Such A Mad, Mad Reckoning

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View of the K2 summit from allied GOC/Foundation base camp.

Special Containment Procedures: Due to the widespread nature of SCP-5722, only partial levels of direct containment have been implemented. All climbing expeditions on summits higher than 8000 metres have been halted indefinitely under a variety of safety-related covers, in a collaboration between the Foundation and the Global Occult Coalition.

Operatives have been stationed at base camps for summits between 8000 and 7500 metres. Should any civilians report experiencing SCP-5722, the relevant parties are to be amnectized and SCP-5722-1 fragments confiscated.

Description: SCP-5722 is an auditory phenomenon that can be heard at extremely high altitudes. SCP-5722 registers at approximately 135 decibels at 8848 metres above sea level (Mount Everest), with volume decreasing at lower altitudes according to the standard SPL over distance formula.

The main auditory disturbance has been described by listeners as a continuous irregular pattern of percussive strikes, akin to impacts on a metallic surface echoing in the distance. Interspersed at random intervals throughout the phenomenon are sounds similar to hooves on stone, as well as shouts and short phrases in an unknown language.1

SCP-5722-1 are Ancient Nordic objects that occasionally fall from unknown altitudes, landing near SCP-5722 affected spots. Most objects appear to have impacted at high temperatures.

SCP-5722-1 Designation Object Description
SCP-5722-12 A blunt iron axe head.
SCP-5722-1-17 A tangled ball of small leather straps.
SCP-5722-1-19 A flat, roughly spherical wooden object, approximately 95 cm in diameter at its widest point.
SCP-5722-1-25 One iron helmet. Noticeably, the helmet had been forged to cover the right side of the face completely.
SCP-5722-1-32 A thin, rectangular block of iron, 70 cm in length with a slightly tapered point at the end.
SCP-5722-1-35 One leaf-shaped spearhead.

Addendum 5722.1: On 04/28/2020, audiovisual equipment on Mount Everest detected an unusual event regarding SCP-5722. Due to a large tsunami in the GIUK gap that devastated large parts of Greenland, Iceland, and Scotland, Foundation and GOC assets were unable to respond until after the fact.

«9:00» A thunder of hooves echoes across the mountain top.

«9:30» The main percussive beats of SCP-5722 fade slightly, as numerous voices can be heard shouting over one another.

«12:00» All noise from SCP-5722 ceases entirely, leaving the mountain silent.

«12:01» A loud, echoing crow, similar to that of a male Gallus gallus domesticus, echoes from the approximate origin direction of SCP-5722.

«12:01» A second almost identical crow is issued, at either a significantly louder volume or at a significantly closer distance.

«12:01» A third and final crow is issued, appearing to originate from somewhere below the mountain.

«12:02» Regular SCP-5722 audio resumes, though at a much higher volume. Additional shouting can be heard, and a continues beat of hooves can be heard throughout the clashing sounds, which become faster pitched.

«12:23» What appears to be a signalling horn is blown. Numerous civilian, GOC, and Foundation reports alike confirm that the horn was heard world-wide.

«12:23» Over the next few minutes, the sounds of SCP-5722 fade entirely.


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