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Jill Valentine (ジル・バレンタイン Jiru Barentain ) is an American Special Operations Agent (SOA) of the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance, of which she is a co-founder and one of the original eleven members, making her a respected and high ranking operative of the organization. Jill's father was French, and her mother was of Japanese migratory descent (referred to as a "Nikkei").[excerpt 1]
In the early 1990s, Jill served in the United States Army and got the attention of recruiters for Delta Force. In spite of her sex, Jill was allowed to take part in the six month Operator Training Course, where she excelled in bomb disposal and lockpicking and known for her delicate though precise work.[excerpt 2]
Some time between 1996 and 1998, Jill was recruited by Albert Wesker for the Special Tactics and Rescue Service (S.T.A.R.S.), an elite Raccoon Police Department (RPD) law enforcement unit in Raccoon City that relied on military veterans and weapons-trained scientists to solve serious crimes. By July 1998, Jill was in Captain Wesker's Alpha Team; her function in the team was cited as a B&E specialist, and in maneuvers was positioned at the rear of the team with S.T.A.R.S. helicopter pilot Brad Vickers.
"Wesker... You're PATHETIC."
In the Spring and early Summer of 1998, Raccoon City was haunted by the deaths of a number of hikers and suburban families. Their deaths implied both vicious dog attacks and group cannibalism. With the Raccoon Police Department at a loss, S.T.A.R.S. was given orders to head into the Arklay Mountains in search of a suspected hideout. Bravo Team was sent out on the night of July 23, and contact was subsequently lost. The following day, the Alpha Team was sent out to investigate their disappearance and continue their investigation. Finding the helicopter derelict and its RPD pilot, Ed Dewey, dead and mutilated, Alpha Team was confronted by a pack of dogs who then killed Joseph Frost. Jill; Chris; Barry and Wesker fled into a nearby mansion, while Brad, in shock, fled to the helicopter and abandoned the team.
Within the mansion itself, the four team members split up and explored the mansion on their own. Over the course of the night they pieced together independently that the mansion was the facade to a bio-weapons research laboratory under the control of Umbrella U.S.A., S.T.A.R.S.' biggest donor. Jill began to suspect Barry was working against the team owing to a series of suspicious actions, but later discovered Captain Wesker had manipulated Barry with threats to have his family. Wesker was in fact on a mission from Umbrella to retrieve bio-weapons research, then destroy the laboratory and kill the S.T.A.R.S. team to silence witnesses. The dog attacks and cannibal murders were found to have been the result of the t-Virus, a bioweapon which had leaked out into the surrounding area. With Wesker faking his death when activating a renegade bioweapon designated "Tyrant", Jill; Chris; Barry and Bravo Team's Rebecca Chambers escaped the lab before its destruction on Brad's helicopter.
"It was Raccoon City's last chance... And my last chance... My last escape... "
After their return to Raccoon City, S.T.A.R.S.'s request for a full-scale investigation of Umbrella's activities was denied by their superior, Chief of Police Brian Irons. With no support from the American government, Chris, Barry, Jill, and Rebecca Chambers decided to travel to Europe and investigate Umbrella themselves. Chris went ahead and travelled to Europe by himself by the end of August, while Barry went to Canada to relocate his family. Jill decided to stay in Raccoon City in order to investigate the whereabouts of Umbrella's underground facility before joining her comrades in Europe. However, two months after the mansion incident, her investigation was ruined when Raccoon City's water supply was contaminated with t-Virus, causing thousands to mutate into Zombies. Umbrella took full advantage of the situation and sent in experimental B.O.W.s to test on the survivors. Among these was Nemesis-T Type, the result of a T-103 Tyrant being parasitised by a Nemesis Alpha parasite. This creature, also dubbed "the Pursuer", was sent into the city with the specific mission of tracking down all S.T.A.R.S. members and killing them.
Jill, herself was trapped in her apartment until 27 September, where she made a break-out. However, the number of Zombies forced her to seek shelter in a nearby warehouse with Dario Rosso, an aspiring novelist who's daughter was lost to the Zombies. The following night, Jill made a second break-out, intent on reaching the Raccoon Police Station, with Rosso left behind on his own request. While moving through Uptown Raccoon City, Jill met Vickers at the Black Jack Bar, and was warned of the Pursuer. He died soon after when the Pursuer tracked him down to the Raccoon Police Station. Jill explored the police station herself, and found it was no longer safe, with the only non-zombified police officer being an injured Lt. Marvin Branagh. At the S.T.A.R.S. Office she intercepted a UBCS radio signal from Cpl. Carlos Oliveira, and abandoned the station to investigate.
Over the course of the 28th, Jill worked with a group of three UBCS members: Cpt. Mikhail Viktor; Sgt. Nikolai Zinoviev, and Cpl. Oliveira, himself. This, she did, reluctantly due to their association with Umbrella, though it became clear they were merely mercenaries sent out as sacrificial lambs rather than actual employees. Jill worked with Sgt. Zinoviev and Cpl. Oliveira to repair a tram they were hiding in, while Cpt. Viktor was too wounded to help. During their search, Sgt. Zinoviev was presumed dead, and the remaining three drove the team to St. Michael's Clock Tower, which had been flagged by the UBCS as an evac point prior to their insertion. The Pursuer attacked the tram, and Cpt. Viktor sacrificed himself in a grenade explosion in an attempt to destroy it. Jill and Cpl. Oliveira made it out of the wreckage, but found the clock tower to be lost to the zombies. The Pursuer stalked Jill throughout the tower as Jill tried to ring its bell as a signal. The creature then destroyed the UBCS helicopter to deny her escape. In another fight with the creature, Jill was infected with a t-Virus strain unique to the Nemesis parasites. Her infection quickly took its toll on her, and she passed out as Cpl. Oliveira fought off the Pursuer.
For the next two days Jill lay unconscious in a chapel within the clock tower, guarded by Cpl. Oliveira. She awoke in the early hours of 1 October, understanding herself to be infected. Cpl. Oliveira went to the Raccoon General Hospital in search of any treatments, no longer possessing any of the antiviral drugs offered to the UBCS. He returned later with a vaccine the hospital staff worked on before their mutation. The vaccine did allow her body to completely destroy the t-Virus, and some virions survived in a dormant state. She nonetheless recovered enough to walk on her own, and was warned that Sgt. Zinoviev was alive and should not be trusted. She soon met him at a cabin in Raccoon Park, where she learnt directly that Umbrella was using the outbreak for combat data testing.
Escaping into Incineration Disposal Plant P-12A, a dedicated treatment plant for infected biomatter, Jill became aware of two things. Firstly, that Raccoon City was to be destroyed by a bomb to sterilise the area, and secondly that although Sgt. Zinoviev had stolen an on-site helicopter, another was entering the city, with a pilot searching for her on the radio. Jill made it to a scrap yard filled with corpses of Tyrants and a Delta Force unit. There she fought the Pursuer again, now severely disfigured after exposure to antiviral chemicals in the disposal plant. Activating an experimental rail cannon brought to the yard by Delta Force, the creature was weakened further, and left for dead after several shots from a Magnum. Jill then escaped the city with Cpl. Oliveira, and discovered the man looking for her was Barry Burton. The experimental thermobaric bomb destroyed the city minutes later.
The Fall of UmbrellaEdit
"The end of Umbrella is just a question of time."
Following the destruction of Raccoon City, Jill continued to support Chris in fighting Umbrella. By 2003 the two were members of a private anti-biohazard service. In February, the group received reports of strange animal attacks near a small village in the Greater Caucasus, similar to what happened in the Arklays. Chris and Jill investigated the village, and found it had already fallen to a t-Virus outbreak, with a young child, Anna, the only uninfected survivor, who had been hid by her parents. Many of the villagers were found within a grain silo, in a doomed attempt to hide. Escaping the building, they ran into Dr. Wesker, who was also investigating the reports for his own purposes. He could not be apprehended, however, due to the sudden arrival of Hunter δs. The two did discover from him, however, that the villagers were involved with Umbrella and were storing B.O.W.s. Dr. Wesker seized Anna's locket and used it to open a safe in her house to get information on the company. They narrowly escaped as a bomb detonated inside, having been planted there on the expectation that Wesker or someone like him would try to open it. Though Jill and Chris had failed to stop Wesker before his escape, they did find proof that the nearby chemical works was an Umbrella base.
The following day, Jill and Chris took part in a large operation with the rest of the private anti-biohazard service to capture the chemical plant and end B.O.W. production there. They arrived to find the biohazard had completely engulfed the facility. Chris and Jill got the attention of Colonel Sergei Vladimir, the former leader of Umbrella's UBCS, and were made to fight T-A.L.O.S., a computer-aided, armoured Tyrant. T-A.L.O.S. was successfully taken down, against Col. Vladimir's expectations, and the facility was captured. However, they failed to gain access to Umbrella's data, as Dr. Wesker had already wiped its hard drive. Umbrella nonetheless fell, however, when he decided to hand this data over to the US government, leading to the corporation's bankruptcy.
"Where are you, Chris..."
In the aftermath of the Raccoon Trials, Umbrella's bankruptcy rendered its security forces incapable of preventing a number of rogue employees stealing bio-weapons samples and selling on the black market. The War on Terror saw a gradual shift towards these bioweapons, requiring new methods of combating them. A number of pharmaceutical giants formed the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance in the United Kingdom, which would assist if needed. However, the BSAA was far from perfect as a private military company, and they were kept in an observer role during the 2004 Terragrigia Panic by the US government's much larger alternative, the Federal Bioterrorism Commission. Acting with suspicions the FBC was involved in the arming of terrorist groups like Il Veltro to build up its on prestige, BSAA director Clive R. O'Brian planned out a major operation to uncover the truth though, due to evidence of an FBC mole, deceptive tactics were used on his own agents.
Starting in the Summer of 2005, Valentine and her partner, Parker Luciani, were invited to the Italian coast to see the ruins of Terragrigia, where dead Sea Creepers were washing ashore and a vial of t-Abyss Virus was found. The source of these bodies and the vial would soon after be determined to be from Queen Dido, one of three ships used by Il Veltro in the attack, but which had sank within the FBC's exclusion zone and could not be explored. O'Brian fed false information to the pair that Redfield and Jessica Sherawat were abducted by terrorists while exploring Finland and taken into the Mediterranean. The two BSAA agents went out to sea in a small boat and found Queen Zenobia, which was overrun by t-Abyss mutants. Signs of FBC agents on board were quickly confirmed when FBC agent Rachel Foley's unconscious body was found deprived of water following an attack by mutants. Opening a room with an Il Veltro flag and a mannequin strapped to a chair, the two BSAA agents found they had fallen into a trap, and were knocked out by a gas canister by a man in a gas mask. This was in fact Raymond Vester, one of O'Brian's moles within the FBC, who's role in the operation was to steer them towards the truth while giving the impression Il Veltro really did survive.
After waking up, Valentine and Luciani continued their investigation, but were beaten by Vester at each turn, now without his gas mask to fain ignorance. Vester succeeded in destroying the bridge's communications system, set the boat ablaze and destroyed the emergency communication equipment while blaming Veltro. After navigating flooded lower decks above the bilge, Valentine and Luciani were eventually successful in contacting O'Brian through the radio transmission tower atop the ship. By the time they got a message out, they learnt Redfield and Sherawat were already on their way from Queen Semiramis. The four met up in the ship's casino, where they were met by Vester, again in the gas mask. While explaining the nature of the conspiracy, he was shot by Sherawat, revealing her as the spy. Protected by a bullet proof vest but pretending to be dying, he warned Luciani about her.
Valentine and Redfield meanwhile made their way to the rear of the ship, which housed a laboratory complex. Their investigation finally uncovered the truth. FBC director Morgan Lansdale was behind the engineering of t-Abyss in order to create a dangerous viral weapon for Il Veltro. Providing three cruise ships as a means of transporting their cargo to Terragrigia, he was able to cause a biohazard on board, wiping out Veltro, then used the two remaining ships for classified vaccine research. Once the vaccine was finished, a second biohazard was triggered which wiped out the researchers, leaving Queen Zenobia and Queen Semiramis uncrewed. Realising they had uncovered the truth, Lansdale himself, watching the pair on a monitor, Lansdale triggered Queen Semiramis' self-destruct system, and expected Sherawat to do the same. When she succeeded in triggering it, Valentine and Redfield made their escape from the sinking ship on a BSAA helicopter under attack by Malacoda, parasitic worms in the body of a mutant whale. Following the battle, they were given one more mission, to retrieve evidence incriminating the FBC within Queen Dido's wreckage.
During their exploration, the two found a section of the ship with breathable air, the few remaining unflooded hallways being the home of Veltro leader Jack Norman for the past year. The FBC had, however, already beaten them to the ship, evidenced by a dead agent. Norman, in response, infected himself with another sample of t-Abyss Virus and turned into a powerful monster dubbed "Ultimate Abyss". The BSAA agents were unable to persuade Norman they were not FBC, and were forced to kill him in order to retrieve the evidence, which they found to be recordings of Velto's meetings with Lansdale, proving he had provided them with the virus. The evidence was transmitted to the BSAA's UK headquarters during an FBC raid, and Lansdale was immediately arrested by his own men.
Spencer Estate raidEdit
"Kind of takes you back, doesn't it?"
In 2006, the BSAA received intelligence giving away the location of Dr. Oswell E. Spencer, Earl Spencer. Spencer was the CEO of Umbrella Pharmaceuticals and had gone underground to hide from a global manhunt by the US and Russian governments. Valentine and Redfield were assigned the role of raiding the Spencer Estate and arresting him, hoping he would have information useful in the separate manhunt for Dr. Wesker. Upon entering the main hall, they found Lord Spencer's bodyguards dead, having been brutalised by a then unknown third party. A search of the underground confirmed the presence of a dungeon where numerous prisoners had been experimented on or left to die, with B.O.W.s called "Blobs" left to roam the dungeon. Returning to the castle above, the two gained entry into the library, finding Spencer dead, having been murdered by Wesker himself. The two agents fought against Wesker, who held the upper hand due to his superhuman abilities. Believing Redfield close to death, Valentine charged at Wesker, throwing he and herself out the library window and down a cliff.
BSAA reinforcements conducted a thorough search of the area, but found no sign of Valentine or Wesker, and on 23 November 2006 they were both declared dead in absentia. Valentine's name was listed on the BSAA's List of Martyrs, a record of fallen soldiers.
Under Albert Wesker's controlEdit
Though badly injured by the fall down the cliff, Valentine was kept alive by Wesker, kept in a comatose condition at Tricell Inc., Africa's top-secret B.O.W. research outpost near Kijuju. Following his own experiences with talking to Spencer, Wesker began work on the Uroboros Project, a doomsday project which he believed would force evolution on the survivors. The means of this feat were planned to be a Progenitor strain dubbed "Uroboros". The prototype version of Uroboros shared Progenitor's negative tendency to cause death within nearly all patients, making it impractical for use on test subjects. Nonetheless, Valentine was slated to be in the first batch. During preliminary examination of her body, it was discovered that the vaccination she received in 1998 for her t-Virus infection had not totally immunised her. A mutant strain of the virus had in fact laid dormant in her body for the past eight years, and had activated during her time in coma. Valentine's body quickly fought off the mutant virus and created new anti-bodies, expanding her resistance to Progenitor strains. This anomalous resistance made her worthless as an early stage test-subject, though was spared for further study. Wesker theorised that exposure to Valentine's antibodies would give way to an Uroboros strain more tolerable to the human body, and kept her alive to repeatedly infect her with Progenitor strains in order to derive the antibodies in her blood.
As work on Uroboros continued, continued monitoring on Valentine was no longer required and she was released from captivity. Wesker desired her for further scientific use, and made her a test-subject for the P30 Project. P30 was a counterpart to Tricell's Plaga Project, which intended to create supersoldiers that would have enhanced strength and be susceptible to suggestion. The drawback to P30 was that the drug, derived from Progenitor research, was quickly metabolised and excreted. As Tricell had no data on the effects of a long-term trial, a specially-manufactured device was attached to her chest to periodically inject her with the drug. Now under Wesker's control, Valentine was informally added to the emerging partnership between Wesker, Excella Gionne and Ricardo Irving.
"I couldn't control my actions, oh but god... I was still aware. Forgive me..."
As the Uroboros Project reached completion and plans were underway by Tricell to carry it out, Irving made use of the Kijuju Autonomous Zone as a test-bed for bioweapons. Starting from the Summer of 2008, the Ndipaya tribe were implanted with Type 3 Plagas as test subjects, and by the start of 2009 people within the city of Kijuju itself were made hosts of the Type 2, having been purchased by rebels who sought to use them as a recruiting tool for an insurrection. In March 2009, spies within the BSAA reported to Tricell that there would be an active investigation in Kijuju. Valentine was ordered to protect Irving in his planned business dealings. At a warehouse the BSAA was aware Irving was to use, she left behind a Kijujuan man abducted and forcibly infected with Uroboros. The mutant massacred the BSAA's "Alpha Team", and she and Irving escaped to a nearby quarry to continue the deal. This deal ultimately never took place, however, and Irving would order the release of the B.O.W. specimens to fight the BSAA. When an SOA team consisting of Chris Redfield and Sheva Alomar cornered Irving, Valentine set off a smoke bomb and escaped with him to Irving's oil field.
At the oil field, Valentine and Irving's relationship broke, and she forced him an ultimatum. His capture by the BSAA could not be allowed due to what he knew, nor could allowing the BSAA to track their departure from the oil field up-river to Tricell's facility. Over the next day, Irving made plans to rig his own oil field to explode, to be set off if the BSAA caught up with them. In the event the pursuit continued, Irving was provided with a Dominant species Plaga egg to inject into his own body. When the BSAA tracked down the two at the oil field, Valentine made her escape on a speed-boat, leaving Irving to Redfield, Sheva and Cpt. Josh Stone.
Arriving at a cave system, Valentine made her way through the old ruins of the Ndipaya kingdom and towards Tricell's facility, meeting up with Wesker at what was once the palace of the Ndipaya kings, through which they were to gain passage to the coast, where a Tricell tanker was waiting to pick them up. Redfield and Alomar, who were in pursuit of Gionne, also reached this palace. To buy time for Gionne, Wesker and Valentine began fighting the two BSAA agents, relentlessly pursuing them across the palace. After seven minutes, Wesker ran out of time to stall, and caught up with Gionne, leaving Valentine behind to deal with the two. Realising the device on her chest had something to do with her behaviour, the two forced Valentine to the ground and ripped it out. Still weak from the fighting, Valentine stayed behind and had the two continue on.
After passing out, Valentine was found by Stone, who had separated from Redfield and Alomar to get a radio message out to BSAA HQ. Having returned with helicopter backup, Valentine warned him about the tanker, and agreed to come with him, as by flight was their only means of intercept. Moving through the trainyard near the dock, Valentine discovered a radio station and sent out a call to the tanker. Succeeding in picking up Redfield, she warned him about a vulnerability to Wesker she learnt during her captivity, that he required regular medication of a drug named "PG67A/W", and that an overdose should cause harm. Valentine and Stone were chased by increasing numbers of Majini, forcing their assigned helicopter pilot, Doug, to pick them up much closer than planned. Though they made it onto the helicopter, Doug himself was killed when rebel forces carrying rocket launches made their move. At the urging of Valentine, Stone piloted the helicopter away from the dockland in search of the tanker. Flying out to sea, the pair spotted a high-altitude stealth bomber take off from the tanker, lose control, and crash ashore within a volcano. Flying over to investigate, Valentine helped pick up Redfield and Alomar, who were fighting Wesker, himself mutated from Uroboros infection. Supplying the two with RPG-7s, they were successful in killing the bioweapons developer.
After returning from Africa, Valentine was taken into a BSAA lab to undergo various tests due to her vast exposure to the various viruses and experimentation at Wesker's hands. She wrote in an e-mail to Barry Burton about her boredom from these tests by saying that she was eager to get back out in the field once her rehabilitation was completed.
- ↑ Mixed race with a French father and Nikkei mother. (フランス人の父と日系人の母を持つ混血。 Furansuhito no chichi to nikkei hito no haha o motsu konketsu. )
- ↑ Excerpt from biohazard Official Navigation Book, p.013: "S.T.A.R.S.アルファーチームに所属。 爆発物処理の能力に優れ、 開鍵技術にも目を見張るものがある。 一見華奢なようだが、 アメリカが誇る対テロ部隊デルタフォースの訓練課程を経験するなど、 その戦闘能力は折り紙つきである。 忠実に任務を遂行し、 仲間からの信頼も厚い。 不正を許せない、 正義感に燃えるタイプ。"
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 REmake official site
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The Mercenaries
- ↑ Resident Evil 3: Nemesis - final boss fight
- ↑ Capcom Press Release, dated 1995
- ↑ biohazard Official Navigation Book, p.013.
- ↑ Resident Evil opening cutscene.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Resident Evil 5 (2009), file: "Jill Valentine".
- ↑ Resident Evil 2, Jill's Note
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Famitsu interview with Yasuhisa Kawamura.
- ↑ Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999), scene: "The Great Novelist".
- ↑ Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999), scene: "Meeting Brad A".
- ↑ Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999), scene: "Meeting Brad B".
- ↑ Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999), scene: "Imminent Slaughter".
- ↑ Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999), scene: "Receiving message from Carlos".
- ↑ Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999), scene: "Together for the Escape".
- ↑ Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999), scene: "Bring Back Her Consciousness".
- ↑ Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999), scene: "Nothing but a Pawn".
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 Wesker's Extra Report.
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 Resident Evil 5 (2009), scene: "Shadows of the Past".
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 Resident Evil 5 (2010), level: "Lost in Nightmares".
- ↑ 21.0 21.1 CAPCOM. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 / Biohazard Revelations 2, E-Mail from Jill to Barry
- ↑ Resident Evil 5 (2009), scene: "The Storage Facility".
- ↑ Resident Evil 5 (2009), scene: "Irving's Great Escape".
- ↑ Resident Evil 5 (2009), scene: "The Patrol Boat".
- ↑ Resident Evil 5 (2009), scene: "Irving's Web".
- ↑ Resident Evil 5 (2009), scene: "The Docks".
- ↑ Resident Evil 5 (2009), scene: "Two on Two".
- ↑ Resident Evil 5 (2009), scene: "Old Friends, New Enemies".
- ↑ Resident Evil 5 (2009), scene: "Favor for a Friend".
- ↑ Resident Evil 5 (2009), scene: "Desperate Escape opening".
- ↑ Resident Evil 5 (2009), scene: "Desperate Escape scene 3".
- ↑ Resident Evil 5 (2009), scene: "Desperate Escape ending".