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"The Marker is glorious and divine, you - you know that."
Capt. Benjamin Matthius[1]
Red Marker

Emblem of the Red Marker, as sen on promotional Unitology posters

A Red Marker is a reverse-engineered copy of a Black Marker or its respective copies. It was vital in the process of Convergence.

It should be noted, however, the term "Red Marker" stemmed from the coloration of man-made Marker duplicates and not a universal description.



Red Markers are native copies of an original Black Marker that landed on a planet with intelligent life forms.

No matter the species, a Black Marker can influence any planet's given inhabitants (Usually the apex/dominant species) to create Red Markers under the guise of limitless energy. Unaware of the manipulation, the inhabitants' typical reasoning for creating duplicates was usually the harvest of a natural resource for energy purposes. In reality, Red Markers merely propagated the spread of the Necromorph life form and its subsequent Convergence Event.

By design, they resembled and functioned like their precursors. The marked difference, however, was the red pigment which they carried. The red hue likely came from bismuth, a type of metal used to replace the certain elements of the Black Marker that the human scientists are lacking in order to create a perfect duplication.[2] This particular trait may or may not cross all species who created the Markers. The Red Markers created by the alien race of Tau Volantis are predominantly black. Their veins are the only prominent red feature.

When activated, the copies emitted a highly tuned frequency to its surroundings that, when coming into contact with dead organic tissue, reanimated the cells, creating the Necromorphs. No matter the size of the Red Marker created, the signal's strength remained the same. Even when a Marker was destroyed, unless utterly obliterated, the carrier wave would continue emitting from its shards. Once all of the fragments of a Marker are destroyed, the signal stopped and all of the Necromorphs created would be destroyed, reduced to an inanimate sludge unless brought back into the proximity of another Marker.[3][4]

The effects of living humans exposed to this frequency vary. A majority of humans are unable to decipher the signal, perceiving it as mere "noises", images and meanings without coherence which ultimately caused the affected individuals to become paranoid and prone to constant hallucinations. It was hypothesized that this was attributed to some undefined aspect of the individual's intelligence.[5] Notable examples of this tactic can be seen in Dr. Kyne and Isaac Clarke as the Marker 3A urged them both to return it to its proper place.

A Red Marker tended to create the illusion of a loved one. Dr. Kyne often conversed with his dead wife, Kendra Daniels repeatedly saw her dead brother and Isaac Clarke saw his deceased girlfriend. A Convergence Event could be triggered by a single Red Marker alongside the mass of dead tissue created by the Necromorph contagion that it perpetuated. The number of Red Markers present may merely assist in hastening the process.

The Earth Government, despite its apparent awareness of a Red Marker's nature continued to manufacture the copies in the name of creating energy resources or conducting experiments, using the research information compiled by Michael Altman.[6] As a result, the number of test labs housing Red Markers behind shrouds are targeted and used against them by the likes of devout Unitologists like Jacob Danik and his Circle.[7]

Known Red MarkersEdit


Following the events of 2514, it could be assumed that an intelligence was driving the particular hallucinations that each person was seeing which was the deliberate sabotage of the food stores on Tau Volantis, forcing non-infected personnel to eat the infected flesh and become Feeders.

It was possible that the Marker 3A was using promises of halting the outbreak in order to be returned to Aegis VII so it could use the, presumably, greater biomass of the entire infected colony to achieve Convergence. This was supported by the pulse that the Marker 3A released after being returned to the pedestal which appeared to be identical to the pulse released on New Horizons and Titan Station. Whether the Marker would have truly stopped the Hive Mind or not was unknown since Kendra removed it from the pedestal immediately after it was placed there by Issac, although it was most likely true since there was no Necromorph activity on the planet prior to the Marker's removal.

It was also possible that the Marker 3A allowed Isaac to escape so the information stored in his brain could be used to create more Red Markers.

The Site 12 Marker sent Isaac horrific hallucinations of Nicole in order to trick him into being absorbed by it. As Isaac already accepted Nicole's death, the previous method of manipulation (Using his motivation to save a loved one) would be ineffective. Instead, the Marker manipulated his guilt and desire to make up for former failings and his part in the outbreak on Titan Station. It was also possible that it used Stross to manipulate Isaac by proxy as he was shown to be more prone to its hallucinations.


  • The Red Marker like the other Markers resembled the double helical structure of z-DNA, one of 3 helix forms that active DNA could take.[8]
  • The Marker signal was actually broadcasted to the Markers by the Brethren Moons.
  • In Dead Space, whenever Isaac approached the Marker 3A, it seemed to emit what sounded like several people chanting. What the voices are saying seemed to be the Latin phrase "Sumus hic morte, nostra sanctos deus", loosely translating in English to "We are here in death, our holy god". It was very likely to be a Brethren Moon or multiple communicating through the Marker itself.
  • Marker 3A and the Site 12 Marker had seemingly different effects during both games. The first one seemed only to want to stop the Necromorph outbreaks and keep them from happening while the second appeared actively to cause Necromorphs to form and worsen Isaac's dementia. This was the result of two conflicting forces surrounding the Markers. In Dead Space: Martyr, these conflicting effects could be seen simultaneously among the scientists researching the Black Marker. While some saw dead relatives telling them to stop their research, warning them about "Convergence," others heard whispers "from the Marker" telling them that it offered eternal life through Convergence.
  • A Red Marker could be destroyed in Dead Space 2's multiplayer mode.




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