During the course of Isaac Clarke's progress through the events of Dead Space, Dead Space 2 and Dead Space 3, He comes across or witnesses the signs of several survivors of each respective Necromorph outbreak.
Many of these people have been affected by the Marker or the outbreak. Often suffering from symptoms induced by the Marker, they either violently commit suicide or die of their wounds whenever Isaac approaches. The others encountered are usually killed before anything can be done to save them. This pattern is largely the same of the surviving inhabitants on Titan Station. Whatever happened to the Titan survivors after the events of Dead Space 2 remains unknown. It's possible that the ones seen escaping on shuttles could have been imprisoned and/or killed by either the Church of Unitology or EarthGov in order to keep the truth of what happened on the Sprawl from getting out, however for the majority still trapped, the explosion from Isaac's destruction of the Titan Station Marker would likely result in the entire station's destruction, killing them.
Man Behind DoorEdit
This survivor is encountered when Isaac first enters the room where he obtains his first weapon. Upon entering, Isaac can hear the survivor sobbing with fright behind a locked door on the other side of the room. He does not hear Isaac until he steps up on the platform where the Plasma Cutter is. Once the survivor hears Isaac, he immediately stops crying and begs him to open the door for him, saying he doesn't have a key, and can't figure out how to hack the door.
After Isaac grabs the Plasma Cutter, the survivor becomes more panicked, saying he can hear creatures through the vents coming for him. Once the door is unlocked, he flies into a full-blown panic, saying he can hear creatures everywhere, and he still can't unlock it from his side. When Isaac finally opens the door for the survivor, he is found being mauled to death by a Slasher. Although Isaac can dispatch the Slasher very quickly, the survivor will still be claimed by death.
Note this is the only time you will see a Slasher using the hands dangling from its sides to do something ingame (it is holding the man down with them).
It's possible (and likely) that this crewman is the Tram-engineer Benson as the voice of both are identical and you'll find the first audio log from him in the corridor foward.
When Isaac steps off the tram in Chapter 2: Intensive Care, in the corner there is a woman wearing a bloodstained blindfold. She is stroking her friend "McCoy" and trying to comfort him, saying help has arrived. (In reality, she is stroking a dismembered torso, but due to blindness, and more likely mental instability, she hasn't realized this.) She says she knew Isaac would come, "just like you said", and that she "saved something for you".
She reaches behind the torso, turning it over, revealing maggots eating away at it. Beleaguered, she fumbles, and barely manages to drop the kinesis module (that was what she 'saved' for the player) in front of Isaac. She asks if she can go now, and with the last of her breath, says that McCoy wants to take her to "the shuttle". She then succumbs to her wounds. After Isaac returns to the tram station later on in the chapter, both the torso and the woman are gone, probably hinting that they were turned into Necromorphs.
Bioprosthetics Lab workerEdit
While walking down the hallway to the Bioprosthetics Lab, a worker rushes out from behind a window, begging Isaac to let him out. A Lurker runs out from around the corner, chasing him. Behind him it fires a quill into the hand he was pounding the window with, destroying it and pinning him to the wall. The Lurker fires another quill into his back as he painfully tries to free himself.Thinking that would be enough to kill him, the young Necromorph begins to scale the wall, leaving the man to scream in agony. Realizing he is still alive, it turns around and fires all 3 of its quills into the worker's head, decapitating him (and splattering the remains of his head all over the window Isaac is looking through). There is no possible way to save him, as the door that leads to the lab is on a "Standby" mode until he is brutally killed.
While walking down the Imaging Diagnostics hallway, a heavy banging sound is heard. When Isaac turns the corner, he can see that the source of the sound is a man smashing his head repeatedly against the wall, with blood spattering out from each hit. He is also heavily mutilated, lacking any flesh on the front of his torso, and has no organs present in his abdomen. His ribs are clearly visible, he is missing sections of flesh and skin all over his body, and is drenched in his own blood as though he had endured a Necromorph attack. He makes no reaction to Isaac's presence, and shooting him is not legitimately possible. When Isaac goes near the man, he rears his head back and violently brings it into the wall a final time, his skull cracking as he slides down to the ground, dead.
The wound on his head makes it clear that he had been banging his head for a very long time. It is possible that he was a hallucination as it would be implausible for him to have sustained such injuries and been able to survive for so long. However, the fact that his body remains in place for most of the level afterwards, and the fact that it is too early in the game for Isaac to start experiencing hallucinations, supports his existence, however Isaac hears whispering of his name within the first chapters, so he already had begun hallucinating. so the overall existence is still up for debate. One popular fan theory suggests that he may have been infected enough to reanimate, but was so badly damaged that he could not be repurposed. This would leave him in a half dead, mutilated state that would explain the reason for his suicide. This was, however, most likely just overlooked by the developers.
Also of note, in Chapter 5, in the Chem Lab in which Isaac first meets with the Hunter, there are initially two stasis tubes to the left of the entrance: one contains the creature itself, and the other one contains a male human subject. It is unclear if this man is dead or simply doesn't move due to the suspended animation, but by looking at him closely, it is possible to see that he's got many of the characteristics of the Head Banger, most visibly the opened abdomen, exposing his ribs, his uniform and even hairstyle.The theory that this is the Banger would actually make sense: like the Hunter, he could have been one of Dr. Mercer's test subjects (which would explain his decayed state, specially the exposed abdomen and lack of organs, along with his dementia) who somehow found a way to escape the tube much earlier than Chapter 2. However, something could have kept him from continuing the escape - either a locked door, a necromorph or his mental state itself - and he would end up fully succumbing to his dementia and frustration, slamming his head continously at the nearest wall until Isaac's arrival, only for Mercer to take his corpse back to the Lab later, as his death obviously wouldn't keep him from becoming a new enhanced necromorph created by the doctor. However, just like the first fan theory above, this is just another hypothesis.
In one room in Imaging Diagnostics, there is an officer behind the table who is violently choking. A yellowish liquid is foaming out of his mouth. He "dies" after choking for a few seconds. A back story log found after beating the game details the transformation of a corpse into an Infector, and the very first symptom is violently choking up a yellowish liquid; implying that the choking man is actually a corpse in the first stage of becoming an Infector. Upon returning to this room on the return trip in the Chapter, the man's body will have disappeared, implying that he became an Infector. If the player stomps him, he will be dismembered, but will continue to choke.
Insane nurse and patientEditWhen entering a surgery room, there will be a woman in a glass surgery box, who appears to be operating on a patient. When Isaac gets closer, it is clear that she is not operating on the man, but is instead mindlessly sawing into him, laughing hysterically. She looks back at Isaac, then back to the "patient", who finally dies from his injuries. She then looks back at Isaac again, and brings the saw up to her neck and slices her throat with it. She drops to the floor, gurgling, before finally dying of blood loss. The two are most likely not a hallucination, because they are still present in the glass room when Isaac returns in a later chapter.
There is only one survivor directly encountered in Chapter 3, although the encounter is brief. On the 2nd level of the engine control decks, in a storage room adjacent to one of the lift shafts, lies an engineer in a heavily beaten state. Beforehand, the player will witness a Leaper hastily crawl into the room with the engineer, but disappears ( due to the game's programming, as it avoids breaking the vent ) He rests underneath a vent on the wall and doesn't move until approached. He then lunges forward, reaching out to Isaac before suddenly collapsing, dead. A group of Swarmers is seen exiting the horrifying room immediately prior, and are also found in a supply box a floor below, insinuating his cause of death. If the player does not approach him, the player can dismember him (he can also be dismembered when he reaches out to Isaac) and move him with Kinesis. Even if killed by the player the engineer's moan will still be heard for a short period of time. Turning around lets the player witness a Slasher run by the room, indicating that maybe the engineer was warning Isaac before dying.
After passing through the other side of the decontamination chamber on the way to the centrifuge, dulled (low-pass) screams and thuds (gunshots) can be heard. Soon after, there is silence. It is implied there was someone who managed to survive and was fighting off Necromorphs, only to die soon after. Owing to the fact that the Drag Tentacle is introduced moments later - its signature groan is heard for the first time - and a loud crash coincides with fresh limbs nearby, it is likely that the survivor was "taken" by the Drag Tentacle moments prior to Isaac's arrival, which is most likely why it did not lunge at him initially.
Screaming WomanEditOnce the main lift in the Bridge room nears its destination at the lower level, the loud, horrified scream of a woman echoes down the shaft. The scream ends moments after Isaac reaches the bottom floor. Upon entry to the level, there are no signs of human life, and no murdered female in sight. Where the scream originated from is unknown. A possibility is that a Necromorph managed to kill the unsuspecting woman, but it does not seem likely, as there is no roar to be heard as the woman is screaming. Considering a number of hallucinations have occured up to this point, it was likely a hallucination, as well.
After going up the main lift to level 3 (on the entrace to the Coms Array) there is a man through a doorway who, briefly, tells Isaac to "make us whole again" before walking off. It is unknown where he went, as there is only a lonely Pregnant down the corridor. If Isaac is quick enough, rushes, and reopens the door immediately, it can be seen he vanishes after walking five feet away (gameplay-related). Also of note, he is a survivor that Isaac can shoot, although it has no effect. He was likely a hallucination.
It is interesting to note that the man resembles a bloody Chen (he wears the same suit given to USG Kellion Crew Members Hammond and Johnston). Considering his pose while Isaac sees him, the thing the he says and the way he walks away it could be possible that Isaac was hallucinating the pregnant in the form of the man. If he is not a hallucination, it's possible that he and the Crawling Man from Chapter 8 are the same. This is also suggested by the physical likeness of both and proximity of this survivors encounters. But is likely just the reusing of the same npc model.
Before going into Dr. Mercer's office, Isaac can see a woman standing at the end of the hallway next to a surgical bed to the right. She is staring at a dead body on the ground and is laughing/crying hysterically, which is on an eternal loop, does not react to Isaac's presence in any way and is invulnerable. She dies when Dr. Challus Mercer vents the air throughout the deck into space; while Isaac does not see her die, he can verify that her body is there, if he has the luxury to waste oxygen for that purpose.
A very interesting detail that many players do not notice is that the dead body on the ground looks identical to her, right down to the injuries on the face, though this may be an error in NPC formatting and the same skin was used for both. There is a possibility she may be a hallucination due to the fact that her RIG health indicator is empty, which means she is actually dead; and moreover, it is strange that Isaac didn't encounter her during his first visit of the infirmary, in chapter 2. However, when Dr. Mercer disables life support systems in the Medical Deck, the woman dies and her body is left lying next to the other corpse which means that she was indeed a real person, and managed somehow to survive until there.
The insane science officer, Doctor Challus Mercer is first encountered in this chapter, revealed to be hiding on the medical decks in apparently safe areas. He first talks to Isaac inside the lab from behind a glass/perspex screen, revealing his plans concerning the Necromorphs and their transportation to Earth and his knowledge of the Hive Mind, and then releases the Hunter. Once Isaac escapes back to the security station and enters E.R., Mercer is again shielded behind a glass pane whilst attempting to convince Isaac to give up.
After Isaac acquires the recombinant tissue sample from his office, the insane doctor interrupts his video call with Kendra before venting all oxygen in the wing into space. After the oxygen is restored, he is encountered in the Cryogenics Treatment chamber, again behind a glass pane. Mercer makes a brief speech about his plan to unleash the Necromorphs on Earth before releasing his regenerating creation and walking off.
When Isaac reaches the far end of the rig room and activates the elevator, he will begin to hear painful moans from a nearby survivor. When the elevator reaches Isaac's level, the door opens to reveal a dying miner lying on the ground, his left arm severed. He groans and reaches out to Isaac for help before collapsing, dead. Immediately after activating the elevator, his arm precipitously falls from a vent above, followed quickly by an onslaught of Slashers - the likely cause of his demise.
After entering the passage guarded by the two Guardians, a survivor will crawl around the corner, groaning in his death throes, and subsequently die as the game's first whole Divider comes around the corner as well. Though Isaac can shoot and dismember the survivor, he will still act out his programmed death scene. If the player chooses to look close enough the survivor will strongly resemble the vanishing man as seen in Chapter 4.
Gravity Panel MarineEdit
A Marine can be seen pinned to the ceiling by one of the malfunctioning gravity panels, moaning in obvious pain (how he managed to survive without getting shredded to pieces by the panel is unclear). Nothing can be done to help him - neither rescue nor a mercy kill from Isaac is possible, though if the player managed to keep an exploding limb from one of the Exploders in the room previous, it can be used to remove all the man's limbs (which in a terrifying lack of programming, doesn't result in a ceasing of the man's moaning). If this is done and the player leaves and then returns to the Marine's room, his moan will no longer be heard, as he himself will no longer be present, also due to a lack of programming.
His ultimate fate is unknown, although the fact that he was trapped and heavily injured when the ship later explodes certainly suggests KIA status. If the player looks closely, the marine still has full health.
After leaving the room with the shooting range on the USM Valor, Isaac discovers a space marine, sitting on the ground and holding up his severed leg. He grunts in pain a few times, and then falls backwards, dead. This marine is found outside of an operating room with a malfunctioning medical laser suggesting that he lost his leg inadvertently during his escape from the Necromorphs, but only made it to the hall before Isaac finds him.
Another Marine can be seen running away from Isaac as he enters a room connected to where the singularity core is found. The door closes and locks as he leaves. It is never explicitly shown what happens to him, but the fact that he is never shown again in the game implies that he was killed; either by a Necromorph or when the USM Valor exploded. However, when Isaac follows his path after retrieving the singularity core, a lone dead marine can be seen by an elevator with a blown power unit. Seeing as Isaac nearly avoided injury when one exploded near him (before Dr. Kyne's transmission), it is likely the same marine - lacking a Kinesis module - was killed when the power unit was ejected, or was unable to escape a pursuer.
An engineer working on board the Ishimura, during the game Isaac will find many audio logs left by him detailing the failure of systems and mechanics on the ship which he is trying to fix. Eventually giving up on this mission he decides to search for his loved one Elizabeth Cross. Their reunion is short-lived however as Mercer captures them both and proceeds to kill Elizabeth first by puncturing her skull presumably so the Infectors can have an easier access to her brain. Temple dies right after in a similar fashion while Isaac watches helplessly.
Upon entry to the back room to Sleep Block C, Isaac discovers a room full of dead Unitology worshipers, who committed suicide under the orders of Dr. Mercer, their impaled heads wrapped up in bandages. One surprisingly clean and unhurt woman remains alive in the room, but upon Isaac's entry, she laughs hysterically, and promptly blows her head off with a P-Sec Pistol. The woman is the only one in the room to die from a gunshot; the others were impaled in a similar fashion to Jacob Temple and Elizabeth Cross.
Dr. Challus MercerEdit
On his way to retrive the Crew Key, Isaac comes across Mercer murdering the Acting Chief Engineer Jacob Temple while ranting on about his belief, shortly before walking off. It is interesting to note that the lift Mercer can be seen decending leads down to a Divider-infested sublevel and no traces of his presence can be found when Isaac goes down there.
Once Isaac collects all shuttle NavCards, Mercer briefly taunts him via RIG Link before unleashing the Hunter on him once more. He is not seen or heard from again for a brief time until Isaac kills The Hunter with the Executive Shuttle's engine test, after which Mercer contacts him and invites Isaac to join him as he gazes at the face of God before submitting himself to an Infector. Isaac later finds Mercer's mutilated remains along with the Infector just a few rooms away, which will turn into an Enhanced Slasher should the transformation be allowed to complete.
After obtaining the escape ship, Dr. Kyne rushes out to greet Isaac, telling him that they must escape immediately. Before either of them are able to board the ship, however, Kyne is shot in the chest by Kendra Daniels, who was hidden on board the ship, before taking off with the Marker. As Kyne lies dying on the floor, he reaches out and gasps for Amelia to come back to him, before collapsing to the ground dead.
Kendra herself is not fully visible in this chapter, but she has apparently snuck aboard the Executive Shuttle sometime after Kyne pilots it to the Flight Deck. Once the Marker is loaded onto the Shuttle, Kendra swiftly shoots and kills Dr. Kyne in the presence of Isaac before flying the shuttle away, stranding him. She contacts him via RIG Link and thanks him, before revealing that the outbreak on Aegis VII along with the Marker itself was the product of EarthGov, and that the Valor was sent to assist her in retrieving the artifact.
Later on, Kendra escapes down to the colony when Isaac activates the Shuttle recall override.
A hallucination of Nicole appears once Kendra betrays Isaac, in a control room blocked by a Guardian. Once Isaac reaches her, she expresses her joy and tells Isaac to "make them whole" (Note that this is the same words the vanishing man said to Isaac, indicating that he in fact was a hallucination) before instructing him to recall Kendra's shuttle. She is later seen co-piloting the shuttle with Isaac when the latter descends down onto the colony.
Nicole is seen again at the start of the chapter, instructing Isaac to load the Marker off the shuttle and to guide it to its pedestal using the loader system. She vanishes after he restores power to the loading bay doors.
After the Marker is returned, Nicole then makes her final appearance in a bright flash of light as Convergence begins. She congratulates Isaac on doing a good job and said that "they are now whole" before disappearing for good.
Kendra is seen shortly after Nicole vanishes at the Marker pedestal, removing it and loading it back to her ship. She points out Isaac's growing dementia by telling him that Nicole has been dead this whole time and forces him to watch the full transmission. Kendra then leaves, with the heartbroken engineer in hot pursuit.
Once Isaac reaches the landing pad, he witnesses the brutal death of Daniels at the hands of the newly-awakened Hive Mind, smacking and crushing her many times before tossing her against the sharp corner of a building, fully dismembering her.
In the opening of Dead Space 2, Franco wakes Isaac out of stasis while speaking to Daina. He gets stabbed by an Infector once in the chest, and then in the forehead. He then quickly mutates into a Slasher, who is then head-butted away by Isaac. His slasher is later encountered in the game.
Numerous Asylum PatientsEdit
As Isaac attempts to escape the Necromorphs that appear after Franco's Necromorph transformation, several patients can be seen trapped in their glass booths. The patients are ultimately left to die as they have no way of escaping the numerous Slashers and Infectors that pour into the room. One of the unfortunate patients even slams his chest into a wall in desperation, splashing blood everywhere from a recent chest wound he had received. It is possible that this is the same man seen in the "Dead space: Severed" DLC that has been cut in half (referred to later on this page as the "Hand-Banging Survivor") as they possess the same head bandage.
As Isaac gets up after dealing with the Slasher that pinned him down, you can hear a faint sigh and a flatline suddenly going off at one of the nearby beds; the man's last breath. You can never see this man move.
Two Security OfficersEdit
Isaac comes across two security officers who are apparently looking for him. One of them yells out "Clarke! Take him down!" and they begin firing at Isaac. Before they can land a hit, one of them gets stabbed and taken up into an air vent in the ceiling by an unseen Necromorph (possibly a variant of the Leaper, since the tail structure is similar). The other officer stops firing and examines the air vent, only to suffer the same fate as his partner. As Isaac approaches, blood drips down like a waterfall from the vent opening. The Necromorph responsible then makes its way noisily across the ceiling, dropping a completely dismembered torso of one of the officers through a separate vent. The other Officer can be heard screaming from inside the vent as the Necromorph drags him to someplace else, a flatline sound can be heard almost immediately afterward.
When Isaac passes through the observation room overlooking the patient recreation room during his escape from the asylum, he finds Foster Edgars giggling to himself and carving into the observation window. Clearly insane, Edgars seizes Isaac as he attempts to slip by and holds a scalpel to his throat. Edgars manically states that Tiedemann has ordered that all the "key subjects are to be terminated", and says "What's one more?".This statement, Foster's blood covered clothing, and the fact that the next room contains several deceased patients all with cut throats suggests that he had already killed several other people before Isaac encounters him. Isaac tries to convince Edgars to help him remove the straitjacket so they can escape together. Edgars suddenly appears to stab Isaac in the stomach, but he actually cuts the restraints of the straitjacket. He then mentions Isaac's RIG being red, and indicates a supply locker with a Med Pack and a Flashlight inside. As Isaac turns around after retrieving both items, Edgars says "Isaac, we're all going to burn for what we did to you." before casually slitting his own throat, falling against a window, sliding to the floor, and choking to death on his own blood. His corpse is later found by Gabe Weller.
Man On Operating TableEdit
At some point, after progressing through the hospital, Isaac will hear pleas for help coming from inside an observation room. When Isaac enters, he discovers a man strapped to an operating table who apparently had been having heart surgery done, but was abandoned during the initial attack. The man's chest has a gaping hole open from mid-surgery. Isaac notices a device above the man that uses a plasma cutter to perform operations, and decides to take it off of the machine and use it to cut the man free.
As Isaac hacks a computer panel to get the cutter off the machine, however, a Slasher passes by the entrance to the room, notices the duo, and walks into the chamber, attacking the man. Although initially fighting the slasher off using his legs, the man quickly has his right leg chopped off, followed by repeated stab wounds to the opening in his chest and decapitation. By the time Isaac frees the plasma cutter from the machine and combines it with his flashlight, the man has already been butchered. Nothing can be done to save him. When Gabe Weller returns to this room in Dead Space 2: Severed, a lone, legless Stalker appears, though since it has a head, it cannot be this man unless there was a bug or error.
- Note: Isaac can use kinesis to throw pieces at the man. If they hit his head or a limb, it will come off. It is possible to completely dismember the man, but he will still be alive and the Slasher will still attack him.
People on Audio logEditIsaac finds a corpse of a security guard that has an audiolog playing near it. One trooper is in disbelief that he blew off a Necromorph's legs, and that it kept on coming. Another replies that Necromorphs need to be completely dismembered to be killed. It is possible these troops are elsewhere in the hospital, trying to kill off any other patients. If Isaac were to stay there and listen to the conversation long enough, it will eventually just be the sounds of a Necromorph growling (although not loudly).
Nurses Being Attacked by PukersEdit
After Isaac enters the morgue, a nurse crawls around the corner. Something behind the corner sprays him with caustic fluid, violently burning him and causing him to collapse before dying. His body is covered in blisters when approached. When Isaac rounds the corner, he witnesses a female nurse being vomited on and killed by the game's first Puker, which then attacks. They both die no matter how quickly the Puker is dispatched. If Isaac waits before entering the room with the female Nurse he can hear several screams of agony as the female Nurse gets burned by the Puker. The screams are on a loop. A glitch occurs if you kill the Puker holding the female nurse before he can puke on her. When the Puker is killed, the female nurse will stand straight up then fall over dead. It should be noted that the female nurse shares the same character model as the nurse first seen in the Dead Space 2: Severed DLC. Whether this was intentional by the developers of the game, or just the practicality of sharing the same model, is unknown.
While trying to escape the asylum, Isaac meets Nolan Stross. Stross tries to help Isaac escape, but he gets locked behind a security gate.
At some point during the second chapter of the game, Stross contacts Isaac over a radio transition. He can be seen in person across a courtyard, leaning over a railing shouting to Isaac. After a short conversation where Stross gives directions, he gives Isaac a warning, seconds before a Leaper crawls over the railing towards Isaac.
When Isaac enters the Titan Heights Apartment, a woman is seen backing away from something behind the corner. She notices Clarke and turns to him, and a Slasher's blade suddenly slices her in the back and knocks her to the floor. The Slasher then jumps on her back and violently stabs her multiple times, before attacking Isaac. The Slasher can be killed before the woman is attacked, but the woman will still fall, blood will spray from her back and she will die regardless of Isaac's actions, as this event is scripted.
Several Fleeing CiviliansEdit
After the explosion in the apartment blocks off entrance to the lobby, several survivors can be seen fleeing to a hallway. Another survivor on the floor is seen holding onto a corpse near an Infector and sobbing while a nearby woman holding her gut stumbles out of the lobby. An additional three survivors can be seen sprinting into the hallway, one of them looking back at the lobby, two more survivors coming in from the right, one holding his arm, and three survivors seen running off in the hallway at a distance.It is still possible to kill the Infector, and grab its corpse with Kinesis.
As Isaac ascends in an elevator in the apartments, the elevator blacks out and comes to a halt. Someone shouting is heard outside the doors, shouting and running, which open halfway between floors, allowing a survivor on the other side an attempt to crawl in through the small gap in the doors. However, a Slasher impales him in the chest and sprays the elevator's floor with blood as the elevator begins working again; the last sight of the survivor is him being dragged away around the corner by the Slasher. You can not save the man due to Isaac's reaction to the man's death. If Isaac aims at the area where the slasher came through (or any area) and tries to shoot the slasher's arm right before it impales the man, he will gasp in a shocked manner while holding his left hand up to his face (front of suit visor) appearing to hide the man's fate from Isaac's sight.
- Note: This Survivor uses the face of Dan Emmerson, who won the "Get Dismembered in Dead Space 2" contest with his entry,
In the same room as the Elevator Man is a survivor sitting on the floor shaking. While the elevator doors close before his fate can be seen, he is presumably killed by the Slasher that killed the Elevator man, or dies from his wounds.
Distant Fleeing SurvivorsEdit
Fleeing survivors can be seen behind Nolan Stross as he talks with Isaac. On the floors above and below several other survivors will sporadically run into view, being chased by Pukers and Slashers. All of these survivors' fates are unknown though they either escaped or were killed by Necromorphs or even killed when The Sprawl explodes.
As a side note, If one is accurate enough, they can shoot the Necromorphs chasing the survivors and will drop items, the player will eventually pass through this area, and will be able to collect them.
Before entering Hallway 405 413 Isaac sees a woman holding her stomach on a close balcony on the same floor as him heading towards a close door.
Family On the RunEdit
When Isaac heads into Hallway 405 413, he sees a man and a woman running away from their apartment, but the woman says she cannot leave her mother, and attempts to run back into the apartment. The man says it is too late, and forcibly grabs her by the waist and drags her off. Moments after, the game's second female Slasher attacks Isaac by bursting out of a nearby apartment door. Their fate is unknown and they can't be seen running down the hallway or entering any doors.
The couple's apartment door is left open, Isaac can enter to find the room in shambles. A ventilation shaft above the bed is burst open. When the bathroom is approached, a legless Puker crawls out and attacks. This may have been the woman's mother, as well as another female Slasher that sneaks in the apartment while Isaac explores it, but the answer is generally left up to the player's interpretation. However if the player listens carefully after you kill the Slashers and Puker, the player can hear an elderly woman crying which soon ends shortly. This suggests that the mother of the fleeing woman is still alive and has hidden herself, but is too weak to move or has been injured by a Necromorph attack. It is also possible that the sound is a hallucination.
Even if Isaac manages to kill the female Slasher extremely quickly, there will be an invisible barrier preventing you from going any further until the man and woman leave.
Several Unseen SurvivorsEditThroughout the apartment complex, several survivors can be heard in their apartments when Isaac approaches the door. Judging from the sounds, they are presumably killed by Necromorphs or insane people. One woman can be heard begging someone on the other side to stay away from the door, then suddenly screaming hysterically before being cut off. One man screams to a woman "They're coming in through the walls!" before a roar is heard and both of them are heard screaming. There is also a clearly terrified man who has locked himself in his apartment, frantically warning others that he is armed. At one point, a crying baby is heard as well as a crying female's voice, presumably its mother. Suddenly, the infant's cries turn into snarls and the woman is silent, implying that the infant turned into a Lurker, then killed the mother. When walking by what looks like a laundromat you can hear the pounding and muffled screams of a child (most likely one of the Pack) stuck inside, shaking a washing machine. When the power goes out, the pounding stops, the washing machine stops shaking and the child falls silent.
Man Holding an Injured WomanEdit
When Isaac reaches the terrace, a man holding a critically injured woman can be seen on the balcony under where Isaac Clarke came from. The man also seems to be gesturing at a third unseen survivor on the left. Their fates are unknown. If Isaac returns here later on, both (or possibly all three) are gone, with no sign that they were killed or turned into Necromorphs.
After exiting the elevator on the floor with the Family on the Run, the wall to the right of the elevator has a gate lowered to quarantine the area. Behind the gate, apparently not noticing Isaac, is a woman who crawls toward the gate, crying and begging while leaving behind a trail of blood, who then stops and likely dies. If Isaac comes back to this area later on, the body is missing and a trail of hand prints can be seen leading to a broken air duct, implying she was transformed into a Leaper.
Right after Isaac exits the washing room where he got ambushed by Necromorphs, a large ship can be seen outside, leaving the station, probably EarthGov evacuating the station. Several other ships can also be seen leaving the station, with a good amount crashing or exploding while trying to escape and others getting away seemingly unscathed.
When Isaac first enters the waiting room, right before the tram station, a ship will start taking off, but suddenly another ship plunges into it, causing them both to crash into the building, leaving large cracks on the window that Isaac is looking through.
While in the mall, a woman can be heard occasionally crying or laughing - her fate is unknown but it can be assumed she died or was just a hallucination.
Upon finally reaching Daina's safehouse, her assistants proceed to ambush Isaac, grabbing him from both sides and holding him. She proceeds to explain why she, a Unitologist, wants him - to help make more Markers and spread "Glorious Convergence". However, just as she begins preparations to take Isaac to the shuttle, one of Tiedemann's gunships managed to spot them down and begins firing at the windows - blasting one of Daina's arms off and then cutting her in half. What's left of her is then sucked into the vacuum of space, so even if she somehow survived being torn to pieces, she didn't last long.
Daina's helpers, two men who are presumably Unitologists, help keep Isaac held as she talks to him. When the gunship arrives and starts firing, the right assistant is decapitated in the chaos, and as everything begins to be sucked into space, the left assistant tries to cling onto Isaac but is quickly kicked away and sucked into space.
The EarthGov Gunship is first encountered in Chapter 3 while trying to kill Isaac in the entrance of the church. The Gunship is once more encountered at the end of Chapter 5, killing Daina and her assistants. The Gunship is finally destroyed when Isaac is being chased by the Tormentor, as Isaac shot the Gunship's fuel canisters.
Isaac first meets Ellie during his second visit of the Concourse. She is holding ground behind a welded mesh blocking the elevator used by the player in Chapter 3. When approached, she threatens Isaac and refuses to join him. She does, however, allow Isaac to use the elevator after she does, but not before warning him not to follow her.
Woman Hugging a CrawlerEdit
When Isaac enters Titan Elementary, he walks by a nursery window with a woman suffering from dementia on the other side. The woman, looking at something in the corner of the room says "Come to momma!" and a Crawler emerges from under a table, slowly making its way towards her. As she kneels down, the Crawler crawls into her arms, its grotesque anatomy causing its head to face Isaac as he looks on. As the mother gently cradles her infected baby, it suddenly screams, and then explodes, taking both of their lives and drenching the viewing window with their remains. After this, Isaac has his first fight with the Crawlers in the next room. This is one of the few times a survivor (mentally stable or otherwise) acts positively to a Necromorph, and also proves that Crawlers can self detonate at will.
Some time after the first fight against the Crawlers, someone can be heard screaming in the distance only for it to abruptly stop, the survivor presumably killed.
Upon entering Government Sector, Isaac encounters a firing squad style line of security officers, with riot shields and Pulse Rifles. They demand Isaac to disarm immediately, and open fire in seconds. The troops are later wiped out when Isaac cuts the power, letting the Necromorphs into Government Sector. The riot line, which would have been effective against human assailants, could do nothing to prevent the massacre of the entire sector. The Security Officers were then killed by a charge of thousands of Pukers, Slashers, Pregnants and even the Ubermorph.
Interestingly, Isaac is unable to fire at the officers: if attempted, he lowers his weapon instead. Isaac can be killed by the Sprawl Security Officers at this point in the game. If Isaac approaches them after the first warning, they will start shooting and throwing grenades at him, which will partially dismember Isaac.
Tiedemann contacts Isaac throughout the game but finally is confronted in front of the Marker in the final chapter. Utilizing a Javelin Gun, Tiedemann almost kills Isaac. Isaac narrowly escapes death and disarms Tiedemann before proceeding to kill him with his own gun.
Colin Price was a member of Gabe Weller's security team. Gabe meets him in the mining deck. Price is badly injured and looks down at Gabe from a platform above. He tells him that he locked all of the doors but explains that more Necromorphs are coming through the vents. After he says that he turns around and makes several moans and grunts. By the time Gabe reaches him, an Infector has already turned him into the game's first Twitcher. It's impossible to save him.
Victor Bartlett was the leader of Security Team Alpha. After his team gets slaughtered, he's given orders by Tiedemann to exterminate all key subjects, including Gabe's wife, Lexine. Bartlett is barely able to fight through waves of Necromorphs until he reaches Lexine, where he's incapacitated by two Oracles, who abduct Lexine. Once Gabe reaches Lexine at the shuttle, Bartlett ambushes him with a live grenade. It goes off, killing Bartlett, and severing Gabe's right leg, where he soon succumbs to his wounds.
In the overlook of the operation room in the hospital, a loud banging can be heard. When Gabe takes the elevator down to the main operating section, he sees a man with a bandaged head banging his hand against the window, much like the one from the original Dead Space. The man collapses out of view as Gabe approaches the window. When Gabe enters the operation room, the man lays in the same spot, but as it turns out, he has been torn in half at the waist. A blood trail leads from his now-dead upper half to his severed legs, which still lie in the center of the room. Oddly enough, his RIG is blue and at full health, even though his legs have been severed. Once he dies, it quickly changes.
Gabe encounters his wife for the first time when standing over the cell where she's being held hostage by Victor Barlett. After Lexine calls out to Gabe two men appear, incapacitate Barlett and take her away.
Two mysterious men (Oracles) who try to escape with Lexine and her unborn child. They are unnaturally calm concerning the situation around them. Weller chases them throughout the hospital, nearly catching them several times. They are killed by Infectors feet away from their escape shuttle and turned into Twitchers, who are in turn killed by Gabe.
Survivor encounters are minimal in Dead Space 3. As the only populated area visited by the player is New Horizons Lunar Colony, during Isaac and John Carver's escape from the Unitologists, they will overhear a woman being interrogated by a Circle member off screen. Approaching the opening of the alley the woman will enter their line of sight when she falls to the ground after being shot in the back during an escape attempt. There are also many fleeing residents that can be heard and seen as Isaac and Carver traverse the markets and stores of the colony as the Necromorphs begin their onslaught of the unsuspecting, helpless colonists. Many shuttles of survivors who were trying to escape the colony can be seen in sky.
After this point, most of the "survivors" encountered are either Circle members (Danik inclusive), Robert Norton and the members of Ellie's crew.
The pre-recorded messages of Tucker Edwards on the Sovereign Colonies ship, the CMS Terra Nova, give the player the impression that the man has managed to survive on the ship in spite of the two hundred years that passed. However, reaching the top of Conning Tower reveals he committed suicide during the events of the Necromorph outbreak on Tau Volantis.
While on the surface of Tau Volantis, the player can encounter lone Unitologist soldiers who immediately commit suicide when approached, either by gunshot or slitting their own throats. En route to the Dissection Hangar, Isaac and Carver comes across small squads of Circle members being ambushed and killed by Necromorphs, some of them being the recently deceased members brought back to life by Swarmers. On the return trip through the chamber that housed the giant drill, four soldiers can be witnessed conducting a ritual before cutting their own throats and killing themselves.
During the first chapter of Awakened, Isaac and Carver will encounter surviving members of the Circle cowering in corners and on tabletops, having probably lost their minds and driven crazy by the signal of the Brethren Moons. They rock around in a fetal position, repeating the phrase, "They are hungry, they are coming". Others immediately/instantly commit suicide by either slitting their throats or shooting themselves.
Upon the arrival at the Terra Nova, a member of the Circle, Randall Carr who did not succumb to dementia can be heard talking over the PA until he is caught by the Cult Leader and killed. Carr have mentioned several other members of The circle who has not succumbed to dementia but their fate is not covered, they likely have been killed by Necromorphs, hunted down by the new Cult members or was forcefully inducted into the Cult.
- There are no survivor encounters in the Aegis VII Colony; practically anyone who wasn't killed made for the Ishimura, unknowingly bringing the lifeform onto the ship. If there were survivors on the planet, the impact from the chunk pulled would have certainly destroyed all life.
- On Aegis VII, Isaac can hear a rather strange chanting in the final room before the Marker pedestal.
- The explosion that destroys the Site 12 Marker and Titan Station likely killed all remaining survivors on the Sprawl. Those who survived were evacuated prior, during the outbreak under the orders of Tiedemann.
- The Necromorphs seen chasing the civilians in Titan Heights can be killed and will drop an item when shot. The player will eventually pass through the area with the Slashers, so you will be able to collect them. The Pukers fall down when shot; the Slashers will continue running, but still drop an item as if killed.