Metaphysician

Outlines:
Firstborn (multiple drafts) - Ancient Permian Era civilization, glimpsed in dreams and visions by a small percentage of humans. A reference to the obsession with lost lands (Atlantis, Shangri-la, Mu, Lemuria) that were popular in occult circles in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Foundation uses the knowledge of these dreamers to locate ruins of this forgotten and seemingly alien civilization. Human visions are found to be tied to a frequency being perpetuated by ancient machines, an "over mind" linking the Firstborn but distorted and corrupted when received by the few humans able to react to it. Foundation finds a means to commune with the ancients, which act as though they have woken from a deep sleep. Hints to their destruction are giving, a "curse" of sorts - their people became small and weak, lost their intelligence, and lived short lives, becoming unrecognizable from their former selves. During this communication, Foundation discovers reports of aquariums noticing "odd behavior" among their octopuses - the Firstborn still live, a shadow of their former selves. Part of them remembers. It makes them hate themselves, each other, forces them to live solitary lives, knowing only fragments of a once vast genetic memory.

Choice and Consequence - The O5 have the final say in many matters. Victims of their choices have returned to haunt them, the truth unraveling with each level clearance collapsible. Will the Foundation sacrifice their own for the good of the world? Or have the O5 become too protected and corrupt in their place of power, never having to face an actual consequence for their actions?

Boogeymen - there are some things the Foundation fears more than others. Entities that have a similar interest in anomalies, treating the Foundation the way the Foundation treats civilians. Their methods are beyond shadowy and the ambiguity of their goals plays on a fear of the unknown. What is known is their capabilities and that is enough to prevent any further action against them, the Foundation learning the hard way what one Boogeyman is worth compared to humans. It makes more sense in my head…

An Extinction Long Overdue - Neanderthal remains what make you want to seek forgiveness via bringing about the end of humanity.

The Anticipation - What has old Nadox been up to all this time?

The Ebony Galleon - Poe's MS Found in a Bottle, skipified.

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SCP-XXXX, magnified by x130.

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures:

Description: SCP-XXXX designates an immortal cell line1 of transmissible cancer2 displaying a number of anomalous abilities and characteristics. SCP-XXXX's most prominent anomaly is its apparent self-awareness - though it remains debatable if this represents evidence of human level consciousness or instinctive mimicry resulting in the appearance of human level consciousness. SCP-XXXX are similar to stem cells due to their ability to undergo cellular differentiation3, though SCP-XXXX undergo this process with abnormal celerity and are capable of reverting back to an undifferentiated state.

The Foundation became aware of SCP-XXXX during a 1951 investigation of Brookhaven Sanatorium in ███████, MA. Brookhaven was founded in 1888 by Dr. Cornelius Ashwood and though initially created to combat tuberculosis, it would go on to become a leading institution in the field of oncology. By the 1930s the hospital had developed a reputation for secrecy, abuse, and unorthodox medical practices.

Foundation operatives were initially sent to ███████ in order to investigate reports of a mysterious illness impacting the small town. The disease resembled various types of cancer but was transmittable between individuals and spread with extraordinary speed. By the time operatives arrived, there was little evidence for the supposed epidemic and locals showed little recollection of the disease having ever existed.

Under normal circumstances the Foundation would redirect their resources elsewhere were it not for certain oddities. Approximately 30% of the town was missing, with family, friends, and neighbors being unable to explain their absence. Interviews with locals suggested widespread memory loss, their behavior similar to that of individuals recently treated with potent amnestics.4 Several days of interrogation eventually resulted in one civilian uttering the word "Brookhaven", claiming that he felt it was important but that he was unable to recollect the reason for its significance. When asked to concentrate on the subject of Brookhaven, the civilian suffered an intracranial aneurysm and was declared deceased soon after.

It was ultimately hypothesized that Brookhaven Sanatorium was responsible for the outbreak of the mystery illness, as well as for its apparent cover-up. The Foundation dispatched an agent to Brookhaven disguised as a newly transferred patient.