SCP-6000 - Beacon
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Item#: 6000
Level5
Containment Class:
pending
Secondary Class:
none
Disruption Class:
ekhi
Risk Class:
danger

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SCP-6000-1.


Assigned Site Site Director Research Head Assigned Task Force
Site-NULL Thomas Swaine, M.D. Emily Clarke MTF Zeta-67 "Anchors Aweigh"

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SCP-6000

Special Containment Procedures: Foundation facility Site-NULL has been constructed above sea-level, 5.5 kilometers west from SCP-6000's shoreline, for the purposes of observation, research, and containment of anomalous phenomena related to the island.

SCP-6000's secluded nature is considered sufficient self-containment. In the event of trespassing, individuals are to be detained, and amnestics administered at the discretion of the acting Site Director.

UPDATE - 1969/3/14: Due to the events of Incident-6000-KURBAN, all activity on SCP-6000 must be conducted with the use of protective ACaD1 suits engineered to prevent chemical breakdown. Upon conclusion of activities, personnel returning to Site-NULL are to be quarantined inside an ultra-sterile chamber until biological testing indicates that the party is absent of SCP-6000's effects. Suits are then to be incinerated.

Description: SCP-6000 is an island in the Pacific Ocean, located inside an extradimensional pocket at geolocational coordinates 58°33'31.0"N 20°57'57.0"E, inaccessible to individuals who do not meet a set of criteria.

Access to SCP-6000 is limited to those with knowledge of the island and/or its coordinates. Travel via sea with the intention of reaching SCP-6000, even without adequate nautical navigational expertise or familiarity with SCP-6000's coordinates, will result in the journeying party locating the island through a poorly understood, non-Euclidean shift between two points. After a duration of ordinary travel, ranging from 45 minutes to 8 hours, individuals have reported navigational instruments ceasing function, and their vessels briefly entering a blanket of fog before emerging 10 kilometers from the island's shoreline. This phenomenon occurs regardless of SCP-6000's proximity to the individual's departure location and does not apply to individuals traveling via aerial locomotion.

The only naturally occurring life forms on SCP-6000 are plants, a variety of which are unique to SCP-6000, and SCP-6000-1.

SCP-6000-1 is a 50-meter tall, smooth, wooden pillar at the center of SCP-6000, taking the form of an early 1940s lighthouse. SCP-6000-1 is not in an operational state.

SCP-6000-1 appears to be one solid piece of hollowed wood, with the topmost section carved into a lantern pane. An entrance into SCP-6000-1 has yet to be discovered, and the structure has proven to be resistant to force during attempts to access its interior. The base is embedded at least 15 meters into the earth and much of the surrounding soil swells, similar to tree roots, around SCP-6000-1, however no analogous structures have been discovered. Radiocarbon dating of SCP-6000-1 has returned incongruent results, ranging from 12,000 BCE to 3 years prior to discovery.

Previous signs of habitation exist on SCP-6000, including elaborate ruins, written records, sophisticated technology, and personal effects. Radiocarbon dating and anthropological analysis has determined the civilization that once inhabited SCP-6000 to be upwards of 2000 years old. No supplementary evidence corroborating the existence of this civilization has been found in historical documents, anomalous or otherwise. Likewise, no discernible evidence of trade is recorded in writings recovered from SCP-6000. Despite this, numerous objects and resources recovered from the island, such as cloths, tools, statues, and lodgings, are composed of materials not naturally occurring on SCP-6000 itself, their origin of acquisition remaining unknown.

At present, no physical remains have been excavated from SCP-6000.


Addendum One


SCP-6000 came to the attention of the Foundation upon the passing of O5-6 on 1968/4/03. Among their personal possessions entrusted to the Foundation for further research was a manuscript, heavily water damaged and presumably cut from a larger work. The origin of this text remains unknown. It has been reproduced below.

And he said unto Lothos, "Traverse the Seas, the Waters of the World, though come not to that place!"
"Craft from Night and bounded hate, a Paradise lived alone."
"His meager kingdom ever-still, beneath the Wooded Throne."
"Where harrowed Silence permeates, no Reverence maintained."
"A quiet corner undisturbed, the sleeping Giant remains."
Vantalla took heed of her Master's warning, and wept.

Additionally, a document containing the aforementioned coordinates derived from the above passage using numerology, was also entrusted to the Foundation's care. An exploration party was commissioned by the Foundation and made landfall upon SCP-6000 on 1968/8/29.


Addendum Two


On 1968/8/29, members of Mobile Task Force Zeta-67 ("Anchors Aweigh"), and Foundation Researchers Thomas Swaine, Emily Clark, and Rosa Hahm, were deployed to SCP-6000 for a preliminary exploration. Swaine, the research team's head, was instructed to maintain a journal of his thoughts and discoveries.

Excerpt From Thomas Swaine's Personal Log

1968/08/29

When the Foundation sends us out, they usually want something in particular. A captured anomaly, a person of interest, something. Getting sent out for preliminary exploration, on the other hand, makes you feel like a ball in a pachinko machine. They're just sending us out to see where we land. This time around, we didn't get any concrete instructions other than doing a clean sweep of the place and making sure that everyone gets out in one piece.

There was always a chance that those would be at odds with each other, but the higher-ups never were revered for their communication skills.

Past the initial shore, there's a ring of craggy, silt-laden plains. A brief trek through the sediment, and we came into a grassy, lush valley. The change in scenery was jarring, but considering the circumstances of our arrival, it wasn't unbelievable; just nonsensical. Then there were the ruins. Lots of them, laid throughout the valley clearing as far as the eye could see. Each building was one long room assorted into horizontal sections. Well, diagonal columns. The thing was that each room was slightly more elevated than the one before it, like a massive, circular staircase. You know the Colosseum? Picture that, but grey, falling apart due to hundreds of years of natural decay, and a thousand times bigger.

Excerpt From Thomas Swaine's Personal Log (Cont.)

1968/08/29

The outermost rooms had what may have once been 40 centimeters or so of steps, while the innermost ones were stone roofs poking out of the dirt. The low-laying buildings we could access had stairs leading down, so it's clear that they were supposed to be at least partially below ground.

Details that would give us a clue as to what happened to the people who once lived here had broken down into nothing useful. If whoever lived here had doors, they had all disappeared by the time we arrived. What's more, the plants had moved in while they were gone. The grass was halfway up our boots and Rosa almost tripped over some of the vines. Twice. The clovers were relatively tame. The front of each ruin always had a gap where a door might have been, with no openings anywhere except (occasionally) the back.

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Reproduction of a map drawn by Dir. Swaine.

Eventually, Rosa pointed out that the houses near the back of each segment were wider than the ones in the front. They weren't in a perfect grid, they were all angled slightly so that the sections pointed towards a single area. We'd only looked at a few buildings, and anything beyond that had been hiding in the fog, so we decided to walk around and figure out how wide the fan of ruins was.

Em went to the back of one building, Rosa went to the end of another, and they were planning to walk along by the outermost ruins in opposite directions until they reached opposite ends. Instead, they met on the other side. Since the ruins formed a giant ring, we decided to see what was in the middle; the fog was too thick for our flashlights to be worth a damn, so they had to get close to figure out what was there. They didn't have to finish walking to realize it was a lighthouse.

A towering monolith, jutting into the sky like the base of a great tree. It dwarfed the surrounding ruins, yet none of us noticed the structure until we approached the island's center. Now, it was impossible to miss.

The tower was crafted from some type of wood. None of us, nor our equipment, could figure out what kind. It was gray, incredibly smooth at first glance, but the fine details revealed twists and curves in the surface as if they were sculpted by expert hands. It was as breathtaking as it was terrifying. No power source, no entrance, but nonetheless, the giant stood, an undeniable testament that something had been here before us. To think that we failed to notice something that commanded such a presence carried another unsettling implication.


Addendum Three


On 1968/09/04, Excavation Site-C, established in the inner-most circle of ruins in an area believed to hold hierarchical significance2, located a previously unnoticed passageway behind a large, circular sculpture that hung on a wall.

The tunnel led to an ornate antechamber, decorated with intricate, lined patterns and complex tapestries on its walls. Beyond this vestibule was a larger room, similar in design, where six rectangular stone boxes were situated. These boxes held pieces of painted stone which were in a state where their contents could be discerned. It is believed that they are similar to the largely incomprehensible mural pieces found during SCP-6000's initial ground exploration. A visual analysis by Researcher Hahm has been included below.

Box One: A person coated in heavy, black furs, possibly a humanoid primate, is shown standing on an empty patch of land with their arms outstretched. In front of them, a tree, highlighted by a yellow flash of light, can be seen contorting and changing its shape.

Box Two: Depicts two long-ships making port at the northern edge of an island. At the island's center is SCP-6000-1. Its lantern appears to be operational. Positioned near the structure is a skeleton, presumably belonging to the figure in Box One.

Box Three: A human figure, drawn with golden paint, most likely the tribe's leader or a figure of social importance, is in front of SCP-6000-1, arms outstretched in a position similar to the first mural. A beam of light is pointed at them.

Box Four: SCP-6000-1 is surrounded by trees, animals, overgrown grass, and food. Members of the tribe are kneeling to it and the leader, who is situated in front of SCP-6000-1, now depicted as having a gray crown on their head.

Box Five Front: Drawing of the ruins surrounding SCP-6000-1 are now present. The leader is depicted praying to SCP-6000-1 as the rest of the tribe are doing various tasks such as farming, conversing, or dancing.

Box Five Back:The tribe surrounds SCP-6000-1. Their faces are weeping, solemn, or distressed. The leader is seen in front of or embedded into SCP-6000-1. Beams of light are shining from them. There is substantially more overgrowth in the background.

Box Six: Inaccessible, coated in a gray material covered in a viscous, sap like substance that has been resistant to all attempts at removal.

Following a discussion with other Site staff, Researcher Hahm's request for transfer was ultimately approved by Head Researcher Swaine and she was moved off of the project. Despite Hahm's account, other stationed researchers and task force members have not displayed any ill-effects or a desire to leave the SCP-6000 project.


Addendum Four


Development on Site-NULL was completed on 1968/09/28, officially establishing Site-NULL as a Secure Facility.

Excerpt From Secure Facility Dossier: Site-NULL


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Site-NULL

Site-NULL is a fixed platform, built on eight steel leg supports that have been anchored into the seabed five kilometers from the coast of SCP-6000. A crew of 16 personnel, sourced from the initial exploration team and the Foundation's archaeology department, have been allocated to Site-NULL. The team's lead, Thomas Swaine, was appointed Site Director, with Emily Clarke heading the research department responsible for analyzing phenomena related to SCP-6000.

Site-NULL's primary directive is to function in conjunction with archaeological operations conducted on SCP-6000. Six excavation sites have been established across the island in areas that personnel believe will yield results in the recovery of materials belonging to SCP-6000's previous inhabitants.

Between October 1st and October 10th, 1968, a number of staff situated at Site-NULL reported numerous anomalous events. Interviews with affected staff allowed for the creation of the following file.

  • Seagulls are repeatedly spotted circling above Site-NULL. Despite there being no recorded deviance from typical seagull appearance and behavior, they are repeatedly described as "vulture-like". As SCP-6000 lacks natural fauna, it is unknown how these animals have reached the island's locus.
  • A rogue wave formed unusually close to land, colliding with Site-NULL. Three personnel are injured.
  • Water faucets at Site-NULL have repeatedly dispensed human blood. Chemical analysis of the fluid indicated it had been heavily diluted with seawater.
  • Multiple radio frequencies used in Site-NULL operations were simultaneously disrupted. Personnel using disrupted channels reported hearing multiple voices conversing in an unknown language.
  • Plant growth in ruins has anomalously accelerated, leading to the entrapment of 2 excavating personnel for several hours. Team was recovered successfully.
  • Fog density near SCP-6000 shoreline has greatly increased. Personnel are advised to exercise extreme caution to avoid running Foundation ships aground.
  • Transmissions consisting of heavy breathing and a wet, shifting noise were intercepted by Site-NULL nightly for two weeks. These messages were determined to originate from SCP-6000.
  • A team surveying SCP-6000's mountains reported seeing a "massive, decaying tree, lined with human eyes" that, when approached, collapsed to the ground with a loud cry before disappearing.
  • Two personnel, who were fishing off Site-NULL's dock for recreational purposes, reeled in a wicker basket that was sealed at the middle, with several holes punched in its top half. When separated, various cloths and a small piece of bark, engraved with a symbol of unknown significance, were found inside.
  • Personnel at Excavation Site-D, while underground, reported hearing jovial sounds coming from the surface, and seeing dancing silhouettes flicker on the walls, as if cast by a flame. Sounds were described as "fleeting", and recalling the experience caused personnel emotional distress, often to the point of tears.
  • MTF Captain, Rianne Langley, refused to emerge from her quarters for three days, citing a claim that SCP-6000-1 was watching and "judging" her. On the fourth day, Langley suffered short-term memory loss, and could not recall the events of the past week. She has since been relieved of her duty at Site-NULL.
  • An archaeological team of four was observed standing in front of SCP-6000-1 for 8 hours, each individual situated in one of the four cardinal directions around the pillar. When questioned, personnel did not view their actions as abnormal.
  • Site-NULL observed a passing vessel on the horizon, described as a longship made from black, curved wood. The ship's bow held up a large figurehead of what appeared to be the head of an ape, with its mouth held open and its eyes replaced with stones. The vessel passed within 10 minutes, undetected by the Site's radar.
  • Personnel report feelings of constantly being observed at Site-NULL and on SCP-6000.
  • Doctor Emily Clarke is overcome with a fit of mania, fully convinced she is suffering an eternal punishment in an afterlife. She repeatedly cried out that vines were constraining her and pulling her into the ground. After several hours, Clarke regained her composure. Noted distress has been observed in her demeanor since, though she has passed all subsequent psychological assessment tests.
  • Several personnel stationed on SCP-6000 reported seeing holes in the ground, with large, human eyes embedded into the earth. They are described as crying.
  • A single, 20 second transmission is intercepted by Site-NULL, consisting of screaming. The message was determined to be sent from SCP-6000.
  • Personnel testing SCP-6000-1's chemical composition experienced minor ground tremors, localized to the area immediately surrounding the pillar. All personnel reported the sensation of hands grabbing onto their lower bodies and pulling.
  • Paul Chandler, Site staff, received medical attention after collapsing in the field. After a prolonged struggle in which he claimed his body was being pierced in multiple locations, he expired. Autopsy revealed his nervous system had been replaced with fibrous tree roots, resulting in heavy damage to the his internal physiology.
  • On 1968/10/10, SCP-6000's anomalous weather formation of fog is disrupted for the first time as a storm takes the island. This event is yet to subside. All activity has been regulated to Site-NULL until further notice.

The catalyst for these events is unknown and under investigation.


Addendum Five


Primary bases of operation were erected following Site-NULL's creation. These outposts were located on the far east and west ends of the ruins. During that time, SCP-6000-1 became a point of focus for Director Swaine. Site-322's Joseph Lague, an expert on anomalous ruins and structures, was asked to examine SCP-6000-1.

Over the proceeding five days, the discoloration of plant life spread at an approximate speed of 0.5 meters per hour. This rate slowly accelerated over the course of another week at a constant rate.

The recovered substance from Dr. Lague found that the grass reed was being destroyed on a molecular level. Its cells were still intact, however in stasis and inert. Containment efforts began following this discovery.

Partial Containment Log
Proposed Containment Effort
Ignite affected plant life through use of controlled burns to limit the spread of anomalous discoloration.
Result
Ineffective. The spread continued accelerating through the burned plant life.

Proposed Containment Effort
Clear the island of all personnel.
Result
Ineffective. The discoloration continued through the island, spreading throughout the ruins and Foundation outposts.

Proposed Containment Effort
Decomissioning of SCP-6000-1. A nuclear explosive would be detonated on SCP-6000, at the base of SCP-6000-1.
Result
Denied by Dir. Swaine.

Researchers are currently searching for a cause for this incident. At the present moment, the spread has ceased at the edges of the island. MTF Zeta-67 ("Anchors Aweigh") was deployed for an exploration of SCP-6000 in an effort to assess any potential damage. Team members were outfitted with standard hazardous environment equipment along with body cameras.

SCP-6000 remains evacuated. Site-NULL is currently operating through remote containment procedures. Personnel are no longer permitted to travel to SCP-6000.


Addendum Six


On 1968/10/23, three days after the Mobile Task Force mission, Director Swaine was discovered to be missing, leading to Dr. Clarke being designated as a temporary site-director.

An investigation ensued, however, the causal factors of this event still remain unknown. During said investigation, a number of journal entries beginning after Rosa Hahm's dismissal as well as multiple requests for additional personnel from Swaine were discovered. They are presented chronologically below.

The following night, Site-NULL's surveillance drones alerted Site command that an unknown person had landed on SCP-6000. An attempt to contact this person via the pre-existing outposts failed on account of the decay and weather conditions by the persisting storm. After twelve minutes, this person remotely connected with Site command on their own accord via a body camera.


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