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Item#: 5718
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Special Containment Procedures: The location of SCP-5718 should remain unknown to the public. SCP-5718 must never leave SCP-5718-A-1, unless for testing of individual instances; even then, taking any part of SCP-5718 outside SCP-5718-A is strictly prohibited. To prevent any accidental confidentiality breaches, Dr. Rogers, previously independently researching the life of Edward Thatch and the possible whereabouts of his treasure, has been employed by the Foundation as a history expert to work on the case. Provisional Reliquary Site-37 has been established around SCP-5718-A (36°40'12.4"N, 67°58'17.4"W). Should any unauthorized person attempt to reach the island, they should be treated according to standard procedures when dealing with trespassing on military grounds. The area around the entrance grotto should be sealed off with metal fencing and be closed off to any employee under the Clearance Level of 4.

During any volcanic activity (even such that in non-anomalous circumstances would not be harmful), the resident staff should be evacuated and MTF Eta-7 ("Pirate Hunters") is to employ Protocol "Maynard", which includes checking if SCP-5718-B is still in its designated place, next to the body in the treasure room (for exact orders see Document 3/5718). Any eventual changes to the containment procedures should first be consulted with Provisional Reliquary Site-37 director Spotswood.

Description: SCP-5718 is the collective designation of what has been confirmed to be the treasure of Edward Thatch, more commonly known as Blackbeard. It is contained on a small, unnamed (here called SCP-5718-A for clarity) volcanic island in the Atlantic Ocean, approximately halfway between Rhode Island and Bermuda (exact coordinates in Special Containment Procedures).

If any part of SCP-5718 leaves the arbitrary borders of SCP-5718-A, the person in possession of the object(s) will start experiencing anomalously conceived side effects, listed below:

This data was estimated based on dubious historical claims and Incident 5718/11/22. It is by no means fully accurate, but testing is unadvised due to ethical reasons.

Phase # Time passed since leaving SCP-5718-A Anomalous effect Notes
0 1-6 hours N/A N/A
1 6-12 hours Sudden anxiety, nausea, auditory hallucinations1 N/A
2 12-36 hours Beginnings of paranoia, signs of persecutory delusion N/A
3 36 hours — 1 week Visual hallucinations, specifically of oneself having syphilis, increase of auditory hallucinations N/A
4 1-3 weeks Actual syphilis anomalously manifesting in the subject at an advanced rate Could not be treated in modern ways (See Addendum 5718.2)
5 3-6 weeks Anomalous effects start to affect other people around the subject UNCONFIRMED
6 6-12 weeks Sudden death of the subject due to the illness and the declining mental state UNCONFIRMED

Whenever any part of SCP-5718 is in danger of leaving SCP-5718-A, the volcano starts activating, although its activity is not directly related to the state of SCP-5718. Research has shown that the entire SCP-5718-A-1 area has remained intact since at least 1800, while this particular volcano is known to have erupted at least 3 times in the past 50 years.

The exact location of SCP-5718 is in an underground cave (SCP-5718-A-1) beneath the volcano, accessible from the grotto by the coast, about 50 [m] below sea level. The entrance to SCP-5718-A-1 is closed by a primitive rock-carved mechanism, covering the opening with a stone slab whose edges are crumbled, making the "door" clearly outlined. The mechanism can be forced open with explosives, but this is not advised due to the nature of the anomaly; should anyone with a high enough clearance level need to enter SCP-5718-A-1, they should use SCP-5718-1 (described in Addendum 5718.1) in the appropriate "keyhole", visible on the right of the door, 1.4 [m] high.

SCP-5718-A-1 is laid out as follows:

  • The aforementioned entrance, in the far wall of the coastal grotto;
  • A narrow (2 [m] wide), worn down, stone staircase (ending at 50 [m] below sea level);
  • A natural, circular chamber, averaging five meters in diameter;
  • A 32 [m] x 1.6 [m] x 1.8 [m] man-made corridor, ending with an ankle-high rope "stumbler", dated back to early 18th century;
  • A deep pit filled with rubble, allowing passage to the next room;
  • Another 20 [m] of the same corridor;
  • The treasure room.

Additionally, on the right2 wall of the staircase, torches are hung at approximately two-meter intervals. These torches have an anomalous feature, namely — when the door to SCP-5718-A-1 is opened, they spontaneously ignite. No fuel or mechanism was detected that could make this phenomenon non-anomalously effective. The rubble in the pit appears to have been put there by some sort of simple trap mechanism, triggered by the rope.

The treasure room itself measures approximately 17 [m] x 10 [m] x 5 [m]. It is filled with a large amount of pirate loot typical for the era in which Blackbeard lived (detailed list in Addendum 5718.1). In the middle of the room is a limestone pedestal, on which, under a linen shroud, lies a headless3 corpse dressed in elegant, expensive, 18th-century attire. On-site anthropologists and historians have confirmed that this is, with near certainty, the body of Edward Thatch.

Addendum 5718.1: List of SCP-5718 instances

For the descriptions of individual instances cataloged here under the same category, please consult the Site Repository.

Item # Description Notes
SCP-5718-B Human skull, silver-plated, retrieved from the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA Must be kept with the rest of Blackbeard's body (See Document 3/5718 and Addendum 5718.2)
SCP-5718-1 A brass, ornate pendant with a skull motif (pictured above); used as a key to SCP-5718-A-1 Found in a small wooden box wedged between rocks in another part of SCP-5718-A, as described in the acquired source (See Addendum 5718.2)
SCP-5718-2 to -6 Canvas sacks full of spices such as cinnamon, cardamon, pepper, vanilla and saffron Despite seemingly being there for at least two centuries, none of the instances are rotten or moldy
SCP-5718-7 to -40 Historically valuable textiles and outfits N/A
SCP-5718-41 to -132 Expensive jewelry made of precious metals and gemstones N/A
SCP-5718-133 to -8845 Individual gold ingots and coins I'm sorry, but it needed to be done. We cannot risk losing even the smallest piece of this. —dir. Spotswood

Addendum 5718.2: Incident 5718/11/22
On 11/22/20██, the Foundation's Anomaly Detecting Systems reported anomalous activity in Nassau, Bahamas, unrelated to SCP-5612. Upon investigation, Agents Horn and Gold discovered an individual, Dr. Rogers, affected by SCP-5718's anomalous effects. The man was in the fourth stage of the anomaly's progression, and, after the interview, willingly agreed to guiding Foundation personnel to SCP-5718-A and returning the part of the treasure he had been currently studying4. After he personally reinstated the items (alongside SCP-5718-B, which he had previously rented from the Peabody Essex Museum), he has reported the cessation of anomalous influence. He has expressed interest in helping with the research on-site, and after ensuring no other anomalous effects were present in him, he's been accepted as a member of the containment and research team by director Spotswood. His help proved invaluable, as he was in possession of the only historical source mentioning the possible location of Blackbeard's treasure — a journal from the late 1790s, written by a man known only as "Shitter" Jones, who had apparently been a cook on a pirate ship. His entries detailing his encounter with the anomaly were used as a baseline for the Special Containment Procedures.

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