Zariman Discussion Appendix: Crew Manifest

A screenshot of the opening cutscene from the Angels of the Zariman quest, showing the Zariman 10-0 colony ship emerging from a Void rift in the outer fringes of the Origin System. Arcane, cyan energy streams forth from nothing into a star-studded backdrop, framing the massive crescent-shaped ship as it appears in reality. Screenshot by GrayArchon.
Angels of the Zariman quest

The following is a list of all individuals known to be on board the Zariman 10-0 colony ship on her maiden voyage to Tau. This list is only a small fraction of the hundreds or thousands of people on board, but contains all known names. Individuals associated with the Zariman but not part of its crew, such as Executor Tuvul or Kaleen, are not included. Main sources include:

Other sources are linked in individual entries.


Angel

Wife of “The Husband”. Name unknown; “Angel” was his nickname for her. Angel worked with Archimedian Yonta on the Reliquary Drive, and looked up to Yonta personally. After the Void-jump incident, Angel barricaded herself in her Dormizone bedroom (possibly out of guilt for the accident), while her husband pleaded with her to come out. She was driven insane by the Void, and left the Dormizone to attack one of the Zariman children. When her husband called out to her, she was distracted long enough for the child to kill her with their Void powers. The Husband stayed by her corpse until he, too, went insane.

Angel’s story is told in the audio logs released in the Zariman ARG.


Apollo

A child on the Zariman, mentioned in Rella & Dohan’s birth announcement in the Zariman ARG.


Archimedian Yonta

The Archimedian in charge of the Reliquary Drive. As an Archimedian, Yonta is deeply knowledgeable about the Void and a variety of other arcane subjects. She was acquainted with many other notable Archimedians, and likely Albrecht Entrati himself. On board the Zariman, Yonta worked to calibrate the Reliquary Drive for the final jump to Tau, along with her team of specialists (including Angel). When some colonists protested, saying that the jump was not safe, Yonta denounced them and called them traitors. It is still not clear why the Void jump failed, but Yonta felt considerable guilt. After witnessing Hombask, Cavalero, and Quinn die, she committed suicide via Jade Light.

After the Zariman crew returned to existence as the Holdfasts, Archimedian Yonta was one of the last individuals to resist the Void’s call. When the Tenno reclaims the Zariman, Yonta helps them heal the Albrecht Membrane with her automated Vitoplast repair system. During Void Flood missions, Yonta’s teenage anxieties can manifest as a Void apparition named Skittergirl, stealing items from the Tenno. As the Holdfasts’ technical expert, Yonta is responsible for monitoring the Zariman’s condition within the Void. She is also able to extract the Holdfasts’ hidden memories from Angel Voidplumes.

Archimedian Yonta is introduced in Angels of the Zariman, and has her own dialogue as a member of the Holdfasts. She is also mentioned in the Zariman ARG, and by other Holdfasts and Cephalon Melica.


Axia

A close friend of Hombask. Played komi with her and was able to pick up that Hombask was sufficiently angry at Executor Tuvul to take drastic action. When the agri-biomes were sabotaged, Axia suspected her friend, and was angry that Hombask would endanger the families on board, especially Chera, who was presumably Axia’s daughter. Identified by the Zariman’s internal messaging system as Axia H.5.

Axia’s messages to Hombask were found in the Zariman ARG.


Berryn

A student on the Zariman. After the Void-jump incident, when the children were barricaded in their classrooms, Berryn clutched a picture of his mother and cried for her to come back. The Tenno Operator tried to comfort Berryn, but to little avail.

This scene is witnessed in a flashback during The New War.


Brack

Worked in communications on the Zariman’s bridge. Brack had the idea to hijack the Zariman’s comms satellites to broadcast a message to any extraterrestrial lifeforms that might be in Tau, which seems to have been a strange passion project of his. He secretly wrote and injected code that took advantage of outdated firmware in order to reorient the satellites briefly, but was unable to send the message before he was arrested for attending an unrelated protest. He asked Mykos, his childhood friend or family member, to send the message for him. It is unknown if Mykos complied, but Mykos was both sceptical and cautious throughout their message exchange.

Brack’s communications with Mykos (in which he is identified as Brack O.3) were found in the Zariman ARG.


Cavalero

Worked in security on the Zariman. Presumed to be the head of security, but his exact title or position is never confirmed. Took orders directly from Quinn. When the Zariman colonists started to protest against the Void jump, Quinn ordered Cavalero to pacify them. Cavalero rounded up the ringleaders of the protests and punished them harshly. Afterwards, he put the security guards on double shifts (including The Husband). After the Void-jump incident, Cavalero was still sane, but felt guilty for contributing to the situation. When the feral adults tried to break into the barricaded classrooms and kill their children, Cavalero fought them. As he was overwhelmed, he detonated the explosives he was carrying, taking out many of the adults along with himself.

After the Zariman crew returned to existence as the Holdfasts, Cavalero was one of the last individuals to resist the Void’s call. When the Tenno reclaims the Zariman, Cavalero helps them deploy automated Armaments to defend the Reliquary Drive, and teaches them how to fight Void Angels. To aid them, he gives them Incarnon weapons and Arcane enhancements.

Cavalero is introduced in Angels of the Zariman, and has his own dialogue as a member of the Holdfasts. He is also mentioned in the Zariman ARG, and by other Holdfasts. He is identified by the Zariman’s internal messaging system as Cavalero S.2.


Cephalon Acetuma

A teaching cephalon, mentioned by Cephalon Melica.


Cephalon Melica

A teaching cephalon. Seen during The New War teaching the Tenno Operator, along with Jenva and Mathon. Damaged severely during the Void-jump incident, but seems to have been partially repaired by the Holdfasts. The Holdfasts are trying to keep Melica’s consciousness stable for some reason, so Quinn encourages the Tenno to engage with her lessons when running missions on the Zariman.

Cephalon Melica has her own dialogue in the Chrysalith and other locations on the Zariman.


Chera

A child on the Zariman, implied to be Axia’s daughter. Axia and her family were close friends with Hombask, such that Chera called Hombask auntie.

Axia’s messages to Hombask, mentioning Chera, were found in the Zariman ARG.


Clarra

A child on the Zariman, mentioned in Rella & Dohan’s birth announcement in the Zariman ARG. Notably born on board the ship, in the Zariman’s med bay.


Cyrrus

A child on the Zariman, mentioned in Rella & Dohan’s birth announcement in the Zariman ARG.


Dohan

The parent of Apollo, Clarra, and Cyrrus. Mentioned in Rella & Dohan’s birth announcement in the Zariman ARG.


Dybar

An adult (identified by the Zariman’s internal messaging system as Dybar H.4) who was attacked and killed by his partner, Hania, in their shared Dormizone. Hania had gone insane, apparently prior to the Void-jump incident, and assaulted Dybar with a knife. Hania was taken into custody and their children, Olrud and Khort, were placed into foster care with a family member.

Incident report V64K-5, which details the event, was uncovered in the Zariman ARG.


Gyra

Gyra was the figurehead of the Zariman, presented by Executor Ballas on the day of departure. Gyra danced for the enjoyment of all on board, but turned feral like the others during the Void-jump incident. When the Tenno uses the Gyre warframe, Quinn remarks that it reminds him of Gyra.


Hania

An adult (identified by the Zariman’s internal messaging system as Hania X.6) who seemingly went insane before the Void-jump incident. She attacked her partner, Dybar, in their shared Dormizone, with a knife, shouting that he “had been replaced” and needed “to be purged”. The security guards restrained her and took her into custody, but Dybar died of his wounds. Their children, Olrud and Khort, were placed into foster care with a family member. Incident report V64K-5, which details the event, also notes that this was part of a “sudden and dramatic spike in violent incidents.” The fact that a security report was filed implies that this incident took place before the Void jump, when internal security systems were still functional and most crewmembers were still sane.

Incident report V64K-5 was uncovered in the Zariman ARG.


Hombask

In charge of homesteading and supplies on the Zariman. Presumed to be the Supply Officer mentioned in the Zariman 10-0 welcome letter. Close friends with Axia and her family, and Axia’s daughter Chera even called Hombask auntie. When the Orokin refused to take the colonists’ concerns seriously, Hombask sabotaged the agri-biomes and vented them to space. By destroying the Zariman’s food supply, Hombask believed she could force the Orokin to recall the Zariman and cancel the voyage, but the Executors stubbornly refused, and food shortages began. Hombask blamed herself for this, and when the Void-jump incident occurred, she tried to save the vulnerable children by fighting off the insane adults. She was killed by the feral mob.

After the Zariman crew returned to existence as the Holdfasts, Hombask was one of the last individuals to resist the Void’s call. When the Tenno reclaims the Zariman, Hombask helps them connect with the ship and its crew, and feel more at home. She gives them personal items to decorate their Dormizone, and Void-altered materials to decorate their warframes. She also guides the Tenno in reclaiming lost computer terminals, in addition to deploying cleaning and gardening drones. 

Hombask is introduced in Angels of the Zariman, and has her own dialogue as a member of the Holdfasts. She is also mentioned in the Zariman ARG, and by other Holdfasts.


Jacari

A student on the Zariman. Accused by Class President Reena of sabotaging the classroom’s door in order to steal school supplies, in an incident that likely never reached resolution. Mentioned in the Zariman ARG.


Jenva

A student on the Zariman, and a classmate of the Tenno Operator (as seen in The New War). According to Cephalon Melica, Jenva is prone to tardiness.


Kay

Mother of Rell. She tried to protect him and defend him from other students who made fun of him, and always reassured him that she loved him. Kay also worked with Rell to help him identify and process emotions and sensory stimuli. When the Void-jump incident occurred, Kay was able to recognise herself falling under the Void’s influence, and sent Rell away, and he hid alone. After she had fully gone insane, she hunted him and attacked him with a knife, forcing Rell to kill her with his Void powers.

Kay is heard during flashbacks in Chains of Harrow and is depicted in the companion webcomic, Rell.


Khort

A child on the Zariman. Placed into foster care along with their sibling Olrud when their mother, Hania, attacked and killed their father, Dybar.

Incident report V64K-5, which details the event, was uncovered in the Zariman ARG.


Kira

One of the Holdfasts, until recently. Shortly after The New War, she discovered a cache of encrypted data from the Zariman’s computers. She worked to establish a bridge or tunnel through the Albrecht Membrane that separated the Void from real-space, to facilitate communication with the Tenno and enlist their help decrypting the Zariman files. Part of this involved the Tenno gathering massive amounts of Void traces to stabilise the bridge. As the files were being uncovered, Kira seemed to be hunted by the Angels. The logs that were recovered from the cache stirred up bad memories from Kira, and she eventually gave in to the Void’s song, transforming into an Angel. Subsequently, the Zariman appeared back in the Origin System, and the Tenno went to investigate. When they joined up with the Holdfasts, Quinn told them that Kira was attacking the Reliquary Drive itself. The Tenno fought Kira and destroyed her, and later created a memorial to her and all others who perished on the Zariman.

Kira ran the Zariman ARG, though her identity was not revealed at the time. She is discussed in Angels of the Zariman, and appears as an Angel.


Mathon

A student on the Zariman, and a classmate of the Tenno Operator (as seen in The New War). According to Cephalon Melica, Mathon is prone to tardiness.


Misune

A grandparent of Apollo, Clarra, and Cyrrus. Mentioned in Rella & Dohan’s birth announcement in the Zariman ARG.


Mykos

A childhood friend or possibly family member of Brack. Brack and Mykos both grew up together at Kiliken on Venus, and both were selected to join the Zariman crew. When Brack had the idea to hijack the Zariman’s comms satellites to broadcast a message into deep space, Mykos was sceptical and cautious, warning Brack against a plan that could get him executed. Brack was arrested for attending an unrelated protest, and asked Mykos to send the message in his place. It is unknown if Mykos complied.

Mykos’ communications with Brack (in which he is identified as Mykos F.5) were found in the Zariman ARG.


Nimian

A student on the Zariman, mentioned by Cephalon Melica.


Olrud

A child on the Zariman. Placed into foster care along with their sibling Olrud when their mother, Hania, attacked and killed their father, Dybar.

Incident report V64K-5, which details the event, was uncovered in the Zariman ARG.


Operator/Drifter

A student on the Zariman. Had a mother and father on board. Classmate of Jenva and Mathon, as seen in The New War. During the Void-jump incident, they met the Man in the Wall and struck a deal with him to grant all the children incredible Void powers. As a consequence of the deal, all alternate selves or future timelines of the Operator were erased from existence, except two: the Operator and the Drifter (who are both versions of the same person). The Operator returned to the Origin System with the other children of the Zariman and became a Tenno. In the modern period, the Operator is the narrative focus, being the central character of The Second Dream, The War Within, The Sacrifice, and other important story moments. The Drifter was never rescued from the Zariman, and their journey is mostly unknown, but they did briefly return to the Origin System in The New War, and may inhabit it now, according to the choices of the player.


Operator’s parents

Names unknown. A man and a woman, who were parents to the child later known as the Operator or Drifter. Very little is known about them. When the agri-biomes were sabotaged, the father became paranoid, thinking there was something or someone out in space or the Void that was watching them. During the Void-jump incident, the mother comforted the Operator, reassuring them that it was safe, though the Operator could tell she was lying. It is unclear if this was a deception on her part (similar to Kay trying to trick Rell), or if she had delayed going insane and was simply trying to reassure her child. After this point, they are not mentioned, and were presumably killed by the children or the Operator themself.

The Operator’s parents are discussed in The War Within. A portrait of them and the Operator is found during The New War, and after Angels of the Zariman it is placed on the memorial for those who died on the ship.


Quinn

Liaison to the Expeditionary Command. Quinn was a high-ranking leader of the Zariman (although he was not the captain), and the link to the Orokin Executors. Quinn appears to be in charge of prosecution and enforcement, and his orders were seen as law. Quinn was bearer of the Crystal Index, a tablet he could use to invoke capital punishment, most notably by glassing an individual and converting them into a cephalon (who would then be pressed into service on board the ship). When the Zariman colonists started to protest against the jump, Quinn ordered Cavalero to pacify them. Cavalero rounded up the ringleaders of the protests and punished them harshly. After the Void-jump incident, Quinn was still sane, but felt guilty for contributing to the situation. When the feral adults fought their children, Quinn tried to intervene, but was erroneously perceived as a threat and destroyed by the children’s Void powers.

After the Zariman crew returned to existence as the Holdfasts, Quinn was one of the last individuals to resist the Void’s call. When the Tenno finds the Zariman, Quinn convinces them to reclaim the ship. As the leader of the Holdfasts, Quinn issues bounties to the Tenno, directing them to help where they are most needed.

Quinn is introduced in Angels of the Zariman, and has his own dialogue as a member of the Holdfasts. He is also mentioned in the Zariman ARG, and by other Holdfasts.


Reena

A student on the Zariman and the Class President of her cohort. Issued a security ticket accusing her classmate Jacari of sabotaging her classroom’s door so he could steal school supplies. The ticket was not taken seriously by the security staff. Identified by the Zariman’s internal messaging system as Reena Z.8. The security ticket was found in the Zariman ARG.


Rell

A student on the Zariman. Rell was autistic, and the other students mocked and shunned him for it. His mother, Kay, tried to protect him, to defend him from the other students, and always reassured him that she loved him. Kay played a game with him involving flash cards with faces, to help Rell identify emotions. Rell also had a spinning golden object called a Donda which helped him focus. Rell showed aptitude for science, especially the technology of Void travel.

When the Void-jump incident occurred, Kay was able to recognise herself falling under the Void’s influence, and sent Rell away, and he hid alone. After she had fully gone insane, she hunted him and attacked him with a knife, forcing Rell to kill her with his Void powers. Another student noticed Rell and brought him to a safe room where other students were gathering, but they did not allow Rell to join them, seeing his neurodivergence as potential Void influence. Rell was left to fend for himself. He infused his Donda with Void power, seeking to understand his circumstances. In this, he seemed to realise that there was a hostile entity at work, claiming that he had “someone to figure out.”

After the Zariman were recovered and the Tenno children were put into the Warframe Project, Rell was part of those efforts, and was even given a warframe, Harrow. But Archimedian Margulis rejected Rell from the program, and he took his warframe with him. Why Margulis cast him out, or how Rell was able to retain his warframe, are not elaborated, but Rell was taken in by a group of matriarchal figures who listened to his teachings about the Void. Rell had apparently formed a link with the Man in the Wall during the Zariman incident, and he committed himself to holding the Void entity at bay. His followers, who would eventually become the Red Veil, hallowed him and did all they could to aid him in his vigil. Rell used Transference to permanently bind his consciousness to the Harrow warframe in order to surpass a mortal lifespan, and the Red Veil placed the warframe in their sacred temple in the Void, and bound it with special chains. Throughout the Old War, the Collapse, and the dark interregnum that followed, Rell fought against the Man in the Wall’s baleful influence, while the Red Veil grew ever more mystical and ritualistic in their reverence of him. Eventually, the Tenno grew more in tune with their repressed Void abilities, and the Man in the Wall was empowered, allowing him to overwhelm and corrupt Rell. Many of the Red Veil were driven mad by Rell’s distress, and the Veil’s speaker, Palladino, worked with the Tenno to mend Rell’s fractured consciousness and destroy Harrow, freeing Rell’s soul. The burden of holding back the Man in the Wall fell to all the remaining Tenno, and he began to exert ever more influence on the Origin System in the years that followed.

Rell’s story is told in the Rell webcomic and the Chains of Harrow quest. He is also mentioned by Cephalon Melica.


Rella

The parent of Apollo, Clarra, and Cyrrus. Mentioned in Rella & Dohan’s birth announcement in the Zariman ARG. Identified by the Zariman’s internal messaging system as Rella D.2.


Revzan

A grandparent of Apollo, Clarra, and Cyrrus. Mentioned in Rella & Dohan’s birth announcement in the Zariman ARG.


Roddick

A grandparent of Apollo, Clarra, and Cyrrus. Mentioned in Rella & Dohan’s birth announcement in the Zariman ARG.


Shoban

A grandparent of Apollo, Clarra, and Cyrrus. Mentioned in Rella & Dohan’s birth announcement in the Zariman ARG.


Terolee

A student on the Zariman. After the Void-jump incident, when the children were barricaded in their classrooms, Terolee huddled with another student, and was comforted by the Tenno Operator.

This scene is witnessed in a flashback during The New War. Cephalon Melica also mentions Terolee’s name.


The Husband

Husband of Angel. Left various voice recordings on datapads for his wife to find. The Husband worked as a security guard under Cavalero, and was put on double shifts in the days leading up to the Void-jump incident. After the jump, Angel locked herself in her Dormizone bedroom, while the Husband begged her to come out. Angel finally emerged, insane, and tried to murder a child, but when the Husband called out to her, she was distracted long enough for the child to kill her with their Void powers. The Husband stayed by her corpse until he, too, slowly went insane.

The Husband’s audio logs were released in the Zariman ARG.


Turin

A grandparent of Apollo, Clarra, and Cyrrus. Mentioned in Rella & Dohan’s birth announcement in the Zariman ARG.


Zariman Captain

The Zariman’s intercom system was used to broadcast a variety of messages, either pre-recorded or real-time, to the colonists and crew. These messages were spoken by a male individual identified only as “Zariman Actual”. In accordance with general military parlance, the title indicates the captain or commanding officer of the Zariman. Cephalon Melica references a “Captain’s List of Distinguished Students”, indicating that a captain position does exist.

The captain’s announcements are heard during The New War, and when using the Chrysalith’s elevator. In addition, one of the documents released during the Zariman ARG is a communication from the Commanding Officer of the Zariman, although the name is redacted.


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