SCP-5467
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Item #: SCP-5467

Object Class: Neutralized

Special Containment Procedures: Currently, the remains of all known SCP-5467 instances are contained at Site-46's Biological Containment Unit. All historical documents containing information relating to SCP-5467 and the usage of SCP-5467-A by humans are to be confiscated by Mobile Task Force Tau-9 ('Book Worms') and archived, with Class-A amnestics administered to all witnesses.

Description: SCP-5467 (Accipiter ignis) is an extinct species of large, predatory bird belonging to the Accipitridae family, which existed in large numbers across Europe and Asia prior to c. 400 BCE. Details regarding the precise nature of SCP-5467 vary significantly across timescales and geographic distance.

The earliest reliable account of SCP-5467 is attributed to the Daevite naturalist Farntuk the Younger (fl. 960 - 930 BCE), who describes the entities (referred to as the regdauhk1) as being capable of breathing fire, and using this ability in order to kill and cook their prey (as Farntuk notes, this suggests SCP-5467 possessed an unusually high level of intelligence).

Upon expiration, instances of SCP-5467 are reported to spontaneously combust in a display of brilliant blue flame, leaving a small pile of red ash (designated SCP-5467-A) in its place. This is consistent with the fact that the majority of recovered SCP-5467 remains have shown signs of heavy fire damage. According to Farntuk, prior to expiration, SCP-5467 will attempt to fly towards the nearest body of water if they are able, presumably in order to lower the risk of fire damage to the surrounding area.

Numerous sources claim that SCP-5467-A, when ingested orally by humans (typically, through mixing it with hot tea), produces a prolonged period of intense euphoria. SCP-5467-A is also said to have possessed certain medicinal properties, with repeated exposure causing increased strength and agility, as well as heightened resistance to disease. Over-usage of SCP-5467-A is reported to have caused a variety of side effects, including insomnia, hypersexuality, paranoia, and in rare cases, spontaneous combustion.

While the precise cause of SCP-5467's extinction is still debated amongst parazoologists, it is likely that excessive hunting (practiced largely by the Daevites) played a large factor in their population decline.

Addendum-1: The Department of Mythology and Folkloristics has determined that various Daevite legends ascribe a legendary origin to SCP-5467's anomalous properties. Some accounts claim that Yask (a god associated with hunting, wild animals, and cheesemaking), fell in love with a mortal woman, who refused to marry him unless he revealed to her his true name. The deity complied, although shortly afterwards, noticed an instance of SCP-5467 lurking in a nearby tree, which had been listening in on their conversation. In order to prevent the bird from spreading knowledge of his true name, Yask placed a curse on the creature, causing its every breath to turn to flame.

Another legend claims that Byshma, a goddess associated with music, nature and fertility, once challenged an instance of SCP-5467 to a singing competition, which she lost, subsequently placing a similar curse on the creatures out of jealously. One account, dating to 810 BCE, claims that a concubine of Waq Waq (Matriarch of a clan of the same name), died after being sneezed on by a nearby instance of SCP-5467, subsequently being resurrected through advanced thaumaturgy.

Addendum-2: In the year 412 BCE, the Daevite capital of Julabin experienced a major conflagration, which burned for over two weeks, and resulted in widespread damage to the city and more than 800 recorded deaths. The fire, which is believed to have originated at the Imperial Palace, was noted by residents to be unusually resistant, and appeared to spread faster during times of rainfall. On the morning the fire began, multiple witnesses reported seeing a large bird similar to SCP-5467 emerge from behind the sun, carrying a large, flaming stick in its mouth. Since this event, no further sightings of SCP-5467 have been reported.

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