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Body of the Many
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Area Information
Upgrade Units 4
Replicators 2
Security Crates 3
Recharge Stations 1
Resurrection Stations 0 / 1 map
New Enemies Brain of the Many
Greater Psi Reaver
Connected Levels One way:

The Body of the Many is the eighth and penultimate level explored in System Shock 2. Once soldier enters the Body using UNN Rickenbacker's Escape Pod, there is no going back.

It is a huge alien organism, complete with internal organs and digestive system. The Body is shown on ship sensors as having wrapped itself around the two vessels. It is also partially present inside them, such as in the Hydroponics Deck. Numerous creatures of the Many live within it, acting as defensive organisms akin to white blood cells.

In order to annihilate the Body of the Many, you'll have to destroy several nerve clusters (which allow you to pass through the sphincters which divide one portion of the Body from another). Once you arrive at the Brain chamber, you'll first have to destroy the floating defense nodes which psionically protect the Brain, and then eradicate the Brain itself and escape.

Level Layout

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The level is largely linear with a few rooms and side passages along the way. At some point there is a point of no return. The Brain of the Many is at the end.


New Enemies

Logs and E-Mails

Audio Logs



  • Many of the textures in the Body of the Many were derived from the colon of Josh Randall, a producer at Looking Glass Studios. He had to have a colonoscopy performed, and asked the doctor for a copy of the film.
  • There's no map data available, but many System Shock 2 fans have made their own maps. An example of one of these can be found here.