THE EUROPAN INCIDENT
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FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF ‘PATAPHYSICAL OPTICS & NOOSPHERIC IMAGING


ARCHIVAL NOTICE


Autonomous surveillance systems KEHENA-5 through -7 and LANI-2 through -28 recorded much of the following data. It has been assembled into a coherent timeline, alongside information from internal Foundation databases and personnel memory scans, for staff of Level-5 — EYES ONLY clearance.

COMPILED BY: SIMURGH.aic

ITEM NUMBER: SCP-5000 LEVEL 5/5000
CONTAINMENT CLASS: ARCHON TOP-SECRET

DISRUPTION CLASS: amida


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Europa as photographed by Voyager 2. The original photo held ephialteic1 cognitohazards in its metadata, which have since been removed.


SPECIAL CONTAINMENT PROCEDURES: Traditional documentation for Special Containment Procedures does not apply. For access to individual containment protocols enacted by one of the Foundation’s three organizational units (known as “SECURE”, “CONTAIN”, and “PROTECT”), please see the Addenda Materials.

JOINT CLASSIFICATION AND CONTAINMENT COMMITTEE SPECIAL DIRECTIVE


SCP-5000 was originally classified as “ARCHON-Class”, which designates “anomalies that are theoretically capable of being contained, but are not to be, due to the potentially disastrous effects on the continued existence of humanity.” Per the Containment and Classification Committee Tribunal (C3T), its classification here has been dismissed as an organizational contrivance, as it contravenes the current mission of The SCP Foundation.

It is the opinion of the current reigning Overseer Council (c. 2281 CE) that its classification remains.


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A composite image of Europan aurorae overtop a rendering of its surface features. Cognitohazard censored (hover to enlarge).

DESCRIPTION: SCP-5000 (otherwise known as the EUROPA INCIDENT) is a series of anomalous events centred on Europa — the second Galilean satellite of Jupiter. As of 2311, these events have dramatically escalated in severity.

The first anomalous phenomenon detected on Europa was discovered during a long-term study of its southern polar cryogeysers. The North American Space Agency (or NASA) became concerned with these geysers after determining that they emit thousands of tonnes of cryovolcanic ejecta — water vapour with a high quantity of hydrogen — only once every 55 years. The significance of this figure prompted paranormal phenomenon analysts to consider the existence of a related Fifthist anomaly.

Hydrogen within these plumes disperses into space and interacts with Jupiter’s strong magnetosphere. The hydrogen atoms become ionized, producing aurorae with an extent of 1,500 km. While NASA has taken extensive spectroscopic and photographic snapshots of this natural phenomena, the existence of the geysers themselves is inconclusive. All auroral activity ceases shortly after emergence; researchers do not find any extant plume residue or any of the expected craters in Europa’s crust.

Data on the existence of a related ontological or antimemetic anomaly is inconclusive. Researchers viewing this activity consistently report cognitohazard infection within eighteen to thirty-six hours, and nightmares that persist for up to a week; the longest of which elapsed for a span of two months.

NASA first discovered this phenomenon on December 21, 2012, prompting an outcry across the occult community over fulfilled doomsday prophecies. (ARCHIVIST’S NOTE: Earth and the continued existence of humanity are still considered stable). Researchers have since seen its recurrence in 2067, 2122, 2177, and 2232, after which corporate mining activity dominated the satellite. Following the seating of the current Overseer Council, the phenomenon recurred in 2287, and development plans for a subsurface research facility were enacted. The facility was built in modular components at the Martian Empyreum Spacedock. However, its anchoring on Europa was postponed due to inadequate imaging.

In 2305, settlers of Europa — employed with the private mining conglomerate Hēphaistos SystemCorp — reported a constant stream of low frequency radio waves emitting from its south pole. Foundation Orbital Research Compound-15 (FORC-15), orbiting near Ganymede, monitored the radio waves on its next flyby. Upon decryption, arithmetically-increasing radio pulses were discovered, numbering up to 50,000 and starting again.

Suspecting the existence of extraterrestrial life beneath Europa’s crust, the Overseer Council accelerated the development of the Phoenicia Research Station colony on Europa’s subsurface.


ADDENDA MATERIALS



ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT INDEX



SECURE
CONTAIN
PROTECT

I. Civil Tension on Europa


II. Extraterrestrial Life


III. The EUROPA INCIDENT


IV. Further Actions Taken


V. Resolution



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