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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXXX is to be contained in a small, brightly lit room decorated with assorted paintings and drawings. Class D personnel will be given access to SCP-XXXX at given intervals for a time not to exceed 24 days to avoid the creation of SCP-XXXX-1. SCP-XXXX is not to be left unattended for a period of 72 hours or longer to avoid the potential effects of SCP-XXXX-2.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a medium-sized sketch book with blank pages; the inside of the front cover contains a number of symbols drawn in crayon that have yet to be translated. The pages on the inside of the book cannot be marked through any known means. Attempts to mark the pages with paint, dirt, graphite, charcoal, and ink have all resulted in failure. The object appears sentient, interacting with specified subjects after being within an approximate range of 5 to 7 feet for a period of approximately 8 to 12 hours. After taking notice of a test subject, SCP-XXXX will begin to produce artwork starting with the first page of the sketch book; this drawing is only visible to the subject that the book is interacting with. Attempts to photograph the drawing were unsuccessful. Once the first drawing has been made, SCP-XXXX will not provide any further action until it has received a response from the test subject. If no personnel interact with SCP-XXXX within a period of 5 days, SCP-XXXX will begin generating images placed at random locations within a range of approximately 1,000 feet from its location, classified as SCP-XXXX-2. Individuals who encounter these images describe a feeling of intense anxiety and loneliness, along with an intense urge to "provide SCP-XXXX with company." The creation and existence of SCP-XXXX-2 will persist until the object comes in contact with a test subject.

Test A - May 16 , ████ to May 27, ████

Subject: D-28956, a former factory worker.

Procedure: After making contact with SCP-XXXX, subject D-28956 was instructed to describe each of the items in the drawing verbally. Under no circumstances was the subject to provide any further information other than a clinical description of each piece of art.

Results: D-28956 described a childlike creation containing a house, two stick figures smiling, and a simple landscape that included both trees and a sun which had been anthropomorphised. The subject was kept with SCP-XXXX for 4 hours after initial contact, but no further contact was made. Upon returning the next day, the subject reported that a second drawing had appeared in the book with a similar composition. The process was repeated daily for a period of 10 days, when D-28956 reported that the drawings had ceased to appear, and had vanished from every page.

Analysis: The subject reported increasing anxiety, and a wish to be as far from the book as possible; when denied, the subject became combative and violent, throwing several objects in an attempt to break out of the room. When Foundation personnel entered, the subject attempted to escape, and was terminated. Further testing has been authorized by Dr. ███████.

Test B - June 27, ████ to July 28, ████

Subject: D-31242, a former elementary school art instructor.

Procedure: Initial contact was created in the same manner, by placing the subject into close proximity with SCP-XXXX. After a period of 10 hours, the subject reported a drawing appearing on the first page, and was instructed to verbally describe the drawing, then to compliment SCP-XXXX on its work, encouraging the object to produce further items. Each day, the subject was instructed to repeat these actions.

Results: The subject described an identical scene to the previous experiment, before repeatedly telling the object how good the work was, at which point D-31242 was returned to their cell. Upon returning the next day, the subject reported that another drawing was present, however a work of greater complexity was described than had been presented in the previous experiment, specifying use of vibrant colors. Once again, the subject was instructed to praise the object, and removed from the room after doing so. The experiment continued for a period of 23 days, during which time D-31242 reported the art within the object taking on increasingly complex features, including several portraits of the subject drawn, as they described, "with almost lifelike realism." On the 24th day of the experiment, the subject reported that he was drawn another portrait of himself; however, this time he was depicted with a woman and child that he had not met, living peacefully in a home. After praising the art, the subject began to exhibit different behavior than previously recorded, and was placed on a closer watch. Beginning on the 27th day, the behavior of the subject began to noticeably shift; though they still followed instructions in regards to SCP-XXXX, the subject began speaking of events which had not occurred.

D-31242: Subject in contact with SCP-XXX for 27 days thus far.

Dr. ████████: Foundation personnel at site responsible for experiment.

Foreword: D-31242 was detained for interview after leaving the area of SCP-XXXX. Subject appears to be experiencing a form of euphoria, and appears unable to focus.

<Begin Log>

Dr. ████████: I want you to tell me about what you saw in the book today.

D-31242: Why, it was just beautiful, sir! We were outside working on the garden today, just me, ██████, and little ████!

Dr. ████████: You've never mentioned them before. Who are they?
D-31242: Oh, I thought I had. That's my wife and daughter. I feel like I'm going to be with them soon, it's right around the corner. Just a little blessed while longer, I'm sure!
Dr. ████████: I wasn't aware that you were married.
D-31242: Yes, for years now. Can I go back to my cell now, doctor? I'd really like to get to sleep. Can't wait to come back tomorrow!
Dr. ████████: Of course. We'll see you back here in the morning.

<End Log>

Closing Statement: Dr. ████████ noted that D-31242 had no known family upon being brought into the site; he had never been married, and had no children that were identified by the Foundation. A mental work-up was performed the following morning before continuing the experiment; Dr. ████ and Dr. ███████ judged the subject fit to continue.

D-31242 continued to interact with SCP-XXXX for 3 more days (for a total of 30 days), with his descriptions of the book becoming increasingly difficult to ascertain; the subject began describing the artwork as if they had been physically present inside the drawing. During this time, the subjects euphoria continued to increase, culminating at the end of day 30 when the subject stated that he was going home that evening. Upon being returned to his cell, a further psychological examination was scheduled for the following morning. Upon reaching the cell, Dr. ████ reported D-31242 was no longer present, and could not be found anywhere within the containment site. Through a large-scale search, D-31242 was located approximately 2,700 miles away in the town of ███████, Pennsylvania on August 23, ████. Foundation personnel, acting under cover, identified a home identical to that described by the subject from the drawings, as well as two female individuals who identified ██████ and ████ █████████, now designated as instances of SCP-XXXX-1. D-31242 was taken for questioning, and identified himself under the name of Mike █████████. The subject had no knowledge of his experiences within the Foundation, and expressed confusion when questioned about SCP-XXXX. Though an initial order was given to terminate the subject, field teams and Dr. ████████ simultaneously reported a spontaneous fear response, which permeated until the termination order was rescinded. D-31242 was given a Class A amnestic before being returned to his home, and the field team followed up to collect more information about his appearance.

Analysis: Several individuals in ████████ were questioned about the subject, and gave similar responses. The subject was believed to have lived in the town for the past 20 years, had married over a decade before, and had a single daughter with his wife. An established auto-repair business, owned by D-31242, was owned in the center of town, and was well liked by neighbors. Foundation personnel were assigned to observe the subject and instances of SCP-XXXX-1, however, as no aberrant behavior has been reported, no further action has been taken at this time. Field agent ███████ recommends additional personnel to track SCP-XXXX-1 ████ should she leave the area, Dr. ████ agreed, on account of the potential for further offspring.

Test C - November 1, ████ to November 18, ████

Subject: D-31592, convicted murderer.

Procedure: Subject was given similar instructions to D-31242, however this time, the subject was instructed to react to every drawing with negative feedback and harsh criticism, before instructing SCP-XXXX that "it could do better."

Results: The subject repeated this interaction each day; however, noted variances in the description given of the artwork appeared immediately. While the drawings started out simple, as before, D-31592 reported that anthropomorphised items in the drawings were depicted as being sad or unhappy; colors described were dark and muted. The subject continued this process for a period of 10 days before reporting that they had become present in the drawings presented to them. While the subject reported that the quality of the drawings had been improving when interviewed outside of the test area, they consistently responded with negative feedback directly to SCP-XXXX. D-31592 began to express a fearful response to the object when, on the 14th day, they described a scene of violence being depicted toward them, however they continued to follow directives of Foundation personnel.

The subject began to exhibit signs of anxiety and paranoia when not in contact with SCP-XXXX beginning November 16, and engaged in various forms of self harm when out of contact with the object for several hours. When confronted about these actions, D-31592 maintained that SCP-XXXX was watching him, and initially refused to return to interactions with the object until threatened with termination. Experimentation continued for another 2 days, during which time D-31592 was placed under closer guard to prevent any further attempts at self harm; however, after the 16th day of interaction, D-31592 experienced a panic attack and was unwilling to describe the images he had seen. The subject had to be forcefully removed from the presence of SCP-XXXX, during which time they repeatedly begged SCP-XXXX to "forgive them".

Analysis: The remains of D-31592 was found in their cell the next day, subject to a large amount of damage. The subject's limbs had been ripped from their torso, and the skull was severely disfigured, resulting in multiple fractures that led to destruction of parts of the brain. The autopsy performed by Dr. ████████ determined the cause of death to be due to the cranial injury; the mutilation of the body, including the severing of limbs, is believed to have occurred post-mortem, as evidenced by the amount of blood that remained within the body. During this period, several Class D personnel and Foundation staff reported spontaneous manifestations of SCP-XXXX-2, despite the subject having had continuous contact with SCP-XXXX until their death. Nearby Foundation and Class D personnel reported no sounds from the cell, and it is unknown how and when the subject was terminated. As SCP-XXXX has displayed no ability for independent movement, the mechanism in which it affected D-31592 is currently unknown. Dr. ███████ has given orders that this experiment shall not be repeated without express direction of the on-site Director, as containment of SCP-XXXX became difficult for several days while those affected by SCP-XXXX-2 attempted to make contact.

Dr. ████████ has begun a rotation of Class D personnel to interact with SCP-XXXX on a given rotation, with each personnel interacting with the book for a period of at least 20 cumulative days. To prevent the risk of creating multiple instances of SCP-XXXX-1, any personnel that reports a feeling of euphoria, or a piece of artwork depicting them outside of the Foundation, is to be immediately removed from the presence of SCP-XXXX. All Class D personnel are to be instructed to respond to the object with positive reinforcement only.

Addendum: Due to the events of February 11, ████, all Foundation personnel are forbidden from directly interacting with SCP-XXXX. Furthermore, per the instructions of Director █████████, any Class D personnel that exhibit any form of euphoria or paranoia after contact with SCP-XXXX are to be scheduled for immediate termination.