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                            L I S A  
                                C H A R A C T E R 
                                          A N A L Y S I S
    
    
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             Resident Evil & Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles
                          Lisa Character Analysis
                  For the Nintendo GameCube and Nintendo Wii
                                Version 5.2
                            Written by cvxfreak
                     E-mail: cvxguides[at]gmail[dot]com
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    Version History
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    February 6, 2011
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    Updated the e-mail address associated with this FAQ. 
    
    January 19, 2011
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    Fixed some minor errors, removed unnecessary information
    and improved some of the writing in the guide. 
    
    November 23, 2007
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    Lisa was featured in the latest game, The Umbrella Chronicles, so
    information regarding that game has been added into this guide. 
    
    (Older updates have been deleted.)
    
    
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    Table of Contents
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    1. Introduction
    2. Biohazard/Resident Evil
    3. Lisa Trevor and Umbrella
    4. Encounters with Lisa Trevor
    5. History
    6. Analysis
    7. Frequently Asked Questions
    8. Conclusion
    
    
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    1. Introduction
    ========================================================================
    
    This latest version of this guide can always be found at GameFAQs 
    (www.gamefaqs.com) and its affiliates. 
    
    The Biohazard/Resident Evil series is copyright 1996-2007 by Capcom Co.,
    Ltd. This guide is copyright 2002-2011 by cvxfreak, all rights reserved.
    I, the author, do not own the rights to the series, so any complaints
    against the series should be directed to Capcom. Any FAQ related queries
    should be directed to me. 
    
    Please note that this guide contains SPOILERS for almost every Biohazard
    title there is, so if you do not want the game spoiled for you, please 
    avoid reading this FAQ until the information within won't be spoilers 
    for you anymore. 
    
    
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    2. Biohazard/Resident Evil
    ========================================================================
    
    Biohazard was launched back in 1996 for the Sony PlayStation, and since
    then has become an influential game series. Known in North America and
    Europe as Resident Evil, the series is known for its zombies, shocks and
    scares, insane puzzles, atmospheric settings, weird-yet-fun protagonists
    and antagonists, and B-quality storyline. 
    
    The original game was remade for the GameCube in 2002, and contained a
    new plot line that was originally planned, but omitted from the 
    original. In late 2007, Capcom released a Wii exclusive game called 
    "Biohazard Umbrella Chronicles." The Umbrella Chronicles retold the plot
    of the original Biohazard game through the perspective of a first person
    shooter, while adding new plot details regarding Lisa Trevor. 
    
    That is where this guide comes in. This guide, which is not a gameplay
    FAQ, covers the new plot line. Therefore, if you are looking for
    gameplay information, then it's more appropriate to use other FAQs
    that contain gameplay information. 
    
    
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    3. Lisa Trevor and Umbrella
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    Who is Lisa Trevor? Lisa Trevor, born in 1952, was the daughter of the 
    architect who built the Spencer Estate in Raccoon Forest. The man who 
    built the estate was George Trevor. Lisa Trevor was 14 years old when 
    she vanished while on a simple stroll through the Spencer Mansion.
    
    Scientists that worked for Umbrella and were stationed in the Arklay
    Laboratory within the Spencer Estate experimented on for her for many, 
    many years. Through these experimentations, Lisa eventually became the
    catalyst for the discovery of two of Umbrella's scientific
    breakthroughs: the Nemesis Tyrant and the G-Virus. 
    
    Umbrella is a pharmaceutical company that, through its investment and
    political power, virtually owned the Midwestern town of Raccoon City.
    Behind the scenes, Umbrella performed illegal activities with plants
    and animals, experimenting with the creation of deadly bioweapons
    using the the T-Virus they discovered. James Marcus, William Birkin,
    Albert Wesker, Oswell Spencer, Edward Ashford and Alexia Ashford were
    the company's top scientists for many years and created or discovered
    various viral weapons.
    
    James Marcus discovered and experimented on the Progenitor Virus through
    experimentation with, among other things, leeches. (The Progenitor Virus
    is also referred to as the "Mother Virus" in Biohazard CODE: Veronica,
    but they refer to the exact same thing in Japanese). Marcus also created
    the T-Virus, which would become the basis for many new projects by other
    scientists such as Alexia Ashford and William Birkin. 
    
    William Birkin discovered the G-Virus. Annette Birkin, his wife with
    whom he had a daughter with, assisted him with his research, along with 
    the now-famous Albert Wesker. Working with Oswell Spencer, who had his
    own intentions for Umbrella, William Birkin was also responsible for
    administering to Wesker a virus that fed new life to the dead, while
    giving the host superhuman powers at the same time. 
    
    
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    4. Encounters with Lisa Trevor
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    Biohazard
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    Cabin Encounter
    ---------------
    
    Jill or Chris explore a cabin beside the mansion. As they search the
    area for clues and supplies, they are hit in the head by an unknown
    creature. When they come to, Jill or Chris witness the ugly, humpback
    creature slowly approach them. They attempt to take the creature down
    with their strongest weapons, but the creature only stays down
    temporarily before rising again. Jill or Chris do not have the ammo nor
    the means to fight it to the death, so they escape the cabin, leaving
    the creature behind.
    
    
    Tunnels
    -------
    
    As Chris or Jill make their way into the tunnels beneath the courtyard,
    they run into Lisa once again. Luckily, there are multiple paths in the
    tunnels that make it relatively easy to avoid Lisa. Chris or Jill run
    around the tunnels avoiding Lisa and finally manage to re-power an
    elevator, allowing them to leave Lisa behind.
    
    
    Beneath the Mansion
    -------------------
    
    Jill or Chris finally unlock the double doors beneath the stairs of the
    main hall, but Lisa blocks the way to escape. In Jill's case, Barry is
    there. If Jill gives Barry his gun back, then Barry joins the battle.
    If not, then Barry is thrown into a pit by Lisa. Chris can either be
    alone in his encounter or Wesker might be there, where he also risks
    being thrown into the pit (although he doesn't die). Chris or Jill can
    either hurt Lisa enough for her to fall over the edge, or they can
    shove 4 pillars in the corners of the room into the pit, allowing the
    coffin in the center of the room to be opened. Lisa reacts to the body
    in the coffin, grabs the skull and jumps into the pit herself. 
    
    
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    Biohazard Umbrella Chronicles
    -----------------------------
    
    Wesker runs into Lisa Trevor in the Rebirth chapters as he attempts to
    make his escape from the Spencer Estate. Lisa apparently managed to
    survive the fall she endured after her battle with either Jill and Barry
    or Chris, and happened to be in Wesker's escape path. 
    
    In spite of her battles against the members of S.T.A.R.S., Lisa remains
    as powerful as ever, although Wesker's weapons manage to scare her away.
    However, as Wesker reaches the main hall of the mansion, Lisa returns
    once again. Wesker has no choice but to finish her off, once and for
    all. Wesker unloads his ammunition on her, and finally succeeds to bring
    her down. The main hall's chandelier also falls straight onto her,
    pinning her down and permanently restraining her. 
    
    Wesker escapes the mansion moments before it explodes, with Lisa finally
    perishing amidst the flames. 
    
    
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    5. History
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    This following analysis can only be fully understood by playing the
    remake version of Biohazard, Biohazard 2, Biohazard 3: Last Escape and
    Biohazard Umbrella Chronicles, as well as reading a transcript of
    Wesker's Report II and reading the Trevor Letters contained within the
    remake of Biohazard. Knowledge of all these games and files is necessary
    to understand the entire story of Lisa Trevor and her circumstances. If
    you want the complete picture, watching the CG movie Biohazard
    Degeneration also helps because of the role of the G-Virus in that 
    movie.
    
    
    The Woman in Wesker's Report II
    -------------------------------
    
    Lisa Trevor is the woman mentioned by Wesker in Wesker's Report II. By 
    combining the dates in Wesker's Report II with the dates in the Trevor 
    Letters, we see that Lisa Trevor was kidnapped around 9 years before
    Birkin and Wesker came to work at the Arklay Laboratory. Therefore,
    she had been at the lab for many years. 
    
    
    Lisa Experimented On
    --------------------
    
    Reading the information contained in Wesker's Report II, we discover
    that over the course of many years, Umbrella's scientists in the
    Spencer Estate Arklay Laboratory, including Birkin, exposed Lisa to
    many viruses, including the real-life Ebola Virus and the Progenitor
    Virus. She managed to live through all those gruesome experiments,
    when they killed all other human specimens that came through the lab
    for years. 
    
    Her mind was corrupted by such an insane world and those horrific
    experiments. She was deemed useless by the scientists after such 
    extensive testing, and most people forgot about her for awhile. 
    
    
    Further Experiments
    -------------------
    
    The T-Virus' problem with making Tyrant B.O.W. (Bio Organic Weapons) is 
    that only 1 in 100,000,000 (100 million) people are able to mutate 
    into a Tyrant. 
    
    The Tyrant, a signature Biohazard boss, appears in various games from
    Biohazard 0, the first game in the series chronologically, up through 
    Umbrella Chronicles, which is the final game in the series before the 
    storyline makeover in Biohazard 4. Tyrants have undergone various 
    changes over the years, in their appearance, strength and capabilities. 
    Experiments on Lisa Trevor paved way for the perfection of the Tyrant. 
    
    Because making a Tyrant was so rare and death rates in its creation
    were so high, the scientists decided to use Lisa as a test subject 
    for becoming a Tyrant, given her uncanny ability to survive the 
    injection of mutagenic toxins. Of course, as we see in the game, Lisa
    didn't exactly mutate into a Tyrant, but at some point during the
    experiment, Umbrella France came up with an innovative new specimen,
    the Nemesis Parasite, which would create a more aggressive Tyrant
    when injected into a host Wesker and Birkin received the specimen
    and got to work with it immediately. 
    
    The scientists injected the parasite into Lisa Trevor because of 
    her amazing resistance rate to dying. The Nemesis Parasite kills 
    incompatible hosts within five minutes, so in theory, Lisa would
    have been killed too. However, with Lisa's experiment, something
    unexpected suddenly occurred. The parasite, as it tried to enter 
    Lisa's brain, vanished. Lisa absorbed the parasite and consequently
    adopted its traits. 
    
    Birkin realized that something within Lisa was causing her to 
    survive all the experiments that would have killed any other
    regular person. Consequently, T-Virus research was no longer of
    any concern or interest to Birkin. Birkin adopted a new project as
    his biggest priority: the G-Virus.
    
    
    Lisa and the G-Virus
    --------------------
    
    William Birkin moved his facility for testing the G-Virus Project to a 
    laboratory located underneath Raccoon City. This lab is seen in 4
    different Biohazard games: Biohazard 0, Biohazard 2, Biohazard Outbreak
    and Biohazard: The Darkside Chronicles, which is the sequel to the
    Umbrella Chronicles. At this time, Wesker also left his position as a
    researcher, as the G-Virus Project was truly beyond his capabilities. 
    
    As Birkin continued his research on Lisa, he noticed changes inside
    of her. She became so mutated that she absorbed the Nemesis Parasite. 
    Because of that, she began to regain her intelligence slowly. At the
    same time, she was so brutal that she ripped a woman's face off and
    wore it, and that face was her mother's face: that of Jessica Trevor,
    who had also been kidnapped along with Lisa. The development of the
    G-Virus made no progress in Lisa, so Wesker decided to kill her, which
    took him around 3 days. 
    
    ...or so we thought.
    
    Wesker's Report II ends after that information.
    
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    6. Analysis
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    Wesker's Report II leaves us with many conclusions:
    
    The G-Virus
    -----------
    
    The G-Virus was extracted from Lisa Trevor's body after exposure from 
    the Ebola Virus, T-Virus and her consumption of the Nemesis parasite,
    among other toxins.
    
    Lisa Trevor is probably the most brutal B.O.W. to have ever existed,
    perhaps rivaled only by Nemesis. She ripped the faces off of people,
    including her mother, and wore them when she was loose. The puzzle of 
    putting four masks on four tombs in a crypt in the GameCube remake is 
    derived from Lisa ripping a woman's face off.
    
    The G-Virus: The reason why Lisa Trevor will not die in Biohazard is 
    because she has the G-Virus in her. The G-Virus, as we learn in
    Biohazard 2, keeps the host alive until a great amount of force kills 
    it. In Biohazard 2, Birkin, infected with the completed version of 
    the virus, was only destroyed after being inside an exploding train.
    The G-Type survived all of Leon, Claire, Ada and Hunk's alpha team's 
    ammo combined over the course of the game. In Biohazard Degeneration,
    Curtis Miller was only destroyed after falling into a pit that
    subsequently exploded a few seconds later. 
    
    Lisa Trevor, in the remake, displays noticeable traits of both
    the G-Type and Nemesis. She has the G-Type eye Birkin and Curtis had
    on their arms in Biohazard 2 and Biohazard Degeneration, while she
    also possesses the tentacles and the facial construction seen on the
    Nemesis Tyrant in Biohazard 3: Last Escape. 
    
    During the game, Lisa will not die, even with the most powerful
    weapons, simply because of the G-Virus inside her. But wasn't William
    Birkin easily injured and weakened in Biohazard 2? What makes her so
    much stronger, even without a completed version of the G-Virus inside
    her? This is the capability the Nemesis Parasite grants to Lisa after
    her brain absorbs it. The Nemesis' aggressiveness coupled with the
    G-Virus' ability to keep a host alive makes Lisa strong, and almost
    immortal. 
    
    
    Origins of the G-Virus
    ----------------------
    
    The true question is whether the G-Virus, that is, the toxin that keeps
    Lisa alive, existed in her before she was exposed, or if these combined
    viruses (Ebola, the T-Virus, etc.) created the G-Virus. My theory is
    that Lisa possessed a virus in her that blocked death, but the mutating
    effects the final G-Virus yielded were carried over from the T-Virus
    that was injected in her. The death-preventing aspect of the G-Virus
    had to have existed before anything else, because the Ebola Virus 
    failed to kill Lisa. 
    
    
    The Nemesis
    -----------
    
    Lisa also validated the Nemesis Parasite that Umbrella France created.
    Because the G-Virus prevented Lisa from dying, the Nemesis Parasite
    was unable to kill Lisa, and Lisa in essence manifested the 
    aggressive capabilities of the Nemesis in a living creature.  
    
    When Jill or Chris encounter Lisa, she has the ability to jump like
    Nemesis. She possesses the same tentacles that the Nemesis used to
    infect Jill with the T-Virus in Biohazard 3: Last Escape. 
    
    Here is a chart outlining the commonalities both Nemesis and 
    the Birkin G-Type have with Lisa:
    
    -----------------+----------+--------+------+
    |CHARACTERISTIC  | NEMESIS  | BIRKIN | LISA |
    +----------------+----------+--------+------+
    |High Jump       | Yes      | No     | Yes  |
    |Pain Resistance | Yes      | No     | Yes  |
    |Speedy          | Yes      | No     | No   |
    |Tentacles       | Yes      | No     | Yes  |
    |Immortality     | No       | Yes    | Yes  |
    +----------------+----------+--------+------+
    
    
    Notes about the Chart:
    ----------------------
    
    - The tentacles Birkin has at the end of Biohazard 2: Scenario B are 
      more like tails than the specific tentacles Nemesis possesses.
    
    - Birkin was not resistant to pain. While he clearly could absorb tons
      of damage, Birkin still showed signs of injury over the course of
      Biohazard 2.
    
    - Nemesis was not immortal. Jill eventually killed him. It just seems
      as if Nemesis was immortal because he was so aggressive and very
      difficult to defeat as a boss. But, he certainly wasn't impossible
      to kill.  
    
    - If Lisa wasn't hunchbacked and chained up, she probably would have 
      been as fast as Nemesis. There are instances in the GameCube remake 
      in which Lisa is able to make a mad dash for the player to cause some 
      serious damage. She does the same in The Umbrella Chronicles. 
    
    
    Conclusions:
    ------------
    
    - The T-Virus can grant sheer power to a rare amount of people under
      the ideal conditions. 
    
    - The G-Virus keeps its hosts alive indefinitely.
    
    - Lisa Trevor cannot die via normal means (weapons, disposal, etc.)
      because the G-Virus exists inside her. It was only after the mansion
      exploded with her in it that she finally died.
    
    - Lisa Trevor is aggressive because of the Nemesis Parasite. 
    
    - In theory, Lisa can transmit the G-Virus to others, probably through
      her Nemesis-like tentacles, as described in Wesker's Report II.
    
    - Lisa Trevor was obviously unknown as a person to Birkin or Wesker,
      although in Umbrella Chronicles, Wesker seems to know her name. I
      suppose that if Chris and Jill can read files and make deductions on
      her identity, then so can Wesker.
    
    - The Lisa Trevor we see is that deadly, light brown-colored hunch-back
      tied down by a chain.
    
    - The Nemesis Parasite research lead to the discovery of the G-Virus.
      It's possible that Birkin's destructive aggressiveness was caused by
      the Nemesis Parasite being injected into Lisa and thus affecting the
      G-Virus itself, but the injection of the T-Virus into Lisa is just as
      likely a culprit. 
    
    - We know for sure that the Nemesis Parasite is directly responsible for
      Lisa's aggressiveness because of her resemblances to the Nemesis seen
      in Biohazard 3: Last Escape.
    
    - Albert Wesker knew about the T-Veronica Virus long before the events
      of Biohazard CODE: Veronica. He also knew that Antarctica's Umbrella 
      facility was nothing remarkable in terms of research output, which
      partly explains why he decides to attack Rockfort Island instead of
      Antarctica at the beginning of CODE: Veronica.
    
    - While most thought Lisa died after her final encounter with Jill or
      Chris, her death was actually brought about thanks to Wesker, who
      deals the final blow in The Umbrella Chronicles. 
    
    
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    7. Frequently Asked Questions
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    Q: Why did you write this guide?
    A: I originally wrote this guide because I felt that Lisa's storyline
       was important enough to warrant its own guide. In fact, Capcom
       thought this was important enough to remake the first game for! It
       takes quite a bit of research to piece her story together. 
    
    
    Q: Why did Spencer kidnap Lisa Trevor in the first place?
    A: George Trevor knew quite a bit about the mansion, so if Spencer kept
       him alive, the mansion's secrecy would be in jeopardy. 
    
    
    Q: Is all of the material contained in this analysis true?
    A: Hopefully! I've doublechecked the information presented across the
       games, but if there's a contradiction, please let me know! 
    
    
    Q: Did you think of all this by yourself?
    A: Not at all. Over the years, playing through the Biohazard games
       allowed me to understand what was going on with this particular
       plotline. Also, an old GameFAQs friend, Tixus, also contributed
       some information to this guide. 
    
    
    Q: Where can I find the Trevor Letters?
    A: They can be found within the Biohazard remake. File transcripts for
       that game can be found at GameFAQs or other guide sites. If you
       have a Wii and own the Biohazard remake port on it, then you can
       find a save file on the internet and read them through those.   
    
    
    Q: Where can I find Wesker's Report I?
    A: Go to the GameFAQS FAQ Section for the PS2 version of Resident
       Evil CODE: Veronica X and there should be transcripts. You can
       also find the entire video on Youtube.
    
    
    Q: Where can I find Wesker's Report II?
    A: Do a Google search for Wesker's Report II and you'll find it. 
       Capcom's Japanese website for the Biohazard GameCube remake still
       has the report in Japanese. 
    
    
    Q: I have a gameplay question.
    A: This guide doesn't cover gameplay information, unfortunately.
    
    Q: Is Nemesis a G-Type?
    A: Not by nature. Assuming the Nemesis we see in 1998 was brought 
       about thanks to contributions from the research on Lisa, then the
       argument can be made that Nemesis contains some traits of the 
       G-Virus, but it really isn't that important or provable. 
    
       What IS important however, is Nemesis' relation to Mr. X, the
       Tyrant wearing the trenchcoat in Biohazard 2's B scenario. It's
       almost undeniable that Nemesis was created by combining the Nemesis 
       Parasite with the mass produced Mr. X to yield a similar, but far
       more aggressive Tyrant soldier. Files in Umbrella Chronicles
       confirm this, as well. 
    
    
    Q: Is Lisa the reason why they remade the original Biohazard?
    A: In part, yes. Capcom also had ambitious financial plans for the 
       series in late 2001, which involved bringing the whole main series
       to the GameCube to coincide with the releases of Biohazard 0 and
       Biohazard 4. The original version of Biohazard alluded to the
       Progenitor Virus having a major role, with Biohazard 0 acting as the
       proper introduction to that virus. But, in 2004, Capcom's plans
       changed. 
    
       Anyway, the remake of the original Biohazard served to tie the
       entire series together. It places the major concepts in each of the
       games in one larger single concept, whereas before the remake, the
       games were really only loosely related. We now know how one aspect
       of Umbrella worked with another, how Birkin interacted with Alexia,
       and so forth. 
    
    
    Q: Was Lisa cut from the first versions?
    A: Yes, Lisa's plot was originally meant to be included in the original
       game, evidenced by the Japanese pre-order book for the Sega Saturn
       version containing an earlier version of the Trevor Letters.
       Unfortunately, her story wasn't included in the DS version of the
       original game, Biohazard Deadly Silence, either. 
    
    
    Q: Where does The Umbrella Chronicles fit in?
    A: Umbrella Chronicles is a lightgun-style shooter crafted out of the
       storylines of Biohazard 0, 1 and 3 as well as a new chapter. The
       game summarizes (very basically) the events in those three games
       while adding new storylines that feed the games' original plots and
       tying the earlier plots with Biohazard 4. The Umbrella Chronicles
       basically tells us how Wesker came back to life, and how he finished
       Lisa off.   
    
    
    Q: What about Biohazard Darkside Chronicles?
    A: Biohazard Darkside Chronicles is the 2009/2010 sequel to Umbrella
       Chronicles. It covers the plots of Biohazard 2 and Biohazard CODE:
       Veronica as well as a new chapter starring Leon and Jack Krauser in
       2002 titled "Operation Javier." However, that game didn't contain
       any new information relevant to this guide. 
    
    
    Q: What role does Biohazard 5 play?
    A: Biohazard 5 clarifies the intentions of Oswell E. Spencer, who
       began Umbrella and viral experimentation in the first place because
       of his lust for power and eternal life. The G-Virus and the virus
       administered to Wesker were viruses that enabled hosts to survive and
       avoid death, so we can see Lisa's research as the very beginning of
       Spencer's ambitions. 
    
    
    For anymore questions, please email me.
    
    
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    8. Conclusion
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    I'd like to give thanks to:
    
    - GameFAQs for being an awesome website
    - SurvivHor as the source for the originally translated Trevor Letters
    - Saiki for translating Wesker's Report II back in 2002
    - Tixus for help with the original analysis
    - rehorror.com for providing Saiki's translation of Wesker's Report II
    
    cvxfreak
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