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SCP-2348 in containment on Site-42. Still from recording made on █/█/██.

Item #: SCP-2348

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-2348 is currently housed at Site-42, in Storage House 37. Any unusual behaviour relating to SCP-2348 must be recorded and reported to the Project Manager as soon as possible. Due to high quantities of lethal radiation being present in SCP-2348's containment cell, any personnel entering the enclosure are authorised to wear protective hazmat clothing. As of Experiment 2348-15, any and all experimentation involving SCP-2348 is postponed until further notice. SCP-2348 must be restrained at all times.

Personnel are not advised to interrupt SCP-2348 when it is performing Pro-1 activities as this may trigger Pro-2 activities. Unless permission is granted by the Site Director, SCP-2348 must not be activated.

All territories within a 500 metre radius of SCP-2348-1 are to be patrolled and maintained under the semblance of a state-owned nature preserve, and both SCP-2348-1 and SCP-2348-2 are to remain under constant surveillance from observation post 2348-A.

Description: SCP-2348 is an ellipsoidal artefact of unknown origin comprising of aluminium, scandium and steel plating, with a series of planes and fins affixed to the lower hull. The object measures 5.8 metres in length, 1.5 metres in width and 1.7 metres in height, with three acrylic plastic lenses mounted to the forefront. A collection of four steel beams, running down the full length of the object's underside, lead to a wide opening in the rear from which eight flexible, rubber limbs protrude. Studies into SCP-2348's current condition and material composition suggest the object to be roughly half a century old.

SCP-2348's anomalous qualities may be summarised as such:

  • When exposed to a surge of at least 12.8 volts of electricity, SCP-2348 will engage in a kind of buoyancy and lift off the ground. Mechanical sounds emanating from SCP-2348 will suggest the movement of pistons with studies conducted thus far, however, suggesting the hull of SCP-2348 to be completely empty (See Experiment Log 2348-05).
  • SCP-2348 displays an ability to detect significant supplies of carbon allotrope within a radius of approximately five kilometres. When possible, SCP-2348 will apply its tendrils in order to collect this carbon by a means of magnetic [REDACTED] and insert it into a small, concealed funnel leading down into SCP-2348's interior (This process will hereafter be referred to as Pro-1). The strength displayed by SCP-2348's limbs during this process should not be possible given their structural condition. Pro-1 activities result in the emission of lethal radiation as well as the production of a bright yellow light.
  • In the event that SCP-2348 is not capable of obtaining carbon in its purest form, it will proceed to dismantle and convert the nearest complex organism into a usable fuel source (This process will hereafter be referred to as Pro-2). In some circumstances, Pro-2 activity has been observed to last as long as two hours. When involving animals, such a process normally has two main stages: Stage one involves a mixture of GABA1, glycine and ███████, a curare alkaloid, being introduced into the victim's body; This causes paralysis, and hallucinations may manifest. Stage two involves a complete disassembly of the subject's body followed by its conversion into energy.
  • SCP-2348's preferred form of pure carbon is diamond, yet in any case SCP-2348 shows a distinct capability to extract much more energy from carbon-based minerals as is currently known to be possible for a machine of its scale.
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SCP-2348's condition in ████, Sweden, prior to being claimed by the foundation. Photograph taken on █/█/██.

  • SCP-2348, when supplied with at least 0.3g of diamond, will commence in emitting a series of LF2 radio transmissions by an unknown means (See Experiment Log 2348-08). Research is ongoing into how this is possible for a device of SCP-2348's size.

The purpose behind any radio waves transmitted by SCP-2348 appears to be that of communication with an unknown entity SCP-2348-1 (See Addendum 2348-B). These messages are often quite short, consisting of only 200-250 bits of information at a time. On █/█/██, over the course of Experiment 2348-15, SCP-2348 ceased transmitting completely and went into a form of deactivation. Up until this point, it has shown no signs of reanimation (See Addendum 2348-C).


Addendum 2348-A: The following are a series of significant interactions between researchers and SCP-2348 (Future experimentation involving SCP-2348 is awaiting approval):

Time: ██:██
Date: █/█/██
Details: 10kg of graphite was poured onto the ground of SCP-2348's containment unit prior to the experiment. SCP-2348 was then supplied with a direct stream of 12.9 volts of electricity for a period of seven seconds. SCP-2348 showed signs of powering up, and after approximately five minutes proceeded to engage in Pro-1 activities. Following this, SCP-2348 remained stationary for approximately two minutes before rotating in the direction of the observation booth from where researchers surveyed, and began to violently strike the glass with it's tendrils for thirty seconds before powering down.

The booth underwent no serious damage before SCP-2348 lost power, although precautions have been taken and further experimentation of SCP-2348 will be remotely monitored via camera.

Time: ██:██
Date: █/█/██
Details: A seven year old specimen of a domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) was placed into SCP-2348's containment unit prior to the experiment. SCP-2348 was then supplied with a direct stream of 13.1 volts of electricity for a period of eight seconds. SCP-2348 showed signs of powering up, and after approximately six minutes proceeded to engage in Pro-2 activities involving the domestic dog. Over the course of the procedure, a series of EMP3 waves were directed towards SCP-2348 in an attempt to disrupt the Pro-2 activity. This failed, although SCP-2348 did display considerably increased hostility following the procedure.

When Pro-2 activities were complete, SCP-2348 did not show any signs of dormancy as it had done in previous investigations, instead proceeding to immediately strike the door of its containment unit. After a period of approximately ten seconds, SCP-2348 succeeded in breaching containment and began to perform Pro-2 activities involving three researchers simultaneously. SCP-2348 lost power soon after this, and all injured personnel were immediately given medical attention. There were two casualties.

Time: ██:██
Date: █/█/██
Details: 0.4g of diamond was poured onto the ground of SCP-2348's containment unit prior to the experiment. SCP-2348 was then supplied with a direct stream of 12.8 volts of electricity for a period of six seconds. SCP-2348 showed signs of powering up, and after approximately two minutes proceeded to engage in Pro-1 activities. Following this, SCP-2348 remained dormant for approximately fifteen minutes before beginning to shake violently and discharge bright yellow beams from its three front lenses. An armed unit was stationed outside of the enclosure and, in an effort to dissipate SCP-2348's energy supply, three D-class personnel were placed inside its containment cell.

After a period of approximately six minutes, SCP-2348 began to emit a series of low frequency radio waves. These signals were quickly intercepted and disrupted by foundation equipment before SCP-2348 proceeded to attack and violently [DATA EXPUNGED] several D-class subjects. SCP-2348 lost power after roughly seven minutes and any severely injured D-class personnel were terminated from the project.

Time: ██:██
Date: █/█/██
Details: 0.3g of diamond was poured onto the ground of SCP-2348's containment unit prior to the experiment. SCP-2348 was then supplied with a direct stream of 12.9 volts of electricity for a period of five seconds. SCP-2348 showed signs of powering up, and after approximately two minutes proceeded to engage in Pro-1 activities. Following this, and a brief dormancy period of thirty seconds, SCP-2348 began to produce a series of low frequency radio signals.

Following a period of broadcasting, SCP-2348 proceeded to engage in striking the door of its containment unit. This was followed quickly by a class-C containment breach which took approximately seventeen minutes to bring under control and resulted in the deaths of twenty-seven Site-42 personnel. Following SCP-2348's losing power on this date, further attempts to re-energise the object have failed. As far as is known, SCP-2348 appears to be experiencing some form of long-term shutdown phase, and displays no signs of coming out of it (See Addendum 2348-C).

Site-42 staff working in relation to SCP-2348 request permission to introduce restraints into the item's enclosure in an attempt to ensure staff safety,
Dr. ███ ████, █/█/██

[PERMISSION GRANTED]


Addendum 2348-B: The following is a detailed account of SCP-2348-1 and SCP-2348-2:

Following its discovery on █/█/██, SCP-2348-1's activity has been studied in the hopes of finding further connections between it and SCP-2348.

Description: SCP-2348-1 is an ellipsoidal machine of unknown origin and is probably comprised of aluminium, scandium and steel plating, similarly to SCP-2348. The object measures 30 metres in height and 10 metres in width with a collection of three 20-metre-long appendages affixed to its surface. A large aperture exists on the underside of SCP-2348-1's hull. SCP-2348-1 has remained stationary for as long as it has been known to exist.

SCP-2348-1 was discovered when a sequence of brief ELF4 radio transmissions directed towards the facility were traced back to its location. SCP-2348-1 levitates by an unknown means above a boreal forest located roughly forty kilometres south of ███████, Norway. In studying the site, the foundation has discerned the area to be a primary diamond deposit and SCP-2348-1 has been observed to quarry it periodically.

There are two main processes by which SCP-2348-1 collects minerals onsite, the first necessitating the use of its three arms. This activity involves SCP-2348-1 moving its appendages briskly in a rising motion, creating a column of air that drags anything on the ground upward and into the object's aperture. This operation, while rarely witnessed, has proven to be extremely effective in scarring the landscape.

The second method by which carbon allotrope is harvested involves the use of SCP-2348-2. There have been, as of the most recent count, seventy-three (73) instances of SCP-2348-2 catalogued with each one bearing a remarkable resemblance to SCP-2348 both in appearance and behaviour. SCP-2348-2 takes part in a quarrying procedure bi-daily; This requires a swarm of 20-30 instances descending from SCP-2348-1 and scavenging the immediate vicinity for sources of pure carbon, mostly diamond.

Due to the hostility that SCP-2348-2 displays towards foundation staff, an observation post has been erected in order to view SCP-2348-1's activity from a safe distance.


Addendum 2348-C: The following is an incident report filed on █/█/██:

Item/s involved: SCP-2348, SCP-2348-1

Date: █/█/██

Location: Sector 20, Site-42, ████

Details: At 07:23, a series of brief and frequent ELF transmissions directed towards Site-42 were detected. The signal was quickly intercepted and traced back to SCP-2348-1. The Project Manager was made aware and personnel assigned to study SCP-2348-1 were informed. Following this, the situation was determined to be under control and no protocols were initiated.

At 07:40, SCP-2348 began to show its first signs of reanimation since Experiment 2348-15. An armed unit was called to remain outside of SCP-2348's enclosure and three class-D personnel were sent into the containment cell. A second wave of ELF transmissions arrived at the facility, disrupting foundation equipment, and SCP-2348 escaped from its constraints; Site-42 personnel were advised to evacuate the facility at this time. SCP-2348 proceeded to ignore class-D staff within its environment, instead opting to strike the door of its unit.

At 07:46, SCP-2348-1's transmissions were cut off and SCP-2348 was deactivated before a class-C containment breach could commence.

Recent analysis of SCP-2348-1's mining plot has shown the area to be undergoing a mineral depletion at a rate of -█% per month; By this figure, the site will only be of use to SCP-2348-1 for the next ██ years.
It should also be noted that instances of SCP-2348-2 have begun to show an awareness of foundation activity on the site. I believe that this can be observed in the form of its revised flight patterns and significant population increase.
I request on behalf of all staff at observation post 2348-A that a second tower be erected, for the purposes of study into SCP-2348-1 and SCP-2348-2 activity, and that funding for our project be increased by 11% (Negotiable) over the course of the next three years,
Dr. ████ ███████, █/█/██

[REQUEST PENDING]

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