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Tau Volantis


Sovereign Colonies

"Deus Enim Et Coloniae"
—Armed Forces motto[1]

The Sovereign Colonies Armed Forces (Or S.C.A.F.) was the military arm of the Sovereign Colonies.


Main article: History of Earth and the colonies

Secession War and Marker ResearchEdit

During the early 2300s, the Armed Forces are embroiled in the Secession War with the Secessionists, seeking to form an Earth-centric government.[2][note 1][3]

In 2311, the Science Division of the Sovereign Colonies successfully completed experiments on three Red Markers, copies of the original Black Marker. They discovered that the signals being broadcasted by their copies came not from the Markers themselves, but from a signal out in deep space.[4][5] Triangulating the signal using Ptolemy Station, they discovered Tau Volantis. Seeing this as a chance to bolster the flagging war effort and galvanize support for the war effort, the Sovereign Colonies Council approved of an expedition to the planet to discover the source of limitless energy powering the Marker replicas.[6] The flotilla was led by Admiral Marjorie Graves, the Armed Forces by Major General Spencer Mahad and the Science Division by Dr. Earl Serrano.[7] v[8]

Tau VolantisEdit

On August 29, 2311, an initial drop zone was established. As the Armed Forces set up on the planet, precautions to deal with the harsh environment are made.[9] The Armed Forces set up a series of ground-based barracks, research facilities and drill sites under Mahad's authority. Graves and the flotilla remained in orbit to provide support to the research teams working on the ground.

Serrano and his team identified a massive alien city underneath the base and began excavation. Inside, they found frozen specimens of alien origin and a host of Red Markers, varying in size.[10] The Science Division members began their excavation of the Markers, alien artifacts and remains. Dr. Alexei Obauchev began neurological dissections on the aliens in an attempt to better understand their physiology.[11]

Serrano and his team managed to piece together a number of details about the Machine, aided by the neurological data retrieved from the Rosetta and Nexus specimens. It was the source of the massive energy readings detected from the Markers. Trying to determine how to use the Machine, Serrano and his team created a Codex, a device that would work in conjunction to the machine.

While Serrano and his team worked on building the Codex, the conditions at the Armed Forces facilities are deteriorating. The members of the flotilla began to exhibit symptoms of Marker influence including headaches, lack of focus, hallucinations and Dementia.[12][13][14][15] The bodies of the dead soldiers who experienced the same symptoms are brought aboard the ships for "safe keeping" alongside the artifacts and Markers. Serrano's dig team was affected by the Marker in such a way that they adorned their snow suits with Marker symbols.[16][note 2]

Despite Mahad's misgivings, Graves ordered that the expedition would continue. Soon thereafter, Admiral Graves was sequestered to her quarters under quarantine. She claimed to hear voices telling her to "Turn it off"[6] Mahad declared Graves unfit for duty and took command of the entire expedition.

Adding to the stress of the situation was a steadily growing hostile organism of unknown origin, later dubbed the "Necromorphs" by the Science Division, both within and without the Armed Forces base.[9] Food supplies and rations began running low. Desperate and starving, soldiers supplemented their diet with infected flesh. Alexei Obauchev's research on frozen alien samples recovered from Tau Volantis' ice packs involved intentionally infecting Armed Forces soldiers who volunteered for the project.[11]

Scenario FiveEdit

Main article: Scenario Five

On June 17, 2314, with the situation quickly spiraling out of control, Mahad and his staff were ordered by the Sovereign Colonies Council to eliminate the threats presented by the Markers as per the "first contact" scenarios: Destroy all of the research and kill all of the staff on and off the planet who are attached to the Armed Forces facilities on Tau Volantis.[11][17][18][19]

Dr. Serrano who sought refuge in the alien complex beneath the base discovered a terrible truth about the nature of the Machine. Turning it off would lead to the extinction of all life in the galaxy and the restart of the Convergence Event that would complete the dormant Brethren Moon above Tau Volantis.[6][20]

Graves' plea to "Turn it off" was actually a message from the Moon needing to be completed. Serrano, however believed that the aliens intended for the Machine to destroy the Moon entirely, stopping the Marker signals that are now spreading throughout space. Theorizing that the device had to be properly attuned to accomplish this, Serrano prepared to activate the Machine himself. However, a broken leg left him immobile. Without the Codex, Serrano was unable to complete the process. Desperate, he contacted Tim Caufman and Sam Ackerman, still on the surface and begged them to recover the Codex from a crashed ship and bring it to the lab. However, Ackerman was killed and Caufman's attempt to reach Serrano was foiled by Mahad who killed him. Purging the Codex of its information, he committed suicide, completing the mission. By June 18, 2314, virtually all of the Armed Forces and Science Division crew are dead. The flotilla was left in ruins and the colony was abandoned.


The failure of the Tau Volantis expedition and the subsequent execution of Scenario Five across the Sovereign Colonies crippled the war effort and the Colonies lost the Secession War in short order.[21] The widespread scuttling of SCAF vessels was taken to be a scorched earth tactic by the victors.[3]

All of the knowledge of the Tau Volantis research conducted by the Sovereign Colonies was lost or destroyed to prevent the infection from spreading until a data archaeologist, Damara Carver discovered fragmented information almost 200 years later in 2514.[5]

Spoilers end here.

Elements of S.C.A.F.Edit

S.C.A.F. FlotillaEdit

The Armed Forces flotilla was tasked with journeying out into deep space to locate the "Master Signal" being received by the Markers created by the Sovereign Colonies. The flotilla was a large space fleet with numerous military ships and research vessels which are commanded by the CMS Roanoke during the expedition.

Identified VesselsEdit

  • CMS Roanoke - Codename: Overlord.
    • Planetary command platform, Flagship - abandoned.
  • CMS Terra Nova - Codename: The Luv Boat.
    • Mass driver vessel, Warship - status unknown.
  • CMS Greely - Codename: The Think Tank.
    • Experimental auxiliary research ship - abandoned.
  • CMS Brusilov - Codename: The Surgeon or The ComeBack Kid.
    • Modified light frigate, Orbital minelayer - abandoned.
  • CMS Shackleton - Codename: unknown.
    • Role unknown - Destroyed unknown.
  • CMS Franklin - Codename: unknown.
    • Transport shuttle - Destroyed due to high winds on Tau Volantis on Oct 13, 2311.
  • CMS Crozier - Codename: unknown.
    • Transport shuttle - Destroyed during re-entry to Tau Volantis in 2514.
  • SK-1P Maintenance craft - Functional, abandoned.
  • Mule - Destroyed after crashing onto a cliff and collapsing down, due to a storm and the Necromorphs while trying to deliver the Codex to Dr. Serrano on June 18, 2314.

S.C.A.F Special ForcesEdit

163rd Reaper Unit

Known Armed Forces PersonnelEdit

  • GEN Ambrose Caiden - Sovereign Colonies Council
  • ADM Marjorie Graves - CMS Roanoke
  • CAPT A. Belknap - CMS Roanoke
  • CDR Valery Dietz - CMS Terra Nova
  • LCDR Sam Kettle - CMS Terra Nova
  • LT Tucker Edwards - CMS Terra Nova
  • LTJG Charles Sekowski - CMS Terra Nova
  • LTJG Chuck Sekowski - CMS Terra Nova
  • Dr. Barton - CMS Greely
  • Laura Engstorm - CMS Greely
  • CAPT J. Suzuki - CMS Brusilov
  • Dr. H. Quiroga - CMS Brusilov
  • CAPT Wade Hoshi - CMS Franklin
  • LCDR Busby - CMS Crozier
  • LT Metcalfe - CMS Crozier
  • ENS Patrick Beckford - Mule
  • MG Spencer Mahad
  • COL J. Gaskell
  • SFC Richard Lumley
  • SFC Wmely
  • SGT George Cochran
  • CPL Simon Weber
  • SPC R. Friesner
  • PVT Edmund Varley
  • PVT Freeman
  • PVT K. Myers
  • PVT R. Blatty
  • PVT Sam Ackerman
  • PVT Tim Caufman
  • CAPT Raymond Reed - 163rd
  • Dr. Earl Serrano
  • Dr. Alexei Obruchev
  • Dr. Ramsey Bergerac
  • CLP Elizabeth Atwood
  • List of logs in Dead Space 3



Tau VolantisEdit


  1. Isaac: I've seen a lot of ships but never anything like these.
    Norton: That's because the Sovereign Colonies were sore losers. When they lost the Secession War to EarthGov, they scuttled their entire fleet. I'm surprised any survived.
    Rosen: What were they doing this far from home anyway?
    Isaac: If this is where Ellie went, you can bet it had something to do with the Markers. ---Chapter 3: The Roanoke
  2. These insulated suits were worn by a SCAF deep dig team assigned to exhume the darkest secrets of Tau Volantis. Whatever they found locked deep in the ice changed them forever. When they emerged weeks later, they were covered head to toe in strange graffiti and claimed to be “Witnesses to the Truth.”


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