SCP-2043 "Toy Soldiers"
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An eleven-year-old Union flag-bearer in a dirty uniform, asked to pose during a Type-1 Event
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A special operations soldier investigating one of the floor-based cameras during a Type-1 Event

Item #: SCP-2043

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures:
SCP-2043 is currently housed in Site-06-3.

Instances of SCP-2043 (henceforth identified as SCP-2043-A and SCP-2043-B) are to be contained within their original packaging container after each session, which consists of a 13 x 11 foot area connected to two (2) hermetically sealed doors on either end of a containment hallway in order to avoid any escaped instances of SCP-2043. A small ventilation shaft, measuring 4 x 4 inches, with circular holes no larger than 1 1/2 inches in circumference, is to be placed in the ceiling and connected to a large canister. The canister is to be disposed of and replaced after each session in which chemical warfare is utilized.

SCP-2043's enclosure is to be monitored by CCTV when activated, with in-room cameras protected by acrylic glass cases and cryogenic fail-safes implemented in the event of a Type-3 Event.

SCP-2043's enclosure is to be thoroughly cleaned after each session; 'bullets' are to be removed from surfaces and holes refilled with grout, left over plastics are to be collected and incinerated, and

In the event of a Type-1 Event, no more than one (1) Class C personnel is to interact with Type-1 Event affected instances of SCP-2043-A.

In the event of a Type-2 Event, a single recording of the session is to be sent to O5 Council Members for review, and all other records of the session are to be deleted. Any personnel found possessing a copy or sharing knowledge of a Type-2 Event are to be detained for interrogation, and subsequently terminated.

In the event of a Type-2A Event, only Class B personnel are cleared to interact with affected instances of SCP-2043-A, and a single recording of the session is to be sent to O5 Council Members for review, and all other records of the session are to be deleted. Any personnel found possessing a copy or sharing knowledge of a Type-2A Event are to be detained for interrogation, and subsequently terminated.

In the event of a Type-3 Event, the cryogenic fail-safe is to be activated, and all instances of SCP-2043 are to be returned to their original packaging bucket.

In the event that chemical warfare is undertaken during a session, security personnel are advised to let instances of SCP-2043-A proceed as normal, and vent the containment room accordingly after the session is complete.

A detailed list of event-types is included at the end of this document.

Once, every day, at approximately 00:00 (12:00 A.M.), two (2) Class C personnel donning no less than protective goggles and NIJ level I body armor are to enter SCP-2043's enclosure and remove the lid of SCP-2043's original packaging container and empty its contents before quickly exiting. See Incident Report 026

Should SCP-2043 not be activated within six (6) hours after 00:00 (12:00 A.M.), two (2) Class C personnel donning no less than protective goggles and NIJ level IIA body armor are to enter SCP-2043's enclosure and remove the lid of SCP-2043's original packaging bucket and empty its contents before quickly exiting. Failure to do so will result in demotion and/or reassignment.

Description:

SCP-2043 is a plain white 20 x 40 cylindrical plastic bucket labeled "Toy Soldiers; 1000 pieces!" that contains well over one thousand (1000) individual plastic soldiers (although deceased instances are known to vanish, and it is unclear how new instances are created), in addition to several artillery weapons, defensive fortifications, and land and air vehicles.

Humanoid instances of SCP-2043 (read: SCP-2043-A) resemble traditional plastic toy soldiers and are a dull gray in color before activation, at which point hundreds of variations in color, style, and detail will occur. Instances of SCP-2043-A typically stand at three (3) inches, although [REDACTED].

Vehicle, artillery, and defensive structure instances of SCP-2043 (read: SCP-2043-B) share the same dull coloration as their humanoid counterparts, but retain the form of units from the last session they participated in until reactivation. Vehicle instances of SCP-2043-B are typically three (3) to four (4) times the size of related instances of SCP-2043-A, while defensive structures can range from small sandbags and barbed wire to entire installations.

Once per day, activated instances of SCP-2043-A and SCP-2043-B will begin a session by moving SCP-2043 out of the open before separating into no less than two groups, and subsequently begin changing in appearance to match a random armed conflict from human history before doing battle. These 'sessions' typically last anywhere from forty (40) minutes (Anglo-Zanzibar War) to several months ([REDACTED]), and can range from the Battle of Cerignola, in 1503, to [REDACTED]. It is believed that SCP-2043 only recreates battles in which some form of firearm is primarily present, as no sessions from any earlier periods have been observed.

It has been observed that, if instances of SCP-2043-A stray further than ten (10) feet away from SCP-2043, the affected instances will display sentience on par with modern homo sapiens. Instances of SCP-2043 display detailed knowledge of the time period from which they originate, such as world leaders, borders, and technology. Affected instances of SCP-2043 are able to offer their name, rank, and other identifiable information if prompted, and such information has proven to be 100% accurate in relation to real world individuals, either living or deceased.

History:
SCP-2043 came to Foundation attention on ██/██/████, after a letter, mailed to Site-01, was intercepted by [REDACTED], a Foundation front organization. The letter's mailing address led to an abandoned parking lot, previously in use as an office building by ████ ███.

The warehouse identified in the letter (a transcript of the letter is available, below) held approximately two-thousand (2000) instances of SCP-2043, of which all but one (1) were disposed of via incineration. The warehouse is not listed on any property listings within ███████, and has been purchased by The Foundation to be monitored for any anomalous activity.

Dear █████ ███████,

As a result of poor sales, and in response to your vast collection of Dr. Wondertainment products, it has been decided that The Foundation will be gifted all remaining containers of Dr. Wondertainment's Walking Warriors®, absolutely free!

Your free containers of Dr. Wondertainment's Walking Warriors® can be found at █████, ███████!

Thank you for your loyalty and dedication to Dr. Wondertainment through these years!

SCP-2043's information card, found taped to the underside of SCP-2043's lid in a small, plastic packet:

Thank you for purchasing Dr. Wondertainment's Walking Warriors®! Utilizing the latest technology in missile guidance systems, Dr. Wondertainment brings you soldiers of every caliber that can walk, talk, and fight; all on their own!

You'll gawk in amazement as these Walking Warriors® reenact historically accurate battles from both ends of the timeline right in your bedroom! Just allow eleven to thirteen feet of clear space, pour out troops, and watch as they storm the beaches of Normandy, tromp through the jungles of Vietnam, or fight for independence in Lexington, and more!

Ages 10+
Warning: Choking Hazard; Small Parts

Incident 009 Report
On ██/██/████, after being removed from SCP-2043 on schedule, and partaking in a session for approximately thirty-eight (38) minutes, a single instance of SCP-2043-A was seen cautiously peering into one of the floor-mounted cameras in SCP-2043's containment room. Subject was ignored by other instances of SCP-2043-A, especially those of the opposing faction, to a point in which 'enemy' instances of SCP-2043-A moved within two (2) inches of the subject without reacting.

Subject slowly backed away from floor-mounted camera after three (3) minutes, at which point it presumably re-entered SCP-2043's area of effect, and rejoined the session.

Incident 026 Report

On ██/██/████, Class C personnel assigned to release instances of SCP-2043-A and SCP-2043-B from SCP-2043 reported nine (9) hours late for their assignment. Upon opening SCP-2043, both personnel were immediately fired upon by instances of SCP-2043-A and SCP-2043-B, resulting in one pair of punctured safety goggles and partial blindness in one eye, as well as several minor wounds.

Instances of SCP-2043-A and SCP-2043-B proceeded normally after Class C personnel vacated the room, and a particularly violent session began.

It would appear that, if SCP-2043 is not activated within the noted time frame, instances of SCP-2043-A and SCP-2043-B become increasingly violent upon activation, and partake in incredibly bloody sessions. This particular session was a reconstruction of the Battle of Leipzig, in 1813. -Dr. Chambers

Incident 238 Report
On ██/██/████, after being removed from SCP-2043 on schedule, instances of SCP-2043-A began deployment of ICBMs to the edge of their 'territory'. Security officers monitoring CCTV activated cryogenic fail-safe before the missiles could be set up, at which point researchers returned instances of SCP-2043-A and SCP-2043-B to their original packaged container and confiscated the missiles. The missiles were carefully deconstructed and found to be fully operational, and security dossiers concerning SCP-2043 were revised in light of this new information.

The room is already sealed against gas attacks. Don't tell me that we need to remodel it to protect against miniature WMD's. -Dr. Chambers

Incident Report 322

On ██/██/████, after being removed from SCP-2043 on schedule, instances of SCP-2043-A and SCP-2043-B quickly separated into two groups, numbering approximately [REDACTED] to one (1). The single instance of SCP-2043-A appeared to be an exact copy of [REDACTED], and utilized all of its known abilities in combating the other instances of SCP-2043. The session lasted approximately [REDACTED], with several reinforcements arriving from SCP-2043, at which point [REDACTED].

If SCP-2043 isn't lying about this session eventually happening, we need to do everything in our power to keep it from becoming a reality, or at least making it so we have [REDACTED]. -Dr. Chambers

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