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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Keter

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXXX is only to be contained in areas at least 50 km (31.07 mi) away from any human population. An area of at least 15 km (9.32 mi) is to be used for the object’s containment area. No more than twenty (20) members of the personnel is to remain on the site at all times. No other SCP may under any circumstances be contained in the same area as SCP-XXXX; humanoid SCP's are especially prohibited. The object’s containment area shall always be illuminated by 1200 watt metal-halide lamps for 14 hours, starting from 17:00 to 07:00 (5:00 pm to 7:00 am), to prevent the possible camouflage of SCP-XXXX-1 among shadows.

SCP-XXXX is to be kept in a 5m x 5m x 5m sealed container of steel-reinforced concrete lined with 15 cm steel plates. This container is to be further held in a 10m x 10m x 10m room comprised of identical materials and secured with three reinforced blast doors that are 10m apart from each other. 24-hour video surveillance is to be maintained at all times throughout the whole site except for the object's primary container.

Any form of contact with SCP-XXXX is strictly prohibited. Specialized robots and automated systems are to be used in performing maintenance duties on the object and its containment area. In the event of a containment breach, remaining on-site personnel shall evacuate immediately, using designated helipads as a form of departure. Breached site shall be under extreme supervision for at least 24 hours until SCP-XXXX stabilizes into its inactive, dormant state.

Description: SCP-XXXX consists of two separate entities, a wooden marionette puppet (SCP-XXXX-1), and its shadow (SCP-XXXX-2).

SCP-XXXX-1 is a humanoid, marionette puppet made out of silver lime (Tilia Tormentosa) wood with visible deterioration and weathering consistent in aging. It has a height around 50 cm (1.64 ft.) and a weight of approximately 0.9 kg (1.98 lbs.). The object's clothing differs for every human observer, although, the same puppet is observed to be behind the different attires. A total of eight broken strings are attached onto the object, each situated onto specific areas, such as the joints and limbs, for movement typical to that of puppets. No visible control bars connected to the strings are present. SCP-XXXX-1 will not cast any shadows apart from SCP-XXXX-2.

SCP-XXXX-2 is the shadow of SCP-XXXX-1 and will consistently appear to be cast when a source of light has an angle of elevation of 70 degrees. It is not affected by the constraints of light; any light directed upon it will not illuminate any objects directly under it. SCP-XXXX-2 will only become animate once SCP-XXXX-1 successfully influences the death of five (5) people. At this point, SCP-XXXX-2 will become fully mobile and will attempt to seek out the nearest human entity in order to kill it. Autopsy results reveal wounds within vital organs, though it is unknown how they are inflicted. SCP-XXXX-2 can only deviate from SCP-XXXX-1 within 10 km (6.21 mi). Once it reaches this limit, SCP-XXXX-2 will fade away and return to SCP-XXXX-1.

Upon being within five (5) meters of SCP-XXXX-1, or upon visual contact, subjects will experience haunting whispers that develop into overwhelming voices over time, driving them to insanity, provoking them to murder any individuals on sight. If there are no other existing humans within the vicinity, or all the human beings present within the area are killed, affected subjects will commit suicide. Any deaths influenced by these desires contribute to SCP-XXXX's continuously increasing capabilities, which so far includes:
• 5 Victims – SCP-XXXX-2's mobility.
• 10 Victims – SCP-XXXX-1's mobility.
• 15 Victims – SCP-XXXX-1's ability to reanimate and control linked victims.
• 20 Victims – SCP-XXXX-1's telepathic ability to enter the minds of humans within a 125 m radius, causing hysteria to afflicted individuals.
• 25 Victims – [REDACTED]
• 30 Victims – [DATA EXPUNGED]
If SCP-XXXX does not kill any more individuals within the last 24 hours, SCP-XXXX-1 will “lose its energy” in which causes its powers to diminish resulting in both the entities' return to their inactive state.

Victims of SCP-XXXX are connected to a series of shadow-like strings attached similarly to SCP-XXXX-1's snapped cords. These corpses can be "reanimated" and controlled by SCP-XXXX-1 afterwards. The connected strings will fade away and disappear into non-existence at exactly 30 cm (0.98 ft.) and will turn upright whenever SCP-XXXX-1 is controlling the subject. Reanimated victims have blank eyes and pale skin, and will carry out any orders that SCP-XXXX-1 commands. When idle, it will collapse and will only reanimate once again whenever the object is in need of its service.

Addendum XXXX-1: Up to this date, the most casualties SCP-XXXX managed to secure within a course of 24 hours is 32 kills from a containment breach last ██/██/████. It is unknown what the object's potential is beyond 35 kills, but it is presumed to be far more dangerous than [DATA EXPUNGED], which was only after 30 victims. Personnel are to remain prepared as to whatever might happen next.

Addendum XXXX-2: SCP-XXXX was discovered when multiple reports of missing identities have been occurring in ████ ██, a town part of the ███████ ████ region in the Czech Republic. SCP-XXXX was found inside an abandoned building ██ km away from the reported town, surrounded by carcasses that were in advanced decomposition. Local police who have made visual contact with the object went under the influence of SCP-XXXX, which in turn, caused a conflict which killed five (5) men, resulting in the animation of SCP-XXXX-2 that killed the remaining officers within the vicinity. A small team from the SCP Foundation were then tasked to retrieve the object a week after the incident which still ended up in the loss of several personnel due to its capabilities. Manually-controlled robots were used by the foundation to secure SCP-XXXX in order to prevent the increase of casualties in its containment.