I figure I might as well give this concept a semi-permanent home, so people can look at it. This is an SCP idea I had, and I'm curious what people think of it — whether it's worthwhile, how to improve on it, etc. The title pretty much says what you'd need to know, going in.
An earlier version was hosted on pastebin, but apparently someone fried the more legible duplicate. Also, I've since trimmed it a little, though it likely needs more taken out. In more ideal conditions I'd just slap it on site and hack away at it there, but the mass edit's in effect, so… here we go.
Item #: SCP-BFV
Object Class: Safe
Special Containment Procedures: SCP-BFV samples must be stored on high-fidelity digital media, such as CDs or digital magnetic tapes. These materials are to be sealed in a secured locker, within a facility on Site ██ requiring retinal, thumbprint and voiceprint scans to verify Level 4 clearance before entry.
Infectees of SCP-BFV without at least Level 2 clearance are required to stay on site at all times, regardless of the virulence of infection, and are not to produce SCP-BFV-1 unless under controlled conditions for testing of BFV. Newly diagnosed infectees are not allowed to leave soundproofed quarantine for at least two weeks after diagnosis, to gauge virulence of infection. Infectees verified terminal must be kept within soundproofed quarantine at all times.
Guards for soundproofed quarantine must wear ear protection, including sound canceling earphones, to prevent exposure to SCP-BFV. They must also be trained in understanding American Sign Language, and may be accompanied by a non-terminal infectee of SCP-BFV of at least Level 2 clearance to interpret SCP-BFV-2 speech by infectees into English.
Description: SCP-BFV is an infectious word and language, transmitted between individuals through speech and hearing. Within five minutes of exposure to the infectious word (SCP-BFV-1), the infectee becomes capable of speech in an as-yet unrecognized language (SCP-BFV-2). While SCP-BFV-1 appears to be a common greeting in the language, the rest of SCP-BFV-2 is not infectious, and can be spoken and heard without injury.
In all tested infectees, SCP-BFV-1 initially has beneficial effects, granting the ability to communicate with other infectees at a greatly accelerated pace, as compared to known natural languages. SCP-BFV-2 is a very concise and direct language, removing most instances of miscommunication.
In most individuals tested, SCP-BFV begins to have detrimental effects within one week of infection. The infectee loses vocabulary and grammar in their native tongue, starting with the least used words and rules, and working down to the most basic. This progressive decline can be used to diagnose a terminal case.
Within three weeks after infection, the infectee is only capable of communication using SCP-BFV-2. Thereafter, their neurological condition worsens further, and in variable ways. Known symptoms of advanced terminal SCP-BFV-1 infection, in most common order of occurrence, are as follows:
- Lack of motivation
- Loss of fine motor control
- Confused behavior
- Irregular breathing
- Cardiac palpitations
- Progressive paralysis
Not all of the above symptoms are experienced by all infectees of SCP-BFV. However, once total loss of one's native tongue is verified, death can only be prevented through deliberate induction of coma. Death will otherwise follow within one month.
Addendum BFV-01: The SCP Foundation first made contact with SCP-BFV in ███████, Arkansas. A Mobile Task Force was called in to investigate a mysterious illness with no known vector of infection. Infectees were not known to be exceptionally hostile, and showed no abnormal lethal capabilities, so the task force entered in EMT and hospital garb, and lightly armed. After interviewing local medical staff at ██████████████ Hospital, they traced the infection to █████████████ Pentecostal Church.
After a short reconnaissance operation at the church in which [REDACTED], quarantine of the village began rapidly. The vector was identified as speech, thus all Task Force members not already exposed were equipped with advanced ear protection. All persons who could not speak any known human language were terminated. Infected personnel were quarantined and asked not to speak.
The above events were publicly reclassified as mass heavy metal poisoning. Class A Amnesics were administered to all uninfected civilians. All confirmed civilian terminal infectees have since been euthanized.
Addendum BFV-02: Medical examiner's report Five terminal cases of SCP-BFV were presented to the medical examiner in Site ██. A brief overview of their findings follows.
Case D-████: 5 simple bone fractures, extensive tendon and skeletal muscle damage on limbs due to overextension and overstimulation. Heart shows multiple lesions, but no other signs of advanced heart disease. Death by cardiac arrest.
Case D-████: Skeletal muscle atrophy, renal failure, damage to diaphragm muscle. Death by cessation of breathing.
Case D-████: Same as Case D-████ but with more damage to the heart muscle and arteries. Death by cardiac arrest.
Case D-████: No obvious signs of damage. Cause of death unknown (but see below).
Case D-████: 27 lacerations of skin, subcutaneous tissue, skeletal muscle. 4 simple bone fractures. 5 bullet wounds, three to chest (one causing aortal rupture), one to upper abdomen, one to right knee causing multiple fracture of the kneecap. Hemorrhaging of the brain, internal (no meningitis). Apparently deliberate bruising of lower right arm, possibly self-induced, in a written pattern spelling [DATA EXPUNGED]. Death by blood loss.
All cases: Brain tissue is almost unrecognizable as a human brain, but does not appear to match known tumor tissue types. Common cortex structures are no longer apparent, and advanced cases show conversion to cerebellum, medulla and brain stem in addition to cortex. The only recognized unaffected regions in all cases are the Broca's and Wernicke's Areas, which appear to be enlarged and replicated throughout brain matter. This is the nature of neurological damage leading to complications and death.
Addendum: BFV-03 It has been verified that in individuals who are fluent in at least two languages, SCP-BFV has no harmful qualities. Dr. █████ has endured infection for a period of one full year, along with five long-term Class-D personnel. Testing with research staff who meet the criteria may commence immediately. The aforementioned SCP-BFV infected Class-D personnel are scheduled to be euthanized.
Addendum: BFV-04 We have a verified match between SCP-BFV-2 and the script on the ███████ Manuscript. Considering the age of the document, this implies SCP-BFV has existed for at least four hundred years. As a precaution, quarantine instructions have been released to medical staff in 35 countries, in the following hospitals: [LIST REDACTED]
The quarantine instructions details a virulent neurological viral infection, including certain word structures common to SCP-BFV-2. They request to ask the patient to speak their native tongue as much as possible to prevent further damage, and to contact our medical front, [REDACTED], to handle any confirmed cases. Instructions also request to spread the knowledge as far as possible.
Have at, if ye will.