Note: This is a collaboration between myself and Marr965.
Item #: SCP-XXXX
Object Class: Safe
Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXXX is to be contained on a laptop within the Technological Anomaly Research centre of Site-█. The laptop is to remain powered and on, and SCP-XXXX is to remain open and in its active state.
Maintenance for SCP-XXXX’s laptop, and SCP-XXXX’s wellbeing, is currently the responsibility of Researcher Green. Because of SCP-XXXX’s current emotional instability, Foundation Staff with at least Security Clearance level 2 are advised and encouraged to interact with SCP-XXXX, to build SCP-XXXX’s trust in the Foundation, which may prove useful.
SCP-XXXX’s laptop must not be connected to Internet connections or Foundation data. However, SCP-XXXX is allowed to be connected to secure, closed networks during testing, and has been granted access to various e-books and video games to keep it stimulated, as part of its psychological treatment and wellbeing. Copies of its image must be placed in these areas within the laptop’s drive to allow it to maintain access to them. Copies of its image must not be placed in System Folders.
Under no circumstances is SCP-XXXX to be opened on any form of image editing software without at least Level 3 Security Clearance, and the permission of Researcher Green or the Site Director.
Description: SCP-XXXX is a JPEG image, measuring 233 x 463 pixels in size. Its current manifestation is a portrait of the upper torso of a young woman drawn in a stylized fashion, and wearing a generic uniform in the same art style. Much of the file’s properties, including the file size, are bugged and fail to display. Attempts to access and modify the coding of SCP-XXXX have thus far proven impossible.
SCP-XXXX displays anomalous properties that seem to defy the logic of computerised systems. When SCP-XXXX is opened with image viewing software SCP-XXXX enters an “Active State” and becomes self-aware. Closing SCP-XXXX will end its active state, and it will lose most of its anomalous properties. When closed, SCP-XXXX appears to enter a form of stasis, and claims not to notice the passage of time between being closed.
When in its active state, SCP-XXXX is capable of movement within its pixel “frame.” It has also demonstrated both sight and sound-based senses, and is capable of speech via the speakers of the laptop it is currently contained in. SCP-XXXX currently refers to itself as Sandra, and Foundation personnel are permitted to do the same in informal contexts. If the speakers on SCP-XXXX’s laptop are muted, or if no speakers are active, then SCP-XXXX can communicate through instant messaging.
Its ability to see and hear is not influenced by the presence of a webcam or microphone. If direct line of sight between SCP-XXXX and the focal object is broken, then it will claim that it cannot see it; SCP-XXXX will make attempts to circumvent this by moving around within its frame to bypass whatever is blocking its vision. Additionally, edits to the image that block its vision, such as drawing a blindfold around the figure’s eyes or removing the eyes entirely, will yield similar results, although SCP-XXXX has proven capable of changing certain factors of its own accord (such as untying and removing the drawn blindfold.)
Attempts to copy SCP-XXXX have proven ineffective. Copied images are either JPEGs or animated GIFs roughly depicting SCP-XXXX’s last still pose, or last two seconds of movement respectively. Although these images do not possess inherent abnormal qualities, they do provide SCP-XXXX with the ability to “connect” with computer programs. For example, Researcher Green was able to convince SCP-XXXX to create a █████ account by using one of its copied images as a profile picture, which allowed it to fill in a profile and utilise the program (which is how SCP-XXXX is able to now speak via instant messaging.) SCP-XXXX appears able to utilize multiple copied images to “puppet” different programs at once. Research into the full extent of these abilities is ongoing. Copied images may be edited without any effect on this phenomenon, but if copied images are copied again, these second copies lose this anomalous property.
SCP-XXXX can be moved around and between systems without losing its anomalous properties. Since moving a computer file entails copying and deletion of the original data, this phenomenon was thought to be unexplainable. Researcher Green proposed a theory that suggested that SCP-XXXX’s properties propagate between the deleted and copied image via some unknown means. If true, this might also have effects on attempts to delete the original file.
Researcher Green tested his theory on the 26/██/██ and found that deleting the “original” file caused SCP-XXXX’s anomalous properties to move and manifest in one of its duplicated images, even if the duplicate was on a separate system. Restoring the original file produced an unexpected result: the JPEG image was completely blank and lacked SCP-XXXX’s form.
Note: Well we answered one question, but unearthed way more in the process. I’m fairly certain that SCP-XXXX’s abnormal properties extend beyond the confines of the laptop we store it on. It seems like an extremely complex explanation for a seemingly simple object.
If SCP-XXXX is opened on image manipulation software, it will become static and unable to move while in the software, but remains able to speak and see (unless its mouth and eyes are covered or removed.) Although edits to the image in general can be done without harm, and edits to its “body” seem unable to kill SCP-XXXX, they can permanently affect SCP-XXXX’s form. Direct edits to its body, or other edits that affect its body, are described as often being extremely painful and traumatic for SCP-XXXX to experience. Furthermore, these edits seem to spread to copied images, which can, in the case of GIF images, change the action she is repeating. Foundation Researchers have agreed that further manipulation of SCP-XXXX’s manifestation should not be permitted unless absolutely necessary for testing purposes.
As part of SCP-XXXX’s treatment, it is allowed to interact with Foundation staff within Site-█’s Technological Anomaly Research centre. SCP-XXXX has made requests to be allowed to help staff with their work, as it appears to want to “repay” the foundation (permission pending.) Although SCP-XXXX will tend to display what has been described as “a shy and cautious, but friendly nature” when interacting with staff, this appears to be an attempt on SCP-XXXX’s part to overcome her emotional instabilities. In reality, SCP-XXXX currently suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and moderate depressive symptoms. SCP-XXXX also displays a severe phobia of Image Manipulation software, due to its exposure in the past. SCP-XXXX is currently undergoing counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy to attempt to ease these symptoms. It is hoped that, by doing this, SCP-XXXX will, at best, be able to provide more insight into its own nature, and at least, will be of some use to the Foundation in other ways.
Acquisition: SCP-XXXX was acquired during an online auction hosted by "Marshall, Carter, and Dark Ltd." Agent ████ managed to infiltrate the auction and placed the winning bid, allowing him access to SCP-XXXX. The agent was not, however, able to ascertain the background history of SCP-XXXX. Agent ████ then transferred SCP-XXXX to Foundation care.
Addendum-XXXX-01: Excerpts from Retrievement Interview Logs
"Son of the Sun"
Item #: SCP-XXXX
Object Class: Keter
Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXXX is currently contained in Site-██, which is located in the area known as "█████ valley" in the █████████████ Desert. This Site is disguised to look like an abandoned mine-shaft from the outside. A secondary evacuation bunker is located eight (8) kilometres from the main facility, and is disguised to look like a research station.
SCP-XXXX is to be contained, when possible, in a cell of length and width both 10 metres and height 4 metres. Each of the cell walls of the containment chamber are to be made of at least 5 m of lead sandwiched between an internal 1 m layer of titanium/tungsten alloy coated with silica aerogel that is to be replaced bi-weekly, and 3 meters of steel-plate reinforced concrete externally. As SCP-XXXX does not sleep, 24 hour surveillance is required. Should SCP-XXXX leave its containment area and enter its “Wander Perimeter”, all on-site personnel within the perimeter must don a Grade B Heat and Radiation Hazard Suit. All permanent on-site staff must be fluent in sign language and semaphore to communicate with SCP-XXXX, and when it is wandering the facility should interact with it if required, but always encourage it to return to its containment area if possible. Interaction with SCP-XXXX should always be done at a distance of no less than 10 metres, if possible.
Because of its ability to absorb and destroy matter easily, foundation personnel are advised to feed it the site’s garbage waste as needed to avoid it consuming portions the facility itself. No access is allowed to SCP-XXXX’s containment chamber when SCP-XXXX is present. Should SCP-XXXX show signs of distress, agitation or anger, Foundation staff are advised to attempt to calm him via communicated reassurance for no more than five (5) minutes. Should this agitated state persist in spite of this, or SCP-XXXX show signs of un-characteristic hostility, the entire facility is to be evacuated and site staff moved to a safe distance as per Ignition Protocol.
Description: SCP-XXXX is a humanoid entity reaching almost three meters in height. Its body is androgynous in form, its limbs are long and thin even for its size, and it often takes a hunched stance. It possesses a thick neck and large toothless maw that continually remains open. It has no external nose or ears, but does have yellow pupil-less eyes. Six long, thin, antenna-like projections grow from the creature's head; these are assumed to be sensory organs, although their function isn’t known. Its skin is orange/red in colour, save for a series of symmetrical, black, exoskeletal plates that cover large portions of its body.
The skin temperature of SCP-XXXX is approximately 900 Kelvin at its hottest point, with the black patches being cooler (slightly under 400 Kelvin). Its internal temperature, however, is extremely high (use of spectroscopic tests directed down its throat have determined that its internal temperature fluctuates between 1500 and 3000 K). Radiation emitted by SCP-XXXX is also extremely intense and variable and can only be minimally screened by use of Grade B Heat and Radiation Hazard Suits. The exact composition of radiation it emits appears to change based on what it has recently consumed, but is mostly composed of ultraviolet, gamma and x-ray radiation (although alpha and beta particles, other electromagnetic waves and free protons are also emitted).
As of yet, genetic and medical information (if such things are even applicable) about SCP-XXXX beyond physical description are unobtainable. SCP-XXXX is both sentient and sapient, and while it has yet to communicate verbally, it is fluent in the use of sign language and semaphore. It does not possess any apparent physical sexual organs; however it uses masculine vocabulary when referring to itself (which is also permitted to personnel for informal use.) General intelligence tests have determined that SCP-XXXX has the same mental capability as an average adult human, although its behaviour is more akin to that of an inquisitive child. It has yet to offer any insights as to its origin or species other than the following: when questioned about these topics, it will point towards wherever the sun is currently alighted in comparison to its current position with absolute precision, even if the sun is not visible.
SCP-XXXX eats regularly and will consume anything it comes into contact with, unless provided with a designated food source. It is able to do this by raising parts of its surface temperature to extremely high levels, destroying nearby matter in the process, and then using manipulated gravitational fields to draw the destroyed matter inside of its body. It will not actively seek to consume humans or other life forms, but is more than capable of destroying and absorbing any matter from its environment. Anything it consumes appears to be broken down via controlled atomic reactions, with any waste being emitted from its body as an increase in emitted radiation for a period of time after consumption. Current scientific principles cannot explain this phenomenon which, on the scale it occurs at, appears to break understood laws of physics and conservation of energy.
Due to SCP-XXXX’s nature, complete containment is currently impossible. It is only possible to contain SCP-XXXX because it willingly chooses to remain in Foundation care. All attempts to trap or restrain it to date have proven futile, and further attempts are not currently permitted. SCP-XXXX understands it is currently held in containment, has failed to demonstrate hostile intent towards humans, appears to act to minimize danger towards those it interacts with and remains in Foundation care willingly. It is also aware that mere exposure to its body is harmful to life and has been asked to use caution when interacting with Foundation staff and keep its urge to wander the facility to a minimum, which it has thus far proved capable of doing. However, it has expressed urges to wander and interact with staff, and thus it is permitted to enter a special “Wander Zone” around its containment area and certain parts of the facility.
If SCP-XXXX experiences emotional stress, levels of heat and radiation it emits will begin to rise exponentially. Should SCP-XXXX's become sufficiently agitated for a sufficient length of time, it will trigger a "Nova Event". When this occurs, SCP-XXXX's internal body temperature body reaches extremes and unleashes massive amounts of heat, ionizing radiation and gravitational distortions. The level of destruction varies, but the most intense Nova Event to date had an output roughly equivalent to that of a 20 Kiloton Nuclear Bomb. Nova Events also vary in duration. While the shortest on record lasted only 7 seconds, the longest recorded complete Nova Event lasted for █ days and █ hours, resulting in the complete destruction of the entire containment facility SCP-XXXX was residing in at the time, as well as much of the surrounding landscape. To date, there have been █ recorded Nova Events. When it becomes apparent that a Nova Event is imminent, on-site staff are to employ “Ignition Protocol.” This involves complete evacuation of the facility and retreat to the evacuation bunker located eight (8) kilometres from the facility, until the Nova Event has ceased. Clean-up crews will then be sent in to locate SCP-XXXX and begin transporting it to temporary accommodation until a new facility can be found or built.
Acquisition: SCP-XXXX was recovered thanks to a sweep of the ██████ Desert area. Reports of a relatively large meteor landing in the area had sparked the attention of locals as well as government agents. The Foundation was able to get there first and contain the area.
SCP-XXXX was discovered in a scorched crater in the ███████ part of the desert. Foundation members initiated standard intelligent life protocols and made contact with SCP-XXXX. After SCP-XXXX was briefed on the use of semaphore, it followed Foundation personnel to the nearest Foundation headquarters. SCP-XXXX had to travel on foot because the response team were not equipped to transport high-heat/radiation loads.