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"The name is Rebecca Chambers, but that's Officer Chambers to you!"
— Rebecca to Billy Coen, after meeting for the first time.
Dr. Rebecca Chambers (レベッカ・チェンバース Rebekka Chembāsu ) is an advisor for the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance and former rookie member of the Special Tactics and Rescue Service assigned to S.T.A.R.S. Bravo team, being charge of medical needs due her extensive knowledge in biochemistry.
A child prodigy, Chambers was entered into university at a young age and graduated with a bachelor's degree in chemistry at the age of 18.[excerpt 1] Scouted for her talents by various groups, she found herself picked for the Special Tactics and Rescue Service, the special forces division of the Raccoon Police Department Assigned to the Bravo Team in June 1998, Chambers served as Rear Security and as its Medic, with her expertise making up for a lack of experience in combat.[excerpt 2] Due to her young age, fellow officer Richard Aiken was charged with looking after her in the missions. Rebecca also joined the R.P.D. intramural basketball team due to being an avid fan of the sport, to the point that she always played with her friends on holidays.
"My first mission and I've already disobeyed orders. So much for my great law enforcement career."
— Rebecca, after lying to Enrico by radio to protect Billy.
Chambers joined S.T.A.R.S. during a difficult period for the Raccoon Police Department. Since 20 May, the police had been investigating a series of animal attacks and cannibalistic murders taking place somewhere in Raccoon Forest, but in particular the section of the Arklay Mountains in the city's northwest. Failing to establish any suspects in mid-July, the RPD formally assigned S.T.A.R.S. to the case.
On the night of Thursday 23 July, Bravo Team took off in a Bell UH-1 Iroquois, and flew northwest into the Arklay Mountains. Soon after 22:00, the helicopter experienced engine difficulties and was forced to make an emergency landing in the forest; this was later determined to be the result of sabotage, but was not known at the time.[note 1] In the initial search of the area, the team discovered a wrecked MP wagon which was overturned while transporting a prisoner for execution. Marine Second Lieutenant Billy Coen, the prisoner, was not among the bodies and immediately suspected of killing the two MPs. Consequently, the team changed their focus to searching for Coen, while RPD pilot Kevin Dooley remained in the helicopter.
The team was separated during the search, and soon after attacked by Cerberuses; Dooley was killed immediately, with Edward Dewey suffering serious injuries from a mauling. Chambers meanwhile found herself in front of a private train for Umbrella employees, the Ecliptic Express. Captain Enrico Marini, Kenneth J. Sullivan; Forest Speyer and Aiken took shelter in the Spencer Mansion and engaged in limited contact with Chambers. During her initial search of the train, Chambers discovered that its occupants had mutated into Zombies, having been infected by leeches during an attack on their train two hours prior. Dewey himself later mutated into a Zombie, after passing out in front of Chambers in what she assumed was death. Coen himself was found to be on the train, and was willing to co-operate with Chambers in escaping the death trap, but refused to hand himself in. The train was soon after commandeered by Delta Team, a unit of the Umbrella Security Service, but they themselves were attacked and infected by leeches after powering the train up.[excerpt 3] The accounts differ on the action taken by the two when the train went out of control, with one stating that Coen and Chambers were forced to turn on the train's brakes, while in another, they were taken completely by surprise by the event. Whatever happened, the brakes were pulled too late to save the train from derailing as it pulled into the train station below the executive training center, but they survived the ordeal.
Now on new ground, the two explored the expansive training facility and its laboratory, uncovering brief dark moments in the facility's history, such as the use of B.O.W.s, the director's developing insanity, and the growing rivalry between two employees, one of whom had the same first name as the head of S.T.A.R.S. The two would find trouble several times, however, leading to Chambers being attacked by an enormous centipede, and nearly falling to her death after being attacked by a monkey; fortunately, Coen arrived in time to save her life. Afterwards, Chambers, having her doubts about the charges against Coen, questioned him about it. Coen revealed that, operating under false information, his unit made their way to an African village believed to be used as a terrorist training ground, but it was actually full of innocent civilians; unwilling to go back empty-handed, Coen's commanding officer ordered the villagers' executions and used Coen as a scapegoat.
They then soon uncovered further dark deeds, such as human experimentation. After starting up an underground gondola, Coen pushed Chambers out of the way of an attacking Eliminator, the two falling down into the waters below. On her own, Chambers made it to the other side, where she found Captain Enrico. Telling him about losing Coen, Enrico agrees to let her look for him, as long as she is careful. After this, he heads back to his team's meeting point. On her way to an elevator, the steel shutter behind her closed, and a monster attacked from behind the rubble. Defeating the beast, she went down the elevator and found Coen in the water below.
After activating the facility's dam, the two found each other, but to their horror, the bones of many people used in the director's experiments had been thrown around where they were standing. Determined to get out of the place alive, the two fought insurmountable odds before reaching the exit. There, they found the director, James Marcus, unusually youthful looking for an elderly man. The doctor explained to them that his gruesome death at the hands of Umbrella and with his trusting students Albert and William, and his rebirth from his leeches, he is the man who spread the t-Virus. The doctor suddenly began to vomit out leeches before mutating into a sickening Leech-like foe.
Although he seemed impervious to firearms, Chambers and Coen quickly discovered that Marcus was vulnerable to sunlight. Coen baited Marcus, while Chambers was opening the roof hatch eventually exposing Marcus to the light of day. Chambers tossed Coen a Magnum, who fired at the creature in its weakened state, killing it. The monster plummeted down a cargo elevator shaft, while flames went up as the facility's auto-destruct timer ended. The two escaped just before the training facility/mansion exploded. Chambers took Coen's Dog Tag, a symbol of a soldier's death, to give Coen a chance of freedom. Afterwards, Coen walked into the trees, never to be seen again. Looking down the cliff edge, Chambers noticed another mansion; which she remembered Enrico having told her about.
"After splitting up with Billy, I went to the mansion where Bravo Team was to rendezvous.
When I arrived, I found that none of the others were there and the mansion was unsettlingly quiet.
I was exhausted from the events of the previous day and before I knew it, I had drifted into a nightmare."
— Rebecca Chambers
After splitting up with Coen, Chambers reached the mansion later that morning, only to find no one there. Tired from her experiences of the previous night, she fell asleep in one of the servant dormitory's bedrooms. During the night of the July 24th, she had recurring nightmares regarding a giant snake and was eventually awoken by fellow Bravo team member Aiken. The two searched the grounds for Marini, whom they relied on for safety after the team split up. However, due to a heightened amount of Web Spinners, the two were forced to abort the search of the grounds and went into the mansion, unaware that their captain would soon come into the dark tunnels near the spider's den. Upon arriving at the mansion and fending off some monsters, she and Aiken began to realize the events at the mansion were connected to the Arklay murders they had been investigating, so they agreed that they needed to focus on survival first and foremost. While navigating around the Mansion, she and Aiken also witnessed Sergei Vladimir and an Ivan carrying a body bag towards the woods, causing them to become suspicious of the entire affair.
After being attacked by a flock of crows, which Aiken scared away with gunshots, Chambers wondered if she and Aiken were the only members of Bravo Team left. However, their conversation was short-lived when they were ambushed by a giant snake. They were forced to flee, eventually managing to temporarily evade via the hallways. They encountered the snake again in the attic library.[note 2] After a lengthy battle, Aiken shoved her out of the way when the snake went after her. She hesitated to shoot the Snake out of risk of hitting Aiken, instead deciding to aim for the lower body. This irritating it enough to spit out Aiken and flee. Aiken told her to have hope that someone would rescue them, but Chambers was struggling with the feeling that their situation was hopeless.
Alpha Team was sent to rescue Bravo team,[excerpt 4] and Chambers was found by Alpha team member Chris Redfield, whose team faced a similar problem to that of Bravo team. Aiken would give Redfield his radio so he could call for help, not knowing that it was broken.[note 3] Eventually, the two uncovered that the Alpha team leader; Albert Wesker, was the one who masterminded the deaths of several S.T.A.R.S. members and was personally responsible for Enrico Marini's assassination, leaving Chamber as the only survivor of her team. She also was shot by him, but she survived due to her bulletproof vest. After awakening the monstrous Tyrant (T-002 Model), Wesker was swiftly impaled by its claws, dying temporarily while the other survivors retreated. After escaping it, Redfield and Chambers, along with Alpha team members Jill Valentine and Barry Burton, headed up for the heliport after the Mansion's auto-destruct was activated. The creature would heal from its wounds and attack the surviving S.T.A.R.S. mercilessly. Luckily, Alpha team's pilot, Brad Vickers, flew over and dropped a Rocket launcher to be used on the monster. After the beast was eradicated by the explosive missile, the four escaped with Brad back home.
Upon her return to work after brief hospitalization, Chambers wrote her report on the incident in which she lied about Coen's "death" to stop a further manhunt for him. After that, she left Raccoon City before the t-Virus outbreak that consumed the city in September 1998.
BSAA career and Minnesota Outbreaks
"I'm a B.S.A.A. adviser, Rebecca Chambers. Next time, you'd better shoot their head if you don't want to die."
— To Tyler Howard.
Sometime after the Raccoon City Destruction Incident, Chambers continued with her university education to achieve a doctorate in the field of virology, intent on helping her more combat-experienced friends in a support capacity as the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance was formed over time. During this period, she would be invited by Redfield to join the organisation as a consultant, something she would come to accept. Posteriorly, when a t-Virus strain spread across St. Cloud, Minnesota and Rochester in 2005, Chambers took part in its defense. She saved police officer Tyler Howard from the Zombies, teaching him to aim for the head to kill the infected, and worked with him during the outbreaks.
Philosophy University Incident
"I've submitted the investigation request, and then i was able to get in here undercover with the B.S.A.A.'s help in the position of a temporary teacher. But I was having a hard time uncovering the truth."
— To Chris and Piers Nivans, about her investigation at the university.
By 2010, Dr. Chambers was employed as a university lecturer alongside her job as a B.S.A.A. advisor. This dual role allowed her the use of university laboratories to continue her work. In that year she received orders to infiltrate Philosophy University in Philosophy, Western Australia as a science professor, to investigate a series of missing persons cases the B.S.A.A. believed were relating to bioweapons. Dr. Chambers' investigation led to her first suspect, Dr. Liam Howard, an American who shared a name with an Umbrella researcher who disappeared in 2003. The investigation was short-lived due to a t-Virus outbreak, and the B.S.A.A. team on standby was called in, consisting of Cpt. Redfield, Piers Nivans and Sophie Home. As the day went on, the full extent of Dr. Howard's research became evident. He was secretly working with the university chancellor to abduct students to be genetically altered with intelligence-regulating genes to make them smarter. Mary Grey was the only successful candidate, with the others having become Zombies. Dr. Howard had also been taking part in an unauthorised experiment at the university lab, having used genes taken from the Irish Giant remains from the museum with the homes of in some way resurrecting his son, Tyler, who he believed dead at Rochester. The outbreak was ended only with the use of explosives after Grey, having become mentally unstable since the experimentation on her, mutated into a more powerful mutant.
A-Virus Incidents and New York outbreak
"We got the bad guys. Hope we made the world a little safer."
— To Chris, after being completely cured with Vaccine for the A-Virus.
Some time after the bioterror attacks of 2013, Chambers had been researching the cure for a new strain of virus developed by bioterrorist Glenn Arias. The research was conducted at the Alexander Institute of Biotechnology in Chicago. During the research, Maria Gomez attacked the facility, infecting all employees but Chambers thanks to her prototype vaccine. Redfield and his B.S.A.A. soldiers arrived just in time to save Chambers from the infected. Having learned that the mysterious virus strain bore similarities to the Las Plagas parasite used by Los Iluminados, Chambers accompanied Redfield to meet with DSO agent Leon Scott Kennedy, to enlist his help. Nadia and Damien asked Chambers why she quit her Law Enforcement Career to become a scientist; Chambers replied that while Redfield fought bioterrorism with his muscle, she fought them with her knowledge.
Distraught at Redfield and Kennedy immediately quarreling upon their arrival, Chambers angrily chastised both men, revealing that the virus Arias used was already within the bodies of people everywhere and simply needed to be activated by an external trigger. Leaving behind a sample of her vaccinated blood and a laptop full of data on vaccine production, she left with disgust. It was at this time that Maria and Diego Gomez kidnapped her and took her to Arias' New York hideout.
Chambers awakens to be confronted by Arias having ordered her be taken alive. As the two talk, Chambers reveals all she has learned about the A-Virus which impressed her captor. Arias then reveals his motives for capturing Chambers as she resembled Arias's deceased bride-to-be, Sara. Arias attempts to put Sara's wedding band onto Chambers' hand, but her resistance leads him to decide that he will put Sara's arm on Chambers instead. Using Chambers' blood, a stronger strain of the A-Virus is conceived with Chambers involuntarily becoming the first test subject. She is told that she will have 20 minutes until the strain takes full effect and leaves her guarded as he makes his way to the roof.
Following an encounter with Redfield fighting Diego and a surgeon, Redfield saves Chambers, however with the A-Virus still in her system. The two then travel to the roof to confront Arias with Chambers' condition worsening by the second. Soon after the confrontation Chambers tells Redfield he must kill her as time is running short, but Redfield declined. Chambers looks onward at the fight as Kennedy, Redfield, and Redfield's unit, the Silver Dagger battles the Diego/Arias BOW hybrid. With the battle won thanks to everyone's combined efforts Redfield administers the cure to Chambers, saving her life. The three reflect on their survival of yet another horror as they release the cure into the air around the affected parts of New York. Chambers recalls the last time she and Redfield shared a helicopter ride together and how it all feels very similar to back then.
- Sumner, Christian; Shotten, Brian; Owen, Michael, eds (9 November 2005). Resident Evil Archives: Umbrella's Virus Uncovered. Translated by Zpang America, Inc.. BradyGames. ISBN 0744006554.
- Ōno, Tetsuya; Masui, Kō, eds (31 March 2005). biohazard archives. Famitsu. ISBN 4-906-582-31-1.
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- In the original Resident Evil, Rebecca comments that was odd for the helicopter to break down, as she serviced it shortly before the mission.
- Rebecca tells Chris this after he finds them.
- Brad called three times, but does not receive any responses due to Richard's malfunctioning Walkie Talkie
- Excerpt from biohazard kaitaishinsho, p.014: "S.T.A.R.S.には今年入隊したばかり、 特殊任務への出動も今回がはじめてという新米隊員。 ブラヴォーチームの衞生を担当する。 部隊最年少の１８歳という若さと、 まだ幼さを残す外見・言動からは想像しにくいが、 すでに大学の学士課課を終えた秀才で、 化学関係の卓越した知識を置われてS.T.A.R.S.に抜擢された。その場の状況や感情に流されやすいところがあり、 緊急時の対処に若干の不安が残るものの、 得意分野における活躍ぶりは特筆もので、 こと薬物の調合にかけては部隊でも右に出る者がいない。 内に秘めた高い能力を彼女が発揮できるか否かは、 ベテラン隊員たちのサポートしだいと言えるだろう。".
- Excerpt from KAITAISHINSHO, p.007: "ラクーン市警特殊部隊STARS（スターズ）の新米隊員。 ブラヴォーチーム。 わずか１８歳にして大学を卒業した才女で、 こと化学分野に関しては並はずれた知識を持ち、 その才能を買われて同部隊の衛生要員へと抜擢された。 得意とする薬品の調合に関しては、 他のベテラン隊員たちの追随を許さない。 持殊任務への出動は今回の猟奇事件調査がはじめてとなるが、 持ち前の大胆さと行動力で、 経験の浅さをカバーする。 若さゆえが、 少々感情に流されやすいところも。"
- Excerpt from Resident Evil 0 (2002), Scene: "Delta Team":
Team leader: This is Delta team, this is delta team. We have regained control of the train - over.
Albert Wesker: Understood...
Albert Wesker: How far away are you from the nearest branch line?
Team leader: About ten minutes to... arg!
- Excerpt from Resident Evil (2002) opening cutscene:
"Alpha team is flying around the forest zones situated in north-west Raccoon City, where we are searching for the helicopter of our compatriots - Bravo team, who disappeared during the middle of their mission"