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SCP-186-DE during its apprehension.

Item #: SCP-186-DE

Object Class: Keter

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-186-DE is to be housed in a standard cell for humanoid anomalies and provided with three meals per day. His cell is to be equipped with increased security measures against outside intrusion, and opportunities for entertainment are to be provided, which, however, must first be reviewed and approved by the head of the containment team. SCP-186-DE may make requests in this regard, but these don't need to be granted.

Letters manifested by SCP-186-DE's anomalous properties are to be scanned and checked for key terms after SCP-186-DE has read them. They ae to be archived in the event that they contain important information. Otherwise, they may be disposed of with the regular paper trash. SCP-186-DE is not to be stopped from reading these letters.

On the night of 24. December to the 25. December each year, SCP-186-DE's position is to be tracked with an implanted tracking device at all times. Should a Holy Night Event occur, MTF DE17-𝔚 "The Grinches" shall be dispatched to re-contain SCP-186-DE. MTF DE17-𝔚 is not a permanently standing MTF and is to be disbanded after the December 25th of each year and reformed in early December of the next year. It should be noted that re-containment can only be enacted after the end of the Holy Night Event.

If re-containment fails, units shall be dispatched from Foundation facilities which are next to SCP-186-DE's position to reestablish containment. All witnesses are to be amnesticized, objects supplied by SCP-186-DE to be confiscated, and phenomena created by it shall are to be covered up with appropriate cover stories if necessary. There is usually no need to influence media, as they are dismissed as hoaxes by the general public, except in cases of bodily harm or worse. In that case, the reports must be censored and deleted.

Despite its anomalous nature, it should be noted that SCP-186-DE can be harmed by ordinary means, except when a Holy Night Event is in progress.

Description: SCP-186-DE is an entity with the appearance of an elderly man wearing a classic Christmas costume, including a rod. Attempts to remove this costume, whether by Foundation personnel or SCP-186-DE himself, have so far failed, although demonstrably nothing about SCP-186-DE's clothing is attached to him to such a degree that removal would be impossible. SCP-186-DE is 193 cm tall and weighs about 105 kg. It is proficient in all languages spoken in the world today and can also swear in 32 more.

SCP-186-DE exhibits several anomalous characteristics in addition to its inability to remove its clothing. For one, the Hume concentration of its endogenous reality is 0.8 Hume, although it should be noted that this condition does not have the expected effects on the entity. Furthermore, it regenerates injuries instantaneously once it is no longer directly observed. SCP-186-DE also has correct information on seemingly every person in the world at all times. How it obtains this information without interacting with said people is as yet unknown. Otherwise, however, SCP-186-DE possesses the same characteristics one would expect from a human of its stature and apparent age.

Every year from late November to December 24th, letters begin to manifest in SCP-186-DE's environment. Based on experiments with paper with special watermarks, it can be assumed that each of these letters is a copy of a real existing letter in this world. In order to be teleported as a copy to SCP-186-DE, a letter must have the following characteristics according to the results of several tests:

  • The letter must be addressed to "Santa Claus," to "the North Pole," or to an address or addressee which intend Santa Claus as the recipient.
  • The letter must include a list of requests and/or items that Santa is to fulfill and/or deliver.
  • The letter must leave the possession of the author.

SCP-186-DE will then speed up time manifold in its immediate vicinity and for everything it touches and retrieve a yellowed scroll and a fountain pen from its coat and read the letters. It is believed that the mantle has space-distorting properties, as the scroll, fountain pen, and even other objects cannot be located when SCP-186-DE puts them in. High-speed camera footage shows that the scroll has the names of real people written on it along with their address and, if two people cannot be uniquely identified in this way because they have the same name and live in the same place, other identifying characteristics1, sorted alphabetical by surname.

SCP-186-DE may be prevented from reading a letter, however, within a few minutes another copy will manifest near SCP-186-DE. This process continues, should this copy also be removed.

SCP-186-DE will pick out the sender on the list after reading a letter and cross out his name. In rare cases2, however, it will place a check mark next to the name instead. The criteria for a check-off could not be fully understood so far, but as a general rule it was noted that SCP-186-DE will cross out the names of all those letter senders who have performed actions in the past year that are considered morally reprehensible by the majority of people in its immediate vicinity. Tests using [REDACTED] suggest that SCP-186-DE's knowledge of such actions is not derived from telepathy or similar phenomena, but appears to be based solely on the entity's memories.

SCP-186-DE receives approximately 200 million letters per season, which makes monitoring all of SCP-186-DE's edits only possible with computer technology3. It could be observed that SCP-186-DE triggers a Holy Night Event on the night from the 24. December to the 25. December when it has checked off one or more names on its list. During such an event SCP-186-DE will gain the ability to ignore matter and resistance to its person and will try to get out into the open. If he succeeds, SCP-186-DE-1 will materialize in front of him.

SCP-186-DE-1 is a sledge of red color pulled by nine beings resembling reindeers (Rangifer tarandus). These beings are harnessed in rows of two, except for the foremost one, which stands centrally. Unlike its conspecifics, it has a bright red nose. SCP-186-DE is also loaded with a large, tied-up sack (hereafter referred to as SCP-186-DE-2) that appears to be fully packed. SCP-186-DE will then climb on top of SCP-186-DE-1 and goad its draft animals. The vehicle will then start moving , disregarding any terrain in the process, and, after a few meters, lift off the ground together with its team, contrary to its original purpose. In the air, SCP-186-DE can reach speeds of up to Mach 24, according to tracking data. It is not yet known how SCP-186-DE or the towing animals survive these speeds unharmed.

Like this, SCP-186-DE seeks out those people it has checked off its list and fulfills the wishes they have expressed in their letter. This process has been directly observed by the Foundation only twice so far, but there are numerous video recordings and testimonies of uninvolved persons from which data can be collected. According to this, SCP-186-DE lands with SCP-186-DE-1 on the roof or equivalent of the recipient's residence and then enters his house or apartment through the chimney. The dimensions of the chimney do not seem to matter here, it has even been observed successfully squeezing itself into chimney openings 5 cm in diameter, its body apparently deforming to suit the purpose. If it is not possible to enter the apartment in this way, SCP-186-DE will instead use a window or the entrance, whichever is easier to reach.

Once SCP-186-DE reaches its target's apartment, it will pull the desired objects from SCP-186-DE-2 and place it under an erected Christmas tree or in a hung Christmas sock or, if the recipient is in the room and awake, hands it over to him directly. If none of these is available, it apparently leaves the items next to the recipient's sleeping place. Any witnesses to its intrusion will be aware of its presence and may comment negatively on it, but for reasons not yet fully understood, will do nothing to counteract its intrusion. If phenomena have been desired, SCP-186-DE will pull glittering dust from SCP-186-DE-2 and throw it into the room that meets its conditions for depositing objects. The desired phenomenon will then manifest unless a time for its manifestation has been set. In this case, it will occur only at the desired time.

After finishing its delivery, SCP-186-DE will move to the next receiver or, if there is none left, will land on the ground. SCP-186-DE-1 and -2 will then disappear completely and SCP-186-DE will lose its anomalous properties gained through the event. The Holy Night Event is thus completed and SCP-186-DE is stranded at its present location.

SCP-186-DE has a generally rather negative and narcissistic attitude and is easily irritated. It seems to hold a grudge against its existence and in particular Holy Night Events, recognizable by the fact that it begins to curse loudly at their onset, which it seems to continue during its flight. Even when spoken to, it sometimes reacts in a very choleric manner. SCP-186-DE also seems to have an extreme dislike for children and shows pronounced misanthropy during deliveries. It insults people in the vicinity, makes derogatory remarks about festive decorations that may be in the room, and appears to actively attempt to carry out requests made to it in such a way as to cause maximum material, physical, and/or psychological harm to as many people as possible.

The Foundation has repeatedly attempted to exploit SCP-186-DE's apparent omniscience with respect to all persons in the world, but has so far failed due to a lack of cooperation on the part of SCP-186-DE, which has always demanded its releases or other absurd demands in return, such as the offering of multiple human sacrifices, the building of a temple, the destruction of the Coca-Cola corporation, or a complete worldwide ban on the manufacture of chocolate Santa Clauses. Torture was considered to force cooperation, but was rejected by the Ethics Committee. However, its knowledge of all Foundation employees makes it an extreme security risk, which, along with its inability to be contained during Holy Night Events, led to its Keter classification.

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