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Item #: SCP-2577

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: Foundation web-crawlers and embedded personnel in the entertainment industry are to monitor for and prevent any distribution of SCP-2577. Copyrights have been registered under Foundation front corporations for this purpose.

Mobile Task Force Alpha-4 (“Pony Express”) are to intercept all international shipments to individuals credited in SCP-2577 (See Document SCP-2577-Rho for a complete list) and confiscate any packages ostensibly originating from SCP-2577-A. All confiscated items should be treated as anomalous until confirmed otherwise.

Per standing policy, all investigations into former GRU Division P revenue practices are consolidated under Foundation Intelligence Agency operation GOLD RUSH. Reconnaissance efforts to locate SCP-2577-A have been discontinued, pending IA approval.

Description: SCP-2577 is a 2005 documentary series titled “Frozen Steel” occasionally appearing on streaming video services or small-scale physical media releases. SCP-2577 purportedly documents the operation and daily lives of the staff of SCP-2577-A, a decommissioning yard ostensibly located in ███████, Siberian Federal District, Russia, used for the disposal of military ships ranging in age from the early to mid-twentieth century. SCP-2577-A consists of a single central command tower and barracks surrounded by a ██ square km runway constructed from level, packed tundra. Ships are delivered to this runway through means never expressed in the documentary, arriving ballistically at speeds exceeding 900 km/h before violently embedding themselves in the runway.

SCP-2577 goes to great lengths to describe the extreme danger faced by the individuals conducting recovery operations, who are responsible for stripping ships of valuable material, breaking down and scrapping their hulls, and, if possible, repairing the runway, under the constant threat of being in the path of one of over ███ new ships entering SCP-2577-A on a daily basis. The few ship names or designations displayed in SCP-2577 do not match any known vessels, and the rate of ships entering SCP-2577-A far outstrips both the documented decommissioning and construction of Russian military vessels.

The following episode transcript, typical of SCP-2577, was retrieved from the █████ streaming video service.

Anton and Team Odin race against time to remove the flight deck from the perilously listing Admiral Nikolai Yezhov. Demolition charges may allow them to shed the dead weight and stabilize the hull, but failure could collapse the ship into unrecoverable slag.

Meanwhile, Misha and Team Dva continue to lose men and equipment to the labyrinthine wreck of the hospital-ship Sankt-Iakov. All of their work comes to naught as the incoming submarine TK-455 collides with the converted freighter, reducing her to a shattered heap.

SCP-2577 appears to have been funded, directed, and narrated by American actor Ron Perlman. Perlman is revealed in director’s commentary in a home blu-ray release to have a deep admiration and personal connection to SCP-2577-A, stating that he corresponds regularly with the operators, identifying rare items salvaged from the hulks and returning them free of charge.

Perlman and other individuals credited in SCP-2577 have failed to provide any further information on the documentary, and have been amnesticized and released following interviews. In spite of Perlman’s stated ignorance of the project and lack of qualifications as an antiquarian, MTF Alpha-4 annually intercepts approximately ██ tons of assorted naval equipment addressed to him for appraisal. Notable confiscated objects are listed in Document SCP-2577-1.

Aerial and satellite surveillance of the area believed to contain SCP-2577-A has proven inconclusive, and overland approaches have failed to locate the facility. Investigation into West Siberian steel production and former GRU-P revenue stream D-584 (Codename: Садко) is ongoing.

Document SCP-2577-1: Items purportedly originating from SCP-2577-A

Object Description Disposition
Object 2577-215-217 Iron chest containing one SA-18 "Grouse" man-portable surface-to-air missile. Warhead is constructed of precious materials in style of Peter Carl Fabergé. Payload has been replaced by one 4 cm iron needle suspended in empty canister. Stored in Site-76 Secure Armaments Wing.
Object 2577-314-329 Fragments of maple wood and silver wire displaying workmanship and material appropriate to 12th-century CE stringed instruments. Stored at Site 77 pending discovery of additional items.
AO-11824 (1-205) 205 uniform name plates (ranks and style circa 1915) crafted from gold/copper alloy. Plates are buoyant in water regardless of density. Remanded to Anomalous Object processing.
AO-11825 One lacquered pinewood officer's door plaque. Sinks in water regardless of density. Remanded to Anomalous Object processing.

Document SCP-2577-2: Select portions of the 19██ IA Report on Anomalous Revenue Practices in the GRU-P

By ██/██/19██, persistent surveillance of known GRU-P front organizations and operatives had demonstrated that any substantial, covert GRU-P financial transaction requires one or more parties to consult a copy of The Bylina as Collected by █. █. ██████, 18██, a collection of Russian folkloric sung epic poems. Continued difficulty in tracking GRU-P financial activity has led to several theories of the purpose of this volume, including:
- Use in non-anomalous encryption techniques (e.g., book ciphers)
- Use of the books to transport memetically camouflaged text
- Use as a temporary inoculant to anti-memetic or cognition-spoofing text
- Shared access point for interdimensional or retro-causitive information storage
- Sympathetic thaumaturgic focus for anomalously concealed information based on thematically-relevant code-phrases
- Thaumaturgic focus for anomalous fund creation
This volume is known to contain an expanded number of common bylina, including:
(Page 17/35)

Summary of selected Bylina (continued)

Садко (Sadko)
The musician Sadko becomes a wealthy merchant through the aid of the Water Tsar, but refuses to pay tribute when his ships pass over the sea. His fleet is becalmed, and after casting lots Sadko is forced to give himself to the sea to save his sailors. Sadko is brought before the Water Tsar and Tsarina to settle an argument: Which is more valuable in Novgorod above, iron or gold? Sadko explains that iron is more valuable because it is necessary for daily life, enraging the Water Tsar. Sadko calms the Tsar by playing his gusli, but the Tsar’s wild dancing thrashes the oceans, causing many ships to be smashed upon the sea.
(Page 22/35)

END SELECTED PORTIONS. Full report available from RAISA to personnel with GREAT GAME clearance.

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