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|“||Omicron is Pathos-II's center for medical research and hydroculture. Omicron is constructed on the edge of the abyss and is, with the Climber, able to study over four kilometers of depth.||”|
Site Omicron is one of eight abandoned complexes featured in SOMA. Omicron specializes in medical research facilities, advanced mariculture, and has access to the Abyss Climber Rig (ACR)
Within the main confines of the site, several containment chambers can be found; One of which was used to house the comatose body of Johan Ross.
It is here where experiments and studies involving Structure Gel were conducted. Experimentation and observation were carried out by Omicron staff, on both electronics and animals affected by structure gel; such as mice and an assortment of marine-life.
On March 23, 2103, Lisa Cameron notes that once the structure gel has been charged with electricity;
“It actually keeps going for a while, even when removed from a power source. If applied to circuits it seems to help out with connectivity.”
On March 25, 2103, Cameron makes another report, noting that the structure gel is making simple machinery work more efficiently.
“However, the modifications that the WAU has made to the gel are full of extra information that doesn’t necessarily make sense—when applied to something more complicated it causes the gel to act as a cancer upon the host eventually ruining it. We could use the gel to our advantage, but it needs to be uncalibrated to get rid of the bad code.”
On May 7, 2103, Jacob Halperin records the results of an experiment in which structure gel was applied to a dead mouse.
“The gel caused the mouse to appear alive. It was put in the same habitat as a living mouse. The re-animated mouse was apathetic while the living one seemed stressed. After 15 minutes the re-animated mouse attacked and killed the living mouse. Half an hour later the re-animated mouse stopped moving. The corpse was solid as the gel had hardened within it.”
On July 09, 2103, Jacob Halperin records another experiment with re-animating a mouse.
“This time it was done with uncalibrated gel as produced by Eames. The results were impressive. The thing appears catatonic, but it’s more of a sleepwalker. To avoid the thing hardening as before electromagnets are used to cause a low electrical current within the animal. This has also provided us the ability to somewhat control it.”
On September 13, 2103, an evacuation of the staff from Tau to Omicron failed.
On December 12, 2103, Paula Lansky notes that the structure gel remains unchanged on a fundamental level:
“The problem is not the gel, but its controller, the WAU. The gel has not taken on any new properties. The WAU simply uses it in ways that we would never even have dreamed of.”
On December 19, 2103, Dr. Claudia Eames concludes that all the deformed creatures seen on the station—fish, sharks, and the helpers—were manipulated by the WAU through the gel.
“It all started shortly after the asteroid killed the surface. I can’t for sure say if it’s bad code or a carefully programmed mercy killing, but it looks like it’s not going to make things easier for us to survive.”
On December 27, 2103, Johan Ross was found presumably dead in the climber by Omicron staff. Ross was taken back to site Omicron and later found to be brain-dead. Ross was kept in a glass containment room that was visible from middle and upper Omicron levels. The staff observed anomalous phenomena around him, such as system failure and interference in blackboxes, and unbeknownst to the staff, it was due to the WAU's manipulation of eletromagetic fields in order to instruct the structure gel within Ross' body to repair his corpse. During this time, Ross somehow tried to contact Omicron employee Raleigh Herber to fulfill his plan to destroy the WAU's heart in site Alpha. Raleigh, under the influence of Ross, created a new variant of structure gel capable of destroying the WAU, but this led the WAU to react by killing all Omicron staff by overcharging their blackboxes to the point that their heads exploded.
On January 16th, 2104, following the aftermath of Theta's infestation by proxies, a group heads to Omicron seeking refuge. By the time they've reached the site however, Omicron's crew, were already dead due to the WAU's actions. As such, the group found it impossible to enter the facility. Vanessa Hart collapsed the tunnel connecting Theta to Omicron in an attempt to prevent the proxies from reaching the fleeing humans, and she died in the detonation. Vigdis "Jonsy" Jonsdottir succumbed to her wounds near the entrance of Omicron. Outside Omicron, Peter Strasky removed his diving helmet, preferring to drown rather than facing the slow death of suffocation as his oxygen tank ran out. Emma Alvaro's remains were found near the edge of the abyss.
Having been forcefully flushed out of Theta, Simon Jarrett trudges through the ocean floor towards Omicron, passing many dead bodies along the way. Attempting to open the main doors, he finds that the entire station is under lockdown. He deactivates the lockdown sequence within one of the offshoot buildings to the right of the main entrance, allowing for the doors to open, but finds that he cannot unlock the innemost set of doors, and is directed to use the alternate entrance. Crossing rusting debris overhanging the abyss, he finds the second entrance behind the station and uses it to gain entry.
Inside, he finds several more bodies, all missing their heads. Venturing further, he finds that some rooms are still under lockdown, but manages to find the Dive Room where the power suits are held. He locates one remaining suit with the deceased body of Raleigh Herber still stuck inside, but is unable to activate the suit from the terminal; Catherine informs Simon that he is, in fact, extremely lucky to find a body to harbor his consciousness in the suit, and that all he needs to fully operate the suit is some structure gel, an Energy Pal S.3 and a Cortex Chip.
Navigating the three floors of the station, Simon begins to search for the items, sometimes Johan Ross appears and gives Simon cryptic messages and warnings. Simon finds a vat of structure gel in one of the rooms, an extra cortex chip from a damaged robot, and an extra power pack in Power Room in the upper floors, where he encounters the Robot Girl.
Returning with all three objects, he makes his way back to the Dive Room; passing the Medical Ward, however, he once again comes in contact with the Robot Girl, who pursues him all the way back to the Dive Room. Catherine seals the door behind him and guides him through the process of preparing the suit for operation.
After having inserted the cortex chip and battery pack into the suit and sealing it together with the gel, Simon returns to the terminal and activates the suit for use. He is then directed by Catherine to the nearby pilot seat to engage in a brain scan that will transfer his consciousness into the power suit. After conducting the scan, Simon finds himself having successfully transferred over to the suit, however he hears his voice calling out from the pilot seat, revealing that his consciousness was only copied and not moved to the suit, and that two scans of him now exist. Disgusted that Catherine would seemingly allow the first Simon to wake up in the same body and stuck in the same precarious situation he tried to leave, Simon lashes out at her, to which she apologetically replies that she only did what was possible and that she did not want to upset him.
After regaining his composure, Simon is then given the choice of either terminating the first Simon, saving him the betrayal of waking up stuck in Omicron, or to leave the first Simon alive. After deciding, Simon heads for the Climber and begins his descent into the Abyss.