Abstract: Find way to terrorize people for our dark overlord-to-be. Lest we lose our research grant. So we, and our families, will not be used as test subjects by other researchers. Our new intern had an idea with hornets. So now we are going to take an already aggressive and slightly sadistic species and improve on that.
Test 1: Failure we made the Hornets (v1.1) more aggressive and we made sure the venom was both more painful and lethal. We had to terminate this first, promising, attempt when our new intern was stung at least 73 times by our Hornets (v1.1). Reviewing the monitor tapes makes it clear that the upgrades work. But he was also allergic, so it seems. Alas, all available Hornets (v1.1) died in the accident due to being crushed. On the bright side, we have a new intern opening.
Test 2: Failure this time we only fiddled with the venom in the tail of the Hornets (v1.2). We were able to "borrow" a saw-scaled viper from our colleagues in the next lab. We only had to change the venom glands a bit, and it worked. All tests with lab animals, from mice to dogs, worked quite well. But one of the downsides is the rotting of flesh. And our Hornets (v1.2) digestive system was not fast enough, or robust enough, to handle rotting flesh. By the time we figured that out the queen had died. In lighter news, the new intern seems quick on her feet, she loves to dance.
Test 3: Failure Box Jellyfish nettles work well. And we were even further along than Hornets (v1.2) in testing. Even the digestive problems were solved. Only, tragedy struck on the weekend of "Fear our Overlords", where all senior staff were at home with their families to pay due homage to this festivity. Our new intern decided to take the test one step further and introduce her pet crow to the experiment. Reviewing the tapes we conclude that the crow was scared by the noise the Hornets (v1.3) made. This, in turn, distracted our intern while working with the Hornets (v1.3) and she was stung 3 times. We estimate that one sting has enough venom to kill 10 fully grown men. But the dying process was longer then expected. Still looks extremely painful (and is hard to watch, we liked her). But with her death, her crow went nuts and killed all the Hornets (v1.3). It, too, died in the process.
Test 4: Success As a stretching of our capabilities we used inland taipan as the source species for this test. We also decided to made our Hornets (v1.4) slightly more aggressive, so a single bird will not end our experiment this time. All tests went well. As a side note, our new intern seems a bit nervous.
Presentation: Tomorrow our dear dark overlord-to-be will be visiting the research center to decide on the grant for next year. We feel quite confident in our presentation and Hornets (v1.4).
Grant Status: Denied. After the speedy yet painful death of our beloved dark overlord-to-be by Hornets (v1.4) during a botched presentation at our #13 science lab, this project has been terminated.
Status of the researchers of this project is unknown. Rumor has it they have fled to our ethereal rival, the Knights of the Neon Disco Suits. Their intern has been given over as a test subject for other groups. Long live our future dark overlord.