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I've always wondered this ever since I played Resident Evil 2 for the first time, but what purpose does the furnace in the Underground Lab favor towards Umbrella? I initially thought it may have been a power-supply system, but this had no sort of basis and I am still not sure if a blast furnace can be used as a power supply. Does anyone have any ideas or has it ever been stated within the games lore?

It's a smelting vat. It's

It's a smelting vat. It's used to melt down metal so it can be reforged.

There's no particular reason for it to be there, as it'd be the single most energy-intensive process in the lab, and it has no particular application for biology or virology.

Exactly why I'm asking about

Exactly why I'm asking about this: I don't see how Umbrella would utilize or need a smelting vat in their lab. They didn't have ties in the steel industry so I'm lost on this one.

My only guess is that the

My only guess is that the place is set up for relative self-sufficiency and/or is a stop along Umbrella's underground supply chain.

We all know that the real answer is because they needed something vaguely lava-esque to dump Mr. X into, since they'd all seen Terminator 2, and they couldn't justify a volcano level.

It's used for B.O.W.

It's used for B.O.W. disposal. There's a similar system in the Caucasus Laboratory.

I didn't even think about

I didn't even think about that but it makes perfect sense now that I consider it. Thanks News Bot! :)

News Bot wrote: It's used

News Bot wrote:

It's used for B.O.W. disposal. There's a similar system in the Caucasus Laboratory.

Where on Earth does it say that?

It doesn't, but what other

It doesn't, but what other reason do they have for something of such high temperature? Incineration is the main disposal method of B.O.W.'s, after BIO0 showed that chemical disposal doesn't work.

I see. Usually when you seem

I see. Usually when you seem that certain, it's something you translated from a Gamest mook that only three people on Earth have ever seen because it was tattooed on the back of an intern in 1999.

News Bot wrote: It's used

News Bot wrote:

It's used for B.O.W. disposal. There's a similar system in the Caucasus Laboratory.

This had occured to me, but I could also see it being used for production purposes. If they make their own parts and equipment in house there are less ties to outside sources.

News Bot wrote: It's used

News Bot wrote:

It's used for B.O.W. disposal. There's a similar system in the Caucasus Laboratory.

Bodies were actually transported to and disposed of at Plant P-12A which was also known as the Dead Factory.

The building was made to look abandoned by Umbrella to avoid suspicion.

That's true too, perhaps the

That's true too, perhaps the smelting vat was a new addition that was barely finished before the outbreak began, and was subsequently never used. It's probably more likely that it was just utilized for Umbrella to manufacture their own resources without having to import supplies.

Weskers Report wrote: Bodies

Weskers Report wrote:

Bodies were actually transported to and disposed of at Plant P-12A which was also known as the Dead Factory.

The building was made to look abandoned by Umbrella to avoid suspicion.

They were both used. It also wasn't known as the "Dead Factory."

News Bot wrote: Weskers

News Bot wrote:

Weskers Report wrote:

Bodies were actually transported to and disposed of at Plant P-12A which was also known as the Dead Factory.

The building was made to look abandoned by Umbrella to avoid suspicion.

They were both used. It also wasn't known as the "Dead Factory."

I beg to differ but you're the only person in these forums that I will not go head to head with as I will be humbly massacred.

Which point do you differ

Which point do you differ on?

Dead Factory is a mistranslation of "abandoned plant" and there's no evidence to suggest the P-12A incineration plant was the only means of disposal for the laboratory, it's only mentioned as being deliberately overloaded by Birkin.

News Bot wrote: Which point

News Bot wrote:

Which point do you differ on?

Dead Factory is a mistranslation of "abandoned plant" and there's no evidence to suggest the P-12A incineration plant was the only means of disposal for the laboratory, it's only mentioned as being deliberately overloaded by Birkin.

You answered the question...'Dead Factory' is another Japanese to English mistranslation fuck up, typical Capcom.

 

Dead factory would make

Dead factory would make somewhat sense if it wasn't used as a name. I mean 'dead factory' and 'abandoned plant' basically mean the same thing.

Ugh, I honestly wish Capcom would hire you guys to do the translations. 

Dead Factory is a cool name,

Dead Factory is a cool name, but perhaps I feel that way because english is not my first language. What would be the problem with that name exactly ?

Sly wrote: Dead Factory is a

Sly wrote:

Dead Factory is a cool name, but perhaps I feel that way because english is not my first language. What would be the problem with that name exactly ?

We just don't humor mistranslations.

Dead factory was used as an

Dead factory was used as an 'official' name for the plant for a while in various sources if I remember correctly. That is the problem with calling it as such. It 'could' make sense in the English language. Dead is often used as a synonym for something that is abandoned or a derelict. And factory and plant can also be synonyms. So calling it a 'dead factory' wouldn't be wrong, per se. Calling it the 'Dead Factory' (as in a name) is wrong. As a native English speaker I do think 'abandoned plant' sounds better than 'dead factory'. While both mean the same thing when used in the same context, abandoned plant would be the more 'formal' of the two terms. Something you would see in writing. While 'dead factory' I could see being used by a person speaking to a friend, saying 'this is a dead factory' or something similar. 

AWpCR wrote: Dead factory

AWpCR wrote:

Dead factory was used as an 'official' name for the plant for a while in various sources if I remember correctly. That is the problem with calling it as such. It 'could' make sense in the English language. Dead is often used as a synonym for something that is abandoned or a derelict. And factory and plant can also be synonyms. So calling it a 'dead factory' wouldn't be wrong, per se. Calling it the 'Dead Factory' (as in a name) is wrong. As a native English speaker I do think 'abandoned plant' sounds better than 'dead factory'. While both mean the same thing when used in the same context, abandoned plant would be the more 'formal' of the two terms. Something you would see in writing. While 'dead factory' I could see being used by a person speaking to a friend, saying 'this is a dead factory' or something similar. 

 

Very insightful. Thanks!