Standard Galactic Alphabet

A guide to SCP-XXXX.

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Keter Thaumiel

Special Containment Procedures: All personnel assigned to SCP-XXXX must be completely fluent in its cipher. All instances of SCP-XXXX characters in digital media are to be conceptually localized by Foundation webcrawlers1.

SCP-XXXX-1 may be left to its own devices, but neither it nor its byproducts are to ever have awareness of the SCP Foundation. Directives have been provided to it concerning its primary mission.

Description: SCP-XXXX refers to the Standard Galactic Alphabet, a simple substitution cypher originating from the Commander Keen video game series. SCP-XXXX only has twenty-six characters, each of which is a substitute to an individual letter in the Latin alphabet.

SCP-XXXX is an association-based infectious digital cipher, meaning that it will infect any text directly associated with it, as long as said text is within a digital medium. This primarily refers to text that is narratively linked to other SCP-XXXX characters. For instance, including a word written in SCP-XXXX in a computer document may begin to infect other words on the same paragraph, but will not be able to infect distant pages until it has spread a sufficient narrative "distance". Unusually, SCP-XXXX is unable to infect Latin characters if they are directly being used as translation references, such as those shown in the image above.

SCP-XXXX can also infect text referring to itself; however, the referential level required in order to infect said text must include some reference to its anomalous properties. Documentation simply referring to SCP-XXXX without any acknowledgement of its anomalous properties will not be affected in this manner.

SCP-XXXX is conceptually dependent to some degree, meaning that it is rendered non-anomalous with sufficient alterations to the style of its characters. The alterations required to render SCP-XXXX characters ineffective is to a nigh-imperceptible degree. For instance, the capital letter "J" in any script can be considered almost identical to the SCP-XXXX character for the letter "o" (see SCP-XXXX guide above), especially to individuals unfamiliar with SCP-XXXX, but subtle distinguishing factors mean that almost any styling of the letter "J" does not carry the properties of SCP-XXXX.

Discovery: SCP-XXXX was created in 1994 with the release of Commander Keen in the Invasion of the Vorticons, although only with the inclusion of 15 characters2. Future games contained more characters, and the third installment of the series, Commander Keen in Goodbye, Galaxy contained a complete translation guide for translations from Latin characters to SCP-XXXX characters.

It is believed that SCP-XXXX's anomalous properties initially manifested at this point, although due to the narrative localization of SCP-XXXX characters within the game3 meant that it was mostly unable to manifest beyond the game itself.

SCP-XXXX's anomalous properties were first made known to the Foundation following internet references to the cipher infecting various system links and references on online forums, as a result of individuals utilizing the cipher within said forums. Forums with SCP-XXXX were subsequently deleted and witnesses were sent various antimemetic image agents, until stable containment procedures could be enacted.

Addendum XXXX.1: Following a cyber-attack by GoI-5018 ("Broken Rose"), various integral Foundation systems were compromised by SCP-XXXX, resulting in widespread conversion of documentation into the SCP-XXXX cipher. Protocol Cardstock4 was enacted, and infected systems were removed and replaced. Infected systems were moved to a physical server and kept in Outpost 09 for research, although SCP documentation and other sensitive files were purged from the servers, with the exception of one low-level SCP document, for further experimentation.

Addendum XXXX.2: On October 6th, 2011, Beta 1.9 Prerealease 3 for the video game Minecraft was launched, with the addition of enchantment tables into the game. Enchantment tables included SCP-XXXX within its user interface, and due to the game's popularity, a vast increase in the popularity and use of SCP-XXXX occurred. Three more webcrawlers were commissioned for the purpose of SCP-XXXX containment. Additionally, a notable increase in the efficiency of SCP-XXXX was found, suggesting that the efficiency of infection is directly linked to the usage of SCP-XXXX.

Addendum XXXX.3: Outpost 09 ceased contact for unknown reasons on March 12th, 2012. Unit 3 of MTF Chi-64 ("Diamond Sword") was sent to investigate, but did not return.

Three days later, a series of broadcasts were sent from Outpost 09 over the course of a week:

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