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SCP-3689. Photographed by Agent Dashing after the retrieval of a subject.

Item #: SCP-3689

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: Due to the rarity of SCP-3689, containment efforts are to be focused on ensuring the confidentiality of SCP-3689. Research efforts into SCP-3689 are also not advised, due to the high amount of resources required in order for consistent testing to be remotely feasible.

Foundation personnel is to monitor all functioning trains of the MTR Corporation Ltd. in order to detect an SCP-3689 activation event. In the event that a case has been confirmed, a small cleanup crew is to be notified to retrieve the affected individual to Site-202 for questioning. The affected individual is to be administered a Class-B amnestic afterward and released.

Foundation agents have been embedded in the MTR Corporation Ltd. in order to facilitate the removal of SCP-3689 from the trains of the aforementioned public transport network or, failing that, the purchase of new trains of different models.

Any discovery of anomalous effects similar to SCP-3689 outside of Hong Kong is to be immediately notified to the current Director of Site-202 (Currently Director Yeung).

Description: SCP-3689 is a standard Priority Seat1 on any standard train of the MTR Corporation Limited, regardless of model. Other than the potential manifestation of SCP-3689, the trains have no anomalous effects. Trains of the same model employed by other metro service providers possess no anomalous effects.

SCP-3689's anomalous effect may occur when an individual in their late teens to early 30s sits on SCP-36892, hereby referred to as "the subject". SCP-3689's anomalous effect occurs after 10 seconds of the subject sitting, manifesting once the subject has blinked. The subjects described themselves as having been transported to a giant stage, facing a crowd of large size in subsequent interviews. They are then submitted to a “struggle session”3, hereby designated SCP-3689-1.

While SCP-3689-1 has an unknown number of variations, all interviews with affected subjects have showed that the event has several characteristics, such as:

  • Movement restricted by some form of detainment gear, ranging from hemp ropes to an object similar to SCP-[RESTRICTED TO LEVEL 4 PERSONNEL OR ABOVE] (64/64)4
  • A crowd of over 5000(approx) being present (64/64)
  • Being antagonized by the crowd (64/64)
  • Pictures of the subject being displayed at the venue (64/64)
  • An object being thrown at the subject (64/64)
  • Being dragged through the crowd (64/64)
  • Being physically assaulted (64/64)
  • Being forced to "admit to their sins" by the crowd (64/64)
  • Constant lighting, even if the venue is outdoors. (64/64)
  • Chanting “Down with [name of subject]” rhythmically by the crowd throughout the event. (64/64)
  • Crude posters and banners at the venue. (64/64) The contents of the banners/posters usually translates to5:
    • “Down with [name of subject]” (49/64)
    • “Repent for substantial sin” (45/64)
    • “Protect the Priority Seat with our blood and strength” (44/64).
  • Mandarin Chinese being spoken. (53/64)
  • Being stripped of clothing. (47/64)

The following event log was documented from the hypnosis of the 11th subject, designated POI 3689-11, and with the use of Procedure 3969-046

Researcher in charge: Researcher Norman.
Date: ██/██/10
Time of event: 32:11:38

00:00:00: Subject is teleported to SCP-3689-1. Subject is on a stage and is facing a crowd of approx. 10000 people.

00:00:02: Crowd starts to chant “Down with [NAME REDACTED]” in Mandarin.

00:05:12: A person on the stage, holding a mic, starts to yell at POI 3689-11, stating that she is “human scum”, and kicks her.

00:05:13: Crowd cheers.

00:05:16: Other people on stage begin kicking POI 3689-11.

00:07:09: Kicking stops.

00:07:10: POI 3689-11 is accused of “committing the serious atrocity of misusing the Priority Seat” by several people on stage.

00:07:13: POI 3689-11 attempts to defend herself by stating that she had been experiencing Menstrual Cramps, and was feeling uncomfortable.

00:07:14: POI 3689-11 is cut off by the crowd booing.

00:07:20: Mic holder accuses POI 3689-11 of lying and proceeds to punch her.

00:07:47: Punching stops. Chanting of “Down with [NAME REDACTED]” resumes.

00:41:36: Chanting stops. A person holding a piece of paper enters the stage.

00:42:00: Person reads from the paper, a list of “sins” committed by POI 3689-11.


01:11:44: Reading of the list stops. Crowd demands POI 3689-11 admit to her sins.

01:11:45: POI 3689-11 admits to her sins.

01:11:49: Crowd cheers.

01:11:52: Chanting of “Down with [NAME REDACTED]” resumes.

01:13:41: A person from the stage forcibly removes clothing of POI 3689-11.

01:15:12: Clothing of POI 3689-11 is burned on stage.

01:15:32: Burned clothing is used to burn POI 3689-11. 1st degree burns caused. POI 3689-11 starts screaming.

01:15:36: A person on stage and holding a knife threatens to cut of POI 3689-11's mouth. POI 3689-11 stops screaming.

01:15:52: Chanting of “Down with [NAME REDACTED]” resumes.


03:24:04: POI 3689-11, naked at the time, is dragged through the crowd. People that she passes through occasionally spit on her.

03:32:38: Dragging of POI 3689-11 stops. A circle of people is formed around her.


07:22:11: Beating stops.

07:22:15: POI 3689-11 is dragged again.

07:56:36: Dragging of POI 3689-11 stops at a farm.

07:57:10: POI 3689-11 is thrown into a pigpen. Crowd chants “Protect the Priority Seat with our blood and strength”.


21:48:48: POI 3689-11 is dragged to a different location.

22:47:08: Dragging of POI 3689-11 stops.

22:47:11: A person attaches two jumper cables to POI 3689-11.

22:48:49: POI 3689-11 is electrocuted. Muscle spasms from POI 3689-11 is seen.


25:20:12: Crowd chants “Break the head of [NAME REDACTED]”.


31:13:59: Crowd chants “All hail the great Priority Seat”.

32:11:38: POI 3689-11 is transported back to SCP-3689.

SCP-3689-1, captured by hypnosis of POI 3689-20 and usage of Procedure 3969-04.

SCP-3689-1 lasts between 20 to 45 hours, determined by how early the subject complies with the crowd in SCP-3689-1. However, it is hypothesized that the struggle session may potentially last for an indefinite amount of time, assuming that the subject does not comply while in SCP-3689-1.

SCP-3689-1 has been noted to end abruptly in all cases, and the subject is transported back to the train. CCTV footage shows no change in the subject’s location. All wounds sustained by the subject within SCP-3689 are healed.

This shows that SCP-3689 either possess some degree of temporal anomalous effect or simply causes hallucinations. Whatever it is, we don't have any proper way of finding out.
-Dr. Norman

As of this writing, there have been 64 documented instances since documentation began on 19/12/2009, or about 1 in 4’430’000 passengers.

SCP-3689's anomalous effect was discovered on 22/11/2009 when Foundation webcrawlers detected a mention of a "criticism seat" on the website forum.████████.com, where an individual described his experience of SCP-3689. A task force from Site-202 was sent to Hong Kong to investigate, which coincided with the second case of SCP-3689. Both individuals were interviewed and subsequently amnesticized.

Addendum 3689.1

While no conclusive pattern has been drawn from SCP-3689's criteria for activation7, due to the extremely small sample size, individuals with certain characteristics have a disproportionally higher probability of activating SCP-3689's anomalous effects.

Characteristics include:

  • One or more recovering injuries that are not visible, but directly affects the individual’s ability to stand for extended periods of time.
  • Pregnancy between 1 to 4 months. Note that all individuals were aware of their pregnancy at the time.
  • Menstrual Cramps
  • Lack of sleep
  • Exhaustion

As much as I would like to properly test this out, we don't have the resources or time to test it. Whether 3689 truly is a sentient entity that has an odd definition of "people in need" and jumps to conclusions way too quickly may remain a mystery.
-Dr. Cheng

Addendum 3689.2

On ██/██/17, the 54th subject(designated POI 3689-54) was retrieved with a flyer, which was thrown towards her by the crowd within SCP-3689-1. POI 3689-54 was 3 months pregnant at the time and was suffering from Arthritis, a disease that affects joint movement.

The following was translated from Simplified Chinese to English by Dr. Cheng.

[NAME REDACTED] must be condemned! [NAME REDACTED] has disgraced our mighty Priority Seat by sitting without meeting any of the criteria! Is she old? No! Is she pregnant? No! Is she carrying a baby? No! Is she injured? No!

[NAME REDACTED] has clearly shown a lack of respect for the elderly, pregnant women, or the disabled! We must castigate her for a thousand years!

[NAME REDACTED] not only lacked any respect for the aforementioned groups, she is also a lying (bad woman)! She claimed that she was pregnant and that she was suffering from "Arthritis"! Lies! We can’t possibly be wrong! Is her belly swelled? Does she have (bandages/plasters) on her legs? No! She was clearly lying and deserves to have her lying mouth fed to pigs and dogs!

People! [NAME REDACTED] has constantly lied and has shown serious selfishness! She will be adjudged by the masses for the next millennia! Her unwillingness to repent for her numerous lies have only caused her to be sunken into damnation for generations to come! This lying bitch is not pregnant, nor injured! We must criticize her until she (starts to smell)!

Protect the Priority Seat with our blood and strength! Long live the Priority Seat! May the Priority Seat punish those who are unworthy of sitting!

Down with [NAME REDACTED]!

POI 3689-54 was subsequently amnesticized without incident. The flyer was determined to be non-anomalous after testing and was placed in Locker 305 of Site-202.

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