Malice/Wampus Spooks Collab: "Marrowed be thy Frame"

The following is a collaboration between myself (MaliceAforethoughtMaliceAforethought) and my good friend WhiteWampusWhiteWampus. The original draft was by A Random DayA Random Day, and was acquired through the draft swap. Peruse it at your own leisure/risk.

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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: Instances of SCP-XXXX are currently stored in Safe-class Containment Locker 128-B in Site-42. Access is only permitted to individuals with Level 3 or above clearance. Due to the large quantity of SCP-XXXX-A instances currently extant, no further testing is deemed necessary.

All 62 SCP-XXXX-A instances are currently housed in Historical Site-229 ("Caldey Island Abbey"), as per Protocol XXXX-002. The Cistercian monastery originally present on the island was largely abandoned in the late 1700s: a disinformation campaign is currently being employed to counter this, and maintain the public opinion that no such abandonment ever occurred. The eldest instance and de-facto leader of the group (SCP-XXXX-A-1) has agreed to maintain the secrecy of their order in exchange for the ownership of the land, which instances use as a space of contemplation and meditation. A small security team of no more than six eighteen members is to be permanently stationed on the island, as well as a standard low-risk anomaly research team.

To maintain cooperation, a monthly excursion has been agreed upon, during which SCP-XXXX-A instances will be allowed to visit the mainland and interact with the civilian population (0.08% of whom are embedded Foundation agents). Amnestic distribution should be employed following this, and a high rotation of resident civilians should be encouraged to prevent a resurgence of suppressed memories. MTF-Phi-Eolh ("Bag & Taggers") are tasked with apprehending and processing any civilians with knowledge of SCP-XXXX, SCP-XXXX-A, or the nature of the excursions.

As SCP-XXXX-A are technically able to breach containment at any time, high levels of morale among instances is desirable — accordingly, any dissent or dissatisfaction is to be treated as a High Priority issue.

Description: SCP-XXXX is the designation for around 3000 metal zippers1 that, when placed on the navel and rolled upwards to the neck, enable the user to extricate themselves from their entire integumentary system and most of their muscular system (with the exception of ligaments and joints) without blood loss, in a manner similar to removing an anorak and pants. Although their visceral organs, skeletal system, and other organ systems are wholly exposed, affected individuals (hereby termed SCP-XXXX-A) experience no adverse side effects.

Instances of SCP-XXXX-A usually try to persuade people to use SCP-XXXX, but are pacifistic and do not make violent attempts at coercion, though they are extremely persistent. Persuasion attempts most commonly take the form of brochures, door-to-door salesmanship, timeshare sales pitches, and other such media2.

All instances of SCP-XXXX-A have certain benefits compared to baseline humans, such as the ability to take on the appearance of another instance by wearing their skin, (even when their anatomies are incompatible), and extremely enhanced longevity. They subscribe to a monastic doctrine termed "Orthodox Osteonism", which contains elements of various philosophies and religions such as Hinduism, agnosticism, Theravada Buddhism, and socialism, along with elements borrowed from classical and modern literature. Although no two instances have expressed the exact same views, common themes involve the ideas that gender is a social construct, that the requirement of a nervous system in higher lifeforms is a myth3, that all living things are part of the same "Metaphysical Skeleton", and that all invertebrate organisms are "worthy our of love and compassion, but ultimately irredeemable". Reverence for elder SCP-XXXX-A instances, particularly SCP-XXXX-A-1 (the oldest living instance at time of writing) is common, though not an element of official doctrine.

If an instance of SCP-XXXX-A is unable to convert a new instance within a certain amount of time, said instance's non-osseous tissue will start rapidly decomposing and the majority of their abilities will disappear, although basic life functions and all cognitive functions remain unchanged. Instances claim that successful conversions will nullify and reverse the degradation — it is for this reason that instances express desire to interact with the civilian population on a semi-regular basis. Amnesticisation of converted subjects has no effect on SCP-XXXX-A instances, as it seems to be the act of conversion, rather than the continued devotion to the faith, that halts the decay process.

Addendum: Update Regarding "Orthodox Osteonism": While initially manifesting as a loose collection of principles and ideals, the school of thought has apparently begun solidifying with the use of around fifty SCP-XXXX. Increased definition of what constitutes 'moral' activity has been observed, and elements of false cultural history being accepted as truth by SCP-XXXX-A instances. Various rites and ceremonies seem to be in the process of development, as do certain holy sigils, signs, and other iconography, the majority of which are related to escaping the "trappings of the physical world", and achieving enlightenment through the shedding of restrictions and unnecessary bindings.

Protocol XXXX-002 has been enacted, and Containment Procedures have been updated to reflect this.

Observation log - Historical Site-229: The following documents are extracts from the research journals of Dr. John Weldon, compiled during their station at HS-229. They are included here due to their relevance both to SCP-XXXX and Incident XXXX-S.

Date: ##/##/####

The monks have arrived, and seem happy. They feel right at home in the monastery, according to the liaisons, and are looking forward to settling in. The main Chapel (dubbed "The Cranium" — seems they have a sense of humour, at least) has proven adequate for holding worships, while the gardens and fields let them grow produce to sell on the mainland during their excursions. They have little care for the profits, however, donating most of it to charitable causes. Nice of them, all things considered.

Date: ##/##/####

We have songs! Or rather, they have songs. Catchy, too, with a vaguely 'pop' vibe that's enjoyable to sing along with. It seems Cartiligism (or whatever they're calling it now) is growing into its own fully-fledged belief system; probably not a good idea to accept it in baseline humans, but worth noting nonetheless.

Nothing else interesting to report: a few basic images mimicking rib-cages and a holiday on the winter solstice are all that have developed in the past few months.

Song-wise, my personal favourite is "Dead Men Walking". I've been humming it for days.

Date: ##/##/####

Last week the Arch-Deacon Ischium commissioned the production of a "holy spirit" for use in communion. We had been supplying them with a weak solution commonly used in Christian practises but this was deemed, and I quote, "ineffective and rather ghastly".

The brewer's first sample came in today. The acolytes are calling it 'Marrow'. It's an acquired taste, to be sure — around 30% Formaldehyde, according to preliminary analysis.

Date: ##/##/####

Today is apparently a holy one in the skeletal calendar. The monks will be hosting a celebration to honour the life and inevitable death of all things. Foundation personnel such as myself were invited, but politely declined.

The festival takes place at the rising of the moon and a large batch of 'Marrow' has been produced in preparation.

Woke in the middle of the night to drunken chanting. Seems that even under the influence, they can remember that "the neck bone's connected to the head bone". It was funny for about five minutes, and Jared from the Horticulture Department even joined in at one point, but at this stage it's been going on for hours.

There's not much I can do, I suppose. I'll let them have their fun.

Date: ##/##/####

6:00 AM

All the boats are gone.

All the monks, bar one, are gone.

We found them dozing on the grass, still clutching an empty bottle. They explained that they had left in the night to find the reincarnation of their deity, and bring them back to the Abbey, their new spiritual home.

I don't know what they plan to do, but I imagine the paperwork will be nightmarish.

The departure of SCP-XXXX-A instances from the island was verified shortly afterwards, and Incident XXXX-S was formally designated a High-Level priority. The on-site security team, later discovered to have been overwhelmed by the instances, were disciplined severely thereafter, and a higher staff requirement introduced (see Containment Procedures).

Update (##/##/####):

Following reports of a disturbance at the aforementioned museum, and civilian reports matching descriptions of SCP-XXXX-A, MTF Xi-Kai ("Curators") was deployed to investigate. A group of approximately 70 SCP-XXXX-A instances were eventually located some two km west of the location, carrying what appeared to be a replica Diplodocus skeleton complete with explanatory plaque and support wires4. The majority of instances had discarded their external coverings, several of which have yet to be recovered, and all entities involved appeared extremely inebriated. Vocalisations consisted of loud chanting about the ascension of their 'God' — note than no additional anomalous phenomena, divine or otherwise, were seen during the event.

By the time the intervention squad arrived, the monks were escaping in a stolen yacht with "Dippy the New Messiah" haphazardly strapped in. All units present reported heightened feelings of mirth (confirmed non-anomalous), describing the incident as "absurd, vaguely terrifying, and yet somehow intensely amusing".

SCP-XXXX-A-1, who at the time was observed seated on the skeleton's back, has since apologised for the damage and disturbance caused. The frequency of excursions is to be reduced to every three months as a reprimand, with the threat of termination should another such incident occur. Further updates to Containment Procedures are pending.