They Seldom Sleep Quietly (Offset Version)
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The following document has gone through several different iterations since initial classification.
Access to said iterations is available below.

— Researcher Griffin

Item#: XXXX
Containment Class:
Secondary Class:
Disruption Class:
Risk Class:

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXXX is to be stored with SCP-XXXX-1 in a secure, airtight storage locker at SCPF-NW Outpost-19. Personnel assigned to the Outpost must possess a Cognitive Resistance Index of at least 45, have no history of mental illnesses, and undergo biweekly psychological check-ups. Site-wide psychological instability could be indicative of a breach event.

If a breach should be suspected while SCP-XXXX and SCP-XXXX-A are in proximity of each other, SCP-XXXX's Object Class is to be updated to Keter and new Containment Procedures are to be drafted at once with a focus on possible methods of Neutralization; consultation with SCP-1987 thaumaturges is advised for the duration of this process.

Although no longer within SCP-XXXX’s effective range, the municipality of Tromsø, Norway is to be monitored for signs of further influence by SCP-XXXX.

Description: SCP-XXXX and SCP-XXXX-A denote a female human cadaver and an engraved stone tablet respectively, both discovered together near Tromsø, Norway in June of 1971.

SCP-XXXX is in an extremely advanced state of decay, being nearly skeletal. Its age believed to be roughly 2500 years old judging by the archaeological record of the location where it was discovered, though has remained considerably well-preserved due to the Norwegian climate. SCP-XXXX emits a potent cognitohazard at all times that affects any human subject of entirely or partially Norwegian descent within 5 kilometers that is entering or already in REM sleep.

Affected individuals, referred to here as "subjects," will gradually undergo a variety of psychological changes over the course of the next several weeks. These changes have been noted to occur in 5 main stages:

SCP-XXXX-A is a stone tablet measuring roughly 1 by 0.5 meters in size, featuring a Bronze-Age era entombment sigil carved into its surface. While also confirmed to exhibit a mild, calming memetic effect upon being viewed, SCP-XXXX-A’s primary property is its ability to completely nullify the effects of SCP-XXXX’s cognitohazard when kept within 5 meters of each other. As such, it has proven a vital component to suppressing SCP-XXXX's effects. It is dated to a similar period as SCP-XXXX.


SCP-XXXX-A upon its discovery at the Tromsø dig site.

Discovery: SCP-XXXX was initially discovered on June 28, 1971 during the archaeological excavation of a burial mound near Tromsø, Norway. Initially found buried together, SCP-XXXX and -A were separated following their discovery. As SCP-XXXX's effects on the excavators at the dig site became more apparent and intense, members of the Foundations Norwegian branch became more involved in the project, eventually identifying SCP-XXXX and -A as anomalous. Appropriate backup was called in, amnestics were administered, and the subjects were moved to Outpost-19.

Incident XXXX.1: On February 17, 1980, SCP-XXXX-A was accidentally dropped and broken during the transfer of SCP-XXXX to a new storage locker. The object was repaired on-site using adhesives, but over the next several days personnel at Outpost-19 began reporting symptoms consistent with exposure to SCP-XXXX's cognitohazard. It was concluded that SCP-XXXX-A's ability to counter SCP-XXXX's effects had been compromised.

SCP-XXXX's Object Class was provisionally updated to Keter, and SCP-1987 thaumaturges were consulted. Said thaumaturges helped devise instructions for a ritual which would effectively Neutralize SCP-XXXX-1 if performed properly.

On February 28, 1980, SCP-XXXX-1 was moved to Site-732 and the ritual was performed, overseen by the advising thaumaturges. The proceedings were as follows:

SCP-XXXX Neutralization Ritual Details

  • SCP-XXXX is placed in a bare wooden coffin constructed of pine wood and carried towards an unlit pyre also composed of pine wood.
  • While approaching the pyre, the coffin is to be lowered to the ground three times, with the occupant's head pointed east, then south, then north, followed by the coffin being laid on the unlit pyre.
  • The pyre is to then be coated in a mixture of pig grease, seawater, and blood drawn from the right ring finger of the last person to have made direct physical contact with the subject.
  • A present Foundation member is to then recite the following incantation in Old Norse:

By wood of pine,
By water of sea,
By fluid of swine,
By blood from thy remembrance,

Begone from this place,
as you must be.

Let not thy greed restrain thee,
nor thy hatred scorch the minds
of the innocent.

Go forth to the Great Halls
to await the Twilight!

  • All personnel in attendance must stand west of the pyre as it is ignited, with the exception of the one whose blood was drawn for the third step, who is to position themselves east of the pyre.
  • The pyre is to continue to burn until SCP-XXXX has been completely reduced to ash; this ash is then to be collected and brought to any beach on the Atlantic coast located at or above 65ºN. Once there, the ashen remains of the subject are to be emptied into the Atlantic ocean.
  • Following this, all present personnel are to consume at least one liter of alcohol in the form of ale or mead, then return to their quarters to rest for the remainder of the night.

Following the completion of these instructions in a manner deemed satisfactory by present the Supervisor Truman, SCP-XXXX was provisionally reclassified as Neutralized.

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