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Item #: SCP-3XXX

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-3XXX is to remain in a secure containment locker in the object storage sector of Area-311.

A security presence is to remain at the workplaces and personal residences of all staff involved in the containment and research of SCP-3XXX, primarily in the interest of creating additional surveillance in locations where instances of SCP-3XXX-1 may manifest. All staff working in Area-311 or otherwise involved in the containment and research of SCP-3XXX must report unusual correspondences and deliveries they have found or personally received to the site director for review.

All physical instances of SCP-3XXX-1 are to be held in a secure containment locker. Digital instances of SCP-3XXX-1 are to be archived to a private, offline database.

A record of relevant correspondences which are neither physical nor electronic mail is to be maintained, and the containment of any objects possibly delivered by SCP-3XXX-2 to be decided on a case-by-case basis. Demands made by SCP-3XXX-2 are to be reviewed by the site director and three Level 3 personnel briefed on SCP-3XXX. Given the potential research value which the manifestation of instances of SCP-3XXX-1 could provide, under no circumstances should SCP-3XXX come into contact with SCP-3XXX-2.

Description: SCP-3XXX is a circular, grey stone, between 5.3 and 5.1cm in diameter and 0.8cm wide at its thickest point. On one side, at evenly spaced intervals parallel to the circumference of the stone, a series of isolated symbols are carved into its surface. These consist of a mixture of modern day Arabic numerals, Abjad numerals and simple geometric symbols. The object is of the typical appearance and composition of non-anomalous sedimentary rock, though it is nearly perfectly round.

SCP-3XXX has exhibited no anomalous properties during its time in containment. However, for the entire length of time that SCP-3XXX has been held by the Foundation (29/08/2014–present, assuming continuation of activity), messages regarding SCP-3XXX such as letters, emails, text messages and packages have been received by personnel involved in the containment of the object. On average (excluding a 108-day hiatus beginning 04/09/2016), one message is received every 6 days, sometimes as frequently as two messages being received within 48 hours.

All correspondences which make reference to SCP-3XXX are designated SCP-3XXX-1, whether physical or digital. Since most instances of SCP-3XXX-1 imply the existence of a single, shared author operating under various pseudonyms, this hypothetical author has been designated SCP-3XXX-2. Instances of SCP-3XXX-1 are typically found in the private digital inboxes or private property of Foundation personnel which are inaccessible and undisclosed to the public.

Increased efforts to secure SCP communication networks have made no discernible impact on a regular influx of digital messages regarding SCP-3XXX. Additionally, increased security presences in both the private premises of personnel involved in the containment of SCP-3XXX and the object’s containment area have not identified the means by which physical correspondences are delivered.

SCP-3XXX-1 correspondences are usually pleas that SCP-3XXX be relinquished to SCP-3XXX-2, who requires the object for purposes not described in detail. Occasionally, instances consist of unusual tangents unrelated to SCP-3XXX, but which are attributed to a known pseudonym of SCP-3XXX-2.

On a few occasions, instances of SCP-3XXX-1 have consisted of non-anomalous objects accompanied by letters regarding SCP-3XXX, or direct interruptions of SCP Foundation communication lines, such as live video feeds and radio comms.

Attempts at replying to these correspondences or establishing visual contact with SCP-3XXX-2 have been inconclusive.

Addendum 3XXX-a: Selected examples of SCP-3XXX-1

Incident Report-3XXX-A-0309016: On 03/09/2016, during a regular performance of containment procedures for SCP-████,1 radio contact between the D-Class personnel and Officers and Researchers involved, as well as the live surveillance feed watched by the latter party, were simultaneously cut off for six seconds. Radio contact was then suddenly re-established, but the video feed displayed a static image of writing on paper, rather than a live feed of the containment area. The writing has since been designated Document SCP-3XXX-1-123.

The interruption of the video feed lead to the overseers of the operation losing track of the procedure, and the D-Class personnel mistakenly applying coolant to the [DATA EXPUNGED] on the body of SCP-████, rather than the object’s [DATA EXPUNGED]. Overseers attempted to regain control of the procedure by utilising the still operable radio feed, but this was made difficult by both the lack of cooperation by D-Class personnel and their screams and other vocalisations, likely made in response to the discharge presumably being released by that time from SCP-████.

Video feed was recovered approximately eight minutes after it had been lost, and three minutes after radio silence from within the facility began. Once discharge had ceased, and [REDACTED] in the chamber had returned to normal, clean-up and recovery operations began.

SCP-████ has since been moved from Area-305 to a new location. SCP-3XXX was moved to its current location of Area-311. No incidents with similar consequences have occurred since, although following a temporary hiatus in new instances of SCP-3XXX-1, new correspondences are still found regularly.

Addendum 3XXX-b: Last instance of SCP-3XXX-1 found before a 108-day hiatus in new correspondences. Designated Document SCP-3XXX-1-124.

Addendum 3XXX-c: Instance of SCP-3XXX-1 received several weeks following the end of the hiatus in new instances. Document was the fifth message to be received since the hiatus’ end, and the final message to date to make reference to Director Plemons.