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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXXX is to be contained in a standard secure storage locker. This locker is to be positioned at a distance of between fifty and two-hundred and fifty metres from SCP-XXXX-1. If SCP-XXXX is to be relocated for any reason, a facility map on the door of the locker will list alternate routes, so as to avoid altering proximity to SCP-XXXX-1.

SCP-XXXX-1 is to be contained in a standard humanoid containment cell, at the same site as SCP-XXXX. Personnel who wish to interview SCP-XXXX-1 must be proficient in Edo-period Japanese. SCP-XXXX-1 is to be informed of any relocations of SCP-XXXX.

In the event that a copy of SCP-XXXX is discovered by a member of the general public, general amnesiacs are to be administered, and the copy is to be confiscated for later disposal.

Description: SCP-XXXX is the manuscript scroll of Kumadanjimo Hokamo Kiko1, a collection of poems detailing the travels of seventeenth-century Japanese poet Matsuo Basho to the Kumadan Temple in Shikoku, as part of the Shikoku Henro pilgrimage. SCP-XXXX's text is a mixture of haiku poems and prose, describing Basho's admiration of the Shikoku landscape, and his personal philosophies behind the nature of pilgrimage. From lines 308 to 336, the manuscript features several anachronistic details; the haiku beginning at line 308 describes a modern road, and Basho mentions "mechanical devices which immediately dispense refreshment" in prose at line 319. Most notably, the haiku beginning at line 334 describe an experience in which the author encounters an organisation of a description fitting the Foundation.

SCP-XXXX-1 is an entity resembling a Japanese male, of middle age, and dressed in clothing similar to the clothes worn by depictions of pilgrims in seventeenth-century Japanese art. SCP-XXXX-1 is willing to converse in Edo-period Japanese. It claims to be the poet Matsuo Basho, and will in great detail discuss any elements of SCP-XXXX if asked; however, SCP-XXXX-1 is unaware of the details of SCP-XXXX beyond the end of the anachronistic section of the manuscript. At any time that SCP-XXXX-1 is within fifty metres of SCP-XXXX, it may disappear by an unknown means. SCP-XXXX will then feature new text, relevant to any events which SCP-XXXX-1 has experienced since its previous manifestation. Roughly fifteen minutes later, SCP-XXXX-1 will manifest in the same location that it disappeared, with new knowledge of the text up to the end of the anachronistic section. Conversely, as distance from SCP-XXXX increases beyond two-hundred and fifty metres, SCP-XXXX-1 shows signs of distress and pain, and expresses that it feels weak and ill. These adverse effects disappear once proximity to SCP-XXXX is restored.

In the event that the text of SCP-XXXX is altered, all other copies of SCP-XXXX are similarly altered. As the text features information regarding the Foundation, Kumadanji Kiko has been removed from the body of work of Matsuo Basho, and any copies which surface should be confiscated.