Act IV: Rebirth And Tenebrize
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Item Number: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Euclid

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SCP-XXXX-1, reportedly "resting its feet after a successful hunt."

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXXX is contained within a former researcher's office, with a small couch, houseplant, and bookshelf. Amenities are to be approved on a case-by-case basis.1 SCP-XXXX is to be provided with a fully charged 10 volt battery weekly, hid in a different location in SCP-XXXX's containment cell each time, to ensure mental development. Regular practice is to be performed to ensure SCP-XXXX instances emotionally and mentally develop property, and to decrease the risk produced by SCP-XXXX instances to the Foundation power grid.

If an SCP-XXXX instance requests to initiate a CARLOS event, the location is to be approved by the Site Director prior to travel. If approved, SCP-XXXX is to be accompanied by two guards with recording equipment, and constant visual contact with SCP-XXXX is to be maintained at all times.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a group of five electric lightbulbs, each displaying sapience, mobility, and the ability to verbally communicate through unknown means. Each SCP-XXXX instance displays a distinct personality, though all have the demeanor of a young child. SCP-XXXX instances subsist off of connecting themselves to a power source with a minimum of 8 volts weekly, and require no further necessities. SCP-XXXX instances all move via the use of two leg-like appendages on their sockets, similar to a human's bipedal gait. All instances have displayed the ability to produce prehensile arms from their caps, though lengths vary dependent on the instance.

Primarily, SCP-XXXX instances pose no active threat to Foundation personnel due to their small size and generally calm demeanor. During CARLOS events, or when emotionally charged, SCP-XXXX instances will produce an unique weapon consisting of bent wire from their arm-like appendages. When done with a weapon, SCP-XXXX instances will discard it into an appropriate receptacle. Due to this, it is theorized each instance can produce an effectively-infinite amount of wire from their bulb caps.

SCP-XXXX instances still display the ability to produce light and conduct electricity similar to an otherwise non-anomalous bulb, though typically only utilize this to emphasize speech or during emotionally charged moments.

All five members of SCP-XXXX refer to the group as the "Light Brigade," and claim to hunt "beasts of yore" utilizing their weapons. Weekly, SCP-XXXX instances "hunt" during a CARLOS event, which consists of the following:

  • SCP-XXXX-2 steps to the front of the containment cell, opposite its entrance.
  • SCP-XXXX-2 produces a small spark in its tungsten filament as each SCP-XXXX instance forms a single-file line.
  • All five SCP-XXXX instances produce weapons.
  • SCP-XXXX-2 gestures forward with its sword-like weapon, to the door.
  • SCP-XXXX-2 knocks on the door, and a request is made for travel by SCP-XXXX instances.
  • Dependent on approval, SCP-XXXX instances are led by Researcher Inderjit Oakton to a pre-approved power source, with sockets preemptively connected.
  • SCP-XXXX instances all connect to their appropriate sockets and drain charge from the source until it is empty, claiming their "hunt" was successful.
  • SCP-XXXX instances return to containment, and return to previous activity.

Attached is assorted documentation related to SCP-XXXX.


Addenda 0.1 - DISCOVERY


SCP-XXXX instances were first recovered following reports of squatters within an abandoned home improvement store in Salt Lake City, UT. Police reports described movement in the lighting area of the store, presumably due to SCP-XXXX instances. Foundation plants within Salt Lake City PD notified local agents, who located and brought SCP-XXXX into containment. Despite an abundance of lighting systems in the location of initial recovery, only SCP-XXXX displayed any form of anomalous properties.

Initial questioning revealed that SCP-XXXX instances did not know the source of their properties, nor who their manufacturer was. Low-priority research is authorized to determine this.


Addenda 0.2 - LOGS


Foreword: This interview was conducted one week after initial containment of SCP-XXXX. SCP-XXXX-2, a fluorescent bulb, SCP-XXXX-3, a halogen bulb, and SCP-XXXX-4, a LED tube, expressed a willingness to interview. The interview was conducted with Researcher Inderjit Oakton.


<BEGIN LOG>

Oakton: Hello, -2, -3, -4. How are you?

SCP-XXXX-2: We'd ask that thee call us the light brigade, not thy silly numbers. But, to answer thy question: we find that we feel quite well, thank thee for asking. How are thee?

[SCP-XXXX-3 slaps SCP-XXXX-2 on the back of its bulb.]

SCP-XXXX-3: Oi, Felipe, thou dost know I can speak for myself, nay?

SCP-XXXX-2: Contrary to popular belief, yes, I am aware.

Oakton: To answer your question, yes, I'm quite fine, thank you. If I may, however, [Oakton coughs.] why exactly did you wish to meet today?

SCP-XXXX-4: Hunt.

Oakton: I see. What is it you wish to hunt?

SCP-XXXX-4: Beasts. Monsters.

SCP-XXXX-2: Leonardo is a bulb of few words.

SCP-XXXX-3: As the tall one said, yes, we need to hunt. Dost thou know of a method of how we may escape this stony prison and make haste?

Oakton: [Nervously chuckles.] I certainly do. Not as if you three, or er, five could go through it at all.

SCP-XXXX-3: Outrageous! Why?

SCP-XXXX-2: Inigo, calm yourself. Look around. Look at the ceiling.

SCP-XXXX-3: Oh my. Our brethren! what monsters thou art, thou have slain them, and hung them as a trophy in thy ceilings.

[SCP-XXXX-3 launches forward, bouncing off Researcher Oakton's leg. It is then restrained by the other two instances.]

SCP-XXXX-4: I detect naught, Inigo. They dost not live. Nor have they ever.

SCP-XXXX-3: Art thou sure?

SCP-XXXX-2: Leonardo is never wrong, Inigo. It would be better off to listen to him.

SCP-XXXX-3: That is true. So we are… not mundane, hmm?

SCP-XXXX-2: Sadly, no. Castle Horn-The-Pot was not an appropriate judging of what exactly laid beyond its boundaries. May I ask, tall one, of the status of our comrades?

[Oakton sighs, patting SCP-XXXX-2's bulb.]

Oakton: You see, it was only you 5 who came in.

SCP-XXXX-4: Hm. Shame.

[SCP-XXXX-4 produces a small sword from its filament, which it proceeds to use as a stand. It "looks" down with its bulb, and the other two instances do the same, whispering unintelligibly as they do so.]

SCP-XXXX-2: Let us mourn our brothers.

SCP-XXXX-3: Let us.

SCP-XXXX-2: Thank thee, tall one.

<END LOG>

CARLOS EVENT REPORT

Location: SCP-XXXX is to travel to Site-28's break room for initiation of a CARLOS event.

Approval: Approved by Site-28 Director.

Duration of Event: Approximately 30 minutes.

Drained Source: Site-28 break room vending machine. Machine has since been utilized for scrap.

Event Summary: SCP-XXXX instances struck vending machine repeatedly, as SCP-XXXX-4 forced wires within the machine outside. SCP-XXXX instances then connected to these wires, and stuck weapons within the machine before claiming victory.

Director Note: I'd encourage you to find similar items to drain — improved productivity brought on by this choice is a definite positive.

Note: The following log consists of security camera footage of SCP-XXXX's containment cell.


[SCP-XXXX-1, a halogen bulb, can be seen in a corner, reading a book. SCP-XXXX-3 walks over, tapping SCP-XXXX-1's bulb as it talks.]

SCP-XXXX-3: Oi. Montiel, get your circuit out of that thing.

SCP-XXXX-1: I'm busy reading, Inigo. Go bother someone else.

SCP-XXXX-3: Oh posh, I'm just having some fun. Is that so wrong?

SCP-XXXX-1: Not a single soul on this godforsaken planet enjoys it.

SCP-XXXX-3: That is blatantly untrue. I know I enjoy it. And that is all that matters.

[SCP-XXXX-2, asleep in the corner, awakes. As it speaks, its bulb flashes quickly.]

SCP-XXXX-2: The both of thee, quiet. We are trying to rest. Thou art aware of what we have to do tomorrow?

SCP-XXXX-3: A hunt?

SCP-XXXX-2: A hunt. Yes. So, it wouldst be best if thou all could conserve thine charge and just be bloody quiet.

[SCP-XXXX-4, also sleeping, walks over to SCP-XXXX-3, lifting it up and placing it at the top of its bulb, held in place with its arms. SCP-XXXX-3 flails wildly.]

SCP-XXXX-4: Quiet. Now. Stop squirming.

[SCP-XXXX-4 places SCP-XXXX-3 next to SCP-XXXX-5, a small candelabra-styled incandescent bulb. SCP-XXXX-5 is within its own separate subsection of the cell.]

SCP-XXXX-3: Oh come on, thou had to force me in here with Squirt?

SCP-XXXX-4: He is bored. Needs friends. This will do.

SCP-XXXX-5: Yay! Inigo was being terrible, and now he is here, alongside me! Let us play now, dear comrade! What merry we will make!

[SCP-XXXX-5 repeatedly strikes SCP-XXXX-3 on its bulb with a long filament "spear" as SCP-XXXX-4 returns to its sleeping position near a air vent, laying down.]

SCP-XXXX-3: Jesus— ow. Sard— ow. God's nai— ow. Stop it!

[SCP-XXXX-5 does not stop.]

SCP-XXXX-1: [dryly] Oh no. Poor Inigo. That appears as if it hurts. Oh no. Woe is thee.

<END LOG>

CARLOS EVENT REPORT

Location: SCP-XXXX is to travel to Site-28's ventilation room for initiation of a CARLOS event.

Approval: Approved by Site-28 Director.

Duration of Event: Approximately 45 minutes.

Drained Source: Site-28 air-conditioning system, which would then be reconnected to Site-28's backup generator system, as a means of testing whether Site-28 circuitry would do so in the event of an emergency.

Event Summary: SCP-XXXX-1 struck the air conditioner with 12 filament arrows, short circuiting its connection to the fans within the unit. SCP-XXXX-2 and SCP-XXXX-5 proceeded to plug themselves into it and siphon power, as SCP-XXXX-4 examined a nearby vent. Once SCP-XXXX-4 was finished, all five proceeded to siphon power. Upon completion of the CARLOS event, backup power generation successfully switched on.

Director Note: I deem it a success.

Foreword: SCP-XXXX-2 requested an interview following 11 additional hunts, all primarily taking place within Site-28's utility rooms.


<BEGIN LOG>

SCP-XXXX-2: Hello, tall one! Is there any chance we may receive a tad more variety in our hunts?

Oakton: Straight to the point. I like you.

SCP-XXXX-2: It cannot be helped. I pack my mind lightly.

Oakton: On your request; I'm unsure, to be entirely honest. It'd need to be a fairly lengthy approval process, to take you outside. I understand you're a bit bored of the sort of thing you're seeing now.

SCP-XXXX-2: That analysis would be correct, yes. Outside would be delightful. We have not seen the big bulb in the sky in quite awhile.

Oakton: I'll pass it on.

SCP-XXXX-2: Thank thee.

<END LOG>






CARLOS EVENT REPORT

Location: SCP-XXXX is to travel to Site-28's outer gates for initiation of a CARLOS event.

Approval: Approved by Site-28 Director.

Duration of Event: Approximately 20 minutes.

Drained Source: Site-28 electronic gate. Machine has since been repaired.

Event Summary: SCP-XXXX-5 repeatedly stabbed gate with a spear, as SCP-XXXX-2 struck it with a sword, severing it in two. Power was drained from identification sensor, pulled out of its casing by SCP-XXXX-1 with arrows connected to small wires.

Director Note: So far, so good. Backup power's holding strong. Promising results.

Note: The following log is transcribed from a guard's body-camera, as well as security footage.


<BEGIN LOG>

[SCP-XXXX, Researcher Oakton, and two guards are outside Site-28's guardhouse.]

Oakton: Alright, you all, today is intended to serve as a brief run-around of where you'll be headed during future hunts outside.

SCP-XXXX-1: Understood. I have studied quite long for this moment.

[Researcher Oakton and SCP-XXXX exit the site, directed out alongside two unarmed guards.]

SCP-XXXX-3: I must mention, that place looks quite appetizing, does it not?

[SCP-XXXX-3 points at a nearby generator.]

SCP-XXXX-4: The aroma is most satisfying.

SCP-XXXX-5: Ooh. Can we? Can we can we can we?

[Researcher Oakton nods towards the two guards, gesturing for them to step forward. They block SCP-XXXX's path.]

Oakton: No. No you cannot cannot cannot. You're staying where I'm telling you to go today.

SCP-XXXX-5: Posh. No fun.

[Researcher Oakton continues forward. Later, as they continue through a section of tall grass, SCP-XXXX-4 and SCP-XXXX-5 are missing. Neither Oakton, nor the guards notice.]

SCP-XXXX-3: Good. The plan has been put into motion. The dragon will be ours, dear comrades.

[Researcher Oakton turns around.]

Oakton: 1, 2, 3— oh dear. Where are the other two?

SCP-XXXX-2: Off to slay a valiant beast! It hums and whirs and roars like a true dragon. Unlike anything we've faced before! Huzzah! [SCP-XXXX-2 raises its sword, as the other two instances do the same with their weapons.]

SCP-XXXX-1: Yes. Thou willst not be able to find them now.

[A notification is received by the two guards. Later cross-examination revealed it to be an emergency power notification from Site-28.]

Oakton: No problem. The backup'll switch on.

[Site-28 remains in a blackout.]

Oakton: Oh dear.

[Researcher Oakton and the two guards turn around to rush back to base. The camera detects the remaining SCP-XXXX instances running into the grass.]

Guard: [Under breath] Jesus fucking Christ.

[Approximately 23 minutes later, the SCP-XXXX instances are later detected outside of Site-28's backup generator room, laying on the floor or sitting with their "backs" against the wall near an open vent, rubbing their stomachs.]

SCP-XXXX-2: Such a great hunt, my friends. What an amazing meal.

[The other instances raise their arms weakly in approval.]

SCP-XXXX-1: Should we be at all concerned for the wellbeing of those in the building? I can certainly state that I am, at least, quite a bit bothered by the load we may have put on the lot.

[SCP-XXXX-4 thinks for approximately 10 seconds, before placing an arm on SCP-XXXX-5's bulb.]

SCP-XXXX-4: All is fine, Montiel. Let not the worries of others bother us.

[Screams, roars, and the sound of metal scraping can be heard in the background. SCP-XXXX-5 begins to play with a small screw, as it pats its cap.]

SCP-XXXX-1: Alright then. I do have a book to finish, after all.

<END LOG>

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