Before Tricell, there was Travis Trading, a company founded by a wealthy European merchant, Thomas Travis. It was founded in the 18th century and soon became a powerhouse in shipping, profiting so much that is remained profitable over the next two centuries.
In the 1800s, Henry Travis invested much of his own fortune into the exploration of Africa. He made five expeditions into Africa, not returning to his home country until 34 years after he first left it, and compiled his records and research into a 72-volume encyclopedia he called "Survey of National History". These exhaustive tomes covered everything from animals, insects, and minerals to topography and folklore.
Travis Trading went on to exploit the information contained in "Survey of National History" in the years to come. Travis Trading outposts sprang up all over Africa, mining for precious metals and developing oil and natural gas fields. Profits soared.
Travis Trading was reorganized into the conglomerate Tricell in the 1960's. Travis Trading's worldwide shipping network became the basis for Tricell's shipping division. The results of the research in Africa led to Tricell's pharmaceutics division. Finally, the mining and energy development that Travis Trading previously invested in resulted in the creation of their national resources development division.Tricell's founding allowed each of its three divisions to focus on their efforts with laser-like efficiency. While there is definitely overlap between the divisions, such as the pharmaceutical division using the shipping division to receive materials mined by the national resources development division, each should be considered its own individual company. Resources are shared when necessary, and employees of one company have, at best, limited access to the other two companies.
At the end of the millenium Tricell entered the 21st century a very reputable firm. Like Umbrella, they had a seat on the board of the Global Pharmaceutical Consortium. Following Umbrella's demise in 2003, Albert Wesker made discreet enquiries with Tricell about forming an alliance but he had to wait until he could completely sever his ties from 'The Organisation' before he could commit to anything concrete.
In 2004 following the South Europe incident he formally approached them with the Las Plagas modified control plaga sample sent to him by Ada Wong following its extraction from Lord Saddler's island complex. The sample was handed over to Ricardo Irving of the Natural Resource Development Division for further study and to grind out any imperfections. Excella Gionne, the Tricell employee who was Wesker's contact was initially doubtful about his credentials but soon Las Plagas proved to be a very marketable weapon and she began to take him very seriously indeed. Wesker provided her with biological weapon information from Umbrella's vast archives he had stolen from Russia two years earlier and because of this, Excella was able to gain a higher standing within the company as well as expand Tricell's bio-weapons division exponentially. Before long, she was making key decisions that would effect the fortunate of the pharmaceutical divisions.
Later that year, Tricell offered to purchase Wilpharma and all of its assets. Because of the public outcry following Wilpharma's illegal testing in India and the T-Virus outbreak incident that took place in Hardvardsville Airport, they had little choice in the matter and were promptly bought out. Tricell scientists immediately got to work on combing the remains of the Wilpharma Research Facility and were successful in recovering samples of the G-Virus located in the remains of the Curtis Miller G-creature.
By 2006, Wesker's further manipulation of Excella Gionne led to her becoming the CEO of the African Division of Tricell. Although she would not know it at the time, this was Wesker's way of getting hold of the elusive Progenitor Virus. Early into 2007, Tricell began excavating the remains of the old Umbrella Africa facility located in the Ndipaya ruins and soon gained access to the elusive Sonnentreppe flower. Tricell took over the facility completely and funds were authorised to expand the facility dramatically and a huge atrium was built with the capacity to hold thousands of human test subjects.
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Thanks to Wesker, Tricell now had samples of the T, G and T-Veronica viruses as well as the Las Plagas parasite. They now aimed to create their own super virus, which is again what Wesker had envisioned. In order to raise funds for this project, Ricardo Irving was re-hired as a weapons dealer and took part in a number of black-market weapon deals.
By 2008, Tricell scientists had improved Las Plagas by creating Type 2 and Type 3 strains. These variations vanquished many of the original's imperfections such as the adverse reaction to sunlight. This work was supervised by Ricardo Irving and the Type 3 Plagas were field tested on a Sodipayan village in the marshlands of Kijuju, near to Tricell's oil refinery. They had also created several new B.O.W.s such as Popokarimu, Ndesu and U-8 which were to be used in Irving's weapons deals.
In early 2009, Tricell staff had finally perfected the Uroboros Virus however, following the BSAA's deployment to Kijuju to apprehend Irving, Type 2 Las Plagas was released into the populace, causing a biohazard. In the resulting mess, the Tricell oil field was destroyed and CEO Excella Gionne was killed, causing a major setback to the company.
EXCELLA GIONNE: -CEO of Tricell Africa and officer of Global Pharmaceutical Consortium. She allied herself with Wesker but was betrayed and killed by him.
RICARDO IRVING: - Tricell employee Natural Resource Development Division. He ran the oil fields in the marshlands and was a weapons dealer. Injected himself with Las Plagas.