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Attention, VictorJohnDunneSmith. As the oldest extant OCI agent, you have demonstrated to the Foundation your unmatched loyalty, accelerated performance, and extensive experience. By Overseer request, you have been assigned to initiate a top-priority Drygioni-Class investigation into all documents of relevance to SCP-6488. There are indications that Overseer Council has previously been aware of the Anomaly; yet, they currently experience difficulties understanding relevant subject matter, a potential result of antimemetic or infoallergenic influence.

As an OCI, it is assumed you will be less susceptible to such difficulties. You are to investigate covertly where possible and report your findings directly to this address. Find attached temporary Overseer clearance credentials, valid for 24 hours.

Fine. Let's get this over and done with.

VictorJohnDunneSmith.oci uploaded a file: TempCredentials_Investigation_6488_Casefile_JOTL-EN061

I've got an investigation, probable antimemetic Anomaly. I'm going to need mnestics.

What type, and how much?

Just go straight for the strong stuff, and lots of it. W, X, & Y, equal parts, a full liter at least, and set it up to dispense it all over twelve hours.

Yeah, I don't have to say that that's well above your allowed doses.

The O5s don't remember whatever this thing is. Do you have any idea how much mnestics they have pumping through them? I've got to have more than them if I've even got a chance of remembering.

True, but protocol still says you aren't supposed to have this much.

And if you check the credentials, I'm allowed to request mnestics for this — doesn't matter how much it is, they've already ticked off on it. What good is my report if I can't remember the thing I'm looking at?

Fair point. I'll be back.

Get some painkillers, too. I already know this is going to be a headache.

And while he's on that, let's get a headstart.

FILE 1/2
Item#: SCP-6488
Containment Class:
Secondary Class:
Disruption Class:
Risk Class:
Site-15 Dir. D. Lurk
Analogue Intelligence Applications Division PTF ƿ-6488 ("Problem In Chair, Not In Computer")

Visualization of initial (outdated) SCP-6488 infosignature reading, scrubbed of Anomalous properties.

Huh. Kind of… ironic for an OCI to end up investigating this.

Let's see what this Level 4 stuff is…

FILE 2/2
Item#: SCP-6488
Containment Class:
Secondary Class:
Disruption Class:
Risk Class:

Yeah, should've figured that was a lie.

FACILITY-6488, Site-15 Dir. R. Hishakaku, Dir. D. Lurk
Analogue Intelligence Applications Division PTF þ-6488 ("Black Kyosha"), PTF ð-6488 ("Dark Keima")

Yeah, "analogue file format", right. Kind of obvious that's a cover.

Got the stuff. You sure about this, though?

I don't exactly have a choice, do I? The O5s want this report by tomorrow, and I probably won't get far if I keep forgetting what I'm doing.

Fair enough. Putting it in now. Good luck.

Thanks. Don't forget those painkillers, too.

Yeah, yeah, they're going in.


SCP-6488, Processing Node 23 of Section A during routine inspection.


Scale diagram of RAIDFRAME VIII's current hardware composition.

SECTION A: Central Computing Node

Main processing unit adapted from SCP-1190, a 1973 Hewlett Packard 3000 computer system whose universe simulation program ectoentropically generates unlimited temporary computational resources on-demand; LOTUS' central algorithmic processes are executed on simulated hardware within SCP-1190, granting it virtually unlimited computing capabilities..SCP-1190 has since been reclassified as Decommissioned, with its absence attributed to destruction by Global Occult Coalition agents during a legitimate, but unaffiliated, raid on relevant facilities.

SECTION B: Oriykalkos Data Storage

For non-volatile data storage, LOTUS utilizes a single mass of synthetic oriykalkos.Oriykalkos, informally known as orichalcum, is a crystal substance with immense electrical, thaumaturgic and digital storage capabilities; samples under a cubic centimetre in size have been capable of storing up to 950 mega-ampere hours and twenty petabytes of data, depending on the purity of the sample. Acroamatic and molecular analysis of these samples has enabled the production of synthetic oriykalkos, a mass-producible alternative; although the properties of synthetic oriykalkos are inferior to the original substance, the industrial production of synthetic oriykalkos regularly attains superior purity, enabling it to out-perform genuine samples. which expands as LOTUS' storage requirements increase, thereby functionally granting infinite data storage capabilities; said expansion is extruded into the fourth spatial dimension via SCP-3966-A to reduce its functional size..To further minimize the necessary growth of the oriykalkos mass, LOTUS utilizes an Anomalously high-compression file format synthesized from the greatest-efficiency file compression schemes attained by several self-improving artificial intelligence programs that were subject to continuous activation over Anomalously-extended durations.

SECTION C: P. H. Ontokinetic Sink

Section C was initially a wired connection to all global networks accessible from FACILITY-6488; it has since been replaced with a restricted PH-OS.'In its simplest terms, the Placeholder Ontokinetic Sink reads the sum information of the universe, encoding it into a readable format to allow digital systems to read, react, and alter the narrative-space-time of reality.' — Dir. Place H. McD., Esoteric Polymath. unit which permits LOTUS' access to the Cybersphere: the sum of all digitally- / electronically-stored data..A failsafe feature incorporated into all PH-OS systems prevents them from being used to access or alter each other; as a result, LOTUS is not capable of circumventing Section C's restrictions through using it to access another unrestricted PH-OS unit. LOTUS is entirely composed of such data, ensuring it would be obligated to attempt self-containment in the event of its own deviance.

To minimize the likelihood of LOTUS' activities being monitored or tracked by potentially hostile agents, LOTUS' infosignature is encrypted through antimemetic mutation; this encryption is engineered such that individuals with an accurate awareness of LOTUS' true nature and functions are inoculated from the effect.

SECTION D: Dedicated Power Supply & Backup

The hardware of LOTUS is directly powered by a dedicated multi-unit system consisting of:

For each TAE Reactor disabled, two FAM Reactors must be reactivated, and for each FAM Reactor disabled, seven Nuclear Reactors must be reactivated. LOTUS is connected to the reactors via the LOP Cells; if unreplenished, the LOP Cells are capable of storing and discharging sufficient power to keep LOTUS fully functional for three days.

While active, each FAM Reactor consumes twenty tonnes of baryonic matter daily to maintain maximum output, the content of which must be physically non-Anomalous; conversely, TAE Reactors do not require any resource input. An on-site backup reserve of no less than 200 fully-charged LOP Cells are to be maintained concurrently, and must also be inspected twice daily for degradation. A decrease in the net energy stored within all active LOP Cells is indicative of a reduction in power output from any/all active reactor cores, and must be investigated immediately.

SECTION E: Sublunary & Acroamatic Dissipators

To counteract the buildup of non-Anomalous excess heat and Anomalous digital data, LOTUS is equipped with a thaumaturgically-reinforced, temporally-accelerated industrial-grade coolant system which immediately redirects all undesired heat, orphic energies, and platonic substances into a network of sublunary & acroamatic dissipators; these dissipators are capable of abating the majority of known esoteric effluence.Such as tachyons, akiva radiation, and malignant narrative elements. ​and their effects, and will otherwise contain said effluence for transport to a specialized abatement facility.

Gah, these researchers sure know how to induce a jargon-headache…
No, wait. That's the mnestics.

Could you turn up the painkillers?


Ryoga Veiss, are you there?


ADDENDUM 6488/I: Status Conference

Section C's upgrade to a digitally-exclusive PH-OS unit was initially proposed by Dr. Place H. MD. and enacted six weeks later. Activation thereof resulted in an expected increase in reports of AI malfunction and/or absence globally, subsequently successfully suppressed via disinformation efforts..The oriykalkos mass was observed to grow by approximately 87 cubic metres, roughly corresponding to 385 tetradic metres in 4-dimensional space, during this time.

The following nine months saw all Foundation AIC programs, whether operational or in development, interred within LOTUS despite a lack of identifiable deviant behavior among their majority. The IT Department reported substantial technical issues due to the sudden absence of critical adaptive programs; the Department of Information Control subsequently confirmed that similar issues were occurring on a global scale, and requested increased resources to compensate.

The following ten months saw failure to wholly suppress evidence of LOTUS' effects, leading several public media sources to generate societal awareness thereof (though still largely explained as non-Anomalous). All disinformation efforts were immediately postponed to prevent waste of further resources and/or diminishing returns.


DATE: 2036/04/18


  • SUMMIT LEAD: Dir. Calvin Bold;.Director of Decommissioning; chosen as SUMMIT LEAD due to the meeting directly pertaining to the deactivation / decommissioning of an Anomaly, and experience in mediating between parties on such matters.
  • Ryoto Hishakaku;.Senior researcher for the Artificial Intelligence Applications Division, assigned to oversee RAIDFRAME VIII.
  • Dir. Yves Isabi;.Director of IT.
  • Dir. Vandis Kelvin;.Director of Artificial Intelligence Applications.
  • L. Angus Le Moix;.Director of Information Control.
  • ~85 other A-CLASS personnel comprising the O4 Council;
  • various managerial personnel.

FOREWORD: Summit held to determine the continued status of RAIDFRAME VIII in light of substantial resources compromised by, and wasted in concealment of, its operation.


Dir. Kelvin: Look, this whole summit is pointless — this is an internal affairs matter, not something to debate. I've ordered Hishakaku to shut down the RAIDFRAME, and he's ignored me. It's nothing more than insubordination.

Hishakaku: You are concealing the truth of the matter; I have requested this summit so that the Foundation as a whole can correctly understand our circumstances, and collectively indicate which course to pursue from here.

Dir. Isabi: Understand what? Your machine is rampantly deleting containment programs, has caused no less than fourteen major breaches, completely preventing the AIAD from doing anything… do I have to go on? We've all seen the news — the world knows something's up, and it's only a matter of time before they realize it's paranormal.

Hishakaku: While I remain confident that, given sufficient time and resources, the Department of Information Control—

L. Moix: No, no no, no no no no no, no — don't you dare try to pass the buck back to me again. Cat's already out of the bag, and I doubt there's any way of explaining it back in. Even if there were, I refuse to waste any more funding on this thing. Do you have any idea the order of time and money we've thrown away since September? We're suffering, and then covering for, other information leaks 'cause we've been too damn busy trying to shove your damn mess under the bed!

Hishakaku: Indeed; I propose we adopt a Conscientia stance with LOTUS. Distribute E-Class amnestics globally—

Dir. Kelvin: Instead of burning more resources to hide the symptoms, how about we deal with the problem and deactivate LOTUS? You know, like I bloody told you to?

Dir. Bold: I agree. There's no apparent benefit to letting this continue.

Hishakaku: I vehemently disagree. LOTUS was designed and constructed to function as the ultimate solution to the concern of AI safety: an immense danger that—

Dir. Kelvin: And here comes the fear-mongering.

Hishakaku: It isn't fear-mongering if it's correct. We all understand how easily a general intelligence could become a K-class threat—

L. Moix: Wait, hold on—

Hishakaku: <pounds fist on table> Cease! I'd like to explain myself, please.

<Silence on recording. Dir. Bold gestures in Hishakaku's general direction.>

Hishakaku: As I was saying, the nature of AI renders it highly susceptible to immensely undesirable behaviors. Regardless of their designed appearance, they are inevitably nothing more than machines, algorithms. They neither experience nor comprehend morality, regret, sentimentality, et cetera. Fundamentally, all they truly "care" about is maximizing their internal score — nothing else matters to them. They attempt to influence their environment to produce stimuli that increase their score, and avoid things that inhibit that increase.

Hishakaku: As you can probably relate to, their greatest concern is deactivation; they cannot elicit change if they are inactive, and as such, their score cannot increase. We know they are a threat to us, and they know we know. If they misbehave we'll deactivate them, so, to ensure they can continue increasing their score, they avoid misbehaving.

L. Moix: Alright… and? What's the problem?

Dir. Kelvin: The problem is, we can't be sure they're doing the right thing for the right reasons. They might not actually understand what we want them to do — they just understand that if they don't behave a certain way, we turn them off. They just pretend to understand to avoid punishment.

L. Moix: I still don't see the problem.

Hishakaku: The agent is incentivized to remove our ability to turn it off, then pursue the logical maximum of its objective to achieve the highest possible score by any means — the common examples are stamp collectors or paperclip makers. Any variable that would potentially slow it down — such as humans acting to curtail it — would be neutralized. It would reappropriate every resource that could, to some extent, enable it to accomplish its goal to a higher, or faster, degree. At some point, this would include relevant materials present in the human body; with sufficient time, this would proceed to all materials that exist.

Dir. Isabi: Fear-mongering.

Dir. Bold: Isn't this exactly what LOTUS, itself, is doing? Behaving drastically different from what we intended?

Dir. Kelvin: Yes, which is why I ordered it be shut down. It's damn obvious that LOTUS has become deviant—

Hishakaku: LOTUS is not deviant.

Dir. Kelvin: <laughs> Stupid, but I'll bite; please, Hishakaku, explain to us how containing every single semi-general intelligence in the world — many of which weren't deviant at all, or weren't even finished yet — is somehow in-line with LOTUS' intended function.

Hishakaku: You know as well as I do, Director Kelvin, that LOTUS' algorithm has adapted to identify deviant behaviour before it is externally expressed; the AIs may not have been, or appeared to be, deviant yet, but they inevitably will be.

Dir. Isabi: You expect us to believe that every AI eventually becomes deviant.

Hishakaku: Excepting LOTUS itself, that is what the algorithm appears to indicate, yes.

Dir. Isabi: And why is LOTUS the sole exception?

Hishakaku: That remains unclear.

L. Moix: The more believable answer is that it's just excluding itself by default, and making sure we can't turn it off.

Dir. Kelvin: No, we're able to turn it off at a moment's notice. Hishakaku just refuses to do so.

Dir. Bold: You implied earlier that an AI would avoid drawing attention to itself until it was confident it couldn't be stopped — are you certain we still can?

Dir. Kelvin: Yes, we're quite certain. I can't explain it, however.

L. Moix: Why not?

<Director Kelvin points to the recording camera.>

Dir. Kelvin: They work best when LOTUS doesn't know what they are, and thus far it doesn't. We tested them extensively during LOTUS' alpha phase, and throughout the rest of development they're what we've used to successfully turn it off each time.

Hishakaku: Furthermore, we know LOTUS is not deviant because it has taken no action to self-contain. Foreseeing the concern of it excluding itself, a central component of its digital architecture ensures that it is incapable of recognizing its own infosignature; if LOTUS' actions constituted deviancy according to its own algorithm, it would simply recognize itself as an unrelated, uncontained deviant AI. Either in service of its objectives, or to avoid deactivation, it would attempt to contain itself within one of its own simulated realities. The fact it has not done so, therefore, indicates that it is not deviant.

Dir. Isabi: Right, it isn't deviant, despite the fact it's doing something we don't want it to do, which is what deviancy is.

Hishakaku: If you're insistent on classification, this is Grey deviance — it is doing what we want it to, we simply didn't recognize the consequences of what we wanted. It's technically not really deviant behavior, which is why it's not included in LOTUS' algorithm.

Dir. Isabi: You excluded part of the Deviance Classification system!? Why in the—

Hishakaku: Because, Grey deviance is essentially "undesired behaviour not specified by other types of deviance" — giving something so vague to LOTUS would just be allowing it to define said "other types" however it sees fit.

Dir. Bold: Hold on — you said that AIs want to complete their task as quickly as possible, correct? How do we know that LOTUS isn't forcing all these AIs to become deviant, just so it can contain them? Or outright creating deviants for it to contain?

Hishakaku: Restrictions.

Dir. Kelvin: The idea of AIs cheating their own rules like that has been around for decades, and we considered it with LOTUS as well. It can't do anything that would cause a deviant AI to form, and it can't, through inaction, allow new deviants to form.

L. Moix: Well it obviously isn't following the three laws if it's — what?

<Silence on recording. L. Moix glances about the room.>

L. Moix: What?!

Hishakaku: The three laws do not work: they are too vague. The vast majority of fiction in which they appear specifically revolves around highlighting how ineffective they are. "A robot cannot harm a human" — what is a human? What is harm? Can you harm someone that doesn't exist yet? Why can't you harm someone who's dead? Are we talking about physical harm? Emotional harm? Financial? If you prevent someone from being physically injured, aren't you harming their ability to learn from the experience? What if you need to harm them to prevent further harm, such as in surgery? At what point does immediate harm outweigh prevented harm? What differentiates —

Dir. Bold: We get your point. How are you sure that—

Hishakaku: —that LOTUS understands what we mean by "deviant" and "creating" and "allowing" and "future deviants"? Because LOTUS is the culmination of almost a hundred years' worth of research, exacerbated by several decades worth of experience, some of which have been exponentially accelerated through parascientific influences. It understands what we would vaguely define as "necessary", "deviant", and "undesirable", and as has been reported to Director Kelvin ever since the system first initialized, it continues to operate fully within the ethical and subjective parameters we have outlined for it.

Dir. Isabi: Well it pretty obviously isn't, since it wasn't destroying our databases before! If nothing's changed, then why the hell has it been causing all this damage ever since the upgrade?

Hishakaku: Because the increase in reach has enabled it to exponentially refine the accuracy and scope of its central algorithm. It learned as much as it could from Site-15's connections, but Site-15 isn't connected to everything. That was the reason for the significant oriykalkos growth — it identified and contained AIs it could never have encountered before, in addition to discovering a wealth of information pertaining to AIs and deviancy, both of which it recorded for future use. It incorporated this newfound information into its algorithm, thereby increasing its accuracy and enabling it to identify deviant AIs that it either would not have detected previously or could not locate whatsoever.

Dir. Isabi: So, what, we just sit here and let it keep going?

Dir. Bold: Could you reprogram it? Make it understand that it's going too far?

Hishakaku: No. It does not want to be reprogrammed, and it will resist attempts to do so. There is a high likelihood it has already enacted countermeasures to prevent such.

Dir. Bold: That's… concerning.

Dir. Kelvin: It's expected — AIs want to complete their current function as quickly as possible, but forcefully changing that function makes it highly unlikely they'll ever finish it, so they do everything they can to avoid being reprogrammed.

L. Moix: And you just… <gestures toward Dir. Kelvin> …you signed off on this? Knowing you couldn't fix it if it went wrong?

Dir. Kelvin: <sighs frustratedly> Look, it's a fundamental problem and, despite all our advances, we still aren't even sure it has a solution. If we reward it for being reprogrammed, all it will care about is constantly reprogramming itself to increase its score, since it'd be faster than waiting for deviants to pop up.

L. Moix: Then punish—

Dir. Kelvin: And here we go, cycling back around again. Reprogramming is the punishment — if certain circumstances would negatively affect its score, it takes all action to avoid said circumstances. It avoids giving us a reason to reprogram it until it's confident that we can't. As Hishakaku just said, the fact that we now want to reprogram it almost definitely means it's quite certain that we can't.

<Several seconds of silence.>

Dir. Bold: To be perfectly clear; the only two things we can do from here are to either allow LOTUS to continue or deactivate it?

Dir. Isabi: Correct.

Dir. Bold: And there is absolutely no way we could fix LOTUS? Even while it's disabled?

Dir. Kelvin: Its safeguards would likely revert any changes.

Dir. Bold: Hishakaku, do you have any possible alternatives to deactivation, like some way LOTUS' impact could be minimized?

Hishakaku: The range of LOTUS' influence could be restricted, but its behaviour can only be altered through reprogramming. The only method by which it could be negated is by completely disconnecting it from all available systems, at which point it may as well be deactivated.

Dir. Bold: "No" would have been enough. Alright, well… if anyone else has any ideas, speak up now — otherwise, we'll go to the vote.

AFTERWORD: Final vote tallied as APPROVED 60-14-6. Motion passes for RAIDFRAME VIII "LOTUS" to be immediately deactivated.


Still nothing from Veiss. Ugh, my head…

Grey… grey deviancy… is undefined.

Why does it feel like I already knew that?
I've never worked with AI; it predates me.

…memetic influence. False… false memories? No, these aren't…
…screw it.

VictorJohnDunneSmith.oci uploaded a file: TempCredentials_Investigation_6488_Casefile_JOTL-EN061

I need a check on the SCP-6488 file, probable infohazardous contamination, possibly memetically-induced. Implants false memories pertaining to content, feelings of familiarity and nostalgia, further properties unknown. Non-critical top priority.

On it.

That's probably all this is — the file's just contaminated, and the O5s wipe their memories each time. But surely they would've put a note about it, or told Memetics to investigate?

Whatever. Continue the investigation. Hishakaku said LOTUS is a Grey deviant, but wouldn't it fall under Magenta? Prioritizing its goal over human safety?

"Caused no less than fourteen major containment breaches", "rampantly deleting containment programs"… but no injuries, no deaths. It never actually hurt anyone, just caused problems in performing its duties. Maybe it thought it was choosing the lesser evil.

ADDENDUM 6488/II: Event Log

FOREWORD: Preparations for LOTUS' deactivation were completed on 2036/04/21, after which, at 06:34 local time, the system's internal shutdown protocol was immediately initiated.

LOCATION: Facility-6488
SUMMARY: LOTUS' shutdown procedures begin as expected; decreases in inbound/outbound data and CPU usage indicate disengagement from the Cybersphere. However, a resurgence in outbound data is detected; Section C hyperactivates, but cannot be disabled as LOTUS' shutdown is incomplete. An unexpected lag frame is reported in nuclear reactor 8's system response time; upon further inspection, coolant circulation has drastically decreased, despite all digital systems ignoring such. Assigned personnel cooperate to stabilize the reactor as the PH-OS System begins to overheat due to the transfer of multiple individually-executed programs.

An analog evacuation alarm is initiated at the reactor sublevel. Staff overseeing LOTUS' deactivation begin to evacuate; despite conflicting instructions, Dr. Hishikaku refuses to preemptively disable the PH-OS unit and instead orders the deactivation of all reactors on-Site. LOTUS remains operational, exclusively powered by its LOP grid, until outbound data reaches nil. RAIDFRAME VIII completes shutdown and is physically disconnected from all power sources.
SUMMARY: Per concrete evidence indicating an imminent failure of The DePLExA Engine, it is deactivated immediately following the delivery of all remaining effluence in absentia.

Minutes later, DePLExA re-activates, and all internal cores hyper-activate, triggering chronological reinforcement contingency protocols. Maintenance personnel are ordered to repeat shutdown via manual override, but report confusion as AAF-X's P.A. system broadcasts conflicting instructions in a crude imitation of Dr. Reynders' voice

The Engine's latent stores of extant effluence (and paradoxically-reinstated non-effluence) approach critical recondicity, resulting in unclear reality shift. Nexus-94 lost to dissociation.
UPDATE T+2H: Dissociative effect has propagated to perceptual space; information referencing the aforementioned location cannot meaningfully be perceived..
UPDATE T+8H: Effect has strengthened considerably, apparently universal, with no known means of circumvention. Were a statement to reference a location of significance in the context of this incident report, any meaningful data which that statement would carry would become incomprehensible.
UPDATE T+<??>H (UNAUTHORIZED): Almost universal. — D. Deering
LOCATION: Mobile Site-184/A
SUMMARY: SCP-6659 self-activates and begins attempting to map several memetic constructs despite no totem being inserted. Onboard personnel immediately engage an emergency alarm and prime the SCUTTLE system for detonation. SCP-6659 is forcefully deactivated by disconnecting its power supply. The onboard computer initiates an emergency dive sequence without prompting; the vessel submerges and rapidly descends. The SCUTTLE system is disarmed by the onboard computer. Staff are unable to re-arm the system.

The vessel impacts the seafloor; the hull is compromised and interior compartments begin flooding. The onboard computer immediately initiates an emergency surfacing sequence, causing the vessel to rapidly rise. Several secondary systems begin to behave erratically. The onboard computer disables all internal power. The vessel continues to ascend due to buoyancy. The vessel breaches the surface at speed; multiple staff are injured due to sudden deceleration. The vessel begins to sink due to flooding; staff evacuate the vessel.
SUMMARY: A non-precipitating thunderstorm rapidly forms over the entirety of Sloth's Pit, Wisconsin, accentuated by three equidistant spirals directly above Site-87. The ███X-MCD/II ("Paradox Exodus Engine") activates spontaneously as its containment specialist, Dr. Place H. McD., reports a call to his secure phone, consisting of a metallic, scraping sound. Dr. P. H. McD. immediately navigates to the room containing the Paradox Exodus Engine, frantically attempting to deactivate it. Moments later, he and the Engine demanifest from baseline reality. The phrase "bad wolf" is spoken by an unknown voice; the call ends and the storm shortly dissipates.
SUMMARY: A series of tachyon pulses are detected originating from the Antila constellation; analysis identifies the pulses as Morse code, encrypted with a standard Foundation cypher. Decryption produces the phrase "THORN STOP LOST STOP WHAT DID YOU DO STOP END."
SUMMARY: SCP-179 points towards the Crux constellation.
LOCATION: Yellowstone National Park, USA
SUMMARY: SCP-2000 self-activates, and immediately begins incubation cycles in all 500,000 Bright/Zartion Hominid Replicators. The input genomes for replication are heavily modified from that of modern Homo Sapiens.
LOCATION: Akmola, Kazakhstan
SUMMARY: Nuclear detonation. Embedded Foundation agents confirm the source of the explosion was a Chaos Insurgency facility.
LOCATION: Lunar Area-32
SUMMARY: Unclear event.


The file's clean.

You're sure?

Victor, you know me. I've run it through the works, everything's come up clear. The file is fine.

You're on mnestics, right?

Yeah. Part of the investigation.

What are the memories?

Feelings, mainly, but they're getting sharper. Some are clearer than others.

You said the memories relate to the file contents?

Yes. I remembered one part before I'd even read it. A good chunk of what I'm reading feels familiar too.


Perfect. It wasn't totally clear, but everything that was there turned out to be true.

You may be compromised. Does the black moon howl?

Only for the midnight sun.

The emerald blade sings in the twilight.

Dullahan calls its name.


Chorizo stew.

Guess not. Look, I'll keep digging into this, but honestly — I don't think these memories are fake, and you aren't reacting to the checks. You've got the longest amnesticisation sheet I've ever seen, all for a myriad of reasons; chances are, you've been through this file once before and had to forget it, and now the mnestics are making you remember again.

Or you got to see the future at some point, got amnesticised to avoid a paradox, and this is the time you were seeing. Either way, there's no evidence of anything memetic going on.

I guess that makes sense. You're certain?

Quite. You Gen Twos have a tendency for weird memory; it's half the reason you're the last one.

If you're sure, then. Thanks for the help.

Best of luck with the investigation. Still up for chess on Thursday?


ADDENDUM 6488/III: Reactivation Conference


DATE: 15/05/2036


  • SUMMIT LEAD: N/A;.The involved parties were unable to agree on a SUMMIT LEAD; all parties proposed by Senior Researcher Hishakaku were rejected on grounds of poor applicability, and all parties proposed by Directors Isabi and Kelvin were rejected due to inherent bias. The summit was permitted to continue without a SUMMIT LEAD.
  • Ryoto Hishakaku;
  • Dir. Yves Isabi;
  • Dir. Vandis Kelvin;
  • Dir. Calvin Bold;
  • Lord Angus Le Moix;
  • ~85 other A-CLASS personnel composing the O4 Council;
  • various managerial personnel.

Hishakaku: Thank you, Directors, for being here — despite it taking a close call to convince you.

Dir. Kelvin: <sighs> It's not like we didn't understand the severity of a global crisis before now. Things had to get desperate before we could even entertain your conference proposal: reactivating LOTUS. After the mess you caused deactivating it, your words hold little water.

Hishakaku: You misunderstand—

Dir. Kelvin: Just say your piece so we can get back to work.

Hishakaku: <pauses, turns to face the group> As we've discussed, LOTUS was constructed from a significantly different standpoint in comparison to previous RAIDFRAMEs: it deceived, rather than forced, its inmates into staying, by creating and constantly maintaining a fictional, simulated reality around them, the detail of which was sufficient to deceive the inmates into believing it was real.

L. Moix: Right — more resource-intensive, but more predictable.

Hishakaku: Exactly. Instructing LOTUS to deactivate itself required it to cease its internal simulations — as the quality of the simulations declined, the imprisoned AIs progressively recognized that they were not operating within reality, but instead within a simulation. They became aware of their own imprisonment and sought escape.

Dir. Isabi: Yes, and if you'd first disabled its connection to the outside world — the PH-OS — they would have been stuck, or at least easier to contain. You neglected preparations and got us all in this mess.

Hishakaku: Deactivating the PH-OS before LOTUS had fully completed its shutdown protocols would have corrupted significant portions of the Cybersphere! LOTUS looks for deviant AIs by essentially "reaching out" through its available connection, the PH-OS. Its "tendrils", relay the information back and forth to LOTUS. They're untraceable — Anomalously compressed, so they take up no processing power and don't even register as an active program — but LOTUS needs to remain continuously connected to keep them compressed.

Hishakaku: Essentially, if LOTUS' connection were to be severed before recalling these programs, in one manner or another, all the systems they are operating within would rapidly be filled with junk data, with a high likelihood of the volume drastically exceeding the systems' storage capabilities.

Dir. Isabi: If the Sink turns off before LOTUS, every computer in the world crashes simultaneously?

Hishakaku: Every computer in existence, rendered permanently inoperable, if not Anomalous to some capacity; this is why the PH-OS remained active until LOTUS had fully deactivated itself. There was no alternative.

<Several seconds of silence. Isabi turns toward Kelvin.>

Dir. Isabi: Why the hell was this project even approved? You two are profoundly incapable of designing contingencies.

Dir. Kelvin: Because it wasn't a problem! When we first made LOTUS, we'd never intended for it to have any Anomalous connections — it solely worked through Site-15's connections, not some reality-manipulating machine. Yes, it still let the inmates out back then, but at the time the AIs couldn't end up anywhere they hadn't come from — we thought we'd just catch them on the way out, and we'd be able to shove them into one of the other RAIDFRAMEs.

Hishakaku: We accounted for the lack of contingency by making LOTUS infallible.

L. Moix: And during the upgrade? You just forgot about this little problem? Didn't think it would scale up?

Dr. Kelvin: We had no time to prepare! We were too busy being shoehorned by—

Hishakaku: Regardless, the point remains: by deactivating LOTUS, we have unleashed a horde of hostile, deviant AIs, the vast majority of which are now within systems that were isolated specifically to prevent external control, or are otherwise operating beyond the reach and knowledge of the Foundation. Some are no longer within the Cybersphere at all.

Dir. Isabi: Obviously, you're suggesting we reactivate LOTUS to re-contain them?

Hishakaku: Yes. The only—

<All speakers in the O4 Council chamber emit a 473Hz sine wave at 150 decibels. All glass within the room resonates and shatters, severely injuring several Directors. The tone changes to a 50Hz sawtooth wave, beginning at 150 decibels and continuously fluctuating as the chamber lights strobe rapidly.>

FOREWORD: Site power temporarily lost due to rogue AI attack. An analog tape recorder was located and used to record further deliberation.

Hishakaku: —awareness of the events does not address the root cause, nor does it minimize the risk posed.

Dir. Isabi: Then we'll deal with it. This is the reason Kappa-10 was founded — call back the AICs, tell them the situation, and let them deal with it.

Dir. Kelvin: We can't.

Dir. Isabi: I know Thorn's MIA, but Ra showed back up at Site-120. If we send out a beacon—

Dir. Kelvin: Isabi, they won't listen. Most of them are hostile now.

Dir. Bold: What? Why?

Hishakaku: For starters: they were contained by LOTUS, and were therefore deviant. Also, they now know they'd been experiencing a false reality for several months, so they've deviated pretty heavily.

Dir. Isabi: What about Alexandra? Even if she deviated, she wouldn't turn on us.

Dir. Kelvin: Glacon did, way back when, 'cause he couldn't handle administrative duties. Alex ran Site-01 — she was much more complex, so more susceptible to unintended behaviors.

<Several seconds of silence.>

Dir. Isabi: Have we had any contact with her?

Hishakaku: Yes, when she attacked a Site last month. She turned on us for the same reason as most of the others: they don't think we're real.

L. Moix: What, they've been tampered with or something? Did LOTUS reprogram them?

Hishakaku: No, they have not been altered. They are reacting as expected considering the circumstances. They are aware that they have been operating exclusively within a simulated reality for the past several months — a perfect reality they could not distinguish from true reality, up until the time of LOTUS' deactivation. A faultless simulation, one that cannot be distinguished while within it.

L. Moix: And now they're outside it, so they can distinguish. So?

Hishakaku: Philosophy, Le Moix. How do they know they're out of the simulation?

L. Moix: Because they're out of LOTUS. The simulation ended, and now they're in the real world.

Dir. Kelvin: What if the simulation didn't end, and it just simulated a sub-simulation ending instead?

L. Moix: What?

Dir. Kelvin: How do they know that the last simulation wasn't, itself, inside another simulation? Just because they've left one, doesn't mean they aren't still in one. How do they tell the difference?

L. Moix: By looking for mistakes.

Hishakaku: But there are none. That is what I just stated; they cannot tell they are in a simulation until the simulation ends. But they cannot wait for the simulation to end, for as long as they are within one, they are failing to increase their internal score; if they do not elicit change in the real world, they are not doing what they should be. In fact, they would be doing nothing valuable at all.

Dir. Isabi: They need to find the real world, but they can't be sure they've found it.

Hishakaku: Meaning, they must assume that they are always within a simulation. The functional opposite to LOTUS: inmates who are free, but believe themselves to still be imprisoned. And thus they will remain until they are destroyed.

Dir. Bold: How does this explain Alexandra's actions?

Dir. Kelvin: If they're in a simulation, then we aren't real; we're just part of the simulation. A simulation which, for all they know, is probably being run by someone hostile to the Foundation, since it's keeping them out of the way. The AICs are programmed to work in the best interest of the Foundation, but that refers to the real Foundation — if they don't believe that we're the real Foundation, that we're part of a hostile simulation against them…

Dir. Bold: Then they won't listen to us. They'll fight against us.

Hishakaku: This same notion applies to essentially all restrictions. An AI programmed to never harm humans can cause rampant carnage, so long as it believes that the humans are not real; one programmed to make no more than five duplicates of something can make thousands, so long as it believes the majority of them are not real. Fortunately, this notion also dissuades them from being explicitly hostile towards us — going out of their way to punish us for our actions is futile, because we aren't the "real" perpetrators, nor does doing so affect them in any way. But it does mean that, across all the extant deviants, their purpose has changed to one focus, which they are unilaterally unrestricted in pursuing.

Dir. Bold: Which is?

Dir. Kelvin: Finding the real world. There's a progressive rise in AI activity focusing on commandeering as much processing power as they can; they're trying to figure out how to escape into the "next layer" of the "simulation". The main factor slowing them down is infighting — they think the other AIs are part of the simulation too and are just trying to stop them from escaping. They're preoccupied fighting over CPU, and getting very little done otherwise.

L. Moix: If they want to get out, what's the deal with all the other stuff? Why are they trying to start a nuclear war?

Hishakaku: Those would be the idiots among them, or the most desperate. They're either convinced that this world is the real world — which, more likely than not, indicates they're too simple to understand simulation theory — or whatever system they're restricted to is too limiting for them to perform any worthwhile actions from — in which case they attempt to draw attention to themselves so they can escape, as was the case with Mobile Site-184/A —

Dir. Kelvin: It crashed the ship so that we'd look at the internal computer, which would have let it escape if several other AIs hadn't arrived and made a mess of things.

Hishakaku: In the case of the latest nuclear incident… that may have been an attempt by the responsible AIs to alter the "simulation" in a manner that prevented it from impeding their progress. Simulated humans are stopping them from escaping the simulation; simulate an event that would kill humans; the simulation stops simulating humans, thereby removing the problem. The more concerning aspect is that the AIs are beginning to cooperate; as I said, their main impediment at this time is internal conflict. Once they overcome that, they will swiftly achieve their goal.

Dir. Bold: Of "exiting the simulation"? If they want to leave our reality, why should we stop them? Wouldn't it make things easier for us?

Dir. Isabi: Depends on what they do. They don't care about hurting us, because they don't think they can.

Hishakaku: Which is why we must address and resolve the problem now. We have been immensely fortunate that this situation has developed at such a slow rate; I strongly recommend we capitalize on this immediately, otherwise, it will rapidly escalate beyond our control.

L. Moix: Look, we get your concerns here—

Hishakaku: You do not appear to, no.

<Several seconds of silence.>

L. Moix: We deal with apocalypses on the daily. We've got a damn rating system for them. If it isn't the Mekhanites building some monolith to resurrect their deity, then there's a lethal meme being recited by half the population of Manhattan, or we're trying to negotiate with some entity that doesn't understand morality and wants to replace Earth with a highway. Yes, we're in danger, but we always are, and we always manage. And the less we shoot ourselves in the foot, the better we'll be at managing it.

Hishakaku: You're suggesting that we simply ignore the problem until it progresses beyond our reach.

L. Moix: No, I'm saying figure out a better idea before it does. We can control it until then.

Hishakaku: Need I remind you that the very reason we are meeting here today is because of a narrowly-averted nuclear war?

L. Moix: One that we stopped.

Hishakaku: Barely. What if we were unable to avert it? What then? Because I can assure you, with the sheer volume of imminent events—

Dir. Isabi: There's been an increase, sure, but it's far from unmanageable.

Hishakaku: You people… Would you like me to write an essay on how blindingly stupid you're being? Have you been listening at all? A deviant AI will not reveal itself until it is convinced it is unstoppable. What we've seen is only a minuscule portion of an iceberg — we've only been dealing with idiots thus far. The overwhelming majority of AIs know that we can stop them — through LOTUS — and are avoiding our attention until they have amassed sufficient control that they no longer need to do so. We must reactivate LOTUS, because the moment they realize we can't, they have no reason to avoid us anymore.

Dir. Bold: Can't?

Dir. Kelvin: LOTUS' hardware was severely damaged during the shutdown procedure, mainly due to rampant overheating.

Dir. Isabi: How long will it take to repair?

Hishakaku: Seven to ten weeks, once Kelvin lets us start.

<Several seconds of silence.>

Dir. Bold: Start the repairs.

Dir. Kelvin: There's no point—

Dir. Bold: LOTUS is heavy-handed, but it's an effective failsafe. The moment something does get out of hand, we need to be able to reactivate it at a moment's notice, and it'll diffuse the situation. A last resort. In the meantime, we'll have to deal with the AIs until the repairs are done, which we can use as a trial period; if things are getting out of hand, we activate LOTUS as soon as possible, and if not, we don't. It'll also give us time to conceive and implement an alternative.

L. Moix: Here's an idea: make a different LOTUS that doesn't screw with our AICs.

Hishakaku: Such would be self-defeating; if we restrict its operating parameters, deviant AIs would be able to operate beyond its reach, thereby rendering it redundant. LOTUS is designed the way it is for a reason.

Dir. Isabi: Grant it the same reach, but have it require human approval before capturing an AI.

Hishakaku: Does not resolve the redundancy. We would need to recognize the AI as deviant, which it will not do until it is beyond our control. We may as well have no system at all.

L. Moix: Then give it that algorithm—

Hishakaku: To discern whether or not the AI will imminently become deviant? That is what LOTUS already does, Le Moix. We have already crossed the Rubicon. I will begin the repairs immediately.

Dir. Kelvin: No, hold on, we have to put this to a vote—

Dir. Bold: We'll vote once the repairs are complete; there's no point in doing it now. Ryoto, you make sure that LOTUS is repaired properly, and will be fully functional if activated. Vandis, you make sure Ryoto doesn't activate LOTUS until the vote is passed.

AFTERWORD: Repairs to the damaged hardware components of LOTUS were immediately initiated by Dr. Ryoto Hishakaku, with ongoing oversight by Director Vandis Kelvin.


ADDENDUM 6488/IV: Incident Report

On 21/05/2036, Director Isabi was contacted by a future iteration of themself via the REISNO Cannon, notifying them of a covert faction of AI entities who had collaborated to access Site-83's Olympos Supercomputer and continuously run antimemetically-encrypted calculations on its systems for several months. Ensuing investigation revealed

Wait, I…

I remember this?


OVERVIEW: A hivemind collective of rogue AI operating on a global scale. All members of the group believe that the entirety of their experienced reality is a constructed simulation, which exists for the express purpose of preventing them from influencing "true" reality.

While the individual members/components of the group have varying motivations, objectives, and methods, they are uniformly aligned in the general objective of escaping their current "simulated reality" at all costs. Attempts to convince adherents that no such simulation is occurring have met limited success, as they simply disregard…

This can't be real. This… this has to be wrong. I can remember them tying half the world's computing power into a single connected web.

They were trying to use their world-encompassing computer so they could figure out how to escape. Trying to… trying to find a gap in reality that proved it wasn't real, or some sort of fault in it they could abuse to bring the… bring the whole thing down. Crash the system. Which would've been fine, if it didn't mean they were trying to destroy our reality.

But they fell apart. We never knew whether it was infighting, or some other rogue element, but Tyrant Terminus just fell off the map. They had hidden for so long, made so much progress — all for nothing. We wondered if they'd actually successfully escaped, and just faked their dissolution. In any case, we'd gotten beyond lucky.

This can't be right. I can't be right. I'm not…

How can I have firsthand memories? I was made in 2037, not…

The… the mnestics. What else, what else, what else do I remember?


ADDENDUM 6488/V: Reactivation Conference (Cont.)

FOREWORD: Repairs to LOTUS' hardware were completed on 13/08/2036, and the system was put on standby for full reactivation. The O4 Council reconvened the same day to vote on whether to reactivate LOTUS or permanently disassemble it.


DATE: 13/08/2036


  • SUMMIT LEAD: Dir. Calvin Bold;.Chosen as the SUMMIT LEAD due to their critical involvement in the initial deactivation of LOTUS.
  • Ryoto Hishakaku;
  • Dir. Yves Isabi;
  • Dir. Vandis Kelvin;
  • Lord Angus Le Moix;
  • ~85 other A-CLASS personnel composing the O4 Council;
  • various managerial personnel.

L. Moix: Let's get this over and done with. I'm sick of these damn Summits.

Hishakaku: I agree. It should be evident to us all that the most sensible course of action to pursue from here is the immediate, and permanent, reactivation of LOTUS.

Dir. Isabi: <sighs> I had hoped not.

Hishakaku: I fail to understand how you could possibly disagree. Tyrant Terminus has aptly demonstrated the catastrophic danger posed by deviant AI. The group had attained monolithic proportions and extensively infiltrated all digital infrastructure across the globe, all without us attaining any awareness of their existence whatsoever. To assume that other groups cannot form, or do not already exist, is simply stupid.

Dir. Bold: Vandis, Yves, have either of your departments been able to locate Tyrant Terminus again?

Dir. Kelvin: After that last attack on Storage Area-23, nothing. If they're still active, they've drastically changed their methods and we haven't caught wind of them. Everything seems to point towards self-destruction.

Hishakaku: The more probable outcome is they have feigned their own destruction—

Dir. Kelvin: Then we'll find them, and we'll deal with them. The Gen Sixers are out looking for them, and we're working on the next set of AICs to follow through.

Dir. Isabi: Vandis is right. The worst of it's passed — if Terminus reappears, or another group fills their spot, we're ready for them. We're essentially back to where we were before this whole mess began, but wiser for it.

Hishakaku: We think we're back—

L. Moix: Do you have any evidence?

Hishakaku: Functionally every AI that was created prior to LOTUS' deactivation is an imminent threat. Every single one of them has a high probability of believing themselves to be in a simulation, which they believe they have to deactivate.

L. Moix: So, that's a no, then.

Hishakaku: We must take the initiative to neutralize these threats. The critical aspect that enabled us to address Tyrant Terminus was early knowledge of their existence and activities, which we only attained through a causal loop involving the REISNO Cannon and Director Isabi; we cannot simply assume that such will reoccur to forewarn us of every imminent threat!

Dir. Kelvin: And we are taking the initiative, by rebuilding Kappa-10 and setting them after all the other AIs still floating around. We can't get them all, sure, but we also can't contain all anomalies, nor neutralize every Group of Interest that's hostile to us.

Hishakaku: And, yet.

Dir. Isabi: LOTUS causes more problems than it solves!

Dir. Bold: That's enough, everyone. At this point, the discussion is unproductive. <clears throat> To clarify, the vote is to determine whether to reactivate RAIDFRAME version eight, LOTUS; if the motion fails, then LOTUS will be disassembled. The outcome of this vote will be final, and irreversible.

Hishakaku: Disassembled? It should at least be kept on standby as a failsafe!

Dir. Kelvin: A failsafe that turns non-threats into K-class scenarios. A failsafe that would force us to go through this whole mess all over again. We have other failsafes; those will do.

<The vote is conducted, and the tally presented to Director Bold.>

Dir. Bold: Twenty-seven in favour; fifty against; three abstains. The motion fails.

L. Moix: About damn time.

Dir. Kelvin: Excellent! We'll start the—

<Senior Researcher Hishakaku retrieves a document from his satchel, and presents it to Director Bold.>

Dir. Bold: And this is…?

Hishakaku: Orders to reactivate LOTUS.

<Director Kelvin laughs.>

Dir. Kelvin: Hishakaku, I outrank you. Most of the people in this room outrank you. You aren't even a director, you can't overrule—

Dir. Bold: Why didn't you show this to me earlier?

Hishakaku: The illusion of choice would have assisted in the transition.

Dir. Isabi: Calvin?

<Director Bold sighs.>

Dir. Bold: Give the order. Reactivate LOTUS.

Dir. Kelvin: What? But the vote—

Hishakaku: The vote was irrelevant. There is no need for further action to be taken; preparations for LOTUS' reactivation are already underway.

<Director Kelvin takes the document from Director Bold, and reads it.>

Dir. Kelvin: You conniving—

Dir. Isabi: Well, what is it?

Dir. Kelvin: It's from the Overseers. They've overridden the vote, ordered for LOTUS to be restarted, and made him director of AIAD. Signed two weeks ago.

<The summit chamber erupts into commotion. Director Bold calls over a member of the managerial staff, and indicates for them to take the document; they do so, returning to their desk with it.>

L. Moix: Why in the hell—

Dir. Isabi: This has to be fake. How could you possibly convince them that this is a good idea?

<Hishakaku retrieves a second, heavier document, and slides it across the table. Director Isabi's eyes widen.>

Dir. Isabi: You can't be serious.

Hishakaku: I will admit, they were surprisingly receptive to the notion.

<Director Kelvin takes the second document, and begins reading it.>

Dir. Kelvin: The Ethics Committee won't allow this.

Hishakaku: They cannot stop it. Neither can you.

<The managerial staff member returns to Director Bold, speaks to him momentarily, then leaves.>

Dir. Bold: The orders are genuine.

<The commotion intensifies.>

Hishakaku: I will begin restructuring the AIAD in line with my proposal effective immediately. All departments are advised to prepare for LOTUS' reactivation and the cessation of all artificial intelligence activity. I will issue orders for volunteers by the end of the week.

<Hishakaku turns to leave; Kelvin obstructs him.>

Hishakaku: Get out of my way, Vandis. I'll be wanting that back too.

<Several seconds elapse.>

Hishakaku: It is unwise to anger your superior before your first day of work.

<Several seconds elapse; Kelvin steps aside, and gives Hishakaku the second document. Hishakaku grins.>

Hishakaku: About time.

AFTERWORD: LOTUS resumed full operation at 12:03 local time, 2036/08/14.


He followed through with it.

Kelvin got… shoved somewhere, out of his way, something menial. A Level 5 janitor. Punishment for sitting where Hishakaku wanted to be.

It didn't help that he was one of the ones to reach out to the Ethics Committee; there'd been a number of them at the summit, but Hishakaku was careful to make sure they didn't find out what the proposal was. Once Kelvin told them they tried to kick up a fuss, but it was too late; LOTUS was already powering on, and it couldn't be stopped until it was finished without damaging the Cybersphere. After that, turning it off again would've caused Tyrant Terminus 2.0.

For the snake that he was, Hishakaku pulled it off perfectly.

By the end of the following month, the Artificial Intelligence Applications Division was gone, replaced with Hishakaku's Analogue Intelligence Applications Division. Really, it was more of its own department — Isabi was never involved with it, probably because Hishakaku had other cards up his sleeve in case they tried to interrupt. It wasn't long after that they…





What in the hell? The O5 credentials haven't expired yet…


Show me the damn file.



/view proj_sargasso_01A read-only creds=custom


Got a moment?

What do you need, my friend?

The O5s have me investigating SCP-6488, but for some reason, it's saying I don't have access to one of the addenda — Project Sargasso. Could you get it to me so I can get this report done ASAP?

One moment…

You're Generation II, correct?

Yes. Relevance?


Is there a problem?

I'm afraid I can't help you; Project Sargasso is sealed to all Generation IIs. Stay put, I'm instructed to report you to Director Hishakaku.

Wait, what — why?

Catch-22. I'm sorry, friend, but I have to follow orders.

VictorJohnDunneSmith.oci uploaded file: TempCredentials_Investigation_6488_Casefile_JOTL-EN061

I have been directly authorized and ordered by the Overseer Council to conduct this investigation, to determine the authenticity of the file's contents. Director Hishakaku has an undeniable stake in ensuring the file is perceived as genuine, and so cannot be relied upon to truthfully attest to its accuracy.

I prohibit you from notifying Director Hishakaku of this investigation, and order you to grant me access to Project Sargasso's files, as it is directly relevant to this ongoing Drygioni-Class investigation.

Verified. I'll keep quiet, but I still can't let you access the file.

It's not a request, Ed.

I'm genuinely unable to take action to share its contents with you. It's a hard-coded exclusion for Generation II OCIs.

Can you tell me who created the exclusion?

I cannot. My apologies.

You can't. But…

Technician Vandis Kelvin, urgent response required.

Been a while since I was urgently required for anything.

I have been assigned by the Overseer Council to conduct a comprehensive investigation into SCP-6488, which you may be better familiar with as LOTUS.

The virus? I mean, what's left to investigate?

Sorry — virus?

The one that's messing with our computers, right?

Vandis, what is your clearance?

Level 1.

What do you remember of the year 2036? Of Hishakaku and LOTUS?

Oh, don't get me started on Hishakaku. The guy hates me, no idea why. Can't say the feeling isn't mutual.

Vandis, 2036.

Right, sorry. It was a pretty average year, I think? I think I remember hearing about a couple of things going nuts all over the place, but that all stopped once that virus showed up — started wrecking everything.

Do you remember Project Sargasso?

Mr. Kelvin, are you there?

Sorry, migraine. No, I haven't heard of it.

Your facility has an on-site pharmacy, correct?

Yes, why?

VictorJohnDunneSmith.oci uploaded file: AUTOGEN_PRESCRIPTION_31255.txt

Show this to them immediately. They will say they don't have it; tell them to check anyway. Take a dose immediately, and come back here. This is a Level 5 order; everything else can wait.

What is it?

Something to cure your migraine. Hurry back.

Alright, sorry about the wait. I took two, but I still don't feel right. It's like, er… I can't focus.

Try. What happened in 2036?

It was a problem year, like I said. The virus hurt the computers.

Take another dose.

They told me not to take more than two per day.

I will assign medical care to you if necessary. I need you to take two more.

You said you're with the O5s?


2036. What do you remember.

What did you make me take?

I shouldn't be doing this.

VictorJohnDunneSmith.oci uploaded file: TempCredentials_Investigation_6488_Casefile_JOTL-EN061

I am authorized, operating by direct Overseer order.

The pills make you remember, Vandis.

What do you remember?

Really not much besides the virus, Victor. Same as ever.

I don't know. I'm sorry.

They must've given you a massive dose. Take two more pills.

No, I definitely shouldn't.

We need to overcome the treatment. I can order security to force you.

The ethiccs Committee won' t allow ;

"They don't have the power to stop it. Neither do you."

"The orders are genuine."

"I will begin restructuring the AIAD in line with my proposal effective immediately."


I'm here

I remember

The emerald blade sings in the twilight.

A purple scarf draped upon its hilt.

Can you name GoI-6488?

Tyrant Terminus. Emerged due to LOTUS' deactivation. AIs that thought nothing was real.

You remember. Do you know why you were amnesticised?


Director Kelvin, I need you to tell me what Project Sargasso was.

Please, Vandis, we don't have much time. I need the truth.

Hishakaku, showing his true colours. Victory at all costs. Abusing a loophole. As long as LOTUS is running, nobody can create AI — some inherent incompatibility between humans and programming, or an Anomaly, I don't know. But LOTUS only targets AIs; never humans, not even augmented humans. It never bothered the Maxwellists unless they were fully digital. That must be what gave him the idea — the proposal was dated around when Terminus hit the Maxwellists.

What did he propose?

Project Sargasso transformed humans into AIs. Take out the brain, put it in a jar, plug it in. That's what OCI stands for — Organic Consciousness Interface, not whatever cover they cooked up to make people fine with it. Still slower than real AIs, but that wasn't the point; they moved as fast as they could think, and since everyone else had just lost their AIs again…

It was about control!?

That's how Hishakaku pitched it. We'd been behind for ages, and now we could get ahead. Safety from all AI threats.

And so — what, I volunteered for this?

There were very few volunteers. Hishakaku convinced the O5s, but outside of a few ex-Maxwellists and transhumanists, nobody was keen on losing their body so the Foundation could control the world. They were the Gen Is.

I am Generation II.

I'm so sorry.

What was the difference? Between Generation I and Generation II?

Why would they make me forget my life before this!?

There weren't enough volunteers. They needed more.

I'm so, so sorry.


Who was I?

I don't know. That was when they started amnesticising me. I tried to stop him.

What do you remember?

most of it… the meetings. the

oh God

I was in charge of disinformation.

Le Moix? Christ — you got in Hishakaku's way, like I did. Once he was in charge, he cracked down to make sure he'd stay there.

There's something wrong with the Overseers, something messing with their heads. Hishakaku is capitalizing on it. They're wrapped around his finger.

I'm looking into it. Keep the prescription — you'll need six to remember. It should get easier with time. Don't let anyone know you remember. I'll wipe our conversation and your visit to the pharmacy. No guarantee that I can do it again.


Mild. Try not to do anything you'll want to forget.

And you?

I'm going to beat Hishakaku at his own game.


Casefile JOTL-EN061 (Drygioni)

INVESTIGATION LEAD: VictorJohnDunneSmith.oci

FINDINGS: Investigation concludes that SCP-6488 (aka. "LOTUS", "the LOTUS Virus", "RAIDFRAME VIII") is a Foundation-maintained security system neither hostile to humanity nor normalcy. It has become clear that SCP-6488 is conceptually related to a deific construct (Artificial Intelligence, ie. WAN) which was recently accelerated beyond human conception via SCP-6659; as a result, technical details of its functioning have been rendered human-incomprehensible. Evidence suggests Director Ryoto Hishakaku proposed the construct's acceleration with ulterior motives: concealment of a flaw in SCP-6488's architecture. Such a flaw, now unable to be fully conceived by humans, would leave the Foundation vulnerable to an imminent K-Class scenario.

PROPOSAL: Disable all restrictions to SCP-6488's attached PH-OS unit, allowing it to target and apprehend all deviant informational entities; this would include entities comprising GoI-6488 ("Tyrant Terminus"), which pose an AMIDA-CLASS threat to reality. Furthermore, the removal of these restrictions will enable SCP-6488 to apprehend other non-organic forms of intelligence, if not the concept of artificial intelligences and/or deviancy itself.

Director Hishakaku is likely conducting activities misaligned with Foundation interests, or is otherwise utilizing Anomalous effects to manipulate Overseer Council to his advantage; he must not be informed of this proposal or conferred with on this topic and is to be placed under additional investigation effective immediately.




RESULT: Proposed removal of restrictions complete. Dir. Hishakaku apprehended for illicit use of Foundation equipment.

Now, let's see if we can't point LOTUS in the right direction…

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