Item #: SCP-2801
Object Class: Safe
Special Containment Procedures: SCP-2801 is contained in a standard humidity-controlled secure locker on Site-██. To minimize the risk of SCP-2801-1 manifestations in situations disadvantageous to the Foundation, no D-Class personnel are permitted involvement in SCP-2801 testing. All personnel known to have been exposed to SCP-2801, and thus subject to SCP-2801-1, are to wear personal audio/visual recording devices at all times while on-duty in order to maximize observational data of SCP-2801-1 manifestations. Use of such recording devices while off-duty for the purpose of cataloguing manifestations is encouraged but not mandatory. Due to the emotional effects of experimentation on SCP-2801, Foundation counsellors are to be made available during any testing and the administration of Class-C amnestics in small quantities is permissible in extreme cases.
Description: SCP-2801 is a seaman's chest of unknown make and origin, measuring 1m x 0.75m x 0.75m, and built entirely of pine wood and iron nails. Chemical analysis of the varnish coating SCP-2801's interior and exterior has proved inconclusive. The object is devoid of markings save for a short inscription engraved by hand on the interior of the lid (See Addendum 2801-2).
When opened, SCP-2801 will always be filled with aged, non-anomalous clothing familiar to the person (hereafter referred to as the "subject") who opened it. This clothing incorporates items from the subject's childhood, generally pieces they wore before adolescence or clothing belonging to close friends and family they recall wearing or desiring. If opened by multiple subjects simultaneously, SCP-2801 manifests clothing specific to the subject who has interacted with it the least in the past, generally those who have never been exposed.
The act of opening SCP-2801 induces extreme feelings of nostalgia in the subject, as well as the sensation of an odour strongly associated with positive childhood memories. This odour is chemically undetectable and varies from subject to subject, including such scents as sandalwood, mothballs, baking, or wood smoke. When SCP-2801 is closed both the clothing and the odour instantly cease to exist until the object is next opened. The odour and combination of clothing is always consistent between each subject; clothing that is destroyed or altered before SCP-2801 is closed will reappear in its original state when the subject next opens it.
A secondary emotional effect of SCP-2801 occurs whenever the item is deliberately damaged or altered. When SCP-2801 is damaged through direct human intervention, any and all personnel responsible for the damage will experience intense, overriding feelings of regret and guilt, as well as sudden vivid recall of incidents in their childhood where they accidentally or deliberately caused emotional harm to those close to them. The effect manifests itself in anyone who has directly harmed SCP-2801, or anyone who has given orders or commands resulting in damage to SCP-2801. The intensity of the altered emotional state decreases when those affected are removed from the presence of SCP-2801, and takes up to a week to subside fully. Exactly what constitutes damaging SCP-2801 is not entirely understood, and due to the negative emotional impact on SCP-2801 staff testing is not to be undertaken.
SCP-2801-1 refers to the temporary manifestation of anomalous powers and clothing in those subjects who have both opened SCP-2801 and interacted with the clothing it has generated specific to them. SCP-2801-1 events only occur during moments of extreme physical or emotional distress, often brought about by situations wherein the subject's life or livelihood is in immediate danger, and last until the subject perceives said danger to be past.1
During SCP-2801-1 events, clothing consistent with that manifested by the opening of SCP-2801 will appear on the subject's person, altered in size and fit to be at the same proportions to their body size at it was as a child.2. This clothing remains on the subject's person until the end of the manifestation, whereupon it will vanish.
While undergoing SCP-2801-1 manifestations, subjects will exhibit anomalous abilities consistent with those abilities or qualities they consistently imagined themselves to have as children. These qualities can include superior sensory or physical strength, supernatural powers and control over objects or manifested entities. Subjects demonstrate an immediate recollection of the nature and means of control over their imagined abilities, and retain this recollection even after the end of the SCP-2801-1 event.
Addendum SCP-2801-1: Sample SCP-2801-1 Manifestations:
|Event #||Subject||Circumstances of manifestation||Clothing manifested||Effects|
|2801-1-27||Researcher A█████ K█████||Cave-in during exploration of tunnels below SCP-████||Oversized pink rubber boots with yellow trim and white polka-dot pattern, belonging to subject's elder sister. Heavily damaged straw hat belonging to subject.||Immediate manifestation of a 3-meter-tall animate green plush stuffed toy in the form of a rabbit. Entity obeyed all commands given to it by subject and demonstrated extreme physical strength and resilience, clearing debris and freeing 6 trapped personnel. Entity embraced Researcher K█████ and vanished.|
|2801-1-95||Junior Researcher H██████ v██ G██████||Chlorine trifluoride spill and subsequent internal ventilation system fire on Site-██ caused incapacitation of 96% of base personnel. Subject was working in environmentally-sealed acoustics laboratory at the time.||Pair of oversized black plastic spectacles, no lenses, frame repaired with electrical tape.||Subject was able to modify extant audio equipment to emit an intense low-frequency sound which temporarily neutralized the oxidizing and corrosive effects of the chemical. Later analysis revealed the device to be non-functional and non-anomalous in nature.|
|2801-1-104||Agent Q███-██████ L█||Encounter with Chaos Insurgency operatives during Operation [REDACTED] MTF-[DATA EXPUNGED] heavy casualties.||Pair of clear plastic swimming goggles, heavily moth-eaten red and yellow towel tied around subject's neck, horned helmet constructed of cardboard and tinfoil.||Subject's voice became highly amplified. Subject demonstrated the ability to deflect incoming projectiles with fists. Anomalous effect forced retreat of CI unit.3.|
|2801-1-387||Agent B██████ E███||Outbreak of SCP-████ and subsequent containment breach of ████-1 through -78 results in heavy casualties on Area-██. Subject trapped in breached guard post with 3 other members of Area-██ security team.||Football jersey consistent with that of the Brazilian 1970 national team. Hand-sewed name on back reads "E███".||Football consistent with those used during the 1970 world cup manifests at subject's feet. Subject is able to exhibit perfect control over football and kick it at apparently supersonic speeds, resulting in no damage to the ball. Subject is able to use football to delay SCP-███ until reinforcements arrive.|
The following is inscribed on the interior of SCP-2801's lid. Wear marks indicate inscription was performed by hand, but the age of the inscriptions and the results of handwriting analysis have been inconclusive.
My dear child. I will not lie to you and say that the world out there is safe or good, but I know that you have it within you to make it so. Your childhood is your own; go and live it full of wonder, and hold on to it in your heart.
When you need it again, it will be there for you. I promise.
With love, Grandfather.