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Bitmap image included with clue #3. By replacing each letter of the word "caracal" with the initial letter of the name of the typeface it is written in, the word becomes "Beijing", which hints at the location of the next clue.

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Threat Level: Green

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: The location of initial discovery (referred to as SCP-XXXX-A) is to be guarded by no less than three (3) Foundation agents at all times. All non-Foundation individuals are to be denied access to the site. Any such individual found within the area is to be interrogated and lightly amnesticized if judged necessary.

Upon discovery of a new clue, Mobile Task Forces must be dispatched to all suspected locations of the next clue; unaccessible locations must be monitored by Foundation astronomers.

Foundation cryptologists, linguists and mathematicians must work together in order to solve every clue as fast as possible and locate suspected clues precisely to avoid discovery by civilians. Solving the current clue is considered a Level-Beta priority.

Description: SCP-XXXX is what appears to be a large-scale guessing, devised by an organization or individual known as "Caracal", that extends beyond Earth, and likely the solar system. At first, SCP-XXXX was believed to only affect Paris, France, as the first three clues were located within the city. Later, as no location was believed to be hinted at by the then only known clues, the range of search was considerably extended. As of 2018, all extraterrestial clues had sufficient visibility to be decyphered from Earth.

As the creation of a clue was never observed, it is unknown whether all clues were created simultaneously, or whether each clue is created shortly after the previous one is discovered by Foundation personnel. No human fingerprints nor DNA were found on the surface of physical clues. Some clues are made of fairly common materials such as paper or cardboard; these materials always originate in nearby shops or open dumps, which serves no purpose in determining the origin of SCP-XXXX.

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A caracal (Caracal caracal).

The only noticeable phenomenon observed near the original location of several clues is an abnormaly high ammount of non-human hair. Upon request by Foundation cryptologists, the hair was analysed and found to belong to caracal cats.

The initial clue was discovered in the basement of a building located at ██th, ████████ Street, Paris, France, which was known to be anomalous (it is now designated SCP-XXXX-A). Notably, the geometric patterns carved into the walls shift depending on the nature of the animals inside the room. Closely related species or genera were found to lead to similar or identical patterns. The only element common to all patterns is what appears to be a large feline, with long hind limbs and pointy ears. On 2016/08/16, several felines matching this depiction were brought into SCP-XXXX-A by researchers for testing purposes. When a caracal was brought in, the patterns shifted to represent a message written in the latin script, which was later decyphered and led to the discovery of all further clues.

Due the large variety of cyphers used in SCP-XXXX, clues often require large ammounts of time to solve. Below is a list of known clues, as well as the methods used to decypher them.

Addendum 1: All clues, with solutions

Clue #: 1

Description: Initial message found in SCP-XXXX-A:

HELLO,
AND WELCOME TO THE GREAT CARACAL TREASURE HUNT.
IF YOU ARE READING THIS, CONGRATS!
IT MEANS YOU SOLVED THE FIRST CLUE.
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CRACK THE CODES AND SOLVE ALL THE CLUES TO WIN THE GREAT PRIZE.
ONLY THE SMARTEST HAVE SUCCEEDED SO FAR.
MAY YOU HAVE THE HONOR TO JOIN THEM.
~ CARACAL

Clue #: 2

Description: The webpage, titled "Grand Caracal Treasure Hunt", contained only the following:

120 94 50 45 53 49 46 50 51 54 52 54 52
120 43 49 49 54 44 52 53 56 57 51 48 51 61 48


All attempts at identifying the host server failed. Therefore, before 2017/12/13, Foundation webcrawlers deleted all individual instances of hyperlinks to this website. Since 2017/12/13, the website is unaccessible.

Clue #: 3

Description: After searching the building at said address for clues, agents found a note attached to a corridor wall with blu tack, as well as three Caesar wheels1 spread accross the building, all labelled "False Caracal Cypher". The note read:

These are rough, but they should be fine.


Interviewed residents appeared unaware of these objects. They were amnesticized and released.