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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXXX is to be stored in a locked, heat-resistant, lead vault, with access permitted only to level 3 clearance employees and above. All personnel handling SCP-XXXX are to wear 2 cm thick, heat resistant, non-conductive gloves and a standard 1035 grade protective suit. Unauthorized contact with or reading from SCP-XXXX is strictly prohibited. A copy of the table of contents is to be made at the beginning of every experiment and stored in File C of Data Collection Unit 587-42-B. Any changes in the number of pages or in the table of contents are to be immediately reported to Dr. ████. A thermographic camera is to be placed in the vault and any unusual energy readings should also be reported.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a book of exactly 532 pages, bound with a hard cover and with no writing on the cover surfaces. The title page is blank, and the following page gives a table of contents, with each page dedicated to a single person. In an unexplained phenomenon, the book seems to contain any persons that the reader intends to look up, and yet the table of contents has never changed, nor has the number of pages (See addendum A).

SCP-XXXX goes through irregular patterns of radiation, as recorded by thermograph if cameras and other radiation-sensitive devices. No chemical change in the book's or nuclear composition has been noted, even in peak energy release. When gamma rays emitted by SCP-XXXX reach a white surface, red ink begins to appear on the material, though the characters have no known meaning or interpretation. On several occasions, the appearance of the text has corresponded with major world events, potentially those that may be considered historically significant events (there is ongoing debate about the exact definition of this term).

This text also seems to transfix its observers, putting them in a trance-like state until the imminent event has transpired. Fixated subjects often mumble unintelligibly, and many report lightheartedness and nausea after the ordeal.

Every page in SCP-XXXX contains the same format, with a boldface title in all capital letters on the top center of the page. Just below the title is a picture of the captioned person. This person will hereafter be referred to as SCP-XXXX-1. The depiction of SCP-XXXX-1 has thus far been found to be the most recent photographic or artistic (drawn, painted, etc.) image of SCP-XXXX-1 in existence. It is unknown what image would be found should SCP-XXXX-1 have no existing recorded depiction. The picture in the book is automatically updated whenever a new photograph or drawing is conceived, regardless of the location of said photograph or drawing. Underneath the picture is a detailed history outlining the life events of SCP-XXXX-1 in blue. Below this biography is red text in the same font that predicts the future events to occur in SCP-XXXX-1's life, written in past tense, as if they had already occurred, including the times and dates of said occurrences. Of all test subjects to date, SCP-XXXX has never failed in its predictions. The Foundation has performed tests in which attempts were made to falsify SCP-XXXX, but the actions taken by The Foundation eventually became the cause of the events that the attempts were made to prevent.

Upon the occurrence of a described event, the text will turn blue, indicating that it has become a past event rather than a future one.

When the page describing SCP-XXXX-1 is read aloud by any person, regions of SCP-XXXX-1's brain become highly active, particularly the hippocampus and the amygdala. As the page is read, it is common for SCP-XXXX-1 to report headache and extreme [REDACTED]. As the blue text is read aloud, SCP-XXXX-1 displays abnormally acute memory, even if located miles away from the reading. SCP-XXXX-1 is able to recall minute details from various events with high accuracy, including those not generally available for recall by the human mind. This effect is known to last between 1 and █ hours after reading is concluded, if the red text is not read aloud.

If the reader begins reading the red text, SCP-XXXX-1 displays signs of agitation and hostility towards nearby persons. Testosterone levels in SCP-XXXX-1 peak and metabolic processes triple in speed. Physical aging occurs rapidly on SCP-XXXX-1, and memories of the events being read are reported by SCP-XXXX-1 as though they had already occurred. The evidence suggests that reading of the red text accelerates the timeline of SCP-XXXX-1's life. This process has been described as excruciatingly painful. After beginning to read the red text, full body paralysis, aside from the mouth, has been observed in the reader. Upon conclusion of the reading, SCP-XXXX-1 displays all physical signs of the death described on the page depicting SCP-XXXX-1.

The reader of SCP-XXXX frequently describes it as a pleasant feeling, even reading the gruesome details of SCP-XXXX-1's death. When asked about the occurrence of SCP-XXXX-1's events and death, readers commonly report satisfaction, pride, and responsibility for the events, explaining their enjoyment in being involved with the process. Previous readers have been noted to become slightly aggravated and severely depressed when the book is read by someone else, even if the previous reader has no knowledge of the ongoing readings. They have been found to complain and express jealousy for the experience of reading again. Aside from these times, previous readers display no evidence of abnormalities physically or psychologically due to effects of SCP-XXXX.

Physical contact with the book results in a severe burning sensation that travels from the point of contact and causes [REDACTED]. Thermographic analysis has revealed high levels of ultraviolet and gamma radiation as this occurs, similar to fluctuations in electromagnetic radiation emitted by SCP-XXXX during notable world events (though less intense and for a shorter duration).

Once this burning process begins, surgeons from Specialized Medical Wing 884-B are required to immediately amputate the affected appendages using the [REDACTED] procedure as described on page ██ of the Diagnostic and Surgical Manual issued by The Foundation.

Addendum A: To date, the number of pages in SCP-XXXX has remained a constant 532 pages. In addition, counting the names on the table of contents yields exactly 532 persons, which are always located at the same index. However, over 3000 persons have been identified in SCP-XXXX, and all have been found with an unchanging, associated page number, none of which are shared with any other name listed. Though the mechanism of this effect is unknown, it has been proposed that SCP-XXXX uses a non-standard mathematical counting method to number the pages, rendering the seemingly finite number of pages innumerable.

Addendum B: An experiment was performed to test whether a subject could read his own page. Subject D-7099's speech began to slur and slow significantly while reading, progressively worsening as he approached the description of his present state. He eventually began to stutter before he could complete the blue test. He then experienced a severe seizure and [DATA EXPUNGED]. After 45 hours of screaming, and extreme internal bleeding, D-7099 was administered a euthanizing injection. Further testing on a subject self-reading is suspended for the time being.

Addendum C: Page 455 was torn from SCP-XXXX in an experiment done on April 24, ████. The text on the page then faded, leaving the paper blank within 2 hours. Examination of SCP-XXXX revealed that a new page had replaced the torn page, containing the same content as the page that had previously been there. Subject D-5462, who had been assigned to tear out the page, had developed strange markings on the arm that had damaged the book and had fallen into a coma by the time the ink on the torn page had faded. Though brain activity was at a minimum in this state, D-5462 occassionally cried out obscene phrases and pled for [DATA REDACTED]. Testing in this area is recommended.

Test XXXX-1:

Test subject D-2213, a healthy 46 year old male, was selected for testing. Dr. ████ volunteered to handle and read from page ████, which described D-2213. D-2213 was placed in a room with Dr.████. This room was located in a secondary building located in ████, exactly 52 miles from SCP-XXXX.

Dr. ████: For the first part of this interview, I would like to talk to you about your childhood.

D-2213: Why? What is this test about?

Dr. ████: For scientific purposes, I am afraid I cannot tell you without risking alteration of the outcome. To start with, tell me a little bit about your parents when you were age 4.

D-2213: Jeez, that's a long time ago. My parents have both been dead for quite a few years…um…well, my dad was at work a lot…he had 2 jobs, I think. Our money was really tight. I remember him and mom fighting a lot, but I couldn't tell you why. My mom was really old fashioned, she cooked a lot of homemade foods. My dad had a goatee for a while, I think my mom liked it. Um…that's all I can think of off the top of my head.

Dr. ████: Thank you. Describe to me your school in detail, please.

D-2213: I remember that my junior high was a brick building, it was really old when I went there, I am sure it is long gone by now. My high school was a nice school, it was only 7 or 8 years old. I remember that I hated my English class. I was never any good at English, and my teacher….oh, I can't remember her name…was absolutely dreadful. I was really close friends with this kid named Jeremy for a while, I don't even remember the last time I talked to him…

At this point, Dr. ████ hears confirmation in his earpiece that reading has begun of D-2213's associated page.

Dr. ████: So you don't remember many specifics about Jeremy or your English class?

D-2213: No, not really. It's been far too long…hey doc, can I be excused? My head is starting to hurt a lot.

Dr. ████: Not quite yet. I will only take a few more minutes, then you will be provided with proper medication to treat your headache.

D-2213: You know, now that you mention it, I do recall my English class. It had 32 students in it, and 13 of them at one point told me their distaste for the teacher, Mrs. ████. She was 47 and divorced, and took her anger out on the class. She gave us a lecture in which she stated, "Teenage minds are the waste of society. They are unable to absorb useful information or contribute productively to society…" //(D-2213 recited the next 20 minutes of the lecture, presumably correctly)

Dr. ████: I showed you a document relating to an object contained in this facility about 4 hours ago. Please write what you saw on this paper.

At this point, D-2213 proceeds to write the entire document that was shown to him earlier, though no objects that the document referred to existed. In its entirety, the document was 24 pages long, and was unerringly copied from memory by D-2213, who had seen the document for only 5 minutes earlier that day. Upon conclusion of copying the document, Dr. ████ taps his earpiece, sending a signal to Dr. ████ to begin reading the red text. Immediately, D-2213 begins to scream and moan, collapsing to his knees. A beard begins to grow at a rate of 1 cm per second. Wrinkles begin forming on D-2213's face, and he becomes very pale. D-2213 makes a run at Dr. ███,grabbing the doctor by the arms and pressing him against the wall. He then begins screaming and shaking the doctor as he rambles several events. Near the end of D-2213's rant, he sets the doctor down and cries heavily as he continues to lament.

D-2213: My wife died last night, Doctor. She lived a long life, but 63 still seems so young to me. I can't live alone like this. (D-2213 twitches, as if interrupted) It has been exactly 4 years since my wife's death, and my luck has it that I lose my job on this tragic anniversary. I don't know how to support - (D-2213 again twitches. His hair falls out) The Doctor says I have 6 months to live, the cancer has progressed to my lungs and I am unresponsive to chemotherapy. The pain is impossible to bear… (Without warning, a bullet hole appears under the jaw of D-2213. Blood begins to flow from the wound and D-2213 goes completely limp. Later examination shows that the page in SCP-XXXX describing D-2213 now has entirely blue ink, and concludes with the words, "stress and anxiety from his wife's death, his bankruptcy, and 6 month prognosis led him to commit suicide by gunshot.")