This is the eve of the Marathon's launch. The date format <2126.96.36.199.34> can be interpretated as <year.month.day.hour.minute>. This allows us to determined that the Engineering Document on doors in Bigger Guns Nearby:November 15, 2209. <2188.8.131.52.34> Thank heaven, the ceremony is over. The UESC president came aboard Marathon and gave a speech.<Beware of Low-Flying Defense Drones... (Terminal 2)>
was written on March 23, 2402. 193 years after the Marathon's launch.Marathon Internal Engineering Documents Section 1-c appendix H Subject: Doors By: Estasia Orestes, Dominick I. Plackar, and Ursa Simbalzi Date:<2402.03.23.16.42><Bigger Guns Nearby (Terminal 2)>
Was the Marathon attacked in the year 2794? The exact month and day cannot be determined but the message was apparently posted at 0839 hours, 9 minutes after the Marathon was boarded. The year 2794 corresponds with the manual text:At 0830 hours, alien forces boarded the Marathon. The current situation is dire. All personnel are required to arm themselves and fight for their lives. <Posted 27184.108.40.206.08.39><Arrival (Terminal 1)>
Aaahhh, life in the glorious 28th century. Walking into a jump pad will instantly transport you to a new location.(Page 14)Yet there are a number of references to the fact that the Marathon's trip from Mars to Tau Ceti took over 300 years. For example, in the manual we have the following text just prior to the Marathon being attacked
...three hundred and twenty-two years earlier... on the eve of the launching of the Marathon.(Manual page 2)As the colony had been established for seven years this means that the Marathon's voyage took 315 years. The duration of the Marathon's journey is also estimated by Leela to be around 300 years:
Though understandably Leela is confused.... we left Mars!UHL^U_3kg he Pfhor are sla``vers. Their trading empire``````~ rose to prominence soon afterwe!!~eft Earth over three hundred years ago.<Try Again (Terminal 1)>
If the Marathon's voyage took 315 years then it would have left Mars in the year 2479 and not the year 2209 as Bernard Strauss'log indicates.I am disturbed by how easily the cyborgs were secretly assimilated into our midst, and believe that this event predates the Marathon's launch from Mars three hundred years ago.<Ingue Ferroque (Terminal 3)>
This time period corresponds with the Third Martian War documented to have occurred between 2345-48 Earth A.D. Two decades earlier we have the failed MIDA coup on Mars dated as 2321. In the terminal describing this coup we read that MIDA:Although the results were unquestionably for the best, their presence on the Marathon could only have been to further wicked ends. I'm certain the real answer lies somewhere in the tumultuous, back-stabbing politics of Sol during the early twenty-fourth century.<Ingue Ferroque (Terminal 3)>
...never attempted to take over the Marathon, which was nearing completion... <The Rose (Terminal 2)>Now we have the Marathon identified at a date of 2321 Earth A.D. and the events on Mars would tie in with Durandal's remark in Blaspheme Quarantine:
If you're looking for a hidden stash of ammunition that was left here by the Martian insurgents three hundred and fifteen years ago... <Blaspheme Quarantine (Terminal 2: 2nd message)>Of course when Durandal communicates this to us it is actually 322 years since the Marathon left Mars so the Martian insurgents hid their ammunition seven years after the Marathon was launched... hhmmmnn?
"WARNING: CORE OS (AF44+2DEB) MOD DATE LATER THAN CURRENT DATE/TIME" <Never Burn Money (Terminal 4)>Has someone been messing with the Marathon's Computer Net internal clock? A rampant computer perhaps? Or more intriguingly did Bernard Strauss delay the onset of Durandal's Rampancy by reseting the internal clock thus postponing Durandal's eventual entry into the second stage?