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Possible photograph of SCP-XXXX, recovered from a cell phone at the location of SCP-XXXX event #057130. Click to enlarge.

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Keter

Special Containment Procedures: Web traffic and law enforcement channels worldwide are to be monitored for evidence of SCP-XXXX activity, and particularly for reports of stalking or "paranormal" phenomena involving families with young children.

Should an SCP-XXXX event be suspected, the nearest Containment Task Force is to be dispatched to attempt containment of SCP-XXXX. Standard PDP/VIII Humanoid First Contact Protocols apply.

Media coverage of family deaths attributed to SCP-XXXX is to be suppressed, or falsified to make said deaths appear as non-anomalous home invasion murders. Forensic evidence and SCP-XXXX-A instances collected by non-Foundation agencies are to be confiscated, and witnesses amnesticized.

Description: SCP-XXXX is currently believed to be a single, exceptionally long-lived humanoid entity of unknown origin. Survivors of SCP-XXXX events typically describe SCP-XXXX as a very tall (between 2m and 2.3m) elderly male of European descent, with an extremely emaciated appearance. The entity always appears completely naked, even when observed outdoors in freezing weather.

Though the nature and extent of its anomalous properties remain uncertain, SCP-XXXX appears capable of instantaneous or near-instantaneous travel to any location north of 40°N latitude, and possibly to any location on Earth.

SCP-XXXX activity occurs exclusively within a period of 12 consecutive nights every year, from the night of December 25-26 to the night of January 5-6 (this period is known as SCP-XXXX’s “active phase”). During this phase, in what are termed "SCP-XXXX events", SCP-XXXX will appear at dwellings in one or multiple locations north of 40°N latitude. In all known SCP-XXXX events, these dwellings have shared the following three criteria: isolated rural location, home to a family with at least one child under the age of 8, and situated in an area with snow cover lasting throughout the duration of the event.

SCP-XXXX events consist of the following general progression:

Nights 1-7: Children will report seeing SCP-XXXX in the vicinity of their dwelling. Initially, the entity will be observed watching the dwelling from a distance, such as from across a nearby field or from the edge of a neighboring forest. As the active phase progresses, children will report seeing SCP-XXXX standing just outside to their dwelling, or waking up at night to find SCP-XXXX watching them sleep through a window.

Nights 8-11: Family members (including the parents) will report sounds of footsteps coming from the roof or the attic. An extremely unpleasant odor will also frequently be reported inside the dwelling. No explanation for these phenomena will be found. As a result, parents will often start to suspect they are being stalked, or even that their dwelling might be "haunted".

Night 12: Over the course of the night one of two scenarios will occur:

  • The first, and most common, is that SCP-XXXX will kill all members of the family except for one child under the age of 8, whom it will abduct. SCP-XXXX will inflict incapacitating injuries to family members while they sleep, then herd them into a single room of the dwelling where it will proceed to kill them in view of each other. The method of killing varies with the event, and will typically be preceded by some form of torture, which appears to serve a ritualistic purpose.
  • In the second scenario, which has occurred in roughly 15% of known events, SCP-XXXX will not harm the family. Family members will typically report hearing footsteps inside their dwelling throughout the night, though no signs of forced entry will be found. In the morning children will discover presents at the foot of their beds; these will consist of toys crudely crafted from the remains of human children.

The criteria, if any, by which SCP-XXXX determines the outcome of an SCP-XXXX event are unknown.

Timeline of Discovery and Classification as an SCP Object

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Fingerprint belonging to SCP-XXXX. Note the unique double-whorl pattern.

13/01/1974: First indications of SCP-XXXX’s existence and ongoing activity are detected through the Foundation’s newly-implemented Anomalous Signature Recognition Program2, when six strikingly-similar home invasion incidents (i.e. SCP-XXXX events) are found to have occurred within the same 12-hour period (night of 05/01/1974 to 06/01/1974), in five countries throughout the Northern hemisphere. Minimum distance between any two locations was roughly 1,600 km.

Investigation by Foundation personnel reveals the presence of fingerprints belonging to the same, unknown individual at the scenes of all six SCP-XXXX events; though similar in appearance to those of a human being, the fingerprints present characteristics not known to occur in humans (see image). Several white hairs, also human in appearance, are recovered at each location, but no DNA, human or otherwise, can be extracted from them.

15/01/1974: It is discovered that similar SCP-XXXX events have occurred on the night of 05/01/1974 to 06/01/1974 for at least the 12 preceding years. An investigation into the phenomenon of SCP-XXXX events is launched by O5-06.

23/11/1974: The investigation concludes. Extensive research into civilian and law enforcement archives worldwide has uncovered evidence of probable SCP-XXXX events for nearly every year preceding 1974, going back to the late 16th century (average rate of 3.1 known events per year); historical records have also been found which appear to describe SCP-XXXX events occurring throughout the Middle Ages in Europe and Russia, and as early as the 1st century BC in Scandinavia.3

Additionally, more than 50 SCP-XXXX-A instances have been recovered during the course of the investigation, from law enforcement storage facilities, museums, universities, antique dealers and private residences. A partial fingerprint matching fingerprints found at the scenes of SCP-XXXX events is found, preserved in dried blood, on an SCP-XXXX-A instance dating from 1873.

01/12/1974: In a unanimous decision, the O5 Council grants SCP-XXXX its SCP designation.

22/12/1974: Special Containment Procedures v1.0 are enacted.

Addendum XXXX-01

On 06/01/2017, several SCP-XXXX-A instances were left by SCP-XXXX at a residence in Hoonah, Alaska, following the conclusion of SCP-XXXX event #060198. Among these instances was SCP-XXXX-A-0960, which consisted of a crude, life-sized doll made from the emaciated body of a female child, to which the following modifications had been made:

  • The legs had been tied together, and the arms tied to the body with string made from human tendons, apparently to prevent the limbs from moving or dangling.
  • A dress made from various scraps of dirty, discolored clothing had been sewn around the body, and at several points, into the skin.
  • The mouth had been sewn shut with thread made from human tendons and the lips had been painted red with a solution consisting primarily of human blood.
  • The fingernails of another child had been glued over the body’s fingernails with pine resin; these had been painted red with the same human blood-based solution. Three of the body’s fingers were missing.
  • The entire scalp had been removed from the head, and the scalp of another child with long, blond hair sewn to the head in its place; the hair had been tied into two long braids.
  • The eyes had been removed, and two large round pebbles onto which eyes had been crudely painted placed into the empty orbits.

Upon examination by the survivors of SCP-XXXX event #060198, the child from whom the doll had been made was found to still be alive, albeit unconscious. Authorities were notified, and the child was airlifted to Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau, Alaska, where she survived for 18 hours. Two Foundation agents were dispatched, and were able to interview the subject (see Audio Log XXXX-06201); following the subject’s death, her body was confiscated by the agents, and all witnesses amnesticized as per standard procedure.

DNA testing revealed the subject to be Ekaterina Morozova, age 6. Her parents and two elder sisters had been killed during SCP-XXXX event #058411 on 06/01/2014 in Dubovka, Russia. Ekaterina, then aged 3, had not been found at the scene, and was presumed to have been abducted by SCP-XXXX (this was later confirmed).

Autopsy of the subject’s body showed she had been severely malnourished for a period of several years, which had resulted in considerable stunting (weight was only 15 kg, height was only 90 cm). A number of scars and burns were present on her skin, and several of her teeth were chipped or broken; she was also missing three fingers (left 4th digit and both 5th digits) and had suffered two bone fractures (left tibia and left ulna) that had not been reset and had healed improperly (tibia fracture had likely resulted in subject walking with a limp). Hands were heavily callused. Cause of death was attributed to multiple organ failure resulting from severe, sustained malnourishment.

In light of this new information, updated Special Containment Procedures have been proposed, including the formation of a Containment Task Force whose express purpose would be to locate SCP-XXXX’s base of operations (designated “SCP-XXXX-B”); these are currently pending approval.