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The Queen Zenobia Incident[notes 1] was a biological outbreak on board a set of cruise ships in 2005, which revealed a large-scale conspiracy over what happened in the Terragrigia Panic the previous year.
The goal of the conspiracy was to engineer a perceived bioterrorist threat in order to generate universal fear, and ultimately increase the powers of the FBC (and therefore Lansdale, himself), while also enabling the creation of a vaccine to the t-Abyss virus. A counter-conspiracy was engineered by BSAA director Clive R. O'Brian, who gained intelligence on Lansdale's intentions via a mole.
The Veltro factor
The first part in the plan was for the Montpellier Marine University to research into Bio Organic Weapons production with "The Abyss", a deep-sea virus that was found to increase aggressiveness in infected fish. Mated with the t-Virus, it was handed over to an organization known as "Il Veltro", a group of followers who, like Lansdale, were aware of Dante Alighieri's Divina Commedia ("Divine Comedy"), and felt that society had degenerated into a living version of Dante's epic poem, Inferno. The poem describes hell as having separate "circles" for various sinners (e.g. gluttony; lust and heresy).
Becoming an armed terrorist organization, Il Veltro, thanks to Morgan - their "financier" - made preparations to use the virus in the Mediterranean island city of Terragrigia.
Fear and opportunity
- Main article: Terragrigia Panic
Sometime in 2004, Veltro launched their UAVs from one of their bases, the repurposed cruise liner Queen Zenobia (and possibly its sister ship, the Queen Semiramis). Armed with the virus and large numbers of Hunter B.O.W.s (Whether they developed them on their own or were acquired in some manner is unknown), the attack was launched on Terragrigia. The devastating panic led to the FBC being called in. After two weeks, it was decided by the FBC head, Commissioner Lansdale, that they must destroy the city.
O'Brian was angered by Lansdale's act; in doing so he destroyed potential evidence that could be used to prevent another such tragedy; in reality, Lansdale was removing evidence implicating himself in the outbreak. While many lives of the task force servicemen and women were saved, O'Brian warned Lansdale that groups like Veltro would return, and perhaps even multiply. The mission was otherwise a success: the city was sterilized and Veltro, themselves were wiped out.
With Veltro out of the picture, Lansdale had research teams take over the two cruise liners. The objective for these men and women was to prepare a vaccine to the t-Abyss virus, after first examining how the virus reacted to human beings - hence the deliberate infection of the Veltro members. For the next year the team researched the vaccine. When it was done and their report handed in, Lansdale, who had remote access to the ship's security, locked down the ship and released the B.O.W.s from cryogenic sleep. Ensuring, again, that evidence linking to him was removed, Lansdale had always intended for research members like Ryan to die that night.
Meanwhile, instructions were sent to two FBC agents, Rachel and Raymond Vester, to prepare a trap on the Queen Zenobia. Tying a Chris Redfield mannequin in Room 303 and raising a Veltro flag, it would appear to someone from behind that he had been captured, and that was the trap - to bring BSAA agent Jill Valentine into a trap. Making her way into the room, she and Parker Luciani were knocked unconscious.
The reason for Jill's arrival was again thanks to O'Brian - the coordinates of the Queen Zenobia were leaked just after Chris' signal was jammed in the mountains, pretending it was Chris' transponder. Soon after, O'Brian regained contact with Chris; discovering that Jill had fallen into a trap, Chris and Jessica were sent to the coordinates to rescue her. Arriving on a ship, Chris and Jessica raced to the engine room, only to find that they were on the Queen Semiramis - Zenobia had disappeared yet again.
The Queen Zenobia Incident brought down Morgan Lansdale and the FBC, and established the BSAA as a large-scale international force under UN jurisdiction.
- バイオハザード CLUB96 (Japanese). Capcom Co., Ltd.. Retrieved on 2013-08-19.
- Resident Evil: Revelations, Researching the Deep-Sea Virus
- Capcom. Resident Evil: Revelations. (Capcom Co., Ltd.). Level/area: Episode 3: Ghosts of Veltro.
- Capcom. Resident Evil: Revelations. (Capcom Co., Ltd.). File: Infection Log for Queen Zenobia.
- Queen Zenobia Incident (クイーン･ゼノビア事件 Kuīn zenobia jiken )