The Eastern Gorilla is a species of ape, currently the largest living primate. The mountain gorilla sub-species were used in DARPA's Project Stormtrooper.
Before Hell Island Edit
As part of a project to make shock troops for the United States Armed Forces, DARPA was tasked with using gorillas due to their ferocity and brutal strength. The gorillas used for the project were cloned from the DNA of African eastern gorillas, so that they would not have to take any and do damage to the populations.
Raised on Hell Island, they had chips grafted onto their brains to make them more intelligent and make them able to obey commands. In order to keep them from attacking their own masters, Malcolm Knox created a silver disk which created an signal that told the gorillas not to attack anyone wearing it.
The eastern gorilla is a large hominid with a large head, broad chest, and long arms. It has a flat nose with large nostrils. The mountain gorilla is slightly smaller and lighter than eastern lowland's gorilla, but still larger and heavier than their western cousins.
Eastern gorillas live in stable, cohesive family groups, led by a dominant silverback male. Eastern gorillas tend to have larger group sizes than their western relatives, numbering up to 35 individuals. Males defend their females and offspring using their large size in intimidating displays involving charging and chest-beating.
- The title Stormtrooper is from Star Wars, where the villains have cloned a bounty hunter for their shock troops.
- The eastern gorilla is a critically-endangered species, currently numbering at only 880 individuals.
- The gorillas used in Project Stormtrooper were cloned from the DNA of mountain gorillas, in order to avoid using naturally-born gorillas and not harm their population.