The Purpose of Deus
by Rabid Smiley
After reading through the "spoilers" section I began thinking to myself, why exactly was Deus on the Eldridge? I formulated the following theory based upon what I know from the game and my educated guesses.
1. Deus is on the Eldridge for a GOOD reason. Normally, one would not load a apocalpytic weapon onto a CIVILLIAN transport vehicle for no good reason. If the Eldridge was a military ship, then having weapons of mass destruction onboard might make more sense. However, if the Eldridge was a civilian ship, Deus's presense must have been due to an alterior motive or an alternate purpose. If one drove through the streets with a nuclear missle tied town to the roof of his car, I believe someone would notice. (or at least compliment him on his offensive capabilities)
2. In this I am going to assume the Eldridge was a civilian ship. If so, there would have to be some plan that would require non-military personel to transport a viable biohazard across the cosmos. No reason for such is given in the game, so I am assuming that Deus's original purpose was not that of a weapon. Deus has immense terraforming capabilites as demonstrated in that one FMV where the "thing" breaks out of Merkava. Possibly, the passengers were colonists that were searching for a planet that would have the potential to support life, and use Deus to artificially manufacture an ecosystem like that of Earth.
Now some of you may ask, If Deus had such great terraforming capabilities, why did all those passengers have to go to who-knows-where to find a planet? Why couldn't they just pick a closer planet and terraform that one? My answer to that is that there are most likely relatively few planets that have the potential to even support human life, even if Deus artificially constructed an ecosystem. For example, If we tried to live on Jupiter, it wouldn't work because the gravity would crush you. Additionally, Pluto is so far away from the sun that any life that would be placed there would freeze. Additional factors like crust plate stability and mineral resources must be taken into account. Blah, blah, blah.
3. I don't think the Eldridge contained the last survivors from Earth. I infered this after watching the captain look at the picture of his wife and daughter. I am assuming that if they were onboard, they would have tried to contact the captain or vice-versa during their final moments. The captain seems to behave like his family is somewhere else, presumably at home on earth. Unless of course his family was already dead on Earth and he had nothing to lose by leading a mass exodus into space.