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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: Instances of SCP-XXXX are to be placed within a medium aquarium filled with filtered, chlorine-free fresh water. The lid of the aquarium must be secured to the aquarium at all times, with the lone exception of feeding time. Once a week, one raw cow brain per instance of SCP-XXXX is to be placed within the aquarium. All personnel that interact with instances SCP-XXXX or the aquarium housing must be informed of the mind influencing effects of SCP-XXXX.

SCP-XXXX-1 is to be housed in a humanoid containment cell. SCP-XXXX-1 is to be provided reading material and exercise equipment as per request. Should SCP-XXXX-1 misbehave, these privileges are to be revoked. In addition to normal feeding routines, SCP-XXXX-1 is to be provided one cooked cow brain per week. SCP-XXXX-1's diet is to contain 30% less sodium than standard meals.

All personnel assigned to SCP-XXXX and SCP-XXXX-1 are to report for regular psychological evaluations. Personnel assigned to SCP-XXXX are to cycle out once every four weeks

Update 11/15/20██: All personnel assigned to work near SCP-XXXX and SCP-XXXX-1 must have level 2 security or below. Current staff working in proximity to SCP-XXXX and SCP-XXXX-1 are to be demoted to level 2 security clearance and be restricted to files regarding SCP-XXXX.

Description: There are currently six five instances of SCP-XXXX in containment. SCP-XXXX is a cephalopod measuring up to five centimeters in diameter. Four, evenly-spread tentacles extend from its body. Each tentacle is up to ten centimeters in length, and contains a natural sedative and an anesthetic. The head of SCP-XXXX lacks eyes, and resembles the appearance of the human brain. SCP-XXXX is covered in a film that retains hydration and absorbs water from the surrounding air, allowing it to survive outside of water for long periods of time.

SCP-XXXX has evidenced the ability to propel itself through the air in a manner similar to how it moves through water. SCP-XXXX has been found to have weak telepathic and psychokinetic abilities, as well as the ability to implant suggestions into the human mind. SCP-XXXX have been recorded urging test subjects to open the lid of the aquarium, to bring more food, or to break the aquarium. The telepathic suggestions of SCP-XXXX only occur until the target of the suggestions has been made aware of the telepathic threat, at which point all attempts cease.

The diet of SCP-XXXX consists entirely of mammalian brain tissue. It obtains this food by searching out mammalian prey and attaching to the back of its prey's skull. The anesthetics in SCP-XXXX's tentacles render the victim unaware of SCP-XXXX's intrusion. Once attached firmly to the victim's skull, SCP-XXXX will proceed to bore a hole through its victim's skull in order to access the brain. In non humanoid victims, SCP-XXXX will then administer the sedative stored within its body, rendering its prey unconscious. Over the course of approximately four hours, SCP-XXXX will consume its victim's brain entirely.

In humanoid victims, SCP-XXXX takes on a parasitic role. Instead of sedating and then killing the prey, SCP-XXXX instead remains passive upon attaching itself to a human-level intelligence host. The host will henceforth be referred to as SCP-XXXX-1. SCP-XXXX-1 instances must consume brain matter in addition to a normal diet in order to preserve psychological and neurological health. Should SCP-XXXX-1 fail to consume an appropriate amount of brain matter, SCP-XXXX will consume a portion of SCP-XXXX-1's brain before disengaging. The damage done in this process is rarely lethal, but always sends the host into a vegetative state.

There is currently one instance of SCP-XXXX-1 in containment. SCP XXXX-1 was previously known as Task Force Operative █████ █████, a Caucasian male of 1.8 meters in height and 72.5 kilograms in weight. SCP-XXXX-1's behavior changed shortly after becoming infested by an instance of SCP-XXXX. Changes to SCP-XXXX-1's behavior include a newly developed dislike for sodium and a desire to spend time reading when such a desire was not shown before infestation. Desired reading material almost always consists of educational or scientific material.

Anomalous effects have also been observed. SCP-XXXX-1 has shown telepathic abilities, although it does not appear to realize when it is using these abilities. SCP-XXXX-1 has also shown that it can subconsciously influence the decisions of others, provided that the target is not aware of the interference. Additionally, SCP-XXXX-1 has displayed the ability to read and write in Spanish and Portuguese, two languages that it did not know before infestation. SCP-XXXX-1's abilities appear to decrease in potency and range when it consumes large amounts of salt.

All attempts to safely remove SCP-XXXX from SCP-XXXX-1 have proved unsuccessful.

Addendum XXXX-3 11/15/20██: On 11/13/20██, SCP-XXXX-1 began to wail as if in grieving. When questioned on its behavior, SCP-XXXX-1 refused to answer, instead retreating to a corner of its cell. SCP-XXXX-1 refused to eat for the rest of the day. SCP-XXXX-1 returned to normal, albeit subdued, behavior the following day.

On the same day, a single instance of SCP-XXXX was found dead in the containment aquarium. The other five instances had flattened themselves against the bottom of the aquarium in a circle around the deceased instance. The dead SCP-XXXX was removed from the tank and determined to have died of natural causes.

Dissection of SCP-XXXX has shown that it has mostly normal cephalopod biology, most similar to Octopus vulgaris1. SCP-XXXX has a vestigial visual cortex, indicating that at one point in evolutionary history the species had eyes. The most notable difference from mundane octopi is that the brain is far more developed, to a point comparable to or greater than the human brain.

SCP-XXXX-1 has been placed under higher surveillance. All staff that interact with SCP-XXXX-1 or SCP-XXXX are to immediately report for psychological evaluation. SCP-XXXX-1 has refused to speak. Its behavior has reduced solely to eating and sleeping.

Addendum XXXX-4 11/20/20██: At 4:00 A.M., SCP-XXXX-1 ceased its subdued behavior and stood stiffly in the center of its room, looking directly at the surveillance camera. For one hour, SCP-XXXX-1 repeated the sentence 'We would like to speak to Doctor Coolidge.' at a regular interval of thirty seconds. SCP-XXXX-1 refused to respond to any stimulus caused by personnel until Doctor Coolidge entered its containment chamber.

Doctor Coolidge conversed with SCP-XXXX-1 for thirty minutes, after which SCP-XXXX-1 refused to speak further. A transcript of the video log is included below.

All personnel within earshot of SCP-XXXX-1 during Incident XXXX-1 were swiftly administered amnestic treatment regarding infohazardous material. SCP-XXXX-1 returned to normal behavior several hours later. The SCP-XXXX instance residing within SCP-XXXX-1's skull has refused to speak to any personnel, with SCP-XXXX-1 claiming that it had fallen silent. Shortly after Incident XXXX-1, all instances of SCP-XXXX ceased all activity beyond eating and sleeping.

Foundation resources are currently directed towards discovering if the SCP-XXXX instances are in contact with outside entities. Restricted access to SCP-XXXX and SCP-XXXX-1 is still in place.