SCP-1444
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Item Number: SCP-1444

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: After the successful implementation of Containment Strategy 1444-7, the only current containment procedure necessary for the containment of SCP-1444 is the maintenance of Area-1444, located on the grounds of Site-11. All tombstones in Area-1444 are to be routinely cleaned, and the surrounding area is to be kept clear of debris.

The Department of Analytics is to monitor world media sources for stories concerning the disappearance of bodies.1 If an instance of SCP-1444 gains notable notoriety, a suitable cover story is to be created.

Description: SCP-1444 is an anomalous phenomenon affecting human corpses (designated SCP-1444-1) that would otherwise not undergo any form of burial or interment. SCP-1444 is associated with three kinds of anomalous activity, which are designated as Antigone Events, Creon Events, and Pharoah Events. A description of each follows:

Antigone Events: Twenty four hours after death, an SCP-1444-1 instance will disappear. Simultaneously, a new interment location appropriate for the SCP-1444-1 instance will manifest, with the SCP-1444-1 inside.

The nature of this interment varies between SCP-1444-1, but tends to be a form of interment appropriate for the presumed culture and beliefs of the SCP-1444-1 instance in life. For instance, SCP-1444-1 instances who were strongly opposed to burial will instead be cremated.

SCP-1444-1 instances tend to be interred in locations that are appropriate for the individual in question. These have included familial burial plots, locations the individual had expressed interest in while alive or cemeteries containing acquaintances of the individual.2

These events are typically accompanied by an epitaph, that describes the SCP-1444-1 instance in question.

Creon Events: When an SCP-1444-1 instance which has previously undergone an Antigone Event is removed from the location where it was interred, a Creon Event may occur twenty-four hours later.

In a Creon Event, the SCP-1444-1 instance will disappear, and be reinterred at the location it was previously interred within. The existing location will undergo anomalous modifications that form obstructions that prevent future attempts at retrieving the SCP-1444-1 instance in question.

These modifications have varied in form, but have included the spontaneous appearance of rocky matter and vegetation around an SCP-1444-1 instance, or increased security measures on a building containing SCP-1444-1.

Creon Events occur selectively based on the nature and reason behind an SCP-1444-1 instance being removed. If an SCP-1444-1 instance is being removed so that it can be reinterred at a new appropriate location, no Creon Event will occur.

Pharaoh Events: Immediately following a Creon Event, a Pharaoh Event will occur targeting any individuals involved in the removal of the SCP-1444-1 instance from the SCP-1444 designated burial place. All targeted individuals will suffer immediate cessation of heart function.

History: Prior to 2016 and the implementation of Containment Strategy 1444-7, SCP-1444 was classified as a Keter class anomaly due to the ubiquity of Antigone Events and their inability to be impeded. Due to the moral complications of the heavy amnestic usage that prior iterations of the SCP-1444 containment profile required, the Ethics Committee began to look into alternative containment methodology.

Researcher Taylor Hunt submitted Containment Strategy 1444-7 in response to this search, putting forth an alternative containment profile that would direct SCP-1444's attention to a specific area, and then encourage it to bury more bodies there. This was successfully implemented.

Addendum: SCP-1444 Epitaph Examples

Francisco Penha
1945 - 1999

You never had enough money to travel to Paris. I hope being buried there can make up for it.

Jìng Hu
2001-2005

I am sorry that you never got to see the tropics. Your future was bright.

Gertrude Beamore
1901 - 2008

To outlive your friends and family is as much a curse as it is a blessing. May you be with your children again.

Megan Walker
1963 - 2016

You'd like it here. It's nice and peaceful, just what you wanted. A good place for everyone I take care of.

Taylor Hunt
1982 - 2018

You were taken too soon.
Thank you for helping me. I couldn't have done it without you.

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