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No. 09 TRICELL
Project Umbrella Translation
NO. 09 TRICELL
TRICELL is a conglomerate of three main departments, "Shipping", "Resource Development" and "Pharmaceuticals."
The history of TRICELL dates back to a time called the Age of Discovery.
The previous incarnation of TRICELL was "Travis Trading Enterprises" managed by wealthy European merchant Thomas Travis.
Travis Trading Enterprises made immense profits through trading towards Asia, building the foundation of today's TRICELL Shipping Department. Greeting the 19th century, Travis Trading Enterprises developed favorably as a seaborne shipping trading company.
In the 19th century, Henry Travis, the youngest of seven brothers in the Travis family, cast his personal fortune aside and embarked on an exploration of Africa.
In those days, it was a period when reports regarding the African explorations of David Livingstone enlivened newspapers.
He was inspired by this form of exploration in Africa, but it would later decide the fate of Travis Trading Enterprises.
Henry's explorations of Africa were carried out over five times for the entire continent. Since he was supported by the abundant financial power of the Travis family, time and time again, he had no interruptions and didn't return to his native country, and as for his exploration, it had taken a style which made him begin settling in towns on the African coast preparing for the next expedition.
Hence, it is said that his fifth expedition was completed as long as 34 years after he first left his native country.
The records of his expeditions, spanning 72 volumes, were compiled as a history of his considerable explorations and called the "Natural History Conspectus."
This book had not only naturalistic content such as the animals, plants, insects, minerals and geology of Africa, but also ethnological elements mentioning the lives of peoples who resided in Africa, such as culture, customs and history, the contents can also be said to be an African encyclopedia of the time.
But although the whole set of this Natural History Conspectus was published, society treated it as Henry's fictional creation because the content was too elaborate, and only a small number of copies were printed as a kind of rare book only dilettantes and connoisseurs enjoyed reading.
Henry despaired over this situation and passed away in disappointment after returning home in the summer of its second year.
It is now said that the family head of Travis Trading Enterprises at the time (Henry's oldest brother) intentionally passed a rumor about his youngest brother's books being fictional.
Why did he do something like that?
It was because Travis Trading Enterprises was afraid others would use this information.
The eight books of volumes Vol. 17 to Vol. 24 which contained geological elements were especially regarded as important.
Based on this information, Travis Trading Enterprises began mineral resource exploitation in Africa at the end of the 19th century.
Through this, Travis Trading Enterprises discovered many rare metal dig mines, oil fields and natural gas fields all over Africa and exploited them, gaining vast profits.
This was the beginning of the TRICELL Resource Development Department.
In addition, Travis Trading Enterprises had built a firm foothold in Africa and began to actively collect animals, plants and insects from the mid-20th century.
At the time of this collection, they didn't say that the Natural History Conspectus was actively utilized.
Based on the gathered materials, they conducted medicine and drug development and commercialized them. It became the foundation of today's Pharmaceutical Department.
The "Shipping Department" built the foundation of Travis Trading Enterprises.
The "Resource Development Department" where exploitation was advanced based on the Natural History Conspectus written by Henry.
And the "Pharmaceuticals Department" which conducted their own development based on material gathered from African animals and plants.
Then today's TRICELL was born in the 1960s when the three main departments gathered and Travis Trading Enterprises changed its corporate name to "TRICELL", indicating that it was a conglomerate of three departments.
In addition, it wasn't just the Travis family that had its eyes on the Natural History Conspectus written by Henry.
Oswell E. Spencer, founder of Umbrella, also paid attention to the ethnological side of these books.
From a description regarding the ceremony of the Ndipaya tribe, he predicted the existence of the Progenitor flower, and it is said to have led to the discovery of the Progenitor Virus.
Official Japanese Transcript
NO. 09 TRICELL
Official English Transcript
"Please note that due to errors and mistranslations in official English localization, the following text may contain inconsistencies with the official Japanese text and series storyline, and should not be treated as canon. For a more accurate translation, please view the Project Umbrella translation above."
Tricell is a conglomerate organization comprised of shipping, natural resources development, and pharmaceuticals divisions.
Tricell's history dates back to the period known as the Age of Exploration. The forbearer to Tricell was Travis Trading, a company owned by the wealthy European merchant Thomas Travis.
This company profited greatly from expansive trading with the Orient, and laid the groundwork for what would become Tricell's shipping division.
Travis Trading entered the 19th century as a profitable trading venture.
In the 1800's, Henry Travis, the youngest of seven siblings, invested much of his own fortune into the exploration of Africa.
During this period, the exploits of explorers like David Livingstone were creating quite a stir in the newspapers of the day. Henry's expedition was inspired by these accounts, and his decision was to have a great impact on Travis Trading's future.
Henry made five expeditions to the African continent in order to explore all of its regions. The extensive funds of the Travis family allowed him to continue his research into Africa even through times when results were not forthcoming.
After his fifth and final expedition in Africa, Henry Travis returned to his home country a full 34 years after he had first left it.
Henry compiled the records of his expeditions into an impressive 72-volume set entitled "Survey of Natural History." These books covered everything from animals, plants, insects, minerals, and topography to the native inhabitants and their cultures, histories, and traditions. These books also contained extensive records detailing the folklore of various peoples throughout the continent. These tomes were a veritable encyclopedia of the African continent.
Henry's survey was published in its entirety, but his meticulous details were viewed as products of creative license and an overzealous imagination. The books were ultimately discredited by the scientific community. Considered to be a novelty item, only a few copies of the entire series were ever published.
The shock of being shunned by the scientific community sent Henry into a deep state of depression. He passed away only two years after his return from Africa.
It is now believed that the head of Travis Trading at that time (Henry's eldest brother) purposely spread the rumor that Henry's books were nothing more than fiction.
The thought being that he did this because he wanted Travis Trading to be the only company that could exploit the information contained within those books.
Of particular interest was the topographical information contained in volumes 17 through 24.
By the end of the 19th Century, Travis Trading had begun to exploit the mineral resources of Africa. All over the continent, the company was mining for precious metals and discovering/developing oil and natural gas fields. Meanwhile, the company's profits continued to soar. These operations formed the basis of Tricell's natural resources development division.
Travis Trading built a firm foothold in Africa, and beginning in the mid-20th century, they had begun to actively collect samples of plants, animals, and insects.
Henry's books were instrumental in guiding these endeavors.
The collected specimens were used in pharmaceutical research, and before long that research brought commercial success and the subsequent founding of Tricell's pharmaceuticals division. Travis Trading was the basis for the shipping division.
The natural resources development division was born from the information contained in Henry's journals.
The specimens obtained from the African fauna were used to create the independent pharmaceuticals division.
By the 1960's, these three divisions of Travis Trading were firmly established, and they formed a conglomerate under the name Tricell.
The Travis family, however, were not the only ones privy to the knowledge of Henry's journals.
Umbrella's founder, Ozwell E. Spencer, was interested in them for the folklore recorded therein. Of particular interest were the accounts of the Ndipaya's rituals. Spencer hypothesized that the flower used in their rituals held significance, and this ultimately led to the discovery of the Progenitor virus.