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Matthu Koenen is the chief engineer contracted by Royal Charter Energy to settle what RCE called New Terra.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

He was a thick man with short, bottle-brush white hair and a birthmark on his neck.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

RCE had licensed the land rights from the UN for the planet which it called New Terra. Another set of settlers arrived first, however. The original colonists had declared Ilus and First Landing theirs and made a claim to the lithium deposits. When the landing shuttle was destroyed along with the designated governor, Trying, it was just the beginning of problems for the new colony. Adolphus Murtry, the security chief, declared a police state. Koenen remained in orbit aboard RCE's contract colony ship, the Edward Israel.

History[edit | edit source]

Murtry has his deputy, Dmitri Havelock, recruit a militia from the Edward Israel's engineering crew, of which Koenen became a member. The militia would eventually turn on Havelock with his rescue of Naomi from the Edward Israel's brig, with Koenen being one of the primary aggressors. During the Rocinante's attempt to rescue the Barbapiccola, Koenen and the militia attack, acting on Murtry's orders. They first send an unmanned shuttle on a crash course with the Rocinante, damaging her severely, and then attack using EVA packs and missiles, sending the Barbapicolla into a spin that threatened to sever pull the Rocinante down into Ilus along with it. While Havelock tries to get the militia to stand down and help with the evacuation, Koenen refuses and is hellbent on disabling both ships. Fed up with Koenen's attitude, Alex shoots him with the Rocinante's rail gun, killing the chief engineer instantly.


  1. "The Expanse: Cibola Burn", Chapter Fifteen: Havelock
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