Christopher "Chris" Oram was the Executive Officer and Chief Science Officer aboard the colonization spacecraft USCSS Covenant. He was also the husband of the crew's biologist Karine Oram. He was serving on the Covenant during its disastrous voyage to Origae-6, during which it suffered several catastrophes that resulted in the loss of most of the ship's crew and its hijacking by David.

Chris Oram led the expedition team that set down on Planet 4. He was killed by a Xenomorph chestburster after David lures him into an egg chamber where he is subdued by a facehugger.


Early life

Oram had a very strict Pentacostal upbringing, in which he was regularly beaten for breaking the rules. He mentions that he saw the Devil at a young age, referring to his abusers.[2]

Covenant incident

While on route to Origae-6, the Covenant is damaged by a neutrino burst, resulting in the deaths of 47 out of the ship's 2000 colonists, and the ship's Captain Jake Branson. Oram is then declared captain of the Covenant, a responsibility he admits to not being ready for while speaking with his wife.

During his first meeting with several members of the crew, Oram asks how the accident could have happened, and Walter responded by saying that there is no way to prepare for a random occurrence such as a neutrino burst. Faris concurs, saying it was just "bad luck." Oram responds by saying he does not believe in luck, and that the crew needs to do a better job of preparing for the worst if they expect to make it to Origae-6.

While repairing the ship from the outside, pilot Tennessee intercepts a rogue transmission that includes the sound of a human singing, originating from and unidentified, nearby planet. However, analysis from the ship suggests that it is perfect for human habitation. Since this planet is much closer to them than Origae-6, Oram gives the order to travel to this planet instead (much to the dismay of Daniels, who argues that their training was structured to prepare them for Origae-6 so they shouldn't waste said training on a planet no one knows about).

Oram and several crew members land on the planet to survey the area. Karine and Ledward go one way in order to run some tests on the environment, while Oram, Daniels, Lopé, and Lopé's security team trace the source of the transmission Tennessee found. During their respective investigations, Ledward and Hallett (Lopé's husband and a member of his team) get infected with Chemical A0-3959X.91 – 15 via spores on the ground. Karine radios Oram letting him know that Ledward is getting sick, and Oram beings leading the crew back to the ship.

As the group returns to the ship, Hallett begins suffering from the chemical, thus slowing the group down. They are unable to return before the ship blows up due to Faris accidentally shooting some explosive barrels in an attempt to kill the Neomorph that spawned from Ledward, resulting in her and Karine's death (if she didn't already die from her injuries from the Neomorph). Just then, a Neomorph bursts from Hallett's throat, and the two Neomorphs attack the group. Ankor is killed, and Walter loses a hand before one Neomorph is killed, and the other is scared away by David's flare gun.

David leads the surviving crew to his temple, where they try to make contact with Tennessee in order to leave the planet. While away from the rest of the crew, Rosie is killed by the surviving Neomorph. David finds the Neomorph and manages to keep it calm, however Oram spots them and Rosie's dead body, and (against David's pleas) shoots the Neomorph to death. Oram demands David to tell him everything he knows. David agrees and leads Oram to a room full of ovomorphs, where he convinces Oram to look inside of them. Oram, not knowing what to expect, is attacked and subdued by a Facehugger.

After waking up, a dazed Oram asks David what he believes in, to which David replies, "Creation". Seconds later, a Chestburster emerges from Oram, killing him.

His body was later found by Cole, who was killed by the Xenomorph born from Oram shortly afterward.





  1. Oram's actor's (Billy Crudup) height is 5ft 8 (172.7 cm), so that is also how tall Oram would have been.
  2. Alan Dean Foster. Alien: Covenant, p. 77 (2017), Titan Books.