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Item #: SCP-3780-J

Object Class: Keter

Special Containment Procedures: The Temporal Anomalies Department is assumed to be in charge of ensuring containment of SCP-3780-J. They have been granted indefinite Level 5 clearance to all Foundation task forces and resources under the condition that said resources be either returned or replaced within one standard hour of deployment (relative to local time of requisition). Due to SCP-3780-1-J’s assassination attempts often ending in failure, Foundation intervention is to only occur if SCP-3780-1-J successfully assassinates its target.

Description: SCP-3780-J describes the collective failed attempts by a single individual from an indeterminate year in the future to assassinate Adophle Sax before his invention and patent of the saxophone on June 26th, 1846.

This individual, known as SCP-3780-1-J, has attempted several different methods of assassination, with most attempts being unsuccessful without the need of Foundation intervention. Although no significant changes to the timeline would actually occur if Sax’s assassination was successfully carried out, the objective of the Foundation to preserve original consensus reality extends to the preservation of sweet jams within this reality. Therefore, the Temporal Anomalies Department has established Operation Flugelhorn: an indefinite program to ensure that Sax remains alive and well until his creation and patent of the saxophone on Sunday, June 26th, 1846 in Paris, France. To this end, Temporal Anomalies has established a holding ground between 2220 and 2230 AD to store resources and personnel for Operation Flugelhorn as needed. Further details on Operation Flugelhorn are limited to Temporal Anomalies personnel for paradoxical reasons.

Addendum: Notable Attempts at Preventing Sax’s Assassination

Date: 03/09/1814

Attempt: SCP-3780-1-J abducts and pushes an infantile Sax down a three story flight of stone stairs. It then vanishes, making it appear Sax has stumbled down the stairs of his own volition.

Preventative Measures: None. After reaching the bottom of the staircase, Sax laid on the ground unconscious. Sax’s family immediately noticed his absence and soon discovered their unconscious son. The family discovered that Sax had survived the ordeal after bringing him to a local medical professional, after which Sax gradually recovered from the injury.

Date: 22/11/1963

Attempt: At 12:29 PM, Oswald abruptly vanishes from his vantage point in the Texas Book Depository. Personnel surveying the scene are unable to locate any trace of him. At 12:42 PM, he reappears in the Depository, by which time the motorcade has passed. From Oswald's perspective, no time has passed and he is unable to explain the lost time.

Preventative Measures: As soon as Oswald reappears at 12:42, a Temporal Relocation specialist transfers Oswald to 12:29 PM, synchronizing with the exact time of his disappearance. Oswald remains unaware of his relocation and successfully makes the shot.

Date: 22/11/1963

Attempt: An agent of Marshall, Carter, and Dark retroactively aborts Oswald by infiltrating the home of his mother, Marguerite Frances Claverie, and slipping a capsule of powdered unicorn horn into the jug of milk in her fridge.

Preventative Measures: Two Temporal Anomalies agents stake out Claverie's home overnight; in the early morning, they are able to intercept and subdue the MC&D agent and recover her for interrogation without incident. The capsule of unicorn horn is confiscated successfully.

Date: 22/11/1963

Attempt: While Dr. Thaddeus Xyank is observing Oswald under the cover of an SEP-Field, his future self barges into the room, renders Xyank unconscious with a punch to the jaw, and pushes him into a portable temporal relocation gateway. However, the Fields are momentarily disturbed by the impact of the punch, causing both Xyanks to be noticed by Oswald and throwing off his aim.

Preventative Measures: Dr. Xyank returns to the moment in time when he was incapacitated by his future self. However, he chooses to arrive five seconds after his future self arrives in the room. Xyank subsequently incapacitates his future self with a punch to the jaw and pushes him through the temporal relocation gateway instead. However, his future self repeats the action, appearing five seconds after him, incapacitating him, and pushing him into the gateway. Unwilling to accept defeat, both Xyanks repeat this process several more times until both of them only appear after Oswald has successfully shot and killed Kennedy, at which point the two Xyanks agree to a truce.

Date: 22/11/1963

Attempt: A version of Mobile Task Force Tau-5 is dispatched by the Foundation of the year 20██ to eliminate Oswald with extreme prejudice. Temporal Anomalies personnel attempt to prevent them from doing so; they are repeatedly unsuccessful and suffer heavy casualties as well.

Preventative Measures: Mobile Task Force Tau-5 is dispatched to protect Oswald by intercepting and eliminating their future selves. Although they are initially successful in doing so, the surviving Nanku asset is found to be from the 20██-Foundation. She is subsequently reprogrammed to replace her past counterpart. Diplomatic channels have been opened with the 20██-Foundation to ascertain their reasoning for attempting to eliminate Oswald. No future attempts at using Tau-5 are expected.

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