SCP-4104
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The environment in Spring affected by SCP-4104.

Item #: SCP-4104

Object Class: Keter

Special Containment Protocols: The exact location of SCP-4104 and its propagated instances are to be monitored for change. Due to this, amendments to containment protocols by Site-84 Administrator and the O5 Council change accordingly. MTF Omega-87 "Amitabha's Chainsaws" are to survey SCP-4104 excavation sites and follow SCP-4104 sightings as the humanoid itself is currently uncontained; however, the instances spawned, are containable. Additionally, AGAMA-Level surgical procedures are to be performed on PM - "Prunus mume" instances contained in Foundation research facilities daily until the full nature of SCP-4104 is understood.

RL - "Red Lanterns" must be kept within proximity of PM cultivars within Site-84's botanical enclosures. Experimentation of RL on Class D subjects is to be performed by Lead Taxonomic Linguists and associated research staff with Level-3 clearance or higher.

All encrypted archives relating to SCP-4104 and its propagated instances must be verified under AGAMA-Level data security credentials. China's social security system is to be used in tandem with MTF Omega-87 telecommunication monitoring systems to predict future cultist incursions.

Description: SCP-4104 is a humanoid entity exhibiting widespread necrosis1. SCP-4104's cranium is wrapped in circumvolved layers of gangrenous tissue. The humanoid entity is currently roaming Henan, China. Carbon dating traces its origins back to 210 AD. Witnesses of Lantern Festival events attest to SCP-4104 being of Han Chinese descent (between 1.3m and 1.5m in height) dressed in broken and unkempt scale armor. Though the upper limit of the entity's anomalous properties remains unknown, SCP-4104 appears to materialize or travel in centripetal patterns around Xuchang prefecture at 11.27kph.

The inscriptions on SCP-4104's helmet are in a form of proto-clerical script2. Conversely, descending linguistic pictograms, ideograms, and phono-semantic compounds originate from unspecified Sino-Tibetan progenitors. The author(s) of the text is currently unknown. These excerpts are often short, semi-autobiographical accounts from low-ranking soldiers3.

SCP-4104 can only be perceived by octogenarians4 (or by people older than this) ethnically centered around Henan. The subjects will claim the depictions of backgrounds surrounding SCP-4104 range from realistic landscapes to superficial representations expressed through seasonal themes. After prolonged exposure, the witnesses will claim objects in SCP-4104's direct vicinity manifest in two-dimensional, painterly abstractions of themselves.

Audio/visual equipment will fail to capture sightings of SCP-4104. This does not remain true for instances produced by SCP-4104 which can be viewed by subjects regardless of age. SCP-4104 will propagate two primary instances; aquatica ficta5 (designated RL) and Prunus mume6 (designated PM). An elder deciduous variant of the latter appears as a third output (designated EDPM) by unknown means. These instances are documented below.

RL - "Red Lanterns"

Mutations: A bioluminescent enzyme7 is produced through its lower abdomen. It physically resembles viscous fluid found in acrylic oil paint and is designated as RLP (red lattern pigment). RL hibernates in summer and autumn.

Habitation/Migration: RL will follow the primary host entity for several months before migrating to an instance of PM.

RLP Oxidization Periods: During winter and spring, RL will glow between the hours of 6:00 pm - 5:00 am.

Anomalous Properties: Memetic "cold light"8 produced from RL drastically alters the limbic system of a subject; they will experience episodes of nostalgia and depression. The subject will have their hypoxic flesh altered into a state of coagulative necrosis within the span of five (5) days. Upon three (3) days afterward, it will further harden into a calloused, gangrenous state. These localisations are capable of photosynthesis and pollination. Infarcted blood vessels will blossom continuous-grown Chinese plum flowers.

Action: RL instances are to be kept in Site-84 botanical enclosures. Surgical debridement9 is to be performed using a glovebox10 by Level-3 or higher Site-84 research staff prior to eight (8) days of initial exposure to SCP-4104 or RL. Afterward, if no significant reversal is made, 76% of the subject's body is overhauled and morphed into irreversible anomalous tissue. They will be designated as PM instances.


PM - "Prunus Mume"

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PM blossoms in Spring, captured in 2016.

Mutations: RLP drips from blossoming flowers exhibited by PM during Lantern Festival events. Cultivars of PM11 propagated by the fourth generation grow fruit with leathery skin and smooth, edible flesh.

Habitation/Migration: A PM instance can sustain itself in an ecosystem 20-30m from SCP-4104.

RLP Oxidization Periods: During winter and spring, PM's fruits oxidize RLP causing them to glow between the hours of 6:00 pm - 5:00 am.

Anomalous Properties: PM will recoil into itself due to severe dehydration until death outside the allowable proximity between it and SCP-4104. The samples produced by excising materials from the instances' trunk possess compounds of calloused dead human tissue juxtaposed with tree bark. A pungent offensive odor is released upon dissection.

Appendages turned into lateral or aerial roots seek symbiotic relationships with neighboring forestry; invariably draining nutrients, phosphorus, and carbohydrate products from them. SCP-4104 inscriptions are found in place of growth rings. Spores from PM instances may cross-pollinate with other species of tree.

Action: Dead PMs are to be cremated in Site-84's Waste Removal Department while living PMs are to be placed in Site-84's botanical enclosures and experimented upon. The production of medicinal cures to reverse the transformation process into a PM is still ongoing.


EDPM - "Elder Deciduous Prunus Mume"

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A face of Buddha nested near an instance of EDPM.

Mutations: EDPM's morphology resembles highly heterogeneous constituents that radically diverge from PM sequences. All EDPM are infertile owing to pathological features originating from Paulownia tomentosa12 and humanoid ███████ █████. EDPM instances grow to a length between 21-25m.

Habitation/Migration: An instance of EDPM requires PM instances to thrive. Otherwise, it will gradually hibernate and shrink below its original size.

RLP Oxidization Periods: During the winter, faces across EDPM overflow RLP from their agape orifices. They are depicted in a state of agony.

Anomalous Properties: A segment in the shape of a 9m3 cardiovascular organ contains amniotic fluid residing in the interior of the EDPM. It is genetically dissimilar from flora or fauna that is known to modern science. The replicas of heads are lodged in the crown of the EDPM. The trunk segment of the tree is continually re-gestated by dead calcium deposits. The branches resemble arms in various Buddhist Mudras13. They appear as either an open hand's palm representing "fearlessness" or a hand's palm facing outward as the leftmost hand is turned inward, representing the "turning of the wheel."

An unknown deity's face is depicted on penultimate "endpoints" to sequences strewn across the crown; the main bulk resembling faces belonging to the five known interpretations of Buddha14. Though capable of producing its own food, an EDPM will grow a large network of roots and branches to conquer nearby PM(s) for sustenance. This enclosure will attempt to graft onto the lesser instances, superficially changing PM physiology to become a compartmentalization of the EDPM's body.

Action: A singular instance is to be monitored at all times by MTF Omega-87 and Site-84 research staff. Exhumation of written-upon limbs are ongoing.


Addendum 4104-01: Lantern Event Stages.


Stages of SCP-4104 Lantern Festival events are seasonal and are tracked below:
Spring Period: Isolated subjects report on SCP-4104 sightings during a "crimson and glowing" sky prior to falling asleep. They typically claim neighboring trees appear with human expressions along SCP-4104's path. Subjects experience momentary seizures or hypnagogic hallucinations15 where they experience visions vicariously from SCP-4104's point-of-view. Subjects become irregularly subservient to any instruction made for them. Biopsy reveals adrenaline and serotonin are increased in the subject's system. Without intervention, the subjects will begin unconsciously following SCP-4104. Unlike with direct exposure to RLP induced by RL, the time it takes for a subject's transformation into PM instances is dramatically increased.
Summer Period: Collective subjects experience a total loss of self-agency dependant on the rate of exposure to SCP-4104 and RLP emissions. Subjects struggle to maintain their memories prior to this event. Subjects that followed SCP-4104 from Spring are incapable of expiring from natural causes.
Autumn Period: Subjects begin to exhibit morphology similar to PMs. They are incapable of finding their last-known home(s) even when expressing a desire to return to them. Subjects pull apart their own flesh to be written on using secretions. Most begin expiring from exsanguination. An extremely unpleasant shriek is exerted by SCP-4104 throughout the Autumn period, followed by sobbing. SCP-4104 appears lost and confused.
Winter Period: Abnormally large quantities of blood leaking freely from subjects are altered into RLP enzymes. This viscous fluid will drastically alter the ecosystem surrounding SCP-4104's path producing 67% more PMs then it would through non-conversion. Subjects from prior phases are fully converted into PMs. PMs continuously express incoherent nostalgic rants, often alluding to pseudo-factual histories and unknown personal accounts. PMs are distributed in centripetal patterns around SCP-4104's last known location. SCP-4104 falls into a catatonic state until the Spring period.

Addendum 4104-02: Discovery, Notable Event & Transcribed Logs.


Significant entries in relation to the nature of SCP-4104 through research and testing were hand-picked by Site Administrator Senior Researcher Ping in accordance with the O5 Council. For further supplementary detail, see DOCUMENT 4104: RESEARCHER CHU'S ENTRIES.


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