|Date of death:||March 7th, 2009|
Bio-weapons black market dealer
"Won't you two just die already? You're making me look bad! Who do you think got this entire operation off the ground? Research like this doesn't fund itself, you know! Yet everyone looks down on me... but not any more!"
Ricardo Irving can be described as a "thorough Mammonite", a word used to suggest someone who has become successful through unjust methods. Irving, himself served as part of TRICELL Africa, Inc.'s oil resource department, though secretly made huge gains as a major seller in the bio-weapons black market.
Irving was a member of TRICELL Africa, Inc.'s Resource Development Division, serving as the director to their oil facility in the Kijuju wetlands. Alongside this official career was another, shady side; he was one of the founders of TRICELL Africa's B.O.W. research department, serving alongside the likes of TRICELL Africa CEO, Excella Gionne and infamous bioterrorist, Albert Wesker. He fulfilled this role by field-testing and subsequently selling TRICELL's products to bioterrorist organizations in Africa, being considered as a "death dealer" to those investigating him.
In 2006, Ricardo was contacted by the butler of Oswell E. Spencer, Patrick. This meeting would reveal to Ricardo the location of Spencer, so that he may tell Albert Wesker, whom was involved with Tricell in a capacity at the time. Given the secrecy of the location, it may be presumed that Ricardo also told several people within Tricell, one of whom would leak the location to the B.S.A.A., leading to Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield following Wesker, thus setting into motion the events of 2009.
In 2008, further research into the Plaga parasite that TRICELL had obtained from Wesker led to a third incarnation, "Type-3". With "Type-3", Irving used the local Sodibaya and Ndipaya tribes as guinea pigs, disguising the egg-implantations as being a vaccination program to eradicate a dangerous disease moving through the region.
The B.S.A.A began to suspect some involvement after the sudden change in government in an undisclosed West African nation, leading to tensions in the Kijuju Autonomous Zone by the end of 2008. The B.S.A.A. agent Reynard Fisher made a number of reports regarding his suspicions of bioterrorist interest in the region, finally confirming it when Irving made an appearance; a photograph was subsequently posted to the B.S.A.A. Mainframe on February 19, 2009. A link between him and reports of bizarre creatures comparable to the Plaga parasites discovered by Leon S. Kennedy in Spain five years prior.
Believing Irving to be completing another deal with bioterrorists in a warehouse in Kijuju, the B.S.A.A. North American branch sent in their Alpha Team alongside SOA agents Chris Redfield and Sheva Alomar, intent on capturing Irving at the deal coordinates. It was later revealed, however, that Irving was fully-aware of the B.S.A.A.'s knowledge of him, with he and Jill Valentine releasing an Uroboros test subject into the warehouse, quickly killing off Alpha team. Chris managed to obtain a hard disk containing sensitive information, including the location of the "actual" deal location, in the quarry at the other end of the mine. Reaching the quarry to find only Irving and Jill (of whose identity Chris was unaware), it became evident that the two B.S.A.A agents were being intentionally led on a long 'goose-chase'.
Chris and Sheva tailed Irving through the savannah to a village, followed by the wetlands and finally the oil field, where Irving made various attempts to eliminate them, including releasing a Popokarimu and a Ndesu upon them. While he succeeded in decimating the B.S.A.A.'s West African Delta team, he was not able to stop the two agents.
Believing there was nothing more he could do, Irving planned to abandon Tricell with his accumulated wealth. Before he could however, he was ambushed by the controlled Jill Valentine, who forced him to finish the job of eliminating Chris and Sheva. She supplied him with a sample of Plaga and ordered him to use it. Irving tried to eliminate Chris and Sheva by destroying the oil field. However, due to the field being more dry than predicted, Chris and Sheva managed to escape the explosion.
As punishment for his failure in eliminating the two B.S.A.A. agents, Irving was forced to infect himself with a dominant-strain Plaga, turning him into a massive tentacled sea monster comparable to the "Kraken". Despite his transformation, Irving was defeated by the two agents. Just before dying, Irving mentioned that all their answers were in a cave up ahead, letting it slip as to Excella Gionne's involvement.
The infected Irving will swim, attacking Chris and Sheva with a vairiety of attacks. Sometimes his tenticals will rise, you must destroy them with a powerful weapon or the turrets aboard the boat. Irving will grab on to the back of the boat, in front of the machine bullet turrets. Then the weak point; Irving himself will show. You must then shoot him until he is defeated or goes back underwater. Repeat the proccess until the Kraken like monster bites off Irving, who lands on the boat when defeated, leaving him to die.
- The "syringe" he uses to inject himself with the dominant-strain Plaga is quite strange, as it is an air-injector, compared to more conventional syringes (and does not have a needle).
- As revealed in a diary entry written by Oswell E. Spencer's butler, Patrick, Irving had connections to a "female spy" who knew Albert Wesker. The spy is most likely Ada Wong.
- When viewed in the figurines section of the Library, a reflection of a tropical island can be seen in Ricardo's glasses.
- ↑ CAPCOM：バイオハザード5 / キャラクター：リカルド・アーヴィング (Japanese). Capcom. Retrieved on 2012-09-30.
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- ↑ B.S.A.A Mainframe ARG, "Photo in Kijuju"