(Written from a Production point of view)
BIO HAZARD The Wicked North Sea (バイオハザード 北海の妖獣 Baiohazādo Hokkai no Yōjū ) is a light novel written by Kyū Asakura on behalf of the newly-formed Flagship creative writing team. It was published on 31 January 1998 by Shueisha for their Jump j-Books line.
The novel is set on an island in the North Sea, known as Gadiwell (spelt in Japanese as ガディウォール (Gadiwōru)) which is used for secret bio-weapons research by the Beardsley family, a noble family who were part of the same circle of noblemen that founded Umbrella Pharmaceuticals. Wicked North Sea can be seen as part of an expanded universe running alongside Capcom's primary canon; while Flagship's sidestories were never officially canon the ideas in them formed the basis for game storylines.
The novella starts with a manga excerpt, which can be read here.
Isolated northern island
The story begins with an SAS operation in Northern Ireland to rescue two UN workers being held hostage by a faction of the Irish Republican Army. The mission goes awry when Norse Chirac, a member of the CRW team, fails to kill a young IRA volunteer some twelve or thirteen years of age, allowing the injured child to set off an explosion, killing everyone bar Chirac. In the ensuing inquiry, his failure to kill is determined to have been the cause of the mission failure, and he is discharged from the British Army.
Over the next two years, Chirac travels the world in search of a safe haven to live. He takes the ferry to Gadiwell, a small fishing island off the coast of Norway. The water is choppy, and a girl stumbles on the handrail. Norse stops her falling into the sea, and she introduces herself as Kate, a student at a prestigious boarding school on the mainland travelling to the island with her friend Rain, whose uncle lives there. They arrive to find the island quiet and the locals acting strange.
The island itself is home to the young Countess Beardsley, who resides in a castle on the island. Twenty years prior, Umbrella Pharmaceuticals set up a laboratory nearby, but many of the islanders were killed in an accident. To make amends, they sponsored the building of a new hospital along with electrification and a ferry system. Norse stays at a lodging, unnerved by the disappearance of Rain's uncle. Sickened by a pungent smell, Norse leaves the lodging to find strange footprints. While following them at the middle of the night, he is led into the woods, where a strange woman howls at the moon. He decides to leave rather than investigate what is happening. The following morning, Norse drives off into the woods to look for Rain's uncle.
Invitation from the old castle
At the end of a nightmare
- Norse Chirac (ノルス・シーラック Norusu Shīrakku ): The protagonist. Norse is a former member of "CRW", a counterterrorism unit within the British Army, having been discharged after a failed dignitary rescue operation.
- Rain Rubens (レイン・ルーベンス Rein Rūbensu ): A schoolgirl Norse meets on the ferry to the island. She is visiting the island with her friend Kate after breaking up from their boarding school.
- Kate (ケイト Keito ): Another schoolgirl, Kate is Rain's friend and roommate.
- Mylene Beardsley (ミレーヌ・ビアズレー Mirēnu Biazurē ): The 17th Countess Beardsley. She is the only remaining member of her noble family, and as a seventeen-year-old girl lives with her butler in the family castle.
- Gilliam (ギリアム Giriamu ): Mylene's butler.
- Bale (ベイル Beiru ): Rain's uncle, and her only immediate family. A former service man, he was shot and killed by an unknown individual and declared "Missing" by Rain's arrival at the island.
- Paul (ポール Pōru ): A childhood friend of Rain. When his parents passed away, Bale assumed guardianship. When Rain arrives back on the island, Paul warns her to leave.