A Spooky Triangle

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BY ORDER OF THE OVERSEER COUNCIL
As of 01/31/2004, the following file has been declared level 5/5000 Classified
Unauthorized access is forbidden.
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Input: Heavy is the head that wears the crown. Access code 403722309022

Access granted. Good morning, [DATA LOST].

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Item#: 5000
Level3
Containment Class:
pending
Secondary Class:
{$secondary-class}
Disruption Class:
dark
Risk Class:
notice

triple

The area of SCP-5000, and every confirmed report of anomalous activity within the area.


Assigned Site Site Director Research Head Assigned Task Force
Site-72 Ezekiel Lycus Lucia Reinette-Hartle O-13 "Empirical Inquisitors"

Special Containment Procedures: Due to the nature of SCP-5000, formal containment procedures have not been enacted. MTF Omicron-13 "Empirical Inquisitors" has been tasked with monitoring internet message boards, conspiracy groups, and GOI-5674 Parawatch threads associated with SCP-5000. The detection of any anomalous behavior within SCP-5000 should be reported immediately. Access to this file is restricted to local personnel only.

Description: SCP-5000 is the area colloquially known as the Bridgewater Triangle, a roughly 520 square kilometer triangular space in southeastern Massachusetts, outlined by the towns of Abington, Rehoboth, and Freetown. SCP-5000 has been the subject of numerous of alleged anomalous phenomena, ranging from extraterrestrial incursions to various legends surrounding the Native American tribes in the area. None of these legends have been found to have any basis in reality.

Through an extensive search of Foundation records dating back to the early 1800's, it was discovered that no confirmed anomalous phenomena had ever been discovered, associated, or located within the area of SCP-5000. Similarly, no activities from any recognized anomalous Group of Interest were recorded as having taken place within SCP-5000

Lastly, no Foundation missions unrelated to SCP-5000 have taken place within a twenty kilometer radius of SCP-5000.

There are currently four tentatively proposed theories for SCP-5000's existence.

  1. SCP-5000 was expunged of all anomalous activity through the use of another anomalous occurrence for unknown purposes.
  2. SCP-5000 is a probabilistic anomaly that results in the creation of anomalous "dead zones." Additional SCP-5000 occurrences may be uncovered globally after further investigation.
  3. SCP-5000 came into existence by mere coincidence, the occurrence of which while being statistically improbable, is not anomalous.
  4. SCP-5000 was designed by an unknown individual or group of individuals in order to conceal their activities from anomalous influence.
Profile

Area of Interest-5000's condition in 1902.

Initial 5000 Exploratory Mission: As part of testing, Agent Andrea Lamark, who possesses minor empathetic environmental capabilities, was deployed to AOI-5000 Profile Rock1 in Freetown State Forest2. Omicron-13 member Simon Dawson accompanied her in order to take several anomalous characteristics readings.

<Begin Log>

Site Command: Alright, you're just outside the town limits. Keep yourself focused.

Lamark: Gotcha. Anything I should be looking for in particular?

Site-Command: Just anything you find unusual. People, places, wildlife. If you're wondering whether something or not qualifies, tell us anyways. Dawson, everything's been fine-tuned?

Dawson: Should be good.

Lamark: Approaching the area now.

Lamark and Dawson approach AOI-5000.

Site Command: Alright, your GPS trackers have shown you've entered the area. Picking up anything?

Lamark: Hmm… mostly animals. Squirrels worried about their nuts, a few predators. Nothing out of the ordinary. I'll keep you updated.

[Lamark progresses up the trail. Two hikers pass by.]

Dawson: Hey guys, how's the view?

Hiker 1: Beautiful. Picked a great day for it, you two. First time?

Dawson: Yeah, new to the area. I'm Mike, this is my wife Jennifer, we heard good things about the view.

Hiker 1: I'm Jane, this is Michael, my boyfriend-

Hiker 2: Come on, I'm starving. Hurry up.

Hiker 1: Alright, happy trails you two.

[the two progress further along the trail.]

Lamark: Keeping up cover?

Dawson: Thought it would be a good idea.

Site-Command: Anything to report?

Lamark: Negative, Command.

Site Command: Alright. Keep us posted.

Dawson: Understood.

[Lamark and Dawson continue along the trail.]

Dawson: So, alleged Satanic activity, what's that about? Because if I had a nickel for every time it ended up eyeing a few goth kids scaring up nosy neighbors…

Lamark: Nothing credible, judging by Reinette's briefing. There was a 15 year old cheerleader3 from Ranyham was who was murdered here, though. Authorities found her body tied to a tree.

Dawson: Could be something. VERITAS system should pick up any usual Elan patterns if she's a ghost. Died violently?

Lamark: Strangulation by her restraints after she fell unconscious. Body was there for about two months before anyone found her, according to the autopsy report.

Dawson: Poor kid.

Lamark: Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un.

Dawson: Huh?

Lamark: What? Something wrong?

Dawson: Did you not just say something?

Lamark: I'm positive I didn't. Command, pick up anything?

Site Command: You said a short phrase in what sounded like Hebrew? What? Reinnette-Hartle said it sounded more like Arabic. Stand by for a moment.

Site Command: The phrase was "Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un," from the Quran. "Indeed, to God we belong and God we return." Said whenever someone experiences a great tragedy or death in your life.

Lamark: I… I don't remember saying that at all. I must've picked it up from Mary, the girl. Probably that.4

Site Command: I suppose that's a possibility. Dawson, stay alert for any further utterances.

Dawson: Roger that.

Lamark: Mhm.

Dawson: So, how exactly does your empathy thing work?

Lamark: Most of the time, it doesn't do shit. Everything at site or in Boston's too artificial to work. When it does work, I usually feel like eating an acorn, or trying to stand taller to get more sun on my leaves. It's a bit, what's the word? Disassociating, I'd say.

Dawson: Huh. How exactly did you become a Foundation agent, and not, say, some sort of hippie druid thaumatologist? No offense.

Lamark: Heh. Believe it or not, not a lot of places like Hogwarts in downtown Boston. Besides, uncle was Psi-12, Dad was in Tactical Theology, would've happened eventually-

Site Command: Be advised, you're approaching the target area, appears that there's a civilian presence. Immediately end all foundation conversation.

Lamark: See, I told you there wouldn't be a Port-a Potty up here?

[Dawson and Lamark emerge into a clearing, where Profile Rock can be seen from. A Caucasian male in business attire is sitting on a nearby rock, smoking a cigarette.]

Lamark: Well I just thought- Oh, hey there. Enjoying Profile Rock?

Man: Not much, really. Doesn't look like much of a face right now, does it?

Dawson: I guess not. Sorry, I'm Mike, Mike Coleman. This is Jennifer. Just came here to see the rock.

Man: Call me John. Whaddya think of it? Kind of a disappointment, really.

Lamark: Little bit, yeah.

[a brief silence is interrupted by the ring of a cell phone.]

Man: Well, that's work. Nice meeting you two.

[Individual departs the scene. Dawson begins setting up monitoring equipment, while Lamark keeps watch.]

Dawson: Hey, you read the file?

Lamark: What? Oh, skimmed it a bit. Why?

Dawson: Just something I thought about on the way up here. If it wasn't for the anomaly, this would probably be the best place possible to build a site. Not even so much as a single Wondertainment toy's been spotted here. It'd be a perfect spot.

Lamark: Too good to be true, comes to mind.

Dawson: I guess so. There's always an alternative, isn't there? Who knows, maybe Site-01 is right under our feet. It'd explain how we just let it go by.

Lamark: Nah, they'd never let us go anywhere near here if that was the case. Alpha 1 would've dropped by and mind-wiped us faster than-

Site Command: Before you say anything further, let me remind you both that this full, unredacted transcript will be viewable to everyone with a level 3 clearance. And above.

Lamark: Right. Uh, no offense meant.

[Silence falls.]

Lamark: Honestly, I'm not registering anything. Are we sure this isn't just a major coincidence?

Dawson: So, just a statistical abnormality?

Lamark: Yeah. Anomalies can't be everywhere, can they? Maybe this is a fluke. And there's not much strategic value for any GOI's within the triangle, anyways. Boston's right next door. Relatively speaking, of course.

Dawson: Could be. Do you really believe that?

[Lamark shrugs.]

Dawson: Alright, we're good. Heading back to pickup sight now.

Site Command: Ready to receive you.

<Remaining rrelevant logs have been excised>

Addendum 0000.1: Discovery of SCP-5000 took place in 1972, during the latter stages of Project Lycaros5 in the state of Massachusetts. Due to the extensive alleged anomalous activity in the area, the project was never officially completed. Assets were redistributed from the project as a whole to more pressing areas, resulting in the project being placed on a hiatus.

During the planning stages of Site-76 in 2003, an abandoned factory outside of the town of Norton was considered as a potential location, and Project Lycaros was briefly revived to examine the area for any hostile anomalous phenomena. When it had been discovered that no anomalous phenomena or GOI activity had ever been noted as taking place within SCP-5000, a provisional anomaly file was created.

While SCP-5000's area had been associated with anomalous phenomena for a number of years, recognition of SCP-5000 as a whole appeared to have been started in the early 1970's by American cryptologist Loren Coleman. Coleman was the first to coin the Bridgewater Triangle as a name for SCP-5000, as well as the first to define its boundaries.

Interview-5000:

Interviewed: Loren Coleman
Interviewer: Doctor Sallust
Foreword: Interview was set up under the pretense of a potential book deal. However, Doctor Sallust was approved to reveal level-0 classification information in an attempt to induce information about SCP-5000.
<Begin Log>

Sallust: Mr Coleman, glad you could come. Sorry about the timing, can I get you coffee?

Coleman: Already had some, no thanks. Have to say, i'm surprised about this. Didn't think anyone would be interested. These days it's all podcasts, aint it?

Sallust: I suppose so.

Coleman: So what were you thinking of for this one? Mysterious America was mostly NA focused, maybe we could take a trip down south, or did you have something in mind?

Sallust: Well actually, I was hoping we could discuss something else. I- Actually, it may be better for you to read this folder.

Sallust produces a modified print version of the Family Disclosure Protocol for Coleman.

Coleman: …You're joking. This is bullshit, right?

Sallust: I'm afraid not. [COGNITOHAZARD REMOVED].

Coleman and Sallust both sneeze.

Sallust: That's what we call an auditory cognitohazard. Essentially, it's a word that makes you sneeze. [COGNITOHAZARD REMOVED].

Coleman and Sallust sneeze again.

Coleman: Holy shit. Are… are you gonna kill me? Because of my work, I'm too close to the truth?

Sallust: No. If we wanted to kill you, I wouldn't have wasted all this time talking to you. I did want to ask you about your work, actually. Specifically about the Bridgewater Triangle?

Coleman: Uh, sure, whatever you need. This about the Bigfoot sightings? Or Hockomock, or um, maybe the wampum belt? Wait, are all of them real? Got them all locked up in some sort of CIA blacksite?

Sallust: Actually, no, none of them are true. Bridgewater Triangle is a 520 square kilometer anomalous dead zone. As far as we can tell, nothing anomalous has ever happened in the area. We haven't had so much as one employee born in that area.

Coleman: …Is, is that bad?

Sallust: I wouldn't say it's bad. Highly irregular, possibly to the point of being an anomaly in and of itself, perhaps. Which is why we turned to you. You were the one who named the area, correct?

Coleman: Well yes, but it was something I just made up! Hell, it could've been a square, or an octagon for all I cared. You don't seriously think I somehow did– well, whatever you're accusing me of!

Sallust: I see. Have you actually found any evidence of anomalous phenomena in the are?

Coleman Of course, what kind of author do you take me for? I've got dozens of eyewitness accounts, cellphone footage, samples of fur that I've had sent off to labs– inconclusive, but what'd you expect from something like bigfoot? I'm actually in the middle of-

Sallust: Is that it?

Coleman: …Yes.

Sallust: Alright. Thank you for your time, Mr Coleman. John, can you escort Coleman to his car? Thank you.

<End Log>
Closing Statement: Coleman was administered a Class C amnestic and escorted from the facility. Two agents have been tasked with monitoring his activities until the conclusion of the investigation.


Addendum 0000.3:

01/31/2020 Meeting on the status of SCP-5000

Participants: Site Director Elias Lycus, Head Researcher Lucia Reinette-Hartle, Omicron-13 Captain Charles Thompkins

Thompkins: …Now? Alright. So what's this then? This a routine thing, or…?

Lycus: Thought it was time we all sat down to discuss SCP-5000. It's been six months since provisional classification date. And given that we've turned up surprisingly little on its alleged existence-

Reinette-Hartle: With all due respect sir-

Lycus: Yes, I know Lucia- er, Miss Reinette-Hartle. Your intelligence regarding groups of interest activity within Massachusetts is certainly thought-provoking, to say nothing of the value of your efforts to other operations. But what I'm concerned about here is that we have nothing but circumstantial evidence for SCP-5000's existence.

Reinette-Hartle: It's a five hundred square kilometre deadzone due south of a major metropolitan area. How is that not anomalous? We can't find a single record of anomalous organisms or activity ever existing within the area.

Lycus: True enough. But the Foundation has always had informational weaknesses regarding the Eastern Seaboard. Most of the ASCI's records in the areas were destroyed during an earthquake. There may be several anomalies that have existed within the area that we haven't found yet. Perhaps they're antimemetic.

Reinette-Hartle: Even if they were antimemetic, they'd leave traces. Tracks, half-remembered concepts, wildlife discrepancies. There's nothing out of place.

Lycus: Captain?

Thompkins: Have to say, I agree with Miss Reinette-Hartle. This place is a conspiracy nut's wildest dreams. Alien abductions, ghost sightings, balls of fire, the whole nine yards. But we haven't found so much as a single hair from a SCP-1000 instance. To me, that smells fishy. Almost as if something's being covered up.

Lycus: Be that as it may, I can't rely on assumptions and theories with only circumstantial evidence. The Council's getting impatient on your research here. So either you get definitive proof of anomalous phenomena, or this project is officially being shelved.

Reinette-Hartle: Well we're drawing up some more akiva readings from Boston and Providence, using that as a baseline to compare to SCP-5000. Team's out as we speak.

Lycus: Didn't we already handle that, with Thompkins and Lamark?

Thompkins: Well the issue with akiva readings is that they tend to vary, even by state. So a wide variance of readings throughout the state is preferred, then we can establish a baseline and spot any potential anomalies.

Reinette-Hartle: You didn't get them?

Lycus: …Was I supposed to have?

Reinette-Hartle: As soon as we got them in I sent them off to you. Gave them to your intern, he said he'd get them to you.

Lycus: What? Holloway's on paternity leave.

Reinette-Hartle: No, the other one. The guy with the glasses and dark brown hair, had a birthmark on his cheek. I think his card said his name was John or something?

Lycus: What? There's no one by that description at this site.

Reinette-Hartle: Well if it wasn't someone at the site, who else could it be? Unless you're saying it was… fuck.

A site lockdown was immediately enacted, while security searched for the unknown agent who infiltrated the site. Examination of records revealed that prior to the lockdown, several level-5 access codes had been used to enter and exit several security checkpoints. As no Foundation staff with level 5 clearance had visited the site in over a year, how the infiltrator gained access to them is currently unknown.

The identity and location of POI-5000 is currently under investigation.

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Accessing….

JaneDoe has joined.

JohnDoe has joined.

JaneDoe: About time. Status report?

JohnDoe: Went as expected. Destroyed the documents, avoided any cameras or task force units, reported back to the auxiliary base.

JaneDoe: Did they have any notion of our department's affiliation?

JohnDoe: I kept it quiet.

JaneDoe: I hope you're right. What kind of cleanup are we looking at?

JohnDoe: Large scale mnemonic editing, at the very least. I'm thinking we should release a few small, inconsequential anomalies into the area to shut down any further exploration attempts in the future. Antimemetic, most likely.

JohnDoe: For now, we assign the information breach to the Chaos Insurgency. How about a hidden cell operating outside of somewhere around Middleboro?

JaneDoe: Shouldn't be too hard to arrange. I'll contact our sources.

JaneDoe: In the meantime, how does the council fare? I can't imagine they'd be happy about this.

JohnDoe: Smith said he'd deal with them, and I'm inclined to let him take this one. The department's drawing enough heat as it is.

JaneDoe: Fair enough. I'll handle the file changes, get ahead of it before it's released to the internal database.

JohnDoe: Sounds good. And how's SCP-5000?

JaneDoe: Contained, at least for now. I don't think this latest ascension event caused any damage, or at least any permanent damage, but it's growing more restless. The sooner we quiet this little outburst, the sooner it returns to its slumber.

JohnDoe: I'll handle the clean up on my end. I hate to think that we went to all this trouble for nothing.

JohnDoe has left.

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Update file?

input: SCP-5000 revised changes.

Logging off. Goodbye, [DATA LOST].


List of critters

  • riyangendut
  • DrChandra
  • Croquemboche
  • Voct
  • Cimmerian

Tips
- Paranoia rewrite
- pacing issues
- "First of all: Condense down your narrative. You may find it works better if it's much shorter. Cut out the fluff and you'll be surprised how much more engaging it is.
But…
I feel like you're missing the best direction to take this. In the Foundation's world, anomalies are sort of the central thing. And you're writing a 5k entry so it's worthwhile to make it a serious issue that this area has no anomalies at all. What if it's literally an anomaly neutralizing area?
What if it's expanding?"

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