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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: A perimeter of 52 kilometers, marked by a mesh wire fence, has been established to enclose SCP-XXXX. The perimeter includes a safe zone of approximately 200 meters between the fence and the estimated outer boundary of SCP-XXXX. Five access points are placed along the perimeter to allow personnel access. At regular intervals of 50 meters along the perimeter fence are two standard-issue security cameras and motion sensors, to detect both the entry of unauthorised personnel and active instances of SCP-XXXX-2. Weekly inspections are required both inside and outside the perimeter fence to verify its structural integrity and the continued functionality of monitoring equipment.

At each entry point is a personnel station that is to be manned at all times by at least four (x4) Foundation staff. These staff are required to monitor their designated section of the perimeter fence through both physical inspection and camera monitoring. The station and staff are to be equipped with uniforms of local parks and services rangers and provide standard cover story to civilians or members of government services who come across the perimeter fence. Personnel station #03 contains additional sleeping quarters and an armory for MTF-198 "Higgins’ Heroes", which is to be deployed should instances of SCP-XXXX-2 manifest within SCP-XXXX. Staff are to be rotated from SCP-XXXX on regular basis of 6 months, while MTF-198 is to be rotated on a basis of 4 months.

In the event that any civilians or unauthorized personnel penetrate SCP-XXXX's perimeter wall, Foundation staff are to immediately locate and retrieve them before the maximum safety timeframe within SCP-XXXX is exceeded. Should unauthorized personnel stay long enough for an instance of SCP-XXXX-2 to manifest, MTF-198 is to be dispatched to retrieve survivors and remains of deceased, and to terminate the instance of SCP-XXXX-2 if it is still extant. Survivors must be administered Class A amnesiacs and provided with a cover story when handed over to local authorities, and monitoring by Foundation staff will be undertaken for 6 months following the incident they are involved with to ensure they are not at risk from exterior incursions of SCP-XXXX-2.

Description: SCP-XXXX is an area comprised of a freshwater lake and its immediate surroundings, located in ██████████ County, ███ ██████. The lake has been used as a recreational location since the early twentieth century, but has been closed to the general public since Foundation acquisition on 13/06/19██. SCP-XXXX came to the attention of the Foundation after numerous disappearances and deaths in the area were reported.

The environment of SCP-XXXX is comprised of a freshwater lake surrounded by light woodland and acts as the catchment basin for the ████████ River. Several buildings are located on the lake's shoreline, including two large houses, one barn, one boatshed, and five log cabins around a communal camping ground. The houses are constructed in the Queen Anne style of architecture; construction records for these and indicate that they were built between 1895 and 1908, and also state that the cabins were built after the Second World War. The barn and boatshed are not listed within the site until 1957 and 1971, respectively, and it is currently unknown which companies or owners are responsible for their construction prior to these dates. No owners of these buildings and camping grounds are listed in records unearthed by Foundation researchers. Despite the lack of owners and frequent habitation, the interiors of all buildings have been reported to be kept in good condition.

SCP-XXXX's effects consist of two distinct phases. During the first phase, SCP-XXXX-1, no physical anomalous properties are displayed until approximately 6 to 9 hours after entry into the exclusion zone, which has been calculated to begin at 200 meters within the perimeter fence. During the initial hour of entry, subjects experience no anomalous occurrences, but subsequently begin to experience increasing levels of anxiety and paranoia, and heightened fear responses. If the subject leaves SCP-XXXX during this time, these feelings quickly decline, but will rapidly resume should they reenter the zone of SCP-XXXX's influence. The effect is believed to be cumulative and is a primary factor for the regular rotation of staff on-site.

The second phase of SCP-XXXX begins when a humanoid entity, designated SCP-XXXX-2, manifests within SCP-XXXX's area of influence and proceeds to hunt down and kill any subjects who are still present. SCP-XXXX-2 shows extreme hostility upon manifesting and will continue its pursuit of affected subjects unless terminated; it is not restricted to SCP-XXXX’s area of effect and has been observed to pursue subjects up to ██ kilometers away. Despite this, SCP-XXXX-2's actions are presumed to be defensive in nature, as it exhibits a tendency to ignore subjects who have been present for a shorter period of time than its targets. Personnel who attempt to interact with or halt SCP-XXXX-2 following its manifestation are then targeted and pursued as with other affected subjects. Once it has eliminated all affected subjects, SCP-XXXX-2 enters the lake of SCP-XXXX and sinks, presumably drowning in the process.

SCP-XXXX-2's resilience and resistance to injury is well documented, but on four (x4) occasions it has been successfully terminated by members of MTF-189 and its corpse retrieved for study. Each instance of SCP-XXXX-2 has displayed the following physical anomalies:

  • Presence of dense bondings within bones and muscle fibers,
  • Absence of several major organ groups belonging to the digestive system, reproductive system, and waste system, with the remaining cavities taken up by muscle,
  • Absence of chromosomes and genetic information within all cells found in the body,
  • Absence of frontal lobe and gray matter within the brain relating to higher intelligence or brain functions.

Despite these anomalies and the recovery of SXP-XXXX-2’s remains, it has been observed to manifest in subsequent appearances with an entirely new body. SCP-XXXX-2 has also displayed elements of strategy and nonlinear thinking when tracking down subjects it is targeting, and appears to have a capacity to understand human speech and body language. The full extent of its mental abilities is unknown at this time.

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