Private Ben Ledward[4] was part of Sergeant Lopé's security team aboard the colonization spacecraft USCSS Covenant. He was serving on the ship during its disastrous voyage to Origae-6, during which it suffered several catastrophes that resulted in the loss of most of the ship's crew and its hijacking by David.

Ledward was part of the expedition team that set down on Planet 4, and was one of two who were infected by Neomorph spores there. He died when the creature erupted from his back.


The investigation

During the expedition to Planet 4, Ledward was assigned by Lope to guard Karine Oram while she investigated the ecosystem and took samples.

After a short expedition with Karine, Ledward informed her that he needed to take a break in order to urinate. However, instead, he had designated this period of time for resting. While walking away from Karine, Ledward lit a cigarette and trampled over egg sacks on the ground. Once he had sat down on a tree stump, several airborne particles entered his ear unnoticed. The particles moved through his ear canal and penetrated through the bottom of it, causing him irritation. He scratched at it but otherwise continued with his duties.

The infection

A while later, Ledward felt sick and Karine had decided to take him back to Lander One for an emergency check up. After Ledward's struggle, Karine and Ledward made it to the sick bay where Maggie ripped open the back of his shirt to reveal movement from his back and twitching of the spine. Upon discovering this, Maggie immediately evacuated the sick bay and secured the door, contacting the Covenant and Oram's expedition team shortly after. Due to Maggie's panic, her message to Tennessee and Oram was unclear. Even so, it was more than enough for Oram's expedition team to realize something seriously wrong is going on at Lander One.


With Ledward's condition worsening by the nanosecond, Karine decided to hug him in order to comfort him; however, several sharp protrusions emerged from the hapless Ledward's back, forcing her to draw away. A Neomorph Bloodburster erupted from Ledward before attacking and seriously wounding Karine. It then turned its attention toward Faris, who tried to shoot the creature, and it pursued her throughout the ship before cornering her against a JCB skid steer in the cargo bay. In her panic, Faris accidentally shot several explosive barrels, which exploded and destroyed Lander One, killing her and stranding the remaining survivors on Planet 4. Ledward's body was incinerated in the detonation, with the Neomorph that had hatched from him escaping.




  1. Alan Dean Foster. Alien: Covenant, p. 33 (2017), Titan Books.
  2. Ledward's actor's (Ben Rigby) height is 6ft 1 (185.4 cm) according to his agent, so that is also how tall Ledward would have been.
  3. Jack Palagen, Michael Green (writers), Ridley Scott (director). Alien: Covenant (2017), 20th Century Fox [DVD].
  4. Owen Williams. Alien: Augmented Reality Survival Manual, p. 38 (2017), Harper Design.
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