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Mark Sarang
Mark Sarang
Born: September 21, 2061
Gender: Male
Nationality: Korean
Career: Theta Intelligence Analyst
Status: Deceased
Signature: Mark Sarang - Signature

Actor: Tim Watson
Mark Sarang is a Carthage Industries employed PATHOS-II Intelligence Analyst stationed at Theta. In SOMA, he committed suicide after having proposed the "continuity" belief that widely affected the ARK project and deluded multiple Theta personnel.

Biography

On April 7, 2102, Mark Sarang received a classified message from the supervisory board of Carthage Industries, complimenting Saran's success in making the WAU a station-wide presence. The letter suggested that Sarang explore and understand the WAU by any means necessary, and insisted that Johan Ross being able to "steer and study" the WAU from Alpha without interference was contingent on accomplishing that suggestion. The letter allowed Sarang to contact Julia Dahl at Omicron to "forcefully eliminate any opposition," in an emergency.

Mark Sarang, Johan Ross, and Julia Dahl were the only three people at PATHOS-II working directly for Carthage, they kept this information secret.

On July 9, 2103, Sarang was interviewed by Catherine Chun regarding his expectations toward the ARK-project. Sarang states his belief that "we can go on living through the reality of continuity."

During this period, Sarang was primarily focused on developing his belief on continuity, but Sarang does in fact notice the unusual mutations caused by the leaking structure gel in and around Theta. He took pictures of these mutations and they can be found in his room at Theta. On which, scribblings reveal Sarang's inability to explain why the WAU was organizing these mutations.

On July 12, 2103, during his brain scan for the ARK-project, Sarang committed suicide by chewing gum containing cyanide salts. He left a recording and notes revealing his purpose: to ensure that his virtual self, living in the ARK, was the only remnant of his consciousness. He viewed human consciousness as an entity that transcends a physical body.

His ideas caused other PATHOS-II personnel to commit suicide during or shortly after the brain scanning process, which led John Strohmeier to prematurely end the ARK-project.

In SOMA

While venturing through Theta facility, Simon Jarrett can access Sarang's dormitory where he can find computer logs, voice recordings and notes, mostly about his ideas over "continuity."

Dialogue

ARK Interview

  • The idea is just incredible, by every definition, it really makes you think about what it means to be human.
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  • Beyond the basics, beyond the superficial, I'm convinced there's something with even greater value.
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  • You have provided a platform which is not necessarily restricted to our digital progeny, but a means of actual survival.
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  • It's my sincerest belief that we can go on living, through the reality of continuity.
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Audiolog Recording

  • Did you know that the human body consists of up to 75 trillion individual cells? They typically don't stay with us 'til we die, some live a few days, while others live a few years.
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  • We're not affected by their short lifespans, as they're replaced by new cells that help sustain our bodies.
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  • I don't think anyone would argue that we ever lose our persona due to this process, yet we are clearly in a constant state of transformation.
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  • Then how do we remain the same?
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  • A continuous flow of thought and perception keeps an unbroken chain of continuity that we know as our self.
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  • Our conscious mind is not the pattern of our brain, but a continuous emergent entity based on that pattern.
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  • When Dr. Chun populates the ARK she is capturing a moment of our existence and placing it inside the digital world.
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  • Soon you and your digital you will grow apart due to diverging experiences, but for a tiny window, you are the very same.
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  • With unbroken continuity it will live on, a fulfilling life no doubt, no less real than the one from which it was plucked.
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  • Now remember, you are not your body, you are the emergent entity, that entity just happens to occupy two places at once for a while.
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  • If you took away your body, you would simply be the only one you can be, the you inside the ARK.
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  • Let your body die, and continue on in the digital paradise among the stars.
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Trivia

  • His surname, Sarang, which means Love in Korean, may be a reference to the Korean-American moon harvesting base Station Sarang from the movie Moon, a film which deals with some similar themes to SOMA. Evidence towards this is that Sarang is not a proper Korean surname.

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