SCP-4405
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Item#: SCP-4405

Object Class: Keter

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A photograph of the outermost interior of SCP-4405 taken by a drone.

Special Containment Requirements: Containment Site-██ is a 76,000-acre restricted zone surrounding SCP-4405. A cover story has been disseminated claiming this area has been chosen as a preservation habitat for reindeer. Access to SCP-4405 is prohibited to those of Level-3 and higher. Security teams are stationed at around the perimeter fence are to be changed every [REDACTED] hour. All personnel entering SCP-4405 are to be screened for emotional disturbances for up to 5 days. All civilians witnessing entities from SCP-4405 are to be to be administered Class-C amnestics. The preserve surrounding SCP-4405 is to by stocked biannually with reindeer, wild boar, and musk ox to sustain local populations of SCP-4405-A.

Personnel are forbidden to enter SCP-4405 under any circumstances unless for testing purposes. All unauthorized personnel within SCP-4405's boundaries, attempt to gain unauthorized entry SCP-4405, are to be removed immediately by force. Instances of SCP-4405-A are allowed to traverse the entire containment area so long as they nest exclusively in SCP-4405. Hostile SCP-4405-A instances are to be subdued through the use of heavy sedatives. Termination of a SCP-4405-A instance is to done as a last resort to maintain a peaceful relationship with the entities. All instances of SCP-4405-B are to be terminated upon exiting SCP-4405, using automatic weapons, stationed artillery emplacements, and/or ceramic-piercing shells, as necessary. If an instance of SCP-4405-B manages to breach containment, all available security teams must engage the entity via aircraft.

Description: SCP-4405 is a cave located in the Northernmost border of the Scandinavian Mountains in the country of Norway. The mouth of the cave is approximately 40m in diameter and leads to a spiral tunnel that descends approximately 1.5 kilometers below the surface before opening up to a vast cavern approximately 30 square kilometers long which is too immense to be part of the landscape's geology. Leading researchers to believe that the internal structure is a pocket dimension. The ceiling of SCP-4405 is lined with a bioluminescent fungus of an unknown genus that provides ample lighting to the cave's interior, collecting samples of this fungus has so far remained impossible as it will degrade rapidly upon leaving SCP-4405. The floor of the cave is covered to a depth of three (3) meters in gold coins, jewelry, and various artifacts of Celtic origin. Most notably, the walls of the chamber are lined with statues/sculptures depicting dragons, Norse gods as well as a few that bear a strong resemblance to notable SCPs such as SCP-3000, SCP-682, and SCP-███. All objects, removed from SCP-4405 have so far possessed no anomalous properties. Attempts to seal or damage SCP-4405 will cause the entrance to emit a bright red light before [DATA EXPUNGED], causing heavy losses of both Foundation equipment and personnel.

SCP-4405 exerts powerful hypnotic effects on humans within a 900-meter radius from the mouth of the cave. Individuals within this radius reported feeling a strong curiosity towards SCP-4405 after twenty (20) minutes of exposure. After thirty (30) minutes to two (2) hours of exposure, individuals will attempt to enter SCP-4405, 60% of individuals have known to display high levels of aggression and paranoia towards those who try to intervene, but will otherwise ignore all outside forces. Upon reaching the interior of SCP-4405, individuals will collect the artifacts around them, gathering treasure into mounds between one and two meters high, which the subject will then bury themselves in. Once inside, the subject enters a comatose state lasting between (2) to (3) hours. The process that takes place, however, has yet to be examined. But after this stage, the individual is to be classified as SCP-4405-A or SCP-4405-B.

Discovery:SCP-4405 was first brought to the foundation's attention in 07/25/19██ when reports of ███ hikers going missing in a span of (14) years which seemed to coincide with sightings of "dragons" within the area. Task forces were dispatched to investigate the source of these reports, whereupon they discovered SCP-4405 and its anomalous properties. Witnesses of SCP-4405-A were given Class-B amnestics and a cover story claiming that hazardous terrain and snowstorms being responsible for the disappearances. Instances of SCP-4405-A already inhabiting the area surrounding SCP-4405 were cooperative with foundation personnel and the site was established with minimal difficulty.