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Item#: XXX
Level2
Containment Class:
safe
Secondary Class:
none
Disruption Class:
vlam
Risk Class:
notice

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: Site-6894 has been built to surround and monitor SCP-XXX and SCP-XXX-1. Any SCP-XXX-1 instances found attempting to leave SCP-XXX and any civilians attempting to enter SCP-XXX are to be detained, amnesticised, and released.

Anthropological research teams are to be sent to SCP-XXX weekly to research the customs of SCP-XXX-1, as well as the significance of their rituals.

Any future insurrection by SCP-XXX-1, if it occurs, is to be suppressed by MTF Tau-15 ("Ballad of the Cavemen").

Description: SCP-XXX is an underground city located near Guelta Zemmur, Western Sahara. The city extends approximately 627 meters below-ground, and has a perimeter of 70,075 meters. SCP-XXX contains approximately 2670 households, all of which are located around its perimeter. Each household contains an average of 2.66 instances of SCP-XXX-1.

The central area of SCP-XXX is occupied by a large, cylindrical structure about 200 meters in diameter and 627 meters high, hereby referred to as SCP-XXX-2. SCP-XXX-2 is four storeys high, with each storey dedicated to a different god in SCP-XXX-1's religious pantheon. All but the third are in various states of disrepair, and are rarely visited. A description of the storeys of SCP-XXX-2 can be viewed in Addendum XXX-1.

SCP-XXX-1 is the collective designation given to the residents of SCP-XXX. SCP-XXX-1 consists of over 7,000 instances of a previously unknown hominid (homo catullus), which appear to possess a level of intelligence similar to that of human beings. SCP-XXX-1 society is largely composed of artisans and doctors, with agriculture mostly consisting of the raising of camels, sheep, and cattle. Within SCP-XXX, SCP-XXX-1 are highly vulnerable to all forms of injury and illness, with a life expectancy of 32 and an infant mortality rate of 52%. SCP-XXX-1 instances removed from SCP-XXX, however, are slightly stronger and more resistant to disease than human beings. While SCP-XXX-1 attach much importance to religion, they possess no organized clergy, instead cycling through different officiators for their weekly rituals.

SCP-XXX-1 rituals consist of several steps:

  1. A crowd gathers at the base of SCP-XXX-2. A celebrant, dressed in ceremonial clothing made with the skin of other SCP-XXX-1 instances, opens the ritual with a prayer and sprays water on the congregation.
  2. The celebrant chooses two instances of SCP-XXX-1 from the congregation (one male, one female), which are then brought to the front of the group and made to stand on either side of the celebrant. All three individuals paint their faces using a mixture of blood, clay and water.
  3. The celebrant leads both individual congregants to the third storey of SCP-XXX-2, bearing one lamb carcass. Once there, they consume the lamb carcass placed there the previous week, which is in most cases already rotting.
  4. The celebrant takes the dagger from the hand of the god depicted in the statue1 and uses it to cut holes into the skulls of the other participants in the ritual. Ritual participants usually expire within 3-4 minutes of this event. The celebrant then takes water from the basin at the feet of the statue and pours it into the holes.
  5. The celebrant uses the dagger to carve several unknown thaumaturgic symbols into the chests of the ritual participants, then into his own hands. He then dips the dagger into the basin and places it back into the hand of the statue.
  6. The celebrant dips his hands in the basin, then presses them against the chests of both ritual participants. After two minutes, all three individuals disappear in a flash of light.
  7. After five more minutes, the celebrant and two ritual participants re-appear on the third storey of the structure. The entities display several noticeable differences upon reappearance, and bear a strong resemblance to modern human beings. The clothing worn by the entities resembles that worn by the Sahrawi tribe of western Africa, and appears to be decorated with gold thread and silk. The three entities seem to be alive and sometimes vocalize, but rapidly decay and collapse into dust within a minute after reappearance.

Testing has shown that while SCP-XXX-1 entities are willing to conduct this ritual outside of SCP-XXX, the anomalous effects caused by it only occur when it is conducted within SCP-XXX-2.

Addendum XXX-1: Description of SCP-XXX-2

Storey Description
1 This storey is dedicated to the god of life, known to SCP-XXX-1 as Ebn. A statue of Ebn, which is missing its left arm and half of its head, is present in the center of the room. The statue resembles an African man wearing ornate robes, and is believed to have been painted at one point in the past; however, all paint has been weathered off. A cracked basin lays at the feet of the statue.
2 This storey is dedicated to the god of agriculture, known as Saawiri. The statue on this storey is broken at the legs, and lies in several pieces in the center of the room. The head is intact, and depicts a feminine face.
3 This storey, in which all rituals take place, is dedicated to the god of death. A statue of the god is present in the center of the room
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