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Members of the Alger Lodge, 1913.
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The Society of Atheists for the Protection from Perilous and Hindering Institutionalized Religions Everywhere, better known as "SAPPHIRE", is a Group of Interest mostly established in all of Western Europe, but also present in Eastern countries, Northern Africa, as well as the East Coast of the United States.

The oldest known actions linked to SAPPHIRE date back to 1909, although the organization stayed very vague until the 1960s, when SAPPHIRE seemingly went through a major expansion. The precise cause for this is unknown.

SAPPHIRE advocates to fight any form of belief, religion and superstition that they believe is the underlying cause of the woes affecting mankind, as well as SCP objects that they consider to be the source of the aforementioned beliefs, religions, and superstitions.

In spite of the ideal of rationality and humanism SAPPHIRE claims to adhere to, they do not hesitate to use anomalous means for terrorist purposes and commit attacks against both traditional and occult religions, the primary victims of the attack often being civilians. Those attacks can also be directed against superstitions, as they target clairvoyance enthusiast civilians, or rival organizations including the Foundation.

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"Selection of RUBIES for the June 12th operation."
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Inner workings:

SAPPHIRE does not follow a real leader or a central power but is rather divided in approximately fifty semi-independent Lodges. Each Lodge is free to act in its own way, but they can collaborate with each other if they are willing to. However, members of every Lodge are under the responsibility and the authority of a Lodge Leader. Those Lodge Leaders assemble every year during Summits taking place in an indeterminate place only known as "Stoa".

In spite of the egalitarian policy, SAPPHIRE claims to grant to its members, all of its Lodge Leaders and most eminent members seem to be part of an intellectual and/or wealthy elite, which is authoritative in the fields of civilian science. Several leading figures known by the general public are believed to be secretly part of that elite, including N███ ████████ █████, C███ █████ and R██████ ███████.

Financing:

SAPPHIRE seems to raise a part of its financial means from the subscriptions of its adherents, and the other part from the generosity of several rich patrons. Among those monetary supports, the Foundation actively monitors the Silverstein dynasty, based on the East coast of the United States, and the Faustil dynasty, in Switzerland, whose members are most often part of SAPPHIRE since at least the 1930s. It is also assumed that other organizations which are not part of SAPPHIRE but have an interest in the eradication of the anomalous and/or the religion can offer them financial assistance. However, these suspicions remain unconfirmed.

Activities:

Activities of SAPPHIRE focus on intelligence gathering, terrorism, research, active proselytism for the atheist cause, and the destruction of anomalous objects and phenomena. To this end, the organization is divided into several units:

  • Repressive Use of Bias and Imaginary Entities Suppression: RUBIES is the field unit of SAPPHIRE, more or less the equivalent of the MTFs. Their objectives, as the name suggests, is to recover discovered SCP objects, to use them against religions (for attacks for instance) and to destroy them, or to counter or limit their effects when they prove to be indestructible.

As SAPPHIRE does not have military forces at their disposal like the Foundation, and as most of its members are civilians, each RUBIES team is improvised depending on the situation by voluntary members having knowledge, practice, or precise means suitable to their needs. Consequently, a RUBIES can consist of one single individual or over one hundred depending on the operation. Though they are often charged with amateurism, RUBIES operations have a sixty percent success rate.

  • Extortion Maneuvers, Espionage and Reconnaissance inside Agencies, Leagues and Dogma: EMERALDs refer to undercover agents among other organisms linked to the anomalous world. They are especially pernicious and are most likely the biggest strategic advantage of SAPPHIRE, present inside "Agencies" such as the SCP Foundation, "Leagues" such as the Global Occult Coalition and "Dogmas" such as the Horizon Initiative.

EMERALDs are particularly numerous, discreet, and efficient. As most of SAPPHIRE members are scientists, they have no problem infiltrating the Foundation, which often selects and recruits them without knowing. It is also assumed that several researchers already working for the Foundation and suffering from the Filbuson syndrome end up secretly joining SAPPHIRE. ██ EMERALDs have already been discovered within the Foundation since the 70s, and around ███, personnel has been put under surveillance by the Internal Security Department.

  • Zetetic Investigation, Rational Cognition and Oddities Negation: ZIRCON is a unit comprised of debunkers, who are sent first to the scene of anomalous phenomena in order to write a precise report about "why it's not possible". As skeptics and rhetoric experts, they also mainly serve to manage both internal and external communication of the Society, as well as in the "scientific" research (although clearly oriented and negationist) on SCP objects.

Research on anomalous objects, pursued independently by SAPPHIRE researchers, seems to be limited essentially to the practical abilities and limits of SCP objects, in order to know how to destroy, inhibit, and/or use them. SAPPHIRE has no personal interest to know more about them, and the recovery of several technical documents from their research mentioning "morphic fields" and "telluric resonance" (largely outdated terms in the field of paraphysics) prove that they are largely behind in the scientific sector.

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