The Babylon Project
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SCP-2035 as of 2000

Item #: SCP-2035

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures:

Solar powered monitoring equipment has been installed on the summit, with the navigational beacon, allowing live observation of phenomenon. In conjunction, hydrophones are in place on a Listening buoy moored at Helen’s reef, under the auspice of weather monitoring.

As a precaution, two Foundation agents are on stand-by in Balivanich, the Outer Hebrides, to allow rapid response to any incursions into the 50-mile exclusion area set out in 1982.

Description:

SCP-2035 is an uninhabitable granite islet situated 370 Kilometres off the coast of the Outer Hebrides, known internationally as Rockall. It is under the jurisdiction of the Government of the United Kingdom, as stated by the 1972 Island of Rockall Act. SCP-2035 is approximately 20 metres high, 25 meters wide, and 31 metres long, and is home to a small population of seabirds. Sheer faces and often hostile weather conditions mean there have been very few opportunities to study the isle.

SCP-2035 is under the protection of the Foundation, due to several interesting phenomena that have been recorded to occur on and around the islet.

Early visitors to the Island, in 1811 and 1862, reported occasional low chords on the wind, emanating from sources unknown. Some descriptions, including a notable report by a Mr ████████ after the landing carried out by the HMS ████████ in 1862, pinpoint the source of the noise as the rock itself, while others make claims that sounds were carried on the wind from a north-easterly direction.

This, and other phenomena, were more thoroughly documented during the 1955 landing and annexation by the United Kingdom. Two embedded foundation members, Agents ██████ and █████, were amongst the landing party, and used this opportunity to take pictures and film recordings from the summit of the islet.

Two more landings in 1979 and 2000 yielded further results, though adverse weather conditions meant insufficient data was gathered to make any accurate conclusions about the phenomena experienced and documented.

The most common phenomena experienced during all three landings carried out by the Foundation was the ‘wandering’ of SCP-2035, as described by Agent ███████. The island is known to move slightly, as recorded by the navigation beacon. Usual movement is no more than 3-5 centimeters over a 24 hour period, though the rock always returns to original position. However, during the years 1997-1999, more severe movement was recorded, with the navigational beacon’s signal being picked up as far away as the mountains of Tibet. It has now been confirmed the rock has returned to original position, and wider movement has ceased altogether.

Also noted is the aforementioned ‘low chords’, which were described by observers as sounding like a piano, though no rhythm was discernable in the noise. The noise is known to coincide with high wind, which may point to a more natural explanation for this phenomena. Decibel metres taken to the island have confirmed that there is indeed measurable noise emanating from the area of SCP-2035, proving the effect was not purely psychological. After the 1979 landing, several D-class reported hearing the notes for several hours after leaving the area, but nothing was picked up on decibel meters, suggesting this was some kind of auditory hallucination.

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Foundation Guards stationed on Rockall circa 1955

Of significant interest to the Foundation is a ring of petroglyphs found around the summit of the island, of seemingly nordic origin. As no known pre-historic tribes are known to have come into contact with the isle, and that ancient civilizations would have likely been insuffeciently advanced to travel to the island in the first place, let alone make an ascent to the summit, Foundation researchers have suggested the glyphs are not human in origin.

The psychological effects of SCP-2035 must be taken into account. After visiting Rockall, it is noted that subjects have experienced dizziness, nausea, auditory hallucinations, lethargy, and depression. Not all visitors exhibit these symptoms, but the large majority1 have exhibited one or more of these symptoms. In addition to this, many D-Class personnel who spent time on SCP-2035 reported vivid dreams regarding the Island, or brief flashes of the Island dispersed amongst ordinary dreams. According to Foundation sources, troops at the St. Kilda Military base also reported dreams and hallucinations regarding SCP-2035, between 1973 and 1999, even subjects who are not aware of the islet’s existence. Full reports are attached, from both Foundation personnel, and British Army Troops. Common tropes amongst dreams involve the subject floating at the base of the rock, during the night, or during heavy storm. The island is almost always described as ‘larger-than-life’, given a ‘monolithic’ appearance by the dreamer’s subconscious2. A second common dream involves being suspended in air above an ocean, punctuated by a regular field of rocks of similar size and shape to Rockall, stretching off in all directions. More detailed accounts are given in the attached report.

Finally, the most noteworthy trait of the isle is the odd sounds recorded from within the rock. A constant regular beating can be heard when one's head is pressed against the rock, described in the 1980 report as 'like a heartbeat'. It can been picked up by hyrdophones as far away as the Helen's Reef buoy. Recordings of this phenomenon have lead reaserches to speculate to 'rock' may in fact be biological in nature. Other sounds have also been reported eminating from the rock, including a loud and fast scratching.

Expedition Summary - 815 - September 18 1955.

Two Foundation researchers lowered onto the the isle by Sikorsky H-19, along with a magnetometer, decible meter, sampling equipment, kodak photography cameras and film carmeras. Measurements of the magnetic field were taken, and samples of rock and guano were obtained for analysis. Photographs were taken of petroglyphs and of guano deposits on the summit.

In total, two hours were spent on the rock. Researchers reported only minor ill affects from the landing, including slight diziness and headaches lasting around four hours after leaving.

Expedition Summary - 842 - August 4 - August 5 1979

CH-46 Sea Knight used to winch four members of a Foundation research team onto the summit, along with a navigational beacon for placement. Futher measurements of wind direction and rock samples were taken. Expirements were carried out to test the phsycoactive properties of the rock, including an overnight stay performed by a D-class member of the research team. Full details of that, and other experiments are available