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"The name is Rebecca Chambers, but that's Officer Chambers to you!"
A talented girl, Rebecca graduated college at the young age of 18. Her expertise in chemistry and medicine earned her a position in the Special Tactics And Rescue Service, a Raccoon City Police Department branch handling specialist cases. She was assigned as Rear Security (RS) and Medic for the Bravo team. She became the unit's youngest and most inexperienced member, which made her quite nervous around her teammates. Because of this, she was eager to please and has been known to take on any task assigned to her without hesitation.
"My first mission and I've already disobeyed orders. So much for my great law enforcement career."
On July 23, 1998, Rebecca was sent into the Arklay Mountains on her first case to investigate a series of cannibalistic homicides. Bravo team's helicopter broke down over the Raccoon Forest, and an emergency landing was made. The team did not know that this was intentional.[note 1] During Bravo team's search around the area, they discovered the wreckage of a military police van and found the corpses of the driver and guard, along with the document of a prisoner: ex-Marine lieutenant Billy Coen, who was being transported to a military base for execution.
Upon further investigation of the area, Rebecca split from the group and discovered the Umbrella Corporation's private company train, the Ecliptic Express. Within the train, Rebecca immediately encountered the passengers, who had already succumbed to the t-Virus infection and turned into zombies as a result of an earlier attack. Rebecca was able to defend herself for a while, and eventually came across the fugitive, Billy Coen. Rebecca found an injured and infected Edward Dewey, who passed out into a death-like coma state immediately before the arrival of his Cerberus attackers. Faced with the new situation, Rebecca reluctantly agreed to an alliance with Billy.
The train began to move again, due to the dexterous manipulations of Umbrella operatives already sent by Albert Wesker and William Birkin.[excerpt 1] Securing the control cabin, the train was sped up to reach the abandoned Umbrella Research Center within ten minutes. The team was attacked by mutated leeches, who had adopted a hive-mind. Rebecca and Billy managed to reach the cabin after finding the keycard hidden in a briefcase.
Finding the controls locked, Billy realized that the train's controls were damaged while speeding up, meaning that it would derail and crash- killing them, if they didn't use the train's emergency brakes. Rebecca ran to the rear of the train to activate the emergency brake controls on that side, while Billy stayed in the cabin to operate the brake controls in there. On her way, she discovered Edward, now awake as a Zombie. Unable to stop him walking towards her, hungry for flesh, Rebecca was forced to kill him.
Rebecca and Billy finally activated the emergency brakes, but it was too late to stop the train. The train exploded through a tunnel into the Training facility's station, impacting on the track's buffers and its carriages hurled across the room. Despite the odds, the two survived the crash in good condition.
Now on new ground, the two explored the expansive training facility and its laboratory, uncovering brief dark moments in the facility's history, such as the use of Bio Organic Weapons, the director's developing insanity, and the growing rivalry between two employees, one of whom had the same first name as the head of S.T.A.R.S.
Searching for Billy Coen
The two would find trouble several times, however, leading to Rebecca being attacked by an enormous centipede, and nearly falling to her death after being attacked by a monkey; fortunately, Billy arrived in time to save her life. Afterwards, Rebecca, having her doubts about the charges against Billy, questioned him about it. Billy revealed that, operating under false information, his unit made their way to an African village believed to be used as a terrorist training ground, but it was actually full of innocent civilians; unwilling to go back empty-handed, Billy's commanding officer ordered the villagers' executions and used Billy as a scapegoat.
After starting up an underground gondola, Billy pushed Rebecca out of the way of an attacking Eliminator, the two falling down into the waters below. On her own, Rebecca made it to the other side, where she found Captain Enrico. Telling him about losing Billy, Enrico agrees to let her look for him, as long as she is careful. After this, he heads back to his team's meeting point.
On her way to an elevator, the steel shutter behind her closed, and a monster attacked from behind the rubble. Defeating the beast, she went down the elevator and found Billy in the water below. After activating the facility's dam, the two found each other, but to their horror, the bones of many people used in the director's experiments had been thrown around where they were standing. Determined to get out of the place alive, the two fought insurmountable odds before reaching the exit. There, they found the director, James Marcus, unusually youthful looking for an elderly man.
The doctor explained to them that his gruesome death at the hands of Umbrella and with his trusting students Albert and William, and his rebirth from his leeches, he is the man who spread the t-Virus. The doctor suddenly began to vomit out leeches before mutating into a sickening Leech-like foe.
Although he seemed impervious to firearms, Rebecca and Billy quickly discovered that Marcus was vulnerable to sunlight. Billy baited Marcus, while Rebecca was opening the roof hatch eventually exposing Marcus to the light of day. Rebecca tossed Billy a Magnum, who fired at the creature in its weakened state, killing it. The monster plummeted down a cargo elevator shaft, while flames went up as the facility's auto-destruct timer ended. The two escaped just before the training facility/mansion exploded. Rebecca took Billy's Dog Tag, a symbol of a soldier's death, to give Billy a chance of freedom. Afterwards, Billy walked into the trees, never to be seen again. Looking down the cliff edge, Rebecca noticed another mansion; which she remembered Enrico having told her about.
"After splitting up with Billy, I went to the mansion where Bravo Team was to rendezvous.
When I arrived, I found that none of the others were there and the mansion was unsettlingly quiet.
I was exhausted from the events of the previous day and before I knew it, I had drifted into a nightmare."
After splitting up with Billy, Rebecca reached the mansion later that morning, only to find no one there. Tired from her experiences of the previous night, she fell asleep in one of the servant dormitory's bedrooms. During the night of the July 24th, she had recurring nightmares regarding a giant snake and was eventually awoken by fellow Bravo team member Richard Aiken.
The two searched the grounds for Marini, whom they relied on for safety after the team split up. However, due to a heightened amount of Web Spinners, the two were forced to abort the search of the grounds and went into the mansion, unaware that their captain would soon come into the dark tunnels near the spider's den. Upon arriving at the mansion and fending off some monsters, she and Richard began to realize the events at the mansion were connected to the Arklay murders they had been investigating, so they agreed that they needed to focus on survival first and foremost. While navigating around the Mansion, she and Richard also witnessed Sergei Vladimir and an Ivan carrying a body bag towards the woods, causing them to become suspicious of the entire affair. After being attacked by a flock of crows, which Richard scared away with gunshots, Rebecca wondered if she and Richard were the only members of Bravo Team left. However, their conversation was short-lived when they were ambushed by a giant snake. They were forced to flee, eventually managing to temporarily evade via the hallways. They encountered the snake again in the attic library.[note 2] After a lengthy battle, Richard shoved her out of the way when the snake went after her. She hesitated to shoot the Snake out of risk of hitting Richard, instead deciding to aim for the lower body. This irritating it enough to spit out Richard and flee. Richard told her to have hope that someone would rescue them, but Rebecca was struggling with the feeling that their situation was hopeless.
Alpha Team was sent to rescue Bravo team,[excerpt 2] and Rebecca was found by Alpha team member Chris Redfield, whose team faced a similar problem to that of Bravo team. Richard would give Chris his radio so he could call for help, not knowing that it was broken.[note 3]
Eventually, the two uncovered that the Alpha team leader; Albert Wesker, was the one who masterminded the deaths of several S.T.A.R.S. members and was personally responsible for Enrico Marini's assassination. She was shot by him, but she survived due to her bulletproof vest.
After awakening the monstrous Tyrant (T-002 Model), Wesker was swiftly impaled by its claws, dying temporarily. After escaping it, Chris and Rebecca, along with Alpha team members Jill Valentine and Barry Burton, headed up for the heliport after the Mansion's auto-destruct was activated.
The creature would heal from its wounds and attack the surviving S.T.A.R.S. mercilessly. Luckily, Alpha team's pilot, Brad Vickers, flew over and dropped a Rocket launcher to be used on the monster. After the beast was eradicated by the explosive missile, the four escaped with Brad back home.
She was the sole survivor of the S.T.A.R.S. Bravo team after the Mansion Incident, and one of the four former S.T.A.R.S. members still alive (the others being Chris Redfield, Jill Valentine, and Barry Burton).[note 4]
Work with the B.S.A.A.
Sometime after the Raccoon City Destruction Incident, Rebecca joined the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance, or B.S.A.A., as an advisor, eventually participating in multiple missions and aiding in stopping biohazardous outbreaks.
Philosophy University outbreak
In 2010, Rebecca was invited as a guest lecturer at the Philosophy University in Western Australia, where she was involved in another bioterrorist attack. Here she again met with her colleague, Chris Redfield who now also worked for the B.S.A.A, alongside Piers Nivans and Sophie Home. However, Rebecca revealed to Tyler Howard that she is a B.S.A.A. operative and that she assumed the cover of a university professor to conduct the investigation of Liam Howard, Tyler's father and a professor rumored to be experimenting with T-virus on the university grounds.[excerpt 3]
New York outbreak
Some time after the bioterror attacks of 2013, Rebecca had been researching in the cure of a new strain of virus developed by bioterrorist Glenn Arias, the research was conducted at the Alexander Institute of Biotechnology in Chicago. During the research, Maria Gomez attacked the facility, infecting all employees but Rebecca thanks to her prototype vaccine. Chris and his BSAA soldiers arrived just in time to save Rebecca from the infected.
Having learned that the mysterious virus strain bore similarities to the Las Plagas parasite used by Los Iluminados, Rebecca accompanied Chris to meet with DSO agent Leon S. Kennedy, to enlist his help. Nadia & Damien asked why Rebecca quit her Law Enforcement Career to become a scientist. Rebecca replied that while Chris fight bioterrorism with his muscle, she fight them with her knowledge.
Distraught at Chris and Leon immediately quarreling upon their arrival, Rebecca angrily chastised both men, revealing that the virus Arias used was already within the bodies of people everywhere and simply needed to be activated by an external trigger. Leaving behind a sample of her vaccinated blood and a laptop full of data on vaccine production, she left with disgust. It was at this time that Maria and Diego Gomez kidnapped her and took her to Arias' New York hideout.
Rebecca awakens to be confronted by Glenn Arias having ordered her be taken alive. As the two talk, Rebecca reveals all she has learned about the A-virus which impressed her capture. Glenn then reveals his motives for capturing Rebecca as she resembled Glenn's deceased bride-to-be, Sara. Glenn attempts to put Sara's wedding band onto Rebecca's hand, but her resistance leads him to decide that he will put Sara's arm on Rebecca instead. Using Rebecca's blood, a stronger strain of the A-virus is conceived with Rebecca involuntarily becoming the first test subject. She is told that she will have 20 minutes until the strain takes full effect and leaves her guarded as he makes his way to the roof.
Following an encounter with Chris fighting Diego and a surgeon, Chris saves Rebecca, however with the A-Virus still in her system. The two then travel to the roof to confront Glenn with Rebecca's condition worsening by the second. Following the confrontation Rebecca tells Chris he must kill her as time is running short, but Chris declined. Rebecca looks onward at the fight as Leon, Chris, and Chris' unit, the Silver Dagger battles the Diego/Glenn BOW hybrid. With the battle won thanks to everyone's combined efforts Chris administers the cure to Rebecca, saving her life. The three reflect on their survival of yet another horror as they release the cure into the air around the affected parts of New York. Rebecca recalls the last time she and Chris shared a helicopter ride together and how it all feels very similar to back then.
Rebecca's relationship with Chris developed greatly through the course of the original Resident Evil. She would aid him periodically and he would save on a few different occasions from the various monsters in the mansion; the hunter. It's possible through her, she reminds him of his sister Claire Redfield as they are around the same age.
Her character is usually complementing the male characters that are older and stronger than herself throughout the series as she is very intellectual. Her relationships from the start of the series are mostly those of the Bravo team. Within Resident Evil 0, she teams up with felon marine Billy Coen to survive. They start off on seemingly distrusting terms, but become quite loyal to each other to which she in return issue him "dead" so he could go free. Later, in Resident Evil, she and Richard Aiken try to survive the mansion and he is bitten by the snake. His death hits her as she is the only remaining Bravo Team member. She sticks with Chris for the rest and they aid each other until they survive.
She is acquainted with Albert Wesker, Jill Valentine and Barry Burton as well as other Alpha team, but as stated before being young and a recruit to S.T.A.R.S. she was intimidated by the Alpha team so the relationships were brief. She can be seen with Jill on Chris's part of Resident Evil when battling Tyrant.
She is acquainted with Leon Scott Kennedy during the events of Resident Evil Vendetta. By this time, Chris's relationship with Rebecca and Leon's are even stronger having survived another incident.
- Sumner, Christian; Shotten, Brian; Owen, Michael, eds (9 November 2005). Resident Evil Archives: Umbrella's Virus Uncovered. Translated by Zpang America, Inc.. BradyGames. ISBN 0744006554.
- Ōno, Tetsuya; Masui, Kō, eds (31 March 2005). biohazard archives. Famitsu. ISBN 4-906-582-31-1.
- ↑ In the original Resident Evil, Rebecca comments that was odd for the helicopter to break down, as she serviced it shortly before the mission.
- ↑ Rebecca tells Chris this after he finds them.
- ↑ Brad called three times, but does not receive any responses due to Richard's malfunctioning Walkie Talkie
- ↑ Wesker died in 2009 and Brad in 1998, leaving the number of living members lower than the six just after the mission.
- ↑ Excerpt from Resident Evil 0 (2002), Scene: "Delta Team":
Team leader: This is Delta team, this is delta team. We have regained control of the train - over.
Albert Wesker: Understood...
Albert Wesker: How far away are you from the nearest branch line?
Team leader: About ten minutes to... arg!
- ↑ Excerpt from Resident Evil (2002) opening cutscene:
"Alpha team is flying around the forest zones situated in north-west Raccoon City, where we are searching for the helicopter of our compatriots - Bravo team, who disappeared during the middle of their mission"
- ↑ Excerpt from BIOHAZARD THE STAGE (2015) synopsis:
西オーストラリアの大学で突如起こったバイオテロ事件。 現地に到着した対バイオテロ部隊BSAAのピアーズとクリスは、 その大学で教鞭をとる元S.T.A.R.S.隊員レベッカらと協力し事態の鎮圧を図る。