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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Keter

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXXX instances are to be engaged either by

Description: SCP-XXXX is a species of unidentified entities which cannot be observed by baseline humans and most animals without highly deleterious physical and mental effects. SCP-XXXX is believed to require physical sustenance, as it appears to consume the bodies of animals that have come under its anomalous effects, but this cannot be confirmed. The physical appearance of SCP-XXXX can only be inferred from physical trace evidence that it leaves behind, as mechanical methods of image capture suffer severe distortion, obscuring SCP-XXXX entirely. Trace evidence of SCP-XXXX suggests the following:

  • SCP-XXXX instances have an asymmetric body plan.
  • SCP-XXXX have a large number of limbs, ending in structures resembling hooves, avian digits, padded digitigrade feet, and a number of structures not resembling those found on known animals.
  • SCP-XXXX’s mouth possesses more than one row of teeth, which resemble those found in a number of different animals and are not arranged in an orderly or symmetrical fashion.
  • It has a purely carnivorous diet.
  • SCP-XXXX instances typically stand between 1.2 metres and 3.0 metres in height and have a length of between 1.8 and 6.7 metres.

Additional information about SCP-XXXX’s physical nature come only from GLASS MIRROR operatives, and such testimony is not considered to be reliable due to their altered mental states, indeed descriptions by such individuals do not generally corroborate each other. However, most testimonies regarding SCP-XXXX agree on the following points:

  • SCP-XXXX instances are covered in a combination of fur, scales and smooth pale skin.
  • SCP-XXXX instances have multiple heads and long necks.
  • SCP-XXXX instances are seriously injured, suffering from malnutrition, burns, and large open wounds, many of which are visibly infected. In one instance, a mobile SCP-XXXX instance was described as being deceased.
  • SCP-XXXX either has horns, wears a metallic crown, or both.
  • The sound produced by SCP-XXXX is seemingly a distress vocalisation which is usually described as ‘sobbing’ or ‘whimpering’.
  • SCP-XXXX behaves in a manner consistent with a state of near constant fear and distress. SCP-XXXX has very poor physical co-ordination, exacerbated by constant shaking.
  • SCP-XXXX's eyes are large, lidless, lack sclera, and are constantly weeping.
  • SCP-XXXX is unanimously described by English-speaking individuals as resembling ‘the devil’.

When SCP-XXXX is observed, either through visual or auditory means, by a human being not prepared via the Loeb protocol, that individual universally reacts with apparent signs of fear and revulsion, before undergoing a Class B Danforth Response.1 This response includes incoherent vocalisations, signs of extreme fear without any attempt to flee or attack SCP-XXXX, curling into a foetal position, and an aversion to looking at SCP-XXXX or listening to its vocalisations. After approximately 30 seconds exposed to SCP-XXXX, individuals begin to develop physical symptoms and rapidly progress into a full absence seizure. After this, some individuals exposed to SCP-XXXX for periods in excess of 5 minutes may begin to haemorrhage internally without apparent cause, frequently leading to brain damage and death. Additionally, SCP-XXXX instances, if able to do so, may begin to consume the affected individual while still alive.

Individuals exposed to SCP-XXXX report a seeing a visual distortion similar to a scintillating scotoma, followed by unconsciousness. Physical remains of SCP-XXXX are subject to similar visual aberrations, and possess mild cognitohazardous properties manifesting primarily as an aversion amongst subjects to look at or handle the remains. Genetic analysis of SCP-XXXX has proven inconclusive in placing it within standard taxonomic classes at this time. SCP-XXXX decay at a highly accelerated rate seemingly to its environment; a complete specimen killed by GLASS MIRROR operatives during containment action on 12/05/2001 underwent rapid decay despite being held in sterile cold storage, and had entirely disappeared within 13 days of its decease – field reports indicate that in a less controlled setting SCP-XXXX corpses typically persist for less than 48 hours.

Despite the extreme danger posed by SCP-XXXX instances, they are not typically aggressive, relying on its anomalous properties to hunt and for protection. SCP-XXXX typically avoid human habitation. The worldwide distribution of SCP-XXXX is poorly understood, and no clear evidence of a breeding population of SCP-XXXX has ever been found, with all SCP-XXXX instances being encountered alone. A geographical and historical summary of SCP-XXXX incidents can be found in Document XXXX-Eth.

Lengthy containment of SCP-XXXX within Foundation care is highly difficult due both to their anomalous properties and their highly self-destructive behaviour – no SCP-XXXX has survived for more than 8 days in containment. GLASS MIRROR operatives attached to research efforts generally indicate that SCP-XXXX exhibits self-harming behaviour and autocannibalism when in containment, rapidly leading to their own death.

Addendum: SCP-XXXX