rating: 0+x

SCP-XXXX silently reading an anthology of the comedic works of Molière shortly before capture.

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXXX is to be incarcerated in a humanoid containment cell within the maximum security wing of Site-16. Communication with the subject is strictly limited to Class-D personnel only. Any personnel, Class-D or otherwise, found to be communicating with SCP-XXXX about anything or anyone directly associated with the Foundation are required to be administered Class-B amnestics.

SCP-XXXX has been implanted with a sub-dermal tracking device capable of consistently broadcasting its real time location, allowing Mobile Task Forces to engage on this position for retrieval if necessary. SCP-XXXX has not displayed any combative abilities. Therefore, in the event of a containment breach, MTF teams will be equipped with potent tranquilizer rounds capable of rendering the target unconscious for up to six hours. MTF units assigned for retrieval are required to wear their assigned ear protection if SCP-XXXX acquires its secondary component until the subject has been successfully apprehended.

SCP-XXXX does not require sustenance to survive and has made no requests for water or food of any kind. Any such requests are to be considered abnormal and reported to the on-site director immediately. Subject has shown great interest in reading and has made numerous requests for books of various genres and in various languages. For the purposes of determining SCP-XXXX's full linguistic capabilities, the majority of these requests have been granted. The following pieces have been requested:

• One copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado – (Approved)

• SCP-XXXX-2 – (Denied outside of active testing.)

• One copy of Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham - (Approved)

• One copy of Antjie Krog's Country of My Skull - (Approved)

• One reprinted copy of the Magna Carta - (Approved)

• One copy of the Torah - (Approved)

• Various Foundation documents - (Denied)

SCP-XXXX-2 is to be stored in a blast and tamper-resistant attache case and stored in safe containment at Site-16. Retinal and fingerprint identification will be required to retrieve the item, and only persons of level three clearance will be given access. In the event of a site wide containment breach, identification fail-safes will activate, pulling the case into a small concrete and maraging steel lined wallsafe located within the containment chamber itself. From this point, the identification of the on-site director or equivalent will be required to remove the item from containment.

Description: SCP-XXXX is composed of two entities, the latter of which has been designated SCP-XXXX-2. SCP-XXXX is a sapient North American red fox. It is bipedal, standing at approximately 1.2 meters in height and weighs 14kg. Subject suffers from moderate visual impairment. With no method available for specifically testing the eyesight of foxes, a standard Snellen eye chart test was used, indicating a visual acuity of 20/160. To offset this, it wears a large pair of rounded spectacles, which do not appear to be anomalous in and of themselves.

SCP-XXXX finds great passion in reading, and has been observed reading a variety of material, ranging from the nutrition facts and ingredients on food packaging to essays detailing the benefits of genetic modification. Language does not appear to be a barrier when reading; this includes languages that were specifically created for testing. SCP-XXXX will reject material it believes to be completely nonsensical. This suggests that the subject possesses some degree of omnilingualism, and tests are ongoing to determine the capacities of this trait.

SCP-XXXX-2 is a large leather bound tome written in an as of yet unidentified language. The book contains a spatial anomaly, as the pages within do not correspond with the size of the book itself. Exactly 19,397 pages are present, with more text being added every time SCP-XXXX successfully completes its primary anomalous event. Through observation of the subject's anomalous event, it is believed that this text is information pertaining to, and possibly the names of, individuals who have previously conversed with SCP-XXXX in the past.

Test subjects conversing with SCP-XXXX report heightened susceptibility to suggestion, with susceptibility increasing the longer the individual is in contact with the subject. The subject does not appear to use this ability for any reason other than enticing individuals to initiate its anomalous event.

Once an individual has been coaxed, they will plead for SCP-XXXX to tell them a secret. This secret has virtually no limitation, ranging from spousal fidelity, identities of unknown individuals, confidential government information, and the presence or lack there-of of deities. It is at this time that the victim receives their answer, which is inaudible to anyone other than the selected victim. Despite the use of equipment capable of receiving audio in a multitude of high and low frequencies, none have been able to capture a sound bite of SCP-XXXX speaking during this time.

Upon receiving the secret, pieces of the victim's lexicon begin to disappear. Words that become lost become completely impossible to convey, whether it be through written, spoken, or non-verbal means. The more substantial the secret, the more the victim begins to lose. To better understand this, the lexicon degradation has been divided into four tiers:

Tier 1: A small, usually personal secret that results in the victim losing approximately 15-20 highly common words from their respective language. In an English speaking victim, "the", "and", "we", and "it" are all words that are typically lost.

Tier 2: The broadest category, these secrets are often not personally related, but are not classified as an otherwise major secret. Everything from the identities of serial killers to low level government operations would fall into this category. Victims typically lose 35%-50% of their lexicons. In 100% of cases, the victim has been unable to convey their knowledge of the answer of the secret to others.

Tier 3: High level government operations, information regarding lost civilizations, as well as trade secrets from multi-billion dollar corporations would be classified at this level. Victims can expect to lose 98%-99% of their lexicon. Only a handful of esoteric words remain.

Tier 4: Secrets that would have a direct impact on the world or humanity as a whole, such as full disclosure of Foundation operations, information pertaining to the framework of a country's nuclear stockpile, and the existence or lack there-of of deities fall under this category. Victims lose 100% of their lexicon, and in many observed cases, have entered a vegetative state from which they do not awaken.

When the event is completed, SCP-XXXX opens SCP-XXXX-2 to the most recent page, where upon it writes down the name of the individual it conversed with. It does so by writing with the tip of its claw, which generates a small amount of black ink not unlike those found in fountain pens. This is currently the only known method of actually inscribing anything on SCP-XXXX-2. Any other method simply results in the ink, graphite, or other substance to vanish.

SCP-XXXX's first known site of activity was the Bighorn National Forest in Sheridan, Wyoming. While at first the raising illiteracy rate did not draw the Foundation's attention, field agents within the Wyoming state government reported that such changes in literacy rates had not been gradual, that they seemed to be focused in the Bighorn region specifically. Additionally individuals that had been affected had previously been fully literate people. It was then that agents were deployed under the guise of park rangers in an attempt to locate any possible sources for anomalous activity.

Initially, Foundation agents were unable to locate anything of interest within the area, until they came across a small hut made of animals skin half a kilometer from a small clearing in the forest. Upon investigation they became aware that the hut was inhabited by elderly man of Native American decent (real name ████ ███████), and was fortunately willing to cooperate with a Foundation asset implanted under the cover of a Bighorn park ranger.

Interviewed:████ ███████

Interviewer: Armin Strauss, Foundation asset assigned to Bighorn search party.

Foreword: Strauss initially approached the encampment alone in the hopes of appearing more amicable and coaxing out more information regarding the nature of the area's disturbances. Strauss' hidden body microphone picked up the following during the interview.

<Begin Audio Log>

Interviewer: And your name is…?

Person: ████ ███████. Pleasure to make your acquaintance.

Interviewer: Likewise. My name is Dexter Matthews. I represent The Bighorn Park Rangers, would you mind answering a few questions for me? Shouldn't be a long process.

Person: For a ranger? Of course. What can I help you with today?

Interviewer: Well, (Papers rustle against the backdrop of crackling in the background, a small fire, perhaps.) unfortunately we've heard some rumors of some disturbances in the area. Now normally we would dispatch a group to survey the area and deal with the issue, but the info we have coming through seems, inconsistent at best. (Light tapping on paper.) Do any of these names ring a bell?

Person: (There is a nine second pause.) I'm afraid not, I certainly hope this isn't a missing persons list. I understand that not everyone takes to the wilderness, but this is cause for alarm…

<End Log, [optional time info]>

Closing Statement: [Small summary and passage on what transpired afterward]