Trent can be considered as the main director for the collapse of the Umbrella Corporation from the shadows, even manipulating the life and death of Albert Wesker.
If you are a “hardcore” fan of the Resident Evil series, then you probably already know this name. This Trent character has never appeared in the Resident Evil series but is one of the characters mentioned in the same name and plays a vital role in the Resident Evil plot.
The novel Resident Evil 7 books by writer SD Perry
The novel series titled Resident Evil: The Umbrella Conspiracy, written by writer SD Perry has released the same year’s first episode with the Resident Evil series’s second game. For that reason, it’s easy for us to realize that it’s not an original novel series from which to turn into a game. The truth is precisely the opposite. After Capcom was so successful, they wanted to promote vigorously for the upcoming part 2, so they hired a publisher to write a novel about Resident Evil’s world. The novel consists of 7 pieces with content covering events from Resident Evil 0 to Code: Veronica. Of course, there are many things. In the novel, the characters mentioned were dropped by Capcom in the game or added by the author to make a vital bridge between the parts, and Trent is one of them.
SD Perry describes this person as someone who cannot judge whether it is righteous or evil. He is a brilliant and calculating act. His plan was always to indirectly influence factions like a chessboard so that eventually, his goal would be achieved without anyone knowing his involvement in the things involved. Trent can be considered defying tricks and working only for the purpose, his principles rather than towards good or evil. It can be considered as a similar personality as Hoang Duoc Su in Kim Dung’s story.
Special background and deep feud
Actually, “Trent” is just a nickname; his real name is Victor Darius. Trent’s parents were Mr. James Trenton Darius and Ms. Helen Black, the couple and a “naive” researcher working for the Umbrella Corporation.
They are called “naive” because they are genuine scientific researchers hired by Umbrella to research medical medicine applications precisely as the cover of the pharmaceutical company that this corporation set up. The Darius couple did not know about the Umbrella contents and the board of directors’ dark attempts.
They applied Umbrella’s technology (which may even include T-Virus literature without knowing it) to create a compound that miraculously repairs cell tissue. This research was initially successful and opened the opportunity to save many lives with too severe wounds that can recover quickly from this compound. The couple submitted this project report to the board of directors for further study.
However, Umbrella executives feared that if this project were successful, they would lose a great deal because it would be a medicine that people would not need tons of other medications to recover. In other words, if a person is healthy, the drug will be sold alone. That’s why the Umbrella executives quietly handed over these documents to another promising young talent and “have a more appropriate vision” for them: William Birkin. Promised, talented, and following Umbrella’s dark ways, William quickly became the candidate to replace the Darius couple.
To handle all the problems at once, Umbrella “arranges” a fire accident. Darius, his wife, and three researchers under the authority were burned to death, which led to all the troubles that Umbrella needed to conceal. William automatically stepped up to the senior position to replace the recently deceased personnel. Everything is fine except that Umbrella did not know (or was too careless to forget) Victor Darius, the couple Darius’s son, was sent to boarding school during the accident.
Knowing the incident related to his family, Victor raised vows to take revenge and began to make his ultimate plan from the school chair.
The ultimate plan and a hidden monster with the alias Trent
As a man with nothing and nothing in his hand for revenge, Victor spent years planning and preparing everything for one final goal: to destroy the Umbrella Corporation. He spent years silently researching things to know, practicing the skills he needed, forming relationships that would help him later. Victor also began to destroy his old identity to avoid revealing the past and create a new identity with Trent’s name taken from the middle name in his father’s name.
Jill is the beginning.
In the novel, Jill Valentine appears when she is going to an emergency meeting convened by STARS. Their Bravo team was dispatched to investigate the killings on the Arklay Mountains but lost contact. Jill herself originally wanted to finish this case quickly because of the victims of the case. There were two children she loved. Trent mysteriously appears in the changing room to meet Jill privately and gives her the old mansion file located on the Arklay Range and some related names. The fact that he could enter the Raccoon police station task force’s changing room was enough to see just how high his abilities were.
During this time, Trent also silently “changed sides” when shaking hands with “The Agency” – a secret organization including several companies competing with Umbrella. After realizing the incredible potential of Albert Wesker, he came to rescue this traitor captain before the mansion on Mount Arklay exploded at the end of Resident Evil 1.
Convincing Wesker to work for The Agency, Trent arranged for Wesker (now quite badly injured) to be treated. His body supported to receive good T-virus should be significantly enhanced. Wesker later showed this in the Resident Evil Code X Veronica. Although he never admitted it publicly, Wesker was very cautious about Trent because of his terrifying ability.
After the novel ended, the Umbrella Corporation collapsed. The big plan was successful. Trent continued to work silently as a partner of The Agency, and there was no further information about him later.
With Capcom continuing to develop the Resident Evil series from Code X Veronica and then the reboot effort from Resident Evil 7, we can hope to meet Trent in the game one day. Maybe he will play an individual final boss, or more appropriately, a hidden NPC that holds a mysterious element like G-Man in Half-Life.