Ricardo Irving

Ricardo Irving was a lot of things. He was the overseer of an oil refinery for Tricell Africa Division's Resource Development Department. He was a skilled but canny businessman, with a talent for generating liquid capital in situations others would find impossible. Finally, he was an arrogant and crude man suspected of using his resourcefulness to sell biological organic weapons on the black market.

His background is unknown, but there were unconfirmed reports he was in Raccoon City at the time of the biological disaster in 1998. Before he worked for Tricell, he was once under the employment of Ada Wong, who herself answered to 'The Organisation'. Knowing of Ada's dealings with Albert Wesker, Irving was contacted by the butler of Ozwell E. Spencer and was told to make Wesker aware of Spencer's hidden location.

Once he moved to Tricell, he was placed in charge of improving the Las Plagas parasite and making it a more marketable weapon. He also conducted hundreds of illegal weapons deals.

The money gained from his black market dealings was then invested by Tricell Africa back into their bioweapons research and development. The demonstration of those weapons for clients acted as operational tests. Given the degree of Irving’s involvement, it is believed that he was one of only a handful of people that know the full extent of Tricell’s bioweapons business.

Irving’s activities and their connection to Tricell, however, had been carefully kept under wraps. Adding to the misdirection is the fact that he was officially employed with the Resource Development Division and not the Pharmaceutical Division that sponsors the BSAA.

When the BSAA learned of Irving’s latest deal, they viewed it as illicit activity conducted on his own and without support from Tricell. BSAA’s mission, therefore, was not to fight biological weapons, but to apprehend a smuggler involved in an illicit deal.

Irving was able to exploit that misconception to the fullest.

Irving was informed of the BSAA’s mission, and changed the location of the deal to a mine outside of the Kijuju Autonomous Zone (KAZ). When a BSAA team arrived at what they thought was the deal’s location inside the KAZ, they walked into a trap.

Before the team even arrived, the improved version of Las Plagas was released upon the populace of the town, transforming most of them into Majini.

This intel was acquired by Alpha Team and later confirmed by the data recovered by the backup team (Chris Redfield and Sheva Alomar) prior to Irving’s deal.

It appears that a sample of the Uroboros Virus was also released upon Alpha Team’s arrival and was responsible for the termination of Dan Dechant’s team.

Irving did not take into account that the Uroboros would be engaged and defeated by Agents Redfield and Alomar, nor that a hard disk and its data would be seized. The data obtained from the hard disk allowed the two agents to proceed to the actual location of Irving’s transaction - the mine.

When confronted with the reality that his plan had failed, Irving was forced to take the following actions.

First, he contacted his partners in the transaction and requested to delay the deal. After which point, he went to the mine to retrieve any documents and materials relevant to the transaction. It was at this point that Redfield and Alomar found him. However, it was obvious that he had a backup plan for just such a contingency.

Irving escaped thanks to the help of a hooded figure he had on standby. The two agents were left to deal with Popokarimu (a bat-based B.O.W.) that was originally intended to be used in the transaction.

It is thought that Irving released this B.O.W. on the agents in retaliation for disrupting the transacting and not to aid in his escape. It was becoming apparent by this point, that Irving’s mental stability was in question. Whether his irrational behavior was brought on by the interference of the agents or if the increased stress only brought out hs true tendencies is unknown.

Irving’s situation, however, would digress even further.

After escaping from the mine, he was soon discovered by Captain Josh Stone’s Delta Team inside the KAZ. In order to escape Irving unleashed Ndesu (confirmed to be based on the El Gigante B.O.W. used in Europe). The frustration of losing two large, valuable B.O.W.s in such short succession must have been keenly felt by the avaricious Irving.

After reaching the conclusion that there was nothing more he could do, Irving plotted to escape with his accumulated wealth, but he was soon overtaken by the hooded figure, who provided him a vial containing Las Plagas. This was to be his punishment for failure. He was to administer this on himself in order to fight the two agents.
This vial contained a Las Plagas variant known as a control Plaga, or so he thought.

In a last-ditch effort, Irving detonated the oil refinery, but unfortunately for him the refinery was virtually dry at the time thus limiting the size of the explosion. His hope was that he could destroy all incriminating evidence and kill Agent Redfield and Aomar so he would not have to resort to using the control Plaga.

Irving was left with no choice but to administer the injection to himself, at which he underwent an immense and rapid transformation. But even the power he gained from that transformation did not avail him, and he met his end at the hands of the two agents.

As he lay dying on the deck, he realised that he didn't have a control plaga at all, but rather a modified subordinate plaga which is why he concluded that he was 'not worthy of the good stuff'.


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