Possible Skull of the White Div

Item #: SCP-139

Object Class:

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-139 is currently contained in a modified humanoid containment chamber (Locker 193-72) at Site-72. This chamber requires two guards posted outside at all times, rotating in 6 hour shifts. Half of the guard pool is to be rotated every 10 days; with personnel requiring clearance from a Site-72 psychologist before being reassigned to SCP-139 containment duty.

SCP-139’s containment chamber is modified with all furnishings removed, placed on a galvanized steel platform suspended at least 2 metres from any other surface by chains of the same build. Once per week, on every Sunday, a live medium-livestock animal (pref. Capra aegagrus family) is to be delivered to SCP-139’s chamber and the doors locked. Cleanup must take place no more than 72 hours later.

Anomalous events that cannot be attributed to other items stored at Site-72 must be recorded in Document 139-4.

Further revisions are expected. Previous versions are maintained here for recordkeeping, but only the most recent revision should be followed.

Description: SCP-139 is a poorly preserved skull of an unknown hominid species. It’s approximately 30% larger than the typical Homo sapiens skull, but does not definitively resemble any known species. Immediately evident is a bony growth on the forehead, possibly an attachment point for a horn. While most teeth have been lost, it's structure indicates that it once held massive tusks or fangs in the upper mandible, and there does not seem to be any evidence of molar placement. Atop the head is a heavy bony ridge, similar to those used as anchors for jaw muscles in basal hominids; while these animals would use these muscles to help in chewing plants, it’s feasible that with sharp teeth they would be helpful in predatory habits. The skull is heavily weathered, especially the eye sockets.

Discovery and Context: Construction of Site-72 began in 1910 and was expected to be completed by November 1916. However, due to political tensions at the time (tensions which would later erupt into the First World War), the O5 Council determined the completion of Site-72 was of the utmost importance and gave the order to expedite construction. Construction would be completed by September 1913.

During initial excavation of the area which would later become Site-72, SCP-139 was discovered. While obviously abnormal, the completion of Site-72 in the face of the ongoing tensions was prioritized over standard discovery protocol. As such, the item was left in storage among various "unusual items" discovered in the region. Coupled with the skeleton crew left due to the war and subservient intelligence initiatives, proper containment of all low-threat items would not be completed until early 1922.

Later expansion of Site-72 in 1955 led to the discovery of previously-undiscovered archaeological remains of man made structures, dating to at least 800 BC. Prior to this, no human settlements were known in the immediate region. Further excavation of the area has been shelved until Site-72 becomes defunct; it is assumed that further opportunities for study have been lost due to the extensive expansion of the Site over the course of its existence.

The precise location of SCP-139’s original discovery has since been lost.

Structure Analysis of SCP-139 by Dr Siedelman:

DNA analysis is inconclusive in regards to determining the genus or family. While attempts have been made to sequence the item's DNA since technology became available, it is fragmentary and inconsistent in structure. Simply put, it's molecular DNA appears to have changed structure gradually, as the previous records can attest.

Carbon dating of SCP-139 is fortunately more consistent. Assuming that SCP-139's owner had a lifespan resembling that of a human's, it was last alive sometime between 8000-9500 years ago. This makes it notably older than the geography around Site-72 by several centuries. Dr [placeholder] has proposed that the item was moved to it's later location by outside forces sometime between it's supposed death and discovery, but at this time there's no solid evidence to support this theory.

As previously noted, SCP-139 has heavy weathering around the eye sockets. The orbital structures are damaged, scraped heavily as if with rasping tools. However, within and around each socket, the surface is smooth and worn down, as if polished. The rest of the skull is weathered normally, assuming that the object was buried for a majority of its existence.

Dr Siedelman,
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Unusual Phenomena: SCP-139's initial justification for containment was its unusual structure and circumstances of discovery. However, the item also appears to be related to a vast range of unusual phenomena that cannot be ascribed to other anomalies, such as flickering lights, . The most common class of phenomena are unidentified sounds reported by most individuals who have spent time at Site-72, heard only in situations where the subject was alone. These sounds have proven elusive and possibly impossible to record, but are reported to be similar to heavy, guttural breathing.

Since it’s initial containment a notable variety of extraordinary events have occurred within its vicinity, as well as to individuals involved with its discovery and containment.

Such events include:

  • The deaths of Site-72 guard Jacobson and the injury of Holland and Ivanov in 1999.
  • The sudden deaths of D-139-9 through -15 after testing completed.
  • Spontaneous unlocking of 26 cells within the wing, SCP-139 included, resulting in a minor Site-wide containment breach in 1977.
  • Multiple magnitude 4.6-5.0 earthquakes centered on SCP-139’s containment chamber, averaging two in each decade since Site-72’s construction.
  • Strange behaviour and deaths of local flora and fauna that cannot be ascribed to other contained items (ongoing phenomena).
  • Reports of vocalizations by personnel near SCP-139’s containment chamber, but not those on guard duty at the time.
  • Occasional rapid changes in local weather patterns, ceasing upon containment procedures update 1983/02/25.
  • Irregular power failures in various parts of Site-72 multiple times per month, prior to containment revision 1993/09/22.

Incidents during July 1999

Upon the arrival at SCP-███ to Site-72 for containment, scedhules were changed and security guard Adrian Jacobson was assigned to SCP-139. Upon shift change by agents Hansen and Graves, Jacobson was found to have shot himself within the containment chamber. His shift partner Agent Silva had been rushed to the medical wing due to vomiting and was found not guilty of any foul play.

At the time, SCP-139 was held in Humanoid Containment Chamber-342, whose section had prior held SCP-1359 and therefore had security cameras removed. n examination of Jacobsen's medical records1 revealed that he had been successfully treated for depression 5 years prior. However, his colleagues confided that Jacobsen had recently began divorce proceedings against his husband following the discovery of an affair lasting the entirety of their marriage. which caused a great amount of stress that was exacerbated by his work.

Following the incident, security personnel Holland and Ivanov were assigned to stand guard outside SCP-139's new containment chamber, with cameras and audio recording present. Later analysis reveals unusual levels of tension and growing animosity between the two, who had historically proven to be professional and work well together.

Audio Transcript
Holland: …But yeah, that's how you lose fingers. You?
Ivanov: Worst one? Probably the one doctor. But as long as you know what you're doing, she's not that bad. This one's probably worse. You hear what happened to Adrian? Shot himself inside.
Holland: Yeah. Guy couldn't get a break, it seems. Christ.
Ivanov: How'd they find it again?
Holland: Beats me, it was classified. Probably in a cave.
[silence for approximately five minutes.]
Ivanov: Always fun being on detail for shit you know nothing about. Could get your guts torn out at any time. I mean, Iota-10 isn't exactly a picnic, but at least you know the details.
Holland: Eh? Transfer didn't get approved?
Ivanov: Failed the written test.
Holland: Mmm.
Ivanov: Just… fucking frustrating. Why the hell do I need to know why Sherman won the Battle of Fort Donelson? It's not like it'll ever-
Holland: Grant.
Ivanov: What?
Holland: Grant won Donelson. Sherman only served under him. Probably why you flunked, easy enough to get completely wrong.
Ivanov: Hey, I've always wondered about something, maybe you can help. If you're so smart, why haven't you had a promotion in five years? You keep talking about that, kind of wild to imagine.
Holland: Team needed a babysitter, maybe? I dunno, what do you think?
Ivanov: You know what, go fuck yourself. Piece of-
Holland punches Ivanov multiple times, ending the conversation.
Closing notes: Shortly after, guards separated Ivanov and Holland after hearing the commotion. While both have gained minor injuries, they are expected to make a full recovery. Due to the likely instigating factor of SCP-139, disciplinary measures have been omitted.

While both incidents during this timeframe had preexisting factors, it is fair to assume 139 has a deleterious effect on the human mind. In the case of Jacobsen, he ended up dead. With two guards, it incited a fight that resulted in only minor injuries. Perhaps its effects can be exhausted. Recommending more testing. -Samantha Reinette

Death of Maryam Doors, July 2001

Research Assistant Maryam Doors, previously assigned to genetic analysis projects relating to 139 and several other SCP objects kept at Site-72, was discovered dead of apparent suicide on July 2, 2001 in Dr Seidelman’s office. Cause of death appeared to be self-exsanguination. Below are logs relating to her last known time alive, audio and video.

The below audio transcript is taken from Doors’ workspace. Researchers under Dr Seidelman are encouraged to keep audio notes for themselves, and it appears that Doors left hers on upon noticing the initial symptoms of her episode.

Audio Transcript

[Recording begins; 3 minutes 42 seconds of silence, interspersed with brief clattering of pen or similar tool against desktop.]

[[3:43]]Doors: Tired. Just tired. It’s f-*unintelligible*.

[[4:01]] [loud clattering, specimen rack knocked over or pushed.]

[[4:13]]Doors: I’ll clean that… later, it’s nothing that’s… Where’s the dustpan?

[[4:17]]Doors: Wha-mmh? Roger? No, that’s… chhsh.2

[[4:26]]Doors: Should get going.

[[4:29]] [sounds of sweeping glass, continues for short while. Broken specimen jars and flasks were found the following day, swept into a pile beside the desk. The trash bin was nearby.]

[[5:13]] Doors: [unintelligible followed by “It’s warm.” or possibly “Swarm.”, followed by extended silence with heavy breathing. Sobbing begins approximately 7:20.]

[[9:53]] Doors: [Unintelligible English. Angry inflection.]

[[10:22:]] Doors: *quietly* Should get going.

[[10:50:]] [sound of Doors falling, possibly tripping over chair.]

[[11:02:]] Doors: I’m okay.

Recording continues for 3~ hours with no further activity. Recorder was found on Doors’ desk..


Closing notes: It’s estimated that Maryam Doors left her office at approximately 5:15 PM, her body discovered at 7:10 AM the following day in Dr Seidelman’s office across the Site. She had used glass fragments from the aforementioned specimen flasks to cut her carotid artery and jugular vein with two deep piercings each. Multiple lacerations were also found on her hands and fingers.

Due to her poor attempt to clean up the spilled specimens and glass in her workspace, it is unknown what material may have come into contact with her skin, or been introduced to her bloodstream.

Post-mortem interview:

Interviewed: Dr Seidelman

Interviewer: Internal Security Officer Topaz


Seidelman: This is ridiculous. You're accusing me of having something to do with… something to do with her death? It's Adrian all over again.

Topaz: I don't make accusations sir, I make observations. And what I've oberserved is that one of your staff entered your office last night and killed themselves. That merits a sitdown, at the very least. Currently, this is a request from Overwatch, but it won't remain that way very long.

Seidelman: Fine. But I want it on record that I find this outrageous and insulting.

Topaz: Noted. Now, Dr Seidelman: what was your relationship with Maryam Doors?

Seidelman: [sighs] Doors worked as my subordinate on the SCP-139 research team since her transfer to Site-72 six years ago.

Topaz: You've worked with her in the past, correct?

Seidelman: Yes, before my promotion I worked closely with her in the Xenobiology Division at Site-04. That's how I knew she would be an asset to us here.

Topaz: Were any other transfers requested from the Xenobiology Division?

Seidelman: No. They're exemplary researchers, but they didn't have what I was looking for.

[Topaz pauses briefly to take notes.]

Topaz: Beyond your professional work together, what was the nature of your relationship did you have with Researcher Doors?

Seidelman: Excuse me?

Topaz: Your relationship. Colleagues, acquaintances, friends…?

Seidelman: Oh. Just friends, then.

[Topaz pauses to take notes again.]

Seidelman: What are you writing about?

Topaz: Don't worry about it. Now, what can you tell me about Roger Fischer, Maryam's ex-husband? As you might be aware of, her audio recorder shows her mentioning his name a few hours before her death.

[Seidelman's face briefly morphs into a state of surprise.]

Seidelman: Um well.. I don't think I've run into him that much. I mean I've met him a few times, back when I was still a HCML supervisor at the site and when Maryam- I mean Researcher Doors and him were involved, but haven't really had any conversations of note.

Topaz: And would you say your relationship with him was amicable?

Seidelman: Yes, by default.

tter to the Overseer's Council:**

To the Overseer's Council,

Since it's discovery nearly a century ago, SCP-139 has been one of the Foundation's most expensive anomalies to contain. Not just in the number of lives that can be attributed to it (and those under suspicion), but the constant reinforcement of the site following the earthquake, the containment breaches, requests from 90 percent of staffs for site transfers, etc, the list goes on.

Yes, it is true that updates to our containment procedures have been helpful in mitigating damage over the decades. But mititgation is the best we've gotten. Even today, SCP-139 is responsible for seventy five percent of all injuries sustained at Site-72, and that's only the ones we know of.

In addition to its costs, 139 has borne minimal scientifc knowledge to the Foundation. Yes, we know that it most likely belong to some type of hominid species, we know that it existed millenia before human settlement in the region, and we know that it has strange effects on both predator and prey species.

But in light of its prhibitevly expensive history, I'm petitioning the Overseer's Council for its neuttralization, which of course is its own can of worms. Despite its age, sledgehammer, industrail drills, even small explosives cant make a dent in it. Any truck with it on it has failed spectacularly, and all our pilots have refused to captain a flight with it in the cargo hold. It may as well be the Scottish Anomaly of Site-72.

But neutralization doesn't need to be fancy or elobarte. I propose we return it to its original state: We find the biggest hole we can, drop SCP-139 inside, and then cover it up with a metric ton of cement.

Some things are meant to stay buried.

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