Hanford Peter George la Salle Carthusia is the main human antagonist in the Dead Space comics. He was a high ranking member of the Church of Unitology being "vested" and he was the colony manager and leader of the Aegis VII colony. He oversaw the planet cracking of the Red Marker and the outbreak of Necromorphs on the colony and on the USG Ishimura.
Hanford Carthusia was born into a wealthy family of bankers and executives in the pan-European sector of Earth. His family has been a respected pillar of the Unitology for three generations, and Hanford's generation is no exception. Almost all family members are Vested, and at least one is known to be an Overseer.
Hanford worked in a variety of family-owned businesses in energy, manufacturing and distribution, working his way through middle management with a genuine skill for strategy and protecting the bottom line. Eventually he was promoted, and went on to prove he had equal skills in the boardroom.
Through his family connections, Hanford came to the attention of several prominent Unitologists within the higher echelons of Concordance Extraction Corporation, and was headhunted at their behest; his family gave their blessing, seeing it as an opportunity to increase their influence both in business and the church. He joined C.E.C. as an assistant project manager and quickly rose to become an overall project manager, with full jurisdiction over his assigned mining colony.
He had presided over four planet cracks to date, and it was widely expected within the company he would rise to executive level and work exclusively from CEC HQ on Earth. Hanford's wife and three children, who resided on Earth under the aegis of his powerful extended family, looked forward to that day.
The Aegis VII Incident
Carthusia was in close contact with Captain Benjamin Matthius of the USG Ishimura before the planet-crack took place and was a devout Unitologist along with the captain. He became increasingly unpopular around the colonists and P-SEC because of his arrogance and decides to not let the appropriate people inspect the Red Marker. Shortly before the planet-crack took place, he was informed by Mathius that he would not be joining him on board the Ishimura because of the violent incidents spreading on the colony. This decision outraged Carthusia and brought him to abruptly cut communications with the captain and withhold the bodies of the suicide victims, a decision that would prove devastating for the colony in the future. Later, Carthusia would be killed along with the other colonists during the Necromorphs' incursion of the colony when he decided to sacrifice himself to a Slasher for the Unitologist cause and his beliefs.