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For what purpose did the WAU took an old legacy sample and put it into a random dead body mixed with structure gel, causing Simon's revival?

Is it yet another attempt to create a proxy or an attempt to create new life on the station, as a way of preserving life? Indeed Simon has no relation to the Pathos-II.

Or was Simon revived by someone/something else?

  • Interesting question, except there isn't much evidence in the game that points to anything. Unfortunately, this makes a question like this opinion-based or too broad as we don't have much evidence for anything.. – aytimothy Nov 5 '15 at 7:30
  • @galacticninja Agreed. Favouriting in case I need to vote to reopen. – Studoku Nov 5 '15 at 12:51
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    I know questions aren't really for discussion or speculation, but I'm a little bummed that we can't have this conversation. SOMA was an incredible game with a lot of plot that isn't totally explain. I think there would be a lot of value in having some sort of dialogue on topics like these. Just not here, unfortunately. – nukeforum Nov 5 '15 at 12:56
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I think there's enough evidence to support the idea that WAU was trying to keep the human race alive. It was created to run the installation—including maintaining life support and all that goes with it—and it reacted to the destruction of life on the surface by doing whatever it could to prolong human life below.

Unfortunately, it had very little to work with, and some of the humans were actively taking their own lives. I couldn't tell if WAU had killed some of the humans in order to use their bodies. That they were placed randomly around the station (no doubt a design choice by the developers) made it look like the structure gel had burst through and grabbed people, but the dialog made that seem unlikely.

In the case of Simon (and probably the other three people's scans in the system with him), it looks like WAU simply took advantage of the extra scans to keep more people alive. One major piece of evidence is that at some point I was attacked by a monster, but instead of killing me it stuck me in some structure gel just like the other people you see lying around. If the WAU had been sentient, it might have expressed concern that Simon was running around the station endangering his life at every turn. Immobilizing Simon was clearly WAU's response to keep him safe.

  • The proxy in this scripted 'stucking in a wall' scene is actually Terry Akers, some kind of 'unique' proxy. And yes, WAU has killed people on the Omicrone by exploding their black boxes causing their head torn apart, trying to protect himself (if I don't missunderstood this). – Exerion Nov 15 '15 at 10:29
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I can't add a note yet to the other poster.

The WAU actually kills people. That's what doesn't make sense.

  • It brings back Simon when it could have easily brought back others--even multiple times of the same copy.

  • It kills everyone at Omicron by bursting their blackboxes (why they have no heads) because Dr Ross had telepathically instructed Herber to create the virus-structure gel and attempt to bring it to Alpha and kill the WAU.

Perhaps the WAU only kills people "in their best interest" because it the WAU's mind, if it dies, humanity dies, so it's okay to kill some humans.

There is one line I think that's important to understanding this (though I'm still missing a couple more clues): Dr Ross said the WAU doesn't understand the difference between humans and robot-humans--which is why he wants to kill it. That seems like an important clue to why the WAU is acting the way it is. Another clue they give us is that the WAU changed to a "simpler protocol" version of protect humanity once humanity on the surface died.

It also doesn't make sense why it corrupts the station, corrupts itself, or creates robot versions of people that then go insane and murder each other. If the WAU can detect the dead, and try to prevent it, surely it can detect when it's creations either go insane, or start murdering normal humans.

It's also not clear why Ross was the only one "brought back" (other than Simon) that didn't go insane. And how the WAU placed a cortex chip in the body of a diving suit--as opposed to simply scanning Simon's brain into the machines like it did the rest of the brains.

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    I don't really see an answer to the question. – Wrigglenite Jan 17 '18 at 13:24
  • Ross wasn't "brought back" as such - merely healed. He still has his original body, merely modified extensively (including the feature of being apparently invisible, to Simon at least). WAU always attempts to heal any life form it finds that has been hurt. Transplanting consciousnesses into robots led to most of them going mad, but WAU seemed to get better at this as time went on. Robots which have only just "woken up" when the player arrives seem to be pretty sane, while those that have been around for a while are all bonkers. – Stumbler Mar 22 '18 at 9:38

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