Dandas

Concept and general information

SCP-3XXX is the remains of the village of the Erikesh people, mentioned in the Erikesh Codex. (SCP-2317) It is anomalously hidden and can only be accessed by a thaumaturge with the proper ritual. It was discovered by Foundation anthropologists through an authorized probe into potential ways to neutralize or contain SCP-2317.
SCP-3XXX contains several important artifacts related to Erikeshen mythology as well as the nature of SCP-2317.
1. A full copy of the Erikesh codex. Tentative translations tell us that it is part religious text and part war record. The first half describes the creation of the world as understood by the Erikeshans, as well as how the Devourer entity came into being. The second half describes the great battle between Keshpeth and the Devourer, and how he and his mystics contained the entity.
- More details: Erikeshens have a largely nature-based religion, with natural forces such as sun, rain and wind being personified and deified. Their magical practices reflect this belief, with the majority of spells being dances dedicated to these natural forces.
- The Devourers are avatars of rot and decay. The one imprisoned by Keshpeth and his mystics is the greatest of these, and became bloated and mighty by consuming lesser entities, (referred to as “brides.”) taking their properties and powers into itself.
2. An Erikeshan war manual, describing the magic employed by Keshpeth and his mystics in fighting the Devourer. These are largely dances meant to invoke elemental forces, including:
- A sun dance
- A rain dance
- A wind dance
- A life dance (Greater significance, possible connection to SCP-3240. Spell meant to cause uncontrolled plant growth to combat rot.)

3. A burial ground for deceased Eriskeshan mystics. It is non-lethally cursed to punish those that transgress or desecrate the grounds.
- First doctor who accidentally steps onto them gets indigestion and begins to vomit. Symptoms go away in a day or so.
- In response, Foundation orders an aerial survey of the area. Result of this survey analysis shows that it is likely a burial ground. Personnel later report similar nightmare of being buried alive, and later express feelings of guilt and shame, unable to identify cause.
- Implication is that the “curse” was originally intended to punish Erikeshan children for disrespecting their ancestors, not particularly dangerous or harmful.
4. Other: Possible journal of Keshpeth?

Actual SCP starts here.

SCP-XXXX

Euclid

Special Containment Procedures

Due to SCP-XXXX’s anomalous properties, it is essentially self-contained.

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Personnel assigned to SCP-XXXX should have an acceptable civilian cover story if stopped and questioned by local authorities. When entering or exiting SCP-XXXX, at least one person should be positioned outside the boundary to ensure that employees are not observed by unaffiliated civilians. In the event that personnel are spotted entering or exiting SCP-XXXX, amnestics are to be issued at the discretion of Site Director Jaime Johnson.

Description

SCP-XXXX is the remains of a tribal village in (undisclosed location). Under normal circumstances, it is inaccessible, as the area in which it is located appears to be non-anomalous. The only known entrance is at coordinates (x,y), and must be opened by thaumaturgical ritual NXA-1. It is unknown whether SCP-XXXX is an extradimensional space or merely unobservable.
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SCP-XXXX is the remains of a village previously inhabited by the Erikeshan people. Under normal circumstances, it is inaccessible, as the area in which it is located appears to be non-anomalous. The only known entrance is at coordinates (x,y), and must be opened by thaumaturgical invocation NXA-1. It is unknown whether SCP-XXXX is an extradimensional space or merely unobservable.

Discovery

SCP-XXXX was discovered by a team of Foundation anthropologists working under PROJECT CALABRASS.
CALABRASS was an investigative operation authorized by the O5 Council to research the history of the Erikeshan people, in the hopes of discovering a way to re-contain or neutralize SCP-2317. Archaeological evidence pointed to several possible locations for the original home of the Eriskshans. A Foundation-affiliated thaumaturge was then appointed to examine each location for anomalous activity, leading to the discovery of SCP-XXXX in 2011.

The ritual that allows access to SCP-XXXX was developed using modern thaumaturgical research and techniques and is likely drastically different then what was originally intended. It is unknown whether this will have any lasting effects on the containment of SCP-XXXX.

Below is a log of artifacts discovered within SCP-XXXX that are potentially relevant to SCP-2317.

A complete copy of The Erikesh Codex, anomalously recorded on a single mud tablet.

Several (scrolls? Not sure what they would write on) containing instructions and diagrams for thaumaturgical invocations. Analysis shows that some of these are superficially similar to Native American sun and rain dances, though other invocations are depicted that have no parallel, such as dances to invoke the wind, fertility, and LIFE.