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The tunnel leading to SCP-3593. Note the infrastructural elements left behind by the ORIA, indicating their sudden departure.

Item #: SCP-3593

Object Class: Euclid Keter

Special Containment Procedures: (Valid as of 18/12/2017) Research Base 89 has been established within the Koh-e Sulayman to monitor and research SCP-3593. A dedicated team, fluent in Azeri and Farsi, is to monitor SCP-3593 at all times. It is vital that SCP-3593-2 remains dormant, and SCP-3593-1's behaviour must be altered to that end.

Research on how to penetrate SCP-3593 or communicate with SCP-3593-2 is ongoing. Diplomatic overtures towards the ORIA for cooperation on SCP-3593's containment are ongoing.

Description: SCP-3593 is a cave, roughly 58m3 in size, in the Koh-e Sulayman range in Qandahar Province, Afghanistan. An impenetrable layer of earth approximately 3m deep1 surrounds SCP-3593, with the exception of a small entryway, where an invisible barrier blocks all entry into SCP-3593. This entryway is located at the end of a tunnel approximately 6km2 into the mountainside.

Within SCP-3593 are two humanoid figures, hereafter referred to as SCP-3593-1 and SCP-3593-2. SCP-3593-1 is an emaciated figure who has been crucified onto a diagonal wooden cross. This cross is placed directly behind the entryway to the cave, close enough to allow communication from the outside. SCP-3593-1 almost continually speaks in an incomprehensible glossolalia. It only occasionally speaks in a comprehensible language, ordinarily an antiquated form of Azeri but occasionally also in Farsi. On these occasions, SCP-3593-1 demonstrates a greater level of sapience and awareness of its surroundings and people standing outside SCP-3593, occasionally responding or reacting to Foundation questioning.

SCP-3593-1 is naked except for a cloth around its waist, and lacks all bodily hair except a long moustache. SCP-3593-1's legible speech almost always seems to consist of praise of the early modern Nuqtavi sect3, both in terms of their theology and their social role. SCP-3593-1 has only been known to deviate from such praise on one occasion (Incident 3593-1), the details of which can be found below.

SCP-3593-2's appearance is difficult to ascertain due to the vantage point of external observers. Ordinarily, it is seated on a rock approximately 4.6m behind SCP-3593-1, with its face pointed downwards. It is dressed in a black robe, and holds a large, curved knife across its knees. SCP-3593-2 has never been observed to move or vocalise by Foundation researchers, except during Incident 3593-1.

SCP-3593 was discovered on 18/10/2011, when the Foundation was notified to its presence by a message from the Office for the Reclamation of Islamic Artifacts (ORIA). The message consisted solely of a set of co-ordinates and a request for the Foundation to "solve the problem at hand." This was a particularly noteworthy incident due to the usual lack of direct communication from the ORIA and their conventional hostility towards Foundation interference in the region. To date, the Foundation has been unable to extract any other information about the anomaly from the ORIA. Only one defector has expressed knowledge of the anomaly4, and has refused to give the Foundation any information.

Below is a series of fragments of the speeches of SCP-3593-1 and the conversations between it and Foundation personnel. These have been translated from the original Farsi and Azeri.

SCP-3593-1: Four… four, there are always four… the fire, water, air, earth, mingling, dispersing, purifying, Adam becomes Muhammad becomes Mahmud, mingling, same substance, same substance, the Dervish5 told me, he told me, it must be true, the law is abrogated the ajami6 are free…

SCP-3593-1: Who was I before this…

Dr. Rosenberg: Who were you before this imprisonment?

SCP-3593-1: Before this life… this body, flesh blood bone fire water air earth, one divinity one substance will all divinity, calligrapher or artist? Mahmud was Muhammad purified, an ajami for the ajami cycle7, who was I? A king purified from an earlier king, but I was not purified, I am the impure, I am the imbalance, the traitor, I am I am I am I am I am…

SCP-3593-1: Fleeing, fleeing, running, to far India where they were safe from him, the traitor, the king8… the king sits in his parlour and thinks, mulls, contemplates, dies and is reborn, eats, sleeps, thinks, never knowing truth, divorced from his divinity… they put it all in me, not the king but the slave of Ali's threshold, all through me, all in my head, all in my heart, all in my being, humanity's conduit…

SCP-3593-1: Eight thousand years of Arab rule, eight thousand years of ajami rule, how many has it been? Is it time yet? Is it time for my death yet?

Dr. Rosenberg: Why do you need to die?

SCP-3593-1: Divinity in all things is divinity in the one. We cannot, they cannot, trust the king again, the king must die, the king must be the conduit for the rise of the ajami, praise Mahmud, sweet Mahmud…

Dr. Rosenberg: What do you mean about divinity?

SCP-3593-1: All connected by a single thread, born dying decomposing, all within a single cycle, all containing common divinity, all one, all fed through the king, all inside him, waiting, to inaugurate the cycle of the ajami

SCP-3593-1: They come, they came, they will come again… he sits on the battlefield, watching his brokenness, he understood but not wholly, he understood the fire but not its form, understood the passion, the ride, as I did not, I killed it, I betrayed them, my followers, like they betrayed you, your Foundation, your, your your…

Dr. Rosenberg: Wh- Who betrayed us? You know who we are?

SCP-3593-1: They betrayed you… the spirit of the age, the ajami spirit, the men who covet and the women who need, the desperate ones who were sorry, so so sorry, sorry for what they did… divinity in one is divinity in all…

Addendum 1: On 19/01/2017, SCP-3593-1's manner of speech took on an unusual level of legibility, concurrent with a dramatic change in the topic. The results of this can be seen in the transcript below.

Officer on duty: Dr. Safi Rosenberg, Level 2 Researcher.

<Begin Log>

SCP-3593-1: …and glory to the Dervish, glory to Mahmud, glory to Yusufi the Shah… no… no not to him… no… the heresy of the Nuqtavis cannot be abided. The Nuqtavis must be purged, must be extirpated. You, there.

Dr. Rosenberg: Er- Yes?

SCP-3593-1: You must ride to Esfahan at once. The city will let you in, it was how I ordered it built. There are Nuqtavis here who are planning sedition against the state. I am the Shah, I must have order. I must have peace. I must stop the men of regret and reclamation. Send for my son, Mohammad Baq- no, no…

Dr. Rosenberg: I'm afraid that is not possible. Are you are aware of your present condition?

SCP-3593-1: What condition? I am perfectly well. Send for- for Amano'llah, he'll… no….

At this point, SCP-3593-2 is seen to raise its head.

SCP-3593-1: No… no he- Send for Sultan Mohammad, my other son. He will know. He- he was- Where am I? Is this Alamut? Where are they gone, the others, the ajami Reclaimers? Don't they know what happens to those who are not ajami, when the cycle is inaugurated-

SCP-3593-2: He will not come.

SCP-3593-1 looks shocked, and attempts to turn around. SCP-3593-2 rises, and lifts up the dagger. SCP-3593-2's appearance is now more visible; it is a dark-haired male with large wounds across its face, hands and body. Later analysis determined that these wounds were consistent with those made by Iranian muskets from the sixteenth century.

Dr. Rosenberg: I am Dr. Safi Rosenberg of the SCP Foundation. Please identity yourself.

SCP-3593-1: Y- you're dead. I had you shot.

SCP-3593-2 begins advancing towards SCP-3593-1.

SCP-3593-1: I had you killed! I had you all killed! You and the rest of- I won't lie any more! I have chanted your praises for centuries, you, you who dug me from my tomb when the Afghans plundered it, you who will kill them all, you who-

SCP-3593-2: Recant your betrayal.

SCP-3593-1: I had you shot! You filthy heretic! I crowned you, girded you, watched your failure, watched-

SCP-3593-2: Recant your betrayal.

SCP-3593-2 has reached SCP-3593-1. It places its knife across SCP-3593-1's neck.

Dr. Rosenberg: Please, tell us your name. Your identity. Why do you-

SCP-3593-2: Because he has not recanted his betrayal.

SCP-3593-2 pauses, staring at SCP-3593-1. SCP-3593-1 panics, slightly cutting its neck on SCP-3593-2's knife. SCP-3593-1 then relaxes.

SCP-3593-1: I… I praise the great Mahmud… I praise him, I praise him, his vision, the end of the cycle, the restoration of the ajami, the true ajami, the real ajami, I praise him, I praise him, I praise him…

SCP-3593-1's speech degenerates once again. SCP-3593-2 moves away from SCP-3593-1.

Dr. Rosenberg: W-wait! I demand you tell me your identity! Who are you? What do you want with him?

SCP-3593-2 does not respond to this or further questioning. It returns to its original position.

<End Log>

Addendum 2: On 16/12/2017, the ORIA defector Dr. Isma'il Khorasani was found dead in his quarters, having hung himself with a length of rope. There was no suicide note, but a fragment of an ORIA memorandum was found on his desk. A transcript of the memorandum is as follows:

lends further credence to the theory that the figures are indeed 'Abbas and Yusufi. Given the respective positions of these two within this Nuqtavi offshoot (as demonstrated in Section 3) and the evidence of our alchemists (as demonstrated in Section 15), the Nuqtavis tapped into some interconnected aspect of the human race, filtering their "divinity", as they term it, through the person of 'Abbas and with the parameters controlled by Yusufi.

The Nuqtavi conception of reality, its interconnectedness, and their desire for the abrogation of Arab rule and the inauguration of ajami rule are thus extremely dangerous. It is only by luck that they had chosen this poetic manner to inaugurate their changeover; the death of the king who thwarted their last attempt at victory in order to usher in their ultimate triumph.

Regardless, the facts of the matter remain. With the extinction of the Nuqtavis, Yusufi no longer held any definition as to who was or was not an ajami in spirit. And while Dr. Khorasani's actions may have been well-intentioned, the fact remains that the ORIA's stated mission is the protection of Iran and the broader Islamic world. With ajam and the ORIA now inextricably linked in Yusufi's mind, and all other humans therefore presumably classified as Arab, we are directly responsible for the worldwide

Following the discovery of this document, SCP-3593 has been reclassified as Keter.

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