Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Keter

Special Containment Procedures: Containment of the SCP-XXXX phenomena is currently unfeasible. A disinformation campaign is to actively discredit the legitimacy of claims made by SCP-XXXX-A and their supporters. Such claims are to be dismissed as works of fiction (e.g. creative writing, intentional hoaxes), the product of mental illness, the delusions of conspiracy theorists, etc. Online communities composed of SCP-XXXX-A and/or individuals with an interest in the SCP-XXXX phenomena are to be closely monitored.

Individuals exhibiting symptoms of SCP-XXXX-B are to be captured and contained within Psi-resistant humanoid containment cells1.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a global phenomena primarily manifesting as dreams, hallucinations, and other abnormalities related to perception and memory. Classified as SCP-XXXX-A, individuals effected by SCP-XXXX also display significant behavioral changes and the development of abnormal neuropathologies. The most immediate distinction that separates SCP-XXXX from unrelated experiences is the inexplicable commonality between episodes and reactions. Frequently reported elements include:

  • Visions of vast and colossal cities beneath the sea. The windowless structures display non-Euclidean architecture and are composed of a material described as smooth, seamless, and as black as obsidian.
  • Visions involving gardens of coral depicting indescribable colors - colors presumably outside the human visual spectrum.
  • Visions of an entity described as a massive aquatic creature resembling a decapitated whale with white exoskeleton comprised of chitin. In place of head, it has approximately a thousand appendages resembling tentacles. Witness description varies, but the entity is commonly assumed as twice the size of blue whales, if not more.
  • Hallucinations involving symbols of unknown origin or context, usually manifesting as short, rapid flashes that leave fleeting imprints upon an individual's paracentral vision. Sign sightings have been known to trigger dizziness, vertigo, post-traumatic stress, psychosis, mania and/or depression, homicidal/suicidal thoughts and behavior, and the development of new hallucinations2. Afflicted individuals have been known to kill family and friends in an effort to "save" them from an ill-defined but nevertheless impending cataclysm.
  • Reports of sensations similar to those described by sufferers of phantom pain3 and body integrity identity disorder4 but manifesting as healthy people with their bodies intact feeling as though they are missing limbs that otherwise never existed. Afflicted individuals understand that this feeling is illogical and that the human body (normally) has four limbs, but continue to experience these sensations regardless of acceptance. Individuals have described incidents of phantom pain registering up to 12 meters away from their body, as if these non-existent appendages were also much longer than their actual limbs.

Acutely afflicted individuals display extrasensory perceptions and are classified as SCP-XXXX-B. It is of the utmost importance that suspected SCP-XXXX-B are secured and contained as soon as possible due to their ability to gain preternatural knowledge of the Foundation and its inner-workings. In recent years, SCP-XXXX-B have proven necessary to certain Foundation operations involving SCP-XXXX as well as unrelated anomalies (see Mobile Task Force Epsilon-19 "Navajo Only Knows").

Internet communities with a pertinent interest in SCP-XXXX have existed since the early 1990s but the phenomena has recently gained a large increase in popularity, partly due to the republication of The Drowned Kingdoms, or The Eternal Dreams of the Firstborn written by Joseph Adler and first published in 1895. Although suggested, it is not presently believed that The Drowned Kingdoms is a vector for SCP-XXXX. These internet communities have inadvertently aided the Foundation's primary mission through exposing the anomaly to ridicule and fictionalization, as well as benefiting from chronic interpretive disagreements between SCP-XXXX-A. The Foundation is to merely monitor these websites for the time being.


Joseph Adler, leader of the Hermetic Order of Universal Wisdom

The SCP-XXXX phenomena was first popularized by English occultist Joseph Adler (1833 - 1921), leader of the Hermetic Order of Universal Wisdom - an organization devoted to the study and practice of the occult, metaphysics, and paranormal activities during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In his book The Drowned Kingdoms, or The Eternal Dreams of the Firstborn, Adler discusses his lifelong visions and "astral" exploration of the ruins of a long forgotten race which he refers to as the "Firstborn"5. Unlike other claims involving lost worlds and civilizations (a popular concept at the time), Adler's work includes extensive interviews with other so-called "Dreamers" (SCP-XXXX-A), lending evidence to an anomalous phenomena, and makes accurate scientific conclusions describing concepts such as plate tectonics6, evolution, memetics, and physics.

On October 29th, 1920, Adler and nine of his followers attempted mass astral projection in the hopes of learning more about the "Firstborn". The attempt resulted in three deaths from acute myocardial infarction (commonly known as heart attack), two from intracranial hemorrhage (non-traumatic), and four by self-termination (methods vary). Joseph Adler committed auto-enucleation7 but ultimately survived.

Operatives arrived at Broadmoor Hospital the next day, intent on taking Joseph Adler into Foundation custody. He was discovered unresponsive in his room and was declared deceased minutes later. The body was delivered to Humanoid Containment Site-06-3 where it would undergo autopsy.

Adler's cause of death was indeterminate but was likely the result of untreated pneumonia8. The only oddity at the time was a small tin case found within the decedent's stomach. The object contained a tightly folded piece of paper depicting a map of a then-unknown landmass surrounded by water with a small red "X" on its coast. Written on the back of the paper was the word "COMMUNION".

It was initially believed that the depicted landmass was an uncharted island - the drawing offering no sense of its scale. All efforts to find this island failed and the map was dismissed as meaningless for a time. When the Foundation began to accept plate-tectonic theory in the mid 1930s9, it was realized that the image depicted not an island but the supercontinent of Pangaea which had existed during the late Paleozoic and early Mesozoic eras.

Based on plate-tectonics, the Foundation was able to roughly calculate the present location of Adler's red marking by 1942, matching it to a region presently beneath the glaciers of Antarctica at ██°S, ███°W. An expedition team composed of members of Mobile Task Force Delta-21 "The Abominable" was sent to investigate.

The civilization responsible for these creations has been classified as SCP-XXXX-B while SCP-XXXX-C designates individual SCP-XXXX-B archaeological sites.

SCP-XXXX-B is a non-human civilization dating back to at least the late Paleozoic Era 250-300 million years ago. It is believed that the species responsible for SCP-001 survived the Permian-Triassic extinction event10 and flourished until the Cretaceous–Paleogene (K–Pg) extinction event approximately 66 million years ago. Based on archaeological findings, the SCP-XXXX-B civilization existed for at least 200 million years and had a near incomprehensible understanding of science and technology.

Due to the global range of SCP-XXXX-B, it is believed that only a small percentage of SCP-XXXX-B related structures and objects have been discovered. Creations linked to SCP-XXXX-B show evidence of anomalous craftsmanship, their construction seemingly impossible by the standards of modern technology.

SCP-XXXX-C structures are an example of non-Euclidean architecture and are composed of an unusually strong and seamless material closely resembling obsidian. Chemical analysis of this material has revealed a combination of calcium carbonate, chitin, volcanic glass, magnesium, and iron but efforts to replicate this material in a lab setting have resulted in failure. Spectrum analysis of this material suggests that it is covered in symbols designed for those able to see light with frequencies outside the human visible spectrum.

SCP-XXXX-C designated archaeological sites include SCP-XXXX-C1 in Tibet, SCP-XXXX-C2 in the waters of Micronesia, SCP-XXXX-C3 in Antarctica, and SCP-XXXX-C4 at the bottom of the Tonga Trench.