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~ ##701|Item #: SCP-X

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-X is to be stored in a secure containment locker. Any individual coming into contact with SCP-X-1 during testing must first undergo a medical assessment.

Description: SCP-X-1 is a longsword, composed of an unremarkable steel alloy, with a gold-effect hilt and a green jewel set in the crossguard. SCP-X-2 is a small paperback book with the title "Sword Manual" containing instructions and drills for several kinds of swordsmanship.

SCP-X-1's anomalous properties manifest when a person holds it pointing upwards. The jewel set in SCP-X-1's hilt will begin to glow. SCP-X-1 will emit a mild electric shock if the person holding it does not quickly enter a "guard" or "ready" position, or begin to follow a practice drill as set out in SCP-X-2. SCP-X-1 will also emit an electric shock if the person using SCP-X-1 performs a drill poorly. How SCP-X-1 accomplishes this is unclear.

SCP-X-2 appears to hold no anomalous properties of its own, except that the practice drills contained therein interact with SCP-X-1.

SCP-X was recovered from [REDACTED], who bought it from a person of interest in the Wanderer's Library with the understanding that it would make him a better swordsman. In exchange for giving up all information regarding POI-X-1, [REDACTED] has been allowed to remain outside Foundation custody as a monitored informant.

Interviewed: [REDACTED], former owner of SCP-X.

Interviewer: Agent Silverberg.

Foreword: Field interview of former owner of SCP-X. [REDACTED] was recovered following an expedition through a Way in which they were rescued by Foundation forces after being ambushed by [DATA EXPUNGED] and mistaken for an SCP-level anomaly. Field test revealed no inherent anomalous abilities.

<Begin Log>

Agent Silverberg: Okay, [REDACTED], we have taken custody of the sword and book. If you co-operate and tell me everything you know about them, maybe we can work something out here. My superiors will be here soon and I can talk with them on your behalf.

[REDACTED]: Right. Look. Listen. I just wanted to be able to defend myself. You know, in the Library? I'm not, like, a wizard or whatever like most of the guys in there. And the Librarians are only so fast.

Agent Silverberg: Sure, I understand. But why were you using a sword?

[REDACTED]: I had a pistol as well, but some of these guys tell me guns don't work against everything. So I commissioned this magic sword.

Agent Silverberg: Makes sense, I guess. Why does it glow? Does that do anything?

[REDACTED]: I just thought people would see this big fuck-off magic-looking badass ostentatious sword and leave me alone. And it was supposed to make me better at fighting.

Agent Silverberg: Like you'd pick it up and just be better, right?

[REDACTED]: That's it exactly. I just. I wanted to be left alone and read some weird books. And I guess there was a, uh, miscommunication. About the sword.

Agent Silverberg: What kind of miscommunication?

[REDACTED]: It doesn't, just, like, magically make someone better at fighting. Well. It does. But not like you just pick it up and be better. It trains you. And if you screw up, it shocks you or hurts you.

Agent Silverberg: I can't imagine you were very happy with this.

[REDACTED]: Listen. I was absolutely not. I barely even use it because the fucking thing kept electrocuting me. I paid for this sword to be great. I paid for it to be magic. I received a- a- a legendary piece of shit! If there was a better business bureau for magical item selling assholes I'd ram a complaint so far u-

Agent Silverburg: *Interrupting* Okay! Okay. I think I get the idea. Magic item guy is a jerk. Do you need a minute?

[REDACTED]: *Sighing and heavy breathing for approximately thirty seconds.* I'm calm. I'm calm. I just hate this guy and his fucking sword. Or her sword. Whatever. Anyway! So I was going to get a refund. But then the guy wasn't there. The whole space was gone from that part of the Library.

Agent Silverberg: So you were there for a refund when we found you. Noted. And they were gone? Sounds you got scammed pretty good.

[REDACTED]: Yeah. Yeah, that's what I thought. So I went through the nearest Way. No idea where it's going. And, long story short, I got attacked by weird monsters, passed out in front of your guys because the sword wouldn't stop shocking me.

Agent Silverberg: Why was it shocking you if you were using it to fight?

[REDACTED]: It just goes nuts if your form is off even a little. Piece of fucking shit. I can give you some more details. About this guy. And his shop. I was basically stuck with this fucking sword. And I couldn't do anything.

Agent Silverberg: Okay. I think we can work something out here, if those details check out. But you're going to have to agree to some things with my superiors. I'll note that you were very co-operative. I'm going to end the initial interview now.

[REDACTED]: Can I get it noted that magical item guy or lady is a complete and utt-

<End Log>

Closing Statement: [REDACTED] retained as Foundation informant, monitored regularly by assigned agents. The sword maker is still unknown, and it is unknown whether the seller made it or otherwise acquired it.

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Stage Symptoms Length Other notes Mortality Rate Treatability
  • Headache or migraine
  • dizziness
  • balance problems
  • short-term memory loss
  • blurry vision or temporary vision loss
7-10 days SCP-X infection takes hold in brain and optic nerve. near 0% Treatable with specialised medication
2 Total vision loss, loss or dramatic change of eye colour, often a near total relief of other symptoms, bulging eyes 3-5 days Infection gains a measure of symbiosis with its host, growths appear on optic discs, pushing eyes forward slightly. Serious infection risk from tears, other fluids, and vapors thereof. 22% Large doses of specialised medication and invasive high-risk neurosurgery with irreversible side effects required for treatment
3 Sudden expulsion of eyes from skull marks start of stage, new eyes forming, eyes/sockets leaking dark pus-like fluid. New eyes are frequently expelled at irregular intervals from hours to days and regrown repeatedly. Permanent Eyes may "pop" on expulsion, posing significant infection risk to all nearby and requiring hazmat cleanup. New eyes take several hours to form. Patients typically report increased visual acuity and appear to be able to perceive more of the electromagnetic spectrum. Complications may result from flawed regrowth. 40% in first year, while under Foundation care. Infection too entrenched, untreatable without killing patient. Removal of new eyes results in further growth of new eyes.

"afflicted with the sight"

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