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Several instances of SCP-XXXX-1 upon recovery

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Keter

Special Containment Procedures: Businesses selling live pine trees are to be regularly monitored and inspected by Foundation personnel for SCP-XXXX infection. Any trees found to be carrying SCP-XXXX are to be incinerated immediately. Contained trees carrying SCP-XXXX are to be kept within an airtight chamber only accessible through a single airlock. Personnel interacting with SCP-XXXX are to get prior approval from 2 Level 4 Personnel and wear airtight hazmat equipment. If any individual is exposed to SCP-XXXX without proper protective equipment, they are to be immediately terminated and incinerated to prevent further infection. Foundation web crawlers are to monitor social media sites for reports of unknown wrapped packages within civilian homes.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a species of fungus that grows within the trunks of pine trees. SCP-XXXX has a glossy thin texture, making detection within trees difficult. The visual appearance of SCP-XXXX varies between instances, but will often be patterned with the colors green, red, and white. SCP-XXXX does not perform photosynthesis, instead gaining nutrients by taking them from the organism it resides within. After approximately 5 weeks, SCP-XXXX will begin to grow on the exterior of the organism, eventually encasing the host after a period of 3 months. Once SCP-XXXX has fully encased its host, it will absorb all possible nutrients from the host before dying.

Once SCP-XXXX begins growing on the outside of its host, it will release spores that severely inhibit brain function in humans. Subjects exposed to SCP-XXXX have shown no control of their limbs, in addition to not responding to external stimuli. When no longer under the effect of SCP-XXXX, subjects have shown a large decrease in memory retention skills as well as fine motor skills. Affected individuals have shown no recollection of actions taken while under SCP-XXXX’s influence. Affected subjects are no longer able to discern the fungus from non-anomalous wrapping paper, even when no longer under SCP-XXXX’s effect.

When under the effect of SCP-XXXX, subjects will follow a series of actions vital to the procreation of SCP-XXXX. While under the effects of the spore, subjects will gather items from their surroundings that are of sentimental value to them. If no items of sentimental value are in the near vicinity of the subject, they will instead gather the closest items of the most monetary value. Subjects will then take portions of SCP-XXXX and delicately wrap them around gathered objects. Subjects will make sure that no portion of the object is able to be seen through the covering of SCP-XXXX, and place the object under SCP-XXXX’s host.

Once SCP-XXXX is thoroughly covering an object, it will begin converting the object’s mass into reproductive spores through a currently unknown process. During this process, the portion of SCP-XXXX covering the mass will begin to die, hardening into the shape of the object it was originally covering. Once SCP-XXXX has completely converted the object into spores, it will become an instance of SCP-XXXX-1. SCP-XXXX-1 are hardened masses of SCP-XXXX filled with reproductive spores. Any physical contact made with SCP-XXXX-1 will cause them to burst, spreading its spores onto anything within a 10-meter vicinity.

Any living organism exposed to these spores upon release has the chance of becoming infected by SCP-XXXX. Humans within a 10-meter vicinity of burst SCP-XXXX-1 instances have shown an 86% infection rate, while humans within 4 meters of the instance have shown a near 100% infection rate. When infected, SCP-XXXX will begin to grow within the subject’s respiratory system. Once infected, SCP-XXXX will begin to extract nutrients from the skeletal structure of the subjects by dissolving portions of it. Once a section is dissolved, SCP-XXXX will replace the area of missing bone with a multicolored glasslike structure. These structures are extremely brittle, causing symptoms within the subject similar to bone atrophy. Subjects will also experience extreme fatigue and muscle weakness due to these structures but will be otherwise unaware of the infection until complete muscle paralysis takes place. SCP-XXXX will then grow throughout the body of the subject, eventually covering their entire body mass. Once the epidermis is completely obscured by SCP-XXXX, the subject will begin to convert into a new instance of SCP-XXXX-1. Unlike other objects within SCP-XXXX-1 instances, portions of bone altered by SCP-XXXX are not converted reproductive spores and are exposed upon the instance bursting.

Addendum: On 12/14/20██, an unknown individual donated several instances of SCP-XXXX-1 to a charity drive in Sandwich, New Hampshire. This incident went unnoticed until 12/24/20██ when the instances burst, infecting upwards of 47 individuals. Due to SCP-XXXX’s memory-altering properties, an estimated 103 additional individuals were infected before the outbreak was discovered. MTF-Beta-7 (“Maz Hatters”) were deployed to contain affected civilians and other intact SCP-XXXX-1 instances.

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