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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: The Northeast Greenland National Park has been created as a front for the purposes of research and containment of SCP-XXXX. Foundation agents stationed in surrounding towns should keep notice of any mention of SCP-XXXX sightings and notify NGNP Foundation staff, as the area in which SCP-XXXX manifests may have moved. Civilians who witness a SCP-XXXX manifestation should be interviewed and administered Class A amnestics.

Employees stationed in the NGNP must be made aware that SCP-XXXX-B are hostile to all life within the radius of SCP-XXXX-A's effect. Willful entry into SCP-XXXX-A's effect when not for testing purposes will result in reprimand.

Description:SCP-XXXX-A is an oil lantern of unknown origin. When lit, SCP-XXXX-A emits a trans-dimensional effect, allowing for travel between SCP-XXXX-A's physical location on another planet, classified [placeholder] and a corresponding location on Earth1. It is also possible for subjects outside of the effect's radius to see a faint "overlay" of the planet on which SCP-XXXX-A is currently kept, from the point of view they would have if they were on [placeholder] in the corresponding location.

When approaching SCP-XXXX-A, a subject will begin to become physically present in SCP-XXXX-A's dimension to an increasing degree, beginning at approximately 20 meters2 and ending (becoming fully tangible in SCP-XXXX-A's dimension) at approximately 2 meters.

When SCP-XXXX-A is snuffed out, any subject within 2 meters of the object will remain on SCP-XXXX-A's planet. Any subject that is within the effect but outside of the 2 meter radius will remain on Earth, and will suffer a minor space-time restructuring event as the particles of their body are forced back into this dimension.

SCP-XXXX-B is a species native to [placeholder] which makes use of SCP-XXXX-A for the purpose of hunting. SCP-XXXX-B hunt in groups 4 to 6, lighting SCP-XXXX-A (held by one member by a pole of unknown material) and traveling across the landscape. When SCP-XXXX-A's effect passes over any animal, SCP-XXXX-B will take action to incapacitate it and bring it within SCP-XXXX-A's 2 meter radius. SCP-XXXX-B will continue hunting until enough prey is captured that it becomes unwieldy to carry, but they have been observed to quit after several hours without capturing any prey. When a hunt ends, SCP-XXXX-B will gather closely around SCP-XXXX-A and snuff it out.

Instances of SCP-XXXX-B are most often seen clothed in furs3, in possession of simple weapons such as spears and nets, and are always traversing on stilts of unknown material, bound tightly to the calves, estimated to be 3 meters in height. SCP-XXXX-B are capable of traveling 47 km/h.

Little is known about the physiology of SCP-XXXX-B, as none have yet been captured. It has been observed that every instance does not have feet, though it is unknown whether this is the result of an event or a common deformity. The hands of SCP-XXXX-B are considerably underdeveloped, with fingers approximately 6 centimeters at the longest. Never has a member of the species been identified that is taller than 120 centimeters.

Addendum XXXX-1: The Northeast Greenland National Park was established to contain SCP-XXXX in 1974, and after multiple manifestations outside of bounds, was expanded in 1988.

Addendum XXXX-2: The following is a summary of an experiment with SCP-XXXX. For full experiment logs see Document-XXXX-R2.

Date: ██/██/████
Test Subject: D-78842

Procedure: D-78842 was chosen for her experience with snowmobile operation. D-78842 was provided a snowmobile with attached sled, on which was secured a deceased adult Pusa hispida (Ringed seal.) D-78842 is told to approach a hunting party of SCP-XXXX-B, detach the sled in the direction the SCP-XXXX-B are moving, and return to base. Experiment was designed to test whether SCP-XXXX-B will accept prey that is already deceased.

Results: D-78842 drives the snowmobile into the path of SCP-XXXX-B and exits to detach the sled, but is not able to unsecure the latch before SCP-XXXX-A's effect has moved to encompass her. D-78842 attempts to escape capture by SCP-XXXX-B on snowmobile. The observing researcher directed D-78842 to reduce her speed so as to allow SCP-XXXX-B to chase, in order to measure the species' relative stamina. During the chase, D-78842 drove outside of NGNP territory and past several rock formations on [placeholder], many of which were painted with murals. 49 minutes into the chase, D-78842 collided with a rock formation from [placeholder] and was captured by SCP-XXXX-B.

Notes:
Murals photographed during this experiment include:

  • Several murals depicting members of SCP-XXXX-B reaching upward, their feet being hidden by red flames.
  • A line of SCP-XXXX-B ascending to a hilltop. The valley behind is filled with similar flames.
  • A human figure presenting SCP-XXXX-A to a member of SCP-XXXX-B. The landscape behind the -B instance is aflame, while the landscape behind the human is white and space. A red sun is prominent, and SCP-XXXX-A is emitting radiating lines.

The rock formation with which D-78842 collided was seen to be carved in the shape of a human, approximately ten feet tall. The human is holding a liver upwards, and is looking towards the sky. Beyond the statue were seen carved steps.

Addendum XXXX-3:
I'm suggesting we put a hold on sending more agents into that world deliberately. Nothing has come from it so far.
We could try and send someone in with more weapons, but the only good ending to that would be the death or injury of SCP-XXXX-B, and we don't know how bad that could be for them. If their only hunters die, they would be unable to find food, and the whole lot of them may starve.
-Dr. Rainey