. Dead Space                         .
. "Database Transcript"              .
.    Database Log Descriptions       .
.    Version 1.00                    .
.    Daniel Mohid                    .
.    dmohid@alumni.iupui.edu         .
.    Originally Submitted 11/22/2008 .
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Introduction
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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 dmohid@alumni.iupui.edu

Scope
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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
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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
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Version 1.00 - 11/22/2008
               Complete Database Transcript submitted

Notes
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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
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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
_______________________________________________________________________________

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* Logs *
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*** 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.
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