"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!
Il Veltro was formed as an Italian nationalist group opposed to the European Union's construction of Terragrigia, a self-sustaining city on the Mediterranean coastline. The core element of their belief was that mankind had become morally-corrupt. Sometime in the lead-up to summer of 2004, they gained the attention of Director General Morgan Lansdale of the Federal Bioterrorism Commission. Lansdale saw the destruction of Terragrigia by bioterrorists as a necessary evil to promote the need for his organization to have unrestricted powers. Gaining a powerful ally, the organization's radicals began to take control, forcing the moderates out.
In 2004 Veltro was provided with the necessary tools for Lansdale's anticipated attack, possessing three cruise ships formerly of the Paraguas Line to use as mobile bases; Hunter B.O.W.s and UAVs capable of dispersing the new t-Abyss Virus engineered for the attack. Veltro began their attack from the city's bay, taking the people by surprise. Five days into the attack, Lansdale saw the attack as a complete propaganda success and decided to eliminate Veltro as a bioterrorist threat to demonstrate the FBC skills. The groups on each ship found out too late that Lansdale had rigged them to infest the ships with t-Abyss on his command. Jack Norman and a number of survivors on board the Queen Dido managed to hold off the infected for a further two weeks before Lansdale set off a bomb on the Dido and had the Zenobia and Semiramis captured and taken out to sea while the city was destroyed by Regia Solis.
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 - tasked with boarding Queen Zenobia
- Earl Brinvico - member of copycat terrorist inspired by original Veltro
- 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."
Many members of Veltro that died on Queen Dido were infected and upon death, visible signs of transformation into either Ooze or Globster could be seen. Their mutation suggests that those two mutations are varying steps of mutations, similar to Crimson Head and Licker.
"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...?"