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Item #: SCP-3784

Object Class: Keter

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-3784-1-a through -f are currently housed in the Site-79 Large Biological Anomaly Storage Unit. Maintenance, including watering, pruning, and recovery of produced instances of SCP-3784-2 are to be kept up on a regular basis. Personnel who are assigned to maintenance of the collective are to wear conventional gas masks while at work. Any change in any SCP-3784-1 instance's rate of production of SCP-3784-2 are to be detailed and reported to Site Command.

Instances of SCP-3784-2 currently in containment are to be kept stored in standard metal containers appropriate for their size and kept frozen in refrigeration of at least -50o Celsius. SCP-3784-2 instances produced by SCP-3784-1-a through -f are to be quickly removed from the soil surrounding their parent tree and moved to the aforementioned containment. Monitoring of SCP-3784-1-a through -f is to be kept up on a constant basis. Personnel assigned to SCP-3784 are to shift out with others on 6 hour intervals. Failure to report produced instances of SCP-3784-2 are grounds for reassignment.

Any new, unrecorded instances of SCP-3784-1 that come to the Foundation's attention are to be recovered and brought to the Foundation if possible, with destruction of instances following if recovery is not a plausible option. Witnesses to unreported instances are to be administered Class-B Amnestics. Witnesses to the effects of SCP-3784-2 are to be administered Class-A Amnestics.

Sudden appearances of SCP-3784-3 are to be dealt with by available Mobile Task Force operatives and destroyed as soon as possible, with all witnesses being administered Class-A Amnestics with false memories implanted. Media blackout and cover-up procedures are to be enacted as soon as the instance comes to the attention of the Foundation

Description: SCP-3784-1-a through -f is the designation given to a collective of 6 anomalous trees, bearing a close physical resemblance to those of the Platanus occidentalis (American Sycamore) species, albeit with a red coloration in their bark and leaves. SCP-3784-1 instances display an inconsistent growth period of 75 years in the wild, reducing to an average 15 years when in captivity. Instances of SCP-3784-1 also grow to be noticeably smaller than their non-anomalous counterparts, with average mature height reaching a range of 12 to 14 meters, and the tallest recorded instance growing to 17 meters.

SCP-3784-1 instances show evidence of a communication system, achieved through the spread of pheromone secretions via their root systems. SCP-3784-1 appear to use this system to communicate the presence of any damage, foreign lifeforms, or destruction of other SCP-3784-1 instances, in an effort to warn surrounding instances of possible danger. SCP-3784-1 instances also appear to be linked through unknown means, and are able to instantly know when another SCP-3784-1 instance is destroyed, regardless of distance, and will begin releasing the appropriate pheromones in response.

SCP-3784-2 are fruit produced by SCP-3784-1 instances approximately two months after they reach maturity. They are ovular in shape, with a pointed, dark red stem protruding from the top. Once at full size, SCP-3784-2 instances will detach their stem from their parent tree and fall to the surrounding soil below. SCP-3784-2 instances possess a changing color, starting with a red-purple coloration before gradually developing a gradient-like color, transitioning from yellow at the top to purple at the bottom, over the course of 6 days.

Anomalous properties only manifest after 7 days of an instance of SCP-3784-2 reaching its full size. The internal temperature of the instance will rise over the course of the 7 days, ending at a temperature range of 132o to 143o Celsius. Instances that reach this temperature range will begin to vibrate within 2 to 3 hours. After approximately 24 minutes of these vibrations, the instance will violently explode, expelling a great amount of physical matter into the surrounding area. It will begin affecting the surrounding area, with its influence travelling in a circle originating from the point of explosion at a rate of 75 kmh, and before dissipating once a distance of approximately 145 km is reached. If multiple instances of SCP-3784-2 explode in the same area, the total size of the area will increase in accordance to the number of instances present, with the increase in size halving with every instance present. Two instances will increase the total range to 217.5 km2, and three will increase it to 253.75 km2, and so on. There does not seem to be a limit to how much the total size can increase from one epicenter.

Within the range SCP-3784-2's anomalous effects, henceforth referred to as SCP-3784-3, all organic and inorganic material that was passed over by the wave and does not fit what is conventionally considered plant-based life will undergo a shift in its chemical and physical composition into a plant-based structure. Living organisms commonly take the form of a near exact replica of the person or animal in question, constructed out of the same red bark and leaves found in SCP-3784-1 instances. Inorganic material will instead be converted into new instances of SCP-3784-1, albeit with the orignal materials of the object embedded within its trunk. In areas where there is no non-plant-based life, new instances of SCP-3784-1 will instead instantaneously sprout from the ground to full maturity, even in soil with no records of an SCP-3784-1 instance having grown there in the past. All plant-based life already in place will also begin to gain a red coloration, consistent with that of SCP-3784-1 instances.

Within SCP-3784-3 instances is a self-contained ecosystem that is seemingly produced as soon as the area within is converted to an SCP-3784-3 instance. Many animals consistently appear within SCP-3784-3 instances, and are classified as SCP-3784-3-T1 through T6.

At the epicenter of every SCP-3784-3 instance is an object classified as SCP-3784-4. SCP-3784-4 is a glowing red sphere housed in a dome of branches and leaves that appears to be constructed the instant an SCP-3784-3 instance manifests. SCP-3784-4 appears to be made of a tough, shock-absorbent material. SCP-3784-4 does not display any notable anomalous properties on its own, however, it appears that SCP-3784-3-T6 is somehow linked to SCP-3784-4, as it will manifest within the SCP-3784-4 instance's dome if non-plant life enters it, violently attacking whatever enters the dome, seemingly in an effort to protect SCP-3784-4 from destruction.

If SCP-3784-4 is destroyed, its corresponding instance of SCP-3784-3 will disappear over a time of 5 hours, with all instances of SCP-3784-1, SCP-3784-2, and SCP-3784-3-T1 through T6 disappearing along with it. All non-plant life that was not converted by the initial wave of SCP-3784-3 will remain unaffected. However, all non-plant life that was converted will disappear alongside the SCP-3784-3 instance.

SCP-3784 came to the attention of the Foundation on █/██/19██, after a town in the location of what is now Morcote, Switzerland was converted into an instance of SCP-3784-3 (See Incident Log 3784-I8310). Over the course of three weeks, Mobile Task Force Beta-7 ("Maz Hatters") was able to eventually destroy the SCP-3784-3 instance after options for large-scale recovery were ruled out, with MTF Beta-7 recovering instances of SCP-3784-2 in the process for further examination (See Experiment Log 3784-E2463). After the incident, large-scale rebuilding was put in place to create what is now the town of Morcote.

Addendum: The following statement was made by the Director of Site-79 at the time of writing on ██/██/20██:

I've been meaning to write this out for a while now, but it's become recently apparent that not a lot of personnel truly understand what makes SCP-3784, and all of its components, count for a Keter class anomaly. I'm here to finally explain what has lead to what seems like a bizarre classification to many.

This is a small, very brief part of the document, but SCP-3784-1 instances have an inconsistent growing period of approximately 75 years in the wild before they can reach maturity and begin producing SCP-3784-2 instances. A very large amount of time, to be sure, but that is precisely the reason why it has it's classification. It hasn't even been 75 years since we discovered it. We've only been able to get the knowledge we have because SCP-3784-1 grows alarmingly faster when grown in captivity with outside care.

The simple truth of the matter is that we don't know how many instances of SCP-3784-1 are still out in the world, still growing. We don't even know how widespread SCP-3784-1 actually is. SCP-3784 poses such a massive possible threat that classifying it as anything other than Keter is simply not plausible. We need to figure out its reach and fully contain it before it has the opportunity to act upon the time we've given it thus far.

There's your spiel. I hope you all can understand the situation at hand better now.

Researcher Fredrik Nowen
Site Director