Dr. Axel Rivas Personnel File

Name: Dr. Axel Rivas Personnel File

Security Clearance Level: Lunar Staff Level 4

Location: Lunar-Site-04

Profession: Astrologist, Astrobiologist

Specialties: Astrobiology, geology, selenography, working with technology, mathematics, all of the Lunar Sites

History: Dr. Rivas was affected by SCP-7393 on 09/04/1979, rendering him unable to breathe the earth's atmosphere, replacing it with the necessity to "breathe" the moon's exosphere, thus refining him to live and work within the Foundation's Lunar Sites.

SCP Work: SCP-8999, SCP-6009, SCP-7379, SCP-7077, SCP-8002, Log of Anomalous Space Items

Additional Notes: Dr. Rivas is distant from his colleagues, spending most of his time with the animal anomalies that reside on the moon. Dr. Rivas also shows symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, including but not limited to offering to care for more than 15 living anomalies at once. Dr. Rivas has been scheduled to meet with Dr. Sheridan on 11/21/1979 regarding his symptoms.

Interview Excerpt:

Foreword: The following is an excerpt from an interview between Dr. Rivas and Dr. Casey six months following Dr. Rivas incident with SCP-7379.

<Begin Log>

Dr. Casey: Did medical staff have to intervene? Did you ever come close to death? And do you know why SCP-7379 affected you?

Dr. Rivas: Eh, at first I just passed it off as I was coming down with a bug. I'd just been in space, it made sense. But soon, breathing became difficult, and the more oxygen they put me on, the weaker I became. After some tests, it was discovered the water in my body was now like, moon water, plus I saw the fuckin space-beetle or whatever SCP-7379-A is in my dreams before the tests. I told them my hypothesis, we just did the tests to make sure.

Dr. Rivas coughs, followed by a shrug.

Dr. Rivas: I was probably infected because I stepped in the Nyx river while testing with SCP-8999. Hey, at least I’m her caretaker now cause of our similar conditions; she’s a sweet dog.

Dr. Casey: Uh, right. Have there been any physical side effects?

Dr. Rivas: I can't spend too long indoors within the oxygen supplied rooms without getting deathly sick. I've been forced to become an outdoors guy. Well, I can go within the rooms without the oxygen filters.

Dr. Casey: That’s unfortunate.

Dr. Rivas: Eh. At least I have an excuse to spend time with Lucy.

Dr. Casey: Have there been any mental side effects from living in space, in a completely different environment compared to where you grew up?

Dr. Rivas: Not that I've noticed.

Dr. Casey: One thing that has been brought to our attention is your distant attitude when working with any other Foundation personnel.

Dr. Rivas: People go down back to earth not to return for a while— sometimes ever. It doesn't feel worth my time to invest myself emotionally. So, maybe there is that. But, my animals make up for it.

Dr. Casey: You don't make friends or get to know your colleagues at the very least because you don't want to get emotionally attached to someone you'll never see again?

Dr. Rivas: [chuckles] Right to the point I see. If I'll never see someone again, why should I befriend them? Why should I waste time mourning over lost friendships when I could just prevent them entirely? Sure, I want to make friends, hell, a girlfriend might be nice, but I'm not going to waste my time.

Dr. Rivas sighs, and begins to gently rock back and forth in his seat.

Dr. Casey: So, it isn't that you lack the desire to make friends or maintain relationships, it's that you want to avoid being hurt.

Dr. Rivas: That's fair, isn't it?

Dr. Casey: I… suppose… I see where you're coming from.

<End Log>

Addendum 1: Animal List

Below is a of a portion of the list of current anomalous animals lacking SCP classification Dr. Rivas is the head caretaker for:

  • A small Peromyscus maniculatus (deer mouse) found on the Plinius crater of the moon. (Deceased, see Addendum 2)
  • A Pygoscelis adeliae (adélie penguin) found on Saturn's moon Rhea.
  • An Ursus Maritimus (Polar Bear) found at Lunar-Site-18. All tests attempting to weigh the animal have determined that it is massless. A currently unknown memetic agent is speculated to be the cause of these results as the animal is affected by Lunar gravity.
  • A Okapia johnstoni (okapi) that transports to the Sinus Iridum (Bay of Rainbows) on the moon when frightened. No breathing issues have occurred.
  • A Bos taurus (cow) made out of moon rock.

Addendum 2: Death of the Plinius Crater Mouse

On 10/09/1987, the anomalous item classified as the Plinius Crater Mouse passed away due to natural causes. Dr. Rivas had personally discovered the mouse and was greatly affected by its passing.

The following is an excerpt from the therapy session Dr. Rivas attended the same week.

Interviewed: Dr. Rivas

Interviewer: Dr. Childs


<Begin Log>

Dr. Childs: Regarding the death of the Plinius Crater Mouse, I've heard you were very devastated by its passing.

Dr. Rivas: [Sighs] Silvia… yeah. I should have known. She was just a mouse when it came down to what God decided.

Dr. Childs: This is why we look for emotional strength in all of our employees. I'm sorry for your loss, but luckily you have many other anomalies that will be there for you in its absence.

Dr. Rivas: Yeah, I guess. I just… it's not fair. I've lost everyone. [speech quickens] I coulda got my anomaly leaked, and all I was doing was testing Lucy. I can't see 7077 anymore cause I was deemed too attached, and now Silvia dies— and due to old age! There is nothing I could have done differently to stop this.

Dr. Rivas sighs. He puts his face in his hands and proceeds to run his hands through his hair.

Dr. Rivas: Even the ones who can't leave the moon still leave me.

Dr. Childs: I'…m very sorry.

<End Log>

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