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SCP-3422

SCP-3422 after seizure from a warehouse in ████████, █████.

Item #: SCP-3422

Object Class: Safe Euclid
(Revision proposed 12/24/17, approved 1/09/18. See Incident Report 3422-A and Formal Request for Revision & Upgrade)

Special Containment Procedures:

SCP-3422 is being kept in Holding Cell #34 in the basement of Site-46. Access to Holding Cell #34 is limited to personnel with Level 2 clearance.

(Revision proposed 12/24/17, approved 1/09/18. See Incident Report 3422-A and Formal Request for Revision & Upgrade)

SCP-3422 is to be kept in a double-locked, lead-lined room. Access to SCP-3422 is completely restricted barring express written permission of the Site Director or an O5 personnel. Unauthorized personnel attempting to access SCP-3422 are subject to being detained, and if uncooperative, terminated.

The room SCP-3422 is held in should include a hatch that can be opened in the lining of the chamber in the event SCP-3422 is to be used. Apart from testing and other usage approved by the O5 council, this hatch should remain closed at all times.

At no time are written or hard-copy notes to be taken regarding SCP-3422. Any print-offs from SCP-3422 created by regular usage are to be copied digitally then immediately incinerated. At no time are these print-offs permitted to leave the lead-lined containment cell.

Description: SCP-3422 is a Sholes-model typewriter (hereafter referred to as SCP-3422-1) attached to a ticker-tape machine (SCP-3422-2) via a system of wires and cables. SCP-3422-1 itself has been modified extensively, with an estimated 5,000 parts including gears, levers, and springs. SCP-3422-2 has not been modified apart from its connection to the SCP-3422-1. Power is provided to SCP-3422-2 via a standard North American wall plug attached to it.

SCP-3422 functions like a typical typewriter. Its anomalous abilities arise when instructions or algorithms are typed using a specified syntax or language. These instructions will be carried out when the user presses the Carriage Return lever, which begins a new line on the page.

The abilities of SCP-3422 include:

  • Accessing paper documents and printing them via SCP-3422-2
  • Locating paper documents by printing their geographic coordinates or relative locations
  • Reorganizing libraries and folders of paper documents
  • Editing paper documents
  • Deleting paper documents

SCP-3422 was discovered in a Foundation raid of a warehouse in ████████, █████. MTF Alpha-4 ("Pony Express") were alerted to the warehouse after tracking a suspected Serpent's Hand member to the area. Along with SCP-3422, 23 other anomalous items of low interest to the Foundation were found. All items were cataloged and put in storage.

Among the objects discovered with SCP-3422 were two sheets of paper that had previously used along with SCP-3422. They were vital in discovering how the object is used. See Attachment 3422-1 and -2 for a photocopy.

Search:
Library: Toledo Public
Search:
Book: Unsolved Crimes: Midwest
Access.
Search:
Chapter: Who Killed Debora?
Access.
Print.


Stop.


Repeat: Minus Two Lines
Replace:
All Instances: 'strange case'
'justified revenge'
Replace:
All Instances: 'unknown cause'
'His Holy Strength'
Move: Chapter
Front
Exit.
Search:
Book: Unsolved Crimes: Midwest
Access.
Copy: Words
Exit.
Search:
All Instances: Books
Access.
Replace: Words
Copy1
Exit.

Search:
Ohio:
Toledo: Toledo Police Department
Search:
Folder: Debora Miles
Access.
Replace:
All Instances: Word
'Nice Try '
Exit.

Search:
Ontario:
North Bay: North Bay Police Station
Search:
Folder: Debora Miles
Access.
Print.


Repeat: Minus One Line
Replace:
All Instances: ‘Debora Miles’
‘Toledo Police Chief’
Replace:
All Instances: Number
‘5’
Search:
Paragraph: ‘On October 5…’
Access.
Erase.

Exit.2

Initial Testing Log

Test 1:

Researcher: Jr. Researcher Callahan
Test Materials: Slaughterhouse V, by Kurt Vonnegut.
Attempting: To access the novel and change all instances of the phrase “Poo-tee-weet” with “Successful Test”.
Results: The test was successful.
Note: As suspected, white-space is important in this language.

Test 2:

Researcher: Jr. Researcher Callahan
Test Materials: Slaughterhouse V, by Kurt Vonnegut.
Attempting: To attempt to print the first chapter of Slaughterhouse V using the “Print” function.
Results: The test was successful. SCP-3422-2 (The ticker-tape machine) printed the first chapter in one long string.

Test 3:

Researcher: Jr. Researcher Callahan
Test Materials: Three copies of Slaughterhouse V, by Kurt Vonnegut. Two copies are paperback, one is hard-cover. One paperback copy is placed in Holding Cell #35, across the hall.
Attempting: To find out how SCP-3422 selects the correct copy of the specified book.
Results: Edition does not appear to factor into object selection. SCP-3422 appears to select the book based on proximity to itself. However, proximity is overridden if the approximate location is first specified.
Note: Remember to return these books to the library by the fourteenth.

Test 4:

Researcher: Jr. Researcher Callahan
Test Materials: Three copies of Slaughterhouse V, by Kurt Vonnegut. One of the copies has a foreword written by the author.
Attempting: To move the foreword in one of the editions into a different edition.
Results: The test was successful. The pages disappeared from the hardcover edition and reappeared inside the paperback edition. The “Copy” command can be used to move the foreword into the other paperback as well.

Test 5:

Researcher: Jr. Researcher Callahan
Test Materials: One copy of Slaughterhouse V, by Kurt Vonnegut.
Attempting: To sort the words in the book.
Results: The test was successful. All words in the book were sorted using a basic code alphabetically. Then using another code, they were sorted by number of letters.
Note: Interestingly, the illustrations in the book remained on the same pages and were unaffected.

Test 6:

Researcher: Jr. Researcher Callahan
Test Materials: One edited copy of Slaughterhouse V, by Kurt Vonnegut, which has all words in it sorted by length.
Attempting: To find a way to undo the previous commands.
Results: The test was a failure.
Note: Remember to renew one of the books in the library.

Test 7:

Researcher: Jr. Researcher Callahan
Test Materials: Three copies of the newspaper “The Delaware Gazzette”: One fresh, one crumpled, one torn in several pieces.
Attempting: To see if state of material affects test results.
Results: State does not appear to affect results. If the newspaper was torn, changes would appear on the appropriate torn sections.
Note: Remember to use the “Exit.” command. Otherwise, it will try to locate newspapers inside Slaughterhouse V and cause an error. That was the most frustrating two hours of my life.

Test 8:

Researcher: Jr. Researcher Callahan
Test Materials: Several pages of handwritten notes.
Attempting: To see if SCP-3422 can access and edit handwriting.
Results: The test was successful. Added or edited text appeared in the same handwriting as the original.

Test 9:

Researcher: Jr. Researcher Callahan
Test Materials: Six hand-written notes, each numbered. One was taped to the wall of Holding Cell #34, and the others were taped to trees 1km, 2km, 3km, 4km, and 5km away.
Attempting: To see if there is a limit to the range of direct copying.
Results: The range of the “Copy” and “Move” commands appears to fall off after a distance of 2km (+/-1km) from the original source. However, the “Print” command appears to have no limit to its range.
Note: More testing should be done to alleviate the error on this test. Remember to pay back Researcher Kaufman for the gas money.

Addendum: It should be noted that while this object may have interesting properties, continued research, especially during normal working hours, takes away time we could be studying our main objective. We have a job to do. The Foundation does not pay us to tinker.

- Dr. Julian Andrews,
Senior Researcher
Site-46

Test 10:

Researcher: Jr. Researcher Callahan
Test Materials: One steel filing cabinet, one small Anomalous Item transport cart, and one copy of the newspaper "The Delaware Gazette".
Attempting: To see if any materials can block the effects of SCP-3422.
Results: Steel does nothing to block the effects, neither does heavy-duty PVC.
Note: The cafeteria closes at 9pm. Bring dinner next time.

Test 11:

Researcher: Jr. Researcher Callahan
Test Materials: Two Kevlar helmets (secured together with duct tape), one lead-lined radiation suit, one tungsten box, and one copy of the newspaper "The Delaware Gazette".
Attempting: To see if any materials can block the effects of SCP-3422.
Results: Lead successfully blocked the effects of SCP-3422, and “Error: Document not found” was printed. Kevlar and tungsten do nothing to block the effects.
Note: If you’re reading this and need your tungsten box back, I left it with Heather because I couldn’t remember where it came from.

Incident Report 3422-A

Submitted By: Dr. Julian Andrews
Date: 12/24/17

During my team’s weekly progress reports on our research of SCP-████, I had compiled a manila folder containing the feeding habits, learning behavior, and physical capabilities of SCP-████. One of my staff asked a question regarding the progress of the object’s ████████. Upon reviewing the manila folder and the report in question, I noticed that some of the words on the page seemed to changing as I read them.

This took me by surprise, so I turned the page and found much of the folder to now be filled with totally blank pages. I asked if anyone knew anything about this, and the only person to move was Jr. Researcher Callahan, who started running out of the door. Because of his sudden reaction and previous history of indiscipline, I alerted security. Callahan was apprehended in the Nuclear Hazard Readiness Unit, were he was attempting to take a radiation suit, despite his mere level 2 clearance. I am currently requesting access to the security tapes of Holding Cell #34, where he spends a large amount of his time doing unsolicited research of SCP-3422.

Due to his extensive experience with SCP-3422, which could change classified documents like the one in question, I advise he be incarcerated under suspicion of fraud and making unauthorized changes to classified documents.


Dr. Julian Andrews
Senior Researcher
Site-46

Formal Request for Revision & Upgrade

Request for Revision & Upgrade: SCP-3422
Submitted By: Jr. Researcher Callahan, ID #██████████
Date: 12/24/17

After the events of the incident on 12/23/17, I am currently under suspicion of tampering with classified documents using SCP-3422. From my own research into SCP-3422, I have come to two conclusions:

1) There is more than one instance of SCP-3422 out there.
2) We have a major security flaw in the Foundation.

Regarding Conclusion #1, the classified file that was changed in the hands of Dr. Andrews underwent the same changes that I have personally worked with when using SCP-3422. It can edit, reorganize, and delete documents. Since SCP-3422 was not being used at the time of the incident, one can only come to the conclusion that there is at least one more instance of SCP-3422 outside the walls of the Foundation.

Regarding Conclusion #2, if the file in his very hand was easily accessed by an enemy of the Foundation, what could happen to the thousands of personnel dossiers and security measures we have on file at Foundation sites all over? Our websites and digital files are under extremely strict security, but currently it is equivalent to installing alarms and bullet-proof glass on every window, while we still have only a screen doors installed.

Therefore, I recommend the following changes:

1) The Object Class of SCP-3422 to be upgraded to Euclid. Sure, it is currently in a box, but there are more out there not in a box, and information regarding it is currently uncontained and open to anyone who wants to breach our security.
2) Paper files regarding the Foundation are to be kept in lead-lined filing cabinets and rooms except when they are strictly needed for use.

Currently, my notes on the use of SCP-3422 are impounded. If it is decided that SCP-3422 can be used by the Foundation, they may be used to learn how to use it. I hope my research can be of use.

Submitted to: Site Director, viewing by O5-council pending.

The following information is restricted to personnel with Level 3 clearance and above.

To: vog.pcs.64ts|swerdna_nailuj#vog.pcs.64ts|swerdna_nailuj
From: vog.pcs|4_5O#vog.pcs|4_5O

Dr. Andrews,

I heard news of an apparent security breach from Site-46. This appears to be a serious problem. According to your Incident Report, someone on your team was responsible. If you have anything else to say about the nature of the breach, I would love to hear it from you personally.

O5-4

To: vog.pcs|4_5O#vog.pcs|4_5O
From: vog.pcs.64ts|swerdna_nailuj#vog.pcs.64ts|swerdna_nailuj

To whom it may concern,

Yes sir/ma’am, it is true. Someone on my team I suspect was responsible for this heinous breach of protocol. I will personally make sure he is reprimanded and justice is properly served. It is an honor to receive this correspondence.

SCP-3422, as I’m sure you’ve read, is a machine that can apparently “hack” paper documents. Jr. Researcher Callahan has been performing tests on it for months, sir/ma’am, without any prior permission or interest from my team. If there is anyone who could have edited and destroyed those classified documents, it would be him. I’m sure of it.

Dr. Julian Andrews
Senior Researcher
Site-46

To: vog.pcs.64ts|swerdna_nailuj#vog.pcs.64ts|swerdna_nailuj
From: vog.pcs|4_5O#vog.pcs|4_5O

Dr. Andrews,

In your opinion, is Jr. Researcher Callahan the person with the most experience handling SCP-3422?

O5-4

To: vog.pcs|4_5O#vog.pcs|4_5O vog.pcs.64ts|swerdna_nailuj#vog.pcs.64ts|swerdna_nailuj
From: vog.pcs.64ts|swerdna_nailuj#vog.pcs.64ts|swerdna_nailuj

To whom it may concern,

Yes sir/ma’am, I would say so. Before I halted him, he had logged approximately 300 unauthorized hours working with it.

Dr. Julian Andrews
Senior Researcher
Site-46

To: vog.pcs.64ts|swerdna_nailuj#vog.pcs.64ts|swerdna_nailuj
From: vog.pcs|4_5O#vog.pcs|4_5O

Dr. Andrews,

Thank you. My people will be in touch with you shortly.

O5-4


Project Lamplight

Project Lamplight is the codename for our ongoing efforts to access and infiltrate the Serpent’s Hand and their records. It is co-headed by Dr. Abbot, Special Agent Schmidt, and Researcher Callahan, with supervision of the O5-council. They are to be given unlimited access to Foundation resources for use in their efforts.
Currently, we have reason to believe the Serpent’s Hand is not aware that we have SCP-3422 in our control. We’d like to keep it that way. It’s only a matter of time before we will get our library card.

- O5-4

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