Country Roads, Take Me Home

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SCP-4570

Item #: SCP-4570

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: A 3.6-meter tall steel fence has been built around SCP-4570. This fence is to be patrolled by Foundation officials under the guise of SCP-4570 being a historic landmark. Individuals attempting to enter SCP-4570 are to be administered Class-A amnestics and released. Existing SCP-4570-A instances are to be monitored for possible containment breaches.

Further investigations into the source of SCP-4570’s anomalous properties are currently ongoing.

Description: SCP-4570 is the town of ██████, Nevada, abandoned in 1971. Buildings within SCP-4570 are in states of severe disrepair, with many having completely collapsed. All organisms that enter SCP-4570 will experience rapid genetic transformations. SCP-4570's effect culminates with the affected subject becoming a plant or animal native to the state of West Virginia. This effect extends to both flora and fauna, with resulting transformations (referred to as SCP-4570-A) having similar genetics and physical traits to the original entity. During these transformations, subjects have expressed extreme distress and discomfort.

Humans that enter SCP-4570 will be subject to SCP-4570’s transformation effect, although no exact pattern has been found between resulting SCP-4570-A instances.1 The only consistent effect between experiments has been reports of faint music before transformations take place, with most likening it to a song in a country genre. Recorded SCP-4570-A instances resulting from humans include:

  • North American porcupines (Erethizon dorsatum)
  • Willow oaks (Quercus phellos)
  • American black bears (Ursus americanus)
  • Turkey vultures (Cathartes aura)
  • Common snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina)
  • Blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum)

SCP-4570-A instances capable of locomotion will enter a building within SCP-4570. Once inside, SCP-4570-A will take on the job of a human working in that building. Despite the physical limitations of many SCP-4570-A, these jobs will be executed at a level equal to that of a human. Once their job is completed, instances will enter other buildings and socialize with other SCP-4570-A. There are currently 129 recorded SCP-4570-A instances, with 47 of the town's buildings being completely occupied. SCP-4570-A have shown notable hostility towards the Foundation, actively destroying remote drones and other monitoring devices.

Several topographical anomalies are present within SCP-4570, with the measured air pressure of the town being significantly higher than the surrounding area. In addition, several incidents of SCP-4570 experiencing significantly colder weather than the surrounding area have been recorded.

Addendum: On 10/12/1997, all activity within SCP-4570 suddenly ceased for approximately 22 hours, including its transformative and topological properties. During this 22 hour period, Agent Claudia Amherst was dispatched to investigate. Included below is a transcript of the exploration.


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Critters: T RutherfordT Rutherford LaneousLaneous LukeLukensLukeLukens JiwoahnJiwoahn

Comment:


Take me home, country roads. A nice little story about some animals just wanting to belong. I’ve left the ending up to interpretation, so you can either choose the more meaningful ending, or the dumb pun ending I was originally going to make. Thanks to my fabulous critters:

for their amazing suggestions and support. And may we find a place where we belong. Probably West Virginia.

The image of the abandoned town is located here under CC 2.0.


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