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SCP-3689. Photographed by Agent Dashing after retrieval of subject.

Item: SCP-3689

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: Due to the rarity of SCP-3689, containment efforts are to be focused on ensuring the confidentiality of SCP-3689. Research efforts into SCP-3689 are also not advised, due to the high amount of resources required in order for consistent testing to be remotely feasible.

Foundation personnel is to monitor all functioning trains of the ███ ███████████ Ltd. in order to detect an SCP-3689 activation event. In the event that a case has been confirmed, Mobile Task Force Nu-1 (Cause and Effect) a small cleanup crew1 is to be notified to retrieve the affected individual to Site-202 for questioning. The affected individual is to be administered a Class-B amnisetic afterwards and released.

Foundation agents have been embedded in the ███ ███████████ Ltd. in order to facilitate the removal of SCP-3689 from the trains of the aforementioned public transport network or, failing that, the purchase of new trains of different models.

Any discovery of anomalous effects similar to SCP-3689 outside of Hong Kong is to be immediately notified to the current Site Director of Site-202 (Currently Director Yeung).

Description: SCP-3689 is a standard "Priority Seat".2 on any standard train of the ███ ███████████ Limited, the sole metro service for Hong Kong. Other than the potential manifestation of SCP-3689, the trains have no anomalous effects. Trains of the same model employed by other metro service providers possess no anomalous effects.

SCP-3689's anomalous effect may occur when an individual in their late teens to early 30s sits on SCP-3689.3, hereby referred to as "the subject". SCP-3689 anomalous effect occurs after 10 seconds of the subject sitting, manifesting once the subject has blinked. The subject described themselves as having been transported to a giant stage, facing a crowd of large size. They are then subject to a “struggle session”4.

While the "struggle session" has an unknown number of variations, all interviews with affected subjects show that the event has several characteristics, such as:

  • Movement restricted by some form of detainment gear, ranging from cable ties to an object similar to SCP-[RESTRICTED TO LEVEL 4 PERSONNEL OR ABOVE] (64/64)5
  • A crowd of over 5000(approx) being present (64/64)
  • Being antagonized by the crowd (64/64)
  • Pictures of SCP-3689-1 being displayed in the venue of SCP-3689-3 (64/64)
  • An object being thrown at the subject (64/64)
  • Being dragged through the crowd (64/64)
  • Being physically assaulted (64/64)
  • Being forced to “admit their sins”. (64/64)
  • Constant lighting, even if the venue is outdoors. (64/64)
  • Chanting “Down with [name of subject]” rhythmically by the crowd throughout the event. (64/64)
  • Crude posters and banners at the venue. (64/64) The contents of the banners/posters usually translates to “Down with [name of subject]” (49/64), “Repent for substantial sin” (45/64), and “protect the Priority Seat with our blood and strength”. (44/64). For the full list of contents, contact SCP-3689 project lead Dr. Erasmus Cheng.
  • Mandarin Chinese being spoken. (53/64)
  • Being stripped of clothing. (47/64)
Activation event, captured by hypnosis of ███ ███ ███, an affected subject and usage of ████████ ███████ ██████.

The struggle session usually lasts between 20 to 45 hours. However, it is hypothesized that the struggle session may potentially last for an indefinite amount of time, assuming that the subject does not ”admit to their sins” while in the struggle session.

After the "struggle session", the subject is "transported" back to the train. CCTV footage shows no change in the subject’s location.

This shows that SCP-3689 either possess some degree of temporal anomalous effect or simply causes hallucinations. Whatever it is, we don't have nearly enough funding to find out.
-Dr. Erasmus Cheng

As of this writing, there have been 64 documented instances since documentation began on 19/12/2009, or about 1 in 4’430’000 passengers. Due to the rarity of the phenomenon, testing on SCP-3689 has been determined to be near-impossible.

SCP-3689's anomalous effect was discovered on 22/11/2009 when Foundation webcrawlers detected a mention of a "criticism seat" on the forum www.████████.com, where an individual described his experience of SCP-3689. A task force from Site-202 was sent to Hong Kong to investigate, which coincided with the second case of SCP-3689. Both individuals were interviewed and subsequently amnestied.

Addendum 3689.1

While no conclusive pattern has been drawn from SCP-3689's criteria for "activation" with the notable exception of the aforementioned age limit, due to the extremely small sample size, Dr. Erasmus Cheng has discovered that individuals with certain characteristics have a disproportionally higher probability of activating SCP-3689's anomalous effects.

Characteristics include:

  • One or more recovering injuries that are not visible, but directly affects the individual’s ability to stand for extended periods of time.
  • Pregnancy between 1 to 4 months. Note that all individuals were aware of their pregnancy at the time.
  • Mensuration cramps
  • Lack of sleep
  • Walking for relatively long distances before boarding

As much as I would like to properly test this out, we don't have the resources or time to test it. Frankly, I'm disturbed by how little we know of this thing. We'll need a much bigger budget to properly test 3689.
-Dr. Erasmus Cheng