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Dylan Carver was the son of Damara and John Carver.



"Is that dad? Thanks for the present dad! When you're coming home?
Okay, I love you dad. Who wants to play soldiers?!
—Dylan in an audio log

Living on the planet called Uxor, Dylan was raised by his mother while his father was kept largely preoccupied by his EarthGov duties. In spite of his father's frequent absences, Dylan idolized his father's role as a soldier and was largely understanding about why he was away all the time.

During a conversation on Dylan's birthday, John tried to discourage Damara from entertaining their son with the possibility of becoming a soldier after he received a toy soldier as a gift.[1] John did not want his son to experience his hardships, especially being unable to adjust and balance his duties with family life.[2]

Infected Damara and Dylan attacking John.

When the Unitologists attacked Uxor in an effort to "free" the Shroud 4 Marker, the EMP emitted from the Marker knocked all of the communications and vehicles down. Carver was helpless to stop the ship that plummeted from orbit and destroyed most of the Residential Sector. During his race to reach his family, Dylan and his mother are turned into Necromorphs. Carver was thus left with no choice but to kill them both.[1]

Carver's Hallucinations[]

Before landing on Tau Volantis, Carver was hailed over his RIG by the CMS Brusilov. To his surprise, the frightened voice of his son called out to him.[3] Carver and Isaac Clarke entered the ship and re-established the life support systems. On the lower deck, Carver found a miniature soldier that was sitting before a Marker. Against Isaac's warning, he picked it up for study and suddenly heard his son's voice asking why he "did it." After dispatching the Necromorphs that swarmed them throughout the ship, Isaac asked what the Marker showed him only for Carver to avoid the question.

Dylan appearing as bloodied.

 On the frozen planet, the hallucinations of Damara led Carver into the Archaeology Warehouse where the visions of her, Dylan and his toys that are scattered throughout the complex haunted him. The party streamers that are adorned with guilt-ridden messages ("Daddy hated me", "Happy Birthday, Dylan") and a giant cake reminded Carver about what he lost.[2] The Marker's influence continued to haunt Carver with his family in the bid that the soldier would kill himself to be "made whole" with his family in death. However, Carver was able to overcome the Marker's influence and destroy his connection with it by destroying the Marker in his mind.[4]

Spoilers end here.


  • It was strange how he was turned into a Slasher when he was transformed as usually humans of his age are converted into members of the Pack.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Dead Space 3: Chapter 2: On Your Own
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dead Space 3: Chapter 11: Signal Hunting - Optional Mission: Archaeology
  3. Dead Space 3: Chapter 4: History's Ember - Optional Mission: CMS Brusilov
  4. Dead Space 3: Chapter 14: Everything Has Its Place - Optional Mission: Marker Containment