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SCP-~-2. Core memetic elements redacted.

Item #: SCP-~

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: Documents containing SCP-~ are to be kept in a secure locker at Site-73.

Description: SCP-~ is a set of memetic symbols which, when viewed, cause the observer to visually process imagery. Exact visualisations are idiosyncratic in most instances, but imagery derived from viewing each symbol pertains to a common theme. Symbols are comprised of various shapes and recursive patterns in specific arrangements.

SCP-~ was discovered in Kiev, Ukraine on 26 August 1991. Following the August Coup and the Supreme Soviet of the Ukrainian SSR's declaration of independence, GRU Division "P" began evacuating sites across Ukraine, destroying documentation and decommissioning anomalous assets.1 Due to the GRU-P undertaking similar actions in Lithuania and East Germany Foundation task-forces were stationed across Soviet states to storm known and suspected GRU-P sites to maximise information and anomaly retrieval.2

SCP-~ were contained in a partially destroyed research document investigating methods of survival in an apocalyptic environment. No specific scenario or threat is detailed in the partial document recovered, but the threat of nuclear war and anomalous incidents are often referenced. SCP-~ appears in a section exploring methods of survival in a post-lingual society.3

The document states that the symbols were designed by the GRU-P to memetically transfer information to survivors,with the aim of assisting them by warning them of danger or making them aware of beneficial resources. As modern language and imagery are unintelligible in the hypothesised scenario, the symbols are imbued with an idea which is refracted through an observer's knowledge, memories, and cultural tropes into a set of intelligible imagery.

Judging by documents available, GRU-P research into SCP-~ and its potential utilisation was progressing well until work was halted in early 1990 due to financial and political reasons.

Testing Log SCP-~-A: Upon recovery, SCP-~ was assessed by the Memetics and Infohazards Division for the presence of dangerous or contagious elements. When neither element was found in SCP-~, testing on the symbol began. SCP-~ symbols were shown to three subjects, who then recalled what they had visually processed. Except where noted, subjects were able to recall visualisations almost instantaneously after viewing SCP-~:

Item: SCP-~-1

Subject Responses:

Subject-1 Subject-2 Subject-3
Visualisation was a skull and cross-bones symbol. Subject saw a montage of contorted human faces expressing pain. Subject described faces as "screaming" and nondescript, being unable to identify them. Visualisations consisted of a red circle with a diagonal line bisecting it, from top left to bottom right. This was followed by a memory from early childhood of the subject's mother yelling "Do not go in there!"

Comments: Recovered GRU-P documentation states that the symbol was designed to warn observers away from hazards and dangerous environments.



Item: SCP-~-2

Subject Responses:

Subject-1 Subject-2 Subject-3
Visualisation consisted of an ear of corn, followed by an arrow pointing up and to the right. Subject saw a humanoid figure eating from a plate of food, followed by a trail of flashing arrows leading away from the subject and to the right. Subject was unable to recall details of the figure or the goods being consumed. Visualisation was of a loaf of bread, which floated away from the subject and to their right.

Comments: Documentation related to SCP-~-2 had been damaged beyond repair prior to recovery.


Item: SCP-~-3

Subject Responses:

Subject-1 Subject-2 Subject-3
The first and most prominent visualization was that of the "Elephant's Foot" located beneath Reactor N. 4 in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. This was followed by fragmented recollections of news reports of the 1986 Disaster. Subject saw the symbol for radiation, a large red "X", and a flashing red dot on a monochrome, unlabelled map of Europe. Recollection of playing the "All Ghillied Up" mission from the 2007 video game Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Repeated visualisation of the player character dying in one of the mission's radiation zones

Comments: Associated documentation describes SCP-~-3 as an attempt to dissuade individuals from visiting specific locations.

In post-test interviews, Subject-2 asked to indicate the location of the flashing dot in his visualisation on a map. Subject pointed to Pripyat, Ukraine.


Item: SCP-~-4

Subject Responses:

Subject-1 Subject-2 Subject-3
Subject visualised a man waving at them. Subject struggled to recall imagery after viewing SCP-~-4, and described their recollection as "hazy". Subject had no reaction to the symbol. Subject had no reaction to the symbol.|| Subject saw the letters "д", "в", "й", and "З".

Comments: According to recovered documentation, SCP-~-# was an attempt to transmit information which would be translated into the observer's language and displayed in a textual format they were familiar with. The symbol was imbued with the word "Здравствуйте".4

Experiments met with failure - the GRU-P experienced difficulty in imbuing symbols with language, and even when transmission was wholly or partially successful, translation of the material did not occur.5 GRU-P efforts in this area were abandoned, not only due to a lack of success, but also due to the possibility that a post-lingual society may not have a form of textual language for the message to be translated into.


Item: SCP-~-5

Subject Responses:

Subject-1 Subject-2 Subject-3

Subject visualised the following imagery in order:

  • The periodic symbol for Plutonium
  • The numbers 4, 2, and 1 flashing randomly across their field of vision
  • A skull icon imposed over three rows of dots: The top row consisted of three dots, the middle four, and seven dots on the bottom row.
Subject saw a young human face, which then aged rapidly and disintegrated. Visualisation was of an hourglass with the majority of the sand in the top section.

Comments: Associated documents details that SCP-~-5 was designed to associate a time period with a warning, but that experiments had achieved little success. The symbol was designed to warn observers away from a radioactive deposit of Plutonium-241 , and convey how long until it was safe to approach.

GRU-P experimentation encountered difficulty in transmitting numbers, mirroring the difficulties they encountered in SCP-~-4 testing. The transmission of numbers in pictographic form was inconsistent, and only appeared to be successful when observers had background knowledge on the wider subject matter. Subject-1 holds a doctorate in Physics.


Item: SCP-~5

Subject Responses:

Subject-1 Subject-2 Subject-3

Subject visualised the following imagery in order:

  • The periodic symbol for Plutonium
  • The numbers 4, 2, and 1 flashing randomly across their field of vision
  • A skull icon imposed over three rows of dots: The top row consisted of three dots, the middle four, and six dots on the bottom row.
N/A N/A

Comments: Subject-1 viewed SCP-~-5 a second time, exactly a year after the initial round of experimentation.


Item: SCP-~-6

Subject Responses:

Subject-1 Subject-2 Subject-3
No reaction. No reaction. No reaction.

Comments: Symbol is apparently devoid of anomalous properties. GRU-P documentation explains that the symbol was a failed attempt to transmit information via audio to the observer.


Item: SCP-~-7

Subject Responses:

Subject-1 Subject-2 Subject-3
Subject saw the flag of the United States of America, followed by armed soldiers. In post-test interviews Subject described the figures as "threatening". Same imagery as Subject 1, but followed by a visualisation of an automatic weapon being loaded. Subject experienced no visualisation or any other anomalous phenomena.

Comments: No associated documentation was recovered. Subject-1 and Subject-2 were both born in former Soviet states, Estonia and The Russian Federation respectively. Subject-3 was born in Spain. Before moving into research, Subject 2 was part of an MTF repeatedly deployed into hostile combat situations.


Item: SCP-~-8

Subject Responses:

Subject-1 Subject-2 Subject-3
Identical visualisation to SCP-~-1. Identical visualisation to SCP-~-1. Identical visualisation to SCP-~-2.

Comments: No associated documentation was recovered.


Item: SCP-~-9

Subject Responses:

Subject-1 Subject-2 Subject-3
Visualisation was of a full-term fetus situated on a marble pedestal. The entirety of the fetus was ablaze, but had no burns or other damage visible. Visualisation was of a full-term fetus situated on a marble pedestal. The entirety of the fetus was ablaze, but had no burns or other damage visible.

Visualisation was of a full-term fetus situated on a marble pedestal. The entirety of the fetus was ablaze, but had no burns or other damage visible.

Although there was no variation in their response times between SCP-~9 and other instances, the subject reported that the visualisation felt like it had lasted a prolonged period of time.

Comments: No documentation referring to SCP-~-9 was recovered. The meaning of the imagery seen by subjects is unknown and pending further investigation.


Item: SCP-~-10

Subject Responses:

Subject-1 Subject-2 Subject-3
Subject visualised their childhood home, followed by a flashing red dot on a monochrome, unlabelled map of Russia. The location of the red dot was then magnified. The height of the final view was estimated in post-test analysis as 15km from the surface. Subjected visualised a locked safe, was followed by the map imagery seen by Subject 1. Subjected visualised a bottle of water, a plate of macaroni cheese6, and a bed. This was followed by the map imagery seen by Subject 1.

Comments: The dot seen by all subjects was situated in the Altai Mountains, Siberia. A task force was deployed to the indicated area which, after 3 days of investigation, located a previously unknown GRU-P site.

The site consists of a large network of underground bunkers and tunnels, which are believed to stretch which lead to a variety of areas including living quarters, armories, hydroponics laboratories, medical clinics, a radio control station. A specific area of note is a room bearing a resemblance to an operating theatre which, on discovery, contained embalming materials, and several anomalous items which have been sent for further study.

The site is believed to be abandoned, but a full exploration has yet to be completed - current estimates place its deepest location at 300 metres beneath ground level.

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