Specimen 8 is a floating, demonic, deer-like entity wearing a long black cloak. Its antlers are long, somewhat symmetrical, sharp, and spider-like, lacking the beam-and-tine structure typical of most deer. Specimen 8 has two eyes with white pupils and black scleras, and it lacks a lower jaw. It also has abnormally sharp and jagged teeth jutting down from the top jaw.
The cloak is sleeveless and even when open reveals no limbs, as Specimen 8's body comprises a set of human rib bones underneath which lies a host of screaming faces fading into the darkness.
Specimen 8 is encountered for the first time after a sequence of forest and cabin-like rooms filled with violent deer, starting from Room 550 and ending at Room 558. At the end of Room 558, the player reaches a room with two doors at both sides, and a dead-end shrouded in darkness in front of them, from which Specimen 8 emerges and begins the chase.
Specimen 8 deals 30 damage per hit with a 3 second cooldown. If it attacks the player, the screen will flash different images, each demonically warped, sometimes being pictures of Specimen 8 itself.
During the chase, the player's vision will be obscured by a static overlay. Attempting to attack Specimen 8 with the axe will have no effect on it. It will also utter numerous demonic phrases while nearby the player.
Similar to Specimen 4, Specimen 8 appears to be incorporeal, as it easily goes through walls and any known kinds of obstructions. It moves slower than Specimen 4, however.
When killed by Specimen 8, the player will be forced to walk on a red dirt patch through a dead forest, and after a while, they will encounter Specimen 8 waiting for them. Once the player gets close to Specimen 8, the screen will flash and the following text will appear:
"And I saw, from eyes that were not mine.
And I felt, with a fear I could not reason.
They watch us, they invade us.
And keep us happy, committing treason.
To a King we didn't deserve.
To a Son who waits weeping.
That I knew, from knowledge gained while sleeping."
Specimen 8 is the most dangerous in rooms with mostly non-linear paths, such as abyss rooms and rooms with several turns, as it can easily phase through walls or float over gaps to ambush the player. To avoid this, a good method would be to hinder their advantage by getting them to follow the player along most of the path.
Because of the dim static overlay Specimen 8 creates, environmental awareness will also be tested, but to a lesser extent compared to other Specimens.
"Your Consenting Mind", Specimen 8's chase theme and death screen theme.
"Your Consenting Mind (Clean)", Specimen 8's chase theme without static.
"Why do you run, child?"
"Your submission is inevitable."
"Your flesh will sustain my children."
Specimen 8's death forest's sound.
- Specimen 8's inspiration and design may come from folklore, such as the Wendigo, or the Kyrkogrim, which appeared on the point-and-click game Year Walk.
- It may also be inspired by The Beast from the 2014 cartoon Over the Garden Wall.
- The text that appears on Specimen 8's death screen is a reference to Bambi as it mentions committing treason on a king, and a weeping, perhaps mourning, son. It also mentions a they, which could refer to humans capturing and hunting deer.
- Specimen 8 appears briefly in Kira’s other game Lost in Vivo being described as “Bayagototh’s child”.
- Pictures of them can be found in the second area of Lost in Vivo.
Specimen 8 now has a large, black ring swirling below it. The static effect is now less detrimental to the player's view. Its head will now track the player's movement.
The player is now able to roam freely in the forest area after getting killed, as well as use the axe.
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Its chase sequence's theme shares that of its starting area from Story Mode, the rune temple with some added windows that look out into a forest. Violent Deer will also make an appearance during the chase.
To compensate for the lack of health regeneration, the Specimen only deals 15 damage.
Its penultimate room looks like a cabin with windows, still using the textures for the rune temple, that leads into a "forest".
When the screen fades to black after shattering the Hellgate Source, Specimen 8 says: "Praise be Bayagogoth".
When killed by Specimen 8, the death sequence plays out like normal, until the text at the end, which has been changed to:
"And as I slept, and as I grew.
Something stirred, both root and sinew.
I cannot eat, nor can I starve.
A face on the great tree did I carve.
It spoke to me, it whispered things.
It demands more life, demands more rings."
Specimen 8's voice line after shattering the Hellgate Source.