- "If you're watching this film, it means despite our every precaution, containment has become a necessity. It is now up to us to make the ultimate sacrifice for the safety of the Sovereign Colonies we have sworn to protect."
- —Major General Mahad
Scenario Five was an executive order mandated by the Sovereign Colonies council, In the event of a first contact scenario during the expedition to Tau Volantis. Major General Spencer Mahad was given executive powers over the fate of the Sovereign Colonies Armed Forces flotilla and its personnel.
During the outbreak on the planet, Major General Mahad provides all the necessary information accumulated for the council, who’ve been experiencing their own problems with their Marker test sites. He is given the go-ahead by General Ambrose Caiden[note 1] to carry out "Scenario Five".
Scenario Five entailed of three tiers of soldiers and sweeping clense duty; the first crew would disable all vehicles. The second would take “census” of all personnel who followed the orders given and kill the others who rebelled. The third and last crew would destroy all data, records, and communication devices on Tao Volantis and in orbit. Once each team’s mission was complete, they were to kill themselves to ensure the success of the protocol.
To further ensure Scenario Five's orders are carried out, videos containing a subliminal message that hardwired the soldiers to carry out the orders, were created and subsequently viewed by military personnel.
- ↑ General Ambrose Caiden, interestingly enough, is a member of the Earth Government's Earth Defense Force during the events of Dead Space: Martyr. See: The Red Marker log from Dead Space.