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Item #: SCP-ES-196

Object Class: Safe Thaumiel

Special Containment Procedures: Three Observation Posts have been established around the area affected by SCP-ES-196 (Provisional Area 20) to monitor anomalous activity related to the site. Access to Provisional Area 20 has been restricted by a 3 meter high steel fence with surveillance cameras and signs indicating no trespassing. Subjects found in the vicinity of SCP-ES-196 should be moved away, indicating that the area is cordoned off for investigation. Subjects apprehended near the entrance of SCP-ES-196 should be treated with Class B amnestics and released.

Given the characteristics of SCP-ES-196, D-Class personnel will be sent into the anomaly to gather information on the nature of 196-Alpha. The Multipelgänger unit has been dedicated to the exploration and supervision of 196-Alpha. Except on direct orders from Site-83, no personnel are authorized to enter 196-Alpha.

SCP-ES-196-1 colony density and the status of PoI-006-041 will be constantly assessed inside SCP-ES-196. Any indication of exponential increase of SCP-ES-196-1 in 196-Alpha or unfavorable variations in the health status of PoI-006-041 shall be reported to Site-83 Command.

Description: Discovered in 1946, SCP-ES-196 corresponds to an area of 4 km² located in the vicinity of the city of Lota, Chile. The enclosure is not perceptible from the outside, except for two railroad tracks at its ends, which delimit its extension. From the interior of SCP-ES-196 diffuses a floral scent of an unidentified species. The facility would only be perceptible by sapient living beings.

The anomalous properties of SCP-ES-196 are perceived upon entering the area. The inner zone, called ES-196-Alpha, would correspond to a superimposed oneiric reality, with a Hume level relatively higher than baseline reality. Explorers have reported sensory overstimulation, mainly by visual and olfactory stimuli, emphasizing a persistent mead-like aroma present throughout the ES-196-Alpha area. The natural hypnagogic1 effects in oneiric realities are counteracted by the high level of Hume present, but it is often possible to experience unusual events when touring and observing 196-Alpha (See 196-Alpha Log for more information).

The first explorations in 196-Alpha revealed that the area affects the cognitive processes of the subjects present, such as reasoning, decision making and understanding of orders and indications, ignoring directives and recall orders. Dispatched extraction teams have been similarly affected, failing to perform relevant rescues, and exploring new regions of 196-Alpha each time. In all cases, subjects will return after having explored about 2.1 km² of the area, autonomously returning to the outside of 196-Alpha by the shortest route regardless of time inside.

The exploration logs have been compiled using comparative information and regressive meta-analyses for each subject within 196-Alpha, since, given the dreamlike nature of the region, the details of the observations are perceived differently, although there is a degree of agreement between each observation2.

Convergent and notable elements in the 196-Alpha explorations include:

  • Gray-greenish coloration of the sky, permanently covered with clouds and presence of thick fog of the same color.
  • Constant sun position, equivalent to early morning hours, with slight variations.
  • Varied forms of vegetation, especially angiosperm plants of various species.
  • Abundance of hives harboring colonies of a previously unknown species of bees, classified as SCP-ES-196-13. Due to the characteristics of the area it has not been possible to carry out a detailed analysis of the instances. Attempts to extract specimens from within ES-196 have been unsuccessful.
  • Presence of abundant coal deposits, especially in geographic features such as canyons and crevices.
  • Mining facilities built in these deposits, with abundant presence of railway infrastructure and neo-Renaissance industrial architecture4.
  • Sightings of humanoid entities, referred to as SCP-ES-196-2. Their physical appearance varies according to observations, but they have been described as pale, famished entities, with an indeterminate number of eyes, mouths and limbs scattered over their bodies, with a gaunt and dirty appearance, found near SCP-ES-196-1 colonies, drawing undefined figures on nearby surfaces with pieces of charcoal.

196-Alfa Log: Featured Exploration in 196-Alfa

In 1988, a Prometheus Labs innovation in the field of human neurological mapping enabled the Foundation to co-design a prototype autonomous organic scanner, which senses multiple stimuli in a Multipelgänger swarm processor5, which could operate indefinitely thanks to the constant presence of the sun, as well as allowing greater control over the directions within 196-Alpha thanks to its Hume leveling fields and an autonomous source of nuclear energy. This device was used to map the extent of 196-Alpha and determine its nature and extent.

As a consequence of the incident associated with the May 11, 1987 exploration, in which 17 Foundation members who had previously received SCP-ES-196 stings entered 196-Alpha without authorization, it was decided to send the Multipelgänger unit to identify the 196-Alpha catalyst.

Appendix 196-3: 196-Beta and GoI-3007 Descriptions

On February 3, 1989, the Multipelgänger unit found an area with Hume levels equal to baseline reality at 196-Alpha, which had a more "real" appearance and was not subject to stimulus overexposure effects. This zone was named SCP-ES-196-Beta, located nearly 90 km SE of the 196-Alpha access point.

196-Beta is an area that acts as the 196-Alpha source point. It consists of an open space with an abandoned-looking hut, inside of which is a pit. Inside, lies an estimated 460 living humans, many of them dressed in the typical garb of coal mine workers. The subjects are suspended in a thick solution9, and in a state of permanent REM sleep.

Historical records recovered with the help of the Global Occult Coalition indicate that these workers are among those who disappeared during various mining activities at Chiflón del Diablo between 1860 and 1883, including laborers, construction engineers and management positions, although 179 of these people appear to belong to another previously unknown mining facility, known as "Peña de San Juan", of which no archaeological remains exist, except for three declassified documents revealing that industrialist Matías Cousiño10 had planned to build it next to the Chiflón.

These documents also reveal the presence of a large beekeeping industry, existing since 1761 and controlled by Mapuche settlements, which were displaced during the Arauco War. An unknown group of settlers took over the beekeeping industry and expanded it, until in 1827, a steamship from Valparaíso arrived in Lota and its occupants acquired the land, renaming it "Bio-Bio's Orchard" and making it the base of operations for GoI-3007 ("The Sun's Gate"). GoI-3007 was an aristocratic society that later became a syncretism of sarkic and ecological doctrines at the beginning of the 19th century, while traveling through South America, after being stranded among the ruins of the ancient Tiwanaku Empire11, where they were guided to southern Chile through the Inti Punku12 by an unknown figure, who would later control GoI-3007 as Karcist Ikich'axmitu13. GoI-3007 controlled a vast portion of the Lota region, where they developed beekeeping and the production of high quality honey, which was believed to have curative properties, until, in 1834, the Chiflón del Diablo and Peña de San Juan mines were authorized to operate in the area, with the latter disappearing along with Bio-Bio's Orchard.

The industrialization of the region severely affected the bee population, which was considered sacred by the GoI-3007, so they fervently opposed the coal mining operations, while looking for a way to save the colonies from apiary collapse syndrome14. Through a form of hematomantic alchemy15, the Karcist Ikich'axmitu modified the bees to make them immune to the presence of contamination and improve their resistance, as well as allowing them to produce a type of honey with life-extending properties for those who consumed it. Despite this, the expansion of mining operations, required for the development of the region, threatened to displace GoI-3007. They could not return to the north, and the events that would later culminate in the Revolution of 185116 made it unfeasible to resettle to the south.

For several months, the Karcist Ikich'axmitu sabotaged the mining operations at Chiflón del Diablo, using SCP-ES-196-1 as his Halkost17 and stinging several workers in the mine, using the poison as a telepathic link to lure them to an inner sanctum built inside the mansion where GoI-3007 resided. There, he fed them 196-1 honey and when they slept, he manipulated their brain waves to create a stable reality from their own dreams. Inside, he began to bury them there, covered in honey to ensure that they would live indefinitely, and constantly attracted more mine personnel to that location.

In this way, 196-Alpha began to build itself procedurally using the recent memories of the workers, and the SCP-ES-196-2 entities emerged as corporeal projections, attempting to manifest themselves. The pilot operations of Peña de San Juan were interrupted when all involved were captured by GoI-3007, continuing their operations within 196-Alpha.

The mansion of The Sun's Gate was attacked and destroyed during the Revolution of 1851, and almost all of its members died; some of them participated in a last ritual where they were myelified18 and their concoction was sold as a miraculous syrup. Since then, the whereabouts of the Karcist Ikich'axmitu are unknown.

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