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A Bridge Baby, also known simply as a BB, is a baby that has been taken from a stillmother to be used by Bridges operatives. A stillmother's womb facilitates a connection between the world of the dead and a Bridge Baby, granting Bridges operatives who establish a trance connection with a Bridge Baby the ability to sense BTs. Most babies are retired after a year of service.
Bridge babies are kept in portable pods which simulate the conditions of a stillmother's womb, as they will cease to function properly if they feel they are not in such a womb. Periodically, the environmental conditions of a bridge baby's pod must be updated in a synchronization incubator with data gathered from a stillmother's womb at a given moment.
First contact Edit
The first experiment related to the BBs took place in Manhattan, where they tried to save a seventh month fetus, who begins to suffer from brachycardias, from a brain-dead woman's body. But during the operation, the surgeon accidentally touched the umbilical cord which connected the baby to the world of the dead, thus seen for the first time a BT's and causing a Voidout.
The BB experiments begins Edit
At the time, not knowing the cause of the explosion, someone hypothesized that by recreating the same conditions (braid-dead mother, fetus and umbilical cord) it would be possible to identify the BTs, thus starting the government experiments on the Bridge Baby.
The BB experiments were thet conducted in a Manhattan government facility in total secrecy until a huge Voidout totally destroyed the island, killing the then President who was witnessing the experiment. The then Vice President Bridget Strand became the new President and shortly after her inauguration, she put an end to the experiments.
The experiments continue Edit
However, Bridget believed that BBs could be exploited to prove the existence of BT's, revealing them to people and thus reassembling America. Experiments continued more careful under Bridges' supervision, they placed the BB into a pod, which somehow limited the access to the umbilical cord, and scientists understood that BBs were not only a way to make BT's visible, but also the power to connect the living with the world of the dead and the Beach.
However, not all BBs were created equal, and for the new network imagined by Bridget to reconnect America, a BB with unimaginable potential was needed, and that BB was the son of Clifford Unger and his wife Lisa Bridges. Clifford agreed to let the scientist use his son to research BB tech, in hope for a cure for his brain-dead wife, but was lied to by the President Strand about the conditions and consequences. Soon after learning the President's intentions, Clifford attempted to flee with the baby but was shot during the escape. After being found and confronted, Clifford was fatally shot by John McClane and President Strand, accidentally killing the BB in the process. Bridget, however, brought the baby back from the Beach using Amelie, which caused massive BT invasion with following Voidouts occurring worldwide.
After all this, information about the BB experiments were made top secret and got erased mostly from the Chiral Network, leaving the people with the belief that BBs are only a tool for detecting BTs and that most Bridges employees use them without knowing how they work at all.
- Higgs carries a portable tank with a fetus-shaped figure inside. Rather than emitting an orange-yellow glow when activated, as the Bridge Baby's tank does, his portable tank emits a red glow instead. The bottom casing of his tank is also green, rather than orange like the Bridge Baby's.
- Hideo Kojima has stated that only one individual baby had been shown up until the TGS 2018 teaser trailer, and that it relates to the game's mechanics and story as a whole.
Characters and groups in Death Stranding
|Bridges||Sam • Die-Hardman • Deadman • Mama • Heartman • Lou • Igor Frank • Nick Easton • George Baton • Benjamin Hancock • Jake Wind • Viktor Frank • William Lake • Thomas Southerland • Owen Southwick • Alex Weatherstone • Charles Khan • Phillip North • Aaron Hill|
|Homo Demens||Higgs Monaghan|
|United Cities of America||Amelie • Bridget Strand|
|Preppers||Chiral Artist's Mother • Collector • Cosplayer • Craftsman • Doctor • Elder • Engineer • Evo-devo Biologist • Film Director • First Prepper • Geologist • Junk Dealer • Ludens Fan • Mountaineer • Musician • Novelist's Son • Paleontologist • Peter Englert • Photographer • Roboticist • Spiritualist • Timefall Farmers • Veteran Porter • Wandering MC|
|Other characters||Cliff Unger • Lockne • Lucy Strand • Lisa Bridges • Bridge babies • MULEs • Stillmothers|
|Entities||Beached things • Extinction entity|
|Manufacturers||Cicada • Solstice • StrandWolf • WellMax|