Sulfur-Sucking Worm ("The Rose-Tinted School")

Exterior of SCP-XXXX

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: Owing to the largely harmless (and frequently beneficial) nature of SCP-XXXX’s anomalous effects, and to facilitate research of the anomaly, SCP-XXXX will remain open under the supervision of Mobile Task Force Psi-15 "Hall Monitors".

All personnel assigned to SCP-XXXX must speak fluent Japanese. At least 50% of SCP-XXXX’s faculty is to consist of undercover Foundation researchers, and the position of headmaster must be consistently held by a Level-4 Foundation operative. The activities of all students, staff, faculty, and alumni are to be monitored by Foundation intelligence agents and web crawlers.

All media coverage of SCP-XXXX is to be suppressed, and online discussions of episodic events are to be immediately removed. Under no condition are any formal or informal reunions of SCP-XXXX alumni to be permitted. All attempts by alumni to speak publicly about their experiences while attending SCP-XXXX are to be sabotaged and/or censored. Alumni posing an immediate risk to the secrecy of SCP-XXXX are to undergo class-D amnestic treatments, in which all memories of having attended SCP-XXXX are to be removed and replaced.

Operational reports to the local school board and national MEXT1 are to significantly downplay the success of SCP-XXXX as an educational institution. Government inspections of SCP-XXXX are to be carried out by embedded Foundation agents within the relevant bodies.

Foundation personnel may participate in episodic events as required by the event’s narrative, but are not to deliberately interfere with or inhibit the progression of any episodic event without O5 approval (see Experiment XXXX-B-6).

Description: SCP-XXXX, officially known as ████████ High School, is a three (3) storey public high school located in ██████, Japan. SCP-XXXX was constructed in 19██, and is consistent with Japanese school buildings of the era. SCP-XXXX’s curriculum and policies do not deviate in any significant way from those typical of Japanese high schools. An abnormally large number of mature Prunus serrulata2 are located on school grounds.

SCP-XXXX’s anomalous effect manifests as a pattern of narrative qualities present in the social lives of its students. While attending SCP-XXXX, students consistently experience events that reflect an idealized and romanticized interpretation of student life. These events have been noted to resemble narrative conventions commonly found in popular Japanese media depictions of high school. Every student enrolled in SCP-XXXX undergoes a structured sequence of these events, forming a coherent narrative arc over the course of their attendance. These narratives typically consist of the student’s existing flaws and insecurities being gradually overcome through interpersonal bonding, and through participation in what have been termed "episodic events".

An episodic event refers to a sequence of events occurring between a limited group of students within a short timespan - generally one (1) to three (3) days - in which a self-contained narrative arc will play out. Episodic events consist of an inciting incident, rising action, climax, falling action, conclusion, and moral. They are typically lighthearted, adventurous, and/or dramatic in tone. A majority of episodic events will conclude with a positive message or epiphany contributing to the student’s long term developmental arc. Students participating in episodic events are known to adopt highly exaggerated mannerisms in their speech and body language.

Although no two episodic events are identical, they often feature similar themes and scenarios. Common recurring premises for episodic events include, but are not limited to:

  • A new student, upon their initial transfer into SCP-XXXX, being looked upon by others as mysterious and subject to gossip.
  • An underclassman pining after, and seeking to attract the attention of, an upperclassman.
  • A male student being courted by a large number of female admirers.
  • A group of students with little to no musical experience being forced to form a band and perform a musical number.
  • A group of students attempting to form their own school club.
  • A student participating in a sports tournament and winning through the use of highly unorthodox, often physically improbable maneuvers.
  • A motorcycle gang local to the area, consistent in presentation with the “Yanki” subculture3, attacking the school and being driven away by students.
  • A rumor concerning some object or location on school grounds, often supernatural in nature, prompting a group of students to investigate the supposed anomaly. These rumors are invariably the result of mundane occurrences.
  • A student, typically male, choosing to confess their unrequited romantic feelings for another student, typically female. This event takes place exclusively during the spring season, corresponding with the current blooming period of the Prunus serrulata on school grounds. Confessions always take place beneath a blooming Prunus serrulata. Feelings will usually, though not always, be reciprocated.

The final episodic event experienced by a student prior to their exit from SCP-XXXX will invariably serve to bring closure to the student’s personal development arc, resolving any ongoing narrative threads. These “finale” events will always conclude on a positive and/or hopeful message, and will typically be bittersweet in tone.

Alumni of SCP-XXXX are known to become highly successful in their chosen fields. They invariably regard their time spent at SCP-XXXX with a strong sense of nostalgia, often reporting that it constituted one of the most enjoyable periods of their lives.

Events and behaviors occurring in service of SCP-XXXX's narratives are typically non-anomalous, with anomalous activity only occurring as a response to external interference (see Test Log XXXX-B). Rather, it is the improbable contrivance of these events to form coherent narratives, and the regularity thereof, that is anomalous.

Students and non-Foundation faculty remain consistently ignorant of SCP-XXXX's anomalous effects, demonstrating no awareness as to the staged and repetitive nature of these events. Alumni of SCP-XXXX, and external observers not associated with the school, are apparently more capable of recognizing the highly structured and narrative nature of the events taking place within it.

Discovery: The Foundation was alerted to SCP-XXXX on ██/██/200█ when an investigative article entitled "The Real-Life Anime School" was published in the Japanese-language entertainment magazine ███████. The article in question was written by an alumnus of SCP-XXXX, featured interviews with students and faculty, and described SCP-XXXX's anomalous properties. Numerous parallels were drawn with various anime, manga, and [DATA EXPUNGED]. An investigation was conducted by Foundation agents posing as fire inspectors, who confirmed SCP-XXXX's anomalous effects. Information containment specialists suppressed the article, and all publication staff involved in its creation were administered class-A amnestics. Foundation personnel were installed at SCP-XXXX via the █████ School Board, and Mobile Task Force Psi-15 "Hall Monitors" was assigned to monitor and contain the anomaly.

Test Log XXXX-A: The long-term impact of SCP-XXXX narratives on student development was tested.

Hypothesis: Students attending SCP-XXXX will undergo events tailored specifically to promote their personal development. SCP-XXXX will rehabilitate students suffering from mental, emotional, and physical ailments. These effects will not be accomplished anomalously, but rather, by the anomalous contrivance of otherwise mundane events.

Experiment XXXX-A-1

Subject: █████ Harukawa, female. No developmental irregularities. Noted to be highly sociable.

Experiment: Subject enrolled at SCP-XXXX as first year student, ██/██/200█, age 16.

Result: Subject completed third year at SCP-XXXX and graduated successfully on ██/██/200█, age 18.

Experiment XXXX-A-2

Subject: ███ Kubo, female. Suffered from severe clinical depression. Socially maladjusted and struggled with conversation.

Experiment: Subject enrolled at SCP-XXXX as first year student, ██/██/200█, age 16.

Result: Subject completed third year at SCP-XXXX and graduated successfully on ██/██/200█, age 18. During enrollment, subject experienced a sequence of episodic events and social interactions which, seemingly by chance, mimicked psychotherapeutic regimens commonly used to treat depression. At the time of graduation, subject no longer suffered from depression, and had become socially active. Subject is now pursuing a career in psychology.

Experiment XXXX-A-3

Subject: ████████ Shirogane, male. Demonstrated antisocial behavior and was known to bully other students. Subject's father was emotionally and physically abusive.

Experiment: Subject enrolled at SCP-XXXX as first year student, ██/██/200█, age 16.

Result: Subject completed third year at SCP-XXXX and graduated successfully on ██/██/200█, age 18. During subject's first year of attendance, subject underwent little development, and frequently served as an antagonist in the episodic events of other students. Beginning in second year, following an episodic event in which subject lost a martial arts tournament to a student he frequently bullied, subject began to experience episodic events conducive to his own development. Subject began to befriend his former victims, who subsequently facilitated a series of events and interactions mimicking psychotheraputic treatments for relevant antisocial tendencies. Subject's interactions with his father during episodic events likewise served to reduce abusive tendencies and facilitate reconciliation. At the time of graduation, neither the subject nor his father displayed any sign of aggressive or abusive behavior. Subject and his father now jointly own a convenience store in downtown ██████.

Conclusion: Hypothesis confirmed.

Test Log XXXX-B: The effects of external interference in episodic events were tested.

Hypothesis: Episodic events will attempt to correct for interference, but outcomes can be altered with sufficient intervention. If circumstances are altered in a manner making it impossible for events to continue, they will be aborted.

Experiment XXXX-B-1

Event Premise: A group of three (3) students must form a musical band and perform for a fellow classmate who is depressed.

Interference: Music room was locked.

Result: Students entered music room through the second floor window and unlocked the door from inside. Event concluded with a successful performance.

Notes: Students demonstrated high-level climbing abilities while accessing the second floor window. Students were not able to reproduce these abilities when later tested.

Experiment XXXX-B-2

Event Premise: A group of five (5) students must form a musical band and perform a popular song at a school event.

Interference: Music room was locked and guarded by two (2) agents armed with tasers.

Result: Students did not attempt to enter the music room. Students rehearsed and performed an acapella cover of the song.

Notes: Due to positioning of the agents, it would have been impossible for the students to have known the room was guarded prior to entry. It appears student behaviors during episodic events can correct for obstacles beyond the students' knowledge, and without any conscious decision-making on their part. This is further proof that SCP-XXXX's narratives are not bound by logical sequences of cause and effect.

Experiment XXXX-B-3

Event Premise: A local motorcycle gang begins loitering outside of SCP-XXXX, assaulting students who pass through the gate.

Interference: All members of the motorcycle gang were subdued and detained by Foundation agents.

Result: A new motorcycle gang spontaneously formed and the event proceeded as normal.

Notes: The new motorcycle gang immediately disbanded upon the original gang’s release. Original gang continued to participate in subsequent episodic events. When interviewed on the circumstances of their gang’s formation, members of the temporary gang stated that they “just felt like doing it all of a sudden”.

Experiment XXXX-B-4

Event Premise: A male student chooses to confess his romantic feelings to a female classmate beneath a blooming Prunus serrulata.

Interference: Herbosuppressive agent sprayed on school grounds, preventing Prunus serrulata from blooming.

Result: Students traveled to a local park where Prunus serrulata is present. Confession was accepted.

Experiment XXXX-B-5

Event Premise: A male student and female student, both childhood friends, harbor romantic feelings for one another. On ██/██/200█, female student presented male student with a homemade ring, and had him promise not to lose it. Male student now intends to present the ring to female student as a romantic gesture.

Interference: Ring is confiscated. Male student administered class-B amnestics.

Result: Female student confessed her romantic feelings to male student. Male student failed to recall receiving the ring or making any promises to the female student. Female student was initially angry, before realizing that male student had suffered memory loss. Male student was distressed at this development, and was comforted by female student. Female student began weeping, at which point the class-B amnestics spontaneously failed, and male student’s memory returned. Event concluded with a reciprocal confession. Cause of amnestic failure is unknown.

Experiment XXXX-B-6

Event Premise: A female student chooses to confess her romantic feelings to a male classmate.

Interference: Male student was detained and held in Foundation custody at Site-41. Male student and female student were to remain separated indefinitely.

Result: Female student exited school grounds, traveled to Site-41, and [DATA EXPUNGED]. Confession was accepted. Incident resulted in ██ injuries and ██ fatalities. Mobile Task Force ███████-██ sustained heavy casualties, including the loss of ██ armored vehicles and █ aircraft. Subjects were treated with class-C amnestics and released. Katana was recovered and found to exhibit no anomalous properties.

Notes: Containment procedures updated. Interference in episodic events now requires O5 authorization.

Conclusion: Episodic events automatically correct for external interference. Episodic events will take highly improbable, drastic, and even anomalous measures to ensure positive outcomes. It does not appear possible to abort an episodic event, or force an episodic event to conclude negatively.

Test Log XXXX-C: The effects of external interference in long term student development arcs were tested.

Hypothesis: It is not possible to interrupt a student's long-term development arc. Attempts to do so will inevitably fail.

Experiment XXXX-C-1
Scenario: A second-year student, who had enrolled in SCP-XXXX at the beginning of the previous year, was expected by all accounts to continue attending SCP-XXXX until the conclusion of his third year. Student's personal development arc was ongoing.

Interference: Student was expelled from SCP-XXXX without warning.

Result: Student's personal development arc concluded with a "finale" event prior to expulsion. Researchers noted that the event's resolution of ongoing narrative threads did not feel "rushed" or "forced" in any way, despite the sudden termination of enrollment. Further analysis revealed that student's development arc, from the point of its initial commencement the previous year, had developed and progressed at a rate perfectly suited to its shorter length.

Conclusion: The progression of student development arcs occur at a rate consistent with the eventual length of the arc, even if its length was not known, or was expected to differ, at the time of its initiation. It is thus impossible to "interrupt" a student's developmental arc, as any interruption will have already been accounted for by the arc's narrative, and will cause the narrative to play out as "originally" intended. This suggests a precognitive ability on the part of SCP-XXXX.