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"TURN IT OFF IT SAYS TURN IT OFF IN MY HEAD IT TALKS TO ME TELLS ME THINGS THAT NO ONE ELSE CAN HEAR JUST FOR ME JUST FOR ME TURN IT OFF TURN IT OFF TURN IT OFF AND IT WILL ALL GO AWAY IT WILL ALL STOP"
—Admiral Graves being affected by the Tau Volantis Moon.[1]

Admiral Marjorie Graves was the commanding officer of the fleet sent by the Sovereign Colonies in 2311 to aid in the triangulation of the Marker signal, the source of which was believed to originate from Tau Volantis. She was the admiral of the flagship called the CMS Roanoke.

Biography[]

Tau Volantis Expedition[]

"I'd like to thank each and every crew member for taking part in this historic expedition. Never has there been a more worthy cause nor more dire circumstances than those we face today. While most of you aren't cleared to view the full details of this mission, know this: Our hopes and dreams for a future are at stake. The fate of the Colonies rests in your capable hands."
—Admiral Graves to the crew of the CMS Roanoke.[2]

Admiral Marjorie Graves was in charge of the mission to Tau Volantis along with General Spencer Mahad and Dr. Earl Serrano in the hopes of following the signals that the Markers were receiving. The purpose of this mission was to locate a source of energy that would be able to save the human race from extinction and win the Secession War for the Sovereign Colonies.[2]

In a meeting, Mahad badgered Graves to abort the mission and head home so he could use his military force to assist in the Secession War that was occurring back on Earth and the colonies at the time. When he was told that the mission involved Markers, he was not convinced of its importance.[3] Graves then asked Dr. Earl Serrano to give Mahad a briefing informing him of the purpose of the mission to the ice planet.[4]

Graves was upset about having to double bunk half the officers on her ship so Mahad could house his freeloading 163rd "Reaper" Unit. She reported that they were rude and that they did not do a single useful thing aboard her ship, asking Mahad why they were wasting resources on this frivolous addition to the mission. Mahad told her that if it was bunk space that she was worried about, she would not have to worry much longer, as he was taking half of the 163rd down with him to the planet once they got themselves dug in and that they were his insurance that nothing was going to go wrong.[5]

During the expedition, Graves was exposed to the Red Markers brought up from the planet and stored on the ships. Gradually, her mind succumbed to the effects of the Marker signal,[6] and she was eventually sequestered to her quarters under quarantine,[7] with Mahad taking command of the expedition.[8] In her state of mind, Graves developed an obsession with "turning off" the Alien Machine on Tau Volantis.[1] The cause of Graves' death was unknown, although it could be assumed that she either committed suicide, starved to death while she was quarantined or was killed during the Scenario Five operation ordered by General Mahad.

Legacy[]

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A mural on the wall of Admiral Graves' room.

Two hundred years after her death, Ellie Langford discovered a secret in the admiral's quarters. With the help of Isaac Clarke, they deciphered Graves' mural of Marker symbols and graffiti that provided information about a key to turn off the Machine on the planet. Isaac interpreted her message about the "key" to mean that it could turn off the Machine and, in turn, turn off all the Markers, believing that the Machine was what controlled them and being unaware about the Brethren Moon orbiting Tau Volantis.[9]

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