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TRICELL Inc. was a conglomerate comprised of three main divisions, seaborne shipping, resource development and pharmaceuticals. The pharmaceuticals division was an executive board member of the Federation of Pharmaceutical Companies. 1
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The initial incarnation of TRICELL was a seaborne shipping company known as the "Travis Trading Enterprises" founded during the Age of Discovery by Thomas Travis, a wealthy European merchant. As a result of expansive trading in Asia, the company reaped immense profits. It developed favorably as a seaborne shipping company and entered the 19th century as a very profitable business venture.
In the 19th century, Henry Travis, the youngest of seven brothers in the Travis family, embarked on an exploration of Africa at a time when reports regarding the African exploration of David Livingstone enlivened newspapers. This decision would later decide the fate of Travis Trading Enterprises. He compiled the records of his expeditions as a 72-volume set known as the "Natural History Conspectus." These books not only had naturalistic content, such as the animals, plants, insects, minerals and geology of Africa, but also ethnological elements mentioning the lives of peoples who resided in Africa, such as culture, customs and history. The contents could be called an African encyclopedia of the time.
Although the whole set of the Natural History Conspectus was published, society treated it as Henry's fictional creation because the content was too elaborate, and only a small number of copies were printed as a kind of rare book only dilettantes and connoisseurs enjoyed reading. Henry despaired over this situation and passed away in disappointment after returning home in the summer of its second year. It's now said that the family head of Travis Trading Enterprises in those days (Henry's oldest brother) intentionally passed a rumor that his brother's books were fictional. The company was afraid that others would use the information in the books.
The eight books of volumes Vol. 17 to Vol. 24, which contained geological elements, were especially regarded as important. Based on the information contained within, Travis Trading Enterprises began mineral resources exploitation in Africa at the end of the 19th century. Through this, the company discovered many rare metal dig mines, oil fields and natural gas fields and exploited them, gaining vast profits. A natural resource development division was established for this purpose, which later became the TRICELL Resource Development Division.
From the mid-20th century, the company had built a firm foothold in Africa and began to actively collect animals, plants and insects, secretly utilizing the information found in the Natural History Conspectus. Based on the gathered materials, they carried out the development of medicines and drugs and commercialized them. A new division was established for this purpose which later became the TRICELL Pharmaceuticals Division.
In the 1960s, Travis Trading Enterprises merged with its pharmaceuticals and natural resource development divisions and was renamed "TRICELL", signifying its status as a conglomerate of three divisions. Each division ran on its own capital and was self-supporting and able to expand its own operations independently. This essentially made them separate entities under a single parent company, while other divisions also existed between TRICELL's regional branch offices. The conglomerate became a global company.
Biological Weapons Development Business (2003-2009)
In 2003, the world's leading pharmaceutical company, the Umbrella Corporation, collapsed due to bankruptcy. Soon after, TRICELL employee Excella Gionne was approached by Albert Wesker due to his interest in her talents and character, and he provided her with B.O.W. (Bio Organic Weapon) development technology, such as the t-virus and t-Veronica virus. He encouraged her to use them for B.O.W. product development and she quickly became a valuable member of the company, strengthening her influence until she rose to the position of branch manager of the company's Africa branch while still in her twenties.
The collapse of Umbrella, which originally boasted the top share in the biological weapons market, enabled TRICELL to favorably expand its own share. This simultaneously elevated Gionne's influence within the company as the greatest individual rendering distinguished services in development, and she gradually came to control even the policies of the entire pharmaceuticals division while using Ricardo Irving as a pawn to sell TRICELL's weapons on the black market. This result was Wesker's goal.
In 2004, Gionne promoted a plan to support a French university research team in developing a new marine virus known as the t-Abyss virus, which would allow TRICELL's biological weapons business to expand further under the pretense of fighting bioterrorism. She enlisted the aid of Morgan Lansdale, commissioner of the FBC (Federal Bioterrorism Commission) and advisor to the Federation of Pharmaceutical Companies, requesting that he relinquish three U.S. government-seized cruise ships belonging to Umbrella's former subsidiary, Paraguas Line. These three ships contained secret B.O.W. development facilities repuprosed for t-Abyss and B.O.W. development.
Terragrigia Panic (2004)
In 2004, Lansdale betrayed TRICELL by keeping t-Abyss to himself for his own ends. He supplied samples of the virus to the terrorist group Il Veltro and convinced them to attack the floating city of Terragrigia, which his organization held exclusive control over in the event of a bioterrorist attack. TRICELL spies within the FBC, Raymond Vester and Jessica Sherawat, attempted to uncover his plan in order to expose him and gain access to the virus, but these efforts continued for another year.
Queen Zenobia Incident (2005)
In 2005, Lansdale was arrested while Vester and Sherawat successfully recovered t-Abyss. That same year, TRICELL purchased the pharmaceutical company WilPharma Corporation and recovered the G-virus while excavating WilPharma's air dome laboratory, where a tail fragment of the mutated Curtis Miller was found.
Following the incident involving Lansdale, TRICELL was convinced of BSAA's effectiveness as a puppet organization and became its biggest corporate sponsor. As a result, the company was extremely influential in putting pressure on BSAA Headquarters if any incidents arose which weren't in their best interests.
Development of the Uroboros Virus (2006-2009)
In 2006, Albert Wesker suggested that Gionne use her power within TRICELL to re-open the Umbrella Africa Laboratory as a means to acquire the Progenitor virus. Afterwards, Wesker and Gionne promoted the Uroboros Project, the development of the Uroboros virus which would be used to fulfill the goal of "artificial selection" and creation of an evolved superhuman race. The funds gained by Irving's B.O.W. trading on the black market were used to contribute to Wesker's research funds.
In 2009, immediately before putting the variant Plaga Type 2 and Type 3 on the black market, Irving held a demonstration/operational test in Kijuju in order to ensure the products met customer satisfaction. Type 3 was administered to the "Ndipaya" tribe in the marshlands near the oil fields. Following an investigation by the BSAA West Africa branch, Irving became wanted tor questioning in relation to the sale of B.O.W.s. In response, Irving organized an operational test for Type 2 in the Kijuju Autonomous Zone against the BSAA.
TRICELL's involvement with Wesker and role as an illegal arms trader was discovered during an investigation by BSAA agents Chris Redfield and Sheva Alomar. Afterwards, the company was prosecuted and dissolved, while its Mediterranean island headquarters was attacked by a rival company using the Cerberus. The company's biological weapons development data was stolen in this event. A recovery team sent by Alex Wesker recovered the Uroboros virus and some TRICELL equipment from Kijuju.
Regional Branch Offices
- TRICELL Europe
- TRICELL Americas
- TRICELL Africa
- TRICELL Middle East
- TRICELL Asia Pacific