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An instance of SCP-2733-JP discovered by an affected individual.

Item #: SCP-2733-JP

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: Since SCP-2733-JP can only be recognized via its affected subjects, no information security is required except for minimal cover-up. If a subject is discovered through eyewitness accounts or media postings, the area where the subject is expected to stay is temporarily cordoned off for further investigation. Following the apprehension, the subject is to be amnesticized and then released.

Description: SCP-2733-JP is a series of signs that manifest in accordance with a certain continuous sequence. These signs invariably feature a directional symbol and the word "HELL"1. Its appearance takes the form commonly observed in the city, such as wall and roof decorations, signboards, posters and Braille. SCP-2733-JP is consistently characterized by a crude, handmade-looking design.

When an individual in a specific situation (hereinafter referred to as the "subject ") discovers SCP-2733-JP and moves to the indicated direction voluntarily, another instance of SCP-2733-JP appears along the path. Thereafter, SCP-2733-JP instances continue to appear every time the subject moves by following them. If the subject voluntarily ignores SCP-2733-JP and moves to a different direction, SCP-2733-JP ceases to manifest. The subject is unable to perceive SCP-2733-JP instances once they have passed through; this suggests that the existence of SCP-2733-JP is tied to the subject's recognition.

The first instance of SCP-2733-JP, which serves as a starting point, manifests without any observable pattern. However, subsequent instances of SCP-2733-JP select a route that is easily accessible, such as a paved road. This route is often reported to have better security and nighttime lighting than the surrounding area. SCP-2733-JP may also indicate restaurants and accommodations, which will necessarily ensure the subject's availability of food and rest. In case of any trouble, the subject can incidentally receive appropriate assistance by moving in the direction indicated by SCP-2733-JP. Due to these factors, the probability of the affected subject's death is estimated to be negligible.

To date, the subjects secured by the Foundation have shared the following characteristics in common.

  • An unstable living environment prior to the discovery of SCP-2733-JP.
  • Lack of any guiding goals or relationships that require some activity to maintain them (such as family and religion).
  • Has a negative view of the above and is pessimistic about the current situation.
  • Inherent suicidal ideation, and hesitation towards actual self-harm.

As a result of their mental state, the subjects tend to choose to follow SCP-2733-JP. In fact, all subjects discovered so far by the Foundation were motivated to follow SCP-2733-JP and reach the place where is supposed to be "HELL". Most of the subjects who were affected by SCP-2733-JP for more than 2 months had considered subordination to SCP-2733-JP as a means of suicide without pain, and had intuited "HELL" as an abstract but identical concept with death. Based on these circumstances, it is presumed that SCP-2733-JP deliberately selects the subjects who are likely to be subordinate to it, and arranges the starting points for them accordingly.

While most of the subjects reportedly felt relief at being under the influence of SCP-2733-JP, they also experienced considerable frustration and anxiety about not reaching their destination. Some of them were skeptical about the existence of "HELL", confused about their survival situation, and emotionally exhausted. However, the fear of losing sight of SCP-2733-JP made it difficult for the subject to escape from its influence without changing their minds. The longest period of effect on the subject observed up to now is about 50 years; the subject in question had perceived SCP-2733-JP until just before his death.

No subject has been confirmed to have reached their supposed destination by following SCP-2733-JP.

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