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timeline is a chronological list of events that occurred within a certain period of time or century. In regards to the Dead Space Franchise and the Real-World, several events within the given universe occurred and gave credence to the primary events that transpired in the primary Dead Space games. The following page served as both a general order of events and a disambiguation page for all events relating to Dead Space. As with all transmedia, conflicts and discrepancies in the canon may arise as a result of developer oversight.
The Dead Space lore brielfy sorted with all the key characters for every story. See full size image for details.
65 million years ago
A meteorite from somewhere in space hit Earth, killing dinosaurs and almost everything on the planet.
The Black Marker is exposed from the meteorite and is now resting in the depths of the Gulf Coast of Mexico.
Two million years ago
 Alien inhabitants of Tau Volantis discovered a Black Marker .
 Aliens built Red Markers across the planet's surface in the hopes of harboring more energy for their uses .
 The Black Marker triggered a Convergence Event, creating a Brother Moon .
 The Aliens constructed a machine, flash freezing their planet and halting the Convergence .
 Extinction of Tau Volantis Aliens.
New Horizons Lunar Colony is built on the Moon and an EarthGov Colony .
Earth Government discovered and seized an alien artifact on the Yucatán peninsula in Mexico headed by Michael Altman .
 The Entire excavation team is driven mad by the power of the Black Marker (except Altman).
People are driven mad by the Marker and worshiped it and Altman.
First appearance of necrotic recombinant human-origin forms .
 Michael Altman revealed the existence of the Black Marker to the public.  
 Michael Altman destroyed the Marker.
March 15, 2215
Michael Altman is killed by EarthGov agents enthralled by the Marker.
Altman's Death is used as martyrdom. Thus the birth of the . Church of Unitology
 Unitology became a global religion, then interstellar religion as its membership spread to off-world colonies.
 Riots broke out in reaction to Altman's death. The government is unable to quell the rioters.
2314 - Earth Government
Earth Government researchers successfully reverse-engineer the Black Marker; the result is a near-perfect replica, eventually dubbed The . Red Marker
The Red Marker and a research team are covertly transported to Aegis VII.
The Red Marker is activated for the first time.
 Researchers create the first recombinant microbial life form from DNA instructions on the Red Marker.
The dormancy-inducing influence of the Red Marker is discovered.
 First Aegis VII Incident.
First appearance of necrotic recombinant human-origin forms.
 The Red Marker Pedestal is created and fired; the research team is destroyed, but the recombinant organisms are forced into dormancy.
 All materials related to Aegis VII and the Red Marker are erased (destroyed/highly classified, etc), and the entire Aegis Cluster is restricted.
Earth Government assigns the first Earth Defense Force agent in secret to an observational position.
2314 – Sovereign Colonies
Sovereign Colonies discover a “Master Signal” being received by the manmade Markers .
Three Markers are used in conjunction with Ptolemy Station to locate the “Master Signal”  .
 The Sovereign Colonies Armed Forces expedition to Tau Volantis begins .
 Alien life forms are found beneath the surface of the planet.
Doctor Earl Serrano spearheads the research dig teams efforts to unearth alien artifacts and Markers .
 " Rosetta" is discovered.
Prolonged exposure to the Markers begins to effect dig team personnel  .
[note 1] The CMS flotilla personnel begin to experience symptoms of dementia, headaches, sleeplessness and hallucinations    .
 Admiral Marjorie Graves is quarantined to her quarters.
First contact scenario becomes a reality. Sovereign Colonies Armed Forces are overrun by recombinant life forms (dubbed “Necromorphs” by scientists). Sovereign Colonies council authorizes Scenario Five    .
 June 18, 2314
Tim Caufman is tasked to deliver the Codex to Earl Serrano. He fails his mission, the Codex is purged of all information by General Mahad
 All planetary and ship personnel are killed; data concerning the research on the Markers is purged |}
The is launched. USG Ishimura
 The Resource Wars began.
Scorpio 6 is ravaged in a multiple-faction struggle
Zach Hammond is born.
June 5, 2465
Isaac Clarke is born.
Kendra Daniels is born.
April 21, 2477
John Carver is born.
Wanat Disaster: Three supply ships, one planet-cracker and a CEC colony are lost to gravity tether failure.
The CEC illegally entered the Aegis Cluster.
CEC prospectors scanned various planets. Aegis VII is shown to have extremely valuable mineral deposits.
The CEC constructed a colony on Aegis VII.
CEC personnel began preparing Aegis VII for planet crack.
2508 - 2-1 months [note 2] Prior to
Dead Space CEC personnel (re-)discover the Red Marker on Aegis VII.
The existence of the Red Marker reaches both the leadership of the CEC and the Church of Unitology.
 The CEC dispatches the USG Ishimura to Aegis VII.
 Insomnia cases drastically increase among Aegis VII Colony personnel. 
Dead Space (Comics) Begin.
Dead Space: Downfall Begins
4 weeks prior
Aegis VII Colony experienced increasing cases of insomnia and dementia.
Aegis VII Colony Management refused to take increasing violence seriously.
First insomnia-related homicide.
2 weeks prior
The Red Marker is extracted from its amplification pedestal and brought inside the Aegis VII Colony.
Fifty Unitologists kill themselves in the Union Square Mass Suicide. 
 Several colony personnel and extraction team members are slain by an engineer experiencing extreme hallucinations.
Dead Space: Extraction Begins.
1 week prior
The USG Ishimura arrived on station above Aegis VII. 
The Red Marker is taken aboard the Ishimura.  
 Captain Benjamin Matthius issued a no-fly order, denying travel between the Ishimura and Aegis VII.  
 CEC personnel aboard the Ishimura began experiencing insomnia, depression and dementia.
2 days prior
The USG Ishimura commenced with the Aegis VII planet crack. 
Significant interference jammed communications between the Ishimura and the Aegis VII Colony.  
 The colony came under attack from numerous necrotic recombinant forms that are human in origin.  
 The Aegis VII Colony Shuttleport Disaster destroyed five of the six emergency shuttles on the ground and killed numerous colonists.  
[note 3] Almost all CEC personnel on Aegis VII are killed. The necrotic recombinant organism is brought on board the Ishimura.   
 The USG Ishimura is compromised as the organism multiplied and spread quickly throughout the ship.  
 The Captain is killed     and all emergency shuttles are mysteriously launched with no one aboard. [note 4] 
All decks of the USG Ishimura are compromised. Some sections remained isolated, however.
The majority of the ship's personnel are killed.
The events of occurred.
Dead Space: Salvage
Magpies discovered the derelict Ishimura.
Earth Government recovered the Ishimura.
3 weeks after [note 6] Dead Space
The events of occur Dead Space: Aftermath .
 Isaac Clarke is found aboard an escape shuttle 
2514 - Events of
Dead Space: Liberation Damara Carver discovers information regarding Sovereign Colonies experimentation with Markers .
 The Circle attacks Uxor's Marker .
Damara and her son are killed by Jacob Danik in search of the information on the Marker origins  .
 Uxor is decimated by the Necromorph outbreak .
 Ellie Langford attempts a blind jump through shockspace to Tau Volantis; the USM Eudora loses contact with her ship. .
Dead Space 3 Earth Government Marker facilities are systematically attacked by followers of Untiology
 Captain Robert Norton and John Carver locate Isaac Clarke on Luna.
 Events of
Dead Space 3 Awakened
Isaac Clarke and John Carver wake up after survivng the fall when they destroyed
The Tau Volantis Moon.
new leader takes control of the the circle after Jacob's death.
The Brethren Moons initiate their attack on Earth.
↑ These insulated suits were worn by a SCAF deep dig team assigned to exhume the darkest secrets of Tau Volantis. Whatever they found locked deep in the ice changed them forever. When they emerged weeks later, they were covered head to toe in strange graffiti and claimed to be “Witnesses to the Truth.”
Dead Space takes place three years before the events of . Dead Space 2
↑ The sixth emergency shuttle was destroyed by the
Ishimura when it attempted to land.
↑ There exist two different scenarios regarding the Captain's death: in a video log recovered by Isaac Clarke, it appears that Doctor T. Kyne deliberately stabs a syringe into the captain's eye and into his brain, killing him. In stark contrast, in
Downfall, the Captain struggles free and lunges at Kyne and the syringe goes into his eye. At this time, all that is known is that Kyne killed the Captain.
↑ At this time, it is unknown by what means all emergency shuttles were launched.
Campbell: "The planet is Aegis VII. It was virtually destroyed in a mining accident three weeks ago." ↑
Samplane123: DS2 takes place in 2511, not 2510. See the video log 'Lights Out 2' in chapter 6. The video is time stamped 2/7/2511. Steve's reply on twitter was most likely a typo, the correct date of the first game being 2508.