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Title: Unimal Life

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Item #: SCP-4XXX

Object Class: Keter

Special Containment Procedures: No Foundation personnel belonging to the biological kingdom Animalia are to enter Grantsfield. A Class-III Biohazard Quarantine Unit (Unit Alpha) has been erected around the town as to completely isolate it and any non-animal waste matter within from entering the surrounding environment. Provisional Site-4XXX has been constructed around the unit and is adjoined to it. SCP-4XXX-A instances that approach the interior perimeter of Unit Alpha will be terminated by AI-operated turrets, using bullets containing HCl capsules that burst on impact. Audiovisual monitoring equipment has been established by RCVs in all areas of Grantsfield except for the town center.

Cover stories regarding the evacuation and closure of Grantsfield due to an industrial chemical spill have been disseminated. Roads leading to the town have been diverted, and map information on the town's existence has been removed. Further cover stories attributing the replacement of the town's former population to death from hazardous chemicals, suicide, and various disappearances have also been disseminated.

Researchers assigned to SCP-4XXX will undergo a psychological examination before being sent to Provisional Site-4XXX, which will be followed by monthly examinations of the same nature. The results of these will be compared to the baseline psychological profile established in the first examination, with any severe deviations resulting in removal from Research Team 4XXX and subsequent amnesticization.

If an inability to properly identify animal life is recorded in the examinations, on-site security are to subdue the researcher in question and transfer them to an V-Model Habitational Infoquarantine Chamber for a period of one month. Information on animal life and games in which the goal is to properly identify animal and non-animal life will be provided in this time, after which they will be removed from Research Team 4XXX and be amnesticized. Covert monitoring will be performed until it can be ascertained that the researcher is following normal behaviors.

Personnel are to be reminded that no animal life exists within Grantsfield on a daily basis.

Description: SCP-4XXX is the absence of animal life in the town of Grantsfield, Kansas, US. Following initial reports of anomalous activity, no organisms belonging to the kingdom Animalia, including humans, have been observed to exist within the town borders. Animal life that enters Grantsfield is replaced by SCP-4XXX-A instances. SCP-4XXX-A instances are not animals.

Addendum.1: Research Log 4XXX/1

Research Procedure Outcome
Four domesticated rats (Rattus norvegicus domestica) are sent into Grantsfield. Four SCP-4XXX-A instances are created. SCP-4XXX-A1 and SCP-4XXX-A3 experience immediate bodily collapse, while SCP-4XXX-A2 and SCP-4XXX-A4 attempt to reach the Unit Alpha perimeter. Both instances are terminated by autonomous systems.
D-4765 enters Grantsfield. One SCP-4XXX-A instance is created. SCP-4XXX-A5 moves toward the town center but collapses when its appendages convert into hyphae.
Special Operative W-3334 enters Grantsfield. W-3334 remains unaffected, confirming the absence of animal life. Further research by W-3334 and additional operatives is forbidden, though, due to the rapid accumulation of non-animal waste on their membrane that proved difficult to remove upon exiting.
RCVs χ1, χ2, and χ3 are sent into the town. All three RCVs encounter minimal obstacles during the first five minutes, being able to deploy multiple pieces of monitoring equipment. Aside from the absence of animal life, no abnormalities in Grantsfield are noted. However, after six minutes plasmodium structures grow into the wheels and internal mechanisms of χ2 and χ3, disabling both. χ1 nears the town center before contact is lost.
Drone κ1 is deployed to investigate the town center. The town center becomes obscured by a rapidly forming dome of spore clouds. Drone κ1 is redirected to investigate the outlying houses and stores, finding former residents and no signs of animal life. Contact with the former residents is attempted, though this results in former resident Jonathan Brams initiating binary fission. Drone κ1 is crushed beneath additional Jonathan Brams.
RCVs χ4 deploys a nutrient growth mixture then exits. SCP-4XXX-A respond to nutrient sources as would be expected of non-animal organism. However, one instance acts erratically and redirects its root structures to connect with Turret 1. Turret 1 becomes non-animal life and is fired upon by other turrets, neutralizing it and the instance in the process.
One organic disintegration bomb is placed by Drone κ2 inside Grantsfield. Provisional Site-4XXX is temporarily evacuated. The organic disintegration bomb becomes non-animal life. Detonation fails.

Addendum.2: List of SCP-4XXX Containment Proposals

  • The construction of additional turret systems around the interior perimeter of Unit Alpha with revamped SCP-4XXX-A identifier programs, as to prevent increasing attempts at SCP-4XXX-A breaches. — APPROVED
  • The replacement of HCl bullets with bullets containing capsules of Acid A-27162|O, which have been proven effective at bypassing the hydrochloric acid-resistant shells of SCP-4XXX-A instances. — APPROVED
  • The outfitting of all personnel stationed at Provisional Site-4XXX with remotely activated Acid A-27162|O capsules, intended as a failsafe for the possibility of an absence of animal life emerging in Provisional Site-4XXX. — APPROVED
  • Detonation of a neutron bomb above Unit Alpha to create an absence of non-animal life in addition to animal life. — DENIED: Radiation from the detonation would likely endanger outlying civilians.
  • The development of a replacement for Acid A-27162|O to bypass Acid A-27162|O-resistant shells. — APPROVED
  • The neutralization of the excess biomass within Grantsfield via acidic compounds. — UNDECIDED: No acids or alternative means which could achieve this currently exist.
  • Evacuation of civilians within a 5km radius of Provisional Site-4XXX. — PENDING VOTE
  • Replacement of all human personnel in Provisional Site-4XXX. — PENDING VOTE
  • Detonation of a neutron bomb above Unit Alpha. — PENDING REVOTE

Addendum.3: Incident 4XXX/A31/Nov

On 12/07/2022, a fungal doorway grew on the spore dome surrounding the town center and Grantsfield mayor Gordie Landon exited from it. Researchers identified Landon as being animal life. Drones were quickly dispatched to guide Landon to Unit Alpha's North Entrance Point, where security guards detained him in the entrance's airlock. Severe injuries on his body prompted guards to request that he be transported to the Provisional Site-4XXX Sector 1 quarantined medical bay. Debate emerged when several researchers began identifying Landon as being non-animal life instead of animal life.

Acting against insistence from fellow staff, Head Researcher Ken Innes gave approval for transportation. Upon entrance into Sector 1 Landon's head sloughed off to expose root structures, leading to his identification as non-animal life. Immediately after, all personnel, machinery, and structures in Sector 1 became non-animal life, with the spontaneous growth of macroscopic cilia and cellular membranes in the sector's walls causing their collapse. Former resident Landon then breached, exiting the site and moving in the direction of Site-1281. Landon reached a distance of 1.2km from the provisional site until response teams from Site-128 neutralized it with long-range ordnance.

Despite the expected fallout that would occur from the mass release of non-animal waste matter and SCP-4XXX-A instances, the surrounding environment and outlying towns have experienced no adverse effects. Fauna and flora were not harmed, and no forms of contamination by spores or toxins was observed, though civilians displayed natural signs of panic. However, individuals with connections to the Foundation (researchers, D-Class, task force agents, etc.) would be contaminated or be attacked by SCP-4XXX-A instances if in areas where the anomalies were present. Civilians in the outlying towns were reported to be animals until Foundation personnel would arrive. Aside from this, no civilians were affected.

The neutralization of all breached SCP-4XXX-A instances is in progress. A media coverup will be maintained until neutralization is complete, at which point the amnesticization of witnesses will begin. Construction of a fortified Class-II Biohazard Quarantine Unit around Sector 1 is underway. As no animal life exists within Sector 1, the area is to be treated as an extension of SCP-4XXX's region of influence.

Addendum.4: Exploration Log 4XXX/κ6/1

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Drone κ6 reaches the spore dome. Openings on the sides nearest to κ6 widen, all large enough that the drone could easily enter without its rotors becoming jammed from hardened spore substances. The drone lowers and it passes through, entering the town center of Grantsfield.

All buildings in the town center repeatedly undergo mitosis, frequently enveloping one another, and from the streets protrude the bodies of former residents, all of whose pores are enlarged to release bursts of spores. Duplicates of former resident Gordie Landon walk over the area with legs comprised of mycelium, spilling slurries of microscopic non-animal colonies from their chests. Dozens of SCP-4XXX-A instances are intertwined and stretched in a web-like network that lines the interior of the dome and attaches to several buildings, such as the Grantsfield Courthouse.

One of the Landons embraces Drone κ6. κ6 rapidly develops non-animal organs, macroscopic organelles, and spore sacs that replace much of the machinery, including rotors. The top of the spore dome widens into a tube that connects to the underside of Unit Alpha's roof, which SCP-4XXX-Aκ6 flies through until contacting said roof. It merges into the roof's metal framework. Contact is lost.

During this time, personnel outside Provisional Site-4XXX report the formation of sheets of photosynthetic structures on the top of Unit Alpha.

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