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: Naval authorities have cooperated with the Foundation to ensure an exclusion zone is enforced around Tower-B. Unauthorized vessels are not permitted to operate within twenty-five kilometers of this zone. The SCPF Anglerfish has been assigned to remotely observe Tower-B and report any activity to the acting Containment Director. Access is strictly prohibited.

Description: SCP-XXXX refers to a series of unexplained phenomena associated with Tower-B (a decommissioned oil platform located in the Norwegian North Sea). It has drilling, production, and accommodation facilities for up to two hundred personnel. Although the precise date of Tower-B's construction is not known, it was repaired and integrated into the Ottinger Oil Field in 1968.

In 1985, an escalating series of on-site fatalities culminated when Daniel Balestri (a saturation diver) forcibly breached Tower-B's hyperbaric pressure chamber (a system used to slowly depressurize divers after extended periods spent deep underwater). This caused an explosive decompression event that partially forced him through a steel orifice 45 centimeters in diameter (resulting in the bisection of his thoracoabdominal cavity and the violent expulsion of almost all his internal organs). Three other divers in the chamber were also killed. During the ensuing safety investigation, all of Tower-B's on-site records were seized and its operating staff reduced to a crew of fifteen essential personnel.

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Fig 1.2: Daniel Balestri's remains.

In July of 1986, workers arriving for the monthly shift change found the platform abandoned. No evidence of struggle was apparent; 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 bell1 was detached and extended to the maximum depth. After multiple attempts to contact the divers via the bell's tether produced no response, the bell was retracted, safely depressurized, and found to be empty. Tower-B was evacuated and decommissioned.

In 1989, a passing vessel spotted activity on the platform. The SCPF Anglerfish was deployed to investigate. Meanwhile, agents began an exhaustive investigation into its history.

Addendum XXXX.1: Timeline

Investigators relied on the records seized from Tower-B in 1985 to construct a rough timeline of events surrounding it. These records were supplemented via interviews with current and former employees. No records prior to 1968 have been found.

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Fig 1.3: Tower-B interior (mud-pits).

19XX/MM/YY: Work on reconstruction of Tower-B begins. This includes the installation of the 1C105 (a multi-stage crude gas compressor responsible for feeding turbines that will produce electricity), the 1P7s (a pair of reciprocating "mud-pumps" responsible for circulating drilling fluid down across the drill), and a pipeline connecting the site to the mainland.

19XX/MM/YY: Jackson Young (a manual laborer) reports to medical with stomach cramps. He is given several aspirin and returned to duty.

19XX/MM/YY: The installation of the 1P7s (mud-pumps) is completed, but neither will start. Mechanics work on diagnosing the problem.

19XX/MM/YY: In response to numerous complaints regarding rats, five female cats are released on-site.

19XX/MM/YY: The installation of 1C105 is completed. A startup is scheduled for next week.

19XX/MM/YY: Thomas Ruhl (the lead mechanic for the 1C105) does not report in for morning role-call. Despite their protests, operators are directed to perform the startup without him. The compressor runs; Tower-B now has a reliable source of electric power.

19XX/MM/YY: A dead cat is found near the mud-pits. It is presumed it was attacked by rats.

19XX/MM/YY: After searching for several weeks, supervision determines that Thomas Ruhl fell overboard. His death is declared a suicide.

Ryan Cooper worked as construction foreman for Tower-B in 1969. He provided the following statement regarding its reconstruction:

Been an oil-man for forty years; roughneck for around thirty. My crew got shipped over in the 60s to help fix the place up.

Right away, we knew something was off. You'd grab a permit to do the job — build some scaffolding, clamp a line, set some concrete — but by the time we got there, the job was finished. At first, we figured it was a goof. But it kept happening. Like the place was rebuilding itself. Or more like… like it was already done? Like we were just filing the paperwork. Making it official.

This wasn't the first kooky job I'd been on. Me and my crew, we'd seen some weird shit — even lost a couple of good guys. We never lost anybody there — except Ruhl, may he rest in peace. But somehow… that made it worse. Does that make sense? It probably doesn't make sense. But it was like we were just waiting, y'know? Waiting for something to happen. That's how the whole place felt: Like it was waiting.

Most of the original crew left, but I stuck around. Place kinda grew on me. Still, can't say I shed any tears when we finally tore it down.

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Fig 1.4: Tower-B interior (1C105).

19XX/MM/YY: The pipeline connecting Tower-B to the mainland is completed.

19XX/MM/YY: The flange on the high-pressure end of the 1C105 violently ruptures, resulting in an explosion that injures two workers (Tobin Holloway and Damien Morris). The cause is ruled as operator error.

19XX/MM/YY: Jackson Young (a manual laborer) reports to medical with stomach cramps, neck pain, and a lost tooth. He is given several aspirin and returned to duty.

19XX/MM/YY: Two dead cats are found on the drill room floor. It is presumed they were attacked by rats.

19XX/MM/YY: After some modifications by mechanics, the 1P7s (mud-pumps) are successfully started. Drilling commences.

19XX/MM/YY: Alvaro Kukol (a control room operator) does not report in for morning role-call. His bed is undisturbed; his belongings are untouched. Supervision determines he fell overboard. His death is declared a suicide.

19XX/MM/YY: Repairs on the 1C105 are completed. It starts without incident.

19XX/MM/YY: Three 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 19XX until 19XX. He provided the following statement regarding the three divers experiencing DCS:

The bottom of the ocean changes you, physically. Your body adapts to survive in a pressurized environment. But leave that environment too quickly…? Your body won't be able to adapt back to the surface.

That's what decompression sickness is: The human body's response to a rapid, drastic drop in pressure. Once that pressure is gone, liquid becomes vapor. Pockets of expanding gas fill your veins, your organs, even your brain. Your eyes bleed, your heart stops, and your lungs — 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 chondroma2. 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 don't know what happened to them after that. The helicopter took them away; I never saw them again.

Despite examining documents from every hospital within feasible range, investigators could find no records referring to any such divers. Their whereabouts remain unknown.

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Fig 1.5: Tower-B interior (glycol system).

19XX/MM/YY: Jackson Young (a manual laborer) reports to medical after vomiting blood. He is given several aspirin and returned to duty.

19XX/MM/YY: The 1P7s stop running. Multiple mechanics cannot determine the problem. Drilling stops.

19XX/MM/YY: Shane Adham (a saturation diver) vanishes during a dive.

19XX/MM/YY: After disassembling both the 1P7s, mechanics find that both contain the remains of a mutilated cat. It is presumed they were attacked by rats.

19XX/MM/YY: The flange on the 1C105 ruptures a second time, producing an explosion that kills two workers (Damien Morris and Tobin Holloway). The cause is ruled to be operator error.

19XX/MM/YY: The 1P7s are reassembled and successfully restarted. Drilling resumes.

19XX/MM/YY: While working on one of Tower-B's underwater pipelines, Cedric Haven (a saturation diver) has a panic attack. He is treated for minor lacerations along his arms and wrists.

Cedric Haven provided the following statement regarding his alleged breakdown in 19XX:

I was there to install clamps on the riser lines. Usually worked two-man teams, but the other guy was sick — and the supervisors told me they need those clamps yesterday.

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 happened, and it wasn't a goddamn panic attack.

I was nearly a thousand feet down — all alone in a place so dark you can't see your own hand, and so deep that the only thing keeping the pressure from crumpling your skull is the fluid already in it. And you know what happened down there?

Someone grabbed me.

Not some thing — some one.

The instant I finished decompression, I got off that rig and never looked back.

19XX/MM/YY: Two unidentified manual labors do not report in for morning role-call.

19XX/MM/YY: Jackson Young (a manual laborer) reports to medical after vomiting several components of a centrifugal pump. He is given several aspirin and returned to duty.

19XX/MM/YY: Four dead cats are found near the mud-pits. It is presumed they were attacked by rats.

19XX/MM/YY: The 1P7s stop running. Multiple mechanics cannot determine the problem. Drilling stops.

19XX/MM/YY: An unidentified, emaciated man 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.

19XX/MM/YY: The 1P7s are successfully restarted. Drilling resumes.

19XX/MM/YY: During work on an underwater pipline, Daniel Balestri (a saturation diver) reports seeing several naked creatures crawling on their back along the ocean floor.

19XX/MM/YY: While installing a replacement compressor for the 1C105, mechanics discover the dismembered remains of Thomas Ruhl (missing since 19XX) inside its second-stage knock-out drum. His death is ruled a suicide.

19XX/MM/YY: Jackson Young (a manual laborer) is found dead in his room. An autopsy determines that his stomach contains over two liters of unrefined petroleum. He is given several aspirin and returned to duty.



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