Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXXX is to be stored in a small cork board hanging from the back of a standard containment locker 4cm by 3cm by 3cm metal container, within a 4 meter by 5 meter room with solid steel walls no less than 4 cm thick. On one wall lies a standard classroom-sized cork board to be used for testing purposes only.

SCP-XXXX is not to be left in the cork board unsupervised and is to be placed back in its metal container after daily testing has concluded. As of test 22-B, researchers are prohibited from preforming direct testing, and instead are to use Class D personnel to carry out all further experiments. All testing is to be closely monitored, documented, and compiled into an archive for future study.

Effective immediately as of test 98-A:, Testing on anything other than paper is to be kept at a minimum. At least 80-100 tests are to be preformed daily. This will be enforced.
Any tests which require amnestics of any kind be administered to testing D Class are to be reported directly to the site director, who will then determine the need for any amnestics on all others present during said testing. All such cases are to be archived separately.

Description: SCP-XXXX is an ornate thumbtack with a decorated cylindrical head and a pin of 1cm in length. The handle is carved from the bone of an unknown species. All attempts to identify the species have been unsuccessful. The age of the item is estimated to be well over 75,000 years old, though its exact age remains unknown, as it is far older than carbon dating is able to accurately measure. At the molecular level, the pin is constantly shifting metals, though it always retains its brass color. There has been no observed correlation between the effect of the item and its current metal.

After being pinned by SCP-XXXX, documents will begin to change in some way. Approximately 94% of the time, this results in the document being translated into another language.
Frequently observed languages include:

  • Polish
  • Croatian
  • Archaic Latin
  • Russian
  • Gaelic-Scottish
  • Serbian
  • Hebrew
  • French
  • German
  • At least 4 other unidentified languages.

There is no discernible pattern as to which language SCP-XXXX decides to use, or when it alters something other than language, although some consistencies have been noted:

  • When translated, typed text tends to stay in the same font, while handwritten text closely resembles the original author's handwriting.
  • When multiple papers are pinned at once, alterations begin on the top page progress through to the bottom pages.
  • The thickness of each individual paper seems to have an effect on the time it takes for alterations to begin, with thinner notebook paper beginning almost instantaneously, and thicker construction paper taking up to 4 minutes.
  • Papers with images rather than text begin to "swim" around on the page in random patterns. Depending on the complexity of the image, the "puddle" of lines can sometimes arrange into a new image, given enough time.

Alterations other than language translation are a rare occurrence, but are extremely unpredictable and often violent. Observed alterations include:

  • Change in color
  • Seemingly random creases
  • Spontaneous combustion
  • Changing to a liquid or gaseous state
  • Extremely fast rate of biodegredation
  • Growing or shrinking in size
  • Secretion of a multitude of chemicals of varying effects, some being lethal to humans

Recovery1: SCP-XXXX was recovered from [DATA EXPUNGED] Middle School in [DATA EXPUNGED]. Field agent had found that multiple papers and essays coming from classroom 214 were written in vague and uncommon languages, yet still given grades as usual with no further comments or remarks from staff. An investigation by containment specialists found SCP-XXXX to be the common link between all affected papers. Item was then confiscated and brought back to facility.

Recovery2: SCP-XXXX was recovered from a rural Catholic School in [DATA EXPUNGED]. After reports of "satanic scripture" found posted in classroom 214, field agent had discovered multiple papers and essays from students in this classroom were written in archaic Latin, as well as a multitude of other dead or unknown languages. An investigation by containment specialists found SCP-XXXX to be the common link between all affected papers. Item was then confiscated and brought back to facility.

Test 22-B: (page melts, drops appear to poison researcher, who has a seizure)

Test 98-A: (page reveals documents for cognitohazard/memetic SCP. Testing is ramped up to learn why it suddenly went from language translation to full on top secret documents)

Addendum: [a few more random incidents or observations, maybe? Some strange tests that aren't quite as dangerous as those above?]