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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Keter

Special Containment Procedures: Grave sites are to be monitored for the conditions necessary for SCP-XXXX manifestation; grave stones in sites matching the criteria are to be modified as necessary to prevent manifestation. Sites of confirmed SCP-XXXX manifestations are to be similarly modified.

Social engineering operations have been underway to reduce the number of potential SCP-XXXX sites, with two major goals; popularising cremation for the deceased as an alternative to burial, and amplifying the stigma attached to the concept of unmarked graves.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a phenomena that affects burial sites containing at least 114 burial markers meeting the following criteria:

  • The marker has neither the name of the person buried there, nor the words "Rest in Peace" visible on it.1
  • The body buried below the marker has decayed to a point that it would be considered "skeletal".

At some time between midnight and 1am local time, all bodies in graves matching the above criteria, along with any other skeletal remains buried without a marker, will become animate. These animate bodies are designated as SCP-XXXX-1. Despite the lack of musculature present on most SCP-XXXX-1 instances, they are able to move and act as though they were fully intact.

SCP-XXXX-1 will dig their way out of the ground, breaking through any coffins or other containers they may be buried in. Once on the surface, all current instances of SCP-XXXX-1 will divide into two or more teams; there seems to be no pattern to the number of teams formed, beyond a requirement for each team to have the same number of SCP-XXXX-1 instances. These teams will then engage in battle, using anything they can find in the vicinity as weapons. Instances that suffer sufficient damage to kill a living member of its species will immediately become inanimate.

Once all but one of the teams has been destroyed, the survivors will vandalise the graves of losing teams, typically by destroying the grave markers. After approximately 30 minutes of this behaviour, all SCP-XXXX-1 instances2 will demanifest, and any damage caused, either by their original emergence or the post-battle activity will revert to its previous state.

Incident XXXX-1 On 21/04/2017 an SCP-XXXX event occurred in a grave site outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming. In addition to the buried human remains, the previously undiscovered (and mostly intact) fossilised remains of a Tyrannosaurus rex became an instance of SCP-XXXX-1. The Tyrannosaurus rex rapidly became the dominant force in the resulting battle, and the opposing team was easily beaten. It then began to vocalise loudly, causing the local police station to receive a number of noise complaints.

CCTV recordings of the incident were recovered by Foundation personnel and the graveyard was modified to prevent future SCP-XXXX manifestations, though due to the impracticality of excavating the site, the Tyrannosaurus rex fossils remain in place. The T-rex was named "Victor", and a small grave marker was placed above its approximate location in the hopes of preventing future incidents.