MrAnakinSpecter's Super Secret Sandbox

Item #: SCP-4000

Object Class: Keter

Special Containment Procedures: Containment of the SCP-4000 phenomena is currently unfeasible. A disinformation campaign is to actively discredit the legitimacy of claims made by SCP-4000-1A and their supporters.

This is technically all correct SPAG-wise, but it would sound better with some transitional language, I think. Something like: "A disinformation campaign is to be established in order to actively discredit the legitimacy of claims made by SCP-4000-1A and their supporters."

Such claims are to be dismissed as works of fiction (e.g. creative writing, intentional hoaxes), the product of mental illness, the delusions of conspiracy theorists, etc.

I get what you're going for here, but the natural train of thought follows that you are describing the "products of mental illness" as "works of fiction" even though the punctuation separates these in the list. I would personally remove the examples, simply because it is self-explanatory what a work of fiction is.

Online communities composed of SCP-4000-1 Type A and/or individuals with an interest in the SCP-4000 phenomena are to be closely monitored.

Individuals exhibiting symptoms of SCP-4000-1 Type B are to be captured and contained within Psi-resistant humanoid containment cells1.

The existence of SCP-4000-2 must be hidden from the public by any means necessary.

Description: SCP-4000 is a global phenomena primarily manifesting as dreams, hallucinations, and other abnormalities related to perception and memory. Individuals affected by SCP-4000 are classified as SCP-4000-1. Afflicted individuals

"Individuals" is used a bit too much, here.

also display significant behavioral changes and the development of abnormal neuropathologies. The most immediate distinction that separates SCP-4000 from unrelated experiences is the inexplicable commonality between episodes and reactions. Frequently reported elements include:

  • Visions of vast and colossal cities beneath the sea. The windowless structures display non-Euclidean architecture and are composed of a material described as smooth, seamless, and as black as obsidian.

I understand that "as black as obsidian" gives more of a tone of mystery or dread, so this is up to you if you want to keep that or change it to "black, like obsidian" which, to me, makes it sound more clinical.

  • Visions involving gardens of coral depicting indescribable colors - colors presumably outside the human visual spectrum.

Same as the above with "colors - colors".

  • Visions of an entity described as a massive aquatic creature resembling a decapitated whale with white exoskeleton comprised of chitin. In place of a head, it has approximately a thousand appendages resembling

"Resembling" is used too often for my tastes, I would just say it has approximately a thousand appendages or tentacles.

tentacles. Witness description varies, but the entity is commonly assumed as to be twice the size of an average blue whales, if not more larger.

  • Hallucinations involving symbols of unknown origin or context, usually manifesting as short, rapid flashes that leave fleeting imprints upon an individual's paracentral vision. Sign sightings have been known to trigger dizziness, vertigo, post-traumatic stress, psychosis, mania and/or depression, homicidal/suicidal thoughts and behavior, and the development of new hallucinations2. Afflicted individuals have been known to kill family and friends in an effort to "save" them from an ill-defined, but nevertheless impending, cataclysm.
  • Reports of sensations similar to those described by sufferers of phantom pain3 and body integrity identity disorder4 but manifesting as healthy people with their bodies intact feeling as though they are missing limbs that otherwise never existed. Afflicted individuals understand that this feeling is illogical and that the human body (normally) has four limbs, but continue to experience these sensations regardless of acceptance. Individuals have described incidents of phantom pain registering up to 12 meters away from their body, as if these non-existent appendages were also much longer than their actual limbs.

While most SCP-4000-1 are the Type A variant, acutely afflicted individuals who display extrasensory perceptions are classified as SCP-4000-1 Type B. It is of the utmost importance that suspected SCP-4000-1 Type B are secured and contained as soon as possible due to their ability to gain preternatural knowledge of the Foundation and its inner-workings. In recent years, SCP-4000-1 Type B have proven necessary to certain Foundation operations involving SCP-4000 as well as unrelated anomalies (see Mobile Task Force Epsilon-19 "Navajo Only Knows").

Internet communities with a pertinent interest in SCP-4000 have existed since the early 1990s but the phenomena has recently gained a large increase in popularity, partly due to the republication of The Drowned Kingdoms, or The Eternal Dreams of the Firstborn written by Joseph Adler and first published in 1895. Although suggested, it is not presently believed that The Drowned Kingdoms is a vector for SCP-4000. These internet communities have inadvertently aided the Foundation's primary mission through exposing the anomaly to ridicule and fictionalization, as well as benefiting from chronic interpretive disagreements between SCP-4000-1 Type A. The Foundation is to merely monitor these websites for the time being.

The SCP-4000 phenomena was first studied by English occultist Joseph Adler (1833 - 1921), leader of the Hermetic Order of Universal Wisdom - an organization devoted to the study and practice of the occult, metaphysics, and paranormal activities during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In his book The Drowned Kingdoms, or The Eternal Dreams of the Firstborn, Adler discusses his lifelong visions and "astral" exploration of the ruins of a long forgotten race which he refers to as the "Firstborn"5. Unlike other claims involving lost worlds and civilizations (a popular concept at the time), Adler's work includes extensive interviews with other so-called "Dreamers" (SCP-4000-1 Type A), lending evidence to an anomalous phenomena, and makes accurate scientific conclusions describing concepts such as plate tectonics6, evolution, memetics, and physics.

On October 29th, 1920, Adler and nine of his followers attempted mass astral projection7 in the hopes of learning more about the "Firstborn". The attempt resulted in three deaths from acute myocardial infarction (commonly known as heart attack), two from intracranial hemorrhage (non-traumatic), and four by self-termination (methods vary). Joseph Adler committed auto-enucleation8 but ultimately survived.

Operatives arrived at Broadmoor Hospital the next day, intent on taking Joseph Adler into Foundation custody. He was discovered unresponsive in his room and was declared deceased minutes later. The body was delivered to Humanoid Containment Site-744 where it would undergo autopsy. Adler's cause of death was indeterminate but was thought at the time to be the result of untreated pneumonia aggravated by recent trauma.

Among Adler's belongings was an unfinished draft of a map depicting an unknown location. It was initially believed that the partially-depicted landmass was an uncharted island, as the apparent coastline failed to coincide with any known location and the etching itself offered no sense of scale. All efforts to find this island failed and the map was dismissed as irrelevant for a time.

Either erase "for a time" or add a comma after "irrelevant".

Instances of SCP-4000-1 Type A would continue to be tracked and observed, while SCP-4000-1 Type B individuals were secured as per special containment procedures at Humanoid Containment Site-744. There would be no change in the Foundation's understanding of the SCP-4000 phenomena until 1954, when Dr. Charles Baker noticed certain patterns in the Maynard-Sidgwic Test results of SCP-4000-1B, leading him to hypothesize that SCP-4000 influenced individuals are not true Psi-positive individuals and that they are merely receiving information sent and/or displaced by an outside force. Testing this hypothesis required the creation of a new method of Psi assessment, one taking the timing of failure and success into account with the presentation of new information.

It was discovered that SCP-4000-1 Type B require a subject relatively nearby to read, suggesting that displaced information decayed the further it moved from its original source or that it was dependent on the number of sources (minds), not distance traveled (in such a case, SCP-4000-1 Type B on opposite ends of the world would be able to read each others minds clearly, after the passing of an SCP-4000 wave, as long as there were no other minds to dilute this information).

It could be made clearer that more people equals greater psychic interference or whatever it is.

Quite revealing, however, was the difference between an interviewer of SCP-4000-1 Type B conducting their interview with preexisting knowledge of the questions/answers versus encountering these questions/answers only at the start of the interview. In the former cases, SCP-4000-1 Type B were able to ascertain any information held by the interviewer. However, in the latter, there would be a delay 1-12 seconds. With enough interviews occurring simultaneously, researchers were able to conclude that the SCP-4000 phenomena required approximately 12 seconds to reach Site-744 from its point of origin. This suggests that Dr. Baker's hypothesis was correct and that SCP-4000 is likely a frequency of unknown wavelength, significantly slower than electromagnetic radiation (if its origins are unimpeded and terrestrial) but potent enough to cause information displacement/amplification, receivable (to varying degrees) by an unknown number of individuals.

A Statement from Dr. Charles Baker:

SCP-4000, originating from X and traveling at the speed of Y, will reach Site-744 in approximately 12 seconds. I theorized that this could be solved by simply transferring SCP-4000-1 Type B to a number of sites at different parts of the world and conducting the experiment again. Hypothetically, identifying a new maximum "delay of ignorance" could help triangulate the point of origin for the SCP-4000 phenomena.

The experiment was once again conducted as described but the results revealed an unforeseen problem. The initial hypothesis was predicated on the supposition that SCP-4000 had a single point of origin but the results ultimately suggest that SCP-4000 is being transmitted from multiple points - greatly complicating our search.

However, one important detail was gleaned from this data. The delay of ignorance dramatically decreased with proximity to the ocean (inland seas and freshwater bodies displayed no such influence), with the only inland exception being noted in the Himalayas; for reasons unknown, the Atlantic Ocean resulted in a relatively longer delay (approximately 8 seconds) compared to the Pacific Ocean which had the shortest delay (approximately 2 seconds).

Suffice it to say, the source of SCP-4000 is in the sea.

Coinciding with the efforts of Dr. Baker was research into the symptomatic similarities between SCP-4000-1 individuals. A study overseen by Dr. Stefan Gärtner noticed that certain, not previously-described habits often manifested among the more artistically disposed SCP-4000-1. These included depictions resembling the partially drafted map of Joseph Adler. An estimated 12,000 distinct images were compared and combined (along with Adler's original draft), creating a complete map displaying intricate cities and geographical features. Despite its incredible detail, approximately 20% of the map was empty space (primarily in the form of a large "C" shaped mass left of center) and was at first thought to be a body of water.

The map was thought to represent an extraterrestrial location but this conclusion was rescinded and changed in 1956, when the Foundation began to accept plate-tectonic theory. Researchers of the SCP-4000 phenomena came to the realization that all previous interpretations of the complete Adler map were wrong and that the image's empty space depicted the supercontinent of Pangaea, which had existed during the late Paleozoic and early Mesozoic eras. In turn, the detailed portion of the map intended to depict the ocean floor - complete with the unexpected, yet undeniable markings of civilization.

A Statement from Dr. Stefan Gärtner:

One by one, like pieces of a puzzle, the Adler map was created after months of tedious craft. At first, we knew not what to think - the complete image may as well have been some intangible dreamscape born of the collective subconscious of SCP-4000-1. But scientific consensus became a quick and integral ally, the conclusions of plate-tectonics solving a puzzle we would have otherwise struggled with for decades.

As part of my research on SCP-4000-1, I introduced a copy of the map into my weekly interviews and asked if they recognized it. Their reactions ranged from suffocating dread to excitement bordering on euphoria. This is the world that haunts their dreams.

But what *is* it?

The Adler map was divided into tectonic-plates and re-arranged to match the placement of continents in the present era. Using the data from Dr. Baker's delay of ignorance experiments, the Foundation was able to estimate the most likely locations for SCP-4000 transmitters. These transmitters have been classified as SCP-4000-2.

Based on these discoveries, it was concluded that the Firstborn were a non-human, primarily aquatic civilization dating back to at least the late Paleozoic Era 250-300 million years ago. It is believed that the species responsible for SCP-4000 survived the Permian-Triassic extinction event14 and flourished until the Cretaceous–Paleogene (K–Pg) extinction event approximately 66 million years ago. Based on archaeological

Fun fact: archaeology only really relates to the study of what humans made, modified, or transported. You might want to make up a word for this like xenoarchaeological or something.

findings, the Firstborn existed for at least 200 million years and had a near incomprehensible understanding of science and technology.

Due to the global range of the Firstborn, it is believed that only a small percentage of related structures and artifacts have been discovered. Creations linked to this extinct civilization show evidence of anomalous craftsmanship, their construction seemingly impossible by the standards of modern human technology. Despite the near indestructibility of their structures, it is feared that most of their ruins are permanently lost due to the Wilson cycle15.

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