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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: A 1 km exclusion zone is to be maintained around SCP-XXXX. Trespassers found within the exclusion zone are to be questioned, amnesticized, and released. Any personnel experiencing lasting psychological effects resulting from exposure to SCP-XXXX are to be given class A amnestics at their request.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a large two story house in ██████, ████████. Prior to the events which led to the creation of SCP-XXXX the house was the residence of Maxwell Harper. Harper’s disappearance on 23/04/2002 is hypothesized to have resulted in SCP-XXXX’s anomalous properties.

SCP-XXXX’s primary anomalous property manifests as the induction of a set of psychological symptoms when subjects capable of emotion are brought within 500 meters of SCP-XXXX. The effects are weakest at 500 meters away and grow more severe as the subject approaches. Reported symptoms of exposure include:

  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • The feeling of being watched
  • The feeling of a presence behind the subject
  • Minor visual hallucinations of movement within the forest surrounding SCP-XXXX

Symptoms become permanent if a subject remains within the area of effect for longer than approximately 1 hour. In addition, victims of prolonged exposure experience severe anxiety and panic attacks when in the presence of darkened windows. However, administration of amnestics is effective in the removal of permanent effects of exposure.

The primary anomalous effect does not extend to SCP-XXXX’s interior. Instead, certain rooms within SCP-XXXX induce emotional states in subjects upon entering. These emotional states are thought to mirror those experienced by Maxwell Harper on the day of his disappearance. See Experiment log XXXX. Excluding the bathroom, these effects are not permanent and cease upon exiting the affected room.

Addendum XXXX.1: Experiment log

Researcher's Note: Once it had been established that the effects of SCP-XXXX's interior are not permanent, a single research subject was used for the sake of consistency. To prevent cross test contamination, the subject was given 2 days of rest between tests.

Subject: D-3233, male, 32
Room: Living room
Result: Subject reports mild paranoia and anxiety. In addition, subject repeatedly glances at the forest visible through the exterior window. When prompted about this behavior, subject reported seeing movement behind the trees in his peripheral vision.

Subject: D-3233, male, 32
Room: Kitchen
Result: Subject falls into a stupor and begins methodically disassembling his Foundation issued camera before being stopped by attending guards. When questioned about his motives, D-3233 reported that "[He] felt like [he] had to." Subject refused to elaborate.

Subject: D-3233, male, 32
Room: Bathroom
Result: Unknown. Subject experienced a grand mal seizure and fell into a coma. Subject expired 2 days later.

Addendum XXXX.2: Discovery

On 07/05/2002, local authorities were notified by Harper’s family that Harper had not returned their phone calls in two weeks. Upon reaching SCP-XXXX, first responders began to show symptoms of exposure, alerting embedded Foundation operatives to SCP-XXXX’s anomalous properties.

Inside SCP-XXXX, Foundation agents discovered that all drains in house had been intentionally clogged with articles of clothing. In addition the kitchen was clear of all furniture and all metal objects in the house had been arranged in a rough circle at the center. Most of the house’s windows had been hastily barricaded shut with wooden planks.

The door to Harper’s bathroom was found to be blocked with a rudimentary barricade. A 30 by 30 cm exterior window, one of the few lacking barricades, had been broken. No trace of Harper was found.