Item #: SCP-3333

Object Class: Keter

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-3333 is to be contained in a small room constructed exclusively of plastics and glass. No metal or electronic devices are permitted inside of SCP-3333’s cell. Any such objects found inside are to be left inside the cell, attempts at retrieval are prohibited. No personnel are permitted inside of SCP-3333’s cell without level four clearance, and are to do so only while wearing soundproof headgear. Exposed subjects showing symptoms of SCP-3333’s infection are to be terminated via incineration to reduce risk of population increase. In the event of a containment breach, authorised personnel are to activate the on site EMP device and dispatch any remaining instances via small magnetic pulses. If infection is diagnosed in its early stages, electromagnetism may be used to exterminate SCP-3333 larvae.

Description: SCP-3333 is an insect-like creature measuring roughly 1.5cm in length and composed entirely of metal and metal alloys, primarily consisting of gold and iron. Despite being constructed of entirely inorganic materiel, SCP-3333 is fully animate./ SCP-3333 adults most closely resemble the common wasp (Vespula vulgaris). When threatened or in the presence of human beings, SCP-3333 instances will produce a screeching sound ranging from 18,500-19,000Hz. This sound, when heard, causes small pockets to form in the stem of the brain. Shortly after initial infection, iron filaments begin to fill the pockets, causing nausea, disorientation, fatigue, and vertigo in the subject.

These filaments then develop into iron egg-like structures, classified SCP-3333-2. SCP-3333-2 instances experience a metamorphic cycle of 3-5 minutes, rapidly growing from 5mm eggs to 50mm larvae. At this stage, young SCP-3333 instances will begin to burrow through the subject’s bone, grey matter, and flesh until forming a nest in the mouth, sinuses, or esophagus, where they reside until maturity. SCP-3333 larvae seem to consume iron in the blood for growth before the resulting corpse is fully desiccated. Instances that do not reach physical maturity at this point as a result of malnutrition or other external forces will partially rust over and become immobile. Due to the inorganic nature of SCP-3333, it is indeterminable whether these instances are ‘dead’ or permanently immobilized. Despite possessing no electronic components, electromagnetic pulses are effective in terminating instances of SCP-3333.

SCP-3333 instances rarely use their stingers in a hostile manner, although they are capable of doing so. Stingers are typically 0 mm thick, and may be used to inject iron into the bloodstream to aid in future reproduction. SCP-3333’s stingers are highly resilient and suffer no damage from stinging. Instances may sting repeatedly; however, additional iron cannot be deposited if the instance has not eaten since last injection.

SCP-3333 instances possess a rudimentary digestive track incapable of proper digestion, consisting entirely of a mouth, esophagus, and stomach. Instances are capable of consuming a large variety of metals, but appear to have no need for traditional nutritional sustenance in adult stages. Consumed metal is stored in the abdomen and utilized in structural reparations. All forms of metal are transmuted into raw iron in the instances’ stomach - research is ongoing to determine the means by which this is accomplished.