I'm afraid not sir. Both of them are dead. Judging by their wounds, I surmise they were infected, and chose suicide.

Tony Stark

[Sigh.]

Damn it. Who were these guys?

[Rustling sound.]

Huh. That looks familiar.

JARVIS

That is the logo of the Umbrella Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

Tony Stark

Rhetorical statement JARVIS. Umbrella has been bugging me for a while now. Couldn't tell you how many 'business luncheons' of theirs I turned down.

JARVIS

Forty-five in the past two years. They've been very insistent.

Tony Stark

That's one word for it. Seeing their watermark on a bunch of soldiers in new though.

[Metallic scrapping.]

Well armed too.

JARVIS

Indeed. I cannot locate any information that points to Umbrella having a paramilitary force of any kind. Even in the current SHIELD archives.

Tony Stark, grim

Well, if that's not a red flag, I don't know what is. JARVIS, I want you to keep records of everything we find with an Umbrella logo on it. Fury'll want to know about this.

Recording Ends.


09/29/1998. 0230 hrs.

[Loud, sluggish footfalls.]

JARVIS

Sir, I must recommend you take some time to rest.

Tony Stark, groggy

Can't. Heard that radio transmission. Maybe 'Carlos' knows what the hell happened here.

JARVIS

Sir, I must insist. You've been awake for nearly thirty hours. The use of higher power repulsors and the flight into the city has lowered your armor's reserve power far faster than normal. Reserve power is currently at twenty-seven percent, and repulsor flight becomes inadvisable at thirty-five percent power. Should you lose consciousness in this state, I cannot guarantee your safety.

Tony Stark

I...

JARVIS, firm

Sir, you'll be no good to anyone inside an inoperable suit.

Tony Stark

[Groan.]

Only long enough for the Arc reactor to recharge the batteries. Four hours, ok JARVIS?

JARVIS

Very good, sir.

Tony Stark

Ok.

[Metallic creek, then door slam.]

Tony Stark, exhausted

Haha. A typewriter. Who still uses those...

Recording Ends.


09/29/1998. 1654 hrs.

[Ragged breathing.]

Tony Stark

How old?

JARVIS

Sir, I have detected radio transmissions at the Raccoon Police Department. I recommend...

Tony Stark, forceful

How old?

JARVIS

...Given height and body mass, and compared to known averages...

[Pause.]

...nine years old.

[Pause. Breathing has become noticeably distressed.]

If I may sir, as I said, I have detected several two-way radio transmissions from the area around Raccoon Police Department. There are survivors.

Tony Stark

...right. Right. I'm heading there now.

Recording Ends.


09/29/1998. 1813 hrs.

[Loud roar.]

Tony Stark

Holy sh-!

[Sound of small missile launch. Roar is cut off by an explosion.]

[Pause.]

Tony Stark

Did I just kill a giant alligator?

JARVIS

It would appear so, sir.

Tony Stark, weak chuckle

Ok. Ok, good. I just wanted to be sure.

Recording Ends.


09/29/1998. 2019 hrs.

[Loud echoing alarms.]

Mechanical female voice

Self-destruct sequence has been activated. This sequence may not be aborted. All employees please proceed to the emergency car at the bottom platform.

Tony Stark, furious

Right, because I didn't have enough problems!

Mechanical female voice

Access denied. Security keycard require-

[Unibeam fires. Metallic groan and crash.]

Tony Stark

God I need a drink.

Recording Ends.


10/01/1998. 0120 hrs.

[Hum of Quinjet engine.]

Tony Stark, quiet

SHIELD find any other survivors?

Captain Rogers, also quiet

Some. A few helicopters made it out of the city and SHIELD is picking up survivors. Some of them are former S.T.A.R.S. members. SHIELD is making sure to get to them before the army does. They've been through enough without dealing with General Ross.

[Pause.]

You holding up?

Tony Stark, distant

We nuked a city, Steve. And I'll bet the missile they used had Stark Industries parts in it. We did some work on IRBM guidance systems and engines a while back. Better target acquisition and fuel efficiency, things like that...

Captain Rogers

It wasn't your fault, Tony.

Tony Stark

How did this happen Steve? This wasn't like Loki trying to conquer New York with an army, or HYDRA attacking the U.N. This was just one town. We should have been able to handle it...

Captain Rogers

You personally got three people out of that mess, Tony. If you weren't there, they'd be dead right now. In my book, that's something to be proud of.

Tony Stark, angry

I didn't get them out of anything, Steve. I found them next to a train outside of the quarantine! The only thing I saved them from was a long walk to the Quinjet. Steve I...

[Pause.]

...I didn't save anybody.

Captain Rogers, firm

Don't talk like that Tony. You did. You got those people to an extraction zone. That's still something. And believe me, we're going to find whoever started this. Fury already has a few leads and...

Tony Stark, interrupting

Umbrella. I had a feeling, but I wasn't sure until I found a few working computers in the underground lab. They've been making bioweapons. And they screwed up. That what all of this was.

Captain Rogers

Then we'll start there. Fury's on the warpath already. If you have proof, then Umbrella is as good as finished. We should be back on the Helicarrier in an hour.

[Voice softens.]

Until then, try to get some rest. You look like you need it.

Recording Ends.


S.H.I.E.L.D. Report: V.W.I. #RCDI1998

Raccoon City Incident Survivor Statuses

Date of writing: 10/19/1998

Agent reporting: Coulson, Phillip

Officer Kennedy, Leon S:

Interview with survivor provided invaluable information on the outbreak and its effects on living organisms. Director Fury has offered him a recommendation for a new program with the U.S. secret service. His experience with the virus would be invaluable during any subsequent outbreak. At time of writing, Mr. Kennedy is still considering the offer.

Redfield, Claire:

Ms. Redfield was released after making her statement, and current whereabouts are classified. SHIELD is monitoring her in the event that the parties responsible for the incident make an attempt on her life. Ms. Redfield is currently searching for her brother, Christopher.

Birkin, Sherry:

Due to the presence of the virus in Ms. Birkin, she has been put in temporary quarantine to ascertain whether or not she is infectious. Preliminary reports regarding this are negative and initial tests show the virus appears to have bonded with Ms. Birkin. Current theory suggests Ms. Birkin may be a mutant, which would account for her adaptation to the virus. Until such time as she has proven unable to infect others, Ms. Birkin is to be considered a ward of SHIELD.

(Former) S.T.A.R.S. Alpha Team Officer Valentine, Jillian

Officer Valentine proved standoffish, citing a lack of SHIELD intervention for the total destruction of Raccoon City. She has repeatedly referenced a report she, Redfield, Chris, Burton, Barry, and Chambers Rebbeca wrote regarding the S.T.A.R.S. investigation of the cannibal murders and the Spencer Mansion Incident. She feels if this report had been heeded, the further infection of Raccoon City would not have occurred. Officer Valentine was released shortly after making her statement.

(Former) S.T.A.R.S. Alpha Team Officer Burton, Barry

Officer Burton was responsive, and provided a full report of the incident from his perspective. However, like Officer Valentine, he cited the failure of SHILED to become involved during initial stages of the outbreak as the cause for the destruction of the city. Officer Burton was released after making his statement, with plans of attending to his family, though he reluctantly offered his expertise should another biohazard incident occur.

(Former) U.B.C.S. (Umbrella Biohazard Countermeasure Service) Private Oliveira, Carlos

Private Oliveira was eager to share his experiences with SHIELD. Evidently, the U.B.C.S. functions as a military response team for viral outbreaks. It relies on mercenary recruits, and Private Oliveira described the initial mission goal as one of survivor relief. He states that this proved false after the actions of superior officer Sergeant Zivoviev, Nikolai. He further states that poor leadership caused the death of nearly one hundred-twenty (120) U.B.C.S. soldiers. Private Oliveira has expressed interest in acting as an advisor or agent for a potential SHIELD anti-viral service.

Additional survivors have been discovered and will be reported on as information becomes available.

Personal recommendation: Monitor all persons involved with the incident for PTSD, and offer psychiatric help as necessary. Begin investigation of Umbrella Pharmaceuticals Corporation's involvement in the incident. In addition, allow Ms. Birkin visitors. Temporary quarantine shouldn't equate to prison.


So, wow, it's been a minute, huh?

Originally, I did this on the suggestion from one of my beta readers. He had the idea that things like this, background/worldbuilding type shorts, could be used as "bumper chapters" in between chapters in the actual Amorously Minded story. I pitched it to some people, and while the short itself was fine the bumper chapter idea didn't really catch on. So, to the scrapbook it is then.

If you guys like stuff like this, I'll try to do more.

As with all fan fiction, I own nothing but the premise. Everything else is entirely owned by Marvel Comics or Capcom respectively.