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"It is with iron will that they embark on the most daring of all endeavors."
—Plaque on the USG Ishimura[2]

The USG Ishimura (石村) was the flagship of the Concordance Extraction Corporation and the first Planet Cracker-class ship. The Ishimura was also the first vessel of its size to be outfitted with a ShockPoint Drive and utilize it for large-scale commercial and deep space expeditions. It was named after Hideki Ishimura, astrophysicist and the inventor of the ShockPoint Drive.[3][4]

At the time of its last planet crack on Aegis VII, the Ishimura was captained by Benjamin Mathius.

History[]

Design[]

"At her inception, the Ishimura was hailed as the savior of the colonies."
—"Sponsored Article: The USG Ishimura"[4]
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A CEC video in 2508 introducing the company's flagship, the USG Ishimura.

Commissioned in 2446, the Ishimura was considered a symbol of mankind's innovation. As one of the first capital starships to be outfitted with a ShockPoint Drive making faster-than-light travel almost trivial, the Ishimura was designed to mine and process asteroids and even small moons with remarkable efficiency. It was also the first ship capable of the pioneering "scan and catch" technique for harvesting mineral-rich asteroids. Utilising huge gravity tethers, the Ishimura could lock onto asteroids and pull them inside the ship's massive collection bays for quick and efficient smelting.[3][4]

62 years after it was first launched, the Ishimura was still in remarkable shape. Its equipment had been upgraded over the years, and many of its interior spaces had been retrofitted to take advantage of current technological advances. Despite so many long years of service, it remained the pride of the CEC fleet and was still the company's largest planet cracker. Whenever a vital deep space mining project required skill and experience, the Ishimura was the first ship to be called.[4] Without the resources gathered by the Ishimura, Earth and its colonies would still be embroiled in the Resource Wars.[3]

Despite being designed primarily as a mining vessel, the Ishimura also functioned as a medical research vessel. It had a dedicated medical wing where extensive research into virology, toxins and genetics was conducted.

Though the Ishimura was the pride of the fleet, the CEC considered it to be growing somewhat obsolete and planned to decommission the ship in 2509, following its 35th - and final - planet crack.[3]

Rediscovery of Marker 3A[]

"One day, I had an assistant who'd been with me three years. The next, I found myself working with a grad student who spent her lunch hour praying to the Marker."
—Dr. Karen Howell about the Ishimura's crew replacements for the mission to Aegis VII.[5]

In 2508, after the CEC learned about the accidental discovery of Marker 3A by the company's illegal mining colony on Aegis VII, the Ishimura was dispatched to crack the planet as well as recover the artifact. News of the Marker's discovery also reached the Church of Unitology, who proceeded to use their vast influence within the CEC to have several high ranking Unitologists posted in key positions on the Ishimura in an effort to secure the Marker for themselves. The CEC's Executive Director of Colonial Mining Affairs and a respected member of the Church, Warren Eckhardt, was responsible for seeding Unitologists throughout the ship and joined the crew himself to oversee the Marker's retrieval.[6][7]

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Captain Mathius observes a hologram of the Aegis VII planet crack.

Upon arriving at Aegis VII, the Ishimura's commanding officer and a devout Unitologist, Captain Benjamin Mathius, gave a no-fly order with the exception that the Marker, all related data, and the corpses from the wave of dementia-driven violence on the colony should be moved to the Ishimura. Once this was accomplished, the crew of the Ishimura began planet crack operations with the cover put in place to hide their Unitologist agenda.

Coinciding with the planet crack, the Ishimura briefly lost all contact with the colony. Once contact was re-established, the crew discovered that the entire colony was being slaughtered by unknown hostiles. At the same time, an unidentified fleshy growth had begun building up all over the Ishimura.[8]

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The Ishimura engaging in its planet cracking operations.

Several survivors attempted to reach the Ishimura using the colony's remaining shuttles. After navigating through the debris field created by the planet crack, the shuttles were fired upon by the Ishimura's ADS cannons for violating the no-fly order. In the end, two shuttles successfully reached the Ishimura. The first was flown by Dig Foreman Colin Barrow and crash-landed into the hangar bay, and the second was flown by Gabe Weller and crash-landed on the hull near the Crew Deck.

Infestation[]

"Trying to work out how fast they spread. The Flight Deck was the first to go, probably thanks to that shuttle crash. Most of Medical is overrun, and losing ground by the hour. Engineering can't be far behind. No word from Cargo or Communications, so not expecting anything but bad news when we do. Our best hope seems to be the Mining Deck. Dallas says the infrastructure down there is still running. But if they took out Security that fast, how long can we hold out?"
—Admin Support Officer N. Thibodeaux[9]
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The Ishimura goes dark after cracking Aegis VII.

Unknown to Barrow, an Infector had boarded his shuttle and infected his wife's corpse. After Barrow was killed and his shuttle crashed, his wife, the Infector and presumably a newly infected Colin Barrow escaped into the Ishimura's ventilation system and made short work of the Flight Deck crew before security could respond. The Infector made its way to the Morgue where it changed at least twenty corpses into Necromorphs which made their way around the ship.

The crew was attacked by the Necromorphs while they were on their daily routines. There were only a few reported incidents at first and word of the danger spread slowly through the Ishimura due to extensive communication failures between decks. Most of the decks were thus caught unprepared, presenting easy kills for the Necromorphs due to the vent system and leaving the decks utterly devoid of life. It finally became obvious that the entire crew was in danger when order around the ship vanished, with most survivors from the affected areas evacuating to the Medical Deck. With the communication blackout ongoing, the Bridge was mostly unable to muster an effective response despite some limited success on the crew's part using the Ishimura's emergency call stations to relay messages to security. Further measures came in the form of a blanket lockdown on the tram system, though the Necromorphs' propensity for vent travel meant this only made it more difficult for survivors to travel between decks.

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Necromorphs stalk the Ishimura's decks.

To make matters worse, an unknown force (possibly crazed crew members or Dr. Kyne) had jettisoned the ship's complement of escape pods after Captain Mathius' death at the hands of Dr. Kyne, leaving the remaining crew trapped on board the Ishimura with no way out. As a last desperate resort, Kyne disengaged the ship's engines in order to prevent it from taking the Marker back to the Church. This, however, caused the Ishimura to begin a slow descent towards Aegis VII, threatening to crash into the planet and kill everyone on board. Meanwhile, the Chief Security Officer, Alissa Vincent, sacrificed herself to launch a distress signal into space, unaware that the Marker manipulated her into luring more people to Aegis VII with a hallucination of one of her teammates.

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The Ishimura is left floating in the dark over Aegis VII.

At the tipping point of the infestation, the most heavily contested areas were the Engineering and Medical decks due to their importance to the ship's continued operation and sheer concentration of survivors, respectively. With Vincent's team dead along with most of the other security officers onboard, however, organized resistance began to disintegrate rapidly. The Medical Deck was completely overwhelmed with badly injured survivors to the point where the medical staff barricaded the injured outside. While these barricades weren't breached, a rapidly growing pileup of unattended corpses in the secured area spontaneously reanimated and slaughtered any remaining medical staff. Engineering, on the other hand, had simply been abandoned by its few remaining crew as roaming Necromorphs made it too dangerous to continue their efforts to restart the engines.

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One of the Ishimura's bloodied rooms with a lone, crazed crew member.

Losing the Ishimura's security force alone had caused a precipitous drop in morale among the Bridge survivors that culminated in First Officer White committing suicide via the deck's airlock.[10] After surviving a Brute's assault with heavy casualties, the remaining command staff decided to make an exodus across the ship to the Mining Deck, a more defensible area where wandering survivors rallied. However, this bastion collapsed from within due to a combination of dementia-induced infighting and sheer attrition.[11] By the infestation's later stages, the only significant concentration of survivors had been a group of Unitologists on the Crew Deck seeking refuge by the Marker under the guidance of Dr. Challus Mercer.

The Kellion's arrival[]

"Why is it so dark? We should be able to see her running lights."
Isaac Clarke observing the Ishimura.[12]
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The USG Kellion crew observe the Ishimura.

It was at this point that the USG Kellion shockpointed in in response to the Ishimura's distress signal. Many of the areas of the ship were covered in Necromorph biomass or damaged resulting in failures in the ship's life support, automated systems and artificial gravity. Nearly all of the exterior lights were also inactive due to the loss of the main power. The ship's self-destruct system was offline as well as most of the other systems. The only viable way to scuttle the ship was to disengage the engines and allow the planet crack load to pull the Ishimura into the planet.

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Isaac Clarke finds a group of Unitologists who committed suicide.

To survive, Isaac Clarke had to repair parts of the ship in some levels, demonstrating that while the vessel was in a deplorable condition, it may yet be saved.

The Ishimura was last seen when Isaac departed toward Aegis VII with the Marker aboard the Executive Shuttle USG-09, leaving its fate for the time unknown.

Post-Aegis VII Incident[]

"There are several shocking findings relating to the sludge-like material found throughout the Ishimura. First, it is human DNA. Second, and far more disturbing, it re-animates in the presence of a Marker signal. The only conclusion we can come to is that the entire Ishimura crew was infected and "reconstructed", and then fell into a soupy DNA-sludge when the Aegis VII Marker was destroyed."
—Dr. Heidi Latchford[13]

After the destruction of Aegis VII, the Ishimura was thrown out of orbit into deep space.[14] EarthGov falsified the details of the ship's fate, claiming that the ship was lost to a terrorist attack. The Ishimura was commemorated by the government and the CEC, keeping the public oblivious to the ship's real fate to avoid widespread panic and chaos.[15]

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The abandoned Ishimura, drifting in space, mauled by asteroids.

The Ishimura drifted aimlessly within the Aegis System for weeks following the incident. When an illegal salvage group known as the Magpies led by Jessica Li and Stefan Schneider were using a ShockRing to transport minerals, the Ishimura was caught by its event horizon. It was transported to the Magpies' position, destroying their Nest. The Magpies stabilized the vessel with gravity tethers and boarded the Ishimura, finding the ship in bad shape; its hull had been bombarded by asteroids, destroying entire decks. The oxygen was leaking out and nearly depleted. The ship's ShockPoint Drive was severely damaged and most of the power and artificial gravity was gone due to the damage sustained to the Engineering Deck. Only the emergency power and a few auxiliaries were still functional. The destruction of Marker 3A had caused the entire Necromorph infestation to dissolve into a soupy sludge-like material. Despite this, quarantine lockdowns were in effect all over the ship and the Corruption, though inactive, covered almost everything, leaving the ship a miserable shadow of its former glory.

The Ishimura was apparently deserted, leading the Magpies to embark on an expedition through the ship in search of any valuable equipment. However, following the discovery of several shards of the Red Marker embedded in the outside hull, order collapsed. One of the crew members, Malyech, assaulted his fellow salvager Li over the fate of the shards and had to be confined. Another crewman, Venschiff, was driven mad by the Marker and attacked Schneider only to be killed in the ensuing struggle. Malyech's assistant Copland then left the Ishimura with a shard, planning to betray them to EarthGov in exchange for a deal.

The worst was yet to come. As the Earth Defense Force and the Oracles closed in on the Magpies' positions, the Necromorphs suddenly reanimated all over the Ishimura. The undead horrors attacked the Magpies, leaving Schneider as the sole survivor. Schneider managed to trick the E.D.F. squad into landing in the Ishimura's Cargo Bay where they were slaughtered by the rampaging Necromorphs. Afterward, Schneider attempted to escape, but the Oracles pursued him, forcing them into a confrontation outside the ship. Due to the intervention of a new Hive Mind, Schneider managed to get back inside and finally escaped through a hatch, leaving the Oracles to their deaths. Schneider recovered their weapons and made his way to the Oracles' stealth shuttle, notifying EarthGov about the Ishimura's location before shocking out to an unknown destination. The EarthGov ships presumably shocked in not long after and recovered the Ishimura, eventually taking it to its final resting place docked at Titan Station.

The Sprawl[]

"Allison Landers, this is Brandon Lurrach: Thank you for identifying Ishimura archive footage and RIG logs that could potentially contradict the official storyline of its demise at Aegis VII. It is critical that no word of the artifact's recovery ever be surfaced to the public. It is disturbing that such records still exist this many years after the incident. We have locked out your research team's access, and will be replacing them with EarthGov specialists effective immediately."
EarthGov Official[16]
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The USG Ishimura docked at the Sprawl.

Sometime between the three years that Isaac Clarke was interred on Titan Station, otherwise known as the Sprawl, the USG Ishimura ended up docked at the station with EarthGov engaging in a thorough cleanup and refit operation within the ship, ostensibly to wipe all of the evidence of the Necromorph infestation out. The Necromorph infestation aboard the ship apparently dissolved once more after the loss of the Marker shards recovered by the Magpies, leading to its inert discovery by the Sprawl's scientists. However, due to the presence of the Site 12 Marker located within the Sprawl, it was not long before the Necromorph biomass began reconstituting itself. In the weeks leading up to Isaac's escape, the Necromorph presence aboard the Ishimura silently stalked the Sprawl's technicians, leading to mass paranoia and panic within the cleanup crews. By the time of the Necromorph outbreak within the Sprawl, the Ishimura was mostly restored structurally, though the cleanup effort was only partially completed.

Later, an uneasy Isaac returned to the Ishimura, planning to use its powerful gravity tethers to reconnect the Sprawl's Government Sector after Director Tiedemann disconnected it from the station. Discovering the ship's repairs to be incomplete, Isaac journeyed to the Engineering Deck to restore the Gravity Centrifuge which was in the process of being upgraded when the Necromorph outbreak on Titan Station began. Afterward, Isaac boarded the ship's tram system to head to the Bridge only to have his progress halted by an obstruction in the tram tunnel which rerouted him to the heavily-infested Medical Deck. After fighting numerous Necromorphs off and moving through a tram tunnel on foot, he finally arrived at the Bridge. He activated the gravity tethers in order to pull the space track together, making his way to the Government Sector via an escape pod.

The ship was still undergoing its cleanup and refit at the time of the Sprawl Necromorph outbreak, leaving it in a battered yet somewhat recovered state. Protective materials were deployed over the walls, ventilation ducts and the other areas. UV lighting illuminated blood smeared within numerous hallways which were without power. EarthGov also reinstalled several escape pods in the Bridge which Isaac used to exfiltrate the ship and return to the Sprawl. Among several other reinstallations, several updated Stores were put in place likely so the workers could supply themselves if needed while they were working on the ship.

Later, the Sprawl exploded due to Isaac's actions and the Ishimura was destroyed alongside the Necromorph infected station.

Ship Sections[]

Bridge[]

BRIDGE

The Bridge was the control room from where the Ishimura was navigated and monitored. It consisted of several sections: The Atrium, the main part of the Bridge of the Ishimura; the Captain's Nest which was Captain Mathius' personal observation area; Administration, where the ship's section leaders worked; and Communications/External Access where the Communications Array was located. The various sections were serviced by elevators accessed from the Atrium. The escape pods were located outside the Captain's Nest. The Captain's Nest was a restricted area and only the officers holding the rank of Class 5 were allowed to enter. The controls were all holographic and various stations with holographic displays were present throughout the Bridge. When Isaac entered the main atrium, all displays showed a "System Failure" which was a reflection of the ship's overall state.

Crew Deck[]

CREW DECK

The residential area of the ship and a large deck housing numerous sleeper bunks, a mess hall, a Zero-G Basketball court and several small lounges containing chairs and sofas placed around a large holographic display, possibly for means of entertainment. The Executive Lounge and Executive Quarters were located here, as well as the Executive Shuttle USG-09. Isaac Clarke arrived at this deck in order to power the Executive Shuttle up by using a Singularity Core.

Engineering Deck[]

ENGINEERING DECK

The section of the Ishimura where various engineers worked at maintaining the ship. This area was responsible for ensuring the correct function of the ship's ShockPoint Drive, the Gravity Centrifuge and the navigation rockets as well as a continual lifting capacity of 525 trillion kilotons. The area was noted for being very dangerous as only the Class 5 Engineers were allowed entry. Unlike the other areas such as the Bridge and Medical Deck, Engineering was very dark and industrial with exposed and dangerous machinery on display. It was divided into three primary areas:

  • Gravity Centrifuge Access: A large chamber that held the Gravity Centrifuge which kept the Ishimura stable. During the time of the Titan Station outbreak, the Gravity Centrifuge was in the process of being upgraded.
  • Fuel Storage: A large compartment for the titular purpose, Fuel Storage was separated into two sections by a mini-tram. This area fed the fuel into the engines and was dominated by a large rotating ring of fuel cells and the main fuel line. This was the darkest area of the deck.
  • Engine Room: A large facility that proudly displayed the Ishimura’s immense engines, several hundred feet in diameter.

Flight Deck[]

FLIGHT DECK

It was the location of the main hangars where the shuttles would enter and leave the Ishimura. It contained a fully equipped departure/arrival lounge and had access to the cargo bay, allowing the materials to be loaded into the shuttles for transport. The Executive Shuttle Docking Bay connected to this as well as the Cargo Bay. The Ishimura had multiple docking bays situated all over the ship for shuttles of various sizes, ranging from the massive main hangar bay where the USG Kellion crashed to the smaller mining shuttle bays such as Docking Bay 17, where the Necromorph infection infested the Ishimura.

Hydroponics Deck[]

HYDROPONICS DECK

The Ishimura’s internal farm which produced the food needed to feed the many workers aboard the ship as well as providing a sustainable production of oxygen. It was typically maintained by the horticulturists such as Elizabeth Cross who monitored the production levels of the food. This deck came under trouble when the Leviathan grew into Food Storage and began polluting the air. It was a massive area, spanning the entire top portion of the Ishimura's two cargo towers, and was divided into 2 primary sections: The multi-level Vegetation Growth Chambers and the centrally located cylindrical Food Storage chamber. Directly before Food Storage was the air quality control and ventilation system, the Station featured a large Hologram screen and controls that indicated air production, ventilation and filtration systems.

Maintenance Deck[]

MAINTENANCE DECK

This Deck was where maintenance was performed on the shuttles and the maintenance shuttles were docked. These hangars could be manually opened in the event of their Control Rooms sustaining damage. The only notable location on this Deck was Shuttle Bay 47 which contained Maintenance Shuttle 23.[17]

Medical Deck[]

MEDICAL DECK

The Medical Deck of the Ishimura contained various facilities including: Zero-G Therapy, an Intensive Care Unit, Imaging and Diagnostics, Biolab, Cryo-Lab, Chemical Lab, Morgue and also various research areas and offices of the scientists aboard the ship. The deck was serviced by two trams: One at the main entrance and one at the Cryo Storage entrance. The Medical Deck was divided into three areas: Emergency Ward, Imaging and Diagnostics and the Research Wing. Dr. Kyne's office was located in the Research Wing's ground floor while Dr. Mercer's was located in the Emergency Ward. Before the infestation, the Medical Deck was one of the brightest areas on the ship with virtually all lighting in the medical areas being a vivid white. In 2511, Isaac would have to traverse through here once the tram encountered an obstruction.

Mining Deck[]

MINING DECK

The heart of the Ishimura. This was where the asteroids and planet fragments were broken apart and melted for valuable minerals. A 4-level deck, it was the largest deck on the Ishimura. The asteroids were brought in via an entrance on the third level and held in place by the gravity tethers.

Ore Storage Deck[]

ORE STORAGE DECK

Directly below Hydroponics, this deck was where the valuable ore extracted from operations on the Mining Deck was stored in large containment cylinders. It was the area the USM Valor crashed into in the original game. The entire deck was basically destroyed when Isaac arrived. The Ore Storage area was instead dominated by the wreck of the Valor. The deck was essentially a gigantic room in Zero Gravity.

Subsections and Systems[]

ADS Cannon
  • Asteroid Defense System (ADS)
Main article: Asteroid Defense System cannon
A large fixed array of Mass Drivers was used onboard all Planet Cracker-class ships. The primary goal of this system was to track and destroy asteroids automatically, preventing potentially damaging collisions with the ship itself during the planet crack.
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  • Computer Core
The Computer Core was the central processing area for the Ishimura's databanks. It allowed remote locking and unlocking of various areas, remote disengaging of the ship's engines as well as allowing access to the ship's library. Kendra Daniels barricaded herself here after she and Zach Hammond were attacked by the reanimated Aiden Chen.
Decontamination
  • Decontamination Chambers
These chambers could be found throughout the ship protecting important areas such as the Gravity Centrifuge on the Engineering Deck. The purpose of these stations was to cleanse the workers of any bacteria and small debris that could contaminate vital areas.
  • Emergency Shuttles
Due to the Ishimura’s task as a mining ship and its frequent danger, the ship was equipped with a large compliment of escape pods which could be used to evacuate the ship in an emergency. These escape shuttles counted numbers at fifty. However, when the Necromorph infection reached the Ishimura, the entire shuttle battery was jettisoned with no one on board any of the shuttles. By the time Isaac Clarke arrived, the only means of escaping the ship was a single escape pod outside the Bridge which had failed to launch due to damage. This pod was promptly jettisoned by Zach Hammond to remove a Slasher form of Aiden Chen. The Ishimura also carried a small compliment of mining shuttles for transportation, but these were either destroyed or also remotely jettisoned by the time that the Kellion arrived.
  • Filtration Systems
The Filtration Systems transported all of the ship's waste to the Water Treatment Facility. The Filtration System was composed of large, interconnected chambers and pipes which ran under various decks such as Medical and Hydroponics. On the ceiling of these pipes are the smaller tubes from which the waste was deposited. Extraction fans and filters are used to remove the fumes, rendering the air breathable. The pipes also contained elevated walkways and doors to allow access without the need to come into contact with the waste. The Filtration System also utilized various air filtration processes to purify the contaminated oxygen or recycle carbon dioxide. This air was dispersed throughout the ship via ventilation systems.[18]
  • Quarantine System
Main article: Hazardous State Quarantine
The important areas on the Ishimura were equipped with sensors which detected contaminants such as Necromorphs. When one or more of these was detected, the area was locked down until the threat was removed. Both the Aegis VII Colony and the Valor also had a similar system suggesting that this was standard among structures and starships.
  • Tram System
Main article: Tram System
Due to the Ishimura's size, a tram system was built into the ship, allowing fast and easy access to each of the ship's sections. However, the system was single rail so a single damaged tram would prevent travel throughout the ship. The floor of the tram's subway could be traversed.

Service Record[]

USG Ishimura Service Record
ASTRONOMICAL BODY SYSTEM DATE OF FIRST OPERATION TOTAL PAYLOAD
TITAN SOL 08-29-2446 511.76 Bn
PALLAS SOL 02-14-2448 312.4 Bn
HYGIEA SOL 05-04-2451 127.8 Bn
PHOBOS SOL 12-02-2453 85.66 Bn
VESTA SOL 03-20-2455 312.4 Bn
PANDORA SOL 06-02-2457 462.1 Bn
VARDA SOL 03 15 2458 426.2 Bn
IXION SOL 11-04-2459 312.4 Bn
PIRX BD+14 4559 12-02-2460 712.1 Bn
BRAHE 55 CANCRI 07-11-2461 825.5 Bn
MAKEMAKE SOL 01-15-2463 560.4 Bn
MIRANDA SOL 04-04-2465 622.1 Bn
EUNOMIA SOL 01-02-2467 82.63 Bn
JUNO SOL 11-29-2469 92.1 Bn
TAURI-B DH TAURI 03-28-2470 619.8 Bn
WASP-12b WASP 09-02-2474 652.7 Bn
WASP-49b WASP 10-30-2476 632.2 Bn
KEPLER-517b KEPLER 03-12-2479 915.5 Bn
AEgir ERIDANUS 04-01-2481 860.4 Bn
TOGE SACITARIUS 03-03-2482 256.76 Bn
JANSSEN CANCRI C 05-19-2484 526.4 Bn
ARION b DELPHINI 09-05-2487 558.2 Bn
BD-17 63b CETUS 02-22-2489 85.66 Bn
MU-ARAE b ARA 01-29-2490 291.24 Bn
TAU GRUIS TAU 11-15-2490 127.1 Bn
NEGOlU XO 06-27-2491 182.5 Bn
Rho Indi B RHO 01-29-2493 561.5 Bn
GUARANI HD 20868 06-15-2494 279.2 Bn
Xi AQUILAE AQUILEA 12-12-2495 432.4 Bn
THESIAS POLLX 05-01-2497 512.2 Bn
HYPATIA DRACONIS B 03-20-2499 315.5 Bn
ORCUS SOL 04-29-2503 150.4 Bn
TRITON SOL 05-21-2505 392.1 Bn
MAGOR HAT-P1b 02-27-2506 178.9 Bn
AEGIS 7 CYGNUS 11-11-2507 Work in progress

Successive Captains[]

Trivia[]

  • The ship prefix "USG" stands for "United Spacefaring Guild", which oversees civilian spacecraft operation.[19]
  • The Japanese meaning of Ishimura is "Stone Village", a title appropriate for the vessel's purpose. Additionally, the presence of Japanese markings throughout the ship, most notably on the ship logo, suggest either heavy Japanese influence (perhaps in homage to Hideki Ishimura) or direct Japanese-based construction.
  • According to the artbook that was included in the special edition release of the first Dead Space, the length of the Ishimura was over 5,300 feet (over one mile or 1.6 kilometers) long from stern to bow, and the height was roughly 1,550 feet (0.47 km).
  • Out of the Ishimura's entire crew, Gabe Weller was the only known survivor of the Aegis VII incident.
  • The Filtration Systems are where Chapter 6 of Dead Space: Extraction take place and where the Urchin is encountered.
  • The Maintenance Deck is where Chapter 8, the first part of Chapter 9 and Chapter 10 of Dead Space: Extraction take place.
  • In Chapter 10 of Dead Space 2, many save points, Stores and Power Nodes from the first game can be found in the same locations on Engineering, Medical and Bridge. While the save stations onboard retain their unique appearance from the first game, they now display the Titan Station holograph when activated. The Stores are completely retrofitted and match the appearance and inventory of those found on the station itself.
  • In Dead Space 2, after activating the tethers in the Captain's Nest, Isaac uses an escape pod to get back to the Sprawl. Oddly enough, it is in the same position as the pod that Zach Hammond launched in Chapter 4 of the original game, suggesting that the EarthGov cleanup crews reinstalled the escape pods while working on the Ishimura. In the 2023 remake of the first game, the pod that Hammond launches is in a different position.
  • In Dead Space 2, the earliest sighting of the Ishimura is in Chapter 5. If you look out the window in the room just before meeting with Daina, its two cargo towers can be seen. It can also be seen when Isaac is knocked out into space by the Tormentor, but only for a split second. The first time that you can see the Ishimura for a long period of time is in Chapter 7 when the player is required to re-align the Solar Array panels. If the player looks down at the Sprawl, they can see that the Ishimura is docked on one of the three cross over rails connecting the station to Titan. One can also see the Ishimura in Chapter 9 by looking through the large window that can be decompressed.
  • In the game Saints Row: The Third, if you go to the back of the rear platform of any ship in the game and zoom in on the piece of paper on the wall, it will give a list of missing ships. The USG Ishimura is featured on that list as an easter egg.
  • The Ishimura had 50 escape pods, which were all launched empty (save for one, damaged), presumably by Dr. Kyne or some unknown saboteur.
  • In the initial loading screen for Dead Space 2, the name of the vessel is misspelled "Ishumura".
  • In Dead Space 2, the interior of the Flight Deck is reversed. When entering via the service tram on the right-hand side of the ship, the shuttle bay doors should be to the right (to the front of the ship), but instead they are to the left (to the rear of the ship).
  • The amount of fins on the Ishimura differs in its depictions. The actual model in Dead Space (2008), Dead Space 2 and Dead Space: Downfall features 8 sets of fins, the model in Dead Space: Extraction features 7 sets, and the ship's logo and deck maps feature 9 sets. In Dead Space (2023), the Ishimura features 9 sets of fins much like the depiction in its logo and deck map.

Gallery[]

Concept Art[]

Screenshots[]

Posters found on the Ishimura (2023)[]

Posters found on the Ishimura (2008)[]

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