Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXXX is to be kept in the form of a single audio file, to be encrypted with a 2048 bit key and burned onto a simple compact disk. The disk should be periodically checked for defects, and stored in a standard equipment locker. No personnel are to access this file without level 4 security clearance.

SCP-XXXX must not be copied, re-recorded or duplicated in any format, digital or physical. During testing, one (1) research personnel is permitted to listen to and memorise SCP-XXXX. After the conclusion of testing, the researcher must be given amnestics, and all Class D subjects involved are to be terminated.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a phrase or word, composed of ██ consecutive syllables. Test subjects have referred to the phrase as “sounding like nonsense”, and no known translation exists in any language. The phonology of the phrase is also not consistent with any known dialect.

Testing has revealed that the phrase causes a number of psychological effects in those who hear it spoken by another human being. The effects vary from subject to subject, adhering to one of two archetypes:

Archetype 1: Subjects are bound by any following commands from the speaker, and are unable to resist this compulsion. After completing a command, the subject will simply wait for further instructions, but retain enough autonomy to eat, drink and otherwise keep themselves alive. The vast majority of those studied have fallen into Type 1.
Archetype 2: Subjects in this range are likewise bound by commands, but will lose the ability to breathe autonomously. Subjects can be forced to continue breathing through repeated commands, but will suffocate and die should these commands cease (See acquisition log). So long as they can be compelled to breathe, they can continue to be commanded to perform tasks similar to Type 1 individuals.

Requesting an impossible command from a subject of either archetype will result in extreme distress, and after several minutes complete shutdown of the autonomic nervous system. This invariably results in multiple organ failures and eventual death.

These effects do not extend to the speaker. Audio recordings and written copies of the phrase do not trigger a response. There is no known way to reverse the effects of those afflicted, nor any known mechanism for determining the archetype of the individual beforehand.

Aquisition: SCP-XXXX came to the foundation’s attention on █/█/1983, when nonsense poet W. J███ made use of the term while drafting a poem for his book entitled The Flow of the Mind. J███ was well known at the time among enthusiasts of modern poetry, for his stream of consciousness style of writing- often producing exceedingly lengthy scripts of nonsensical sounds, bearing no similarity to established language or conventions of writing.

At the time of the incident, J███ had no knowledge of psychology or behaviourist studies. It is currently believed that he merely stumbled across the combination of syllables required to bring about the described effects.

Interview log

Interviewed: W. J███

Interviewer: Dr. Hodgeman

<Begin Log, [12:05, █/█/1983]>

Dr. Hodgeman: What can you tell us about the incident that took place six days ago?

W. J███: Who are you people?

Dr. Hodgeman: That is irrelevant; please answer the question.

W. J███: You know what, I don’t care who you people are. I’ll tell you the same thing I told everyone else; I wrote the poem, I took it downstairs to read it to my wife, and she just stopped breathing.

Dr. Hodgeman: (sighs) Please elaborate. Did you use any digital tools during the writing process?

W. J███: No. Have you been reading the lies Poetry Weekly has been printing? I write everything myself; no random word generators, no algorithms. I write everything by hand, and then transcribe the text onto my computer later for printing. When I took my poem downstairs, it was still the handwritten draft; it hadn’t been anywhere near a computer yet.

Dr. Hodgeman: Thank you. What can you tell us about your experience reading the poem aloud?

W. J███: At first I didn’t think anything unusual. The poem was unique of course, a piece about freedom and human expression. After I got about halfway through, I just felt… awful. Saying those words, making those sounds… something about it just felt disgusting. I stopped about midway through.

Dr. Hodgeman: And that’s when your wife stopped breathing?

W. J███: … Yes.

Dr. Hodgeman: Thank you. Can you describe her reaction in more detail?

W. J███: Look, she just froze up. I tried to shake her, to make her breathe again, but… I… can we talk about something else?

Dr. Hodgeman: Please describe her reaction.

W. J███: … When she stopped breathing… she just looked at me, as if she was waiting for an instruction. Honestly, it was horrifying. After she collapsed, I yelled at her to breathe; and she did. More of a gasp than a breath, just once.
Dr. Hodgeman: Did you make any further commands?

W. J███: … Commands? What are you talking about, that's not… I mean…

Dr. Hodgeman: Please answer the question.

W. J███: … Her heart. It wouldn't beat, so I… I know it sounds crazy but I ordered her to make it work, and it did. I tried to keep it up, shouting at her to breathe, to beat her heart, to keep her alive… But there was too much. I… tried to order an ambulance but I had to stop ordering her to breathe and… I just didn't think. I can’t sleep at night; I keep thinking, what if I had phrased the commands differently? Could she have lived…?
(Subject leaned forwards, cradling his face in his hands. Unresponsive to further questioning.)

<End Log, [12:14, █/█/1983]>

Documentation from the emergency services indicate that they received a garbled call from his property, and that an ambulance crew was dispatched. They arrived too late to assist. The foundation acquired J███ and his manuscript after the autopsy report was intercepted by embedded agents. Once it became clear that J███ had no real understanding of SCP-XXXX’s properties- and that none of his other work presented anomalous effects- he was given heavy amnestics and released. He now believes his wife S███ died of a simple heart attack, in accordance with her death certificate. The incident represents an archetype 2 response to SCP-XXXX.

Testing Log

Note that while early research used the entire poem, later testing was able to isolate the active syllables.

Test A - October 5th, 1984

Subject: D-9247 (34 year old female)
Procedure: A foundation researcher read SCP-XXXX aloud, and then issued an order to “list every crime you have ever committed.”
Results: Archetype 1 response. D-9247 complied, first listing and describing the arson offences for which she had been imprisoned- but then continued, listing dozens of additional offences, none of which were present in her records. These included theft, traffic violations and several counts of assault. D-9247 remarked upon a strange sensation afterwards, saying only that it had “felt good to obey the instruction.” Subject was terminated at the end of testing.
Analysis: Further investigation did indeed confirm several of the traffic offences; she seemed to be telling the truth. Additionally, the researcher described a lingering sense of disgust that occured when he made use of SCP-XXXX.

Test B - October 6th, 1984

Subject: D-7290 (21 year old male)
Procedure: A foundation researcher read SCP-XXXX aloud, and then ordered D-7290 to “visit the moon.”
Results: Archetype 1 response. D-7290 searched the walls and ceiling of their cell, becoming increasingly agitated as time passed. Approximately two minutes after the command was read, D-7290 began to hammer on one wall with his hand, demanding to be let out. His actions became increasingly violent as his request was not met, continuing to pound the wall until his hand began to bleed. Approximately three minutes and thirty seconds after the command, D-7290 began weeping, shouting that it was not a fair command. Exactly four minutes after the start of the test, D-7290 suffered a complete shutdown of the autonomic nervous system, resulting in failure of the heart, stomach and liver, and eventual death.
Analysis: What perhaps is most interesting here is that he seemed to show some awareness of the consequences of non-compliance with the commands. More testing is required to ascertain this. Additionally, the researcher reported a sense of "satisfaction" upon making use of SCP-XXXX.

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