This is the ship that killed the Cant.
— James Holden, Salvage
The Anubis was a Amun-Ra-class stealth frigate owned by Protogen Corporation.

It destroyed the ice-hauler Canterbury. Eventually, it was the source of the initial protomolecule infection that was then used in the "Eros Incident".

Background Edit

Anubis is one of 9 Amun-Ra stealth frigates constructed by Protogen.

Originally suspected to be a Martian ship due to her advanced stealth tech, the Anubis was a highly advanced stealth warship constructed, at least in part, at the Bush Shipyards as part a secret contract from high ranking members of the U.N. Government for use by the Protogen corporation in their joint conspiracy involving the protomolecule and their experiments with it.

Appearance Edit

In the books ships of this class are described as such:

"…looked like a shark. It was long, lean and utterly black, and almost impossible to see against the backdrop of space with the naked eye. Its radar-deflecting curves gave it an aerodynamic look almost always lacking in space-going vessels. …it was beautiful. "[1]

A massive central compartment as high and wide as the hull of the Rocinante housed twelve huge torpedo tubes cylinders for capital-ship busters encrusted with narrow catwalks and scaffolds.

TV Edit

At 61.5 meters long, the Anubis is significantly larger than Corvette-class fast attack frigates.

She resembles a large, black quartz crystal: all flat, angular faces with sharp edges designed to absorb or reflect radar signals. At the rear of the ship is the nozzle of her Silversmith Epstein Drive, in her nose is the barrel of her spinal "Khopesh" light railgun. Along her hull are 4 retractable Bush Shipyards Hypercooled PDCs, two concealable torpedo hatches, and nine Windlass boarding pods.

Crew Edit

  • Captain Higgins
  • 50 assorted doctors, scientists, and security personnel

Eros Incident Edit

Leviathan Wakes Edit

During the prologue, the Anubis boarded the Scopuli and captured her crew including Julie Mao. Later, the crew of the Anubis space one of the Scopuli's crew out an airlock when he tried to escape and take over the Anubis; Julie Mao was then confined to a storage locker.

After several days confined in the storage locker, Julie was able to break herself out and begin searching the Anubis. She discovers the engine room and the protomolecule surrounding the reactor core with dismembered crew members attached to the alien growth and being consumed.

While Julie was in the storage locker, the Anubis had taken the Scopuli to use as bait on the asteroid CA-2216862. Sending an open distress call, the crew of the Anubis then took the Scopuli's crew as subjects to experiment on with the protomolecule, of which the Anubis carried a sample. When the Canterbury arrived to answer the distress call, the Anubis ambushed and destroyed the Canterbury with a nuclear torpedo. Later, all members of both crews (the crews of the Scopuli and the Anubis) had apparently succumbed to the protomolecule infection; however, Julie Mao, after escaping the storage locker, was able to tether the ship to the asteroid BA-834024112, send a distress call, and escape in a shuttle, unknowingly bringing the infection to Eros.

The Rocinante later followed Julie's directions to the asteroid, salvaging the protomolecule sample locked in a safe and destroying the Anubis to prevent anyone from acquiring the protomolecule.

TV Edit

Shortly after the outbreak at Phoebe station, Anubis arrived to contain the situation, sterilizing the station, burning the corpses, and destroying the computer cores to hide all the evidence. They then left for Eros with a sample of the protomolecule long before MCRN Donnager arrived to investigate.

While en route to Eros, it was intercepted by the Scopuli, which had been dispatched by the OPA's spokesperson, Fred Johnson. However, the OPA had been expecting an unarmed research vessel, not a state-of-the-art warship, which was able to quickly subdue the unarmed freighter. The Anubis then captured the crew to learn what they knew. When Julie Mao was discovered amongst the crew of the Scopuli, she was put in a storage locker as she was a "complication."

The captain of the Anubis then had the Scopuli rigged with a distress beacon to lure the Canterbury, and when it arrived to rescue the Scopuli, the Anubis destroyed the Canterbury with nukes. Destroying an ice hauler would cause chaos in the Belt, which would distract both Earth and Mars from paying attention to Eros, allowing Protogen to go through with their experiment. Unfortunately, the crew of the Anubis weren't aware that their sample of the protomolecule had broken containment and was spreading throughout the ship.

Sometime after the containment breach, Julie Mao broke out of the storage locker she was being held in to find the ship seemingly abandoned. Searching the ship, she found traces of the contagion, unknowingly infecting herself with it, and discovered the crew being consumed by the protomolecule surrounding the Anubis's reactor core. Horrified, she hid the Anubis in the asteroid BA-834024112 and sent a distress call to the OPA with the Anubis's location. Leaving the ship powered down, she headed for Eros in the ship's shuttle Anubis-1A.

Later, after the OPA received Julie Mao's distress call, Fred Johnson recruited the Rocinante to locate the Anubis and rescue any survivors. When the Rocinante arrived, all they thought they had found was an isolated rock. Upon closer inspection, they came across the inactive stealth frigate almost perfectly concealed in the asteroid, with holes in the hull.

What is... "an-you-bis?"
— Amos, discovering the ship's name
Holden, Nagata, Elias, and Burton went aboard and found clues that the Scopuli's crew had been aboard the ship, at the same time confirming this was the same ship that had destroyed the Canterbury, but they found no survivors of either crew. Powering up the ship, they discovered the infection and immediately evacuated the ship, taking its safe for evidence. As it vacated the area, Rocinante launched a single nuclear torpedo and destroyed the Anubis with everything onboard, the Canterbury finally avenged.
Remember the Cant...
— Holden, upon Anubis's destruction

Differences Edit

  • In the book Leviathan Wakes, it is unknown exactly why the Anubis attacked the Scopuli or why the Scopuli was out there to begin with, whereas in the TV series, the Scopuli deliberately intercepted the Anubis to find out what they were smuggling from Phoebe Station to Eros before the Anubis crew boarded the Scopuli to find out what they knew about the protomolecule.
  • In the books, the crew of the Scopuli were deliberately experimented on by the crew of the Anubis, and the protomolecule then spread to the rest of the crew accidentally. In the TV series, the protomolecule outbreak was accidental and was already spreading when they boarded the Scopuli, and the Anubis's crew was unaware until it was too late.


  • Anubis Breaching Pod
  • The interior of the engineering room.
  • The interior of the mystery ship. Unlike The Expanse’s other spacecraft, this stealth vessel has a strange, asymmetric design.

    Trivia Edit

    • Tim Warnock and Ryan Dening at North Front Studios created the concept art for the show.
    • Anubis is the Egyptian god of the underworld.
    • Amos Burton humorously mispronounces the ship's name, saying "an-you-bis" and glares Elias down when corrected.


    1. "The Expanse: Leviathan Wakes", Chapter 33: Holden

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