10 instances of SCP-XXXX


Object Class: Safe Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: All instances of SCP-XXXX are to be kept in a bulletproof glass box inside of a small room. This box is to be replaced twice a month, and any change in the rate of erosion on the sides of the box is to be reported immediately.

Upon the discovery of a new instance of XXXX, an MTF Team is to be sent out to the location and retrieve the instance, with clothing and armor that covers their entire body; no skin exposed. Once SCP-XXXX is retrieved, it is to be put in a temporary bulletproof glass box, and transported to the Site-28, where it is to be stored with all the other instances.

It's highly likely that there are no more instances than already contained, due to the long hiatus in new appearances of instances of XXXX, along with the coincidental number of 24 instances being reached. But this is no reason not to stay alert, since assumptions based on coincidences and changes in pattern are, simply stated, improper.

Testing with XXXX inside the facility without any clear circumstance that the subject can die to is strictly prohibited. Potentially harmful circumstances must be provided, or all tests must be done on the field, where potential for externally caused harm is already present.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a wide collection of musket balls dated back to the late-mid 19th century, approximately when the US Civil War took place. Instances of SCP-XXXX are able to propel themselves forward along the ground via rolling at roughly 10 centimeters a minute by unknown means, and any attempt by an entity which is not attached fully to some surface to prevent moving, such as an organism or a liquid, is unable to stop this constant movement. However, objects such as walls can block SCP-XXXX from moving in the direction it's headed for an extended period of time.

When any organism touches an instance of SCP-XXXX with an exposed part of their body, SCP-XXXX will stick to whatever touches it. There is no known way to remove SCP-XXXX from the subject1, aside from removing the contact point of the subject and XXXX by cutting off a section of flesh.

Upon making contact with SCP-XXXX, the subject will die exactly 24 hours later. However, there has been no recorded instance of an internal causation of death; rather, every death that has been caused by XXXX has been due to an external circumstance. Instead of something like heart failure or stroke, events such as being hit by a car or asphyxiating in a fire are more reasonable examples. The moment the subject expires, XXXX will become unstuck from the subject, and it will resume rolling slowly toward the nearest living organism.

Exactly 24 instances of SCP-XXXX have been contained as of yet, and no reports of entities with identical properties have been made since March 26th, 2003. The 24 instances of XXXX were retrieved from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, after causing several deaths in the area. Retrieving the instances also caused many deaths among the MTF Teams dispatched to locate and retrieve them.

Once the first instance of XXXX was contained, testing with this instance immediately began, and opportunities for experiments only grew further with the more musket balls tracked down. See addendum XXXX-B for test logs, along with restrictions as to what XXXX should and should NOT be tested with.

First Discovery: On March 2nd, 1979 in the aforementioned town of Gettysburg, after a collection of amateur archaeologists reported finding "strange magnetic musket balls", a large string of deaths occurred in the town. This caught the attention of the Foundation, and Dr. Jaeger, a researcher with previous investigative experience, was sent out with MTF Epsilon-6 "Village Idiots" to determine what caused the deaths.

This string of deaths continued along through several towns in Pennsylvania, and the first instance of SCP-XXXX was finally captured. See Addendum XXXX-A for the report.