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rating: +61+x
3/3862 LEVEL 3/3862
CLASSIFIED
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Item #: SCP-3862
Euclid
Assigned Site Site Director Research Head Assigned MTF
Site-54 Dr. Andreas Götz Dr. Jaime Forrester Xi-8 ("The Last to Fall")

Special Containment Procedures

SCP-3862 is secured in three biological containment lockers in the Antiquities Vault at Site-54. Under no circumstances are all three objects to be studied together without prior written approval by the current HMCL supervisor or the current Site Director.

All testing events should be conducted in a Class A sterile laboratory, and researchers involved must undergo thorough decontamination procedures after being exposed to any of the SCP-3862 objects.

In the event of a containment breach, Site-54 will enter immediate bio-contamination lock down, and all personnel must present immediately at the closest decontamination facility to prevent the spread of SCP-3862-Σ

The unofficial disinformation campaign originally conceived by the Portuguese aristocracy was largely successful in removing all mention of the relationship between Eleanore Tavora & Lucien Dutoit, and this campaign is currently being maintained by the Foundation and its assets.

TSATPWTCOTTTADC.aic has been tasked with monitoring web traffic and academic correspondence for references to the Marquessa de Abrantes & her relationships. Any mention of Lucien Dutoit is to be immediately tagged and sent to the current SCP-3862 head researcher for review.

NOTE: Research into SCP-3862 has re-commenced under the direction of Dr. Jaime Forrester. See 3862.doc.01 for more details.


Description

SCP-3862 collectively refers to three separate objects, previously owned by the Marquessa de Abrantes, Eleanore da Piedade de Lancastre e Tavora and her paramour, Ser Lucien Dutoit.

Designation Description
SCP-3862-A A Victorian-era letterbox inlaid with mother-of-pearl and lacquered with a solution that includes significant traces of human blood1
SCP-3862-B An ornate wall sconce grown from human bone
SCP-3862-C An ornate side table carved from a keratin-like substance2

All three objects, as well as the letters contained in SCP-3862-A, are hosts to two previously unknown and unique strains of the Vibrio vulnificus bacteria that, when combined with each other, manifest in a virulent pathogenic contagion designated SCP-3862-Σ. This bacterial manifestation is highly resistant to all commonly known antimicrobial therapies, and is considered biologically immortal. It is to be noted that SCP-3862-Σ only becomes active when both strains are present.

Attached Addenda

Discovery
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The Palace of the Marquesses of Abrantes, c. 2013

SCP-3862 was first acquired by the Foundation in 1952, during the renovation of the Palace of Santos, the former seat of the House Abrantes, and the current French Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal. While the palace had been used for some time by the French government as a de-facto Embassy, it was formally acquired by France in 1909, and by 1951 it was in need of major renovation to update the internal facilities as well as repair to several structural elements.

It was during this renovation that the first hidden entrance to a small "chapel" was discovered in what had once been the bedchamber of the Marquessa Eleanore Lancastre e Tavora. Upon further investigation, an additional hidden entrance and hallway was discovered that connected the "chapel" to a guest bedroom now believed to have been occupied by a member of the French diplomatic mission to Portugal, Ser Lucien Dutoit.

Very little was documented about the initial discovery of this "chapel" and its contents. The workers and staff assigned to the renovation of that area were all exposed to the pathogenic contagion associated with SCP-3862 and quickly succumbed to rapid-onset bacterial infection. Due to the anomalous attributes associated with this disease and the contents of the chapel itself, the Foundation was alerted by assets embedded in the consulate staff, and the Embassy was immediately placed under quarantine.

It is unclear how the initial outbreak was contained. Many of the Foundation personnel assigned to the acquisition of SCP-3862 were also exposed to SCP-3862-Σ and subsequently expired. Not knowing the extent of contamination, successor personnel destroyed all the reports and research material originally associated with SCP-3862. While this was apparently successful in containing the outbreak of SCP-3862-Σ, the majority of the information surrounding the acquisition of SCP-3862 and the location wherein it was found was lost.

Additional Research

Eleanore da Piedade de Lancastre e Tavora, 8th Marquessa de Abrantes
Also 15th Countess of Penaguião and 11th Countess of Vila Nova de Portimão


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Marquessa Eleanore Lancastre e Tavora

B. January 19, 1834; D. (presently unknown)
First child of Pedro Maria da Piedade de Lancastre Almeida Sá Menezes (1816-1847), 7th Marquessa de Abrantes.

Ascended to the peerage upon the death of her father in 1847, though the majority of her responsibilities were handled by her uncle, João Maria da Piedade de Lancastre e Tavora. The official purpose of the regency was due to her age at the time of ascension, and all official records state that his regency was continued after her majority due to her poor health. Joao Maria was never officially confirmed as the 8th Marquessa, though most official records state his title as such regardless.

It is now believed that Eleanore's actual confirmation as the 8th Marquessa was suppressed primarily as a result of the scandal surrounding her relationship with the disgraced French nobleman Lucien Dutoit. It is interesting to note, however, that she is mentioned in numerous non-official accounts as having once been quite the socialite. At one point, it was rumored that her uncle was in negotiations to have her married to Lord Aberdeen, a prominent member of the British peerage, though this never came to fruition. Regardless, official documents seem to contradict these accounts, claiming instead that she was a recluse and remained so due to her poor health.

What is known, through the letters found in SCP-3862-A, is that the Marquessa traveled to England in May of 1851, and it was there that she met Lucien Dutoit at a social event held to celebrate the birthday of Queen Victoria.

Lucien Dutoit née Thiers - Officier, Légion d'honneur
Also Karcist, Société de la Fleur Sanglante (Society of the Bloody Flower)


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Ser Lucien Dutoit

B. (unknown); D. (unknown)
Almost nothing is known about Dutoit outside of the SCP-3862-A letters. All mention of him was expunged from French diplomatic records at the request of the Portuguese government. It is this very lack of available information that suggests that the identity of "Lucien Dutoit née Thiers" is just one of many such personas assumed by this individual.

What is known, and has been confirmed through various outside sources, is that Dutoit is the identity used by the Karcist of the Neo-Sarkic cult Société de la Fleur Sanglante (Society of the Bloody Flower). It is believed that Dutoit is the nom de guerre assumed by the Karcist after the fall of the July Monarchy in 1848.

Our understanding as to why Dutoit was positioned at the British court via the French diplomatic corps is purely conjecture. Through his letters, we can assume that he was attempting to gain leverage amongst the British aristocracy in a hope to shift his flagging power base in France and either his attempts to do so were blocked by an unknown outside entity, or he simply found that shifting to Portugal was a much more appetizing prospect.

Either way, the Société did make the move to Portugal, and Dutoit utilized his connection with the Marquessa to secure a French diplomatic residency at the Palace of Santos. It is unclear how much of that delegation was made up of members of his Société, but the impact of Dutoit's shifting to Lisbon did ultimately result in the Palace of Santos eventually becoming the permanent French Embassy in Portugal.

SCPF Internal Memorandum


FROM: Dr. Jaime Forrester
TO: Site Director Andreas Götz
DATE: 2013/06/08
RE: Update on the research into SCP-3862
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SCP-3862-A file photo

Our research into SCP-3862 has already yielded several important findings, primary among them the information on the Société de la Fleur Sanglante.

We knew that there was a Sarkic cult involved in the July Monarchy because that was one of the factors utilized by Her Majesty's Foundation for the Secure Containment of the Paranormal3 to justify their involvement in that whole affair.

Our records from the HMFSCP only referred to the cult as "the Société", and now that we have the full name, we've been able to trace more of their movements through our connections to the Library.

Additionally, the SCP-3862-A box itself is fairly non-anomalous. We think that the DNA samples that we were able to get from the lacquer belong to Dutoit and the Marquessa, but the DNA itself was so damaged by the lacquering process that it is difficult to be certain. If it is, it could represent the missing element of SCP-3862-Σ that we've been looking for. Perhaps Dr. Messier and her team can utilize it in synthesizing a vaccine, but that's only in the earliest stages at this point.

Respectfully,

Dr. Jaime Forrester
Head Researcher, SCP-3862

SCP-3862-B Object Dossier

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SCP-3862-B file photo

Researcher: Dr. Jaime Forrester
Dr. Samira Golzar, assisting
DATE: 2013/09/12


Creation Date:
c. 1852-1853

Physical Description:
Object is a two-candle wall sconce, displayed in an elaborate depiction of nature, including various flowers, leaves, and structural elements. Primary is the inclusion of a small white bird, possibly a dove.

Medium:
Bone (human), lacquer, gold leaf (24kt).

Dimensions:
66.04cm tall, 25.38cm wide, 15.22cm deep.

Object Location:
Antiquities Vault, Site-54

Notes:
Of interest is that the entire structure appears to have been grown, as opposed to carved. Various imaging techniques were utilized to determine if this was "new growth" bone, as is often the case in Sarkic anatomical structures5, or if this was created using pre-existing structures from a "donor".

What was found was that this was "old growth" bone, as signified by typical calcium-density markers that have been previously identified as restructured growth typically found in the skeletal structures of biologically immortal entities. Additionally, DNA sample analysis proves that this is a match to the samples belonging to one of the individuals associated with SCP-3862-A.

It is the conclusion of the research team that SCP-3862-B is an object of art created by Lucien Dutoit, from his own body. Furthermore, it represents the use of pre-existing bone structure (primarily taken from the thoracic cage).6

SCP-3862 Final Report


FROM: Site Director Andreas Götz
TO: O5-█; O5-█; Jonathon DeCroix, Director, Ethics Committee
DATE: 2015/04/03
RE: SCP-3862 Final Report

It is with a fair amount of personal regret that I must inform you of the passing of Dr. Jaime Forrester. While the results of his research have forwarded our understanding of Neo-Sarkicism, I am uncertain if the loss of such a brilliant researcher is commiserate with the information gained.

While such losses are often inevitable in the work that we have sworn ourselves to, it is still something that we strive to prevent wherever possible. In this instance, it was my decision to allow reopening the research into SCP-3862 that ultimately led to Dr. Forrester's untimely and rather grisly end.

Nonetheless, we now know that the entity known as "Lucien Dutoit" may still be at large and represents a significantly greater threat than we originally realized. Dr. Low's insistence that Ion was not the likely creator of SCP-610 has been confirmed, and in a way that is truly terrifying for us all. Who knows how many of the horrific pathogens that have been released upon the world have been the result of Dutoit's meddling?

The Flesh that Hates has the same lethality to everyone, regardless of status, and murdering everyone doesn't fit with Ion's reported desire to free the oppressed. The Historical department has always more-or-less agreed that Ion was generally too benevolent, in his own way, to have created and released a disease like that purely for vengeance.

The possibility of someone else being the architect of 610 has always been a theory, but absent a smoking gun, it has remained just a theory. I believe that this is that smoking gun.

Attached, please find a transcription of Dr. Forrester's final experiment with SCP-3862. May dissemination of this information bring forth a result that can assuage my guilt.

Andreas Götz
Site Director, Site-54

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