SCP-5079
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rating: +60+x

Fungus

Surgically excised fungal material from an instance of SCP-5079-1.

Special Containment Procedures:
Foundation webcrawler I/O METATRON is to search for and delete all posts to online forums containing SCP-5079; the webcrawler shall also trace the post’s IP address. If a new IP address is registered then MTF personnel are to be mobilized to investigate and detain any individual who has posted SCP-5079.

SCP-5079-1 instances are to be transported to converted medical centers in York, England, overseen by Site-91 personnel. Cover stories concerning the SCP-5079-1 instance are to be prepared in case any family or investigation queries the instance’s whereabouts. Police records concerning SCP-5079-1 instances are to be sanitized and emergency personnel finding an instance of SCP-5079-1 are to be administered Class-A amnestics.


Description:
SCP-5079 is a self-executing, carnomantic1 ritual targeting a small segment of the population that converts soft tissue of the body to tissue resembling the cellular structure of fungi. Subjects who are afflicted by SCP-5079 (designated as SCP-5079-1 instances) will begin to generate fungal structures attaching the body to the surrounding area shortly after encountering the thaumaturgically charged language of SCP-5079. Generation of fungal structures starts with the conversion of soft tissues in the body but then shifts to cellular duplication. Growth analysis shows rapid generation of fungal tendrils, taking less than twelve hours to firmly attach the subject with furniture and building structures. Tendrils of fungal material also generate inwards, encroaching into the body’s remaining soft tissues. Genetic analysis of the fungal growth continue to show human DNA in all generated biological material.

Fungal structures are capable of capturing carbon dioxide and taking sustenance from sunlight through photosynthesis. Residual human systems persist, subject to encroachment of fungal materials into the body, allowing for intravenous feeding. SCP-5079-1 instances produce extremely high levels of oxytocin and melatonin when compared to a normally healthy human subject unaffected by SCP-5079.

Approximately 35% of SCP-5079-1 instances succumb to the transfiguration of SCP-5079, eventually suffering brain death due to lack of sustenance or hydration.

The other 65% of SCP-5079-1 instances maintain normal brainwave activity and have shown expected levels of awareness, subject to physiological changes to sensory organs. However, only one instance of SCP-5079-1 has shown a willingness to speak.

Instances of SCP-5079-1 are capable of continued life signs with proper treatment for approximately three to four years. Foundation researchers are developing possible treatments to reverse the process through pharmeceutical, thaumaturgical, and physiolocigal mechanisms. Thaumaturgical methods have thus far been able to slow the process and, in some cases, halt it completely.

Treatment Protocols: Instances of SCP-5079-1 are to be put into medically induced comas and intravenously fed.

Additionally, instances are to be surgically excised from surrounding areas of their discovery and transported to converted medical facilities for care-giving by Foundation medical services.

To date, over one thousand individuals have been designated as SCP-5079-1.

Targeted Individuals:
SCP-5079 only affects individuals that show a high incidence of correlation to a list of identifying aspects:

  • Between 17 and 35 years old.
  • Highly uncomfortable with in-person social interactions.
  • Almost no social support structures (no friends, family, or coworkers).
  • Either not employed or employed in positions that require little to no interaction with others.
  • Spends significant amounts of their waking hours online (gaming, on forums, fandom writing, or consuming media).
  • Does not endorse any religious or political ideology.
  • Often frequents Reddit communities such as r/socialanxiety and/or r/socialskills.

SCP-5079 has no effect on individuals that are inconsistent with the profile as outlined above.


Discovery: SCP-5079 was originally brought to Foundation personnel’s attention due to a series of missing person reports resulting in the discovery of SCP-5079-1 instances across continental Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States, beginning in August 2011. All initial instances were traced back to a series of posts by the Reddit user "jakesalone211."2


Investigation into SCP-5079’s Origins:
Given the carnomantic nature of SCP-5079, Dr. Preda consulted with Dr. Judith Low, Senior Adviser at the Foundation Department of History. Dr. Low believes that SCP-5079 is derived from a Nälkä ritual referenced to in a passage of the Solomonari Valkzaron4; the purpose of which was to create a joint being out of multiple individuals. Dr. Low further opined that the ritual was not intended to be shared as anonymous information, as typically it would be enacted to join those with intimate connections to one another: i.e. members of a small community.

However, Dr. Low believes that if instances of SCP-5079-1 were to be placed close together, they would merge and eventually form an unknown instance.5 Dr. Low believes that keeping the instances physically separate would halt such a merged instance from developing.

The Ethics Committee has ruled that experiments with instances of SCP-5079-1 towards testing Dr. Low’s hypothesis are inhumane and are not permitted at this time. All SCP-5079-1 instances are to be kept physically separate and treated in order to preserve life and potentially halt the progression of SCP-5079.

Any purposes and features of this hypothetical joint being (merged from individual instances of SCP-5079-1) are unknown at this time.

Review of Sylvia Ferver’s online activity revealed a post containing SCP-5079 shared on r/socialanxiety dated 2011-08-06. The IP address of the device used to post SCP-5079 was traced back to a flat in Newcastle, Northern England, owned by Jacob Bell. Survey of Reddit and other online forums found over thirty-five posts containing the thaumaturgically active language of SCP-5079. All posts containing SCP-5079 were traced back to Bell's IP address and were subsequently deleted from their respective servers.

Bell’s hard drive contained numerous digital documents concerning thaumaturgy, a copy of the Solomonari Valkzaron, and numerous diagrams for carnomantic rituals. Research into Bell’s past have shown no connections to any known Neo- or Proto-Sarkic cults. Bell's hard drive was destroyed in order to prevent further incidents. Also recovered from Bell's flat was several self-help books with a focus on interpersonal communication and creating lasting bonds. The books are worn and have been heavily annotated by one individual's handwriting.

After several months without the appearance of any new SCP-5079-1 instances, the Classification Committee was considering the reclassification to "Neutralized". However, on 2012-01-19, several new posts containing SCP-5079 were spotted by I/O METATRON and were deleted within seconds. The IP address of the poster was traced back to six new individual Reddit user accounts. When interviewed, the users universally stated they saw the original posts months before and saved them and then re-uploaded. One of the new posters stated "I liked the look of it, cool occult language. Thought others would get a kick outta it!" All six were administered Class-A amnestics and are under observation for signs of SCP-5079's effects.

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