Item #: SCP-XXX

Object Class: Keter

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXX is to be contained within a seven (7) metre X seven (7) metre X four (4) metre, 11 inch thick containment cell of Polymethyl Methacrylate (acrylic glass). No holes or other physical imperfections may be present and, if found, should be dealt with immediately. This containment cell, in turn, must be suspended by standard steel chains encased in Polymethyl Methacrylate, three (3) metres above solid ground. SCP-XXX's containment cell must be placed outside; this will effectively halve the chances of a containment breach, due to SCP-XXX's reaction to light (or the lack thereof) and method of transport. Five (5) floodlights (such as those typically used to illuminate football/cricket fields) must be switched to "ON" at all times, pointing towards the centre of the acrylic containment cell. These floodlights are to be placed five (5) metres above the ground so as to eliminate ANY possible "low-light" areas on the ceiling of the containment cell. One (1) floodlight is to be placed facing each side of the cell, ten (10) centimetres from the walls, with the fifth being placed underneath the cell, facing upwards towards the bottom plane of the cell. A simple, weatherproof covering must be able to completely cover the containment cell in 10 seconds or less during the night or severe weather. A simple pulley system is recommended. This is to avoid any detection by outsiders not of the Foundation. Please contact the Head of Engineering on-site if any problems occur with the pulley system or floodlights, no matter how insignificant they may seem.

A security detail of 4 guards armed with UNR Commando flashlights only must be on duty at all times. These guards are to be placed 5 metres from each corner of the containment cell and ANY personnel within five (5) metres of the cell walls are to wear standard grade reflective suits at all times as an extra precautionary measure. Guards are to be facing away from the cell at all times and may not look inside the cell while on duty. Furthermore, any personnel within a six (6) metre radius of SCP-XXX may not make eye contact with any extremity of SCP-XXX and/or direct eye contact with anyone who has been reported to have made eye contact with SCP-XXX before being administered with Decontamination Procedure 7. This involves immediately covering the contaminated subject's head with a black material bag, hand-cuffing the hands and feet and escorting him/her to a secure decontamination cell whereby they will be administered with a Class B amnesiac. The subject will then be forced to participate in a thorough psych-evaluation; failure resulting in immediate termination.

Description: SCP-XXX is a sentient being of unknown origin. Scientists who have studied SCP-XXX have not been able to obtain samples. Thus far, they have only been able to theorise that it is a coagulated mass of energy that has gained sentience. It can be viewed safely from a distance of six (6) metres or more and can be seen set in the corners (usually one of the 6) of it's containment cell. Since capture and containment, SCP-XXX constantly sends out long, fine "tentacles" that are made of the same substance as the "main mass" along the base, walls and ceiling of the containment cell. It does this in order to seek out any form of shadow or an area that is "low-light". SCP-XXX has a rather curious reaction to light; upon traveling out of shadow and into a well lit area, SCP-XXX's movements are severely restricted. It will move slower and seem much more lethargic the higher the intensity of light it is exposed to. The floodlights that are used to contain SCP-XXX are strong enough to render it almost motionless, with the highest recorded speed at this light level being 30cm/min.

SCP-XXX was discovered in a small, now ghost town called Putsonderwater in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. Now, after much research and experimentation on SCP-XXX, we know that it's capture and containment by the Foundation was sheer luck. SCP-XXX has the ability to travel through space at a speed that is directly proportionate to the amount of light energy occupying that space. It's ideal environment would be one where there is no light whatsoever, one which the research team has not been given clearance to replicate as the dangers SCP-XXX could cause if let out would be crippling to the facility and to the human population. An agent stationed in a relatively nearby town heard numerous rumors of the disappearances of people in Putsonderwater and was given permission to investigate. What Agent-██ found was a ghost town filled with the translucent,

We believe that SCP-XXX has the ability to mold it's form into the basic shapes of any organic object it encounters. At the time of writing, it seems to have taken the form of an extremely rough humanoid figure with no discernible facial or bodily features, but it has been seen to mimic organisms that are generally found only underground such as mushrooms, spiders and moles. It should also be noted, that SCP-XXX was seen mimicking what seemed to have been a bird, but only after SCP-XXX Experiment 00102 whereby an Indian Miner (these birds are known to have an above average intellect) was let loose inside the containment cell. Within a few seconds, the bird immediately fell from the air where it lay on the glass; the only signs of life being it's unusually slow rate of breathing. There was an immediate reaction by SCP-XXX, which started moving the closest tentacles to the bird towards it. The tentacles engulfed the bird and slowly started moving it towards the main body. Only small parts of the bird were noticeable outside the tentacles as the composite energy that SCP-XXX is made of obstructed any view of the bird whatsoever. Upon the bird entering the main mass of SCP-XXX, it was only noticed again 3 minutes later. Or, at least, this is what we believed to have been the bird. A rather translucent blob, roughly the same size as the bird, was excreted from SCP-XXX's "body" and fell to the containment floor, after which SCP-XXX returned to it's "normal" state. It was only 2 and a half hours later that is noticed that SCP-XXX had molded to resemble the shape of a bird, presumably, the bird it had previously "digested" (?).