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SCP-XXXX with its base attached, allowed to act as a regular hourglass.

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXXX is to be stored in a cubical vault 1m x 1m x 1m in size. The interior of this vault should be padded with a rubber lining. The room the vault is stored in must have no more than one exit: a sliding door that is kept open at all times, but which can be closed remotely.

Every six (6) months, the rubber lining of the vault must be removed and replaced with newly manufactured rubber. When replacing the rubber interior of the vault, the subject must be removed with rubber gloves and the loose base must be grasped firmly as to prevent SCP-XXXX-1 from trying to escape. The subject must also be provided with 4kg of blood on a weekly basis. The blood will be transported in a glass container, by two D-class personnel in rubber bodysuits, who will place the blood in SCP-XXXX's vault and immediately lock it afterward.

Any personnel experimenting on SCP-XXXX must wear a rubber bodysuit manufactured no less than one (1) year prior to the experiment. As of Incident XXXX-B, no personnel over thirty five (35) years of age are allowed to experiment on SCP-XXXX, and no personnel over fifty (50) years of age should be permitted within a 15 meter radius of the subject.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a small hourglass made out of what appears to be plastic. When the subject is flipped over, it takes exactly 180 seconds for all of the sand in one bulb to travel into the opposite bulb. At its largest point, the diameter of each bulb is 1cm. The plastic base at one end is loose and can be unscrewed, giving access to the contents of the bulbs. The base at the other end has not proven removable, and indeed the subject appears to be indestructible apart from the removable base.

If the loose base is removed, sand (heretofore referred to as SCP-XXXX-1) will flow out of the bulb and act as a contiguous body. SCP-XXXX-1 is able to extend and travel (defying gravity) as far away as 15m from the hourglass component (subject showed reluctance in moving any farther). If SCP-XXXX-1 is severed at some point, or the loose base is reattached to the hourglass component, the entire body of SCP-XXXX-1 will permanently become normal sand and fall to the floor. At this point, subject is harmless until the loose base is attached and removed again.

SCP-XXXX-1 has a caustic effect on most surfaces that it comes in contact with. If allowed to move freely, it will move to the nearest specimen of human blood, eating through flesh if it needs to. It has not been shown to discriminate between dried blood and blood actively circulating in a human body, but has been shown to favor [REDACTED]. If attracted to a source of blood immediately beyond a barrier made out of any substance other than rubber, SCP-XXXX-1 has been shown to be able to slowly burn its way through the barrier to reach the blood. Rubber has in most cases (refer to Incident XXXX-B) been proven to repel the flow of sand rather than attract it.

SCP-XXXX was discovered among the seized possessions of █████ █████, a convicted arsonist and cannibal who was known to eat the victims of his crimes. The subject came to our attention when the officer (Subject A) assigned to the case accidentally discovered its behavior. The combined effort of three field agents was required to pry the subject from Subject A's hands. SCP-XXXX-1 continued to flow up Subject A's arm and managed to eat through half of his arm before a field agent reattached the base to the subject, at which point SCP-XXXX-1 became regular sand. Class A amnesiacs were distributed and SCP-XXXX was taken into our care.

Incident XXXX-A: SCP-XXXX-1 broke containment on █/█/████, exactly one week after being recovered. A nearby guard (Subject B) noticed the object and raised the alarm, and was immediately afterward attacked by SCP-XXXX-1. Containment forces arrived to witness SCP-XXXX-1 flowing into lacerations on Subject B's hand. Before the containment team was able to do anything, however, SCP-XXXX-1 suddenly retracted from Subject B's body and back into its bulb.

In post-incident evaluation, Subject B’s blood was found to have been entirely replaced with a sand-like substance. Not much testing could be done after this development because after Dr. █████ took a sample of Subject B’s “blood,” he began to bleed out. No amount of bandages were sufficient to stop the flow of sand, and Subject B quickly perished. Analysis of the sand that was removed from Subject B’s body showed it to be normal sand.

This thing appears to need blood to survive and would go to any measure to acquire it. I say we bump it up to Euclid and provide it with animal blood to keep it in containment. -Dr. █████

Disagree. Subject can easily be subdued by severing the flow of sand. You have permission to try the blood, though. -O5

Addendum XXXXa: An experiment was carried out in which SCP-XXXX was placed in a room with an opened jar of approximately 1kg of blood. Cameras were installed in the testing room and all personnel were instructed to vacate a 15 meter radius around where the testing was being carried out. A mechanical arm was used to unscrew the detachable base of the subject, and SCP-XXXX-1 was observed to emerge from the bulb. Subject was observed to slowly make its way over to the jar of blood, where it began to caress it. This continued for 45 minutes until the flow of sand silently and without event returned to the hourglass component. Control remotely reattached the loose base and test ended.