The USCSS Anesidora, registration number NCC 88-LS, was a Lockmart CM-90S Corvus G-Class deep space salvage vessel privately owned and captained by Henry Marlow. It was notably the vessel responsible for unleashing a lone Xenomorph on Sevastopol Station in 2137, leading to the death of virtually all of its inhabitants. The ship was destroyed when its reactor was set to overload by Marlow in an attempt to destroy Sevastopol and wipe out the Xenomorph infestation.
In 2137, while conducting salvage operations in the Zeta2 Reticuli system, the Anesidora stumbled across the flight recorder unit from the USCSS Nostromo. After recovering and accessing the recorder, Marlow and his crew elected to follow the flight data in the hopes of finding and salvaging the ship itself. The track led them to LV-426, where the crew soon found the derelict ship previously discovered by the crew of the Nostromo fifteen years previously. Within, Marlow finds and disables the derelict's beacon, while Foster, Marlow's wife, was attacked and subdued by a Facehugger from one of the Xenomorph Eggs in the ship's vast cargo hold.
Hoping to get medical aid for his wife and unaware of the Chestburster now gestating inside her, Marlow took the Anesidora to Sevastopol Station. Foster was taken to the station's medical center, but the Chestburster duly emerged, killing Foster and beginning a Xenomorph infestation that rapidly spread throughout the station. Marlow was placed under arrest by the Colonial Marshals for his role in the disaster while the Anesidora remained parked in orbit around KG-348.
During the chaos of the Xenomorph infestation and the revolt by Sevastopol's Working Joes, Marlow managed to escape from his cell at the Colonial Marshal headquarters and made for his ship, intending to overload its reactor and destroy Sevastopol with the blast, thereby wiping out the Xenomorphs rampaging throughout the station. Although Amanda Ripley and Nina Taylor attempted to stop the overload, they were unsuccessful; the blast was mitigated, but the Anesidora was still destroyed in the resultant explosion, which also damaged Sevastopol's orbital stabilizers, eventually leading to the destruction of Sevastopol as well.
- Henry Marlow — Captain
- Catherine Foster
- Crispin Heyst
- Dean Lewis — Engineering Technician
- Alan Meeks
Behind the scenes
In reality, Anesidora is another name for Pandora, the first human woman created by the Greek gods, and means "she who sends up gifts"; this is likely a reference to the Anesidora bringing the Alien aboard Sevastopol. In an alternative version of the myth, the gods create Pandora/Anesidora to punish humans after the Titan Prometheus (the forethinker) gave to them the secret of fire, contrary to Zeus' orders. The gods thus send Pandora to the humans carrying a jar (often mistranslated as a box, hence "Pandora's box") filled with "gifts", which are in fact diseases. Epimetheus (the afterhinker), brother of Prometheus, subsequently opens the jar with no knowledge of the diseases it contains, thereby unwittingly releasing them to plague mankind. This can be seen as another ironic reference to the ship's role in the game; it is Pandora's box and it unleashes the Xenomorph upon the station. Likewise, Marlow's accessing of the Nostromo flight recorder and following its data to unexpected ruin also bears parallels to the myth of Pandora's box. Greek history and mythology are a recurring point of reference in the Alien franchise; other notable examples include the moon Acheron, the comics Aliens: Rogue and Aliens: Dead Orbit (which contain numerous references), the ship Archimedes, the novels Alien: River of Pain and Alien: Into Charybdis, and references to the Titan Prometheus in both Prometheus Tech and the film Prometheus.
The Anesidora was first revealed in a piece of concept art released on Alien: Isolation's official site around March 7, 2014, called "Concept Art Wallpaper". Although somewhat hard to read due to a light shining on it, "ANESIDORA" can be seen on the ship's hull. In the wallpaper, it appears that synthetics are on top of the Anesidora. Although never actually seen in-game, the vessel had a completely designed and realised exterior, based on microscopic parasites (a design direction inspired by it's role in delivering the Xenomorph) and deep sea crustaceans. Other elements were inspired by its roles as a salvage vessel, such as the underslung cockpit, which was designed to allow the captain to oversee his men as they worked on the ground collecting and loading scrap.
The Anesidora was the namesake of Priority One: Audio Log 005 - Anesidora, released around August 8, 2014. The podcast was the first to have a namesake not related to Alien. In the podcast, Nee, Alien: Isolation's community manager, says of the title, "what it means is up to you to discover when you play the game".
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