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Item #: SCP-3969
Object Class: Euclid
Special Containment Procedures: There is currently no feasible way to completely prevent the occurrence of SCP-3969 in human beings. Current procedure is focused on minimizing public exposure to its effects. To achieve this, the following containment protocols are to be enacted:
- Foundation web-crawlers are to monitor online communities and discussion boards for information related to SCP-3969. Disinformation campaigns are to be established in these sites with the intent of disseminating false information about SCP-3969. Foundation assets embedded in academic publishing are to similarly promote an erroneous consensus about SCP-3969's nature.
- Sleep techniques designed to minimize the probability of SCP-3969 occurring are to be introduced to demographics interested in specific sleep-related activities (lucid dreaming, induced hypnagogia, etc.)
- Embedded agents in hospitals and other medical institutions are to monitor the records of comatose patients for symptoms consistent with SCP-3969-A's associated sleep stage. Affected patients are to be transferred to the nearest Foundation facility for treatment and amnesticization.
All testing that involves SCP-3969 is to be conducted at ADRX-3969. SCP-3969 can be induced for testing purposes using Hypnos class oneirogens, which facilitate prolonged hypnagogia. Recording of data and communication with subjects is to abide by the protocols detailed in Procedure 3969-04 (see Addendum 01.)
Description: SCP-3969 denotes a phenomenon that affects human beings during sleep onset. Symptoms of the anomaly are most visible during hypnagogia1 and include abnormally intense periods of sleep paralysis and hallucination. Affected individuals will typically exit sleep onset incognizant of SCP-3969's primary effects. However, if hypnagogic consciousness is maintained for 90 to 120 minutes, the subject will enter a previously undocumented phase of sleep. This sleep stage is characterized by the experience of a recurrent dream, designated as SCP-3969-A.
SCP-3969-A resembles the location where the subject is sleeping. Objects and structures in the dream reflect the position, appearance, and condition of their real-world analogues. This similitude diminishes as the sleeper travels farther away from the initial area, resulting in an increasingly deteriorated and incohesive environment.
Subjects experiencing SCP-3969-A report consistently high levels of lucidity in the dream. Electrographical measurements made during this stage of sleep indicate that affected individuals remain in REM sleep without progressing through the sleep cycle or entering NREM sleep. Subjects report gaining no rest from sleep when SCP-3969-A occurs and waking up feeling exhausted. Despite experiencing increased lucidity, sleepers are unable to exert any control over the state of SCP-3969-A.
Individuals in the SCP-3969-induced dream state are unable to be roused through normal means, including pain stimulation. Subjects are able to remain in the dream for extended durations provided that their body's physical needs are attended to. Endurance testing done with D-class personnel has shown that a sleeper can remain in SCP-3969-A for as long as 7 days before medical problems begin to develop. Self-termination while inside SCP-3969-A appears to be the only effective method of exiting the dream.
Addendum 01: Further testing has revealed that post-wake memory retention is reduced when an individual is affected by SCP-3969. The average estimated degree of recall for all subjects involved in SCP-3969 testing has been measured to be less than 10%. Because of this, dream journals and other recording methods that rely on dream recall have been deemed unreliable and have been removed from testing protocol.
Procedure 3969-04 is an experimental procedure that has been devised as an alternative method of recording SCP-3969-A dreams. It allows for the transference of sensory data to and from a sleeper in the REM phase. The procedure is divided into two components:
- Transference of data from subject to operator. This involves the usage of extrasensory transmission methods derived from multiple telepathic anomalies2 to achieve this task. Subjects trained in using these methods are able to passively transmit the sensations of their own hearing and sight while inside a dream, outputting usable data to specialized recording devices.
- Transference of data from operator to subject. This is achieved through a memetic encoding device that interprets normal human speech and converts it into a form perceivable by subjects in SCP-3969-A. The reception of speech encoded in this manner is likened by subjects to "hearing a voice in [their] head."
This procedure should not be used with individuals that possess a CRV of less than 13. It has been observed that doing so causes immediate sensory overload in the subject. It is not yet fully understood why this occurs.