Begging For Forgiveness

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXXX is contained in a standard fireproof containment cell, arranged so that its face remains covered at all times. All personnel interacting with the object must be screened for disciplinary issues, as well as involvement with anomalies and containment procedures that could be considered morally questionable.

Any change in the anomaly's condition should be reported immediately.

Description: SCP-XXXX is the skeleton of a six-winged humanoid. In life, SCP-XXXX stood approximately 1.9 meters tall, with wingspans of approximately 4.2 metres based on remaining plumage and bone structure.

SCP-XXXX is continually burning without need of a fuel source or oxygen, even in a vacuum or underwater. The flame, labelled SCP-XXXX-1, does not appear to effect inorganic materials, SCP-XXXX, or any form of life other than sapient creatures.

Eye contact registered with the remains of SCP-XXXX's face triggers a cognitohazardous effect that causes the subject to be engulfed by SCP-XXXX-1. As SCP-XXXX-1 is impossible to extinguish, looking at its face is ultimately fatal. Subjects will burn to death in a matter of seconds.

Looking at any other part of SCP-XXXX induces strongly negative emotions, typically those of shame or sadness. This effect is lessened or absent with certain personnel, the exact parameters of which are currently undergoing testing.

Test logs:

Subject: D-2343
Result: Burst into tears upon seeing SCP-XXXX. Subject wept for an hour after removal.
Notes: D-2343 was incarcerated for murdering a jury member of a previous assault case six months prior. Subject was raised Roman Catholic.

Subject: D-8425
Result: Subject wept silently upon introduction to SCP-XXXX, ceasing soon after removal. Reported feeling increased urges of religious piety and showed signs of lessened aggression.
Notes: D-8425 was incarcerated for the murder of his ex-wife. D-8425 is Jewish.

Subject: Junior researcher Clara Johnson
Result: Was visibly upset upon seeing SCP-XXXX. When questioned, Johnson was unable to explain the emotional change in her.
Notes: Johnson had been employed by the Foundation for one year, and considers herself an atheist.

Subject: Senior researcher Carl Edwyne
Result: No visible reactions, although Edwyne later admitted that he had felt somewhat displeased.
Notes: Edywne has been employed by the Foundation for 26 years, serving as a researcher on multiple anomalies, such as SCP-███, SCP-████, and SCP-███. Edwyne was raised Protestant, but considers himself agnostic.

Discovery: Records show that SCP-XXXX was discovered in Austria in the late 1970's by Foundation forces, having been originally located in the basement of a small, makeshift synagogue in the village of Mauthausen in Upper Austria.

Based on testimony from the inhabitants, SCP-XXXX had been located in the village for approximately three decades.

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