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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Euclid (Keter classification pending)

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXXX is to be stored upon a solid pedestal within a locked, airtight, and soundproofed container measuring no less than 2 x 3 x 3 metres. This room must be fitted with a 75cm3 opaque hinged box to be inspected, emptied of its contents, and thoroughly cleaned sterilised via gamma irradiation every two days. It is mandatory that any persons entering the sealed chamber wear a biohazard suit, thus preventing the spread of any pathogens present in SCP-XXXX-2. The object is not to be moved.

The containment chamber must be at least 60 metres away from any air ducts, water pipes, or other SCP objects. All large pieces of furniture in this radius must be entirely solid and/or transparent, and are to be positioned less than 15 or more than 80 centimetres away from walls and each other. All corridors connecting to, or passing within 60 metres of SCP-XXXX's container must be constantly illuminated to a minimum of 40 lux. Routine checks of the area using cadaver dogs are to be completed on a weekly basis.

Any uncovered occurrences of SCP-XXXX-2 are to be removed and autopsied incinerated as soon as possible.

Reports of bodies being found in unusual locations are to be investigated for signs of a second, uncontained instance of SCP-XXXX.

SCP-447-2 is not to be utilised at Site-██ under any circumstances.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a child-sized T-bar sandal made from severely worn black leather. Little information on the origin of the artifact can be gleaned due to its tattered and dirty state, although radiocarbon dating has proven it to be at least ███ years of age. Wearing the object has no apparent effect, although it is consistently reported to be uncomfortably warm and "too tight." It is currently unknown if the other shoe also possesses the same anomalous properties.

Occasionally, sounds can be heard emanating from the vicinity of the item. These usually consist of loud thumping, whimpering, hyperventilation, [REDACTED] and screaming.

The object's more significant anomalous effect occurs when within a 50 metres of an enclosed any sufficiently tight, dark space (defined here as a space possessing at least one dimension between 15 and 80 centimetres, and subjected to less than 30 lux). When a suitable area remains unobserved for more than 60 minutes, one to four human corpses of varying stages of decomposition and cause of death (hereafter referred to as SCP-XXXX-2) will spontaneously materialise within the confined space. This process will occur once every two days, beginning with the nearest location and only ceasing when all available spaces within the area of effect are full. Spaces too small to fit an entire human body will either contain partial remains or extremely compressed tissue.

SCP-XXXX-2 most commonly appear as females between the ages of 4 and 19, often dressed in attire from the early or mid 20th Century. No bodies recovered have yet been identified. Observed causes of death include positional asphyxia, blunt force trauma, drowning, strangulation, dismemberment, heat exhaustion, hypothermia, various diseases, and in one case, what appeared to be explosive decompression. Prior to the implementation of stricter containment procedures, SCP-XXXX-2 had manifested inside Site-██ air ducts, water pipes, closets, desk draws, behind shelves, and once inside the box containing SCP-███ (luckily this was noticed by security before consumption and [DATA EXPUNGED] could occur).

Some members of staff have proposed that SCP-XXXX's ability to generate a seemingly infinite supply of cadavers could potentially be used to provide food and test subjects for anthropophagic SCPs. Approval pending. Denied until further notice. See Addendum.

Following Incident-XXXX-1, it is now believed SCP-XXXX-2 are transported from [DATA EXPUNGED]. As such, all SCP-XXXX-2 are now to be incinerated as soon as they are discovered.

SCP-XXXX was recovered in 2013 from a ███████████ supermarket in the village of R█████████, United Kingdom. Numerous complaints of an unbearable odour, discoloured water, and electrical malfunctions led to the discovery of over ████ sets of badly decomposed human remains hidden throughout the store. Foundation assets embedded in the ██████ Police discovered SCP-XXXX wedged beneath a shelf, surrounded by a large quantity of compressed biomass. Shop staff and law enforcement were promptly administered amnestics, and the building was condemned under the guise of constructing a new retail park. How the object had arrived at this location is entirely unknown, although due to the sheer volume of SCP-XXXX-2, it is believed to have been present for at least █ years. It is also unclear how workers remained seemingly unaware of the anomalous activity for such an extended period of time.

Addendum (Incident-XXXX-1): On ██/██/2020, two instances of SCP-049-2 were discovered exiting a deep fat fryer in the D-Class cafeteria kitchen. The instances attacked and killed several D-Class and one member of site security before being terminated. Since SCP-049 was accounted for at Site-19, ████ kilometres from Site-██, the investigation concluded that SCP-XXXX was most likely responsible for the incident. As this event occurred over ███ metres outside the supposedly limited manifestation zone, as well as defying the established pattern of SCP-XXXX-2 appearance, reclassification as Keter is pending until further testing can be carried out.