TheLordSavant's Sandbox

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: Any copies of SCP-XXXX are kept in a sealed, opaque storage locker at Site-39. Newly discovered instances are to be retrieved by agents who have been immunized to SCP-XXXX’s effect. Affected civilians are to read an instance of SCP-XXXX to completion before amnestization in order to assure both removal and immunization to SCP-XXXX's effect.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a set of 34 contained instances of a paperback novel, titled An Antiquated Guide to Avoiding Writer’s Block. There is a high possibility of thousands more instances currently uncontained. The author, Blackbox Johnson, has authored several other anomalies; attempts to track and capture Blackbox Johnson are ongoing. The contents of the object are suspected to be highly saturated with infohazards, due to the nature of the object. themselves non-anomalous. However, the cover features a cognitohazardous image of a nondescript, grey rectangular prism. Upon viewing the image, any exposed parties will be affected by the manifestation of SCP-XXXX-1.

SCP-XXXX-1 are rectangular prisms identical to the one depicted by SCP-XXXX’s cover. Instances of SCP-XXXX appear whenever an afflicted party (the subject) attempts to record data in any physical fashion. The objects consistently manifest in a location that disallows the subject from recording said information, appearing covering a keyboard when attempting to type or obscuring a paper when attempting to write. Once manifested, SCP-XXXX-1 are unable to be shifted or damaged, and only dematerialize once the subject ceases attempts to record. Once a subject is under SCP-XXXX’s effect, no method of removing the effect has proven effective at removing it. See Experiment Log XXXX.

Sustained interaction with SCP-XXXX-1 has proven deleterious to mental health, causing extreme anger and poor decision making in subjects. This is theorized to be an additional effect of SCP-XXXX-1, and not human reaction to the anomaly, due to the changing of the typical composure of several test subjects.

During the first retrieval, 22 personnel were affected by the object before its effects were fully comprehended.

Experiment Log XXXX:
Listed are several notable experiments. For the full log, see Document XXXX.6.

Experiment 1:
Procedure: Agent Coffey is amnesticized for the past 24 hours.
Result: Agent loses all knowledge of past 24 hours. SCP-XXXX-1 continue to manifest.
Researcher Notes: Evidently SCP-XXXX-1 aren't triggered by memory of their appearance. -Researcher Florence

Note: Researcher Teals, one of the first afflicted personnel, has volunteered to join research team. Due to his credentials, personal investment, and low value of risk involved, he will be the primary test subject for the foreseeable future. -Researcher Florence

Experiment 15:
Procedure: Subject exposed to a cognitohazard attempting to counter SCP-XXXX.
Result: SCP-XXXX-1 continue to manifest.
Researcher Notes: The results of this experiment and of past experiments appear to show that the effect of SCP-XXXX is unable to be removed. In accordance with this school of thought, in order to reassume partial value to affected Foundation assets, the experimentation will focus on circumventing instances of SCP-XXXX-1 rather than complete neutralization. -Researcher Florence

Experiment 21:
Procedure: Subject attempts to write upon paper. After initial manifestation, the subject shifts the paper and attempts to write upon it once again
Result: SCP-XXXX-1 manifest initially as expected. When the object is shifted, the instance remains suspended and does not demanifest. The subject attempted to write again, at this point, a new instance of SCP-XXXX-1 manifested. This effect continued for each shift until the subject ceased attempts to record, at which all instances dematerialized.
Researcher Notes: It’s almost mocking, no? Testing for sentience is under consideration. -Researcher Florence

Experiment 37:
Procedure: Subject attempts to film himself in order to log experiments without assistance.
Result: SCP-XXXX-1 do not manifest initially. However, upon viewing the recording, SCP-XXXX-1 obscures view of the subject, and the audio track is replaced with silence. Notably, a recording logged incidentally by the subject, without intent to store information, was free of any changes.
Researcher Notes: It appears intent is the main proponent of SCP-XXXX-1 manifestation. While it is assumed that SCP-XXXX-1 will manifest even with external intent as the driving force, this property will be further tested. -Researcher Florence

Note: Researcher Teals has been showing signs of extreme anxiety since Experiment 37. While his constant attempts to circumvent SCP-XXXX-1 are commendable, and his current progress is far from nominal, I’m recommending that he be reassigned for a short period of time. -Researcher Florence

Experiment 38:
Procedure: Subject opens SCP-XXXX’s storage locker and inflicts significant damage to several instances with an axe while screaming counter cognitohazard, “[EXPLETIVE] you, you [EXPLETIVE], blocky [EXPLETIVE]. Let me [EXPLETIVE] write, you [EXPLETIVE]!” This course of action was unauthorized by necessary personnel.
Result: SCP-XXXX-1 continue to manifest. Cursory checks were performed on other afflicted subjects, SCP-XXXX-1 continue to manifest. Possibility of additional effects added to SCP-XXXX-1’s description.
Researcher Notes: Researcher Teals has been reprimanded for unprofessionalism and has been taken off the SCP-XXXX research team for 2 weeks. Reprimand aside, this incident shows the anomaly has no degree of sentience as previously theorized, and effect is only provoked under certain circumstances. -Researcher Florence

Experiment 53:
Procedure: Researcher suggests that initial qualms of further infohazards being contained within the object may be unfounded, and offered to test it as a last resort. Subject reads through the entirety of the SCP-XXXX.
Result: SCP-XXXX yields no information on dispelling its effects. However, upon further testing, manifestations of SCP-XXXX-1 no longer occur. Subsequent exposure to SCP-XXXX’s cover displays the subject is immune to further affliction.
Researcher Notes: This feels so good to put into the written word. Thank you for [EXPUNGED], you [EXPLETIVE] bricks. -Researcher Teals

Researcher Teals has been reprimanded for unprofessionalism.