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SCP-3416 shortly before capture and containment.

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Keter

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-3416 is stored in a 2 x 2.5 meter soundproof standard containment cell. SCP-XXXX requires a constant loop of the song “Heretic Pride” played at a minimum of 40 dB in volume. To that end, a system of backup media players (in the event of electronic failure) is to be constantly in use, and monitored as necessary via specially prepared security cameras.1 The song may be played from any device as long as the entire song is played from beginning to end at least once, and the period of "true containment" (in which SCP-XXXX is incapable of movement or teleportation) begins the moment the song begins to play. SCP-XXXX begins to experience symptoms of drowsiness and weakness within 10 seconds of hearing the song and gradually enters a catatonic state where it is indistinguishable from a regular statue. During this state, other mammals and birds up to 500 kg will also experience these symptoms and enter a catatonic state as long as they can physically see SCP-XXXX.

If the plaster body of SCP-3416 is completely destroyed, an identical statue in perfect condition will reappear at that location the next day. If a recording of the song is left playing at that location and left unobserved, SCP-3416 will reappear already in a catatonic state.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a semi-realistic plaster statue of a 12-point buck exactly fifteen hands tall. It possesses no anomalous physical or chemical properties. When the statue is intact, it has the capacity to move under its own power in the manner of a live animal. It also becomes a cognitohazard, convincing human subjects that it is capable of speech despite the fact that no sounds have been heard recorded from SCP-XXXX since capture. The voice audio hallucination induced by the cognitohazard resembles someone with whom the subject knows is familiar and specifically pleads to be left alone.

The first reported instance of SCP-XXXX was reported near the scene of a fatal hit and run accident in █████████ ██████ involving a 23 year old man on June 28th, 20█6. A media player was later recovered from the body, but the contents of the drive were unrecoverable. The decorative statue of the buck (which prior to this incident displayed no anomalous activity) was reported to have wandered away from the accident site and disappeared. Witnesses were given a Class-B amnestic.

The second reported instance of SCP-XXXX occurred on July 4th, 20█6. Subject was found in a catatonic state on an abandoned construction site in ████ █████, over ███ miles from the location of the original sighting, surrounded by at least 24 corpses of birds (various species), 2 corpses of rodents, and the bodies of █ unidentified men who appeared to be in their early twenties and of no relation to each other. All of the subjects at the scene appeared to have died due to dehydration and exposure. One of the victims had a cellphone playing the song in question at exactly 62 dB. Due to a lack of information on how to properly contain SCP-XXXX, SCP-XXXX and the scene were accidentally destroyed after catatonically subduing █ Federation agents over the course of six hours.

The third reported instance, and its eventual capture, occurred in ████ ██████ on May 13th, 20█8, after SCP-3416 had been sighted in a residential garden owned by an Amy ███, a middle-aged woman with no known relatives. Foundation officials secured SCP-XXXX there with no casualties. "The deer told me he was happy where he is," was her only statement to SCP officials. She was administered a Class-A amnestic.

Tests were performed to ascertain the extent of SCP-XXXX's anomalies.

Test Log XXXX-D-1
Test Lead: Doctor Siegal
Subject: D-8053093
Testing Procedure: D-8053093 was instructed to enter the room containing SCP-XXXX wearing soundproof headphones and a wire. D-8053093 was instructed to remove their headphones and to listen to the recording of the song being played.
Results: Approximately 10 seconds after the headphones were removed, the subject reported feeling extreme exhaustion and collapsed. Testing within the chamber concluded that the subject was experiencing REM sleep with vital signs within the normal range. Subject was removed from the chamber for further study. After the subject was separated from the recording, they awoke with no memory of prior events after entering the containment room. The audio recording was digitally transcribed and showed no anomalies.
Analysis: SCP-XXXX's effects on sleep seem limited to the radius in which the test subject can perceive the sound of the recording. Further testing is required to see under what conditions SCP-XXXX's cognitohazardous effects present themselves.

Test Log XXXX-D-2
Test Lead: Doctor Siegal
Subject: D-8073093
Testing Procedure: D-8073093 was instructed to enter the room containing SCP-XXXX wearing soundproof headphones and a wire. D-8073093 was instructed not to remove their headphones at any point during the test.
Results: D-8073093 reported that they heard the voice of their late father warning them not to touch SCP-XXXX, saying that it looked "rabid." Analysis of the recording made during the experiment showed no evidence of any sound in the room other than the recording of the song, indicating that the sound being produced by SCP-XXXX was a hallucination.
Analysis: SCP-XXXX's cognitohazardous effects require further study.