Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Euclid


Part of the Monolith's 22nd face

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXXX must be kept under remote surveillance at all times, using a light source capable of emitting no more than 25 lumens. A functional decontamination room must be kept outside SCP-XXXX main storage room, and decontamination before entering the main room is mandatory. Personnel entering SCP-XXXX main storage room must use CBRN suits and keep them sealed during the entire time while inside the room. Bacterial levels in the main storage room must be kept under 53 cells/m³. Tests to ensure this level are to be taken daily.

Under no circumstances SCP-XXXX may be exposed to energy sources that emit more than 3 joules/s. Entrance in main storage room carrying instruments capable of such energy generation is completely forbidden. Prohibited instruments include flashlights, lighters and radio transmitters.

By no reason SCP-XXXX may be touched directly by any form of organic matter. If contact happens with inanimate matter, such as detached hair strings or corpses, cleaning procedure must be carried immediately, and matter in question taken for analysis. If contact happens to any living subject, it must be terminated immediately, its corpse stored inside 005-Lemolek units and removed from Site-341 before 37 minutes have elapsed since contact.

No other SCP may be stored under Site-341. Armed units must guard the main entrance and points X-98, X-45 and Y-23 at all times. Tests involving direct contact with living beings are suspended after O5 instructions.

If a specimen of SCP-XXXX-3 is found or, by any reason, created, it must be immediately terminated using napalm flamethrowers. A minimum of 15600 liters of napalm must be available at all times in Site-341.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a solid monolithic four-dimensional hypercube composed of an unknown black rock. SCP-XXXX appearance from any fixed point of view is a projection of eight three-dimensional cubes enclosing a four-dimensional space with unknown contents. Age, durability and origin of the monolith were not determined. The property that allows a four-dimensional object to be fully contained inside a three-dimensional euclidean space is not yet understood and is under analysis.

SCP-XXXX will absorb any form of energy stronger than 3.66 millijoules/s directed at it, while anything under that mark will be unnoticed. Therefore, examination requires light sources that emit no more than 25 lumens, slightly stronger than a wax candle. X-rays and other forms of similar radiation are unable to traverse the monolith.

24 square faces are observable from different points of view, each edge measuring 83.45 meters. SCP-XXXX longest space diagonal measures 166.9 m, and the total surface volume is of 4,649,101.309 m³, with an internal volume of 48,495,938.029 $m^4$.

  • 13 of the monolith's faces are filled with unknown characters engraved in bas-relief, arranged in vertical columns. A minimum of 9 writing systems were identified through grapheme analysis, and syntactic structure indicates that all of the texts talk about the same topic. Translation is under process. Some characters from one language have high similarity with cuneiform characters from [REDACTED], while another language has at least 5 characters identical with Linear A, found in ruins at Crete, Greece;
  • Other 7 faces have an unknown number of tri-dimensional characters, not completely visible from euclidean space, engraved through a non-understood method. Efforts to capture images of the characters are in course;
  • The 21st face has a series of 4895 pictograms engraved in bas-relief, of which only 12% are recognizable as real-world objects or concepts. Theory that the pictograms are organized to tell the same story as the other panels is under analysis;
  • The 22nd face has a series of 255 rectangles, each one measuring 97x12cm, of which 243 are filled in a dark red color, the only non-black part in the entire monolith;
  • The 23rd face has a single mandala, named SCP-XXXX-2 and engraved in bas-relief, with a diagonal stroke over it, engraved in high relief. Reproductions of the complete mandala have no anomalous effect on the viewer. If the mandala is reproduced removing the stroke and completing the gaps accordingly, any viewer has an instantaneous panic attack, followed by intense claustrophobia, incurable even after amnestics application and subject's complete memory erasure;
  • The 24th monolith's face is completely blank.

SCP-XXXX is hovering 12 meters over the soil, with no method of fluctuation or explanation determined. No effect on gravity is perceptible under or over the monolith. It has been theorized that SCP-XXXX is placed on a fourth-dimensional object outside our viewable universe and undetectable by three-dimensional instruments.

The main anomalous effect of SCP-XXXX is observable after a living organism touches any of the monolith's faces. Immediately after contact, the subject's body enters a process of liquefaction, with no reversion method currently known. The process is contagious through touch while the liquefaction is in progress, but not after its conclusion. Tests indicate that a human body will take 948 to 956 minutes to become completely liquid after contact. Subjects are conscious and responsive during the entire process, even after the cerebrum and sensory organs have melted completely. After the liquefaction process is completed, the resulting liquid stays motionless for approximately 26 minutes.

The liquefaction process affects the interior of cells, dissolving the plasma membrane and causing a mutation in the cytoskeleton, later converting both to a form of an unidentified biopolymer. This process is started instantaneously through all the body's cells, even if the liquefaction process will affect only a fraction of the cells at each time. Thus, severing the limb that touched the monolith has no effect, since both the limb and the rest of the body are already infected. The process that allows this instantaneous infection is not yet understood. SCP-XXXX does not liquefy already severed limbs.

SCP-XXXX affects also microorganisms like bacteria and will become covered in a mold like paste if left on a contaminated ambient. How the bacteria manage to multiply even after losing their membranes and cytoskeleton is not yet understood. As the cleaning process is complex, dangerous and expensive, the main storage room must be kept free of any sort of microorganisms suspended in the air.

The collective denomination of SCP-XXXX-3 is given to every specimen of [REDACTED]. Direct contact between SCP-XXXX-3 and [REDACTED].

The collective denomination of SCP-XXXX-4 is given to every specimen of [REDACTED]. When SCP-XXXX-4 is exposed to a conscious human being that [DATA EXPUNGED].

The collective denomination of SCP-XXXX-5 is given to every specimen of [REDACTED]. The only anomalous effect discovered during [DATA EXPUNGED].

History: SCP-XXXX was found in the center of a tri-dimensional labyrinth, ███ meters under the Church of [REDACTED], in the city of [REDACTED], converted since the discovery in the Site-341.


The Church of [REDACTED]

The Church of [REDACTED] was built, as it was common during the dark ages, at the site of a pagan temple after the substitution of the idols and pagan deities for crosses and Christian symbols. The original temple, unnamed, was dedicated to the local god [REDACTED], associated with both Moloch and Baal Hammon at the region. The surface building was mainly a site for pagan parties like harvest celebrations and animal sacrifices, while the underground shrine was dedicated to orgies and human sacrifices. A total of █████ human remnants was found by the archaeological team buried in the outskirts of the church, most of them with clear signals of torture, dismembering and ritual murder. The surface temple had an area of ~2,312m² and was composed of a portico and three cellas, while the underground shrine had a total area of ~21,500m² and two levels, and was built excavating a natural cave.


Bishop Gianfrancesco Ferrara of Brescia

The pagan religion was wiped out from the region and prohibited in the year of 1███ with the arriving of Gianfrancesco Ferrara, bishop of Brescia and appointed by King [REDACTED], recently converted to Christianism, to promote the evangelization and conversion throughout his domains. Bishop Ferrara visited the location during a journey to [REDACTED] and became outraged by the celebrations he witnessed, returning five weeks later accompanied by a troop of 165 templar knights. The troop arrived on the solstice night, during a celebration, ravaging the pagan temple and slaughtering many of the presents. On the subsequent days, Bishop Ferrara conducted a trial to canvass how many of the survivors were instigators or partakers on the sacrifices and orgies, and how many were victims of it and thus worthy of piety, or according to his own words, "to separate the wheat from the chaff". A total of ███ villagers was condemned to be burned at stakes.

Gianfrancesco Ferrara proceeded to direct the transformation of the temple in a church and the conversion of the survivors, returning to the village other seven times, with increasingly longer times of stay. Ferrara returned to Brescia in 1███, and after six weeks departed to Valladolid, Spain, where his family had a small property. Gianfrancesco then finished to write his memories while he worked in the conversion of Jews to Christianism. One week after his departure, every reference to Bishop Ferrara was systematically expunged from all documents referencing him in Italy, including the public records of Diocese of Brescia and private Ferrara family files. Reason or author of expungement are unknown. The only known copy of his memories was found by the Foundation in a special section of Vatican Secret Files, and contain, at the last page, a note from his former servant, [DATA EXPUNGED], saying that Bishop Ferrara 'was not the same after the journey', that he was obsessed with the converted temple in [REDACTED], and finally that the bishop talked during his sleep about sacrifices, judgements and fire.


Guillermo Martínez, 3 years before his peregrination

The memories were found by Guillermo Martínez, priest in Ávila, Spain, in the year of 1███ when visiting Valladolid to gather information about Tomás de Torquemada, the first Grand Inquisitor, supposedly born on the city. Guillermo Martínez was born in Ávila in 16/09/1498, the exact day of Torquemada's death, and according to his letters to friends, believed himself to be appointed by God to be the inheritor of Torquemada's mission to rid Spain of all heresy. In his letters, Martínez reveals that after failing to become a Bishop, he went on a quest to understand Torquemada's youth and first influences, finding Ferrara's memories, that Guillermo interpreted as serving as inspiration for some of the Inquisition's methods of trial and execution. Foundation's historians did not find any correlation or indication for this claim after analyzing the document.

Martínez then sent the memories to the Vatican, affirming its historical importance, and went on a peregrination to [REDACTED], in order to check the facts described in it. According to his letters, not only he was not allowed to read Ferrara's logs but he also found "a large and dark village, with houses filled with crosses and hearts filled with sin". After spending three months at the village, Martínez found out that the pagan religion was still being practiced at some houses and that the local priest, whose name is unknown, also helped to keep the practices from being discovered by authorities. Martínez tried contact with the Vatican, but after being mostly ignored, he forged an order indicating himself as the new village priest and authorizing the opening of an Inquisition court to cleanse the local heresy.

Martínez managed to deceive the local authorities and to obtain total control over the church, locking the old priest in a cell awaiting for his trial. In less than a week he found not only Ferrara's logs but also a walled entrance to the underground shrine, used for human sacrifices before Ferrara's arriving. Guillermo mounted in the shrine a replica of Spanish Inquisition's courts to judge the old priest, sentencing him to death at the stakes for heresy after two weeks. The execution was, according to both Martínez's logs and to documents from local authorities, also found at the Vatican, celebrated by the population.

In the aftermath, Martínez started to study Ferrara's writings and to judge witches and heretics. The records indicate that while most of the culprits were condemned, the punishments were mainly soft, like wearing penitential garments publicly or being burned in effigy, that is, burning a human size straw dummy in place of the sinner. Martínez also found an underground tunnel in the sacrificial shrine, starting to explore it.

Starting from 12 weeks after the beginning of the trials, most of Martínez's logs become unreliable, many times telling complete lies or being filled with repetitive and meaningless religious assertions, forcing the cross check with logs and documents of the country of [REDACTED]. The writing style, analyzed by psychiatrists, indicate severe emotional instability, and as the logs progress the language changes into a confusing mixture of Latin and archaic Spanish, becoming mostly undecipherable. The small deciphered amount makes little to no sense. Records from local authorities indicate that Guillermo spent most of his daily time in the church's undergrounds or analyzing Ferrara's logs. The same documents also indicate a steady rise on the rigour of the heresy trials and in the severity of the subsequent punishments, that started to include garroting before being burned, burning alive, impalement before being burned, dismembering, [REDACTED] and [REDACTED], applied to all kinds of subjects, including elders and children. The violence escalation coincides with the emotional instability found in the logs.

Again according to documents from local authorities, the rise of executions violence found open support on both the villagers and the country soldiers residing on the city. In fact, more than one document describe celebrations preceding the executions, that were watched by the entire village nightly. Besides that, the surrounding villages started to send supposed witches and heretics to be judged by the small court. In the same vein, the King [REDACTED] and some aristocrats saw in the court a chance to become rid of dangerous adversaries, sending more soldiers to help to organise and conduct the trials, besides planting accusations of heresy against enemies, since with the arrival of Christianism some of the traditional forms of torture had been abandoned and the executions were becoming mostly a paired substitute.

This movement finally caught the Vatican's attention, who sent spies to check the village's real situation. Their reports indicate that during the 27 months of trials approximately ██████ heretics had been executed. As a comparison, it is estimated that the Spanish Inquisition executed ~45000 heretics in entire Spain through more than 300 years. The number of executions is taken with suspicion by Foundation historians, taking into account that the village had no more than ███ residents at its peak and that a genocide of this magnitude would have serious impacts on the entire country of [REDACTED]. The information is, however, confirmed by at least three local sources and by the events indicated in the Containment-Log-46.


One of the tunnels found in the underground shrine

The Vatican then organized a military troop to arrest Guillermo Martínez and to put an end to the irregular tribunal. The troop arrived three weeks later, and according to their reports, found the village completely desert, with the exception of 14 [REDACTED] wandering in its outskirts. The [REDACTED] were fought and [REDACTED], although more details are lacking. An additional log composed of 39 pages written by Martínez was found, but is mostly undecipherable, containing a mixture of Latin, Spanish, Greek, Sanskrit and unknown characters. The only deciphered part of it is only in Latin and Greek and talks about finally opening the door inside [REDACTED], and about [DATA EXPUNGED]. The log was found in the church main altar, written in a red tint. An analysis showed that the ink used is not blood, besides being organic.

The troop then organized an effort to completely seal the underground shrine, to rebuild part of the village and to repopulate it, confiscating all the reports and documents about Martínez's peregrination. Guillermo Martínez was then accused of heresy and burned in effigy, and all the references about him in Ávila were confiscated or destroyed. A detailed report was written by Bishop [REDACTED] and stored in Vatican Secret Files. The village of [REDACTED] registered no anomalous events for ███ years.

Containment Log: The region of [REDACTED] became object of interest of the Foundation in the year of 18██, after reports of disappearances and sightings of [REDACTED]. Investigations failed to identify the source of the anomalies or the reason for disappearances, and containment of the creatures was unsuccessful. A dedicated research team was created in the year of 19██, managing to capture two specimens of [REDACTED], named SCP-XXXX-3 from now on. The two specimens breached containment three weeks later, but the period was sufficient to study their behaviour and weaknesses detailedly. Finally, in the year of 2███, a total of ████ of SCP-XXXX-3 specimens were sighted by authorities or civilians, in the event that received the name of Incident XXXX A.

3 hours and 43 minutes after the first report of SCP-XXXX-3 encounters, the Mobile Task Force Beta-7 "Maz Hatters" was deployed to secure the area after O5-X orders. Given their violent behavior and anomalous properties, the O5 authorized the emergency termination of about 90% of the specimens and containment of the rest. Only 124 specimens were successfully captured and taken to research, though. A detailed report of this operation may be found in the Incident XXXX A Log 1.

MTF Beta-7 successfully secured the perimeter and a team of field researchers and agents was deployed to investigate the source of the specimens. The team was attacked by [REDACTED], that killed 23 personnel. Details of the operation may be found in the Incident XXXX A Log 2, that resulted in sucessfully tracking the origin of the SCP-XXXX-3 outbreak to the Church of [REDACTED], 24 kilometers distant from the event epicenter.

With this information in hands, a Foundation's agent in Vatican found the Bishop [REDACTED] reports in the special section of the Secret Files, and hours later took all the documents related to it to a research site, including Ferrara's memories and Martínez's logs. After an effort to decode the documents and to understand what triggered the event, it was determined that the source of SCP-XXXX-3 specimens was in the underground of the church. The anomaly source received the denomination of SCP-XXXX and it was determined that containment of it had maximum priority. However, since the very nature of the anomaly was unknown, a field research team was mounted to support MTF Beta-7, or, eventually, to direct the containment strategy.

The field research team was formed by 45 personnel, including:

  • 4 Senior Researchers, to lead the research and containment procedure;
  • 12 Researchers, to study in loco the anomalies and the tunnels;
  • 1 MTF Commander, to lead the combat units and to assume the entire team's leadership in case of emergencies;
  • 13 Combat Units from MTF Zeta-9 "Mole Rats", to explore the area and protect the researchers;
  • 7 C-Class Agents, to obtain samples, serve the researchers and to direct the D-Class personnel;
  • 8 D-Class personnel, to handle eventually dangerous tasks and to be used as lure or deterrent in emergencies.

Note 1: The MTF Zeta-9 personnel were designated only to protect the rest of the team, and not to primarily fight the SCP-XXXX-3 specimens. This combat should be handled by the MTF Beta-7.
Note 2: MTFC Johnson was initially opposed to the inclusion of D-Class personnel in the team, arguing that, since they are "dangerous psychopaths", they could put the entire mission in risk, and that they should not be used in field or containment missions. The argument was dismissed by O5-█ himself, who argued that they were dangerous tools, but still tools, and that the emergency status required the field research and the use of D-Class, since a possibility of a XK-class event was not dismissed. O5-█ also argued that the D-Class present in the team were all chosen by their experience, surviving at least two deployments in their few days of service and by their interest in collaborating with the Foundation and consequent loyalty to it.

Containment Logs follow.