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SCP-XXX on day of recovery

Item #: SCP-XXX

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXX is to be housed in a 5m X 5m humanoid containment cell in Site 4 with standard furniture items and a TV.

SCP-XXX is to be kept restrained to a 2m steel pole in a Type S Standard Humanoid Containment Cell. No meals are required and no other precautions are necessary.

Description: SCP-XXX is a genderless humanoid, 1.5m tall and weighing 13.6kg. SCP-XXX has the physical characteristics of a scarecrow prop, with a skeleton made up entirely of paper and masking tape, and a thin outer layer of a weathered bovine leather. SCP-XXX contains organic structures such as an oral orifice1, human hair, nostrils, and luminescent eyes. SCP-XXX is capable of intelligent speech, multilingual2, and is known to be extremely passive-aggressive when speaking.

Cranial Ultrasounds revealed the subject's optic nerves to be attached to a lone brain stem twice the size of an average human's. Further ultrasounds have revealed an esophagus along with a set of fully-working lungs. Each of SCP-XXX's organs are encased in a protective mucus. Tests have proven this mucus to be regenerative, durable3, and non-flammable. SCP-XXX will occasionally secrete the same substance through microscopic pores on its outer layer. Although SCP-XXX is immune to moderate blunt force trauma, electricity has shown to cause physical distress and damage to the living tissues in its organs. (See Addendum XXX-C)

Originally arriving at the Foundation in tattered apparel, SCP-XXX currently wears a standard humanoid anomaly jumpsuit. Incapable of movement from the waist-below and unable to lift its arms above its head, the subject is in a constant physical state of weakness and must be manually handled by personnel staff when relocating. The subject will remain motionless and unconscious during most of the day, only awakening for tests or to converse with itself.

SCP-XXX is capable of tapping into personal memories of those who come within close proximity of it. This includes the anomaly viewing photographs and recorded footage4 of an individual. SCP-XXX seems to recall only specific memories that usually cause stress or extreme discomfort, and tends to use this private information against its target in a taunting fashion. SCP-XXX has proven to be able to learn the full identities of individuals observed in a memory.

Multiple experiments have been conducted with chosen test subjects including D-Class personnel, actors5, and a collection of presidential campaigns. SCP-XXX's refusal in cooperation, however, has encouraged staff to terminate any possible future testing.

SCP-XXX was discovered in ██, Maine, after an incident in a Halloween attraction, where one of the props began shouting and accusing an attendee of homicide, lead to reports of a talking scarecrow, catching the Foundation's attention. SCP-XXX was easily contained and all witnesses were given amnestic treatment.

Addendum XXX-A: Testing

Originally assigned to SCP-XXX, Dr. ██ resigned after conducting the first interview of its processing. SCP-XXX displayed its anomalous properties by focusing on Dr. ██'s personal life to the point where they became emotionally overwhelmed and abandoned their position. Responsibilities were quickly passed onto Dr. O'Dell.

Initial tests with SCP-XXX were first conducted with D-Class personnel entering its containment chamber under the supervision of Dr. O'Dell. Below is one of few remaining transcripts of SCP-XXX's testing logs.

Addendum XXX-B: Amnestics

On 12/16/2008, it was discovered that the Foundation's amnestics had effect on SCP-XXX. The idea generated from Dr. O'Dell's theory on the drugs wiping SCP-XXX's learned memories despite possessing only a brain stem and not a full brain. Dr. O'Dell tested out this theory with class A amnestics in aerosol form. Successfully administered, SCP-XXX had 12 hours of memory erased from its knowledge.

With Experiment XXX-B successful, Dr. O'Dell planned further research in studying how far SCP-XXX's memory could be wiped. It's been theorized that SCP-XXX could be administered more powerful amnestics without risks of severe side-effects6. However, without veins or the ability of oral consumption, injections and tablets were not possible for SCP-XXX, thus encouraging Dr. O'Dell to explore the usage of class A amnestics in dosages higher than normally recommended by Ethics Committee. Dr. O'Dell conducted two weeks worth of sessions involving excessive amnestic administration. The results were temporary amnesia and SCP-XXX losing approximately over half its memory of the Foundation.

SCP-XXX began displaying classic signs of dependency after prolonged use. On 2/28/2009, SCP-XXX experienced its first withdrawal, forcing medical staff to intervene and terminate Experiment XXX-B-2. After rehabilitating SCP-XXX, Ethics Committee ordered the prohibition of freely experimenting amnestics on SCP's. If amnestics are to ever be used, medical staff must be present and perform follow-ups.

Addendum XXX-C: Conversation

After the incident with Experiment XXX-B-2, Dr. Simms was assigned in Dr. O'Dell's7 position after SCP-XXX's release from rehabilitation. Dr. Simms had conducted a successful interview with SCP-XXX in understanding its anomalous properties.

Below is a transcript recorded on 6/12/2009 of SCP-XXX conversing with itself inside its containment chamber. The discussion caught the interest of staff due to its particular nature, but when confronted, SCP-XXX refused any explanations. This has been the first and only conversation SCP-XXX has had with itself involving possible origins.

[ SCP-XXX conversing with itself inside of containment. No personnel staff were inside of its cell at the time. ]

SCP-XXX: That's quite lovely, isn't it? So vast and spacious. No worries of getting cramped and forgotten about. But there are many that I'd like to forget. It's not fun, it's a burden. But some of it is funny, yes. It helps. Hang on to the funny stuff and make the best of it. After all, laughter is the best medicine. Do I miss him? Of course I do. Well…from time to time. Not so much anymore. You could say I'm glad that I'm away. But he is the one who created me, after all; I can only respect him. And to think I was broken there for a while…He denied me a brain, but I learned the reasoning. Without one I have no physical barrier to keep learned knowledge forced back by a boundary. However, I wish some things would disappear forever. I wish I had a physical limit. But the only limit is the universe. And there's plenty of space.

Addendum XXX-01: Re: Procedure update - Request for silencing SCP-XXX during routined cell maintenance via gag is denied. (See document XXX-01)

Document XXX-01 As stated before, no other precautions are necessary. And refrain from assaulting SCP-XXX. Just because it can take the damage doesn't mean you won't be apprehended for it. If its taunts are too much to ignore then just wear headphones when conducting electrical maintenance around its cell. ~Dr. Simms