Gamesofmax's "Kelpie track"
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An instance of SCP-XXXX-1 assuming its non-anomalous form

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: Because of its nature, SCP-XXXX requires no high maintenance containment. Containment procedures used for safe class structural anomalies (guarded perimeter, surveillance, etc) have been put into effect, with steel stakes marking the minimum safe distance from it and the observation site. Noise dampening and recording devices are to be placed on all speakers in SCP-XXXX, these devices are to be checked for any degradation on a monthly basis. Any SCP-XXXX-1 instances that manifest inside of the observation site are to be reported, and a level 2 lockdown is to be put into effect until the instance demanifests. In the event a repeat of Incident-89B occurs, all staff must evacuate to the nearest site and continue observing SCP-XXXX remotely.

SCP-XXXX-1 entities found outside of containment are to be apprehended immediately. Mobile Task Force Omega-56 ("Galloping Buggers")1 are to be deployed with thermal imaging cameras and contain the entity within a windowless horse trailer modified to accommodate instances of SCP-XXXX-1, where they must remain until the instance demanifests. Should the entity become aggressive, Omega-56 is to eliminate it via high calibre weaponry.

MTF members are to exercise extreme care when interacting with SCP-XXXX-1 instances, including the use of thick clothing or body armor to prevent physical contact. In the event any SCP-XXXX-1 instance is discovered within SCP-XXXX with a civilian, they are to be terminated immediately by any means possible. Said civilians are to be debriefed afterwards, and given amnestics.

Should Omega-56 fail in rescue attempts, the civilians lost to SCP-XXXX-1 are to be declared dead, with their cause of death labeled as accidental drowning.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a 8.09 hectare horse race venue located in a forest near Plockton, Scotland. Consisting of an entrance hall, clubhouse, and seating areas. Despite being in severe disrepair, including heavy water damage and an unstable foundation, it remains structurally sound. Records and other items found within places its construction between the early 70’s and late 80’s, and that it was originally branded as “The Great Kelpie Track,” and was owned by Jhonathan O’Brien, the former chairman of the “O’Brien Country Club.”
The track is composed entirely out of mud and marshland. This area contains no life, but several decaying plants and animal corpses have been found within. Despite this, wildlife has been found in the area surrounding SCP-XXXX. SCP-XXXX’s speaker system will periodically activate through unknown means and emit audio cues, such as garbled phrases in a male’s voice with a heavy scottish accent, garbled sounds, and several distorted snippets of popular songs.2
On several occasions after incident-89B, several hostile comments will be made to a currently unknown individual, such as comments referencing previous physical or verbal abuse, the killing of the individual's family, and telling this individual that they are going to "put them through the same pain." It is currently unknown why these comments are made, and why it continues to make them. While SCP-XXXX is itself harmless, the main threat caused by SCP-XXXX are entities that manifest outside of it. Hereby referred to as SCP-XXXX-1.

SCP-XXXX-1 are entities with the appearance of a pure white Equus caballus,3 and are nearly indistinguishable from normal members of Equus caballus. All instances are identical in appearance, with the exception of minor imperfections on their coat, which are unique between instances. SCP-XXXX-1 radiate no body heat, and are able to withstand injuries that would otherwise be fatal to normal equine, even if the injury in question destroys a large portion of its head or body. SCP-XXXX-1 entities are typically docile, but will become hostile if approached with malicious intent or are accidentally injured. Individuals who encounter an SCP-XXXX-1 instance will always describe it as looking “beautiful and noble”, with emphasis to the coat and eyes of the entity.4 Individuals will also describe being compelled to interact or ride the instance, though these effects will often dissipate if they are debriefed on the nature of the instance, or if the instance has metamorphosed into its true appearance.

When a human touches an SCP-XXXX-1 instance for an extended period of time, the instance will undergo rapid decomposition, and the subject will be attached to the entity via a black tar-like substance. While this adhesive is impossible to break apart from under normal circumstances, injuring the instance or amputating affected extremities will free the victim. However, affected extremities will remain stuck to the instance.

Periodically, SCP-XXXX-1 instances will manifest several meters or kilometers outside of SCP-XXXX during “retrieval events,” and situate themselves in secluded locations. As of writing, no instances have been found near commercial areas or civilian residences near major population centers. After an instance finds one or more suitable human subjects, it will attempt to lure the subjects to it and capture them. If this fails for whatever reason however, the instance will remain in the initial area until it captures the human or demanifests normally. After one or more humans come into contact with the instance, it will begin to decompose and bond with them. The instance will make an effort to ensure the subjects do not touch the ground, if the subject was not riding it during this metamorphosis. Instances who have captured a human will then return to SCP-XXXX shortly after. The time retrieval events take to complete varies, but will usually take between several hours or days. If entities remains outside SCP-XXXX’s area for an extended period of time, is in an enclosed area for thirty minutes, or has sustained a significant amount of damage, it will demanifest naturally.

After all active SCP-XXXX-1 instances return to SCP-XXXX, they will begin to race around the track, observations have determined each instance must complete the track five times to win. Each instance will do so until one has achieved victory. After which, the first three instances will revert to their non-anomalous form and release their victim. After the victim is released, they will receive a trophy constructed of human hearts and livers. Subjects below third place will have their instance let out several distressed volcilizations before running into a nearby loch, with the first three instances following shortly after. No manifestations will occur for several weeks following this race, and the whereabouts of those brought into the loch are unknown.

Interviews with those who have won a race, or have been rescued from previous SCP-XXXX-1 instances have revealed that hallucinations will occur shortly after the race begins, with subjects describing SCP-XXXX as appearing well maintained at this time. SCP-XXXX-1 and other subjects will be perceived as non-anomalous horses and horse jockeys, other components of a horse race will also be perceived at this time,5 along with a crowd of individuals. Those outside of SCP-XXXX at this time will report hearing the speaker system continuously emit garbled audio, if there are only three subjects however, the speakers will instead play the final part of ‘William Tell Overture’ by italian composer Gioachino Antonio Rossini. In addition, winners will begin experiencing a delusional effect after winning, such as believing they are a professional horse jockey, and continuing to experience the hallucinations until some form of amnesia is experienced. Those below third place will describe all components will decay into their current form with each passing lap, and that the crowd and announcer will ‘deteriorate’ as the race nears an end (See Addendum-XXXX-2 for more details).

Addendum XXXX-1 — Discovery: SCP-XXXX was brought to the Foundation’s attention on 1995-07-13, after multiple missing persons reports were brought up in several newspapers in Plockton and nearby towns. These reports mentioned the persons going missing after telling family and friends about “beautiful looking horses near their house” before disappearing, one report had mentioned an elderly woman continuously mentioning the presence of a “kelpie” near their garden before vanishing. An investigation into these reports was conducted, while no unusual activity was reported, multiple hoof prints and strands of white Equus caballus hair strands covered in the viscous substance SCP-XXXX-1 produces was found.

After a follow up investigation on 1995-07-18, three SCP-XXXX-1 instances were found with several children ranging from seven to fourteen years of age. MTF members were successful in rescuing all children, though were unsuccessful in terminating the instances, as they had escaped after being harmed. Personnel had noted that all instances had several dismembered hands on their heads and body, with minute knife marks visible on the tissue and bones. These instances were tracked down, which then lead to the discovery of SCP-XXXX. Research on both entities was performed, and were secured on 1995-07-21.

Research into the owner of SCP-XXXX revealed that a venue of the same name and architecture was intended to be built in 1972, but was cancelled due to unknown reasons. Interviews with those who have designed the building have turned up no useful information. Notably, Johnathan O’Brien had vanished on the same year as the cancelation of the venue’s construction, with most of his belongings being found at the bottom of the loch near SCP-XXXX, including the original blueprints to the venue. O’Brien’s whereabouts and well-being are currently unknown.

Addendum-XXXX-2: The following are interviews with civilians who have had contact with SCP-XXXX-1, all were conducted by Senior Researcher Richard Jackson.

Addendum-XXXX-3: [Data Temporarily Redacted]