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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXXX is unable to be contained, due to its lack of corporeality and/or immeasurable scale, however, most of its anomalous effects can be counter-acted or avoided entirely by altering behavior patterns or simply not participating in any form of testing related to SCP-XXXX.
NOTE: The following guide does not include solutions to effects that do not require instigation. Researcher's speculation has lead to the belief that SCP-XXXX may have a number of anomalous properties that remain unaccounted for at this time. Severe discretion is advised among personnel to look out for any anomalous instances or behavior that could be attributed to SCP-XXXX.

Prolonged preoccupation with SCP-XXXX has been revealed to be a prime cause of most of its anomalous manifestations. Personnel are advised to keep testing and theorizing about SCP-XXXX to a bare minimum (no more than a couple of hours a month). As such, testing and research is to be handled in shifts, with 1 researcher assigned to each week within the month.

SCP-XXXX is also known to have an effect particularly among cultists, shamans or any who claim to have strong connections to supernatural entities. This is not always the case as SCP-XXXX has been known to affect people with no known affiliations to such behavior or beliefs, although rarely. These individuals should be brought to Foundation custody immediately upon discovery to undergo psychiatric and [DATA REDACTED] evaluation. It is imperative that all those believed to be affected by SCP-XXXX be brought to the Foundation before progression to latter stages (see description). In the event that subjects reach stage II progression, they are to be contained immediately and examined closely throughout metamorphosis.

Description: SCP-XXXX is an unidentifiable entity/agent that cannot be measured but whose effects have been documented and recorded globally and across human history. It is unclear whether all documented anomalies can in fact be attributed to SCP-XXXX, although a significant portion of them have been found to have characteristics in common, relating them to the same entity. Examples of such instances have been found in everything from ancient Chinese folklore, to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and illustrations to even west-European cave paintings. All of these have been re-discovered by the Foundation and linked with more recent instances of SCP-XXXX's anomalous manifestations.

Most of SCP-XXXX's effects are cognitohazardous in nature and present themselves most commonly as: acute paranoia and fear of the unknown; memory loss or alteration; a sense of dread and fear of darkness (Nyctophobia), depression and suicidal depression; religious euphoria, frenzy and fanaticism; lucid dreaming and hallucination and other, less discernible effects. Although common, these are considered to be stage I of SCP-XXXX's manifestation. All victims suffering from the first stage of SCP-XXXX's influence, when asked or interrogated, attribute their condition to an entity referred to as "The Dreaming God", which presents itself vaguely within dreams or hallucinations of affected subjects and are all very similar in nature (see interview log for further details). Stage I is known to last several months to even a few years.

Unless properly treated, subjects always progress to stage II of 'metamorphosis'. During the second stage, affected subjects begin to undergo severe alteration both mental and physical. Most common changes include loss of skin pigmentation; anorexic behavior (self-inflicted starvation); degradation of the senses and, most notably, subjects eyes begin to turn completely black. During this stage, which lasts approximately four (4) to six (6) months, subjects display an almost catatonic behavior and eventually lose the ability to communicate altogether. There is no known way to reverse the effects of SCP-XXXX once this stage is reached. As of incident XXXX-J (see incident report), it has been concluded that human beings are not the only things affected by SCP-XXXX. Stage II alteration has also been observed in animals. Approximately 75% of subjects affected by stage II do not survive before the final stage is reached.

During the final stage (Stage III), subjects undergo full metamorphosis. After the four (4) to six (6) month period expires, subjects begin to 'awaken' from their catatonic state, showing progressively more aggressive behavior. During this transition period, which lasts approximately six (6) to eight (8) hours, subjects are highly irritable and do not seem to have any memory of their past lives nor do they appear to be capable of distinguishing friend from foe. Eventually, subject's aggression levels peak, at which point all semblance of humanity is lost. At this point, subjects become what is to be referred to as SCP-XXXX-1. These entities appear only capable of grotesque behavior (self-mutilation, cannibalism, [DATA REDACTED], homicide etc.) and seem to only derive pleasure from engaging in these behaviors. If numerous instances of SCP-XXXX-1 are exposed to each other, they will proceed to [DATA REDACTED] for days and remain alive regardless of almost any bodily damage sustained and will scream or whisper incoherently in numerous known and unknown languages as well as write words (English or otherwise), symbols or other illustrations in blood, feces or whatever else they can. As of yet, there has been only one recorded instance of an SCP-XXXX-1 responding to questioning semi-coherently (see log XXXX-J-5). This stage lasts for several days after which all subjects eventually expire and begin to decay rapidly, leaving behind a substance resembling dust or ash.