SCP-159-KO
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Photo of SCP-159-KO's interior taken after entering from ███, Seongju-Gun.

Item #: SCP-159-KO

Containment Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-159-KO's effects do not appear if one does not enter it. It is to be concealed as naturally as possible using its surrounding natural environment, if possible. However, when needed, entrances can be blocked with barbed wire and metal gratings. For example, an entrance in ███, Seongju-Gun was blocked by changing how a nearby stream flows. If other entrances are found, they are to be blocked immediately by the aforementioned method.

Description: SCP-159-KO is an area located in █████████ of East Asia. There are no artificial structures such as roads that lead to the area, so one can only reach the place by climbing through rough terrain in a particular region. Ten of these particular regions have been discovered to date. These ten regions refer to ███ of Namwon-Si, ███ of Seongju-Gun, ███ of Mt. Sokri, ███ of Yecheon-Gun, ███ of Andong-Si, ███ of Yeongju-Si, ███ of Gongju-Si, ███ of Muju-Gun, ███ of Bongwha-Gun, and ███ of Yeongwol-Gun, all of which are in South Korea. The entrances are extremely difficult to find, and even if one enters, it is impossible for the person to tell where SCP-159-KO starts.

Track records of high-frequency transmissions after successful entry into SCP-159-KO marks its location at ███ of ███ province in China. However, visit to the ███ of ███ province showed that it was an ordinary mountainside village with no connections to SCP-159-KO. It is hard to know the size of SCP-159-KO is, due to its lack of a clear boundary with the outside, but triangulation after entering the ten entrances at once confirmed that the subject is at least 150,000 square kilometers wide.

Inside the area is a vast moor, which has a flora of notable diversity. Biomes of temperate to microthermal regions, such as temperate rainforests, mixed forests, step areas, grasslands, taigas, and tundras, are evenly spread across the area, in which thick fog always surround the are. Local fauna includes insects, reptile, amphibian species, and small mammals such as rodents, weasels, and raccoons, but not larger mammals. A "Buffer zone" exists where different biomes meet, where fauna and flora from different biomes react with each other. This unique ecosystem is considered to be ecologically noteworthy.

After entering SCP-159-KO, the person cannot find an exit, nor the entrance they used. When D class personnel tied with life ropes were sent, they could retract the ropes to return the way they entered, but █ D class personnel not provided with a rope did not return, as they failed to find an exit. However, HF radio transmission was fully functional; hence it was used in every entry. As of ██/██/████, █ personnel in the area still send radio transmissions but are expected to terminate soon. After discovering traces of humans inside the area, the Foundation dispatched agents and researchers to start an investigation.

Evidence of human activity inside the area is very rare, but there are some found by coincidence. These tracks do not seem to have any correlation with each other. Carbon dating suggests that every track is from a different era. The list of traces are:

  1. Basic tools such as axes, hoes, and two sheds in which the owner of the tools most likely lived in.
  2. Three huts mostly collapsed.
  3. Seven human skeletons bleached by the elements, one from an adult male, three from adult females, three from girls. The adult female pelvises showed postpartum pelvic deformity. DNA testing of the femur and pelvis proved that all skeletons are related to each other. The male is thought to be in his 50s or 60s, and the females are thought to be in their 20s or 30s. The adult females are found to be the mother of each of the girls. Foundation biologists questioned why the carbon isotopes have decayed, but not the DNA.
  4. Charred bones, species unknown.
  5. Charred human pelvis
  6. A human-dug pit. Archeologists suggest that it seems to be a primitive toilet. Traces of defecation samples dug from the ground contained human myoglobin.

Addendum: Researcher's note

SCP-159-KO seems to match the legends of █████████ of the east. The only thing is, it's not legendary nor a paradise. What fate had the people who fled from wars, harshness, and the burden of the reality faced after coming here? I can make a rough estimation based on track 3 and 6, but I don't feel the need to write one researcher's personal thoughts here.

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