This civilization existed in the Kijuju region of West Africa. Its capital was hidden underground, where its people worshipped and protected the flower, Stairway of the Sun.[1] The secret garden was called the "Sun Garden", which resided in the deepest area of the royal city.[1] The role as leader of the tribe was not given by birthright, but rather by consuming a Stairway of the Sun flower and survived.[1] This was told to bring great strength - in reality, this flower contained the Progenitor virus.[citation needed]

The Ndipaya also built many self-defense mechanisms, such as mirrors that reflect the power of the sun, allowing the sunlight to be channelized into devastatingly-concentrated laser-like beams of energy. They also built three puzzles using these mirrors; there have been other traps as well, for corpses were present around the ruins impaled by multiple spears.

For unknown reasons, the tribe abandoned their underground sanctuary, but vowed to protect it. Young men would spend two years each guarding the Kingdom from outsiders. Outsiders did, however, infiltrate the Kingdom. The Ndipaya were driven out from their holy lands by Umbrella after discovering that their sacred flower could be used to develop the Progenitor virus. The Ndipaya attempted to defend it, but were unable to overcome the technological disadvantage.

Resident Evil 5Edit

The tribe's people sought out a new place to live, and did, but were uprooted and forced to move when Tricell began construction on its Oil Field. They were driven further from their underground kingdom, which brought them to the Marshlands. The remaining members of the tribe were deceived by Ricardo Irving into treatment for a non existent disease, which was in actuality the implanting of Type 3 Plagas in the individuals, thus creating the Majini found in the marshland areas. All of the children and women perished, leaving only the men of the tribe, who had reverted to the tribe's old ways. They wore face paint, wielded shields and spears.

What became of the Ndipaya.

The Plagas had reduced the tribe to nothing more than crazed, mindless creatures. It is logical to assume that some of them reclaimed the now abandoned underground ruins of their holy grounds, which was all that was left of their kingdom. By the time of the arrival of Chris Redfield and Sheva Alomar, the last of the Ndipaya were killed, and the tribe itself became extinct.


Caves: The caves serve as the entrance to the kingdom. Chris and Sheva arrive here in Chapter 4-1 via boat driven by Josh Stone. The area is populated by many Bui Kichwa.

Ancient Village: There are many traps set in this location. In certain sarcophagi is gold and jewels, but one sets off a pitfall trap. To exit, the player must navigate past several rolling explosive spheres and reach a stone door before it closes.

Labyrinth: This area begins with an ancient trap of collapsing statues and pitfalls, which the player controls in the form of a quick-time event. Afterwards, the player traverses a labyrinthine set of ruins by pulling chains that change the direction of staircases. A Popokarimu appears near the end and can be killed for a valuable treasure.

Worship Area: Comprising most of Chapter 4-2, the worship area is a large set of structures protected by dangerously concentrated beams of sunlight. Chris and Sheva can stop the beams by killing the Majini that operate the two giant lenses. To advance, players must gather three emblems and place them in the large stone door.

Pyramid: A three-floor pyramid structure with a beam puzzle on each floor. The player must rotate mirrors so that the beam hits an actuator, allowing escape. In the third and final puzzle, the player may optionally open two treasure rooms by directing the beam into the skeleton's orb.

Underground Garden: This is the location of the Stairway of the Sun flower from which the Progenitor virus was extracted. There is little gameplay here except for a BSAA emblem hidden under a walkway.

Monarch Room Entrance: This room is separated from the previous ruins by TriCell's lab. The area is infested with Lickers.

Monarch Room: Albert Wesker, Excella Gionne, and a manipulated Jill Valentine gather here as they prepare to launch Uroboros. Exiting this room via the door atop the staircase leads to the dock where Wesker's ship awaits.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Resident Evil 5, Ndipaya Tribe (file)