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"Your wife was a brave and intelligent woman. None of this would have been possible without her."
Ellie Langford[1]

Doctor Damara Carver was a data archaeologist assigned to Uxor to study the Shroud 4 Marker. She was the wife of John Carver.


Life with John Carver[]

Damara and her husband John met a former heavy pilot from Titan Station, Ellie Langford, on Haven Prime. While on the planet, Ellie and the Carvers became friends and Damara learned that she was pregnant with her first child. For a time, Damara and Carver lived on Keyhole Station before being assigned to Uxor.

On Uxor, she was assigned to study the Red Marker on the planet. During her research, she discovered information that dated back to the Sovereign Colonies and their research on the Marker replicas that predated the likes of the Earth Government Colonial Alliance. Further investigation revealed a massive government cover-up unlike any that she had ever heard about. Eventually, she enlisted the help of Ellie and Robert Norton to gather more information. As a data archaeologist, Damara's continued assistance was vital in uncovering the buried secrets of the former Sovereign Colonies government. She learned that the Sovereign Colonies discovered a “master Marker signal” that was perpetuated somewhere from deep space. She located their triangulation station, Ptolemy Station, using the data that she reconstructed from their purged files.

Aware of the dangers of her research, Damara kept her work a secret from her husband, knowing that John would try to stop her if he found out. In the event of her death, Damara made a recording detailing her research and the importance of stopping the Markers and the Unitologists. During her work, Damara's relationship with Carver became strained. His inability to cope with civilian life complicated how the two interacted with each other. Though she remained hopeful that Carver would eventually adjust to his role as a father and husband, his inability to control his temper wore her thin.[2] His constant absence led Damara to believe that she was raising Dylan on her own.[3]

During his patrol duty, she admonished him for causing problems that he should hold himself accountable for and robbing the family of promised vacation time.[4] Carver was quick to agree with her, but could not split his attention between her and his patrol duty. He discovered a sabotaged scanner and later a long-sight laser triangulated on the Shroud 4 test site. Carver tried to warn Damara and their son about the danger before the missile hit, destroying the shroud on the Marker. The Marker's EMP blast took out all of the electronics and machinery, bringing a ship crashing down on the residential area where Damara and Dylan resided. Carver could not raise his wife over their RIG transmission and feared the worst.

Shortly after, Carver entered a structure in a bid to hide from the newly-created Necromorphs. There, he found Jacob Arthur Danik arguing with his men about their plan. It was at that moment that Damara began to raise John on the transmission again, calling his name in a noticeable slurred out way. Because of this, Danik's men were alerted to his presence and proceeded to use concussion rounds to knock out the fleeing Carver. After torturing him for a while, they were able to access information relating to him which led them to discover that Damara Carver was actually one of the Marker scientists they were after and that they had a child. Danik made no secret of his intent to kill both, which prompted Carver to take action and strike out at one of the men, shooting at his assailants. Shortly after, the arrival of the Necromorphs from outside helped him escape. One of Danik's men decried his attempt but Danik was unbothered, saying that Damara Carver would soon be theirs, while her husband was doomed.[5]

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The infected Damara and Dylan attacking Carver.

Upon reaching the room where he knew Damara and his son resided, Carver found to his horror that both Damara and his son Dylan had been transformed into Slashers. Too late to save his family, he thus ended their suffering by killing them both.[6] When asked about it later, Carver would claim that Danik had killed both Damara and his son.[7]

As he was about to kill himself with the intention of reuniting with his family, a communications device began to sound in the room, calling for Damara. Surprised, Carver picked it up and began to speak with Ellie Langford, who he had met at a party back when Damara had just found out she was pregnant. Ellie began to fill him in on the details of what Damara had been up to with regards to her Marker research. Carver ended the transmission by agreeing to meet with Ellie later.[8]

Carver's Hallucinations[]

"We see what we want to, John."
DS3 Carver What Are You Afraid Of

A bloodied Damara appears to Carver.

On the planet of Tau Volantis, Carver began to experience hallucinations of Damara, bloodied and freezing from the planet's temperatures. Her visage and voice were used against him by the Markers on the planet, "Damara" taunting Carver with perverted visions of her and Dylan's photograph, their eyes gouged out and bleeding profusely.[2] She asked him why he was looking for forgiveness when there was none and told him that it was time to "join the party."

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Carver faces a Red Marker and the ghost of Damara during his hallucinations.

"Damara" visited Carver one last time in the halls of the Sovereign Colonies Armed Forces' Biological Laboratories. A vision of a toy soldier distracted Carver long enough to startle him before he saw Isaac approaching him, the bloodied face of Damara imposed over Isaac's.[9] Inside the Marker Containment lab, Carver was assaulted by visions of his wife and son in a red and hazy world similar to the one where Isaac had confronted the Site 12 Marker on Titan Station.

"Damara" taunted Carver about how he had "nothing left" to live for; "no wife", "no son" and "no soul". She then beckoned Carver to sacrifice his life and join his family in death so they could be "made whole again." When Carver approached "Damara", sitting hunched over on a couch next to a Red Marker, she screamed at him, her eyes and mouth glowing in a similar fashion to the "Nicole" apparition that haunted Isaac. On his final trip inside his mind, Carver managed to destroy the imaginary Marker, breaking his connection to the real artifact and "Damara".



  1. Dead Space: Liberation
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dead Space 3: Chapter 11: Signal Hunting - Optional Mission: Archaeology
  3. YouTube: Dead Space Graphic Novel Short
  4. Dead Space: Liberation, page 7
  5. Dead Space: Liberation, pages 32-37
  6. Dead Space: Liberation, pages 38
  7. Dead Space 3: Chapter 2: On Your Own – Carver: He’s dead. Danik killed him… And his mother.
  8. Dead Space: Liberation, pages 39-41
  9. 9.0 9.1 Dead Space 3: Chapter 14: Everything Has Its Place - Optional Mission: Marker Containment