📋 SCP-2470 — The Void Singularity
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SCP-2470

Object Class: Keter

Authors: Original by theTBAPbtheTBAPb (in Russian), translated by Gene RGene R and Dr KostyankynDr Kostyankyn

Attributes: cognitohazard, infohazard, k-class-scenario, mind-affecting, observational, religious, telepathic


Hello again.

This one is a long time coming. It’s a long one, and a weird one.

Grab a drink, sit down, and let’s get started.


Special Containment Procedures


To facilitate containment, Area-141 has been established at the site of discovery. Due to the extremely hazardous nature of SCP-2470, as well as the potential threat from pro-apocalyptic religious-mystical movements and sects, on-site personnel are responsible for both containing the object, and protecting Area-141 from any and all outside threats.

Knowing that it’s extremely hazardous is par for the course for a keter-class object. More intriguing is the “pro-apocalyptic… movements and sects.” This tells us that the object in question has the potential to cause the end of the world, or at least, some people think it does, and they're actively trying to gain access.

The containment procedures are divided into four sections. There’s a lot of technical details here, but they're an integral part of the article's style, hearkening back to the old days of massive, complicated containment procedures, something you saw in the pre-Mass Edit & Series I articles.

Containment Zone Structure

The central containment volume of Area-141 headquarters is a hyperboloid-shaped room with a lower base diameter of 55 meters, upper base diameter of 42 meters, and 36 meters in height. Walls and floor structures are doubled: the outer walls, no less than 4.5 meters thick, are made of high-density pre-stressed concrete; the inner ones, 1.5 meters thick, are made of special "adamant" brand high-alloy steel (produced by Plant-45). The containment volume is fitted with two (2) sets of service entrance airlocks with class VI explosion resistance blast doors and an additional emergency quick-hardening compound sealing system.

The important things is that this is a huge volume, with multiple redundancies and very high-strength materials. There are also airlocks rated to resist explosions with an emergency chemical that can be deployed to seal them.

In the center of the containment volume there are two concentric icosahedron-shaped shells installed, the diameters of their circumspheres being 8 and 12 meters respectively. The shells are supported by a two-spool suspension system and are additionally surrounded by a Faraday cage made of superconducting cable with cells no larger than 5 cm across.

Two d20-shaped shells, one inside the other. They're suspended in such a way that minimizes vibration or movement.

A Faraday cage is a cage made of a conductive material, which prevents electromagnetic waves from passing through it. You're most familiar with a Faraday cage that shields you from microwave radiation: the grid that covers microwave ovens' windows.

High vacuum inside the shells and the containment volume is maintained by two (2) main and six (6) backup heavy-duty turbomolecular pumps. The space between the inner and outer walls of the containment volume acts as forevacuum space and is pumped by four (4) main and four (4) reserve rotary vane pumps, which are capable of operating in an accelerated mode for no less than one (1) hour. Pumps are to be checked for serviceability on a weekly basis; preventive replacements and scheduled maintenance are to be conducted every two (2) months.

There's a system to keep the area under a very low-pressure vacuum, again with heavy redundancy.

Area-141's electric power supply consists of no fewer than two (2) independent external sources and two (main and reserve) stand-alone power systems with at least a 100% margin of capacity each.

There's a redundant power supply as well. You should be getting the feeling by now that the system is designed to be utterly self-contained and as difficult to disrupt as the Foundation can make it.

The central shells are identical in structure (except for respective dimensions) and both are constructed of 20 triangular titanium plates 1.5 cm thick, mounted on a steel skeleton and adjusted to minimize gap size along matching edges. One of the plates of each shell is to be mounted on a guide rail serving as an access port, which can only be opened from the outside. The frames in question are to be connected to a stabilized voltage supply, maintaining a potential difference of 120V across the structure.

The d20-shaped shells are electrified, but there is an access port, openable only from the outside.

Here we get into some interesting bits:

The inner surfaces of the shells are covered with luminophore compounds that radiate when conducting electricity and produce afterglow for 20 min in case of power failure.

Time to unpack some things. Luminophore compounds are chemicals that produce light. Glow-in-the-dark toys and paint use types of luminophore compounds. These get their energy from the electrified shells and will continue to glow for 20 minutes even if the power is interrupted.

Luminophores of different colors make up an image — a memetically active visual representation of a so-called "Weißschatten's imperceivable extradimensional paradox" that irreversibly destroys general perception processes upon being perceived.

There's a special image created with these luminophores that represents an impossibility. Viewing this impossible image completely destroys your ability to perceive anything (rendering you unable to see, hear, smell or otherwise feel or become aware of anything). This, would be a fantastic but believable security measure, if not for one thing.

The images aren't facing outwards. They're facing inwards.

Another board with the same image is located behind the outer shell access hatch, placed in such a way so as to obstruct the view of the region within three (3) metres of the shell's geometric center, should the outer shell access hatch be opened while the inner shell is compromised. Shell integrity checkup is to be conducted at least once every two weeks.

This time the impossible image is being used as a security measure. It's placed in such a way that, even if both shells were open to the center, no one could see the center from the outside, and they would lose the ability to perceive anything if they tried.

Inside the containment volume the following objects are also situated:

2 spontaneous decoherence generators (spec. product 2470-a)

These prevent even quantum entanglement from forming or remaining active within the containment area. A full discussion of quantum entanglement is beyond my expertise and the domain of this declassification, but a mostly-not-incorrect explanation is that it has to do with particles that can affect each other even at great distance.

3 zero-veil generators (spec. product 2470-b)

It's a MacGuffin. There's no explanation, anywhere, of what it does.

a telepathy suppression device, created using SCP-███ (spec. product 2470-c)

Stops telepathy. Pretty straightforward, although there's a cute reference to Telekill in there.

It is essential to maintain a full stock of the aforementioned devices. In case stock supplies diminish, replacement devices are to be manufactured by the Foundation's corresponding facilities upon first request, as soon as possible, and with the highest priority. The operation procedures are explained in the corresponding manuals attached therein.

Not much to say here other than that it's a very high priority to keep this contained. The point of all of this is to emphasize how utterly isolated the anomaly needs to be from the rest of the world. The Foundation wants to keep anything from coming into contact with it.


Work regulations in the containment area

Honestly, this section is huge and doesn't have a lot that's necessary to understand the article. There are a few interesting parts inside it:

Any works that have to be performed outside the central shells are to be conducted preferably using robots controlled remotely via a fiber-optic cable; in case human intervention is necessary, personnel must operate wearing full-body suits with fiber-optic communication. All types of wireless devices are forbidden to be handled and/or used inside the containment volume.

The Foundation expressly forbids any kind of wireless communication, presumably because the radio signals could come into contact with the anomaly.

The suits are completely covered by the same “Weißschatten’s paradox,” have a system in the heads-up display that prevents the operators from being exposed to the paradox, and have a system that blocks any view of the "area within 3 meters of the shell's geometrical center."

Also important to note:

Employees failing to leave the shells on time are considered KIA; no rescue missions are to be attempted under any circumstances. In case said employees are found during subsequent examinations, they are to be removed from the shells and remanded to medical staff immediately; taking off the suit and providing medical care is forbidden for any employees other than medical staff.

The Emergency Protocols are much more interesting.


Emergency Protocols

Transmission of information about the outside world into the shells in a form perceivable by the object (see description), even if not having observable consequences, is to be classified as a containment breach and aborted as soon as possible; termination of any employee is permitted if required to enact such.

As we surmised earlier, the anomaly cannot be allowed to receive any information about the outside world, even to the extent of blocking radio transmissions, all sound, and quantum entanglement.

However, it should also be kept in mind that a deviation from the routine containment mode, as long as it remains stable, is preferable to frequent and sudden changes of the object’s surroundings; for this reason, containment restoration is to be conducted through decisive action, guaranteeing solid and sustainable results.

Even if some sort of containment breach is occurring, it's better to keep things as same and undisturbed as possible for the anomaly.

In case of pressurization of the main containment volume, all turbomolecular pumps are to be shut off in order to prevent overload; all rotary vane pumps are to operate in overdrive mode to sustain a maximally achievable vacuum during recovery operations. If the air pressure inside of the containment volume exceeds 1 mbar, all the operations are to be conducted in sound dampening mode.

If air enters the chamber, efforts are made to prevent sound from getting to the anomaly while vacuum is restored. (There's also a line about shutting off the turbomolecular pumps. Not much to say about that except that it's accurate - turbomolecular pumps are used to bring something from a low vacuum into a high vacuum and would break if operated in normal atmospheric pressure.)

In case of visible integrity loss in any of the central shells, said shell is considered beyond repair. Instead, a new shell with a diameter 2m greater than the current outer shell is to be constructed around the central shells, if the outer shell is intact, or two successive shells if both current shells are damaged. After a new shell is put into operation, the old one is to be dismantled, removed and remelted. The current dimensions of the containment volume allow to conduct the procedure as many as five (5) times; hence, after fourth occurrence of shell integrity loss and subsequent recontainment as described above, site personnel is to initiate work on containment volume expansion.

Part of the reason for the containment area's huge volume is to allow new shells to be constructed around the old in the event the inner shells start breaking down.

In case of significant damage to both of the shells and thus an inevitable breach of containment volume, protocol 2470-Alpha is to be engaged. High Command must be notified of the situation immediately through a special hotline. Contained objects of little avail classified as “Safe” or “Euclid”, preferably extradimensional, info- or cognitohazardous, self-replicating upon destruction, or having a particularly complex structure (see: approved SCP list), are to be brought to the breach zone before any containment restoration procedures take place.

If something happens which will definitely allow the object to be exposed to the outside, a special protocol is engaged. It consists of first notifying the O5 Council, and then throwing anomalies into 2470.

Normally cross-testing (exposing one anomaly to another) is considered highly dangerous and only happens with O5 approval. 2470 is dangerous enough that just tossing non-Keter objects is considered better than letting it breach containment.

This measure is supposed to mitigate the object's destructive influence by forcing it to spend a significant amount of time fully analyzing the complexity and inconsistencies of the aforementioned objects, while their unique properties should not allow SCP-2470 to make any substantial conclusions regarding the properties and laws of baseline reality. Any risks related to object interactions are considered justified. Permanent deployment of some of the objects from the approved SCP list inside the facilities of Area-141 is currently under review.

There's a lot here.

This measure is supposed to mitigate the object's destructive influence by forcing it to spend a significant amount of time fully analyzing the complexity and inconsistencies of the aforementioned objects,

This indicates that the object is destructive, but its destructive nature is limited by it analyzing anything it becomes aware of. The Foundation hopes that exposing it to anomalies, which are inconsistent and complex by nature, will slow it down.

while their unique properties should not allow SCP-2470 to make any substantial conclusions regarding the properties and laws of baseline reality.

This indicates that 2470 is intelligent and able to make logical deductions based on what it analyzes. This is another clue to its nature. Throwing in anomalies, which don't play by the rules of conventional reality, should mean that, even as the Foundation slows it down, 2470 won't learn much about reality from the objects.

In case of a BI (Before Invasion) class or TCF (Total Containment Failure) class scenarios, if any local factors directly compromise the safety of Area-141, or by the order of the O5 Council, protocol 2470-Beta must be engaged in order to neutralize SCP-2470. Four executors (2 main, 2 backup) are to be selected from the approved list and delivered to Area-141. The subjects must receive instruction and conduct test procedures on D-class personnel. The main and backup pairs afterwards stand on duty with a five-minute notice to start the procedure, until protocol 2470-Beta is cancelled by a direct order from O5 Council.

At the order of High Command, or in case of sudden aggravation of the situation and loss of communication with the headquarters, the neutralization procedure is to be enacted under Area Command responsibility. After it is confirmed to be successful, the executors (both pairs) and all the D-class personnel located in Area-141 are to be terminated, any documentation relevant to SCP-2470 is to be destroyed, and Area-141 is to be evacuated and destroyed via thermonuclear charge.

Neutralization of the object, regardless of all the complexities of its containment, is the very last resort and is to be avoided until absolutely necessary. For this reason, subjects from the potential executors list are not to be present in Area-141 unless protocol 2470-Beta is engaged.

This wall of text only has a few key things to be highlighted: The Foundation does have a neutralization procedure for the object, but it involves the destruction of anything related to 2470. In addition, the Foundation seems to have some sort of vested interest in keeping 2470 active, beyond its normal mantra to Secure, Contain, and Protect.


Organizational Aspects

Most of this has to do with very standard minutiae: Lots of practice of critical tasks, medical and psychological analysis of those involved with containment, and extra vacations due to the high-stress position. This is interesting, though:

Any and all research of SCP-2470 is currently forbidden. Access to the archive of previously gained/retrieved information for purposes of analysis is allowed for employees with level 3 clearance or above by direct approval of at least two O5 members.

Some research was conducted, but its available only on a need-to-know basis, and requires O5 approval. No further research is allowed. There's already a known, inferred danger about the object becoming aware of anything else, but the Foundation doesn't generally block research unless the research itself is considered to be dangerous.

As it is suspected that some members of the sect presumably responsible for the object's appearance or connected to it may be still alive and at large,

A religious sect either created or summoned this anomaly.

Area-141 is considered to be under aggressive threat. Although there is no reason to believe the aforementioned cultists to have any significant forces at their disposal, they possess information about the object that may potentially help them attract the interest of, and gain support from, other potentially dangerous radical organizations. Because of that, MTF █-██ and █-██, apart from their main duties, are charged with monitoring the activity of any pro-apocalyptic groups and to actively instigate cultists to contact them by creating front radical organizations and sects.

And there's some danger that they're active and have information about the anomaly, which we can infer from above is extremely dangerous to have.


Description:

SCP-2470 is a specific existential entity, or a perceptive element, which is objectively an initial manifestation of a ZK-class scenario.

It's something which is able to perceive, and that's really all that's know about its nature. It also is the seed of a ZK-class scenario. Any (Letter)K-class scenario is some sort of disaster, with XK usually meaning the end of the world, and ZK usually meaning the destruction of the universe.

That's… fine…

Due to insuperable obstacles related to its perception, the object's appearance, if it has any, remains unknown. Its current locus is determined indirectly, based on the area of effect it produces.

There's something dealing with its perception that means it has been impossible to learn what it looks like, and we only know the rough area that it's in. We're not even sure how big it is, only that it's within a 3-meter volume.

Said effect is manifested through the instantaneous disappearance of any object or event perceived by SCP-2470 from objective reality.

So anything this object becomes aware of ceases to exist. Anything. If this were to look at the Sun, the Sun would stop being there. If you were to make eye contact with it, presuming it has eyes, you would just disappear.

First and foremost this applies to the most proximate aspects, which are directly accessible to the object’s senses. Thereafter, as the object accumulates knowledge, gains abstract understanding of the nature of things, and makes generalizations, the effect extends to the phenomena themselves, their direct and later indirect consequences.

This is the really, especially dangerous thing about this. It's not just that the object annihilates anything it perceives, it's smart enough to make logical deductions and learn about reality by doing so. Anything it deduces the existence of also gets annihilated.

If the object were to catch a reflection of sunlight, first sunlight would cease to exist, and then the object would deduce the existence of some sort of emitter of the sunlight. Thus the sun would cease to exist, and potentially all stars. Everywhere.

As we'll see later, in practice it's a bit more complex than this, but it's the idea.

For instance, during the initial recovery operation, it was noted that the sound of the agents' footsteps (said agents were obstructed from sight by smokescreens) was starting to drown out due to sonic oscillations having stopped.

First, the object heard footsteps, which caused the sound of the footsteps to disappear. Notably, this only applied to the footsteps in the area of the object.

Soon afterwards, large volumes of the air itself started to spontaneously disappear, which caused hypobaric effects.

The object deduced that some sort of medium would be required to carry these vibrations to it, which caused air near the object to disappear. You'd suppose that it would then deduce the existence of something creating the sou-

This was followed by the disappearance of several agents' legs, and finally the agents disappeared wholly and completely.

And there it is.

In a similar fashion, at first several clots of the aforementioned smokescreen disappeared, but the effect soon spread to whole smoke clouds, followed by all active smoke grenades at the operation site. This culminated with disappearance of all smoke grenades of that specific type at the operation site, regardless of their being within range of the object's perception.

This is a formal description of the effect we just discussed.

Disappearance of soil caused a crater up to 200 meters deep to manifest at the location of the object's discovery (apparently, the object was somehow confused that every demanifested volume of soil brought more into view, and that slowed the process down; it did not manage to realize the Earth as a limited and finite entity.)

This is why the Earth still exists even though the object perceived dirt - it didn't recognize that the dirt represented a sphere floating in space and was confused into thinking the dirt might be infinite.

Due to constant disappearances of air, atmospheric pressure has dropped at the operation site and a steady high-current cyclone has formed.

This is another function of the vacuum, to prevent air from constantly getting dematerialized by the object. Even with the current efforts in place, it's not enough to prevent the area from becoming a permanent low-pressure zone.

Since any generalizations of reasons behind any phenomena inevitably lead to using abstract concepts and eventually lead to logically reasoning the universe's existence per se, SCP-2470 is classified as a potential ZK-class hazard.

Pretty self-explanatory.

According to the analysis of gathered data it was reliably established that the object possesses the following senses:

a perception of electromagnetic radiation in an extremely wide frequency range, including the visible spectrum, which is analogous to vision;

a highly sensitive perception of mechanical stimuli, which is analogous to tactile sense and hearing;

a perception of [DATA EXPUNGED]

The following senses are reasonably likely to be possessed by the object:

a direct, yet severely limited, telepathic perception;

a perception of certain quantum effects, particularly quantum superposition of states as a singular phenomenon.

We're aware of certain senses that the anomaly has, which extend beyond standard human senses into quantum phenomena and anomalies such as telepathy.

The latter hypothesis is related to the events that happened during [REDACTED], as well as damage and demanifestation of (at least) equipment sensors and human sensory organs during attempts to perceive the object directly, which is apparently related to the wave function collapse that inevitably accompanies an act of perception and is seemingly perceivable by SCP-2470.

This will require a small amount of quantum mechanics to explain. Basically, in order to explain certain real-world phenomena on the smallest scales, one interpretation is that the phenomena exist in a state of every possibility until observed. You may have heard of Schrodinger's Cat, which is both alive and dead until you open the box and look inside. This is not a terrible analogy.

Now, in the real world, "observation" really means anything interacting with the system, like another particle, a photon, whatever, and has nothing to do with someone observing it. In the Foundationverse, though, it appears that observation by a person actually has quantum effects. The anomaly is able to pick up on the quantum effects and deduce that someone is perceiving things.

Moreover, this hypothesis combined with the conclusion regarding [DATA EXPUNGED] provides an explanation to how the object manages to avoid exposure to “Weißschatten’s paradox”: apparently, the effect of quantum entanglement of the object in present time with itself in an immediate future, allows it to foresee the damaging effect of the memetic agent without even having a concept of its nature, and, based on that information, allows SCP-2470 to refuse to perceive it ("to close its eyes", metaphorically speaking). However, the fact that this modus operandi remains its only manner of existence for █ years in containment counts in favor of the paradox's adequacy and the proficiency of the developed neutralization procedure, which is based on a forceful inoculation of a destructive meme bypassing the object's senses.

What this means is that the object has some way of knowing what will happen to itself in the near future, and so chooses not to perceive the paradox as doing so would destroy its ability to perceive anything. This means we can't use the paradox to destroy it, but since it still forms a layer that the object will not perceive anything through, we can use the paradox as a method of containment.

There's a hidden section which requires a validation code, indicating a higher level of access required.

According to another hypothesis, the idea of SCP-2470 being a cognizing entity is not quite correct, as a ZK-class scenario can leave behind neither any knowledge of the current existence, nor any entities possessing such knowledge.

This theory suggests that, since a ZK-class scenario is the utter annihilation of everything within a universe, it doesn't make sense to suggest that the thing responsible for it is a thinking being, as nothing should be left behind after a ZK.

Actually, the origin of the effect resulting in a ZK-class scenario lies not within the object, as we got used to thinking, but within the whole outer world. It is not the object that tears fragments away from reality, but the reality itself discharging these fragments and casting them into the most fitting place — into the unfillable unbeing that is SCP-2470 — as soon as they form a strong enough causal connection with it.

The theory here is that the anomaly is more like poking a hole in a pressurized vessel - it's not that anything is "sucking things out," it's that the internal pressure forces things out through the hole.

Unbeing, as the true nature of the object, originates as a result of every successful attempt to perceive it. Thus, as unbeing is a priori singular, part of the object manifests on the information medium or inside the perceiver's mind, destroying it directly. Under this hypothesis, this explains the above-referenced effects on perception.

This gets a bit philosophical, but the idea is that the anomaly is the concept of nonexistence. Because of that, any perception of it leads to nonexistence manifesting itself in the object or the watcher's mind, erasing it. From a physics perspective, everything in our own real world can be understood as information instead of matter and energy, so there's some merit to this theory.

From this perspective the cognizing nature of the object appears to be merely an illusion, caused by its dualistic position relative to the "forgetting" nature of the universe, though a virtual cogniton related to the object, created by this impact, appears to be indistinguishable from a real one (moreover, the concepts of "real" and "objective" appear to be conventional and hardly applicable in the given context). This is what determines the object's inability to perceive “Weißschatten’s paradox”, but in this case it appears to be an objective and natural limitation, not related to a willed refusal to perceive. From this point of view the effectiveness of the developed neutralization procedure seems very dubious.

This part has to do with virtual particles, something the author calls "a cognoscitive quantum," and the way information is casually connected in the universe. The apparent logical deductions the anomaly follows and perceptions of things could be compared to the concept of a positron being an electron hole in the Dirac sea: it's not that the particle itself exists, that's just what it looks like when you take everything else out.

If the above paragraph made no sense, don't worry about it. The relevant parts of this are that we can't necessarily assume that the anomaly really is making logical deductions about reality and really perceiving things - it could be explained in another way. This other way also explains why the "Weißschatten’s paradox" doesn't work. It's nothing as complicated as something being loosely entangled with its future self - there's not actually anything there to do the perceiving. If this theory is correct, the Foundation's current neutralization plan might fail utterly.


Recovery Log:

The Recovery log discusses the discovery of the object (a pilot saw a huge, deforested area centered around a wide, deep hole in the ground,) with the discovering pilot and airplane disappearing shortly thereafter. Initially the Foundation assumed it was a small black hole, but containment attempts proved otherwise. The Foundation ended up losing at least 100 people during initial containment.

Also, someone did try putting a mirror in front of it - it just ate the mirror.


Addendum 1:

This is a letter from one of the Overseers to the personnel on-site, and gets into a really interesting point about the object and its neutralization.

Dear colleagues! After the command of Area-141 informed me of certain popular perceptions among your community, I saw it right to explain certain particularities regarding our policy on SCP-2470.

Yes, this object is exactly as dangerous as you were told or, probably, even more. Thus far our only salvation was the fact that the embryonic state of its mind cannot comprehend many of the things we consider obvious: that air is not nothingness and exists not just when it feels a breeze, that Earth is a celestial body of a finite size, that the Sun is not a flat shining spot on the horizon, that people, despite how different they are, all represent humankind as a whole, and so on.

The anomaly's mind isn't developed enough or hasn't understood enough about the world around it to do more than affect its immediate area, allowing the Earth, air, the Sun, and people to continue to exist despite some exposure to 2470.

Yes, it is essential to keep the object in complete isolation and to avert any transmission of the most insignificant information at any cost. It learns very fast and we can never be sure which grain of knowledge it lacks to be given a nudge to the ideas of space, time, infinity and universe.

I'd rather not be stuck in an endless Monday, so let's not let 2470 learn what time is, not to mention the rest of this.

Yes, it is both difficult and dangerous to contain such an object, and yes, we do possess a procedure of its neutralization. Why are we not engaging it?

The reason is because the containment itself is of a huge strategic value to us. The thing is, according to research on this subject, simultaneous occurrence of two ZK-class scenarios is fundamentally impossible. Therefore, as long as one of them is being contained, we guarantee that the others, which might not be so easily controlled anyhow, will not happen.

This is a concept not repeated in other canons, but one that is very intriguing. The Overseer states that multiple ZK-class events can't coincide, so as long as 2470 exists, no other universe-annihilating anomaly can ever take form.

In fact, we were very lucky that this object took a form that can be contained at acceptable cost, so it would not be sensible to lose such opportunity. Therefore, containment will be carried out as long as we can manage, with neutralization being planned only for such an extreme case when the object's direct threat will be big enough to negate all of our prospects of carrying this policy out in the future, along with the future itself.

Since this object is comparatively easy to contain, it makes little sense to try and destroy it and allow another ZK-class scenario to form. This thing is a goddamn insurance policy.


Addendum 2:

This talks about the neutralization procedure itself. The first paragraph says it requires two telepathic individuals, and gives some specifications about qualifiers.

The executors must be kept in ignorance of the true purpose of the Area;

Obviously, as awareness of 2470 (especially for a telepathic individual) could result in 2470 becoming aware of that individual and annihilating it.

a cover story of it being a telepathy research center and the process being a test of their abilities is to be adhered to. Additionally the subjects must not know about each other’s existence; violation of this condition is grounds for immediate termination and a selection of new candidates.

The neutralization procedure is performed using an adapted version of “Weißschatten’s paradox”, divided into two subcomponents, both safe to be perceived separately. The subjects’ task is to memorize one of the subcomponents and to implant it synchronously into the mind of the entity, which is located in the center of the shell, demonstrated to them using live transmission. The active 2470-c telepathy suppression device is to be switched off five (5) seconds before the subjects are authorized to act, and should be kept offline for at least 15 but no more than 25 seconds. Trial runs for this procedure are conducted at the on-site training complex using a Class D test subject; at least three successful trial runs in succession are required before the performers are cleared for work. When taking part in the actual procedure, the subjects must not know it is not a trial run.

In this case, a variant of "Weißschatten’s paradox” has been developed that can be sent telepathically. The idea is that the entity can't choose not to perceive it and so will become annihilated, or at least, lose all ability to perceive anything further. Since the paradox would destroy the minds of the telepaths in its full form, each telepath only knows half of it and the halves would only be combined in the mind of 2470. Clever.


Addendum 3:

Lastly, Addendum 3, which is for medical staff only.

This document is intended for the medical staff of Area 141 only. Divulgence of any details contained herein is to result in termination. Any other employee displaying knowledge of the contents of this document is to be (aside from an appropriate disciplinary action) treated with an A-class amnestic and transferred to another Foundation facility.

So there's some critical extra information here, which is on a strict, termination-enforced, need-to-know basis.

The medical staff of Area 141 are to pay extra attention to psychological health assessment of employees during periodical personnel surveys. Aside from disorders that are natural for conditions of strenuous work, special effort must be put into discovering the following complex of symptoms:

repetitive dreams featuring an abstract pulsing and growing black mass, identified as SCP-2470 by the examinee;

The worrisome symptoms would begin with dreaming about 2470, perceived as a black…thing.

total lack of any dreams soon thereafter (in less than a week);

…causing 2470 to then perceive the viewer's dreams, and annihilating them.

flattening of affects, progressive indifference to surroundings, and reactions becoming mechanical;

This then progressing to other parts of the viewer's personality being annihilated.

repeating episodes in which the examinee looks at a common everyday object for a long time with an uncommon curiosity.

Which suggests that the emptied personality begins to take on attributes of 2470 itself.

A lack of any discernible dreams lasting for two weeks is considered a sufficient warrant for a suspension and quarantine assessment. The quarantine implicates a termination of any forms of communication with any personnel not involved in the process of assessment.

To ensure reliable diagnosis, a trust relationship with the personnel is to be set and maintained. It is recommended to present the practice of regular discussions of dreams as a preliminary phase of psychological survey, aimed at distraction from the current situation and relaxation. The keen interest in nightmares can be explained as a search for hidden reasons for nervousness and analysis of suppressed fears.

The aforementioned diagnosis should be given top priority for personnel involved in procedures taking place inside the containment volume and central shells, and especially for those who spent unscheduled time inside for whatever reasons. The latter are to be quarantined immediately and thoroughly examined for no less than two weeks. Everyone who spent more than an hour and a half inside the outer shell or more than an hour inside the inner shell are to be considered to fail the inspection, regardless of observed state.

Too much exposure to 2470, even indirectly, is considered to be highly dangerous.

All diagnosed cases are to be processed as soon as possible. Employees with diagnosed symptoms are to be put in an artificial coma under pretense of an insignificant surgical intervention, given two complete cycles of D-class amnestic treatment, and subsequently euthanized by a neurotoxin injection and cremated. The rest of personnel are to be given a cover story implicating that the employee is dismissed for medical reasons and transferred to another Foundation facility.

Talk about overkill - they put the afflicted into a medical coma, give them full mind-wipe amnestic treatment, do that again, kill them, and burn the body. The Foundation is taking no chances here. And good reason, too, as 2470 might eat your mind and put itself in.


I hope you've enjoyed this one. It's a bit of a slog to read through but there are some real gems of ideas in here. Today's ending quote is very cliched, but I feel it's appropriate.

Don't stare into the abyss, kids. It sure as hell will stare into you.


Link: SCP-2470: The Void Singularity

Written By: u/chaltak

Date Published: December 2, 2018

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