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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures:
Item is to be handled only through an ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle). Research Personnel must never physically come closer than 5 meters.

SCP-XXXX appears to be a limb cut from an oak tree and crudely carved into a point at one end. The point has been fire hardened and appears blackened and charred. The base exhibits considerable damage and fraying which appears to be the result of repeated blows from a blunt object.
SCP-XXXX is 45cm in length and 5cm in diameter. It is stained dark brown from the tip of the point to approximately mid-way up the shaft. There are remnants of flesh and tissue caught in fissures and cracks along the shaft. Analysis of this tissue has shown that it is comprised of human flesh and muscle tissue with some cardiac tissue mixed in. The tissue is dried and crumbles easily. No anomalous activity has been detected in any of the samples taken from the item.
Tests have shown that SCP-XXXX instills a strong cognitohazard compulsion when handled by anyone familiar with European vampiric legends and/or vampires. Subjects without knowledge of European vampiric legends exhibit a feeling of unease in the presence of SCP-XXXX but are unable to verbalize the reason for the emotion. The effect manifests as a complete obsession with the idea that “vampires” exist, and that these same “vampires” present an imminent danger to the world at large. Furthermore, the subject (herein designated as SCP-XXXX-1) will become convinced that a person of power or prestige is, in fact, a vampire and that they have obtained their position through the use of vampiric powers of persuasion. SCP-XXXX-1 will become completely consumed with the idea of dispatching this person and that the only way to do so is by use of SCP-XXXX.

SCP-XXXX was recently found embedded in a skeleton in the remains of an old abbey northwest of London by a homeless male (Subject SCP-XXXX-1). SCP-XXXX-1 was apprehended by Scotland Yard after attempting to break into Buckingham Palace while raving about how the Royal Family were all vampires. SCP-XXXX-1 came to the attention of the Foundation through embedded agents when they intercepted reports of London Police officers turning on the Queen's Guard and attempting to assassinate the Royal Family. The officers were heard to state that the Royal Family were all vampires and that the Royal Family had been using their position of power to abduct and drain people of their blood. SCP-XXXX-1 was stopped by Foundation Agents utilizing a remotely operated vehicle to administer a tranquilizer after they realized that others were being affected in a similar fashion without ever having had physical contact with SCP-XXXX-1. SCP-XXXX and SCP-XXXX-1 was taken into Foundation custody by the use of the same remotely operated vehicle. The police officers and Queen's Guard involved were administered amnestics and released though observation of their behavior continues to insure that there are no lingering effects.

Interviews with SCP-XXXX-1 revealed that he had gone into the ruins to find a dry place to rest for the evening and had discovered the skeleton when he stumbled over a fallen brick and broke a part of the wall. SCP-XXXX-1 stated that he thought that the stake would provide some heat if he used it for firewood. SCP-XXXX-1 states that when he grasped the stake to remove it, he realized what SCP-XXXX was and that he needed to use it to "get rid of them slimy blood suckers livin' in the Palace".

SCP-XXXX-1 was observed and interviewed extensively for 30 days after SCP-XXXX had been removed from his possession. There was no change in his mental state during that period. Amnestics were administered after this observation period and SCP-XXXX-1 was reassigned to D Class. No further anomalous behavior was observed in SCP-XXXX-1 following the administration of amnestics.

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