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The Antarctic Base was an expansive Umbrella complex located in Antarctica. The complex was constructed in the 1960s by the fledgling Umbrella Pharmaceuticals as both an isolated research facility for viral research and as a transport terminal for international distribution of chemicals. The complex was largely destroyed in December 1998 when a bomb was detonated to purge the continent of a t-Virus outbreak.
Planning on the facility began shortly after the discovery of the Progenitor Virus. The t-Virus Project began soon after, the founders of Umbrella Pharmaceuticals realising the economic need for a modified Progenitor strain for military use in order to fund their own eugenics program. The base was likely constructed to keep the virus spreading farther in the event of an outbreak.
The Ashfords, who led t-Virus research at the base, had suffered a setback in 1968 when Dr. Lord Edward Ashford, 5th Earl Ashford, died from exposure to the virus he was researching. His son, Alexander, the 6th Earl, took control of the facility. However, as he was not a virologist research on the virus was abandoned in favour of his genetic research, Project CODE:Veronica. In 1981, Progenitor research resumed under Alexia, a clone of Veronica, 1st Countess Ashford genetically-engineered for this very task. Soon after the facility produced the t-Veronica Virus as an alternative to the t-Virus pioneered by the Arklay Laboratory. Alexander became the focus of viral experimentation and was sealed as a prisoner in the facility when deemed a failure. In 1983 Alexia infected herself and was placed in a coma to avoid uncontrollable mutation; to cover-up her disappearance, her brother Alfred, 7th Earl Ashford reported her as having died from viral infection. Alfred gained control over the complex sometime between 1983 and his university graduation ten years later.
Under Alfred's command, the complex endured a reputation as a black stain on the corporation's reputation. With its laboratories no longer required, all work went to the Transport Terminal. Also serving as the commander of a concentration camp and military training camp on Rockfort Island, Alfred seriously neglected the facility. The terminal was seriously undermanned, requiring the permanent residency of its workforce for as long as eight years with no vacation time to even attempt to keep up with demand. The workers consequently saw the facility as no different from a hard labour camp. The problems also had a global impact. In one instance these backlogs caused a temporary shortage of APL-14, and American laboratories had to donate their own supplies to the intended recipient of the large shipment. Administrative failings by Alfred also took its toll on the workforce
By the time late-leavers Claire Redfield and Steve Burnside crash-landed just outside the outpost, breaching the outer-wall, the other escapees from Rockfort island had spread the virus to the entire facility; zombies, infected dobermans and giant moths were rampant throughout. In her search, Claire briefly encountered Alexander through a vertical hatchway.In December 1998, the Host/Hive Capture Force, a special forces unit led by the believed-dead Albert Wesker, attacked the island in their search for the T-Veronica virus, quickly defeating the island's defence force, and unintentionally releasing the t-Virus in the attack. A number of infected survivors fled on C-130 Herculeses, spreading the virus to the aircrafts' auto-navigational system's pre-set destination: the Antarctic Base.
She and Steve looked through equipment lying around to power a drilling machine, using it to make their way through a wall of ice and back outside. At this point, Alfred unsuccessfully attempted to ambush them, but was instead shot by Steve and fell into a deep pit, seemingly to his doom. Continuing on, Claire and Steve reached the heliport, where they were attacked by the newly released Alexander - Claire, however, soon defeated him with his son's own rifle.
Meanwhile, a fatally-injured Alfred made his way to the cryogenics laboratory to bring Alexia back to life as initially planned fifteen years prior. She would avenge her brother by destroying the snowmobile in which his presumed killers were attempting to escape.
Claire's brother Chris would later arrive by Harrier to the facility in search for Claire, finding her stuck to a wall in the residence connecting to the terminal. After Chris released her, Claire soon discovered Steve in the prison area, but it was too late - Alexia had already infected him with T-Veronica, and, not long after Claire discovered him, killed him when he successfully resisted the virus-induced madness to save Claire's life.
Claire would activate the facility's self-destruct system to destroy the base, escaping with Chris moments before its detonation.
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- ↑ Resident Evil CODE:Veronica (2000), file: "Worker's Diary".
- ↑ Resident Evil 2 (1999), file: "Umbrella Memo".