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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Euclid


Fig 1.1: Oldest extant photograph (recovered from the estate of Peter Stratford).

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXXX is to be kept in a low-security containment cell. At least one Foundation personnel familiar with Akkadian cuneiform script1 is to be available on-site at all times.

SCP-XXXX is to be discouraged from engaging in acts of self-harm or autocannibalism. It is to receive weekly psychological and physiological screenings; access to live animals is strictly prohibited. The following amenities may be provided to it once per week (contingent on good behavior):

  • Fifty meters of nylon sewing thread.
  • One liter of dry shampoo.
  • 30 milliliters of perfume and/or cologne.
  • Three toys of its choice (approved by the acting HMCL supervisor, and to be exchanged for new ones at the end of each week).

The following amenities may be provided under strict supervision (and must be retrieved after use):

  • One exfoliating scrub-brush.
  • One sewing needle.
  • One hair-brush.
  • A make-up kit (approved by the acting HMCL supervisor).
  • One scalpel.
  • One set of pliers.
  • One skinning knife.
  • A small bone-carving kit (approved by the acting HMCL supervisor).
  • One mirror.2
  • A D-Class personnel amenable to observation by and contact with SCP-XXXX.

Twice per day, SCP-XXXX may be provided with a fresh animal carcass prepared in strict accordance with shechita (the Judaic practice of ritual animal slaughter). Personnel may provide SCP-XXXX with whatever tools it requires to incinerate this offering in accordance with korban olah (the Judaic practice of burnt sacrifice). SCP-XXXX is permitted to extract small portions of each carcass for personal use. Should SCP-XXXX remove the carcass's skin, personnel may have it tanned and returned to SCP-XXXX (contingent on good behavior). Requests for additional amenities must be submitted in writing to the acting HMCL supervisor.

As part of the ongoing effort to maintain its emotional stability, SCP-XXXX's exposure to volumes of liquid greater than 100 milliliters is to be minimized.

Description: SCP-XXXX is an unidentified cryptid that has replaced its epidermis, teeth, most of its facial bones, and several extremities with crude prosthetic grafts. These grafts are comprised of leather, fur, tooth, and bone. When provided with appropriate tools, SCP-XXXX can use similar materials to modify, maintain, or replace these grafts. It prefers to only graft materials to itself that are derived from the carcasses of animals slaughtered in accordance with schechita; it resists the use of any other material, and will refuse to (knowingly) graft human components to its body.

Examination of SCP-XXXX's underlying scar tissue suggests that it has made extensive surgical alterations to itself. This includes the removal and/or modification of appendages and organs not consistent with baseline humans. Attempts to reconstruct SCP-XXXX's original appearance via mathematical projections have produced inconclusive results.

As SCP-XXXX can neither speak nor hear, communication is accomplished via Akaddian cunieform script (the only language it appears to know). Over the course of several hundred interviews, SCP-XXXX has demonstrated both a child-like deference and deep emotional attachment to any human it encounters (regardless of their overall conduct toward it). It frequently shows disgust with itself, and is reluctant to describe its past prior to containment. It also expresses an intense aversion to being left alone. Upon discovering that Foundation personnel will interfere with its attempts at self-harm, it has used this knowledge to prevent periods of extended isolation.

SCP-XXXX's psychological pathologies include (but are not limited to) hydrophobia,3 self-harm, autosarcophagy,4 nyctophobia,5 and acute body dysmorphic disorder. This latter pathology presents as repeated attempts to modify itself to more closely resemble other humans it observes.

Addendum XXXX.2: Recovery and Containment

SCP-XXXX was discovered in 1985 during a raid conducted in Romandy, Switzerland at the estate of Basil Ottinger (a banker and collector of anomalous art). Upon entering Mr. Ottinger's basement, Foundation agents found SCP-XXXX in a catatonic state at the bottom of a pit filled with animal excrement and raw sewage. Despite not understanding verbal commands, it was highly deferential toward Foundation personnel and cooperated with its containment.

As part of an arrangement made with the Foundation, Basil Ottinger was offered amnesty in exchange for information regarding the anomalies recovered from his estate and the location of other anomalous collections.


DATE: 15/02/1985
INTERVIEWER: Cmdr. Robert Malthus
SUBJECT: Basil Ottinger


MALTHUS: The thing in the pit.


MALTHUS: Tell me about it.

OTTINGER: Just, ask about something else, yeah? Anything.

MALTHUS: That isn't how this works, Mr. Ottinger.

OTTINGER: It isn't as bad as it looks, okay? I know how it must look, how it must —

MALTHUS: Just tell me what it is.

OTTINGER: Alright. Look. Just, look. The Mülhausen collection. You know it? Of course not. Well, you should. It was an amazing collection. Contained some remarkable pieces. Even had an original print of a Nkurunziza. Do you know how hard it is to —

MALTHUS: Mr. Ottinger.

OTTINGER: Okay. Right. It was up for purchase about, ah, I think it was in '73? His dullard of a son was selling the whole lot for some fast cash. Probably to pay his bookie, something like that. This idiot, he — this idiot had no idea what he was sitting on. I wrote him a check right then and there. Wrote it so fast that I nearly ripped my checkbook in half. Cost me less than a Cheval Blanc 47. Absolutely amazing, gorgeous pieces.

MALTHUS: And the thing in the pit was one of the pieces?


MALTHUS: Mr. Ottinger?

OTTINGER: Yes. It was a package deal, yeah? Part of the collection. Mülhausen kept it in a crate in his attic. Sound-proofed. It was locked up inside there, chained up in the dark, and it was — anyway, uh, it's an interesting piece. Very interesting. You don't even need to feed it. Did you know that? Um, anyway, it came with instructions. I keep them in a safe deposit box. I'll have to have someone go fetch them for you.

MALTHUS: Instructions?

OTTINGER: Yes. The general had left explicit instructions for what was to be done with it. His letter explained that he wasn't the one who came up with these instructions, either. He received them when he purchased it from a Catholic bishop. He made that very clear, that he didn't like doing this. This wasn't his idea. But, we were just following the instructions, and —

MALTHUS: What were they?

OTTINGER: Look, you learn real quick in this business that when a work of art comes with instructions, you follow them. Yeah? If you don't, bad things happen. That's kind of, uh, that's just the price you pay for owning high art. Besides, this thing, you can — you can do whatever you want to it. Once you're done, once it's stopped, uh, screaming, it won't even care. No matter what you do to it, it forgives you. It just wants to be closer to you.

MALTHUS: Mr. Ottinger. What were the instructions?


MALTHUS: Mr. Ottinger —

OTTINGER: Throw it in a hole. Throw it in a hole and make it scream.



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even unto the third and fourth
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