The Cave-Paintings

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: Site-XXXX has been constructed near the Lascaux Caves in order to study the anomalous properties of the murals and to find a way to stop the growth of Ochroconis lascauxensis. The Lascaux Cave system has been closed to the public since 1963 under the cover story that various contaminants brought in by the annual 438,000+ visitors had started to erode the paintings. Any civilians found on the premises are to be administered Class-A amnestics. Any civilians who have witnessed historical events taking place on one of the murals are to be detained, interrogated, and afterward given Class-C amnestics.

Description: SCP-XXXX refers to the various cave paintings found within the Lascaux Caves in Dordogne, France. SCP-XXXX was first discovered in 1940, but its anomalous properties had not been known until 1963. The anomalous properties of SCP-XXXX activate when an artifact from the past is brought into the cave.1 It is important to note that not only do the subjects have to be aware of the anomalous abilities of SCP-XXXX, but they have to have a willingness to activate the abilities. This effect only stops when the event being shown has ended, or if the object leaves the cave.
Four murals have been found to show specific events in an object's history. Other sections of the cave will show random events that the object has been a part of.

  • Hall of Bulls: The Hall of Bulls will show a significant event in an object's history. The event is chosen from what the subject believes is the most significant event, showing that subjects have a small effect on what event is shown.
  • Chamber of Felines: The Chamber of Felines will show how the object was created. These events have been shown to have no time limit, as some have taken up to two days, but can take more time depending on the object.
  • The Apse: The Apse section of the cave will show religious events in an object's history.2 It is theorized that this is because of the ceremonial artifacts found within the Apse section.
  • Shaft of the Dead Man: The Shaft of the Dead Man shows the death/destruction/last time the object was used. If an object was on a person upon their death but stopped working after the person died, the subject can choose between which event to show.

The first recorded incident of SCP-XXXX use is when a 67-year-old French man entered the cave with a bloodstained scarf, presumably that of his wife's, and went to the Shaft of the Dead Man. He stood in place for approximately 10 seconds before the mural became animated and showed the murder of Aimée ██████. Everyone present in the cave was detained, interrogated, and administered Class-C amnestics. Interrogation of the man does not reveal where he learned about SCP-XXXX's anomalous abilities.