by M.D Schultz
A brief overview of the Chimera and the discovery of the Rook
|Case Study 365058 The Rook
Fifteen years after the prism gate was opened"Case Study 365000 The Glutton" , we started noticing strange defects in a small population of young children. These Chimera are humans whose living cells possess a carbon-silicon backbone like creatures from the parallel realm. To date, only female Chimera have been discovered, and it is hypothesized that a second X chromosome is required for their existence. Most of these children were discovered between the ages of twelve and fourteen. This suggests that effects on the human genome began within a year of opening the prism gate. However, these girls were discovered late because their physical appearance is almost identical to that of a female child. One defining characteristic that sets them apart is that chimeric cells lack the ability to produce pigments. This means that the children are often pale with gray hair and eyes. So far, we have discovered four different kinds of Chimera called the Rook, the Bishop, the Knight, and the Queen. Case study 365058 will summarize our data on the Rook.
The Rook was the first Chimera discovered by the Fifth Chapter around the time of enhanced gate activity in the heart of Spain. At that moment, there was a terrible fire in an orphanage close to Madrid. This disaster claimed the lives of all the occupants save for one child. The lone survivor, Camila Garcia, was evacuated from the site having suffered from severe smoke inhalation. The girl would later make a full recovery but unusual circumstances would continue at the general hospital. Many of Camila’s attending physicians, including the nurses and technicians, would later be subject to spontaneous combustion. Third-degree and fourth-degree burns describe tissue damage at the subcutaneous and muscle layers beneath the skin. A human being can survive if roughly 20% of their body exhibits these types of burns with minimal damage to the muscle. However, over 50% of the discovered bodies were covered in third-degree burns. Needless to say, these patients were beyond treatment. Those on staff the day of the incidents described no behavioral differences from the subjects before combustion. Though one nurse did mention she noticed a red rash traveling up the arm of one doctoral student before death.
The Fifth Chapter had been sent to investigate in response both to the orphanage burning and the cases of spontaneous combustion. The miracle of Camila’s survival, and the tragedies that followed, all pointed to the presence of another creature from the parallel realm. Investigators later identified that being to be none other than the rescued child. Those who arrived at the hospital first mentioned the unusual appearance of the girl. They noted a deeply pale complexion and a lack of pigments both in the hair and eyes. The presence of just one of these characteristics we could overlook but all three raised suspicion. Questioning the girl about the fires only served to cause distress as the events likely traumatized her. Unfortunately, the investigation team was made up of many new initiates and the ranking member lacked proper leadership. As such, Studies conducted were done so without following approved protocol and safety regulation. These types of infractions are unacceptable and will often lead to death. Four members of the investigation team started complaining of a burning sensation and rash traveling up their arms. Within minutes, these members burst into flames and they were unable to be extinguished in time. The evidence surrounding this case was strong enough to take Camila to one of our research facilities in a sedated state. Any staff members working on the subject were required to wear fire retardant clothing until investigations could determine the extent of the girl’s abilities.
At first, our investigators believed that the girl was a creature from the parallel realms as her blood and tissue cells were confirmed to possess the carbon-silicon backbone. However, her genetics were undeniably human and this argued against her origins. Our studies revealed that Camila was the product of a relationship between a man and a woman. Patterns in the girl's DNA were matched to both parents despite the differences caused by Camila’s carbon-silicon bonds. Strangely, the parent's cellular structure and genetics appeared to be completely normal and so how such a girl was produced was, at the time, unknown. Later studies would reveal abnormalities in gametes of a woman's reproductive system. A few hundred of these women’s eggs possess genetic anomalies common to the parallel realms. The reason behind these mutations is likely due to exposure to the rippling energies of a prism gate. If fertilized, mutated gametes likely become the creatures later known as Chimera. However, this fertilization is very rare. At the time of puberty, women have little over three hundred thousand eggs and roughly four hundred of which will be ovulated in her lifetime. Since only a few hundred of the eggs have these anomalies, there is only a 0.1% chance that a Chimeric egg will be ovulated and an even smaller chance of fertilization. Despite the odds, with a population of over eight billion even the most uncommon characteristics can appear frequently.
Outside of genetics, Camila became a fascinating subject of study. A physical revealed nothing out of the ordinary and, like all Chimera, the girl was normal in terms of her height, weight, and blood profile. However, upon closer inspection, we started to find unique characteristics that would go on to define Rook class Chimera. The girl has modified tear and sweat glands that secrete a unique hormone unlike any human protein to date. This hormone, called the dampener, covers the girl’s body as a waxy layer that is unnoticeable unless touched. Furthermore, the girl's saliva also possesses a unique alteration of this hormone, called the activator, which appeared to have no direct role in the digestion of food. Behavioral studies revealed that, when afraid or stressed, Camila had the common habit of chewing on her finger nails. Studies around the girl’s keratin protein, which makes up fingernails and toenails, revealed a potent defense mechanism.
Symbiotic relationships are very common to species found on our planet and are described as beneficial to both parties. The human body is a living conduit for these types of relationships. Microscopic organisms live both inside and out and those in the gut play important roles in immune regulation, behavior alteration, and digestion. This community of organisms is called the microbiome and has become a topic of increasing popularity in the science community. However, microbes don’t just inhabit the gut and there is plenty of evidence showing bacterial communities lining the surface of the body. These bacteria can grow in salty environments and out compete any harmful organism that attempts to grow on the outer layer of the skin. In addition to these bacterial communities, Camila possesses a unique micro-organism dormant within the keratin of her nails. The action of chewing frees the bacteria and exposes it to the activator in her saliva. The microorganisms become metabolically active and divide at a stunning rate. Normally, these bacteria are completely harmless to Camila whose skin and clothing are covered with the dampener. In the presence of this protein, the organisms quickly die and are unable to divide. However, if exposed to another life form without the protein, the bacteria begin to grow and consume living flesh. This is what causes the rash to appear on victims before death. The true danger emerges when the organism burrows through the flesh and into the bloodstream. Once in the blood, the bacteria are carried systemically throughout the body and divides at such a rate that the immune system is unable to keep up.
Fermentation is the process of chemical breakdown by living microbes. This mechanism has been known to cause fires in drying hay bales and occurs from heat generated because of metabolizing bacteria. However, for spontaneous combustion of hay bales to occur, the right conditions of heat and low moisture must be present. Furthermore, the bacteria are often killed before a fire starts being unable to survive elevated temperatures. These limitations don’t apply to the organisms living within Rook class Chimera. The chimeric bacteria were identified as thermophiles able to survive immense temperatures. Thus, the heat produced from the bacteria’s metabolic activity does little to slow their growth and leads to combustion starting within the infected organism. This was demonstrated by smearing colonies on the surface of frogs. As the flesh-eating bacteria divided, the heat within the tissues exceeded surface temperature before combustion. Indeed, the reptile's blood boiled before the muscle caught fire. This process did much to explain the state of the victims.
The final studies centered around the origin of these thermophiles. This was a mystery at first since the microbiome is usually maternally inherited and the mother clearly didn’t possess these microbes. Our studies revealed that the bacteria were produced by the cells in the girl's stomach and those in the matrix of her fingernails and toenails. Like origins of mitochondria, we found the DNA of these cells to contain blueprints to produce chimeric thermophiles. In the nails, the bacteria are pushed outward as the cells of matrix become keratinized. Thus, the bacteria lie dormant beneath the nail structure. Furthermore, we found the lining of Camila's stomach and digestive tract to also produce the dampener protein preventing any harm to the subject. Within the digestive tract, the bacteria are produced and pushed outward by the goblet cells. Since recent studies have shown that the digestive potential of these microbes isn’t limited to flesh, the presence of the bacteria in the girl’s stomach suggests new options for food sources. As an example, it’s likely that she can survive on a diet of cellulose since wood is quickly broken down by the thermophiles. By regulating the presence of the dampener and activator protein, the metabolic potential could be used for safe digestion. Further studies must be done to confirm this hypothesis.
Surgical removal of the tips of her toes and fingers was necessary to neutralize Camila as a threat. Caution should still be maintained around the child as her gastric contents still possess the bacteria. Any exposure to the girl’s vomit could lead to unfortunate incidents and so neutralization of the bacteria using dampener protein extract is recommended. Like all other Chimera after her, Camila was safely transported to a secured research facility for continued study.
Camila Garcia was the first Chimera to be discovered by the Fifth Chapter and research surrounding her led to the discovery of the Rook class. These types of Chimera appear to be the most common and thus are discovered at an alarming rate. Any children displaying these phenotypes are to be contained and sheltered from the population. As a final note, after several years, we discovered that the tips Camila’s toes and fingers were slowly returning. This regenerative process is a stunning adaptation and renewed surgical procedures may be necessary to prevent harm to herself and others. For further details on the Knight, the Bishop, and the Queen see case studies 365059"Case Study 365059 The Knight" , 365060"Case Study 365060 The Bishop" , and 365061"Case Study 365061 The Queen" . All matter pertaining to Camila Garcia and the Rook class Chimera is now closed.