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Stefan Schneider
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Sole Survivor Of The Magpie Ship Hunter's Moon. Sole remaining Magpie to find the USG Ishimura.



"There's some kind of life form on board, they're lethal... ...And they're all over the ship."
—Stefan Schneider [1]

Stefan Schneider is a Magpie.[1]


Prior to becoming a Magpie, Schneider owned a legitimate mining firm, but was driven out of business by the Concordance Extraction Corporation; it is possible that government corruption also played a role in the end of Schneider's mining venture.[2]

Magpie careerEdit

Schneider eventually found work on the Hunter's Moon, where he was employed as the second-in-command to Captain Jessica Li. In late 2508 or early 2509, the Hunter's Moon traveled into the restricted Aegis system with and conducted mining operations alongside three other Magpie spaceships.

Aegis VII Edit

As soon as the Magpies shocked into the Aegis system they immediately began to collect their illegal mining spoils. Schneider butted heads with the captain of the Black Beak, Benedykt Malyech who was an active Unitologist. This indicates that not only is Schneider distrustful of the CEC but also the fact that both the government and the CEC have a number of Unitologists among their ranks.

As the Magpies continued to collect their illicit cargo, Schneider noticed some interference coming from the shockring they had used to enter the Aegis System. Then all of a sudden a mysterious ship immediately shocked in on the Magpies location destroying the Liberte in the process. Schneider identified the mystery ship as the USG Ishimura.

Boarding A Ghost Ship Edit

The Magpies including Schneider boarded the Ishimura with the intent of claiming it as salvage. As they boarded they noticed the ship was filled with a sludge that was a match for human DNA. Schneider proposed that when they activated the shockring to enter the Aegis System, they might have accidentally killed the Ishimura's crew due to a bad shockring malfunction. The Magpies split up with Schneider and Li exploring the Ishimura's medical deck and seeing the remnants of the slaughter that took place there.

The Magpies regrouped on the Ishimura's bridge and discussed what they were going to do next with the hulking wreck of the abandoned planet cracking vessel. Schneider correctly surmised that the reason for the Earth Gov blockade was due to them searching for the Ishimura although they couldn't confirm that at the time. Schneider observed that all of the records on the Ishimura were locked and that they could not ascertain any more information on what happened on board the vessel. As Malyech shared the shards of the Red Marker they found on the hull of the Ishimura. Malyech assaulted Li after she proposed to ransom the shards of the Marker to the Church of Unitology. As Malyech was left in the brig, Schneider was able to recover partial bits of the logs on board the Ishimura stating they had pulled up an intact Marker from the planet's surface.

As Schneider pondered why there would be shards of Marker embedded into the Ishimura's hull, a fellow Magpie named Venschiff attacked him. Schneider proceeded to kill Venschiff with a shard of the Marker. After the attack was over, another Magpie was finally able to extract more information about what had happened on the Ishimura. Schneider was informed of the Marker induced madness that consumed the colony then the ship. Schneider then informed Li of the Marker induced madness that had consumed the Ishimura and how it was also responsible for the way that Malyech and Venschiff were acting. It was after this point that Schneider lost contact with Captain Li.

All Hell Breaks Loose Edit

Unknown to Schneider, the Marker fragments had begun to reanimate the dead crew of the Ishimura. As Schneider and the other Magpies were on the bridge, it was swarmed by the reanimated necromorphs. Two of the Magpies were killed outright by the creatures as Schneider and the surviving Magpies desperately fought back against the surging necromorphs. The remaining Magpies with the exception of Schneider were overwhelmed by the hordes of reanimated necromorphs.

Schneider was contacted by the EarthGov soldiers who were hailing the Magpies. Schneider had faked his location when he responded to EarthGov's hails. He lied telling them that he was in the Ishimura's cargo bay with the intact Marker. Schneider attempted to negotiate a deal with the Earth Gov officials saying he and the remaining Magpies were only interested in the salvage rights to the Ishimura and that Earth Gov could have the Marker. Schneider's ruse worked and fooled the EarthGov officials into meeting him in the cargo bay instead of his actual location on the Ishimura's bridge.

Schneider was pleased when he heard gunshots echoing through the Ishimura as the Earth Gov marines were attacked by the necromorphs. As Schneider fought his way through the necromorphs he spotted that the Ishimura's quarantine protocols had kicked in again. He also saw the two Oracles who had boarded the Ishimura in a stealth ship and figured they were looking for him. Schneider put on an EVA suit and exited the Ishimura walking along its hull back to the docking bay, on the way he was confronted by both necromorphs and the two Oracles who had finally caught up with him. As the Oracles attempted to confront Schneider they were attacked by a Hive Mind, as they fought it off Schneider made his escape back inside the Ishimura heading towards the docked ship.

Cornered Edit

As he made his way to the ship he was once again cornered by the two Oracles. He threatened to remote pilot the Magpies shockring into the Ishimura's engine bay if the two Oracles didn't back off. They thought he was bluffing until he stated that he had lost everything in the venture to salvage the Ishimura and had nothing left to loose. As Schneider deduced that not only the Marker was responsible for driving people insane but also that it reanimated the dead the rad counter he was actually holding went off blowing his bluff to remote pilot the shockring. Out of time and options Schneider leaped through an airlock door as the necromorphs swarmed the Oracles killing them. As Schneider made his way to the docking bay he saw that necromorphs were swarming over his ship and decided to take the now deceased Oracles stealth ship instead.

Escape Edit

Schneider contacted the EarthGov blockade giving them the location of the Ishimura. As the blockade attempted to stop Schneider from leaving the Aegis system he activated the stealth ships shockpoint drive escaping from the clutches of EarthGov and the certain death that awaited them on the Ishimura.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Dead Space: Salvage
  2. Dead Space: Salvage: "STEFAN SCHNEIDER. Li's second-in-command. Schneider has a deep mistrust of all authority, since his legit mining business went under after corporate meddling by CEC and capitulation by Earth Government. Only Li can keep him in line."

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