SCP-6500 Fragment 18
SCP-6500 Fragment 18
By: Placeholder McDPlaceholder McD
PUBLISHED: 26 Jun 2021 03:28
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/*-------------------------*/
 
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CROSSROADS

A wide, cylindrical room is bathed in relative darkness save for the flashes of tiny indicator lights lining the tall, segmented server banks contained within. Embedded in the ceiling is an enormous black sphere, the most powerful Temporal Sink the Temporal Anomalies Department would ever develop, which hums with electricity as it maintains Temporal Site-01 and its Extratemporal Secure Database. In the room's center sits a smaller cylinder extending upward into the sphere, featuring double doors on its near side. One door is slightly ajar, allowing a strip of bright light to pour out into the server room.

The office within features a wide, old-fashioned chalkboard accompanied by myriad multicolored chalks, likely gathered from a sidewalk kit. The board is covered with calculations and observations, timeline diagrams and symbolic logic. At its center stands Director Ilse Reynders, Temporal Agent and (most) Senior Researcher, as she attempts to cure a mild headache. She sighs in frustration, setting a piece of chalk onto the board's ledge and taking a seat in her desk chair. In her centuries with the Foundation she has learned — nay, discovered — the extensive interactions undergirding temporal mechanics, and the few rules to which they adhere. Of these, the rule which always holds true is the existence of precisely one Prime Timeline: the most stable of the full set, the trunk from which all doomed branches originate, the key to all the time travel technology the Foundation has ever developed.

And yet, these new timelines have proven her certainty ill-founded. There are no indications that either one is suffering a decline in ontokinetic health or stability, and the timestream seems disinclined to collapse into either state. It's because of this conundrum that she now sits in her office, pushing tousled hair out of bloodshot eyes to stare at her desk terminal. She scrolls through what she's written so far, selecting it and pressing Backspace with a huff. Back to the drawing board. She re-reads the first of the recovered files carefully, still marveling at the alien format and the even more alien sensibilities behind it.

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FP-01, "Three Portlands," during the height of the VNP-6500 effect.

Item №: VNP-6500 – previously designated as SCP-6500

Specifications: The death of magic and anomalous phenomena due to the containment efforts of the SCP Foundation.

Normalization Protocols: The SCP Foundation has been dissolved, and Vanguard will take its place. The people of Earth will be gradually disabused of their Foundation-fostered notions of normalcy, and introduced both conceptually and literally (where possible) to the esoteric realities surrounding them. A full reassessment of the SCP Database will determine which anomalies might be safely released from containment, which can be destroyed, and which must be dealt with more delicately. Vanguard will develop and disseminate comprehensive documentation for all known objects, retaining secrecy where appropriate but generally reversing the Foundation's policy of opacity.

The balance of known anomalies must not be contained. The semantic limits of the concept of 'containment' are not presently understood. Instead of securing, we will mitigate; we will continue, however, to protect. This duty falls not only on the shoulders of former Foundation staff, but also on members of what once were called Groups of Interest, oppositional forces to the maintenance of the Veil. There is now no Veil, and there are no longer Groups of Interest. There are allies, and there are, unfortunately, still enemies. This is therefore not the end of our work, but the beginning of a new phase.

It is conceivable that no amount of corrective action will permanently arrest the SCP-6500 effect, which was allowed to worsen despite many decades of persistent warning signs. The task we set ourselves may be impossible.

It is nevertheless Vanguard's responsibility, and most vital purpose, to try.

She smiles. She's an optimistic woman, in spite of everything, but this is a tall order even for her. She thinks for a moment, then begins to write.

It sounds bad, it is bad, but she finds she's still smiling when she finishes. "Change," she says aloud. The Vanguard timeline summed up in one simple, powerful word. She opens up the second file, and stops smiling.

ITEM #: SCP-6500

LEVEL-

CONTAINMENT CLASS: PAUSA

DISRUPTION CLASS: N/A

ITEM: SCP-6500

LEVEL-

CONTAINMENT
CLASS:
PAUSA

DISRUPTION
CLASS:
N/A

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The remains of SCP-087.

SPECIAL CONTAINMENT PROCEDURES: SCP-6500 has ended. No further Foundation action on this matter is required. Should SCP-6500 recur, the O5 Council will disseminate information on the proper use of esoteric artifacts to once again ameliorate it.

DESCRIPTION: SCP-6500 was a dramatic short-term alteration in the sustainability of anomalous life and phenomena on Earth, and linked multiversal planes. The resultant waning of thaumaturgical effects and the failure of esoteric physics resulted in the neutralization of a sizable portion of the SCP database, and a significant die-off of anomalous species and monotypes. The Records and Information Security Administration is preparing an exhaustive catalogue of these losses, and the database will be adjusted accordingly.

The cause of SCP-6500 is unknown. Groups of Interest opposed to the Foundation have engaged in disinformation campaigns painting our actions as the trigger for the event; there is no evidential basis supporting these claims.

She grimaces. One timeline of pie-in-the-sky dreamers, and one full of denial. The arrogance of that final paragraph makes her head spin; she can't imagine that anyone on the Foundation's payroll is stupid enough to believe that they had nothing to do with the Impasse. From the moment she first heard the rumour that containment was the issue, she's known it to be true. Anyone who doesn't believe at this point must be very badly brainwashed, or disinclined to care.

Still…

"Panacea," she mutters. There's a simpler way to say it: miracle cures.

She looks away from the screen, and shakes her head. It's clear why these timelines have survived, why they can never again collapse back to baseline. There is no baseline, not anymore.

She rubs her temples and sighs. You're overthinking things. It doesn't matter why they did what they did, what matters is the result…

"No." No, that isn't what matters at all. What matters is that they did something.

Her prose is getting florid, and she feels her face colouring to match. There's still one more file to review, one she hasn't had the guts to look at yet. It isn't long, and there's no time like the present…

She rolls her eyes at that particular turn of mental phrase, and reads.

DESCRIPTION: No single definition of SCP-6500 has been accepted by the O5 Council. No Special Containment Procedures have been enacted as, without a clear understanding of the event's nature, it is impossible to act upon it. Recommendations for further study have been placed before the Council, which remains deadlocked in indefinite deliberation. This file will be updated when a verdict is reached.

It never did get updated, that file from TL-001-O5. They never got the chance. She'd expected this to become the new baseline, the middle course, the center that could hold. She'd been wrong. The world where O5-13 chose not to enact the stop-gap measures of waving magic wands, but also chose not to take a chance on the kindness of strangers and the resilience of those they'd looked down on for decades… well, that world simply didn't exist anymore. The timeline had run out. Why?

"Why?"

And suddenly, she knew.

She taps out the last few words, then activates the thaumaturgic countermeasures which start the count to Revenant Immersion shutdown. That's enough for one day.

There'll be more to do tomorrow, in every world that still spins on.




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