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|“||A wooden life-size puppet found floating in a reservoir where a town had once been. Specimen is active despite appearance and has proven very effective on subjects who disregard it or have visual impairments.||„|
|~ Specimen 6's CAT-DOS entry.|
Specimen 6, also known as Ben in the game files or nicknamed The Merchant by fans, is the sixth guard of the 2014 indie videogame Spooky's Jump Scare Mansion.
Specimen 6 appears to be a thin wooden doll puppet. His eyes are totally white in color, without any other expressions on them. While his eyebrows appear to be very thin, and he is always smiling with a toothy grin. He is wearing a simple brown top, gray pants, and black shoes. He appears to be having a needle in his hand which he carries to murder the player.
In an unnamed town, there was a merchant who would make homemade puppets and trinkets for the children. His business became so successful that the other shops started failing. Envious, the shopkeepers threw the puppets into the river. The merchant dove into the river to save his "drowning children", but drowned in the process. While not what the shopkeepers wanted, they were satisfied anyways.
Over the years, the children of the town disappeared, and puppets would be found around the river that resembled the missing children. Long after the residents abandoned the town, a life-sized puppet would be found in the river, resembling the merchant himself.
His first appearance starts from Room 310, in which Specimen 6 would stay still and just stare at the player, letting the player explore his room.
Specimen 6 chases the player when the player is not looking at him. When the player looks at him, he is standing still with no movement at all. As soon as the player looks away, Specimen 6 would get closer. If the player looks at him for too long will idle, Specimen 6 will disappear and laugh before eventually attacking the player, making constant movement essential. Once the player gets killed by Specimen 6, a disturbing video will play of Specimen 6 pushing a needle towards the player's eye. Before the eye is punctured, the scene changes to the text:
"To become a puppet is to rid oneself of the pain and harshness of choice. Now nothing you do is your fault, now you belong to something... You belong to me..."
3D Renovation Mode
Specimen 6 has the ability to teleport much more then the original, and if the player stares at him for too long, he will start teleporting towards the player. When Specimen 6 is behind of the player and when he is prepared to make damage to the player, he would start to laugh rapidly in joy.
Either Specimen 4, Specimen 6, or Specimen 8 can be sacrificed to the Hellgate to shut it down. His chase sequence consists of rooms similarly to the temple he was first encountered although with shadow puppets hanging from the walls. Specimen 6 can still be knocked down with the axe, but he will rise back up after a few seconds. Should Specimen 6 kill the player, the death screen is identical to the original, but with different text:
"My children drowned. So I took theirs for mine. I sew them all up, with long silver twine. I use my wood drill, to bore out their eyes. Speak not my child, I'll silence your cries."
- The room that he appears in is based on the videogame The Legend of Zelda. While Specimen 6 might be based on the Creepypasta character BEN and by his movement, he might be based on SCP-173 from the SCP Foundation.
- Should the player have obtained the axe, striking Specimen 6 with it will cause him to fall down, incapacitating him for the rest of the room until entering the next room.
- His death scene may be inspired by a scene from the Ben Drowned Creepypasta, in which Jebidiah, the protagonist, has a nightmare where children turn him into a statue, first by sewing his eyes shut.