SCP-XXXX: Progressive Perceptive Caricaturism

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Item-#: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Safe


Artistic representation of perceptual changes experienced during early stages of SCP-XXXX-2.

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXXX is to be contained in a standard 100 x 65 cm opaque cardboard box designed for transport of canvased artwork. Container is to be stored in a suitably sized safe, locked under a classified combination known only to foundation workers with clearance of Level 3 or higher. Safe is to have one guard stationed out front for security purposes.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a highly detailed graphite caricature on a cloth canvas measuring 100 cm wide by 65 cm tall. Carbon dating indicates the piece was created circa 1470, placing it among one of the earliest artistic caricatures in recorded history. Despite the edges of the canvas showing signs of degradation, a majority of the canvas appears to have not aged. Both the identities of the artist and the subject matter are unknown.

The caricature itself, designated SCP-XXXX-1, is the full-bodied portrait of a nude male facing directly out of the canvas. Its head makes up 70% of its body mass, with its eyes and mouth being the most prominent facial features present. Artistically, SCP-XXXX-1 bears little resemblance to traditional caricatures, borrowing more from true-to-life art than the stereotypical cartoonish style associated with genre. Accompanying SCP-XXXX-1 is text written in a large, capitalized serif font reading “NOS VIDERE”. Roughly translated from Latin, this reads "WE SEE YOU".

Passively, SCP-XXXX exhibits only minor anomalous effects – when exposed to the painting, subjects report feeling strongly inclined to observe the painting, and describe it as looking inexplicably familiar. See Addendum XXXX-1 for the definition for exposure in relation to SCP-XXXX. Significant anomalous effects become present when a subject is continuously exposed to SCP-XXXX-1 for a period of five minutes or longer. SCP-XXXX-2 refers to the series of events that follows prolonged exposure to SCP-XXXX-1.

Subjects who undergo SCP-XXXX-2 begin by feeling a deep sense of paranoia and often request assistance or comfort. However, upon direct human interaction, SCP-XXXX-2 often exhibit signs of extreme fear and anxiety, often retreating or retaliating with extreme force. Directly following this initial interaction, subjects report significant perceptual changes when viewing human faces. Subjects perceive human heads to inflate to almost triple their size, and, depending on the person being viewed, their prominent facial features will also begin to inflate. Prominence is extremely subjective, as different affected individuals will often describe the same face vastly differently. However, there is a direct correlation between this subjective prominence, and how large these features inflate to.

These perceptual changes occur over a period of 5-6 hours, and directly contribute to the subject’s loss of sanity. Conversational ability will devolve from extremely coherent to nonsensical, save for several key phrases, including but not limited to [REDACTED].

At this point, subjects will actively attempt to commit suicide by any means possible. If no instruments are available, subjects will opt for self-evisceration or [REDACTED]. If restrained and denied the ability to do so, subjects will tirelessly plead until the next phase commences. This will often last two days, and subjects will continue without stopping to rest, eat or sleep.

If surviving past this period, subjects will begin to hallucinate instances of SCP-XXXX-1, hallmarked by extreme panic exhibited primarily through hysterical screams. Despite SCP-XXXX-1 not being physically present, all unaffected personnel accompanying the subject report experiencing a sense of dread. After 24 hours the subject enters a catatonic state and remains that way for an indeterminate amount of time. The subject appears to be able to survive in this state indefinitely and does not require sustenance to continue living. It is unknown through what mechanism this is achieved, but it is assumed SCP-XXXX-1 has a direct hand in this.

As of the ██/██/████, there is no “cure” to SCP-XXXX-2, and it has been deemed more humane to terminate any afflicted subject. Any personnel directly exposed to SCP-XXXX for prolonged periods of time are to be terminated immediately.