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Boys and Girls, meet Eligius IV.
Raven [src]

Eligius IV is a mining ship and a space station previously built and owned by the Eligius Corporation before the first nuclear apocalypse. It was designed to be used for interstellar missions to mine asteroids and was later used to search for habitable planets. The ship was built to house 500 people in indefinite cryo-stasis. As well as mining equipment, food to last for several weeks, a small water recycler, a transport ship, and an assortment of weapons and military grade hardware for the guards. Including guns, missiles, and shock collars for inmates. It also has a fully equipped medical bay and a large long-term fuel supply.

On the side of the haul, it states "Powering a Better Tomorrow." This most likely refers to the prisoners mining a renewable source of energy to power utilities.

One of the engines on Eligius IV is damaged due to the mutiny, making the ship slower at reaching any destination.

It was a refuge for the sole survivors of the human race, who were originally planning on staying on the ship in stasis for a decade until the Earth would be habitable after the Damocles Event. However, when it was believed that Earth was still uninhabitable, Monty set the ship on a course for a new potential homeworld for humanity in another solar system before he died of old age after his wife, having discovered after 30 years of work that Eligius III had been a colony mission to settle five other potentially habitable worlds.

The ship is eventually abandoned in the moon's orbit after relative peace is established on Sanctum's surface. It is left forever abandoned after most of humanity achieves Transcendence and the remainder returns to live out their lives on Earth which is once again habitable.

History and Background

Sometime in the past, the Eligius Corporation sent out a mining mission into deep space with 300 prisoners, 25 guards and 12 crew members on board. The mission was supposed to be 24 years long.

After a mutiny led by Charmaine Diyoza on April 4, 2047, that killed the captain and the crew of the ship and destroyed one of the engines. The mutineers decided to return to Earth, but with one less engine working, the journey home would take decades. Therefore, the prisoners were put into cryosleep, and in 2156, Eligius IV finally returned to Earth

Throughout the Series

6 years after Praimfaya, the Gagarin, A transport ship from Eligius IV landed on Earth, carrying Charmaine Diyoza and 15 other prisoners, along with Miles Shaw.

On the Ark, John Murphy saw the station in the distance. Raven tried to radio the ship, but there was no response. As a quest to solve the group's fuel problems they flew to Eligius IV and found 284 prisoners in cryo-sleep. One of them, Kodiak, was woken up by Rankin to find out the reason the alarm was triggered and was killed by Bellamy and Echo. Later in order to have leverage over the prisoners already on the ground, Raven and Murphy stayed aboard to control the other prisoners still in cryo-sleep. In the interval between "Pandora's Box" and "Shifting Sands", the leaders of Eligius prisoners took the remaining people from the ship and brought them back to Earth, including Raven Reyes and John Murphy, thereby leaving the ship abandoned.

After the Shallow Valley was destroyed, Wonkru, Spacekru, and the Eligius prisoners, along with Clarke and Madi Griffin, decides to go to Eligius IV, where they were put into cryo-sleep. However, Monty and Harper decided to stay awake, and they later have a son named Jordan Green, who was put into cryo-sleep at the age of mid 20's. Monty and Harper both died of old age, many years later.

In the year 2281, Jordan wakes up both Clarke and Bellamy, and shows them everything about him and his parents, and a new world that they can live on.

In Sanctum, Clarke, Bellamy and Jordan share Monty's video message about the New World with a few select members of their group including Murphy, Emori, Echo, Shaw, Abby and Raven. Everyone in the group meets at the mess hall to plan on their landing strategy. Bellamy and Clarke plan to approach their new residence peacefully this time round. Raven wants to go to the ground but Bellamy wants her remain in the mother ship while they go with Shaw since she's the only other pilot. The group call themselves Expedition 1 and flies on the transport ship to the moon.

While Clarke, Bellamy, Murphy, Echo, Miller, Jackson, Emori and Shaw go the ground, Abby, Raven, Octavia Blake and Jordan all stay on board the ship.

In Red Sun Rising, the normal life of awakened people gets interrupted when the Gagarin suddenly returns. They go in to check why their friends on the ground so soon. It turns out, the transport ship was hijacked. The four hijackers are wearing black suits and gas masks. They drop gas grenades, knocking out everyone in sight, before locking them all in the mess hall.

Luckily, Raven is in the cryo room. She quickly wakes up Diyoza and explains the situation. Diyoza comes up with a plan where she pretends to be asleep while two other intruders enter the chamber. She quickly grabs one of the hijacker's guns and kills both intruders instantly. She takes one of their radios to make demands to their leader on the other end, a woman named Faye. Since she doesn't know her friends are dead, Diyoza uses them as leverage. Faye agrees to let everyone free if Diyoza sends her husband back to her on the bridge. Since Diyoza has already killed them, she convinces Raven to put on the suit and pretend to be Faye's husband. However she notices a bullet hole on the suit and therefore, is not convinced that it is her husband and demands that they take off the mask. As fight breaks out, Madi jumps down from the vent and joins in. Faye gets shot in the mix and bleeds black blood. Madi points out that she is a Nightblood. She then asks Raven for Clarke's whereabouts. After losing her mother, the last member of the group, Kaylee, surrenders and explains the situation they were fleeing on the ground. They agree to go back on the ground as the eclipse passes.

In The Old Man and the Anomaly, Abby, Raven, Simone and the Sanctum Guards arrived to the mothership to produce more Nightblood for Primes and to help save Kane. Simone has convinced a Sanctum Guard named Gavin to sacrifice himself to be Kane's host. After figuring out what they are up to, Raven confronts Abby about it. Raven says that she would never murder someone, just to bring back someone she loves. Simone says that it is not murder if they volunteer. Before Raven can talk Gavin out of it, Simone injects him with a drug that wipes his mind. Abby asks Raven to do the required spacewalk to complete the Nightblood serum, but Raven refuses. Abby decides to do it herself but Raven knows that it would kill her because Abby's body is weak. Since Gavin is already dead, Raven reluctantly agrees to do the spacewalk, but only to Abby die.

Abby's plan to make Nightblood and bring Kane back is a success. After waking up in Gavin's body, Kane is glad to be reunited with Abby. When he goes in to hug her, he notices his original body, dead, in another bed. He soon realizes that he is in someone else's body. He asks Abby what she did, but Abby defends her choice by saying that she did it to save him.

In What You Take With You, on Eligius IV, Kane, who is now in a new body, does not approve of what has happened. After discovering the truth about the Primes and his body that once belonged to Gavin, who had a wife named Sierra, Kane teams up with Raven to wake up Indra, whom they told her about the situation. With Indra's help, Wonkru, including Niylah, holds a gunpoint towards Simone and the Sanctum Guards, who are about to leave the mothership. They steal the Nightblood serum to give it to Kane, who intends to float himself into space with the Nightblood serum. As Abby tries to save him, Kane begins an emotional conversation with her, before he is blown out of the mothership into space.

In The Blood of Sanctum, the Primes take control of Eligius IV, locking Wonkru into the mess hall. The Primes intend to use the mothership to travel to the other planets that the Eligius III went to in order to find a new home. As the Primes were planning to mind-wipe the rest of the people in cryosleep, Clarke, who was posing as Josephine Lightbourne, reveals herself and steals the mind-wiping drug from Simone. The Primes come after her, but Clarke floats them out into space. Enraged, Russell Lightbourne tries to kill Madi to get revenge. However, Sheidheda, who is controlling Madi, offers a deal with Russell to get his revenge. After Sheidheda teams up with Russell, they wake up the rest of Wonkru, who begins to follow their Commander, with Russell and his guards. As Clarke was about to commit suicide, Madi, who manages regain control, has Russell and his guards captured. Sheidheda, however, tries to strangle Madi in her mind, but with the help from Raven, Sheidheda was removed from Madi's head. Sheidheda then uploads himself to an unknown location. After Wonkru takes back control of Eligius IV, they arrive back to Sanctum, with Russell and his guards as captives.

In From the Ashes, with everyone awake, the ship is presumably left abandoned or with a skeleton crew in orbit. Raven later discusses returning to Eligius IV to try to figure out where Sheidheda went.

In The Stranger, when the Eligius Prisoners bow before Sheidheda, Nikki states them as being from the Eligius IV exploration ship.

In The Last War, after humanity achieves Transcendence, both the ship and Sanctum are left abandoned for good by Clarke and her friends who settle on the restored Earth.


The ship was built on Earth and in the 2040s it was launched to the asteroid Proxima 6, where it was based during its mission of mining Hythylodium. After the mutiny of the criminals, it was returned back to Earth orbit, where it was located all the time during the Battle for Eden.

Eligius IV is currently located in the orbit of Sanctum at coordinates 11.60, 212.85, 449.10, 11.27.



There were approx. 300 prisoners living on the ship, until they were woken from cryosleep in Shifting Sands. Murphy and Raven also briefly stayed there, until they were brought to the ground with the prisoners.

In Season 5 finale, 412 of survivors including prisoners, Spacekru, and Wonkru went back on the ship and put themselves into cryosleep except Monty and Harper. 125 years later, Jordan Green woke Bellamy and Clarke on Monty’s order before both Monty and Harper died, due to old age. Which left 411 inhabitants on board.

In "Sanctum", an exploratory team consisting of: Clarke, Bellamy, MurphyEcho, Emori, Shaw, Jackson and Miller went down to Sanctum.  After the events of "Red Sun Rising," a second team went down to Sanctum. Including: Raven, Abby, Octavia, Diyoza, Madi, Gaia and Jordan. Leaving 396 inhabitants on the ship

The remaining inhabitants on the ship include warriors, thieves, prisoners and other people. After Wonkru successfully defend Eligius IV from the Primes, Indra, Niylah and James Crockett join the others on Alpha, leaving the total population at 0.

In "The Last War," humanity achieves Transcendence aside from one group that chooses to return to human form and live on the restored Earth.

Former Inhabitants

Those who left the ship to travel to Alpha.


Those who died on the ship.

Those who have been on the ship, but died outside of it.


Season Five
Episode Appearance Status
Red QueenAbsent
Sleeping GiantsAppears
Pandora's BoxAppears
Shifting SandsAbsent
Exit WoundsAbsent
Acceptable LossesAbsent
How We Get to PeaceAbsent
Sic Semper TyrannisAbsent
The Warriors WillAbsent
The Dark YearMentioned
Damocles (Part 1)Appears
Damocles (Part 2)Appears
Season Six
Episode Appearance Status
Red Sun RisingAppears
The Children of GabrielMentioned
The Face Behind the GlassMentioned
The Gospel of JosephineMentioned
Memento MoriMentioned
The Old Man and the AnomalyAppears
What You Take With YouAppears
Ashes to AshesAbsent
Adjustment ProtocolAppears
The Blood of SanctumAppears
Season Seven
Episode Appearance Status
From the AshesMentioned
The GardenAbsent
False GodsMentioned
Welcome to BardoAbsent
The Queen's GambitAbsent
The FlockAbsent
A Little SacrificeAbsent
The StrangerAbsent
Blood GiantAbsent
A Sort of HomecomingAbsent
The Dying of the LightAbsent
The Last WarAbsent


Notes and Trivia

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See Also