"We are Veltro, vengeful messengers from the depths of the Inferno. Abandon hope all ye who enter here.
Il Veltro (Italian for "The Greyhound") was a bioterrorist organization. Its members all wore gas masks, concealing their true identities.
"The world is in our hands now! We are Veltro! Vengeful messengers from the depths of the inferno!
Initially, Il Veltro was a student group formed around the idea that Earth had become sinful and decadent; a living equivalent of Dante Alghieri's depiction of Hell in his epic poem "Inferno", part of the "Divine Comedy". Il Veltro was radicalised and financed by Director General Morgan Lansdale, the commissioner of the American Federal Bioterrorism Commission, who used the terror created by Il Veltro to further solidify his own position of power.
In 2004, Veltro, armed with - courtesy of Lansdale - dispersed the t-Abyss virus (also given to them by their "financier", Lansdale) over the recently built Mediterranean floating city of Terragrigia, and released a large number of Farfarello B.O.W.s (named so in reference to the Malebranche in Inferno) into the city.
With the Veltro threat evident to the world, Lansdale saw no more use for them and made preparations to have them killed. Five days into the three-week battle, the virus was leaked on both the Queen Zenobia and Queen Semiramis, killing or infecting the Veltro agents on board.
On the last day of the Terragrigia Panic, Veltro leader Jack Norman, on board the Queen Dido, realized that Lansdale was responsible. Foreseeing yet another threat, Lansdale activated the Queen Dido's self-destruct sequence. Many Veltro agents died during the explosions and subsequent sinking, some in mid-transformation into globsters.
At least seven people survived the sinking of the Queen Dido, having been saved merely by the design of the ship and being sealed in an area not yet flooded. They counted the days of their entrapment on a dining room wall in blood, lasting a year until Lansdale ordered an FBC team to investigate the wreck in search for incriminating evidence linking himself to the Terragrigia Panic. In the skirmish that ensued, Norman was the only survivor. Knowing full well that Lansdale was searching for his PDA, Norman recorded a final message exclaiming that the FBC commissioner would never get his hands on the PDA before he injected himself with a sample of the t-Abyss virus. BSAA agents Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine reached the un-flooded area shortly after Norman infected himself. Finding him in a throne room, he made one final protest against Lansdale before convulsions led him to drop the PDA for the agents to pick up.
They attempted to leave but the insane Norman, determined to exact revenge on Lansdale, consumed a large quantity of the t-Abyss virus and mutated into a marine creature referred to as the "Ultimate Abyss". He attacked Chris and Jill who were forced to kill him. As he lay dying, he regained enough sanity to realize that Veltro was finally finished and that his suffering was at an end. With his death, the last remnants of the organization died with him and Veltro was truly gone for good.
- Jack Norman - leader
- Bernard Corti
- Earl Brinvico
- Cafer Tokush - "A martyr who died for the Veltro cause."
- Ekrem Ataiza - "This one was of a strong will. He almost fought off his mutation."
- Ugolino Baronio - "Not only loyal to Veltro, but also a loyal friend. R.I.P."
- Gilberto Leone - "His love for his wife was matched only by his love for Veltro. R.I.P."
- Lidiya Leone - "May your children grow up in a world not corrupted by lies and deceit."
- Hashim Kadar - "I will always serve the cause, even if I am no longer myself."
"A mysterious individual who hides his real identity behind a gas mask. His appearance instantly brings to mind Veltro, the organization that claimed responsibility for the Terragrigia Panic. Could this truly be the specter of Veltro, still haunting the ghost ship...?"