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Item #: SCP-331
Object Class: Euclid
Special Containment Procedures: SCP-331 is to be kept in a locked steel box with a redundant locking system only accessible by Dr.█████ and another qualified member possessing Level 3 clearance and the day's codes. It is not to be handled through direct physical contact by any personnel unless in regards to experiments regarding its effects. In event of experimentation, object's containment box is to be moved to secure lab █████████. Lab is outfitted to deal with potential effects of SCP-331, large enough to allow proper bearing reading, and includes aerosol system and supplies of desflurane (if subject is to continue testing) and cyclosarin (if subject is to be terminated).
Description: SCP-331 appears to be a small makeup compact. Object is of a clamshell design, with a hinge and spring clasp. Object is made of brass, as confirmed through both Mohs hardness testing and spectrograph analysis. Carbon dating has been inconclusive, although appearance is consistent with early 20th-century design. There are no manufacturing or identifying marks, and no corresponding items in the reference database.
Item initially came to the attention of the foundation through the spouse of ██████, deceased. After purchasing SCP-331 at a flea market, ██████ began to [DATA EXPUNGED]. He was later found in ███████ suffering the effects of severe exposure and dehydration.
Note: Why are these damn things always found at flea markets? -Dr █████
A person in physical contact with SCP-331 will enter a hallucinatory state after a period of no less that two (2) minutes and no more than five (5) minutes. This lag in effect over subject is still unexplained, although current theory postulates lag allows SCP-331 to “evaluate” subject.
Upon entering hallucinatory state, subject will remain lucid for a brief period. Experiments have shown a maximum lucidity state of 37.6 seconds, in which time the subject can describe the effects of SCP-331. Subjects report visual, auditory, and tactile hallucinations of an object or person that elicits desire. Hallucinations are accompanied by an overwhelming sensation of longing.
Once lucidity ceases, subject no longer possesses ability to express their experience, and appear to enter a fugue state. Communication with subject is no longer possible. Subject will then begin to move on a specific bearing of ██°██. Analysis of pupil dilation and eye movement suggest subject is “following” something they perceive to be real which holds position roughly one (1) meter ahead. Subject will not cease attempting to travel on particular bearing, but will make course corrections if they find their progress hindered in any way. Once encountering an impenetrable barrier, subject will attempt to destroy, topple, or otherwise circumvent barrier. This can result in serious trauma to subject, as they appear unaware of any physical damage to themselves.
SCP-331, once grasped by subject, cannot be removed by conventional means. Attempting to overpower subjects' grip has proved futile. Severing of limb grasping SCP-331, as seen in experiment series [DATA EXPUNGED], is not effective as subject's severed hand will release object, allowing subject to pick it up with other hand and continue until losing consciousness due to massive blood loss. Severing of both arms saw the subject [DATA EXPUNGED], causing SCP-331 to become impossible to remove without massive trauma to subject. Heavy sedation will render subject unconscious and allow retrieval of object, although subject appears highly resistant to anesthesia and will require dosages exceeding maximum standard dosage by nearly 250%.
Subjects surviving anesthesia (43% mortality rate as of █/█/███) report no recall of event.
Addendum 331-1: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of subjects #██ through #███ revealed elevated activity in the hippocampus, insula, and caudate regions of the brain. It should be noted that these are regions also activated by both sexual desire and drug addiction, suggesting a highly focused sense of physical and mental longing.
Addendum 331-2: Through use of other facilities, Drs. ████ and ███████ were able to triangulate a destination point. Subjects appear to be attempting to reach coordinates ██°██'S ██°██'W. These coordinates are along the eastern portion of the ███████ trench, and are located over █████ m below the ocean's surface. Exploration of area unsuccessful due to depth. Current theory postulated by Dr. █████ suggests symbiotic relationship between object and possible biological organism similar to SCP-169.
Note: What is the basis of SCP-331 is related to SCP-169 in any way? Please remember that our Foundation is built on the pursuit of knowledge through science, not Lovecraftian fantasies of finding another immense sea creature on the ocean's floor. -Dr. Klein