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rating: 0+x
Item #: SCP-XXXX Level 3/XXXX
Object Class: Ticonderoga Classified

Special Containment Procedures:

Containment for SCP-XXXX is currently impossible. All individuals affected by the SCP-XXXX phenomenon are to be administered medical assistance and evaluated should they regain consciousness.

Description:

SCP-XXXX is an extrasensory cognitohazard caused by the sensations of extreme loneliness and existentialism. Individuals affected by SCP-XXXX (hereby referred to as SCP-XXXX-A) enter a comatose state, during which they display extremely high brain activity. Instances who experience this state often refer to it as an "out-of-body experience" in excess of ego death, suggesting an elevation of consciousness to an extra-dimensional plane via anomalous means.

SCP-XXXX commonly affects individuals in Kagawa, Japan, and has become a subject of regional folklore.1 Historical research indicates SCP-XXXX-A instances manifesting consistently throughout the past 1,000 to 2,000 years.


Kodoku Journal-1

Foreword: The following is a transcripted version of several pages of a recovered documentation from an SCP-XXXX-A instance (formerly known as Ren Kodoku), and has been translated from Japanese to English, for ease of access.

It should be noted that the instance Ren Kodoku has been presumably placed in a comatose state after the creation of this journal (7/15/2012).

Page 1, July 14th

So, I doubt anybody will read this. At all. But I wanted to write this either way, helps vent some stress out too. Killing two birds with one stone, am I right? Haha… I'm just talking to myself at this point. Whatever.

Anyways, something really interesting happened last night. How should I put it? This voice just started talking to me, in my head. I might just be delusional, but who's to say I'm not already insane right?

Well, this voice asked me if I "wanted peace". Of course, I didn't believe it at first, so I just dismissed it. But it kept asking over and over. Eventually, I just agreed. Honestly, I should have done that from the start.


Addendum XXXX-1

Foreword: The following is the transcript of an interview conducted with Kodoku's (SCP-XXXX-A instance) father. It should be noted that Kodoku is currently placed in a comatose state at this time. The interview has been translated from Japanese to English for ease of use.

<Begin Log>

Dr. Ryou: Good evening, Mr. Satou.

Mr. Satou: Good evening.

Dr. Ryou: How are you feeling today?

Mr. Satou: I've been fine.

Dr. Ryou: That's perfect. Do you mind if we discuss details about your son?

Mr. Satou: …No, I don't mind.

Dr. Ryou: Thank you. Before we start, (lowers head) my sincerest condolences on your son's well-being.

Mr. Satou: Don't worry about it. It's fine. (puts on a strained smile.)

Silence for a few seconds.

Dr. Ryou: I'm sorry. (pauses) Were you aware that your son came into contact with this phenomenon?

Mr. Satou is unresponsive for a few seconds.

Mr. Satou: No, not at all. Forget the fact that I didn't know he started talking to a God. I… I didn't even talk to him in the first place. How could I have known? (sniggers at himself.)

Dr. Ryou: I see… Did your son ever show signs of odd behavior?

Mr. Satou: In the brief times I saw him? No, I didn't see anything like that. You should probably talk to one of his friends. Somebody who noticed him better than I ever did.

Dr. Ryou hesitates to question further.

Dr. Ryou: I see, thank you for your time. Do you mind if we consult you further in the near future?

Mr. Satou: No, I don't mind.

Dr. Ryou: Great to hear.

<End Log>

Subsequent to this interview, Dr. Ryou had questioned SCP-XXXX-A's potential associates. No signs of odd behavior have been noted.


Kodoku Journal-2

Page 2, July 14th

It brought me to another world. A real, other world

It was really, really, weird. But oddly, it wasn't bad. You'd expect it to be frightening and whatnot, but I actually really enjoyed it. Not only that, but there were spirits! Real spirits!

I expected them to ignore me, honestly. I thought I wasn't welcomed. But they let me in and took care of me. They showed me the ropes of the spirit world. Honestly, this place was one of the best experiences I've ever had in my life.


Addendum XXXX-2

Foreword: The following is an excerpt of an interview conducted a day after the initial interview with Ren Satou.

Dr. Ryou: Good morning, Mr. Satou.

Mr. Satou: Likewise.

Dr. Ryou: Doing better?

Mr. Satou: …Somewhat.

Dr. Ryou: Alright, then let's get started.

Dr. Ryou sits on his chair, and opens his clipboard.

Dr. Ryou: So, during the last interview, you mentioned something about a God?

Mr. Satou: Yes, that's right. But are we not going to talk about Kodoku?

Dr. Ryou: We will, eventually.

Mr. Satou: I see… I remember mentioning something like that.

Dr. Ryou: Perfect. So how is this God related to your son?

Mr. Satou stops speaking for three seconds.

Mr. Satou: Do you know the folklore of "spiriting away"?

Dr. Ryou: Yes, I do, why?

Mr. Satou: That's exactly what happened… You know- and sorry to get off track- I've given it some thought. Maybe the reason Kodoku's gone is entirely my fault.

Dr. Ryou: How so?

Mr. Satou: (sighs) I just wasn't a good parent- A good father. Ever since my wife died, I spiraled into depression. Started drinking, stopped working, you get the point. I didn't give enough attention to my kid. I left him alone- we stopped talking much, eventually we stopped seeing each other as well.

Dr. Ryou:

Mr. Satou: And because of this, I'm probably getting some sort of punishment. I mean, it isn't too far-fetched, is it? Because of me, a God took away my son. And that God… probably resents me.

Dr. Ryou doesn't respond for a few seconds.

Dr. Ryou: I'm sorry to hear that… Do you know which God exactly?

Mr. Satou: Which God? (scoffing at himself) Yashima no Hage-tanuki.2

<End Log>


Kodoku Journal-3

Page 3, July 14th

So, while I was there, I was talking to the spirits and all, the ghosts. Some told me about how they died a tragic death, while others talked about how they passed on happily. I got a bit disheartened when they kept talking about it. It's not that I hated them or anything, they were really friendly. I just… I don't know, I felt like the ones who died terribly were like me. Alone and isolated, dying without anybody to come to their funeral. I haven't died yet, but I just felt like I fit right in with them.

After a while, they started listening to my stories! I actually really liked writing for myself, being a writer allows me to vent my frustration, or let loose my imagination. Eventually it turned into a talk about my personal problems. It was weird, because I normally wouldn't tell just anyone. But I felt safe with them, so I told them anyway.

They gave me time to think and left me alone for a bit, to reflect and all. By that, I mean they let me leave the spirit world. I guess I'm reflecting by writing out these pages. In a way, I feel a bit satisfied.


Addendum XXXX-3

Foreword: The following is not a formal interview, however it has been logged, as it contains information pertaining to SCP-XXXX. The interaction was conducted two days after the initial interview with Ren Satou.

<Begin Log>

Dr. Ryou: Hello, Mr. Satou.

Mr. Satou: Hey.

Dr. Ryou: How are you feeling today?

Mr. Satou: The usual.

Silence for three seconds.

Dr. Ryou: I see… You said you wanted to talk?

Mr. Satou: Yeah. yeah, I did.

Dr. Ryou: What's the problem? You seem a bit down.

Mr. Satou: Been down. I don't know, it's just… I don't know what to do anymore.

Dr. Ryou: What to do?… What do you mean by that? I'm not a therapy counselor, but I'll try my best to help.

Mr. Satou: I've just been feeling really alone. Depressed, you know? I stopped drinking at one point, after Kodoku became like that. But it's all coming back.

Dr. Ryou: Are you depressed over the state of your son?

Mr. Satou: Probably, I don't know to be honest. I haven't talked to him ever since he left the house, and now he's in a coma. Maybe it's some sort of divine retribution. A punishment from Yashima no Hage-tanuki.

Dr. Ryou: That's… Have you tried talking to a proper counselor?

Mr. Satou: No, not yet. I should, but I just feel like I'm going against what's already been done. There's a tradition in my family.

Dr. Ryou: A tradition?

Mr. Satou: It's a really old one, and it hasn't been a thing ever since my grandfather died. But the it basically was to exile whoever caused extreme harm upon one of our villagers. We live in an old town, you see.

Dr. Ryou: What happens to the person exiled?

Mr. Satou: They're given time to think. In the legends passed around in our town, it's said that those who are exiled are disciplined by Yashima no Hage-tanuki. Honestly, I thought it was a bunch of bullshit.

Dr. Ryou doesn't respond.

Mr. Satou: And I still think it is. But, for some reason, I can't help but feel like it's connected with the state Kodoku's in.

Silence for a few seconds.

Mr. Satou: I think- I think the whole situation's affected me more than I thought, and rightly so. I'm miserable, honestly.

Dr. Ryou waits a few seconds before speaking.

Dr. Ryou: I see… How about taking some time off? Get some rest and all.

Mr. Satou: Good idea, I'll do that.

Mr. Satou gets up from his seat.

Mr. Satou: Thanks for listening to me. I know it isn't a formal interview and all, but I just really needed someone to talk to.

Dr. Ryou: Don't worry about it. I suggest talking to a counselor, that'll probably help.

Mr. Satou: I'll do that.

<End Log>


Kodoku Journal-4

Page 4, July 14th

I let myself think for a while. Honestly, I'm a bit conflicted. But I think I know what I want to do.

The spirits there were kind. They helped me out a lot, and listened to my problems. I really owe them. I enjoyed talking to them too. I loved exploring the world there, listening to the stories of other spirits, even participating in some of their "spiritual traditions".

So, I decided.

I think I'll go back to that place. I feel more welcomed there, more loved, understood. I feel like I'd fit right in. There is no place for me here. I don't want to be here anymore.

I'm leaving for good. Whoever picks this up, feel free to read the contents. Maybe you'll understand what I felt.

Goodbye.


Three weeks after the informal interview between Ren Satou and Dr. Ryou, Ren Satou was found in his bedroom in a comatose state. It is unknown how long Ren Satou had been placed in a comatose state, however, it should be noted that he read the contents of Kodoku's journal. A message has been found next to the journal. It has been translated from Japanese to English for ease of use.

Dear Kodoku

I'm sorry. I'm really sorry. I read the journal, and I had no idea this is what you were going through. I should've known. As your dad, I should've tried to understand how you felt. Instead, I ignored you.

I want to make up for my mistakes, so I prayed near at the shrine of Yashima no Hage-tanuki and asked to be let into the spirit world. He accepted after many prayers. I'll be seeing you soon.

I hope you can forgive me, I really do.

— Your Dad


notes:
  • family with kid affected by scp-xxxx
  • bad parenting
  • kid affected because existential crisis
  • parents realize they're bad
  • tied into japanese folklore (spiriting away phenomenon)
  • journal/diary
  • interviews scattered with journal/diary
  • kid is gone for good at end of journal/diary
  • connected to Yashima no Hage-tanuki (possibly will use)
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