Gentleman Thief's Sandbox

Contain the Bismarck

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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Presumed Neutralized (Formerly Keter)

Special Containment Procedures: Information regarding SCP-XXXX's anomalous properties is to be suppressed according to standard protocols. The British Royal Navy has agreed to aid the Foundation in this effort.

Foundation agents embedded in the German military will attempt to gain access to information regarding the KMS Tirpitz in order to determine if it is an instance of SCP-XXXX.

Upon development of the necessary submersible technology, a survey is to be conducted of SCP-XXXX's wreckage in order to verify its neutralization.

Description: SCP-XXXX was the KMS Bismarck, a battleship designed and built for use by the German Kriegsmarine in the Second World War. Several pieces of anomalous technology were incorporated into the ship's design, including:

  • Thaumatological symbols etched into the outer hull at key locations to reinforce SCP-XXXX's belt armor. Sustained fire eventually caused the symbols to overload and combust, causing severe damage to the surrounding hull.
  • Artillery shells containing an unknown gas with mutagenic properties. According to witnesses, those exposed to the compound will undergo rapid, seemingly random mutations. Observed mutations include growth/loss of limbs and sensory organs; development of fur, feathers, and/or scales; and, in one unverified report, transformation into "living fire".
  • A weak psionic field with a radius exceeding 20 kilometers. The field appears to cause individuals with hostile intent towards SCP-XXXX to experience confusion regarding the ship's identity, increasing the likelihood of friendly fire when affected individuals mistake allied vessels for SCP-XXXX. This effect is mild, however, and is easily resisted by subjects aware of the field's influence.
  • A hypothesized anomalous power supply of an unknown, possibly biological nature. During interrogation, surviving crew members stated that SCP-XXXX required a unique type of fuel, however they possessed no knowledge of why this was the case. Chemical analysis of oil leakage found it to contain human blood, trace amounts of hydrogen cyanide, and assorted other substances not normally found in naval fuel oil or seawater. Although none of the captive crew members reported having seen the interior of the engine room, one claims to have heard a sound resembling a heartbeat originating from the engine room.

This list is based on limited observations of SCP-XXXX in combat and interrogations of the few surviving crew members, and is thus not considered exhaustive. Efforts are ongoing to acquire the original design documentation.

As of 27/05/1941, SCP-XXXX is believed to be located at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 560 kilometers off the coast of France. The Foundation currently lacks the technology to reach the wreck and verify its current condition, but the probability of SCP-XXXX continuing to exhibit anomalous properties has been deemed low in light of the damage inflicted upon it prior to its sinking.