Private Ledward was part of Sergeant Lopé's security team aboard the colonization spacecraft USCSS Covenant. He was serving on the ship 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.

Ledward was part of the expedition team that set down on the Planet 4, and was one of two who were infected by Neomorph spores there. He died when the creature erupted from his back.


The investigation

During the expedition to Planet 4, Ledward was assigned by Lope to guard Karine Oram while she investigated the ecosystem and took samples.

After a short expedition with Karine, Ledward informed her that he needed to take a break in order to urinate. However, instead, he had designated this period of time for resting. While walking away from Karine, Ledward lit a cigarette and trampled over the Neomorph spores. Once he had sat down on a tree stump, several airborne particles enter his ear unnoticed. The particles move through his ear canal and penetrate through the bottom of it, causing irritation in his ear.

The infection

A while later, Ledward felt sick and Karine had decided to take him back to the drop ship for an emergency check up. After Ledward's struggle, Karine and Ledward make it to the sick bay where Maggie rips open the back of his shirt to reveal a perpetual movement from his back and a twitching spine. Upon discovering this, Maggie immediately evacuates the sick bay and secures the door. She then rushes to the drop ships' control room and contacts the Covenant however, due to Maggie's panic, her message given to Tennessee was unclear. More screams from Karine are heard from the sick bay so Maggie rushes back to the sick bay door.


Ledward twitches violently and uncontrollably so Karine decides to hug him in order to comfort him however, as her hands wrap around his back, a sudden thorn protrudes out from Ledward's back so Karine quickly stops hugging Ledward. Karine bangs on the sick bay door violently demanding for release however Maggie disregards her request. After a few more twitches, a burst of blood splashes out from Ledward's back and Ledward suddenly becomes motionless and drops onto the sick bay bed laying down. A Neomorph Bloodburster erupts from Ledward's puddle of blood and organs, before attacking and seriously wounding Karine. It then turned its attention toward Faris, who tried to shoot the creature. In her panic, Faris accidentally shot several explosive barrels, which exploded and destroyed the dropship, killing her and stranding the remaining survivors on Planet 4.




  1. Alan Dean Foster. Alien: Covenant, p. 33 (2017), Titan Books.
  2. Ledward's actor's (Ben Rigby) height is 6ft 1 (185.4 cm) according to his agent, so that is also how tall Ledward would have been.
  3. Jack Palagen, Michael Green (writers), Ridley Scott (director). Alien: Covenant (2017), 20th Century Fox [DVD].