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Dead Space is a very fun
horror/action game, but there is one thing that everyone has issues with: the
Markers. These twisted rocks are the bane of the Dead Space universe and
produce the main enemies of the series, Necromorphs.
I know a
lot about the Dead Space universe since I have played the games, read the
prequel novel and comics, and seen the movies. I also spent a lot of time on
the Dead Space Wiki, studying what people had figured out about the Markers.
After spending weeks on that site I have come up with several theories on the
*Note, these theories may contain some spoilers to the games
so avert your eyes if you haven't played the games yet.
What the Marker is
To be honest, this is what I had
had the most trouble with when doing this blog. But there is one thing for
sure: the Marker was meant to wipe out the dinosaurs and create the Human race
(the Black Marker came to Earth on an asteroid).
From here on I can't figure out
what the *** thing is for. Some things
in the series show that the Marker was meant to make Necromorphs to get rid of
the Human race and make way for a new advanced species. I think that aliens did this because of some
sort of cycle made the Marker. They had a Marker that told them to make another
for the Humans; they sent the Black Marker to Earth; Necromorphs took out that
alien race. This supports the theory that the Black Marker is a doomsday
device, and the time for Humans is up and it is time for Humans to make a
Marker for a new race. This theory is possible because the Markers is already
starting to make Necromorphs.
The second theory is that the
Marker is only made to bring life, but is making Necromorphs because it is damaged.
In Dead Space: Martyr, two scientists took a piece out of the Black Marker.
These two scientists went insane and killed each other. Afterwards other
scientists decided to bring it out from the ocean, a Necromorph outbreak
occurred, and the scientists got information on how to build Markers. I think
that this information was tainted because they got this information from a
damaged Marker, which is why the Red Marker and Marker Site 12 made only
Why Markers make
hallucinations and their personalities (yes, they have personalities):
Markers make hallucinations
because when it tries to communicate to a human something in the brain goes off
to protect itself and the person will start to hallucinate. The hallucinations
the person will get will either tell the person to go away (the Marker) or to
kill themself (the Necromorphs). The
Marker seems to have two personalities, though the average person will usually
see one of them with some exceptions (Isaac for example).
Marker and the Red Marker have the same personalities: they felt bad for what
was happening and it would have others try to reverse the damage that was done
(Isaac and Michael Altman are examples). Marker Site 12 however showed no
remorse in the game and seemed to want the Necromorphs to infect everyone. This
may be because of the fact that Marker Site 12 was made from fragments of the
Red Marker and information in Isaac Clarke's mind, mean while the Red Marker
was directly from the Black Marker.
Well, that is all that I have for now. Post in the comments
how you felt about the article and if you have any questions about Dead Space.
I may post another blog doing it Q&A style.