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SCP-XXXX-1 instances prior to containment.

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: MTF-XXXX are to search for and investigate manifestations of SCP-XXXX as they appear. Instances are generally non-hostile, and will cooperate with MTF Operatives if approached diplomatically. If SCP-XXXX-1 instances respond to MTF Operatives with hostility, non-lethal weaponry is to be used to disarm and subdue instances for retrieval. Bystanders who witness SCP-XXXX are to be administered Class A amnestics if no plausible cover story can be presented in order to prevent military organizations from confronting instances.

After retrieval, SCP-XXXX-1 instances are to be contained in standard humanoid containment cell for one person. All military equipment and armament are to be surrendered, and fatigues replaced with standard humanoid jumpsuits. Ensure that the same biological needs as a non-anomalous human are fulfilled.

Instances of SCP-XXXX-1 are to be contained without line-of-sight to another SCP-XXXX-1 entity to prevent communication. Communication between entities is only permitted when translation is necessary. Cells are to be equipped with a touch pad on a closed operating system fastened into a wall of the cell to facilitate communication.

MTF-XXXX is currently conducting ongoing historical research and archaeological excavations to recover remains belonging to individuals corresponding to SCP-XXXX instances. Operatives are also tasked with obtaining remains that are held in private collections and museums. A Foundation published forensic archaeology journal, "Shovels, Cadavers, and Pickaxes", has been created to limit the need for amnestics, and place operatives in contact with academics outside the Foundation.

Information regarding an individual corresponding to a manifestation of SCP-XXXX is not to be provided unless approved by a Level 3 researcher.

Description: Individuals of SCP-XXXX (referred to as SCP-XXXX-1) correspond directly to an unknown soldiers that were terminated in conflict without having their remains recovered nor properly buried. SCP-XXXX-1 will persist indefinitely until their remains are self-identified by the entity and receive the funeral rites typical of the deceased's culture. After the funeral is complete and remains laid to rest, SCP-XXXX-1 will [REDACTED] until it ceases to exist. SCP-XXXX-1 individuals all search for their deceased's remains out of a desire to complete the funeral. Their psychological state can vary greatly, which influences their search and retrieval efforts.

SCP-XXXX-1 instances manifest through unknown means at ongoing battlefields and conflict sites around the world. They often travel in small groups of ten instances or less. However, some have emerged in groups of ██ or more. The origin or cause of SCP-XXXX-1 manifestations is unknown. Entities can emerge long after the deceased's deaths. Cases where SCP-XXXX-1 appear up to [REDACTED] after the deceased have been identified.

Skull

Skeletal remains presented to SCP-XXXX-25 for confirmation.

DNA testing confirms that instances are biologically identical to the deceased individual they represent. SCP-XXXX-1 do not age, and remain at the age their person was at the moment of death. Entities are found wearing military equipment dating from the late 1940s to mid 1950s, regardless of the era the deceased was originally from. Serial numbers found on equipment do not correspond to available manufacturer records. No SCP-XXXX-1 instances have been observed operating vehicles, machinery, or their own military installations.

SCP-XXXX-1 do not speak. It is unknown if they are capable of speaking or choose not to. They can communicate with each other through a yet to be deciphered sign language that is exclusively used by them. SCP-XXXX-1, however, can understand the languages known by their deceased's, and have communicated with Foundation personnel through writing. Attempts to have the sign language translated through writing have been refused by the entities. SCP-XXXX-1 that are not familiar with any known language have been allowed access to another SCP-XXXX-1 instance to translate any messages to personnel into a known language.

The entities possess no memory or knowledge of their deceased's life other than the ability to immediately identify the deceased's remains with 100% accuracy. SCP-XXXX-1 instances react with extreme variation to information about their deceased's life which has been observed to obstruct special containment procedures. Because of this inconsistency, all information obtained about any SCP-XXXX-1 deceased are to be withheld from the entity unless it is deemed essential to the recovery of their remains by a Level 3 researcher.