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"If you must know, my name is Osmund Saddler, the master of this fine... religious community. "
— Saddler, introducing himself to Leon.

Osmund Saddler was the leader of a paramilitary group and a small religious group in rural Spain known as Los Iluminados. In the early 2000s, Saddler's leadership saw the cult re-emerge from extinction and become a dominant force in the area through the weaponisation of the mind-controlling Plaga parasites to suit his plans for world domination.

BiographyEdit

How Saddler discovered the existence of the Plaga is a mystery as his non-Spanish name betrays his nature as an outsider to the isolationist rural village community. Equally mysterious is how he obtained the materials for bio-weapons research and to arm a militia loyal to him.

In the early 2000s, Saddler acted in secret to convert Ramon Salazar, 8th Castellan to his newly formed Los Iluminados cult, taking the name of an cult native to the region. Salazar was manipulated into feeling guilt over his ancestor's destruction of the original cult and the sealing of the Plaga parasites in the ruins of an ancient civilization a fortress was constructed around.[1][2] Salazar hired workers from the village to open up the ruins and free the parasites, but found them to be long mummified. Unknown to the two, only the adult Plagas had perished; their young survived on in a dormant, spore-like form and grew when accidentally inhaled by the miners. The spores took several years to grow into matured Plagas, by which point they took over their hosts.[3]

Saddler began research on the rejuvenated parasites, and had them genetically modified to be more resistant to attempted removals in a project led by Dr. Luis Sera.[4][5] A new subspecies was also engineered, which would be dominant among the parasites' social collective and force hosts to obey the wishes of the dominant hosts, who were themselves free of mind control.

The conversation of Mendez marked a significant expansion in the cult's power. Mendez was the village priest as well as its elder, leading both the political and religious affairs of the region. By turning him into a disciple, Saddler was able to convince almost the entire rural community to abandon their Christian beliefs and turn to the cult. Injected with Plagas as part of a cleansing ritual to wash away sin, the villagers soon fell under Saddler's control. When this process was complete, he used them as a means of keeping people from endangering his plans, ordering them to kill any outsiders entering their region.[6]

2004 abduction incident Edit

With his local power cemented and Plaga-based bio-weapon research underway,[7] Saddler moved on with his plan for world domination. Dr. Luis Sera, not a follower of the cult and secretly working as an investigator, sent an e-mail containing his research findings on the Plagas and how to destroy them to a friend of his after discovering he had been secretly implanted with an egg, which he removed.[8] Ada Wong discovered this e-mail during a mission, and passed it on to her new employer, the so-called "Third Organization". This group then tasked Jack Krauser with retrieving a Dominant Plaga sample. Saddler was concerned about how a third party was aware of the Plagas as it was a threat to his plan,[9] but allowed Krauser the dominant sample in return for his temporary services, and factored Krauser into his plan while still considering ways to eventually have him killed.

In 2004, Krauser abducted Ashley Graham, daughter to the American president, and sent her to Saddler, who implanted her with a parasite. The plan was to use her as a way of influencing the President, perhaps through the parasitisation of other influential people, and allow Saddler control of American political and military affairs. In the event this plan was discovered, Saddler expected the paranoia over who is parasitised to cause the US to crumble, thereby removing them as a threat regardless.[10]

The US government quickly covered up the kidnapping and began an intense investigation of its agents. Leon, one of the few to be cleared of suspicion, was sent out alone to investigate, and was captured and parasitised on Saddler's orders,[11] possibly with the intention of sending him back to the US as Ashley's 'rescuer'. However, the intervention of Dr. Sera and Ada Wong caused significant problems to this plan, especially when Sera provided Leon and Ashley with drugs to slow the Plagas' growth rate while Ada later destroyed a warship and its Ganado crew. Krauser was able to prevent a rescue, however, when he successfully tapped into the US government broadasting frequency, allowing the militia to track a helicopter and destroy it. He later had it jammed, with only he and Salazar able to broadcast messages to Leon. Dr. Sera was also killed by Saddler in the castle to recover a Dominant Plaga egg he had stolen for Ada. However, in his stalling for Leon and Ashley's Plagas to hatch, Saddler nonetheless suffered the loss of both Mendez and Salazar, who were nearly irreplaceable,[12] and was forced to retrieve Ashley on the Island, with the intent on Leon either being killed by U-3 or by Krauser when following.b

Saddler placed Ashley in a capsule, unconscious, in the expectation of keeping her safe until her Plagas took control of them fully. Finding Leon alive after Krauser's death, Saddler considered keeping him as a bodyguard, and soon after had a second American helicopter shot down to prevent Ashley's capture. Close to Ashley's takeover, Leon and Ada cooperated in freeing her; Saddler was able to knock out Ada while she made a distraction for Leon and Ashley to use Dr. Sera's special equipment to destroy the Plagas in their bodies.[4] Leon found his way onto a building underground construction, where Saddler had placed the tied-up Ada. After freeing her, the two worked together to fight him, though Saddler's parasite had already grown outside his body into a large and powerful creature. A rocket launcher used by the militia was captured by Ada, who gave it to Leon to fire. Saddler's parasite received a powerful hit and died; their lives co-dependent on one another, Saddler died with it.

Personality and Traits Edit

Osmund Saddler presented himself as a messiah of sorts to the rural Spanish village and led them to believe he could help them. Saddler appears to be a very charismatic, manipulative and intelligent individual, being able to persuade Salazar to unseal the Plaga from their long slumber. He was able to harness the power of the Plaga, give different villagers a Plaga and was able to control them. His charisma showed in that some who still held individualism in them, were still loyal to Saddler and wanted to his see his plan through to the end instead of revolting against him.

His intelligence is shown in how he was able to control the Plaga and each individual strain that was given to any individual creature. He was able to perform horrifying experiments on different individuals with the various Plaga parasites to create different breed of creatures. He was able to create a plan that could have thrown the world into chaos had it succeeded with him returning a Plaga infected Ashley to the U.S. He is also shown to see the potential in certain individuals, as seen when he noticed how strong Leon was when he had him injected with a Plaga parasite, knew that Salazar wasn't a match for him and attempted many times to persuade him to his cause, but each attempt was fallen on deaf ears.

He did show stress to certain tasks, such as trying to preserve enough money to keep the Los Iluminados in stability, stressing to Leon S. Kennedy that keeping an origination was very difficult due to the need of gaining funds.

He seems to come off as nonchalant most of the time, hardly showing any signs of distress or anger when the likes of Luis or Leon meddle with his plans. He takes it in stride and tries not let it cloud his demeanor. When he heard of the deaths of his two top men, he seemed to take in stride and talked it off as the death of Salazar was nothing to Leon. However, in a document found later, it is shown that he cared for them some what, but that he would not dwindle over their deaths and he would move on.

He seems to detests violence and engaging in any violent action, unless a situation calls for it. He is shown to leave the dirty work of disposing of a potential threat to his underlings, such as Mendez and Salazar. He will only go out of his way to dispose of the threat himself, if the threat proves to great for his underlings to handle, which is first shown when he killed Luis Sera, who was at the time about to give the cure to Leon. When Leon ruined his plans and confronted him at the end, Saddler was disappointed that he had to resort to transforming to kill Leon.

He was shown to distrust Americans, as he deliberately kept Krauser at arm's length even after officially inducting him into the Los Illuminados and even went as far as to have Krauser killed by Leon (while implying that he needed to think of a way to dispose of Krauser should he succeed in killing Leon), with Krauser also implying that he specifically chose to kidnap Ashley Graham as his means of gaining Saddler's trust because of his American nationality during his first fight with Leon later on. In addition, shortly before transforming to confront Leon, Saddler vowed to "awaken [Leon] from his world of clichés", in reference to his belief that the American prevailing was just a cliché promoted by Hollywood.

Powers and abilitiesEdit

Due to his Plaga, he is capable of superhuman strength, agility, and speed, which he had frequently demonstrated during his fight with Ada Wong as well as very briefly with Leon S. Kennedy. He is also shown to be extremely durable, being depicted as taking several rounds of submachine gun bullets and not only not flinch at all, but also expel the bullets from his hand. Owing to his Dominant Strain Plaga, he also was perfectly capable of exercising near-total control over various Plaga-infected people, at least those with subordinate-strain Plaga, having done so to Leon S. Kennedy and Ashley Graham repeatedly.

Of the various Plaga hosts, Saddler apparently is the one most affected with his Plaga infection to the extent that even in his human form, he barely qualifies as a human being. As such, he frequently does partial transformations, namely turning his right hand into a Plaga tentacle, as well as forming a tentacle near his abdomen, as demonstrated with his fight with Ada Wong and his murder of Luis Sera, respectively, with the latter also being used to subdue Ada. He also has his eye appear on his mouth, as frequently displayed during his fight with Ada Wong. Probably the biggest extent of his infection is seen during his final battle with Leon, where his entire head transforms into a large spider-like creature with eyes on the kneecaps and a long three-pronged neck showing his face with the eye on the mouth, with all that remains of his human form dangling from below like a cocoon, and even then only having his left arm remaining unchanged (his right arm and both of his legs being reduced to tentacles).

Sources Edit

  1. Resident Evil 4 (2005), file: "Castellan Memo".
  2. Resident Evil 4 (2005), file: "Butler's Memo".
  3. Resident Evil 4 (2005), file: "Luis' Memo 2".
  4. 4.0 4.1 Resident Evil 4 (2005), file: "Luis' Memo 5".
  5. Resident Evil 4 (2005), file: "Luis' Memo 4".
  6. biohazard 4 Incubate.
  7. Resident Evil 4 (2005), file: "Luis' Memo 3".
  8. Resident Evil 4 (2005), file: "Sera and the 3rd Party".
  9. Resident Evil 4 (2005), file: "Closure of the Church".
  10. Resident Evil 4 (2005), file: "Our Mission".
  11. Resident Evil 4 (2005), file: "Chief's Note".
  12. Resident Evil 4 (2005), file: "Our Plan".

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