Spencer Mahad
General Mahad
Biographical information

Date of death:

June 18, 2314[note 1]

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Chronological and political information


Sovereign Colonies
Sovereign Colonies Armed Forces


Major General Spencer Mahad was the commanding officer of the Sovereign Colonies Armed Forces unit on Tau Volantis during the expedition in 2311.

History Edit


Tau Volantis Mission Edit

General Mahad was sent by the Sovereign Colonies to oversee the secret project on Tau Volantis which they had hoped to triangulate the source of the Marker Signal, hoping its limitless energy could finally be harnessed by humanity, thus saving them from extinction.[citation needed]

In a meeting, Mahad badgered the Admiral to abort the mission and head home so that he could use his military force to assist in the war that was occurring back on Earth at the time. When told the mission involved Markers, he was not convinced of it's importance. Asked by Admiral Marjorie Graves, Dr. Earl Serrano gave Mahad a briefing informing him on the purpose of their mission to the backwater ice planet.

Graves was upset about having to double-bunk half the officers on her ship so Mahad could house his freeloading 163rd. Graves said they're rude and they don't do a single useful thing aboard her ship. Graves asked why are they wasting resources on this frivolous addition to the mission. Mahad told Graves if it's bunk space she's worried about, she won't have to worry for much longer. He was taking half of them down with him to the planet once they get themselves dug in. And they're his insurance that nothing's going to go wrong.

It was not until the science teams began unearthing an alien machine and finding some strange lifeforms that had been cryogenically frozen did his military outfit suddenly become one of great importance.

During the expedition, Graves was exposed to artifacts brought up from the planet and stored on the ships. Gradually, her mind succumbed to the effects of the Markers; she was then sequestered to her quarters under quarantine. Mahad then took command of the expedition.

Mahad did not like Dr. Serrano and threaten he was playing a dangerous game, after Graves was quarantined.

Containment failure and quarantine Edit

On June 17, 2314, when the Necromorph outbreak across the colony became too much for Mahad and his military outfit to handle, the Sovereign Colonies Counsel issued a Scenario Five kill order for all personnel on Tau Volantis, he then ordered his remaining military personnel via broadcast  to commence with a colony wide 'quarantine', which included disabling all vehicles and ships in the colony and orbit, destroying all communication devices on the planet and in the orbiting vessels, destroying all data and files relating to the experiments and research the science teams had uncovered up to that point, and finally murdering any remaining personnel as well as committing suicide following these completed tasks.

When Mahad came to the armory to requisition all ammunition there for use in the kill order, PVT Caufman reported that the armory key was missing. This prompted Mahad to threaten him with a permanent assignment of peeling potatoes unless the key was found quickly.

On June 18, 2314, once Mahad had overseen the final stage of the quarantine campaign, he encounters Tim Caufman at the Research Compound Silo. Tim was returning from a mission, entrusted to him by Dr. Earl Serrano, to retrieve a key that would be able to stop the Necromorph outbreak. Mahad, unaware of the device's ability, still believes the mission is a failure. The only remaining option left to preserve the colonies is to kill everyone on the planet. He takes the device before he shoots him in the head, and after erasing the data on the Codex, the general also kills himself with a single gunshot to the head, after saluting the flag of the Sovereign Colonies Armed Forces

Spoilers end here.

Quotes Edit

  • "Fine young soldiers, every one of them". 
  • "We've lost control! And now for the love of Earth...and the Sovereign Colonies, we've got to do what's right".
  • "You love the Earth, son? Your mom and dad?"
  • "Oh good. I'm glad to hear that".

Trivia Edit

  • He is voiced by Keith Szarabajka, the same actor who voices Terrence Kyne in Dead Space.
    • Coincidence or not, also, it's notable that Mahad's behavior to sacrifice himself and his comradres in order to stop the spreading of a necromorph outbreak is identical to Kyne's in Downfall.
  • Szarabajka's last name is misspelled as "Sarabatchka" in Dead Space 3's ending credits.
  • Mahad's RIG, like Caufman's, does not flatline after his death.

Gallery Edit

Notes Edit

  1. The subtitle at the bottom of the prologue's opening reads June 18, 2314.

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