Titan Station, colloquially known as the Sprawl, was a civilian space station built into the last remaining fragment of Titan, one of Saturn's moons and the site of the first planet crack. Titan Station itself encircled the Shard of Titan as a large metropolis, with inner structures such as schools, malls, skyscrapers, and a Unitologist church. The population of the station exceeded one million people. The Titan Station Security Force was the law enforcement on Titan Station. The CPD was a repair company on Titan Station.
The Sprawl was split into two distinct sectors―Public Sector and Government Sector. Three "crossover tubes" provided transportation between the two, and acted as a docking platform for ships. During the incident, Vandal opened the crossover tubes, allowing the Necromorphs from the Titan Mines to enter the Public Sector.
Public Sector took the form of a large semicircle surrounding the Titan Shard, with large towering buildings and structures on its upper and lower sides (the lower side was known as the inverted city, and the two were connected via gravity-adjusting elevators). The most notable structures of this Sector were the Titan Memorial Medical Center, the Titan Heights apartment complex, The Concourse shopping mall, the Cassini Towers apartment complex, the Church of Unitology, the Titan Elementary School, the Solar Array, and the CEC Facility.
Government Sector was located above the Titan Mines, on the Titan Shard. The Government Sector housed a Shuttleport, the EarthGov offices and a research lab, which was being used as a Marker research and manufacturing plant. The facility contained at least one project, Project Telomere, which was most likely responsible for the research into the Site 12 Marker. Isaac Clarke and Ellie Langford used a drilling machine to breach the Government Sector, allowing Necromorphs in from the Titan Mines.
The First Planet Crack
Titan, a moon orbiting Saturn, was selected as the site of the first moon harvest (an early form of planet-cracking). A large colony was established on the surface of the moon to study its geology and prepare it for mining. The moon was successfully cracked and 'harvested', only slightly behind schedule, satisfying the immense resource needs of humanity, who believed their extinction was imminent.
Titan's harvest was halted for unknown reasons before the entire moon was dissasembled, leaving the small shard where the colony had started. As planet cracking became more common, the station experienced rapid growth as it functioned as both a critical research outpost and a way station for deep space mining operatons.
2508 - 2510
Titan Station felt the effects of the USG Ishimura incident in the years leading up to the outbreak, due to the decline of the planet cracking industry. Unemployment rose as mining support services and the CEC posted heavy quarterly losses. The station did experience a small economic boost however, due to grants received from EarthGov's classified scientific research.
- "There are Necromorphs everywhere. Is the entire Sprawl infected?"
- —Isaac Clarke
Over the course of three years after Isaac Clarke was rescued from his escape shuttle, Director Hans Tiedemann and his lead scientists committed Isaac and Nolan Stross to the Medical Center. While committed there, the codes of the Marker were extracted from both of their brains, and using these codes, they were forced by Tiedemann to construct a monumental Marker so he could obtain its power. After its completion, many citizens, especially children, became anxious and violent outbreaks of homicide and suicide were committed like before on the USG Ishimura and Aegis VII.
Although its origin was never actually revealed, the Necromorph infection once again awoke and spread throughout the Sprawl. It is entirely possible that the Church of Unitology was aware of EarthGov's Marker experiments. They sent unwitting worshipers deep into the mines of Titan where they committed suicide in the presence of the Site 12 Marker's signal that apparently started leaking through the containment shell protecting the Marker, therefore becoming the first Necromorphs. To back up this claim, Vandal from Dead Space (mobile) was a Unitologist who was aiding in the spread of the infection by releasing the outbreak to spread to the Public Sector. Also, Tyler Radikov could be heard reporting that the Necromorph infection was a success, further substantiating that the Church was fully aware of the relationship between the infection and the Marker.
This theory is heavily hinted upon in Dead Space 2 as Isaac comes across various logs indicating Unitology was responsible for the infection. The infection and Necromorphs spared no one, butchering families and children indiscriminately. Martial law was declared by Director Tiedemann, who also (against previously set protocol for any sort of Necromorph outbreak) ordered the station to begin evacuations; it is unknown how many people actually managed to be evacuated before the Public Sector was declared "lost".
During this time, Isaac Clarke managed to elude Tiedemann's forces, resulting in Tiedemann cutting off power and life support to the Transport Hub in an effort to deter Clarke from reaching the Government Sector and destroying the Marker. When this gambit failed due to Isaac reactivating the decommissioned solar arrays for the station, Tiedemann resorted to directing the focused beam of energy from the solar array to slice through all of the connections between the civilian areas of the Sprawl and the Shard, effectively cutting the Sprawl in two.
This once again failed to halt Isaac's progress, who proceeded to use the gravity tethers of the docked USG Ishimura to drag the Shard back towards the rest of the Sprawl, allowing him access. Once on the Shard, Isaac and Ellie Langford managed to penetrate the EarthGov compound via a mining drill, which also allowed the Necromorphs to infiltrate the facility. Isaac was almost killed by a large group of EarthGov soldiers blocking his way further into the station, but managed to avoid them and proceeded to cut the power to the area, which opened the doors and let in a massive horde of Necromorphs, including a Regenerator-type Necromorph known as the Ubermorph, which then overwhelmed and slaughtered the barricade of EarthGov soldiers. The mass of invading Necromorphs were able to reach the Marker, triggering a Convergence Event, which was halted at the last moment by Isaac destroying the Marker through apparently fighting a hallucination of his long dead girlfriend Nicole Brennan.
In the end, the damage caused to the Sprawl by the massive release of energy from the Marker's destruction, along with all the other damage it had sustained, destabilized the station's reactors, causing a meltdown. The fate of the Sprawl is revealed in the epilogue after the credits, which conveys that the Sprawl was completely and utterly destroyed by the ensuing explosions.
Titan Memorial Medical Center
- Main article: Titan Memorial Medical Center
A medical facility located in the Public Sector. Isaac awakened here after the facility had been besieged by Necromorphs. Upon awakening, he was overcome with fear at the carnage.
- Main article: Titan Heights
An apartment complex located very close to the medical center. It provided several floors' worth of apartments.
Isaac arrived in the complex just as Necromorphs began attacking. Several innocent civilians were seen being slaughtered as Isaac battled his way to the tram station.
- Main article: The Concourse
A two-story shopping mall located in the heart of the Sprawl. The stores were locked down when Isaac arrived, and the many abandoned shopping bags and pools of blood indicated that the Necromorphs attacked during normal operation hours.
- Main article: Cassini Towers
An apartment complex on Titan Station. Unlike Titan Heights, the Towers seemed to be inhabited mostly by Unitologists. In the center of the two apartment wings, there were four statues dedicated to Unitology. One of them was a large Marker statue that stood close to the window, and south of it were three masked Unitologist statues. Behind the three statues was an entrance to the Church of Unitology.
Upon Isaac's arrival, the Towers were covered in graffiti and littered with the bodies of those who had committed ritualistic suicide according to their faith.
Titan Station Church of Unitology
- Main article: Titan Station Church of Unitology
Titan Elementary School
- Main article: Titan Elementary School
- Main article: Solar Array
The Solar Array used to be Titan Station's main power source until it was replaced by fusion reactors.
- Main article: CEC Facility
- Fuel Core
- Main article: Titan Mines
- Main article: Government Sector
- Marker Lab
- The following below is a list of Titan Station's inhabitants before and during the time of the outbreak.
- Aleef Shehadeh
- Alejandro Borges
- Armado Creeg
- Casey Milham
- Colin Price
- Daina Le Guin
- Ellie Langford
- Foster Edgars
- Franco Delille
- Gabe Weller
- Hans Tiedemann
- Howard Phillips
- Isabel Cho
- Karrie Norton (Vandal)
- Lexine Weller
- Maxmillian Reinhardt
- Mikel Vlastnik
- Nickolas Kuttner
- Noah Pawling
- Omar Nayim
- Patient Four
- Patient Five
- Rachel Tatchet
- Samara Yasmin
- Sarah Andarsyn
- Tyler Radikov
- Victor Bartlett
- Vivian Kuttner
- Xander Sklar
- List of logs in Dead Space 2
- Survivor Encounters
- After the events of Dead Space: Extraction, Lexine Murdoch, Gabe Weller and Nathan McNeill set a course for the Sprawl after escaping the Ishimura. Based on the dialogue between Weller and McNeill, it is implied that they had both visited the Sprawl before.
- It is estimated that the Sprawl is well over 60 years old, since it was created after the first planet crack, which took place before the USG Ishimura was even built.
- The Sprawl is a sovereign nation state, but is still under the jurisdiction of the Earth Government.
- Titan Station has one known television network; the Sprawl News Network (SNN).
- Stray comets are routinely captured and used for the water supply on the Sprawl. This is common practice for large stations and ships in the solar system.
- The Sprawl is powered by a nuclear fusion reactor during the events of Dead Space 2, although it was once powered by large solar panel arrays.
- Titan Station's environment changes throughout the game; In chapters 1-3, it is night time. From chapters 4-10, dawn sets in and during chapter 11, one can see the Sprawl engulfed in flames and frequent explosions with smoke rising from skyscrapers. Titan Station is finally destroyed at the end of Dead Space 2.
- Cyberpunk author William Gibson's fictional, prototypical dystopian cyberpunk setting for some of his novels and short stories shares the name "The Sprawl".
- In Chapter 6, there is a large poster of Skate 3 in the Holleran transport hub. This is an easter egg, because you can play as Isaac in Skate 3's free-skate using cheats.
- If you look closely at a Dead Space: Aftermath screenshot of the Sprawl, you can see the Ishimura docked on the inside docking terminal, and in the actual movie, you see a Planet-Cracker class vessel leave the Sprawl. The Planet-Cracker may possibly be the USG Castle or one of the other three.
- It is interesting to note that the movie poster 'Kitty Kitty Bang Bang' can also be seen on the USG Ishimura although Dead Space 2 was set 3 years after the Second Aegis VII Incident.
- The Sprawl is around 11 miles long, roughly the length of 11 Ishimuras from one end of Public Sector to the other.