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"I cannot stress how important it is that your cargo reaches its intended destination. Should you fail in your mission, it is not just our lives that are at stake, but those of your wives, your children - everyone you have ever known. I pray that the Codex finds its way safely to my hands before it is too late. Godspeed."
—Dr. Earl Serrano's message to Ensign Patrick Beckford of The Mule.[1]

The Mule was an aerospace craft used by the Sovereign Colonies Armed Forces flotilla during their expedition to Tau Volantis. Its role was most likely to transport cargo and personnel planetside. 

In 2314, The Mule was encountered by Tim Caufman. It had crash-landed on a large hill due to a storm and Necromorph attack during its mission to deliver the Codex to Dr. Earl Serrano.


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The Mule after crashing.

The Mule was relatively complex despite its small size. It had a lower floor where an emergency hatch was located as well as a second floor where the cockpit was built. The cockpit could be locked with a barred barricade that could only be opened by two persons simultaneously. It also had another emergency door which Tim Caufman and Sam Ackerman used to escape from the ship after it started collapsing down the cliffside that it crashed onto. The ship's two floors were connected with a ladder. The Mule also had a ventilation system large enough for Necromorphs to travel through.

The Mule's overall appearance was similar to early 21st century planes. It had wings with jet engines attached and landing gear where more futuristic ships would have relied on anti-gravity methods for landing and takeoff. Its exterior was covered in thermal plating to shield the vessel from the heat of atmospheric reentry.


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The Mule's cockpit after the crash.

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A pair of Legionaries emerge from The Mule, transformed into Fodders.

The Mule and Ensign Patrick Beckford were dispatched by Dr. Earl Serrano to transport the Codex to him in the Alien City. The ship escaped from the Necromorph horde, though at least some of its crew were transformed into Fodders which killed the pilots of the ship during a storm. With no one flying it, the ship crashed on the side of a cliff just above Facility Two.

Later, Privates Tim Caufman and Sam Ackerman arrived at the site to retrieve the Codex as they were tasked by the desperate doctor and were forced to fight the infected crew of the ship off. As Caufman picked the Codex up, The Mule lost its balance and began to fall apart. Caufman and Ackerman rappelled down the cliff to escape from the wreck, with Caufman narrowly avoiding his death by destroying an incoming turbine. At the foot of the hill, The Mule crashed and buried Ackerman under its heavy debris, killing him instantly.

Death Scene[]

After rappelling down the cliff, one of The Mule's broken engine turbines will land in front of Caufman and Ackerman, sliding down toward them. If the turbine is not shot and destroyed in time, it will grind them into pieces and explode.