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SPC XXXC - Eyes in the brain

Object class: Safe

Containment: The subject should be kept in a standard residential complex, equipped with basic facilities and vision of the outside world (standard bullet-proof glass required, impossible to be open in any situation without using brute force) and only a single door to access the comples.
The structure must also be equipped with refrigeration system (in order to mantain a temperature between 278.15 K and 273.15 K at all times) and surveillance systems.
Two (2) armed guards must remain in control of the area at all times, while two (2) guards are assigned to the surveillance system of the residential complex and the surrouding area.

In case of attempted escape the use of non-lethal weapons to damage the subject is given, but the subject is still under relevant studies and can't be badly treated.
The guards must be trained in observing atypical behaviours of the subject through cameras and report them to the psychologists of the Foundation Site in XXXXXXXX with accuracy.

Description: SCP XXXC consists of two organism joined in symbiotic entity: an old human male which traits resemble that of a man of South American descent (SCP-XXXC-1) and the apparent parrassyte tissue in the brain of said individual (SCP-XXXC-2).

SCP XXXC-1 appears to be a common human in his seventies but his appearence isn't changed from 197X, the first time he was sighted and secured by the Foundation.
It misses the right hand, the left leg below the knee, left eye, and presents various profound scars around the body, in particular on throat and wrists.

The body of the subject does not present any particular physical anomaly, it can be damaged as a common human body, but this doesn't apply to the nervous system which seems capable of opposing any damage and restore itself to a healthy condition immediatly.

The subject perceives pain and the basic needs of the human body such as hunger and thirst, but it is able to oppose it and control those needs without problems, even though this causes a progressive pain and discomfort in the subject, slowly depriving him of any standard human ability. This ability doesn't seem to be completely under control of SPC XXXC-1, who claims to simply "forget" about these needs in certain time intervals.
This ability, in particular its usage to keep alive SPC XXXC-1 under extreme conditions such as polar temperatures or severe dehydration, seems to put under stress SPC XXXC-2 which decreases consequently its activity. In the most hazardous condition this leads to a state of apparent death of XXXC -1 to avoid permanent damages. SCP XXXC-1 can't do anything when put in such conditions and is to be considered as a non-human object for any parameter of the Foundation.

SCP XXXC-2 shows three basical level of activity, defined by SCP XXXC-1 physical condition:
1) Apparent death: the subject is apparently dead, condition triggered when the physical condition of SCP XXXC-1 is dangerous for its own survival. It acts as a dead body in any function, apart from decomposition as described above.
2) Minimum activity: above certain parameters thresolds SCP XXXC-1 shows the minimum capabilities of a living being (it can eat, drink and move at slow speed and reactivity) but almost no intellectual ability.
3) Human: In the presence of certain vital values and conditions, SCP XXXC-1 recovers all its intellectual capabilities, and the activity of XXXC-2 starts.
When active and awake over the 3rd level of activity the subject has a positive and accommodating personality when interacting with the Foundation personal.

SCP XXXC-1 shows a tendency to prefer cold and isolated locations, this is due to the particularly strong inhibitory effect that low temperature has on SCP XXXC-2 activity. The tendency to isolated places isn't connected to the activity of XXXC-2 but only to a desire of peace and silence to counter the costant overload of perception.
This desires are to be satisfied as long as SCP XXXC-1 remains cooperative with the Foundation, just as the permission to be given view of the outside world through windows and acccess to entertainment media.

ADDENDUM 1: summary of doctor Lauren Agrham's analysis of SCP XXXC-2 activity

SCP XXXC-2 is the true source of the capabilities of XXXC-1's body, which is nothing more than an host necessary to XXXC-2's survival. It appears as a parasitic fabric connected to the brain of SCP XXXC-1, formed by a pair of permanent human-like eyes without iris and eyelids positioned in the prefrontal cortex. The eyes are inert when the brain activity is below the minimum threshold, but when they exceed this level begin to move as if they continued to look at something inside the skull.

The increase in brain activity of XXXC-1 also increases the number of eyes present in the brain.

The first additional pair to appear in the occipital lobe, formed through the matter of the brain itself; subsequent pairs surround the first couple to occupy the whole prefrontal cortex.
This process not only requires favorable conditions but also time: the first additional pair appears after one (4) hour of activity, the next ones always require half of the previous one, up to a minimum of 30 seconds.
Experiments have registered the generation of additional pairs of eyes up to 48 hours, beyond which stress on XXXC-1 seemed excessive to supervisors.

The main phenomena connected to SCP XXXC isn't the apparition of these eyes but the supernatural effect of perception manifested by SCP XXXC-1 with the increase of brain's surface occupied by SCP XXXC-2

Even when only the original pair of eyes is active XXXC-1's brain receives signals disconnected by his personal perception, but they are rarely clear or focused and the subject isn't capable of describe them clearly.
After 6 hours from the appearance of the first pair in the occipital cortex XXXC SCP-1 begins to lament the perception of definite external images outside of the vision of its true sensory apparatus. Such images can range from natural settings to a city, but also from almost microscopical visions of biological tissues to external view of the solar system, but the descriptions given by the subject are not particularly accurate given the progressive loss of consciousness of the subject during these "visions".

The subject slowly begins to appear confused and disoriented, and then begin to rave and scream, until at least 12 hours have passed. When all the prefrontal cortex is occupied by the eyes even the screams decrease and the subject enters into a status defined as "trance", in which it seems to regain some apparent composure. The subject is still unable to speak clearly or do anything at all.
During this phase of SCP XXXC-1 brain activity is focused only on the eyes and vital functions necessary to avoid death. Apparently, there is no time limit for this phase in the right conditions. Through chemical targeted interventions the staff has been able to make this "trance" last up to 12 hours and make the subject mantain minimum muscles and hearing capability in order to listen to the staff and to allow it to describe through writing or incredibly accurate drawings what it sees.

After 24 hours of the whole process, chemical control or not, SCP XXXC-1 manifests in about 80% of the experiments moments of complete lucidity and it begins to scream and tries in every way to damage itself, with a certain tendency for cooling his body temperature with water or ice and to harm his own body. In the remaining 20% of the cases these moments take place between 30 and 36 hours of activities and the attempts of the subject to harm itself are more and more savage.
To keep the subject in activity for 48 hours was necessary the use of sedatives and bodily restrictions that stop the subject who squirmed and made every possible act of self-destruction to escape the constrictions.

SCP-XXXC-1 appears to preserve the memory of the events, and doesn't manifest any hostility to the Foundation personel, but it isn't able to reconstruct in detail the images it sees during the SCP XXXC-2 activities, which are often confused and merged together.
It is to be noted how during the trance the subject is able to define exactly what is around him, and the approximate location of his vision (be it a small stone from which observes an insect eating another insect or a mass of space debris from which observes the spiral of the Milky Way), but as soon as he resumes partial self-awareness this ability decreases considerably.
The most interesting cases are those in which the subject perceives the activities of other SCPs or even supernatural phenomena out of the Foundation control. The case in which the subject is asked about these perceptions after a trance is the only situation in which it is hostile to the personel and capable to attack them if pressured too much.

Further testing is required to analyze a possible usage of SCP XXXC in the Foundation research or testing activities.

Dr. Lauren Agrham insists to receive the complete authority over the case, expressing the theory that SCP XXXC-2 is a spawn, or a part, of a particular extraterrestrial form of life, using SCP XXXC-1 as one of his hosts across the universe. Until further analysis the theory can't be justified in anyway.

SCP XXXC was found living in an abbandoned house near the town XXXXXX, Alaska. Said house was signaled to an informer of the Foundation for the first time in the December 19/X, by an hunter of the area who noticed the house with broken window and no sign of life. The Foundation agents analized the house and found only SCP-XXXC-1 in the back of the structure, apparently dead (no sign of heartbeat, breathing or muscular attivity were found) on a chair due to hypothermia. The last newspaper present in house was from over 5 years before the recovery of the subject.