Tiamat Elsen's Sandbox

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Demenides

Special Containment Procedures: Foundation analysts are to look for instances of individuals who display characteristics indicative of SCP-XXXX infection including but not limited to: financial success, increased charisma, social prestige, exceptional skill in one or more areas, positive interpersonal relationships and an obsession with the name "Audley Belle". Said individuals are to be screened for SCP-XXXX and delegated to Containment Area 57. Potential stage 1 infectees are to be held in quarantine for no fewer than four weeks. If symptoms of SCP-XXXX do not manifest then said individuals are to be released and monitored for further suspicious activity. Staff involved in screening and containing instances of SCP-XXXX are to be asexual, uninvolved in any previous romantic relations and be diagnosed with some form of antisocial personality disorder.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a memetic infectious hazard affecting ≈200 individuals worldwide outside of Foundation control. SCP-XXXX is spread through amorous or romantic relations. The criteria for infection are extremely broad. For SCP-XXXX to manifest, the affected individuals must have shared at least one openly romantic experience1
and have admitted to being involved in such a relationship to at least one individual outside of the initial romantic group2. Once these criteria are met they are instantaneously affected by SCP-XXXX, and become instances SCP-XXXX-1.

SCP-XXXX-1 are humans infected by SCP-XXXX. Following infection, they generally exhibit five progressive stages of infection. Although SCP-XXXX is a memetic phenomenon amnestics and memetic therapy techniques have proven completely ineffective in either suppressing or curing the effects of SCP-XXXX. The development of an anti meme tailored to counteract SCP-XXXX is underway but not expected to be completed until 2032.

  • Stage 1: During stage 1 infection instances of SCP-XXXX-1 will begin to experience intermittent periods of intense melancholy and dissatisfaction with their current living circumstances. They will rapidly become frustrated with their existing romantic relations and seek out other means of achieving intimacy. Instances of SCP-XXXX-1 generally lose most social inhibitions and become focused on bettering themselves. Symptoms of stage 1 SCP-XXXX infection are increased charisma, financial stability and the development of skills. Individuals experiencing stage 1 infection will generally report feelings satisfaction and happiness, though some will experience feelings of inadequacy and impatience. Individuals in the latter category progress to stage 2 after a mean time of two weeks.
  • Stage 2: During stage 2 instances of SCP-XXXX-1 will continue to seek romantic relations but will become solely focused on an individual known as "Audley Belle". They will become infatuated with others going by this name and will attempt to form a romantic relationship with them through any means; including but not limited to the purchase of gifts, standard romantic processes, unprompted proposals and kidnapping. Stage 2 infected will slowly begin to perceive potential romantic partners3 as being called "Audley Belle". When prompted to produce depictions of Audley Belle instances of SCP-XXXX-1 will create images of a male individual. However, facial features and bodily details vary wildly; generally including features that the infected would consider attractive without regard to consistency between individuals.4 The infected will progress to stage 3 after approximately five months.
  • Stage 3: Once an instance of SCP-XXXX-1 reaches stage 3 they will be physically incapable of perceiving individuals besides those with the name Audley Belle or those they have previously been romantically interested in. Instances will become entirely devoted to serving the perceived needs and orders of such individuals and are willing to perform any actions suggested to them regardless of its damaging effect on the instance or the commanding individual. Over the course of several weeks stage 3 infected will begin to lose perception of individuals; even those including former romantic interests and individuals with the name Audley Belle. Eventually SCP-XXXX-1 will be entirely unable to perceive any sapient organisms. Following this they will rapidly suffer psychological damage due to prolonged isolation and the effects of SCP-XXXX. Given the opportunity instances will seek out a precipice overlooking a large body of water and deliver a short soliloquy. Following this they will leap off of such a precipice and invariably perish regardless of measures taken to ensure their survival.

SCP-XXXX Testing Log:

Examples of speeches given by Stage 3 sufferers: