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. Dead Space . . "Database Transcript" . . Database Log Descriptions . . Version 1.00 . . Daniel Mohid . . firstname.lastname@example.org . . Originally Submitted 11/22/2008 . _______________________________________________________________________________ Introduction ------------ The following is a copy of database "logs" in Dead Space. These have been reproduced verbatim to the best of my ability. All text included shall be considered under Copyright of Electronic Arts. This file may be published freely as long as it is unaltered. Any questions, concerns, or comments may be forwarded to email@example.com Scope ----- This document is not intended to assist player's in obtaining any logs; GameFAQs has published a multiple full FAQ/Walkthrough guides for that which explain how to get them. This document was written to allow players and Dead Space fanatics a consolidated means of reading the lore from Dead Space. For those player who are concerned about the game clock, the timer does continue to run while one views logs in the Database section of the game. Organization ------------ Logs are given in order of the twelve chapters (Training is excluded) in the game, subdivided by the order the game presents them in the Database. Logs are formatted as they are given in the game. For voice and video logs, subtitles were used to obtain proper formatting and punctuation. In a future update, I am considering revising the organization into two sections, one which involves Isaac and his missions (organized in chronological order) and one which involves background story. This may make reviewing the lore and storyline easier for fanatics. Version History --------------- Version 1.00 - 11/22/2008 Complete Database Transcript submitted Notes ----- There are multiple typos in the logs. These are present in the game, and not an error on my part. However, it is likely that I incorrectly transcribed something contained within this document. If errors are found, I greatly appreciate all feedback to improve the quality of content. The voices and subtitles often do not match an occasional word; subtitles are given the preference in these cases. There is also an occasional misspelling in the subtitles. These are included in the transcript without note. One particularly annoying typo is the spelling of Dr. Terrence Kyne. The subtitles often spell it "Terrance". There are two logs named Corruption, one in Chapter 03, and the other in Chapter 06. Readers may search for titles using either the verbatim title or search aids listed in the table of contents. These search aids are listed in brackets. Table of Contents ----------------- Chapter 01 [C01] Message from Nicole Repair the Tram System Place the Tram Car Found the Data Board Activated the Tram Go to Medical Run! Vent Warning Dismemberment Stasis Door Tram Status Replacing the Tram Find the Data Board Maintenance Bay Unlocked Shoot the Limbs Locked Door Arrived on Bridge Repair Invoice Chapter 02 [C02] Destroy the Barricade Kyne and the Captain Nicole's Report Engine Problems Mercer's Journal Found the Thermite Mercer and Kyne Found the Shock Pad Barricade Destroyed We'll Find Her Eileen Colonist Problems Codes Received Ship Gravity Marker Overview Interesting Results Newborns More Time Autopsy Report Chapter 03 [C03] Repair the Ship's Orbit Kendra is Alive Engine Fired Temple Report 1 Temple Report 2 Engine Refueled Temple Report 3 Temple Report 4 Centrifuge Activated Temple Report 5 Strange Transmission Chaos Corruption Chapter 04 [C04] The Marker Captain's Demise Atmosphere Contaminated Initial Attack Temple on the Bridge Astrogation Module Placed Control Module Placed Report from Kendra Systems Module Placed Hurry Up! Asteroid Impact Almost Fixed One More Minute Brute Combat Reversed Gravity Avoid the Asteroids Aim the ADS Cannon ADS Online Report of Infection List of Dead Chapter 05 [C05] Go to Chemistry Interrupted Got the Poison Someone Else Door Opened Mercer's Experiment 1 Creating the Poison Mercer's Experiment 2 Hammond on Hydroponics Finish the Poison Poison Complete Indestructible Secret Lab Revealed DNA Needed The Leviathan Chapter 06 [C06] Hammond's Alive Victory Against the Leviathan Cross Report 1 Cross Report 2 Cross Report 3 Temple's Search Pods Destroyed A Message Cross Report 4 Getting to the Leviathan Kill the Leviathan Trust Corruption Chapter 07 [C07] Distress Call Asteroid Launched Elevator Problem Temple and Elizabeth Clear the Boulders Key Found Kyne's Hostage Beacon Recovered Elevator Fixed Supervisor's Choice Attach the Beacon Processing Room Problem Mining Timeline Chapter 08 [C08] Go to Communications First Contact Impact Hammond Returns Eavesdropper Illegal Mining Main Array Problem Array Fixed Big Problems Chapter 09 [C09] The Valor Dr. Kyne Singularity Core Found Radiation Hazard Find the Singularity Core Infected Soldiers Hammond's Assistance Emergency Hammond's Death Orders Chapter 10 [C10] Find the Nav Cards Kyne's Gambit Hive Mind Glimpse Mercer's Last Sermon Locked Executive Door Life Support Down The Hunter Returns SOB Override Lock Bypassed Executive Area Unlocked Kendra's Warning Captain's Report On My Way Meet on the Flight Deck New Ally? Unitology Article Z-Ball Rules White's List Chapter 11 [C11] Find the Marker Come Onboard Betrayal Nicole's Alive Marker Transferred Terrible Mistake Rendezvous Landing the Shuttle Load the Marker Restore Gravity Chapter 12 [C12] Nicole's Farewell Colony Chaos The Pedestal Restore Power Unitology Exposed The USG Ishimura Background Request Planetary Mining Recombination Study The Red Marker _______________________________________________________________________________ ******** * Logs * ******** *** Chapter 01 *** [C01] -Message from Nicole (Video) Nicole Brennan: Isaac, it's me. I wish I could talk to you. I'm sorry. I'm sorry about everything. I wish I could just talk to someone. It's all falling apart here. I can't believe what's happening... It's strange...such a little thing... -Repair the Tram System (Video) Kendra Daniels: Isaac? Isaac! God, I can't believe you made it. Zach Hammond: Isaac, we ran into more of them on the way over here. Are you okay? Kendra Daniels: More what?! What the hell are those things? Is that the crew?! Zach Hammond: Keep your voice down! Whatever they are, they're not friendly! And half the doors on this ship are locked because of the quarantine. Now we have to get to the bridge, but first, we got to repair the tram system. Kendra Daniels: You're crazy Hammond. You're going to get us all killed. Zach Hammond: If you listen to me, I WILL get out of here alive. Now what's wrong with the tram? Kendra Daniels: The data board is fried but there should be a space in the maintenance bay. There's also a broken tram blocking the tunnel that needs to be repaired. Dammit, everything is on the other side of this quarantine. We can't reach it from here. Zach Hammond: No, we can't... but you can. Isaac, if I can get to the bridge, I should be able to access to personnel files. You fix the tram and I'll help you find Nicole. -Replaced the Tram Car (Video) Kendra Daniels: Isaac, you did it! That tram was blocking the whole system. When you get the computer online, you'll be able to call the tram from the control room. Faster the better...I can hear something crawling around out there... -Found the Data Board (Video) Kendra Daniels: That's it, Isaac! Take that board back to Tram Control and slot it into the computer array. That should get the tram system back online. -Activated the Tram (Video) Zach Hammond: Alright, we're on board and heading to the Bridge. Good work. Kendra Daniels: Strange...the quarantine just lifted... Zach Hammond: Whatever was in the flight lounge must have left. That's lucky for us. Isaac, get back to the Kellion and prep it for launch. We'll find out what we can from the bridge and meet you there. Kendra Daniels: If we live that long. You're out of your league, Hammond. This is suicide! We're going to die out here. Zach Hammond: Your lack of confidence in me is duly noted, Ms. Daniels, but I have a mission to complete and that's exactly what I am going to do. With of without you. Do we understand each other? Kendra Daniels: Just get us out of here alive. -Go to Medical (Video) Zach Hammond: What the hell is happening down there?! What happened to the shuttle? Kendra Daniels: That was our ride home... it's the only way off the ship... Zach Hammond: Kendra... Kendra Daniels: No Hammond! This changes everything! Zach Hammond: Just let me think! Can you access the Command computer? Kendra Daniels: It's no good. There's an executive lockdown of all primary systems. Without the Captain's authorization, I can't access them. Zach Hammond: Well? Where's the Captain? Kendra Daniels: Here he is. Captain Benjamin Mathius. Location... Medlab. Status... Deceased. Zach Hammond: What? How? Kendra Daniels: I can't access that information. Find the Captain and you'll find his RIG. With his authorization codes, I can crack this computer wide open. Zach Hammond: Dammit! Isaac. I'm sending the tram back to your location. Get to the Medical Deck and find that RIG as fast as you can. Kendra Daniels: What was that? Zach Hammond: Holy shit! Come on, get out of here! -Run! (Audio) Kendra Daniels: Run, Isaac! Get the hell out of there! -Vent Warning (Audio) Benson: This is Benson. Everybody listen up! They're using then vents! That's how they're getting around the ship! Stay away from the vents... Look out! Get back! Get back! -Dismemberment (Audio) Zach Hammond: Isaac, be careful. Shooting them in the body didn't seem to work. Go for the limbs, dismember them. That should do the job. -Stasis Door (Audio) Kendra Daniels: Looks like that door is malfunctioning, Isaac. Try using the Stasis Module you just picked up. -Tram Status (Audio) Benson: Listen up, Car B is trashed. We managed to get it back to the repair depot, but now the auto-loader is fried. I need a Stasis module brought down here now! If we don't get this piece of shit off the tracks, it's going to jam up the whole system! -Replacing the Tram (Audio) Kendra Daniels: Your Stasis module should be able to help you with that arm mechanism. -Find the Data Board (Audio) Kendra Daniels: Isaac, you still need to find the data board to the tram computer. It's in the Maintenance Bay. -Maintenance Bay Unlocked (Audio) Kendra Daniels: Isaac, I patched into the deck's security system. It took some work, but I've got the door to the Maintenance Bay unlocked. The data board should be somewhere inside. -Shoot the Limbs (Audio) Benson: This is Benson, tram engineering. We think we've figured it out. Smith killed one! Listen, forget about shooting them in the body, you gotta cut off limbs. Grab a cutter, anything like that. Cut them apart! -Locked Door (Audio) Kendra Daniels: Isaac, it's Kendra. It look like the door to the storage room is locked. There should be a key somewhere in the maintenance bay. -Arrived on Bridge (Audio) Zach Hammond: Isaac, we made it to the Bridge. It's a nightmare up here. No survivors. We're going to try to the Command computer. Wish us luck. -Repair Invoice (Text) USG ISHIMURA AEROSPACE ENGINEERING DEPT SHUTTLE REPAIRS INVOICE MISSION DAY TWO: - Faulty fore gyro, vessel USG-ISH-503 Replaced, now functional. MISSION DAY THREE: - Faulty 40 scope, vessel USG-ISH-501. Still in repair. MISSION DAY FOUR: - Damaged landing repulsors, vessel USG-ISH-505. Complete replacement, now functional. - Damaged fore and left-fore viewports, vessel USG-ISH-504. Replaced, now functional. MISSION DAY FIVE: - Damaged booster collar, vessel USG-ISH-505. Repaired, now functional. ENGINEER'S NOTE WRIGHT, J.F. (2nd ENGINEER, MAINTENANCE BAY) *** Chapter 02 *** [C02] -Destroy the Barricade (Video) Zach Hammond: Isaac? Are you there? We were attacked! Kendra's gone! One minute she was there, then... I can't believe I lost her. We can still do this. Get me the Captain's RIG codes and we'll find Nicole. Looks like the crew barricaded the door to the emergency wing. You'll have to blow through it to get to the morgue. Get some thermite from Medical Storage, and a shock pad from Zero-G Therapy. Should be down the corridor. God, communication is useless in all this static... -Kyne and the Captain (Video) Dr. Terrence Kyne: What is god's name is going on down there? Captain Benjamin Mathius I think that's precisely the point, doctor. God's work. Dr. Terrence Kyne: I'm not so sure of that... We have to assume the colony's problems are somehow connected to the Marker. Captain Benjamin Mathius You can assume all you want to. I do not. The Marker is glorious and divine, you - you know that. Dr. Terrence Kyne: God moves in mysterious ways... Captain Benjamin Mathius Anyway, we'll have it on board tomorrow. You can analyze it all you want to. What are you so worried about? Dr. Terrence Kyne: Worried? Captain, people are dying down there. Killing each other. Is this madness the "transformation" Unitology teaches us? Captain Benjamin Mathius Doctor... Terrence... there will always be risk when the stakes are high. And here, they're enormous. It could change everything. Dr. Terrence Kyne: That's what worries me. -Nicole's Report (Video) Nicole Brennan: This is Senior Medical Officer Nicole Brennan, transmitting ship wide. We need more help! We don't have the resources to deal with this many cases. Nobody will tell us what's happening. These wounds...we're not equipped to deal with this... God... Get him to the table! Hold him! Nurse, you hold him down! Christ! End recording! -Engine Problems (Video) Zach Hammond: Isaac! Somehow one of the found a way down to the Captain's Nest! I managed to contain it in a damaged escape pod. Lifting the executive lockdown... I found the deck logs... Whatever is happening around here, it came from the planet when they cracked it open. It spread to the colony, and reached the ship. Isaac, this isn't an infection. It's some form of alien life! Shit! We've got bigger problems. The ship's engines are offline and out orbit is decaying! Get over to the Engineering deck asap, while I stay here and figure out what the problem is. -Mercer's Journal (Audio) Dr. Challus Mercer: I finally convinced Jurgens to show me the video feed from the colony. And what I saw was glorious. Breathtaking. Miners undergoing a transformation into something extraordinary. I must know more. Even as the believe within me wants to become one of them, the scientist needs to uncover their secrets. I need to study one of these... necromorphs, as Kyne so clinically puts it. I need to witness this infection first hand. Perhaps that patient from the colony... -Found the Thermite (Audio) Zach Hammond: Alright, that thermite you picked up should be able to melt through the barricade. Use the shock pad to ignite it. Hope I can hold this position. I can hear something big moving out there. -Mercer and Kyne (Audio) Dr. Challus Mercer: You found something down there, didn't you? Dr. Terrence Kyne: Yes... we found something. Dr. Challus Mercer: So the texts were right! All this time... Dr. Terrence Kyne: I wouldn't be certain of that. There was nothing divine in what I saw. Dr. Challus Mercer: We must embrace this! We are First Witnesses! Dr. Terrence Kyne: Mathius isn't letting anyone down on the colony. It's under quarantine until we learn more. Dr. Challus Mercer: To hell with Mathius! He, of all people, should know that this is greater than him, or the operation, or even the company. This is our deliverance! Dr. Terrence Kyne: Keep your damn voice down! People are dying down there. Dr. Challus Mercer: Only the worthless and the unbelievers. But I believe. Do you believe, Terrence? Do you? -Found the Shock Pad (Audio) Zach Hammond: Great, you got a shock pad. Combine that with the thermite at the barricade to destroy it. Shit, I can hear more coming. Moving through the vents. Stay safe, Isaac. -Barricade Destroyed (Audio) Zach Hammond: Okay, you're through. Should be clear from there to the morgue. Remember, the codes are on the captain's body. -We'll Find Her (Audio) Zach Hammond: That was Nicole, right? I can't tell from here when that log was made... I'm sure she's around here somewhere. -Eileen (Audio) Eileen Fisk: Hello? Can anybody hear me? My name is Eileen Fisk, I just work up in here and everybody was gone... I don't know what's happening... Why did they all leave? I'm going to try and find someone... If you can hear this, please come for me... I can hear scratching in the walls... H-Hello? Who's there? Are you a doctor? Why has everyone... Wait, I know you. You're Harris! The prisoner from the colony! You killed that nurse... Help! Somebody help me! Please! -Colonist Problems (Audio) Dr. Terrence Kyne: Science log, Chief Science Officer Dr. Kyne reporting. The colony's problems concern me greatly. I have no doubt they are somehow linked to discovery of the marker, but the exact nature of that connection is still unknown. Almost 40 percent of the colonists are experiencing a form of dementia. The obvious symptoms are acute depression, insomnia and hallucination. Incidence of violence and even murder also indicate extreme paranoia. Dr. Mercer has advised that I bring some of the affected on board for study. Dr. Welland, the planetside psychiatrist, has reported that his own analysis has been fruitless. I'm hesitant to rely on Dr. Mercer at this point, but I need his expertise. We need solutions and we need them quickly. -Codes Received (Audio) Zach Hammond: Codes received, and they look good. Thank god. I'll start accessing the Captain's records right now. Head to the tram station, and I'll contact you there. I'm going to find out what the hell happened to this ship... -Ship Gravity (Audio) Zach Hammond: As you know, the Ishimura is able to set its gravity locally. Your grav boots will kick in when you enter a zero-g area. -Marker Overview (Text) PERSONAL LOG DR. KYNE, T. (CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICER) The vidlogs from the colony are poor quality, but the artifact does indeed appear to be a genuine Marker, the first to be found in Unitology's two hundred year history. I'm eager to get it on board the ship so I can study it properly. The potential here is enormous. Not just for me personally, though it's true I've dreamed of such a discovery for decades. But also to humanity, and the Church of Unitology in particular. This Marker could herald the dawn of a new age for mankind, and I will do my part to ensure it comes to pass. I know the Church will be grateful, but the true recognition will come from all of humanity. On this day, we are blessed. -Interesting Results (Text) MEDICAL LOG DR. WARWICK, B. (CHIEF PSYCH OFFICER) REPORT OF PSYCHIATRIC OBSERVATION PATIENT: HARRIS, B. (Employee #PM-19026-EH) Harris is asleep, after another strong sedative. He seems literally unable to sleep without chemical aid. Most people succumb to exhaustion after 50+ hours of waking, regardless of any desire to stay awake. Not Harris. His explanation of events on the colony is also odd, and points to the same paranoia we've seen elsewhere planetside. His guilt is not in doubt--two planetside security officers were present when he took Dr. Sciarello hostage and murdered Nurse Evans--and he doesn't deny his actions. But he insists there was no crime, nor does he feel guilt. This is classic sociopathic behavior, but Harris exhibits no other symptoms. He is affable and friendly, able to empathize and offer original opinions. When questioned about the murder, however, he becomes withdrawn and intransigent, displaying schizophrenic behavior. He also undergoes intermittent hallucinatory periods, again similar to those experienced by other colonists. Harris claims he threatened the Doctor because he "had to stop the dreams and the faces", and that he'll kill again to "Make it whole again". What that means, I haven't determined yet. A most intriguing case. -Newborns (Text) Alyssa Rose Kai Jatin Alyssa Leoni Ian Ansel Jackson Thomas Lucas Zara James Caitlyn Kai Joshua Kody Kyle Jiannah Faith Jack William Agatha Marjorie -More Time (Text) SCIENCE LOG FROM: DR. KYNE, T. (CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICER) ATTN: CAPTAIN MATHIUS, B. Benjamin - Further to our previous conversation, I ask that you delay bringing the Marker up from the planet for a day or two. You know I'm as keen as anyone to study it in detail, and I understand your sense of urgency given the events on the colony, but that's why I ask--what's happening down there is just too unique, too unprecedented, to cut it short without proper time to study the causes and effects. In light of a discussion I had with Dr. Mercer, I'd like to meet with Drs. Sciarello and Welland planetside to get the observations. - Terrence -Autopsy Report (Text) DR. DOMUSS, G. (MEDICAL EXAMINER) REPORT OF DEATH ON SHIP SUBJECT: CAPTAIN MATHIUS, B. It is my sad duty to officially pronounce Captain Benjamin Mathius dead. Reports of the exact circumstances surrounding his death are conflicted, and beyond the scope of my role. I can only report on the body. The subject was in generally good health for his age, though a cursory blood test indicates his leukocyte count was very low, with eosinophils in particular almost non-existent. His preflight physical exam showed no such problems, indicating rapid onset; however, it is unlikely this had any effect on his death. Multiple contusions on the arms and hands, indicating a brief struggle pre-mortem. Slight contusion around the ribcage, suggesting his chest was restrained in some way. Cause of death was a single prolonged trauma to the ocular body which continued on through the cavity wall, and finally into the frontal lobe, causing rapid neurotrauma, seizure and death. The force required to puncture the ocular cavity in this manner is great, and the possibility of self-infliction correspondingly low. I therefore have no alternative but to record a preliminary verdict of UNLAWFUL DEATH. Whether deliberate of accidental is beyond my jurisdiction. *** Chapter 03 *** [C03] -Repair the Ship's Orbit (Video) Zach Hammond: Isaac, we've got two problems, and we're working on borrowed time here! First, there's no fuel in the engines. Second, the gravity centrifuge is offline... which means there's a couple of trillion tons of rock pulling us down. I need you to get that centrifuge operational, refuel the main engine and fire it up so I can stabilize the ship's orbit. -Kendra is Alive (Video) Kendra Daniels: Isaac? Can you hear me? It's Kendra... They attacked me...I ran for it...and Hammond just...he just disappeared. Zach Hammond: Kendra! Where are you? Kendra Daniels: Nice to see you're alive and well, Hammond. I've barricaded myself in the computer core. I can hear them moving outside. But I don't think they know I'm in here-- I can log into everything from here. I hacked the root, and found some reports from the colony. Even before they cracked the planet, the colonists were experiencing widespread dementia. It seems to be related to some artifact they found on the planet. Something called "the Marker." I'll keep looking. I've got your location, and I'm going to unlock the door to Fuel Storage. You can get to the engine chamber from there. -Engine Fired (Video) Zach Hammond: It's working! We're online and functional! Finally some good news. Get a tram to the bridge, Isaac. I'm going to take us back into a geostationary orbit. Kendra Daniels: Wait, wait! We're not safe yet. The ship's asteroid defense system is offline. On the way up, the ship's going to pass through a debris field thrown up from the planetcrack...We'll be ripped to pieces unless you restart it. Zach Hammond: Goddammit, I'll start working on it from here. Isaac, meet me at the Bridge. You can do more good here than I can. -Temple Report 1 (Audio) Jacob Temple: Personal log, acting Chief Engineer Jacob Temple. It's been two days since they pulled that planed open... since the captain died. The panic, the riots... they were nothing compared with what came after. Our friends, our co-workers, started coming back... Changed... coming back to kill us, drag us away. Rucker disappeared this morning, and I have to assume he's dead. My crew... they're starting to crack. I'm trying to keep an eye on them, but right now I have bigger problems- we're hemorrhaging fuel and the primary engine is laboring. Danvers and I are going to try to reach the fuel depot to see if we can fix it. Temple out. -Temple Report 2 (Audio) Jacob Temple: What in hell is going on here? Danvers! C. Danvers: It's, it's Henderson... He's crazy! Pulling his own... teeth out! Jacob Temple: Henderson! For god's sake! Henderson: Unh... C. Danvers: Oh, god. Is he dead? Jacob Temple: Relax, he's alive. But he hit that door pretty hard. C. Danvers: Man... Why would he do something like that? I don't get it. -Engine Refueled (Audio) Zach Hammond: Whatever you did, it's working Isaac! I have a fuel reading. It's only a quarter full, but that's enough to restore orbit once you bring the engines online... What the hell? False alarm. Though I saw something. -Temple Report 3 (Audio) C. Danvers: Never should have let him live. Never should have let him live. Jacob Temple: Shut it, Danvers! Shut... it! Engineering log. Temple reporting. Someone has shut off the fuel lines to the primary engine, and damaged the valves in the process. They need to be repaired before I can re-open them, but we're running out of time. With the engine offline, orbit decay will begin in less than ten hours. I just can't understand who would do this. If it's one of those crazy Unitologist bastards, I'll break their neck. C. Danvers: Henderson said they were coming. We never should have let him live. Jacob Temple: Shut up, Danvers and help me with the tools. Temple out. -Temple Report 4 (Audio) Jacob Temple: This is Temple. Now the centrifuge is offline! We've got four trillion tons of rock hanging off our ass, and without that centrifuge to balance the ship, the gravity tethers will pull us straight down to the colony! I'm heading in there now to see if I can fix it. -Centrifuge Activated (Audio) Zach Hammond: You're doing great, Isaac! Centrifuge and gyros are both a hundred percent and stabilized. Now get out of there and focus on the engine. I don't know how much time we have left. -Temple Report 5 (Audio) Jacob Temple: This is Temple. Screw the engine. I can't restart it by myself, and with all the other shit going on, it's obvious this is sabotage. I'm heading for the bridge, and then I need to find Elizabeth. I've got to get her off this ship, it's not safe. -Strange Transmission (Audio) Nicole Brennan: Isaac...Isaac...where are you...it's me...Nicole... -Chaos (Text) DECK LOG HALLOW. F. (AB) Don't know what's going on around here. Someone said the ship's been attacked. Who the hell would attack us out here? First the Captain dies, now we get attacked? Carmack says someone on Bridge staff killed him. Can't believe that. Goddamn chaos now. Can't get through to the bridge. Can't get through to anyone. Everyone's running. Getting the hell out of here. I should probably join them. -Corruption (Text) ENGINEERING LOG DANVERS, C. (QMED) Re: Organic growth in engineering (Update) The unidentified growth seen in other parts of the ship has now reached engineering. I don't know what the hell this stuff is--looks like someone threw up their guts all over the walls--but it's spreading faster than we can cut it up, which is pretty disgusting in itself. It's already in the engine spoke. and if we can't find a way to stop it soon, it'll hit the main chamber by the day after tomorrow. I hope the docs are looking into it, because it's way beyond me. *** Chapter 04 *** [C04] -The Marker (Video) Zach Hammond: Isaac, come in. Kendra's right, the ADS is completely shot. I'll need your help to fix this. Kendra, if you can hear me, see if you can get into the ship reports. It sounds like you have better access from there. Kendra Daniels: When were you going to tell us about the artifact, Hammond? This "Marker?" Zach Hammond: I don't know anything about that. It's referenced in the captain's records. They brought it up from the planet... Kendra Daniels: It's on the ship?! Zach Hammond: In cargo. They think it's of alien origin. But I don't know what the hell it is. Kendra Daniels: Really? CEC didn't know anything about it? You're lying. Zach Hammond: Back off. I am not the bad guy here. We're all shaky right now. You're going to have to trust that I don't know anything about it. We've entered the debris field! Get to the captain's nest. I'll explain everything later. Hammond out. -Captain's Demise (Video) Captain Benjamin Mathius: This is mutiny! You'll all be tried for mutiny! Kyne, make them listen to reason! Dr. Terrence Kyne: Settle down, Ben. Hold him! By maritime law article 5469 I hereby declare Captain Benjamin Mathius unfit for duty. Captain Benjamin Mathius: The Marker must be delivered to the church! Terrance, please... Dr. Terrence Kyne: I'm sorry Ben, but I can't let you do this. Captain Benjamin Mathius: Traitor! Heretic! Dr. Terrence Kyne: Hold his head! Captain Benjamin Mathius: Murderer! Dr. Terrence Kyne: Hold him! Captain Benjamin Mathius: Aaarrrggghhh! Unknown man #1: He's... he's dead... Dr. Terrence Kyne: No! It was an accident! I had to stop him... Unknown man #2: Arrest the Doctor! -Atmosphere Contaminated (Video) Kendra Daniels: Wait! Isaac, Hammond...you're not gonna believe this. Oxygen levels are falling. Something's poisoning Hydroponics air production, and whatever it is, it's filling the deck up with that organic stuff. We're not going to have any air to breathe soon. But if I understand these lab reports correctly, I think I can make a poison to destroy it. Head to Medical. It should have everything you need. Zach Hammond: Will this never end?! Isaac, get to Medical and mix together whatever Kendra's come up with. I'm heading to Hydroponics. If I can slow it down, that might keep us breathing long enough to fight it. -Initial Attack (Audio) Unknown man: Bridge, come in! We've been boarded! Repeat, the ship has been boarded! We are under attack! What the hell are they? They, they've already killed most of the Deck staff! We need security backup here immediately! Guns are useless, we can't hold them back for very long... -Temple on the Bridge (Audio) Jacob Temple: This is Temple. The bridge is fucked. I don't know what went on in there, but I'm not sticking around in case whatever did it comes back. I'm heading for Hydroponics, to find Elizabeth. -Astrogation Module Placed (Audio) Zach Hammond: Okay, primary astrogation power has been re-routed. Look, I don't know about you, but...I think I'm seeing things...my head's pounding still... I don't know. Just stay sharp, okay? -Control Module Placed (Audio) Zach Hammond: Control Systems junction box re-routed. I'm getting a reading! Almost there. -Report from Kendra (Audio) Kendra Daniels: Isaac, listen up. I've gone over the med-sci reports. These things are BIO-RECOMBINATORS. They take dead tissue, absorb it and molds it into new forms. One iteration seems to have the sole purpose of infecting corpses... The others, well, seem to be making corpses to infect. And that body tissue we keep seeing on the walls is part of it, too. I found a report that says it's a habitat changer. -Systems Module Placed (Audio) Zach Hammond: Ship Systems junction box re-routed. I'm making some progress with the tracking grid...one of the cannons is giving me a hard time...keep moving. -Hurry Up! (Audio) Zach Hammond: That's it, Isaac, you're in the pit. The cannon's a massdriver, so it should punch through anything flying at us. Keep an eye on the hull's integrity. Too many of those things get by and we're dead. I think I've almost got the system repaired. Just buy me a little more time! -Asteroid Impact (Audio) Kendra Daniels: Isaac! Impact on the bridge, right at your feet! I'm reading heavy damage, but containment looks solid. Life support is stabilized. We've got to get the ADS working! -Almost Fixed (Audio) Zach Hammond: I've almost got this thing fixed! Just a little bit longer! -One More Minute (Audio) Zach Hammond: Just one more minute and it should be fully operational! -Brute Combat (Audio) Zach Hammond: Your weapons can't punch through that thing's armor! Shoot it in the back, Isaac! -Reversed Gravity (Audio) Kendra Daniels: It looks like some of the gravity plating is malfunctioning. Keep an eye out for any kind of distortion effect coming from the floor. It could be dangerous. -Avoid the Asteroids (Audio) Zach Hammond: Isaac, you're going to have to cross the ship exterior to reach the ADS cannon. Problem is, we're still getting bombarded by asteroids. Look for cover or you'll get torn to pieces. -Aim the ADS Cannon (Audio) Zach Hammond: All right, we've got enough power. But the ADS cannon's auto targeting is down. I think it's a faulty data cable. I need you to aim the cannon manually until I can replace it. Take the elevator to the top of the ship, and head for the cannon pit. -ADS Online (Audio) Zach Hammond: Nice shooting, Isaac! Auto targeting is now online and clearing a path to safe orbit! As soon as we're clear, I'll engage the autopilot again. Head to the tram station and I'll meet you there when I'm done. -Report of Infection (Text) CAPTAIN'S LOG INITIAL INFECTION VECTORS It's been less than an hour, but they've spread fast. Flight deck was the first to go, after the shuttle crashed. Now almost entirely overrun. We've lost at least half the Medical deck, and about a quarter of Engineering. No information yet from Cargo or Planet Ops, which suggests bad news. This is not what I expected. -List of Dead (Text) MINING LOG DALLAS, A. (SUPERVISOR, 2nd ENGINEER) The death toll is mounting. Known dead so far: Arnold-Fernandez, D Ashik, M Bagwell, W Bao, A Baristiran, O Briggs, R Carrillo, R Centkowski, K Chan, D Charlow, A Chikes, C Colomar, B Condrey, M Deguzman, J Ding, V Drinkward, C Eckert, J Espeleta, T Fattouh, S Feise, D Felker, T Fike, T Fong, C Fuentes, C Gamel, S Gaugy, M Geraci, J Gregory, L Guaman, E Hartness, E Hasan, J Holt, T Ignacio, D Jamerson, K Johnson, M Keum, J Kong, C Krakowski, M Kuo, D Lackey, A Leal, D Lee, L Leong, J Lingen, D Louie, C Louie, M McSweeney, B Meneses, F Merenda, R Molina, E Natividad, J Noonan, M Palrang, J Patel, J Patterson, I Pavey, E Peterson, M Pitts, R Piwenitzky, H Pugh, D Ruelas, A Sarossy, V Schlegel, P Schofield, G Scott, D Seo, A Shande, T Silver, S Swearlingen, S Swenson, D Talens, J Thibodeaux, N Thoeun, C Tuohy, J Valedez, G Vaught, C Vocal, C Voelker, S Wells, J Williams, N Wrede, R Zelaya, A Zittle, K *** Chapter 05 *** [C05] -Go to Chemistry (Video) Kendra Daniels: Shit, Isaac! I can smell the contaminated air from here. It's spreading faster than I expected! I'm trying to isolate it but it's not going to buy us much time! We have to get that thing off this ship! The chemicals you need are in the Chemistry Lab. I'll hack the door for you when you get there. -Interrupted (Video) Kendra Daniels: That's it, Isaac! Now you just need to finish mixing the poison. Dr. Challus Mercer: This has gone far enough! Accept your part in god's plan! Embrace your own extinction! Female Computer Voice: Warning. Life support system failure on Medical deck. Please evacuate immediately. Kendra Daniels: Who the hell was that?! Isaac, he's decompressed the entire deck and I'm being locked out of those systems! All the air has been vented into space! You should be able to bring it back online from the Security Station, but you don't have much time! -Got the Poison (Video) Kendra Daniels: Let's just hope that's the last we see of that...thing. I've managed to override Mercer's lockdown. There's a secondary tram station nearby and you can take to Hydroponics. Let's just hope there's enough time. -Someone Else (Audio) Kendra Daniels: Looks like someone has reprogrammed the door locks on this deck. And recently, too. I guess we're not alone here, after all. Someone doesn't want you in this part of the ship. -Door Opened (Audio) Kendra Daniels: Someone keeps shutting down the door protocol. I've bypassed the lock! Go! -Mercer's Experiment 1 (Audio) Dr. Challus Mercer: Personal log, Dr. Challus Mercer. I now have a live subject for my study. I'm eager to validate my tissue regeneration theory. Initial restraint was problematic, but now the patient is resting comfortably. HE trusts me, Doctor Kyne. He puts his life in MY hands! He knows his part in all of this, understands what I'm doing! The forehead has been swabbed clean and marked... Unknown man: What are you... what are you doing with that? Dr. Challus Mercer: ...and I am now attempting to create a passage to insert the sample tissue into... Unknown man: No! No! Nooaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh! -Creating the Poison (Audio) Kendra Daniels: Now you need to find a DNA sample of the growth. According to lab records, there's an inert sample stored in the ICU. A Dr. Mercer was apparently doing intensive research on it. I've been trying to contact Hammond but all I'm getting is static! Isaac, you've got to hurry! -Mercer's Experiment 2 (Audio) Dr. Challus Mercer: Personal log, Doctor Challus Mercer. The specimen continues to respond well to my experiments. Its cellular fortitude, not to mention elasticity, is remarkable. Doctor Kyne, I am sure, would disapprove. But I do not anticipate that issue, as the good doctor is busying himself with the Marker... As if that matters now! He has also succumbed to the same dementia that afflicted the colony. Only yesterday, he told me he had spoken to his wife... but Amelia Kyne has been dead for some years. My subject grows restless. Patience. Your time is soon. Very soon. -Hammond on Hydroponics (Audio) Zach Hammond: Is anyone there? Repeat! Come in Isaac... Kendra, is anyone there? Kendra Daniels: Hammond! Where the hell have you been? Zach Hammond: I've reached Hydroponics. It's bad down here, really bad! ...can barely breathe! That organic matter is growing everywhere! My eyes are stinging... must be seeing things... -Finish the Poison (Audio) Kendra Daniels: You've got everything you need to make the poison. Now get back to the Chemistry Lab! Zach Hammond: Whatever you're going to do, do it fast... Can hardly breathe in here... Kendra Daniels: You're cutting out, Hammond! I'm going to try to switch over... Shit! I lost his signal! I'll continue scanning for his location! You have to get that compound mixed! -Poison Complete (Audio) Kendra Daniels: Let's hope that poison works! Head back to the tram station, and get up to Hydroponics as fast as you can. Still no response from Hammond so be careful! There's no telling how contaminated that deck is. -Indestructible (Audio) Kendra Daniels: You can't kill it, Isaac! It's just going to keep regenerating! Get out of there, run! -Secret Lab Revealed (Audio) Dr. Challus Mercer: I'm beginning to truly admire your spirit, misplaced as it may be! I think... I think you should see... The whole plan. You should not spurn the Hive Mind's offerings. You deserve to witness that, as least. -DNA Needed (Audio) Kendra Daniels: You're close to the chemistry station. Once you get the chemicals, you're also going to need a DNA sample of the alien tissue. I'll search the records for one. -The Leviathan (Audio) Kendra Daniels: I've got more intel on the atmosphere. A survivor's report says that a massive creature entered the Hydroponics deck from outside the ship. That's when the air quality began degrading. The survivor called it...the Leviathan *** Chapter 06 *** [C06] -Hammond's Alive (Video) Hammond! I though you were dead! You need to get to cleaner air! You're not going to be able to help Isaac in your condition. Isaac, I'm scanning the area now. He's right, there's something really big in Food Storage, but I can't get a good scan. Monitor readings are off the scale. Be careful! -Victory Against the Leviathan (Video) Kendra Daniels: Isaac, you did it! Hammond? Do you read? Oxygen levels are returning to normal. Dammit! He's gone again! No sign of his RIG anywhere! It's up to us now. I've got a plan to get off this! I've located an SOS beacon on the Mining Deck. If you can down there and activate it, we might be able to send a distress call. Oh god. I don't know how much longer that door will hold... -Cross Report 1 (Audio) Dr. Elizabeth Cross: Hydroponics log, Dr. Elizabeth Cross reporting. I'm pleased to say that we're working close to maximum capacity at the present time. All flora is healthy and thriving and food yield has created a surplus. I was going to pass the surplus on to the colony, but the Captain has given a no-fly order. I want to note my opposition to that order. Everyone knows they're in trouble down there, and I don't see what denying them our surplus will achieve. -Cross Report 2 (Audio) Dr. Elizabeth Cross: Hello? Hello! Security! Thank god. This is Dr. Cross, in Hydroponics. I'm trying to locate Second Engineer Jacob Temple! I can't get through to Engineering! Of course I know there's a ship-wide medical alert! That's why I'm trying to locate him! No, we're safe for now. But the tram is down, and we can't reach the escape pods. Hello? Hello?! -Cross Report 3 (Audio) Dr. Elizabeth Cross: Hydroponics log, Dr. Cross reporting. Something huge just slammed into the hull, near Food Storage. It wasn't a rogue asteroid, I know what that sounds like. But it was big, and heavy. I'll report again when I know more. -Temple's Search (Audio) Jacob Temple: This is Temple, Acting Chief Engineer. I came down here to find Dr Elizabeth Cross, but she's not here. In fact, I can't find anyone. Just more of this organic shit everywhere. I'm going to check the Mining deck. It's about the only place I haven't looked yet. -Pods Destroyed (Audio) Kendra Daniels: That's the last one, Isaac. There's a switch in Atmosphere Control to restart the oxygen cycling. Once the air's clean, you can get into Food Storage. Isaac, I've been reading these reports...the crew all began having mass hallucinations. And...well, I just saw my brother on a security monitor. And that's just not possible... -A Message (Audio) Nicole Brennan: Isaac... Where are you? Help me... -Cross Report 4 (Audio) Dr. Elizabeth Cross: Hydroponics log. This is Dr. Cross. It... It's hard for me to believe what I'm seeing here. This is crazy, absolutely crazy. I'm going to the Mining deck. I hear that's where survivors are gathering. Jacob... I'll wait for you there. -Getting to the Leviathan (Audio) Kendra Daniels: That's the door to Food Storage. But I can't override the integrity lockdown. You have to destroy the pods to bring the air quality up. Then you can go through and use the poison on the Leviathan. -Kill the Leviathan (Audio) Kendra Daniels: Dammit, the poison wasn't strong enough. It's still alive! Get in there and kill it, before it contaminates the entire ship! -Trust (Audio) Kendra Daniels: I suppose I should be glad that Hammond's alive, but I still don't trust him. I think he's hiding something about the Marker. -Corruption (Text) CHEM LAB REPORT FROM: PROF. JAGERWALD, H. ATTN: DR. CROSS, E. Elizabeth - No doubt you're aware of the organic growth found in some parts of the ship. I've been examining the substance and thought the results would interest you. The cells most closely resemble bacteria, with viral behavior. Like bacteria the organism infects other cells through osmosis, then mutates and reproduces agamogenetically. What's amazing is the SPEED at which it grows. A single bacterium reproduces twenty-fold in just one minute. I've never seen anything like it. I won't stake my reputation on it, but I think this may be a genuine alien lifeform! Prof. Hawley theorizes that it's a habitat transformer--the levels of gaseous output are tremendous, which is why it smells so bad--but to what end we simply don't know. I'll keep you posted. -Heinrich *** Chapter 07 *** [C07] -Distress Call (Video) Kendra Daniels: This may be our last chance of getting out of here alive, Isaac. There's an asteroid loaded up in the mining bay, waiting to be smelted. If you attach the SOS beacon to it, you can launch it away from the ship to make a clean broadcast. The beacon's on the Maintenance sub deck. You can launch the asteroid from the control room. Damn, the control room is locked. It looks like they keep an emergency access key on the Processing sub deck. Couldn't be easy, could it? I don't know how much more of this I can take. -Asteroid Launched (Video) Kendra Daniels: Beacon's on it's way! All functions normal, and broadcasting wide band. Now we just have to hope somebody's listening. I'll position the array receiver. I thought I saw my brother again. He waved to me. Like nothing was wrong. Okay, I should be able to leave this channel open... What? The comms Array receiver isn't responding! Isaac, can you get back to the bridge? We need that array online or we can't receive signals from anyone responding to the beacon! -Elevator Problem (Audio) Kendra Daniels: The mining sub deck is offline for some reason, Isaac. I'll see if I can run a bypass. -Temple and Elizabeth (Audio) Jacob Temple: This is Temple. I found Elizabeth, but there isn't a single spaceworthy vessel in the whole goddamn bay! Dr. Elizabeth Cross: Jacob, hurry up! We need to find a beacon! Jacob Temple: There's got to be one around here somewhere. -Clear the Boulders (Audio) Kendra Daniels: There's a failsafe on the processing control door. It won't open until gravity is restored. But you can't turn on the gravity until those boulders are cleared from the room. Maybe you can dump them into that gravity beam with your Kinesis gun. -Key Found (Audio) Kendra Daniels: That's the key, Isaac. It'll get you into the Control Room so you can launch the asteroid. Don't forget to attach the beacon first! I read another report on the colonist's dementia. It seemed to start after they removed the Marker from the planet. God knows how long it was down there. -Kyne's Hostage (Audio) Unknown man: Dr. Kyne! What the hell are you... Aaah! Dr. Terrence Kyne: Get back! Come any closer and... and I'll shoot him! Give me the access codes to the cargo bay! Unknown man: You... idiot! This is... processing! Why the hell... would I have codes... to cargo? Dr. Terrence Kyne: Don't lie to me! I'm sick of everyone lying to me! It is imperative that I get the marker! Give me those codes! Unknown man: I don't... have them! Is this... what you did... to the captain? Go on... shoot me if you've got... the balls! Dr. Terrence Kyne: IDIOTS! It's the only way to stop it... The only way to end this! Unknown man: He's completely lost it... Somebody call security! -Beacon Recovered (Audio) Kendra Daniels: Isaac! Hey, I lost your signal for a while. You had me worried... I see you've got the beacon, so head for the mining bay and attach it to the asteroid. I've been running trajectory calculations and if we launch soon, there's a good chance the asteroid can reach a safe distance to begin transmitting! Still no sign of Hammond. In his state, I can't imagine he's still alive... -Elevator Fixed (Audio) Kendra Daniels: I've got elevator access to the mining sub deck. It was a security lockdown, although I don't think it helped them. Now that you've got the beacon and the key, head over there. It looks like the asteroid is held in place by some gravity tethers. You'll have to knock those out before you can launch it. -Supervisor's Choice (Audio) A. Dallas: Processing log. Supervisor 2nd Engineer Dallas reporting. This will be my last report. I've seen what they do...to the bodies. What they become. I can't let that happen to me. At least if I don't have any limbs...I won't be able to kill anyone when I'm infected... Please, tell Dawn... and the kids... that I love them. Oh God... One more...one more... -Attach the Beacon (Audio) Kendra Daniels: You still need to plant the beacon onto the shuttle, Isaac, before you launch the asteroid -Processing Room Problem (Text) MINING DECK LOCK KREUZ. G (QMED) The situation here just got a lot worse. The gravity failure came as we were collating asteroids, and one broke free of the grav beam. It collided with a wall, killing two crew, and split into chunks. They're free floating in the processing room, and we can't restore gravity to get the Master Key until they're cleared. We could really use some engineering help up here. -Mining Timeline (Text) MINING LOG DALLAS, A. (SUPERVISOR, 2nd ENGINEER) Planetcrack went smoothly from this end, although there do seem to have been problems planetside, and we've temporarily lost contact with the colony. First rockball was extracted from the tectonic load approximately one hour after planetcrack, and has been process, refined and smelted. Results have exceeded even optimistic initial estimates. Normal recovery is around 35% mineral, 5% fossil, 60% waste, but material from the first ball was 65% mineral (and 0% fossil, in line with expectations). That's 6.5 tons of ore from a 10-ton ball. Assuming it's not an anomaly, we've hit a motherlode. *** Chapter 08 *** [C08] -Go to Communications (Video) Kendra Daniels: Things are looking up! A military ship just shock in! The USM Valor...I don't know what it was doing out there, but it must have gotten our distress signal. We can't talk to it until that Comms Array is fixed. I'm going to hack the door to Communications for you. Get in there and find the Comms Control Station. -First Contact (Video) Unknown USM Valor marine: This is USM Valor, widecasting on all frequencies to USG Ishimura in response to your SOS. We've pick up your escape pod number 47, and are en route to your position. This message will repeat every thirty seconds until you respond. -Impact (Video) Kendra Daniels: USM Valor, this is Kendra Daniels on the USG Ishimura, come in! Do not open the escape pod. USM Valor, this is Kendra Daniels on the USG Ishimura, come in! Do not open the escape pod. Dammit, respond! Unknown USM Valor marine: Ka... What... Kendra Daniels: Why did they open the pod?! Dammit... Oh my god, it's heading right for us! Isaac! ISAAC! Get the fuck out of there! It's going to crash into the ship. -Hammond Returns (Video) Nicole Brennan I wish I could just talk to someone. It's all falling apart here. Zach Hammond: Isaac! Isaac are you there? Thank god you're all right! I've been trying to reach you! Someone's been blocking my RIG signal remotely! That crash must have interrupted the signal block. Kendra Daniels: Hammond? Where have you been? Zach Hammond: Surviving. Barely. I found some med supplies and patched myself up. Listen. I'm calling abort on the mission. Fuck the CEC and fuck the chain of command. We have to get the hell out of here! I think I've located a shuttle on the crew deck. The flight log says it needs a new singularity core, but we can probably salvage one from the Valor. I can see the tail-end of it sticking out from the side of the Ishimura. I'm headed down there now to find a way inside! I'll meet you there! Hammond out. Kendra Daniels: Isaac, if what he says is true about the shuttle, we might have a chance of getting out of here. Head to the cargo bay and see if you can help Hammond...in his condition, he may not last long. -Eavesdropper (Audio) Kendra Daniels: Isaac, the door to Communications is open. But I've been getting some weird feedback spikes on the local comms. I think someone's listening in on us, so be careful. -Illegal Mining (Audio) Bailey: Communications log, First Comms Operator Bailey reporting. The ship is under attack, but requests to issue a distress call have been repeatedly denied by Captain Mathius. He won't say it, but everyone on the bridge knows why--this is an illegal operation in a prohibited system. We've all known for months, and we kept out mouths shut. Not anymore. Mayday, mayday, mayday! This is USG Ishimura, this is---what the hell? I don't believe this! The whole comms system is offline! Now he's gone too far... Bailey out. -Main Array Problem (Audio) Kendra Daniels: That Comms Array is in bad shape. We need at least six working dishes for a strong enough signal. Make sure they're aligned symmetrically so there are no power gaps. -Array Fixed (Audio) Kendra Daniels: That's it, it's working! Get back to Communications and use the control panel to send our coordinates to the Valor! -Big Problems (Audio) Kendra Daniels: What? Isn't that the escape pod Hammond jettisoned? One of those things was onboard! No! No, this isn't going to happen! USM Valor! Come in Valor! Our signal isn't strong enough. I'm going to open the blast doors to boost the signal. Female Computer Voice: Error: blast door blockage detected. Please contact a repair technician. Kendra Daniels: Shit! Isaac, there's something big on the hull of the ship, directly above the Comms Array. Something organic. I don't know what it is, and I don't care. We have to get the doors open to transmit to the Valor. You should have a clear shot from ADS cannon 48. Get to the cannon and blow it out into space! *** Chapter 09 *** [C09] -The Valor (Video) Zach Hammond: Isaac? Good, you made it inside! Listen! I just found the munitions log for the Valor! I don't think their presence here is a coincidence! They're not on reconnaissance and they're not on patrol! This ship is prepped for war! They're on a seek and destroy mission! Do you hear me?! Kendra Daniels: Isaac, I've lost him again! No signal from Hammond's RIG... Find the singularity core and get the hell out of there! -Dr. Kyne (Video) Dr. Terrence Kyne: Mr. Clarke! I need to speak with you... My name is Terrance Kyne... Doctor Kyne. Listen to me, there isn't much time... If you really can repair the shuttle... there is a better use for it than just running away. You must understand, the forces at work here are... greater than you can imagine. If you leave now...you condemn all humanity! The planet will never stop, never rest, unless the Marker is returned. Don't you see? The Church is wrong! This is all a trap! I've seen it... Please, you must help me! -Singularity Core Found (Video) Kendra Daniels: Is that it? You got it? Oh my god, you got it! That's the piece we need. Get to the Crew deck! -Radiation Hazard (Audio) Kendra Daniels: Isaac, one of the Valor's weapons ripped open in the crash. Those green orbs you see are highly radioactive, and the Valor's airlock has sealed itself. You're going to have to throw those into space before you can get into the ship. -Find the Singularity Core (Audio) Kendra Daniels: The part you're looking for will be in the engine room at the back of the ship! I'm reading massive damage, so you may need to find an alternate route to get there! -Infected Soldiers (Audio) Zach Hammond: The infection process is doing something strange to these soldiers. They all had built-in Stasis units in their body armor. The infection is merging the Stasis unit into their flesh or something...making the move fast...real fast. Be careful. -Hammond's Assistance (Audio) Zach Hammond: Isaac, I'm tracking your position but it doesn't look like I can reach you. This damn ship was nearly sheared in half. I made it to the bridge...it's a mess here. These poor bastards didn't stand a chance. I'm going to override all door locks so you can get to the engine room. I'll try and catch up with you there. -Emergency (Audio) Commander F. Cadigan: This is Commander Cadigan! We have hostiles on board! This is NOT a drill! Hostiles are alien, repeat, ALIEN and extremely dangerous! All personnel have weapons ready and fire at will! -Hammond's Death (Audio) Kendra Daniels: I just lost all of Hammond's vitals! Is he dead? Oh god. It's just us now, Isaac... -Orders (Text) EYES ONLY - PRIORITY BLACK FROM: CHIEF OF STAFF, EARTH DEFENSE ATTN: COMMANDER CADIGAN, F. OPERATION WHITE LIGHT THEATER: AEGIS SYSTEM, PLANET PENDING OBJECTIVE: DEEP CLEANSE CEC vessel USG Ishimura in breach of government order. They are believed to have recovered Marker 3A. Special Ops has confirmed the system but has been unable to provide the planet location. Special Ops advises caution. If Marker 3A has been recovered, infection by a lethal organism is a credible threat. Shockpoint to Aegis system, move to position out of local scope range and await signal from Ishimura to confirm location. *** Chapter 10 *** [C10] -Find the Nav Cards (Video) Kendra Daniels: Isaac, I've located the shuttle Hammond found. Shit! No good. That shuttle's brain dead. Someone removed the navigation cards, God knows why. There's three of them scattered around the deck. I'm downloading their locations. I can't access the doors from here, so you'll need a Crew Key. If you can find those parts, I think we can get that shuttle operational again! -Kyne's Gambit (Video) Dr. Terrence Kyne: Mr. Clarke! I really... must speak with you! I'm very close to your position, and... and I know you'll want to hear what I have to say. I can explain all this! I know what happened! When you have the Nav cards, I'll let you into the Security Station. We must talk. Hurry! -Hive Mind Glimpse (Video) [No text] -Mercer's Last Sermon (Video) Dr. Challus Mercer: Your time has come. No need to be frightened! No reason to fight! Many have gone before us, and now it's time for us to take the voyage together, transcend death... and let the future take its course. Join me, as I gaze upon the face of God! -Locked Executive Door (Audio) Dr. Terrence Kyne: Amelia? No...No no NO NO! The shuttle is mine. I control access to the shuttle! If it could make the journey... I could fix everything... I'm sorry, Mr. Clarke. Unless you can prove to me you can get it space worthy again, I'm afraid I can't let you through. I need to know you're on my side! -Life Support Down (Audio) Kendra Daniels: The life support system in Sleep Block B has been shut down. You'll have to find an override nearby to get to the door. -The Hunter Returns (Audio) Dr. Challus Mercer: This time there will be no escape for you, my friend. You have been most resourceful up until now, but my creation is free, reborn in the fierce heat of life itself! Now it's time to play your part... -SOB Override (Audio) Kendra Daniels: Isaac, that son of a bitch just overrode the door lock! I'll try to run a bypass. Hold on! -Lock Bypassed (Audio) Kendra Daniels: Okay, I bypassed the lock! Get out of there! -Executive Area Unlocked (Audio) Dr. Terrence Kyne: Excellent work, Mr. Clarke! Excellent work. Now... come and meet me in the Executive area. The door is unlocked. Be quick. -Kendra's Warning (Audio) Kendra Daniels: Isaac, be careful with Dr. Kyne. A lot of what I've discovered so far has come from his records... the man has clearly gone insane. He might be unstable, maybe even violent. -Captain's Report (Audio) Captain Benjamin Mathius: Captain's log, personal. I want to set the record straight. By the time this log is heard, my actions will have been vindicated. I'm a Unitologist. By now, it's probably no secret that we shouldn't be in this star system. Just another illegal mining job for the company... That is until the colony found the Marker. That was when the Church took an interest, and chose me to lead this pilgrimage. They also ensured many of the mission crew were devout. My primary instruction was to get the Marker up from the colony and on board the ship. Dr. Kyne, the CSO, is an expert on the original Marker and was tasked with deciphering this new one. He says he's making good progress. My decision to quarantine the colony is sound. They've got some kind of epidemic down there, and I can't allow it to infect the ship. Now with such a precious cargo. Now when we are so close! Planetcrack takes place tomorrow. We'll continue to decipher the Marker, and when we return home, we'll pass all our findings, and the Marker, to the Church. The government isn't going to cover this one up. Altman be praised. -On My Way (Audio) Dr. Terrence Kyne: Excellent! Excellent! Wait there for me, I'm on my way. -Meet on the Flight Deck (Audio) Dr. Terrence Kyne: I'm en route to the Flight Deck. Meet me there, and we can load the Marker on board. Yes, Amelia, Soon, we'll take it home... -New Ally? (Audio) Kendra Daniels: I don't know if Kyne is crazy or not, but we need that shuttle. Let's keep him on our side... for now. -Unitology Article (Text) UNITED WE... ASCEND? Is Unitology a new hope, or just another scam? By Carrie Van Ottken If you've been living on Mars for the past 200 years, you might have missed the fastest-growing religious movement in history. Unitology boasts a following of millions, counts powerful CEOs and officials in its ranks, claims $78 billion of stock in multiglobal companies, and owns two of Earth's largest financial institutions (GPSG Financial and Unitas Energy Investments). From its beginnings as a cult of personality, Unitology has become a respected, established religion. Most people know the basics. Two hundred years ago Michael Altman, a professor of anthropology, blew the whistle on what he claimed was the biggest cover-up ever instituted by Earth Government--the discovery of an artifact, or "Marker", which proved beyond any doubt there is alien life in the Universe. The Government labelled Altman a kook, but his claims struck a chord with some, and his mysterious death soon afterwards fueled that interest. Unitologists believe the Marker contained a code, the key to eternal life, through rebirth and ascension to heaven (The kicker is you have to die first). They say the Government is hiding the Marker somewhere, keeping its secrets for themselves. Across all of human space, Unitologists praise Altman's martyrdom and await the day God comes to take them to their new life beyond death. It all sounds pretty harmless. But, like any cult, there's a dark side. Unitologists are "ranked" in the Church. Nobody ever talks about it, but most of its critics believe there are at least three ranks above the average believer, or "initiate". With each new rank, more of the Church's inner workings and research is revealed to a follower. And these ranks are achieved by one simple criteria--giving money and power to the Church. Think taking all your money's bad? The Church also requires members to donate their bodies after death. Why? What do they do with them? Nobody will say, and attempts to infiltrate the inner circle have failed. With their emphasis on "transformation and rebirth", maybe we wouldn't like the answer even if they told us. One rumor that also refuses to die says the Church is funding a secret shipbuilding program. Some claim to have seen the fleet. No documentary evidence has ever been supplied, but the claimants all say these "mausoleum ships", despite their huge size (Cont'd on p94) -Z-Ball Rules (Text) Z-BALL RULES Step on the lighted platform and activate it to start the game! Jump to as many scoring platforms as possible to increase your score multiplier. Then use your Kinesis Module to grab the ball and shoot it into the active basket before the shot timer runs out. Beating each level opens a locker with a reward inside. -White's List (Text) PERSONAL LOG White, D. (FIRST OFFICER) Goddamn Unis are running the ship. Known so far: Captain Mathius CSO Kyne 2SO Mercer LCDR Holt Lt Carrillo LTJG Pitts LTJG Wrede ENS Maynard ENS Shande ENS Espeleta ENS Natividad *** Chapter 11 *** [C11] -Find the Marker (Video) Dr. Terrence Kyne: Mr. Clarke, I'm approaching the shuttle hangar. You must... You must find your way to the Cargo Bay! The Marker... it's being stored in there. There's a cargo loading lift there you can use to deliver the Marker up to the hangar. Please... you must help me with this! It's the only way... -Come Onboard (Video) Dr. Terrence Kyne: It's on board! Please, come and join me. Together we can stop this Hive Mind! We can end this nightmare! At last! -Betrayal (Video) Kendra Daniels: Sorry, Isaac, I couldn't let him go though with it. I suppose I should thank him for finding the Marker. We even managed without help from the USM Valor... Thank you for helping me find it, by the way. My department's been looking for this place for a long time. See, what Kyne didn't know was, it was the government's mess to begin with. This whole planet is one big experiment. The Marker? This "divine relic"? Made by man. They reverse-engineered it a couple of hundred years ago from the REAL Marker, a true alien artifact recovered on Earth. They dug it up, studied it, and made it their own. Then they brought it to Aegis 7, and activated it. And you've seen the result. The stuff of nightmares. They sealed the system, and no one would have been the wiser. But then CEC blunders in and starts tearing the planet apart. The experiment was still alive. Kyne was right about the Hive Mind. The Marker would contain it...but that doesn't matter now, does it? I have the Marker, and this entire system can go to hell. For what it's worth, you did a great job, Isaac. See you around... Or maybe not. -Nicole's Alive (Video) Nicole Brennan: Isaac! It's Nicole! I need you to help me, help us! Now! I'm... I'm in the flight control room! Please, Isaac hurry! Please... I love you... -Marker Transferred (Audio) Dr. Terrence Kyne: The cargo lift has arrived! The Marker is in the hangar bay. Now you can load it into the shuttle. Hurry! -Terrible Mistake (Audio) Kendra Daniels: Isaac, what the hell are you doing?! You've making a big mistake. This is not over! -Rendezvous (Audio) Kendra Daniels: I restored power to the elevator. Take it up to the Hangar Bay and get that Marker on the shuttle. I'm heading up to the flight deck now. Oh god...I'm just going to run for it...wish me luck. -Landing the Shuttle (Audio) Dr. Terrence Kyne: Excellent! I'm going to dock the shuttle. Got to be careful now...careful... -Load the Marker (Audio) Dr. Terrence Kyne: I'm bringing the shuttle down now. The automated loading controls aren't responding. You'll have to shut down gravity in the hangar bay and then manually bring the Marker directly beneath the shuttle. -Restore Gravity (Audio) Dr. Terrence Kyne: Okay, it's in position. Eh, still having trouble with these damn loading controls. Isaac, restore gravity to the room. I should be able to load the marker then. *** Chapter 12 *** [C12] -Nicole's Farewell (Video) Nicole Brennan: Isaac, it's me. I wish I could talk to you. I'm sorry. I'm sorry about everything. I wish I could just... talk to someone. It's all falling apart here. I can't believe what's happening... It's strange... such a little thing... In the end, it all comes down to this one little thing... I didn't want it to end like this. I really wanted to see you again, just once. I loved you. I always loved you. -Colony Chaos (Audio) Sergeant Neumann: This is Sergeant Neumann, P-Sec! We've lost all the shuttles! One of them just took off, then came straight back down and crashed into the bay! Took a couple hundred people and all the remaining shuttles with it! If anyone can hear this, do not land! Do not land! -The Pedestal (Audio) Nicole Brennan: Isaac, the Marker needs to be returned to the Pedestal Chamber. Use the loader to bring it there and place it on the pedestal. Replace what was taken, and make us whole again. -Restore Power (Audio) Nicole Brennan: Isaac, you're almost there. You'll have to restore power to the bridges to move the Marker through this area. Look for a control station at the end of the maintenance tube. -Unitology Exposed (Text) (Excerpts from THE FALSE MESSIAH, a book banned on Earth and most colonies) A RELIGION IS BORN When Michael Altman went public with his research on the Black Marker, the world was teetering on the brink of self-destruction. Many people, myself included, felt civilization was at an end. We couldn't change the world by ourselves and most of us didn't want to. What Altman offered us, this chance at a rebirth for humanity, was exactly what our hungry, empty souls were looking for. Practically overnight, our hope for humanity was renewed. Millions flocked to his conferences to hear him profess to know the way to a new beginning. We stared in awe at the evidence of the alien artifact that would change everything. And we did whatever he told us to. We rallied against the government. We joined together in congregations to share his word. And we prepared ourselves for the future he said was coming. Where were you when Michael Altman was assassinated by our government? It's the question of our generation, I suppose. It's certainly the day when everything changed for me... and the world. ... The martyring of the scientist-turned-savior Michael Altman begat fanatical zealots and I was one of them. We birthed and maintained the tenements of a new religion, known now as the Church of Unitology. I was only a follower but I was suddenly part of the biggest social movement in history. The riots that followed and the crippling of our government made us realize we finally had the power to change things. ... No one knows what is contained in the Black Marker. Some claim it contains a genetic string that grants immortality through gene therapy. Others say it contains the DNA of an alien life form. Even Altman confessed to not knowing exactly what it is for. The Marker has been used to form the basic doctrines of the church. As claimed in the popular book, "Death is Only the Beginning," humans will learn that by death of their worldly spirit, they will be reborn in unity as a stronger, unending community. "Unity is forever." ... Death is an important event in the journey of a Unitologist and seen as a necessary step to being reborn. The body is considered holy and it may not be cremated or be allowed to decay in the ground. The bodies are given to the church for safekeeping. Where they are taken is unknown, but I have seen massive Unitology compounds on all of the major settlements I have visited. Curious, I asked around. No one would tell me what was housed inside, but I uncovered evidence of massive shipments of preservative chemicals being sent to the compounds on a regular basis. It was around this time that my superior Paragon Fontenay, brought me in for my first "soul cleansing". ... Despite the headaches and the nausea that continued to plague me, I managed to sneak into the shipyard. I had almost regained full function of my legs and was able to make it into what appeared to be the nerve center of the operation. What I discovered were ships, massive ships and lots of them. Stasis storage tubes lined each of the hundreds of exposed cargo bays. I couldn't see any of the bodies, but I knew what the tubes were for. What I couldn't figure out was why the church needed to transport so many suspended bodies in what looked like deep-space vessels. Before I could investigate further, I was recaptured and the real "soul cleansings" began. -The USG Ishimura (Text) (From a CEC-sponsored article in the publication, Amazing Universe) As many of our older readers may recall, resource management on Earth and on the colonies was not always as streamlined as it is today. There was a time when needs could barely be met by the now-extinct resources of Earth and the dwindling supplies of the colonies. Looking to the stars for additional resources is nothing new, but at the time only smaller ships were shockpoint-able and they were insufficient at keeping up with demand. Enter the Ishimura. The USG Ishimura, named after Astro Physicist Hideski Ishimura (inventor of the shockpoint drive), was the first of the massive Planet Cracker ships. Built 62 years ago, she has a long and storied career. The Ishimura was the first vessel of her size to utilize the shockpoint drive for large-scale, commercial, deep space expeditions. At the time of her inception, the Ishimura was hailed as the savior of the Earth colonies. She was created to mine and melt down entire small planets and moons. She was also the first ship capable of the "scan and catch" technique for harvesting mineral-rich asteroids. Using huge gravity tethers, the Ishimura can lock onto asteroids and pull them inside the ship's massive collection bays for smelting. At 62 years old, the Ishimura is still in remarkable shape. Much of the equipment has been upgraded over the years. Many spaces have been retrofitted to take advantage of modern advances in technology. Despite the long years of service, she is still the pride of the fleet and remains the largest Planet Cracker in the fleet. Whenever an important deep space mining project comes up and the Ishimura is available, she's the first ship to be called. It's ships like the Ishimura - and the dedication of the men and women who crew her - that have helped make Concordance Extraction Company the trusted, dependable workhorse that it is today. -Background Request (Text) To: Zach Hammond From: XXXXXXXXXXX Re: Background request Per your request, here's what we could find on your hastily- assembled crew. ISAAC CLARKE Isaac was born to Poul and Octavia Clark on Earth in the eastern seaboard region of the American Republic. Poul Clarke was an award-winning ship architect employed by the Galactic Union Marine Corp. His record show extended time off-world away from his family. When Isaac was born, Poul was given a temporary reassignment to an Earth-based GUMMC ship production facility. During the four-year tour, Poul and Octavia raised Isaac together. When the tour was over, Poul shipped off for an extended off-world tour. Poul's influence on his son must have rubbed off. Records indicate Isaac pursued studies in mechanical and electrical engineering and achieved high honors. According to medical and psychiatric reports, Poul Clarke's absence had a profound effect on Octavia. She suffered from depression and personal anguish until doctors encouraged her to find fulfillment by working with charitable organizations. It is believed that this is how she ended up coming in contact with the Church of Unitology. Her association with the Church appears to have alleviated her mental condition. The cancellation of her therapy sessions corresponds with the local parish announcements of her initiation ceremony. At this point, records on her become somewhat scarce. There are indications that she sold off much of the family estate to finance her full membership in the church. Isaac appears to have been selected to a prominent engineering school but we surmise that he was unable to afford the tuition, as records show that he instead attended a lesser-known school with the help of scholarships and financial assistance. After graduating with high honors, Isaac enlisted in the Merchant Marines. He quickly gained a reputation for his resourceful engineering solutions and after two years was promoted to a higher-profile position closer to the major shipping lanes. There are several inquiries about the location of his father that have been logged by his contacts at the GUMMC. Isaac appears to have been trying to re-unite with him unsuccessfully for years. It's doubtful he ever got far in his investigation as Poul Clarke's service record has been mysteriously classified by an executive order. Octavia continues to be a contributing member of her church and has managed to purchase a Vested-level title. Isaac's career stagnates at this point. There are records that he cohabited with a medical officer named Nicole Brennan for a couple of years. Records indicate she moved out after receiving a promotion and is currently serving on the USG Ishimura. KENDRA DANIELS I couldn't find anything on her in the time I had but Darlton swears by her. She is on the mission with his recommendation. If he thinks she has the necessary skills, who am I to argue? -Planetary Mining (Text) (Excerpt from the CEC shareholder information packet on planetary mining) PLANET CRACKING Planet mining is, quite literally, the dismantling of planets and moons on a macro-scale. Entire worlds are fractured to reveal the rich seams of valuable minerals contained inside. Despite environmentalist concerns, the operation is perfectly safe and is the only way to extract the necessary resources on the large scale required to supply Earth and the colonies. You may have read reports that claim the destruction of a planet can destroy an entire solar system due to the disruption in the gravitation forces that hold each celestial object in orbit. Some of the wilder reports claim this causes the whole system to spin out of control or causes planets to smash into each other. Concerned investors are directed to read the article "The CEC Pledge to the Health of Our Universe" for a detailed breakdown of the truths about Planet Cracking. The short answer is: Planet Cracking is perfectly safe and provides an essential service to Earth and the colonies. With all Planet Cracks, the planets are carefully chosen for their mineral content, net worth, and the safety with which they can be dismantled. Planet Cracking is a lengthy process spanning from three to five years. Generally, the first year is spent prospecting and setting up the colony. The second year and a half involves tectonic excavation and related planet-side activities. The Planet Cracker class ship arrives between the 2.5 and 3 year mark, depending on the progress of the excavation. Once the ship is in orbit, preparation for tectonic chunk extraction begins. This takes approximately one week. The removal of an excavated chunk from the planet into a stabilized geosynchronous orbit usually takes about 1 day (24 standard hours). During this process, billions of tons of debris break off from the underside of the chunk, creating an instant asteroid ring around the planet. While the floating debris is extremely dangerous, the Planet Cracker ships have an excellent Asteroid Defense System (ADS) to keep the ship and crew safe from harm. Depending on the size of the planet, this process is repeated until the entire planet has been broken up and processed. ABOUT US The CEC is the largest solar mining and extraction company in the Earth colonies. It is also the fifth largest company in terms of market capital. It has become a powerhouse of industrial might and an influential political force. With a generous budget allocated to election spending, CEC has always been able to maintain and improve its market position. The CEC owns over 400 deep space vehicles including five Planet Crackers, with the famous USG Ishimura as its flagship. The CEC was the first to develop deep space mining, asteroid catchers and was the first to implement shockpoint drives for commercial use. We are the largest supplier of precious metals. Out of over three dozen Planet Cracks, only one operation has met with less than optimal results. Many may remember the Wanat Disaster 11 years ago wherein a Planet Cracker, three supply ships and a colony were lost due to a gravity tether failure. Since that time, CEC has worked closely with the manufacturers and held crew training lectures to ensure a disaster of this magnitude never happens again. We take your financial well-being and the well-being of our employees seriously. When you invest in CEC, you are investing in the future of mankind. -Recombination Study (Text) RECOVERED FILE Personal Log: Dr. G. Abernathy, automated transcript (Restricted access - Maximum encryption) Day three of quarantine for the former Drs. Clifton and Hogan. The infection is spreading quickly through Dr. Clifton. Dr. Hogan appears unaffected at this time. The chest of the corpse has started to expand, like it's taking a deep breath. Something appears to be happening under the surface of the skin. The body is convulsing - a yellowish briny liquid bursts from the mouth accompanied by choking noises. There's a crunching noise as the throat bulges and the jaw collapses. The head is splitting apart... reforming now into what appear to be a proboscis and feelers. The chest splits along the center now as the flesh stretches and expands outwards; the organs, bone and muscle bend inwards. The internal organs contort and reorganize themselves into an odd structure central to which is a massive bladder. The bladder is filling with a liquid, some of which can be seen spilling from the proboscis. I can only assume the two are connected. The legs are quivering as the flesh peels away and meshes with the flesh from the chest region. There is a sudden snap halfway through the process as one leg bends backwards. More quivering now and the other leg has snapped at the knee. The changes appear to be slowing now... it starts to sit up, the body is convulsing, the legs flopping. It is trying to take its first step, uneasy as first... but now it is adapting quickly. A half-dozen steps and it seems to be perfectly at home with the new, contorted form. The spattering on the glass is making observation difficult. It appears that Dr. Hogan's legs are elongating, somehow flaying themselves and now twisting with a mixture of his own internal organs into a single appendage, like some sort of tail. His face is contorted, his jaw clenching and unclenching... several jaw-like appendages are emerging from his every widening mouth. His mouth no longer appears able to accommodate the change... his head is splitting, seams bursting... And almost instantly, he is perched on his hands, shifting his weight from one palm to the other. He's pacing, circling the room and... he appears to be watching me! He sees me! No, he's fixated on the ceiling now... Oh god no, he's leaping at the vent! With his powerful tail-like appendage, he's striking at the reinforced covering, trying to get it open! I must warn the others! Recording end! -The Red Marker (Text) RECOVERED FILE FRAGMENTS FROM DR. EANDO DUKAJ TO: GENERAL AMBROSE CAIDEN (Restricted access - Maximum encryption) Altman's hasty expulsion from the project is unfortunate. His notes on the Black Marker appear incomplete and our findings this far have been inconclusive. What notes we have recovered appear to be written in a code of his devising. It will be weeks before we can decipher them. In the meantime, someone has to shut him up. His public outcry about the Marker is more than a nuisance. This is a matter of security. ... The continued financial infusion over the years has been appreciated and I'm pleased to share the results with you today. While some of our material fabrications are approximations of substances foreign to us, we have completed the internal workings of the device. One obvious difference between our replica and the original is the reddish hue. I assure you this is purely a cosmetic difference not indicative of a flaw. The device, when activated, began to emit a highly complicated rhythmic pattern across a wide band of frequencies - from actual sound waves through the electromagnetic spectrum to alpha, delta, and theta brain waves. It seems mostly inert and harmless aside from some slight interference with communication equipment. We are proceeding with the final construction. ... We've run into a disturbing but fascinating find. In re-creating the DNA instructions gleaned from the Black Marker, we've managed to create a recombinant microbial life form. It seemed dormant at first, even when placed in a bath of rich nutrients. Were it not for Dr. Clifton's poor hygiene, we might have deemed the attempt a failure. Fortunately for us, he had not fully decontaminated himself before working with the sample and managed to contaminate it with some dead skin cells. Suddenly, the microbes jumped into action! Recombination happened almost instantly and the sample began self-replicating and mutating before our eyes. ... More confounding results from our research: Today, as we moved what we're now calling the Red Marker, we had to pass by the cellular lab area. The scientists working at the time complained about interruptions in the necrotic flesh experiments. As is turns out, the field generated by the Marker creates a "dead space" around itself that forces the recombination effect into dormancy. ... I apologize for the setback relayed in the last report. The macro-scale infection has been contained with a minimal loss of life. The newly recombinated doctors are now quarantined for further study. ... Many of the scientists have been complaining of headaches and we are all having difficulty sleeping for more than an hour at a time. We suspect a problem in the ventilation system. The maintenance team reported finding a build-up of some kind blocking the airways. ... The organic mass continues to expand and take over the complex. The recombinated nightmares now move freely through the corridors. My remaining crew is hastily constructing a transmitter for the Marker in an attempt to broaden the signal it is emanating. Dr. Foster said the idea came to him in a vision. Our hope is to use the signal to keep the unchecked infection from spreading to the landing area. There is little time remaining! You must send help as quickly as possible! Our lives are in your hands. _______________________________________________________________________________ Conclusion ---------- This document is Copyright Daniel Mohid. Content within is Copyright Electronic Arts.