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Construct
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Other name(s): Maintenance Infected
Location: Site Upsilon
Gender: N/A

The Construct is a large Mockingbird entity and the first antagonist Simon Jarrett encounters in SOMA.

Description

This creature appears to be a horrific jumbled mess of a UH3 Universal Helper maintenance unit and WAU techno-organic growth. Structure Gel mutations have given the Helper a much bulkier build, with a bigger backside and more reinforced structure, as well as added functionality, allowing the Helper to make use of a pair of legs to navigate. Along with the small lights emitting from the numerous bulbous growths on its body, the Helper casts a bright beam from the front of its face, acting as a spotlight to assist with navigation through dark areas.

Behavior

Hunched forward in a bipedal position, the Construct is fairly slow and easy to maneuver around; the more claustrophobic areas in the upper floors of Site Upsilon, however, may hinder Simon's ability to escape if he is cornered. While navigating, the Construct emits loud, disturbing noises similar to a cross between dial-up feedback and human screaming, and makes use of its spotlight to aid in searching the surrounding area; Simon can use these as early warning signs before the creature comes into view.

When coming into contact with the Construct, Simon should remain crouched in order to prevent attracting its attention. Once the Construct spots Simon, it breaks into a slight sprint, but not significantly faster than its idle speed, allowing Simon more time to escape. It does not kill Simon instantly, but renders him unconscious before heading off to another area.

Biography

As Simon explores Upsilon's machine hangar soon after awakening in the station, he hears commotion as one of the maintenance bots, overtaken by the WAU, unhinges itself from its docking platform before bursting out of the room and through a wall. He makes his way through the station, inadvertently following the creature, before he first comes into direct contact with this robot in the thermal plant deeper in the station, where he must turn the steam valves and gain access to the upper floors to the Comm Center.

After pulling the lever in the Flow Control room and redirecting the power, Simon once again encounters the same robot, which had moved from the thermal plant into the upper floors after the doors had been reopened. He sneaks around and accesses the terminals to divert power from Flow Control to the door leading to the Comm Center, where he escapes before the robot can reach him.

Trivia

  • According to artwork for the game, the creature was likely implanted with a brain scan - specifically one of a brown-haired woman.
  • As opposed to other enemies encountered by Simon, the Construct is not based on a human host and is therefore a rather unique encounter.
  • Simon can prematurely encounter the Construct if he decides to open the locked door that the creature is heard banging on, shortly after entering the room with the gates. However, this normally results in death.

Gallery

Concept art

In-game

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