Possible Skull of the White Div?
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Item #: SCP-139

Object Class: Keter

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 every Sunday, a live medium-livestock animal (pref. Capra aegagrus family) is to be delivered to SCP-139’s chamber and locked inside. 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.


Due to the unpredictable nature of the anomaly, further revisions should be expected. Previous versions are maintained here for record keeping, but only the most recent revision should be followed.

Description: SCP-139 is a poorly preserved skull of an unknown hominid species 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, jaw 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 an exaggerated sagittal crest,1 suggesting a carnivorous diet. The skull is heavily weathered, most notably around the eye sockets.

Discovery and Context: SCP-139 was discovered at Site-72 during construction, which 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 strategic 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 visibly 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 back 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 or the identity of its discoverer have 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, its molecular DNA appears to have changed structure gradually, as a glance at previous records can attest.

Carbon dating of SCP-139 is fortunately more consistent. If 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 historical record around Site-72 by several centuries. Dr Reinette has proposed that the item was moved to its later location sometime between its supposed death and discovery, pointing to the age inconsistency between the settlement remains and the skull.

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,
SCP-139 Research Head

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, cold spots, or strange breezes. 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 to record, but are reported to be similar to heavy, guttural breathing.

Since its 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 per 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 of SCP-███ to Site-72 for containment, schedules 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. An examination of Jacobson's medical records2 revealed that he had been successfully treated for depression five years prior. However, his colleagues confided that Jacobsen had recently began broke up with his partner following the discovery of an affair lasting the entirety of their relationship, 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

[IRRELEVANT MATERIAL OMITTED]

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.]

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 attacks Ivanov, ending the conversation.]

<END OF LOG>

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 pre-existing 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


Addendum 139.1: 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 an apparent suicide on July 2, 2001 in Dr Siedelman’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 Siedelman 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.3

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..

<END OF LOG>

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 Siedelman’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 Siedelman

Interviewer: Internal Security Officer Morgan


[BEGIN LOG]

Siedelman: 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, hours of interviews that end up going nowhere.

Morgan: Well, we did find some very interesting email exchanges between you two. You know, the ones you keep on your personal devices that you think no one has access to.

Siedelman: I-

Morgan: Of course, I'm not accusing you of killing her after she told you she was getting back together with her husband. Most likely 139 exploited an emotional vulnerability, as it seemed to have done to Adrian. But a senior Foundation researcher having an undisclosed relationship with his subordinate, one that may have indirectly led to her death is… somewhat problematic. But the Foundation's not concerned with that now, which is why this is voluntary rather than an interrogation.

Siedelman: So you want something from me then. I can't imagine what more I can provide.

Morgan: You've been the head researcher for 139 for several years now, correct? What do you actually know about it?

Siedelman: Well, that's quite the question. We know it's about 9000 years old, which would make it older than human settlement in this particular region by a number of centuries, we know it most likely belonged to some sort of hominid species that would've stood over two meters tall assuming it was proportionately identical to humans, we know that it has a strange negative emotional effect on humans, and we know that both its containment procedures and DNA structure appear to shift over time for whatever reason.

Morgan: And that it's responsible for a number of random incidents around the site.

Siedelman: Yes, that too. Beyond that, it's only conjectures and theories as to its origin.

Morgan: What kind of theories?

Siedelman: Well Donahue4 thought it might be some sort of god or demon, or the remnants of one. Pointed to the holy water and the goat sacrifices as evidence.

Morgan: You seem derisive. You don't believe it?

Siedelman: I can't think of a single god, or a being pretending to be a god, that we haven't heard of before containment. Mythology, folk legends, depiction as demons in enemy cultures, they pop up somewhere. Gods exist loudly, they don't skate by unseen. If this one did, then somehow an entire culture that worshiped this god, with their customs and traditions and ancestral lands, vanished entirely from history. And the holy water doesn't work anymore, so that's hardly evidence for a theory.

Morgan: You've done your homework, I see. Did Maryam have any theories on its origin that she mentioned to you? I've noticed this one email she sent earlier this year; she mentioned a theory that you two were discussing around the time of the site's New Years party…

Siedelman: Hmm? I don't recall- Oh. Oh shit. Hell, I almost forgot about that…

Morgan: I'd still like to hear it, please.

Siedelman: Well just to give a little backstory, this came at the end of a brainstorming session we had, trying to find a new angle on our research on 139 or its effects. At this one, we were taking a look at the remains of the settlement we dug up, trying to figure out what it was. Maryam thought it might've been the remnants of some sort of ancient facility built to study the skull. A foundation before the Foundation, if you will.

Morgan: In the middle of nowhere, miles away from any other human settlement?

[Siedelman gestures around the room.]

Morgan: Point taken. I suppose that would explain why they found no other archaeological evidence of SCP-139's remains, if it ever had any.

Siedelman: Maryam suggested that it had originally been taken from somewhere else, perhaps some other, older archaeological dig, and was brought to their location to study. Accidents started happening. Researchers died, natural disasters, people felt cold spots and breathing on the back of their necks. After one earthquake too many, the site was buried.

Morgan: Then we came along, ready to start the cycle all over again.

Siedelman: Exactly. I don't know if it's something attracted to seekers of scientific knowledge, or just the natural consequences of humans sticking their noses where it doesn't belong, but-

[END LOG]


Closing Notes: Halfway through the interview, an earthquake occurred. While previous, milder earthquakes were centered on SCP-139's containment chamber, seismograph readings indicate the 7.8 magnitude earthquake originated directly under the interview room.




Addendum 139.2: Site-57 Interview (Continuance)

Interviewed: Dr Siedelman

Interviewer: Internal Security Officer Morgan


[BEGIN LOG]

[Morgan enters.]

Morgan: Hey. How's the ribs?

Siedelman: Bruised, cracked in three places, but I'll live. How's the arm?

Morgan: I'll live as well. Barely gotten a wink of sleep the past couple of weeks though, been shuttling all over the continent about the site. Have you been briefed already?

Siedelman sighs.

Siedelman: Yeah. Sixty-three injures, twelve deaths, complete structural failure. SCP-139 has effectively breached containment.

Morgan: Buried somewhere underneath the site, presumably. We're scrambling together a team as we speak. But as the head of the research team, and given Maryam's theory on 139, we wanted your opinion as to how to proceed.

Siedelman: …You know, I joined the team almost twelve years ago. It's been nothing but twelve years of deaths, damages, and resources drained into a hole that never pays out. Yes, we're a scientific organization, yes we should seek out the truth behind such things whenever possible, but ideally, there'd be a point and a time where we realize it's impossible.

Morgan: So you're recommending the Foundation abandons it?

Siedelman: I'm recommending we leave it to its own devices. If it's so determined to kill and torture and maim, I see no reason to give it so much as another damn goat.

As far as I'm concerned, some things are meant to stay buried.

[END LOG]


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