📋 SCP-2122 — The Black Hole
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SCP-2122

Author: Communism will winCommunism will win

This is sort of a sequel to my previous declassification on SCP-3021. I saw people discussing the connection between the two articles in the comment section of that declassification, and got inspired to write this one. It's going to be longer and more complicated than the previous one, so strap in.

Anomaly Class: Safe

This SCP has the Safe classification, meaning it can be easily and reliably contained, and poses little threat to the Foundation.

Special Containment Procedures: The building containing SCP-2122 has been acquired by the Foundation and designated Site-48. Use of SCP-2122 has been discontinued. Access to SCP-2122 is denied to all personnel outside of regular maintenance of SCP-2122-1.

The Special Containment Procedures tell us that the Foundation acquired the building containing the anomaly and made it into a site, that usage of the anomaly has been discontinued, and that no one is allowed in except to perform maintenance on SCP-2122-1, which we will learn about in a little bit. These are all lies, as we will discover later, but for now, let's move on.

Description: SCP-2122 is an interrogation room at Site-48, formerly [REDACTED]. Several anomalous electronic devices, collectively designated SCP-2122-1, are integrated into the room:

This tells us that the anomaly is an interrogation room, and that the aforementioned SCP-2122-1 are electronic devices in the room.

SCP-2122-1-A is a fluorescent light fixture attached to SCP-2122's ceiling. Most personnel report a strong aversion to looking directly at SCP-2122-1-A, even under duress, though this has not been replicated in tests with D-Class subjects.

SCP-2122-1-B is an LED message board, measuring 0.5m x 0.4m, attached to the wall of SCP-2122. When active, the device shows the official Foundation insignia. Attempts to alter this display without damaging the device have failed.

SCP-2122-1-C is a 2.3m x 1.0m x 0.7m device located underneath the table in the middle of SCP-2122. Extensive analysis has failed to identify its purpose or means of operation. Despite consuming 80kW of power when active, the object does not produce heat or sound.

SCP-2122-1-D is a pair of headphones of apparently unique manufacture, attached to SCP-2122-1-C via power cord. SCP-2122-1-D lacks any means by which audio input can be provided; however, SCP-2122-1-D produces heavily distorted audio at low volume when active.

The first device is a fluorescent light fixture on the ceiling. Most personnel display a strong aversion to looking directly at it, but they can't replicate this effect with D-Class. Strange.

The second device is an LED message board on the wall that, when turned on, displays the official Foundation logo. But that doesn't make any sense. If the Foundation acquired the site the room is in from someone else, why would the device display their logo? Unless, of course, they created the room themselves, and merely pretended to acquire it from someone else in order to cover up their tracks.

The third device is under the table and, despite using a fair amount of power, does not produce any heat or sound. We don't know what purpose it serves, or how to operate it.

The fourth and final device is a pair of headphones that appear to be drawing power from the third device. They produce heavily distorted audio at a low volume. Again, we don't know what purpose this serves.

SCP-2122's primary anomalous properties will activate when exactly two individuals are present, the door is closed, and SCP-2122-1 is powered and operational. One individual (hereby designated "the interrogator") must be in the employ of a sufficiently powerful organization who is making use of SCP-2122 in the course of their occupation; the other individual (hereby "the interrogatee") must not be using SCP-2122 in the course of their occupation.

When power is supplied to the devices in the room and two people are present, the anomalous properties of the room manifest. The two people must meet certain criteria. One (the interrogator) must be the employee of a sufficiently powerful organization who is using the room during their work, and the other (the interrogatee) must not be using the room during their work. There's a footnote here that states that examples of sufficiently powerful organizations include the Foundation, as well as other organizations whose names are expunged. This is another lie. While it is true that employees of the Foundation can fulfill the role of interrogator, that's not because the Foundation is a powerful organization, that's because the room was designed for use by Foundation employees. There are no other organizations that can use the room, the Foundation is just saying there are to make it look like they didn't have anything to do with the room's creation.

When active, SCP-2122 becomes completely impenetrable to all physical force, radiation, sound, etc. from both the inside and outside, such that observation and intrusion are impossible until the interrogator chooses to open the door. The interrogator will become capable of conscious reality alteration within the confines of SCP-2122, so long as SCP-2122-1 remains operational and the interrogatee is alive. The nature of the alterations that may be performed is limited only by the interrogator's knowledge and imagination, as well as an inability to make SCP-2122's interior larger.

While the room is active, it cannot be observed or entered from the outside until the interrogator opens the door, meaning the interrogatee is trapped in the room with the interrogator until the interrogator decides to let them out. The interrogator also gains the ability to alter reality within the room, only restricted by their knowledge, imagination, and a lack of ability to expand the room itself. They lose these abilities when the room becomes inactive or when the interrogatee dies.

The extent of the interrogator's reality bending capacity within SCP-2122 is limited by any form of accountability for actions performed in SCP-2122. This includes the actions in question being subject to official review, public opinion, and any other responsibility for the consequences of the actions. The presence of any sort of active recording device also hinders these capabilities. The prerogative to achieve certain goals only bears on the interrogator's abilities insofar as they prescribe a particular course of action.

This is an important detail. If the interrogator can be held accountable for their actions inside the room, their abilities are limited. This limiting effect also occurs if there is any sort of recording device in the room. This was a deliberate choice by the Foundation. Because of this limitation, the room can only be used for what they want it to be used for. Any attempt to use the room for things they don't want it to be used for will result in the abilities of the interrogator being severely limited, making it much more difficult for them to accomplish their goal. Remember this detail, it plays a large role in explaining why many events in the addenda happen.

When any of the aforementioned conditions for the cessation of an active state is met, SCP-2122 and all materials within it (including the interrogator and interrogatee) will return to the state they were in prior to activation (except in the case of death of either party); however, any memories or documentation of the events that transpired will remain.

When the room becomes inactive, everything returns to the state it was in prior to the room becoming active, and the memories of both the interrogator and interrogatee from inside the room remain. This is another deliberate choice made by the Foundation. Because everything returns to the state it was in prior to the room becoming active, including the two people inside, the interrogator can inflict any non-lethal form of torture they want to in order to get the information they need.

Test 2122-A-8

Participants: Research Assistant ████ ██████ (interrogator), D-3829 (interrogatee)

Parameters: RA ██████ was instructed to perform a series of pre-defined tests, such as the creation and manipulation of certain objects and sensations, and describe the results.

Results: RA ██████ reported an inability to manifest any of the provided reality alterations.

Test 2122-A-9

Participants: Research Assistant ████ ██████ (interrogator), D-3829 (interrogatee)

Parameters: RA ██████ was instructed to perform a series of pre-defined tests, such as the creation and manipulation of certain objects and sensations.

Results: RA ██████ claimed that all tests were accomplished, with the exception of those involving the alteration of the local laws of physics. D-3829 corroborated this claim.

In these two tests, a researcher is told to do certain things using his abilities in the active room. The first time, he fails. The second time, he succeeds. But the two tests appear identical. What changed? The answer is simple: In the first test, the researcher was told to describe the results after leaving the room. In the second test, he was not. Being forced to describe what he did in the room in the first test meant that he was accountable for his actions there, which limited his abilities. He was not accountable for his actions in the second test, which was what allowed him to succeed. These tests were likely fabricated to make it appear as though the Foundation learned of the room's properties through experimentation, when in reality they knew what it did from the start. That would also explain why the testing log is abridged; it makes it look like they did a lot of testing to figure all of this out, without them actually having to explain what they did.

Test 2122-A-11

Participants: Research Assistant ████ ██████ (interrogator), D-3830 (interrogatee)

Parameters: D-3830 was given a five-digit code to memorize. D-3830 was instructed to refuse to provide this information to RA ██████ under pain of death. RA ██████ was instructed to obtain this five-digit code in any manner deemed necessary, with the stipulation that D-3830 remain suitable for future tests.

Results: After seven hours, RA ██████ exited SCP-2122 and provided the five-digit code. RA ██████ chose not to disclose the events that transpired during the test. D-3830 reported being held for an indeterminate, but extremely long, period of time with little stimulation before disclosing the code, but was able to remember little else.

In this test, the interrogatee was given a code to memorize, and the interrogator successfully got him to say what it was. While the first two tests were fake, this test was real. They were testing to see if the room worked as intended, and it did.

Test 2122-A-15

Participants: Special Agent [REDACTED] (interrogator), unidentified detainee (interrogatee)

Parameters: Special Agent [REDACTED] was tasked with several pieces of strategic and biographic information from the detainee, who was an operative of the Chaos Insurgency and likely anomalous object.

Results: Special Agent [REDACTED] extracted the requested information, which proved true, in 2.5 hours. Note: This is consistent with other interrogations performed using SCP-2122.

This one isn't a test; they're actually interrogating a Chaos Insurgency agent for valuable information, and making it look like a test so it doesn't attract suspicion. Notice that the amount of time it took to get the information has decreased drastically, from seven hours to two. This will be important later.

On ██/██/████, [REDACTED], briefly creating a situation in which the testing of SCP-2122 occurring at the time lacked official approval from any valid administrator. According to testimony from the interrogatee present, this caused an immediate cessation of SCP-2122's active state; however, the interrogator was unable to open the door. The interrogatee proceeded to overpower and dismember the interrogator.

The initial conditions of the incident cannot reasonably be recreated. Attempts to replicate this effect under other conditions have failed.

Here we have an incident report in which testing occurred without approval by anyone, and the active state ceased. However, the interrogatee suddenly overpowered and dismembered the interrogator. If this was a scheduled test, the interrogatee wouldn't have been given any weapons, meaning he dismembered a man with his bare hands. This was no accident. Notice that the events leading up to this "incident" are completely redacted, and that they apparently cannot be recreated. The door not opening is not a property of the room, the door was blocked off. They set this up so that it looked like an unplanned incident, when in reality it was to test another function of the room, a function much more disturbing than the ones prior.

A request for funding to "investigate the almost certainly anomalous dearth of documentation pertaining to past interrogatees" has been denied.

Here we see a researcher who has noticed something odd about the testing logs; none of the interrogatees are described at all. He doesn't know any better and thinks it's an anomaly, so he asks his superiors for permission to investigate. He is denied. This is yet more evidence of the Foundation covering up what's really going on here.

Follow-up on former interrogators has tentatively identified a complex of mental alterations resulting from repeated use of SCP-2122:

Increased valuation of technical knowledge.

Increased loyalty to the Foundation.

Increased aggression.

Decreased tolerance of dissent.

Decreased ability to relate to peers.

Decreased capacity for critical thought.

Further testing has been approved.

Repeated exposure to audio from SCP-2122-1-D has been shown to result in additional mental and physical alterations. [REDACTED]

Here we see another intentional design choice disguised as an anomaly; the interrogators display certain traits after multiple interrogations in the room. Notice that these traits all make them better at interrogating people, explaining the drastic decrease in the amount of time it took to get the desired information between the two interrogations. This was not an accident. We also hear about some strange mental and physical alterations from listening to the noise produced by the headphones repeatedly. This is where the pieces come together. Listening to the noise causes physical alterations, and an interrogatee was able to dismember an interrogator with his bare hands. If it isn't clear yet what's going on here, the final part of this article will explain everything.

Task Force █████-█ is composed of agents and researchers who have shown particular aptitude for the use of SCP-2122. It is tasked with overseeing research into SCP-2122, the use of SCP-2122 to achieve organizational goals, and identifying applications for SCP-2122-2.

The final part of this article describes a Task Force made to oversee "research" into the anomaly, use the room to achieve organizational goals, and identify applications for SCP-2122-2. But wait. There's no SCP-2122-2 mentioned anywhere else in this article. What is it? SCP-2122-2 designates the effects repeated exposure to the headphones causes; the mental and physical alterations from earlier. What are they using it for? They're using SCP-2122-2 to create soldiers that have an advantage due to the physical alterations it causes. Remember, an interrogatee was able to dismember someone with his bare hands. Now imagine an army of soldiers with advanced weaponry, all enhanced by SCP-2122-2. That is the Foundation's goal here.

This piece also has a possible connection to SCP-3021. To briefly summarize: SCP-3021 is a treatment made by the Foundation that can be used to decrease or increase a person's empathy towards different objects and people. The Foundation has this at their disposal, and could easily give it to the interrogators prior to entering the room in order to decrease their empathy towards the interrogatees. It's not stated anywhere in either article that the Foundation is doing this, but the author of the two pieces has stated that they could see the two anomalies having overlapping personnel and existing in the same universe. Plus, the Foundation redacts a lot of information about the room and what they're doing with it, so it's entirely possible that they just redacted this as well. This is all speculation, but it's interesting nonetheless.

And that, finally, brings us to the end. In summary, the Foundation created this room, made to both easily acquire important tactical information and enhance soldiers, and are now doing everything at their disposal to cover it up. Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoyed.


Link: SCP-2122: The Black Hole

Written By: UncannyClown276 does not match any existing user name, u/UncannyClown276

Date Published: January 4, 2019

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