Tower-B
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4/XXXX LEVEL 4/XXXX

CLASSIFIED

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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Euclid


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Fig 1.1: Tower-B.


Special Containment Procedures: A naval exclusion zone is to be strictly enforced around Tower-B. Personnel are to cooperate with the RNoN1 to prevent unauthorized vessels from operating within twenty-five kilometers of the site.

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Fig 1.2: The SCPF Anglerfish.

The SCPF Anglerfish has been assigned to observe Tower-B remotely and report any activity to SCP-XXXX's Containment Director. Access to the site is prohibited.

Description: SCP-XXXX refers to a series of unexplained phenomena which have occurred in, below, and around Tower-B.

Tower-B is a decommissioned oil platform located in the Norwegian North Sea. It has drilling, production, and accommodation facilities for up to two hundred personnel. Prior to 1989, it functioned in tandem with three other nearby platforms (-A through -D) as part of the Ottinger Oil Field. Of the four original platforms, only Tower-B remains.

In 1995, an escalating series of incidents culminated with Tower-B's staff being reduced to a skeleton crew of thirty-five. This continued until July of 1996, when a squad of workers arriving for the monthly shift change found the platform abandoned. No evidence of a struggle was present; pumps and compressors showed signs of recent, ongoing maintenance. Although all support and emergency craft were secured and accounted for, workers determined that the platform's diving bell2 was in use and extended to its maximum depth.

Multiple attempts were made to contact the divers via the bell's tether. After some debate, the diving bell was retracted and secured to Tower-B's internal diving chamber system3, then depressurized over several days. Workers recovered one damaged dry-suit and several unused oxygen-helium tanks.

The SCPF Anglerfish was deployed as part of the initial emergency response and containment task force. Given Tower-B's remote location and relative self-sufficiency, the crew of the SCPF Anglerfish worked alongside essential personnel during the three month-long search for the thirty-five missing workers. Meanwhile, agents began an exhaustive investigation into Tower-B's history.

Addendum XXXX.1: Timeline

Investigators constructed a rough timeline of events in Tower-B by examining internal documents and interviewing both current and former employees. However, many eye-witness accounts conflict with on-site records. Furthermore, there are gaps in Tower-B's timeline (for example: no information prior to 1975 has been found).

DATE INCIDENT
1975/05/12 Work on reconstruction of Tower-B begins.
1976/06/01 Jackson Young (a manual laborer) falls overboard; his body is not recovered. The death is ruled a suicide.
1976/09/05 Installation of the 1C105 (a multi-stage crude gas compressor responsible for feeding turbines that produce electricity) is completed. Its 1st and 2nd stage knock-out drums are sealed and connected.
1976/09/10 Alvaro Kukol (a manual laborer) does not report in for morning role-call. His bed is undisturbed; his belongings are untouched.
1976/09/15 During startup, the flange on the high-pressure end of the 1C105 violently ruptures, resulting in an explosion that injures two workers (Tobin Holloway and Thomas Ruhl). The cause is ruled as operator error.
1977/01/05 While working on one of Tower-B's underwater pipelines, Cedric Haven (a saturation diver) reports seeing a large unidentified sea-creature crawling along the ocean floor.

Cedric Haven provided investigators with the following testimony regarding what he saw in 1978:

I was there to install clamps on the riser lines. Worked two-man diving teams.

You know much about sat-diving? It means two weeks of eating, sleeping, and shitting in a steel pressurized tube that's about the size of a walk-in closet. The guys above pump in a mix of gases that makes you sound like Donald Duck, and every meal you eat gets squeezed down a hose tighter than the sphincter on a chaplain's daughter.

My point is this: everyone thinks you're a little crazy to do it. And yeah, I'll fess: I'm a little crazy. But I know what I saw.

I was nearly a thousand feet below in a place so deep that the only thing keeping the pressure from crumpling my skull was the fluid already in it. And what I saw down there wasn't a goddamn 'sea-creature'.

It was a man. Pale, naked, and scuttling along all fours like a crab.

I hauled ass back into the dive bell. The instant I was clear, I got off that rig and never looked back.


DATE INCIDENT
1981/01/05 Multiple members of the crew complain of symptoms corresponding to DCS (decompression sickness). This occurs among divers and non-divers alike.
1981/01/14 Shane Adham (a saturation diver) reports neck pain, severe stomach cramps, and the loss of two teeth. He is given several aspirin and returned to duty.
1981/04/29 The flange on the 1C105 ruptures a second time, producing an explosion that injures two workers (Damien Morris and Tobin Holloway). The cause is ruled to be operator error.
1981/05/12 An unidentified, emaciated man who claims to be Jackson Young (a manual laborer who fell overboard in 1976) is found near the mud-pumps. While workers argue over what to do, he removes the bolts from a man-way that provides access to the drill's enclosed mud-pits, then throws himself inside. His body cannot be recovered. The death is ruled a suicide.
1981/06/01 Shane Adham (a saturation diver) vanishes during a dive.
1981/07/12 Three more saturation divers (Robert Brand, Roy Gentry, and David Klaus) experience severe DCS (decompression sickness) despite claiming to have followed proper depressurization procedures.

David Reed served as Tower-B's on-board physician from 1980 until 1982. He provided the following statement regarding the three divers experiencing DCS:

An oil platform is its own self-contained ecosystem. You have to produce your own power, potable water, even handle your own sewage. The only connection to the rest of the world is by air and sea, and a storm can take both away in a heart-beat.

My point is that the work can be isolating and emotionally draining. People do strange things to stay sane. Some of it is male maschismo, some of it is boredom, and some of it is just pure cabin fever.

Sometimes, divers would compete to see who could dive deeper or ascend faster — that's what happened. But depression sickness is not a joke. The human body's adaptability to high and low pressure environments is contingent upon slow, incremental exposure. Drastic changes produce pockets of expanding gas inside of you: in your veins, your organs, even inside your brain. Your eyes will bleed, your heart will stop, and your lungs will, quite literally, explode.

The joint pain and headaches were expected. The tooth loss and swollen skin lesions weren't. I initially diagnosed the latter as lipomas, but a biopsy confirmed it was chondroma4. Benign, but still alarming. I ordered the divers to be air-lifted to a hospital at once.

Before they left, one of them — Brand, I think? He complained about pain in his jaw. I examined his mouth and found several… protrusions… extending from his gum-line.

I kept them comfortable and alive until the helicopter came to take them away.

According to hospital records, all three divers received medical treatment and were released. An investigation into their current whereabouts is underway.


DATE INCIDENT
1982/03/01 Three unidentified manual labors do not report in for morning role-call.
1982/04/11 The flange on the 1C105 ruptures a third time, producing an explosion that injures one worker (Damien Morris) and kills another (Tobin Holloway). The cause is ruled to be operator error; Tobin Holloway's death is ruled a suicide.
1982/05/09 Rodney Peria (a saturation diver) dies while working on an underwater pipeline. Although an autopsy fails to make a conclusive determination regarding the cause of death, the coroner notes numerous missing teeth, multiple lumps along his neck and joints, and over two liters of unrefined petroleum in his stomach.
1983/01/05 During work on an underwater pipline, Daniel Balestri (a saturation diver) reports seeing several naked creatures crawling on their back along the ocean floor.
1983/07/14 While installing a replacement compressor for the 1C105, mechanics discover the dismembered remains of Alvaro Kukol (missing since 1976) inside its second-stage knock-out drum. His death is ruled a suicide.
1984/01/05 Daniel Balestri (a saturation diver) forcibly breaches the hyperbaric pressure system used to depressurize divers. This causes an explosive decompression event that partially forces him through an aperture 45 centimeters in diameter (resulting in the bisection of the thoracoabdominal cavity and the violent expulsion of almost all internal organs).
1988/01/05 As a consequence of multiple fatalities (along with inconsistent reporting of these fatalities), Tower-B's operation is all but halted. A staff of thirty-five remains on-board to perform basic maintenance.
1989/05/05 Workers arriving to relieve Tower-B's staff find it abandoned.

Addendum XXXX.2: Aftermath

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Fig 1.3: 2018/05/12.

On 2018/05/12, the carcass of a unidentified creature washed up approximately 25 kilometers east of Tower-B. Its stomach contained twelve humanoid organisms. An extensive examination of these organisms found the following:

  • Most of their external and internal organs (eyes, lungs, liver) are vestigial.
  • They possess a 'secondary' pharyngeal jaw (including a secondary set of curved teeth).
  • Their endoskeletal system is comprised largely of cartilage.
  • Genetic testing positively identifies them as homo sapiens.
  • Their stomachs contain over two liters of unrefined petroleum and corroded components of a centrifugal pump.


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