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Exploring the SCP Foundation: SCP-3989 – The Bone Orchard

Exploring the SCP Foundation: SCP-3989 – The Bone Orchard


SCP-3989 the bone orchard The SCP foundation deals with quite a lot of dangerous threats in their work Monsters diseases extra-dimensional gateways memetic hazards and so on one of the groups that often combines all these things and more are the Sarkic cults and 3989 especially combines these Going into a Sarkicism SCP. There’s one thing you can definitely rely on it to contain in spades and that’s body horror Considering that 3989 contains a handful of exploration logs. Let’s hop on for a little rollercoaster ride of gore SCP-3989 takes us to a small olive orchard in Syria where its owner began to sell exceptionally large amounts of crops considering the small size of his orchard Since you might even say there were anomalously large amounts of crops the foundation swooped in and started asking questions The owner was tight-lipped, but eventually they discovered that there was indeed an anomaly present on the orchard and they seized the property the owner and his family were questioned and neste sized and released, but it seems they were Completely clueless about the true nature of the anomaly The SCP itself is an unstable stationary unaided wide area safe. Two-way cyclic spacetime anomaly Which is a bit of a mouthful Basically within the orchard there is a 30 meter wide space that affects local space time So that when someone enters it, it alters local geometry Most of the time entering this area will simply result in and turn into a much larger olive orchard We’re just how the farmer was able to produce so many olives out of his small Grove GPS tracking fails in this space but radio and other signals can still function normally Overall, not incredibly Sarkic but if one enters this space from a westward direction after sunset then things get much more interesting If entering the zone in this situation The individual will eventually disappear completely as they travel to a separate extra dimensional space This space is also filled with trees, but these trees have undergone varying degrees of ossification meaning the formation of bone material hence the title Additionally the area is home to a number of different forms of life, which all bear a strong genetic similarity to humans Human life twisted into new and horrific forms is pretty par for the course for Sarkicism we’ll get to the exploration logs in a second, but an important part of appreciating SCP-3989 is understanding the timeline of events The orchard was first discovered around 2009 and the initial containment procedures were a chain-link fence Topped with barbed wire around the perimeter some security forces were placed around the area to keep out civilians and a nearby facility was Constructed to house any other anomalies that originated from the zone? These were pretty basic containment protocols and they were in place for quite a while as the foundation hadn’t discovered the extra dimensional space In 2014 however As they were testing prolonged exposure to the alien geometry of 3989 Their tests carried on after sunset and a d-class managed to enter the extra dimensional space The d-class in question Herrick is a former foundation agent that was demoted for reasons unknown Although that’s not especially relevant to the proceeding He’s equipped with audio and video surveillance equipment and sent on through As he walks through 3989 and nears the point where he’ll disappear he comments on a rising smell like old blood He also sees a number of small worm-like creatures warm to the touch and very soft he collects some of them in a bag along with a white powder coating the trees as He continues to move the smell and the quantity of maggots in the area continues to grow Before he finally passes into 3989 proper although it was dark on the other side Herrick now sees a Growing ambient light fill the area and he swears that he’s being watched The trees have now changed filled with what seems to be red leaves Upon closer inspection the leaves are pulsing like hearts and fluid can be seen quickly moving through the branches Eric pulls on a branch and it breaks releasing a steady stream of a thick black fluid onto his hand He places the broken branch in a bag as he gags and looks down Seeing that his legs are now covered with the small white worms This is apparently enough for Herrick as he states that he’s done and begins walking back Despite the protests from the supervisor. Dr. Gaza Lee a Loud cracking sound is heard on the camera followed by a deep guttural sound Causing Herrick to turn and see a large pale limb moving out of sight behind a tree He begins running at this point and doesn’t stop until he leaves 3989 Upon returning none of the worms could be found on his legs But they did confirm that the branch and white powder were human bone and the red leaves consisted of human cardiac tissue Eric was reprimanded for abandoning the experiment early but agreed to go back in with another d-class as long as they were both given firearms The request was granted and the two are sent in to identify That large creature that Herrick glimpsed as well as to ascertain the extent of the space They enter in soon coming across the tree where Herrick broke off a branch finding that the black fluid is still streaming out They collect some of the fluid in a jar and notice that the white worms are excreting bone material to repair the branch Moving ahead. They begin to find trees that are bearing fruit. Which appear to be moving The other d-class is ordered to retrieve one of the fruits while Herrick stands. Wary with his firearm ready As the d-class grabs one of the fruit. It ruptures spilling out worms across his arm He quickly brushes them off and a sound is heard off-camera The d-class is camera. Suddenly lifts skyward and Herrick turns to see the lower half of the man’s body fall to the ground He pans up to see a four metre tall pale humanoid with no nose eyes or ears Eric rapidly fires his weapon at the target causing it to bleed but show no signs of pain The entity reaches out and strikes Herrick causing his camera feed to go out as well eric gets posthumously reinstated to foundation service as both are listed as kia You know the drill by now, then the d-class have finished painting the floors red so it’s time to send in the MTF a team well-trained with extra dimensional spaces MTF is a Denine mole-rats is tasked with properly exploring the zone as well as retrieving the samples collected by the d-class most of the personnel assigned to 3989 had deemed additional human interaction with the space to be an unnecessary risk As it would probably be more prudent descendants of drones Dr. Gaza, lee however insisted that the MTF get sent in getting approval from a superior to author Only a small team of mole rats could scent in though just three agents designated Charlie x-ray and Delta as the team enters they find the ground to be covered in hundreds of worms and Beneath them is a thick layer of red fleshy material ghazal he tells them not to take any samples as the last two who did ended up kia They eventually come to the scene where the two d-class died, but find Herricks body naked upside down and crucified on a nearby tree Several symbols are carved in his skin and a large mass of worms are attached to the trunk of the tree Sifting through the mass of worms, they find the jar of samples collected earlier and they continue on After a few minutes they emerge from the hazy bone orchard and see a large open valley in front of them The sky is yellow and the valley is covered in red plant life Several of the large pale humanoids can be seen amidst the valley through Delta’s camera Both charlie and x-ray claim they can’t see the entities and they also don’t appear on their camera footage They proceed down through the valley avoiding close contact with the pale entities who also seemed to ignore them At one point Charlie bumps into a bone tree and suddenly concede the entity’s startling Her.when x-ray touches the tree as well. She can also see the entities. So there’s some sort of connection They continue on and the pale entities continue to follow the three Stressing each of them out Eventually, they notice that the trees start to look a little different compared to the ones in the bone. Orchard The trunk of the tree resembles an enlarged vertebral column with musculature on one side The red foliage is present on the tree but also possesses foliage similar to bronchial tubes They pull out an ultrasound device that had been given to them to investigate fruits on the trees without touching them X-ray hesitantly climbs the tree and places the ultrasound device next to a fruit causing it to twitch hail humanoids begin to gather around the base of the tree releasing guttural sounds when asked if they received the ultrasound data Gazza, lee responds that it’s beautiful and Remarks that the entities won’t engage unless they damage the orchard Although how exactly he knows. That is a little. Unclear X-ray decides to probe another piece of fruit But this one rupture is almost immediately Releasing a small humanoid creature with four legs to pelvises and an exposed spine The creature quickly crawls up her arm down her back and out of sight causing x-ray to fall out of the tree The pale entities don’t move but the mole rats claim to begin hearing something that isn’t picked up by the cameras Delta describing it as feeling like someone is grabbing her liver and giggling in her face At this point the pale entities converge on the group with two of them emerging from the ground One of the entities seems to be the same one fired upon by Herrick With at least ten of these large entities converging on them the team quickly decides to abort the mission and flee But Gaza Li insists that they keep pushing forward Charlie tells him to just send in a drone X-rays camera then shows a smaller humanoid about 1.7 meters in height peeking from behind a tree The team doesn’t seem to notice though as they backtrack through the valley and watch as the pale entities throughout the area observe them Several of them appearing to be smiling Gaza Li chastises them saying that they’re making a terrible mistake an Unknown voice is then heard stating leave and be devoured stay and shed your mortality the wild beckons the Team assumed that this came from Gaza Li but he says that it wasn’t him the voices heard again saying Kythera awaits the vessels chosen come forth auto auric and receive your just reward as The team continues to run they see more entities emerge that are human sized and laughter is heard throughout the remaining footage There is also the sound of combat, but the source cannot be determined The ultrasound data from the fruit shows that small instances of the pale entities are growing in each of the fruit of the vertebra trees Brother record Kythera is typically regarded as an important headquarters of Sarkis ism Although it’s specific location and nature is up for debate According to scp-2217 Kythera was an island in greece that was eventually taken over by the Church of the broken God it’s possible that the actual Kythera is a much more mystical and mythical location still controlled by SAR kites a Note tells us that auric is a Sark ik prophet associated with war the hunt betrayal and loyalty credited with the original conquest of Kythera The voice seemed to imply that auric or a part of him was present somewhere in SCP-3989 But the mystery isn’t over yet It’s clear by this point that something is a little off with dr. Gaza Lee and we’ll get to exactly what it is later but it’s perhaps not surprising then that ghazal II personally leads a group of security agents into SCP-3989 Gaza Lee explains that previous expeditions were marred by human frailties of fear and mortality So he’ll be leading this one in order to find Kythera and the temple to auric within SCP-3989 based on a previously discovered text a Note tells us that there’s no record of the foundation finding any text within SCP-3989 So they’re not sure what Gaza Lee meant Gaza Lee is joined by three agents gulf india and echo and they are being remotely observed by a technician Gaza Lee says that they’ll be fine. As long as they don’t make the first move against any entities and Both himself as well as echo and India exhibits some rather stilted grammar in their dialogue Gulf on the other hand seems to be the most nervous of the group as they enter into SCP-3989 The technician asks if they’ve seen the hal cost to which Gulf is surprised to hear that they’re going after a car cyst A hell cost in sarkic mythology is a collection of anomalous entities Controlled through pheromones by a Carson basically a high-ranking circuit priest It seems it’s Gaza. Lee’s plan to find this car system a plan that golf thinks is a very bad idea Echo asks The technician if golf has been initiated and when golf seems confused the other two agents turn and open fire A swarm of the small worms come out of the ground and quickly consumed golf’s body Although India expresses some sadness and having to kill golf Gaza Lee says that they shouldn’t breathe for the blind and death For wonderful sights and sounds await them As they continue walking they find that the geography and topology of the area is different than past explorations with no valley present The unknown voice can be heard again asking who brings this offering Stating that the world of man walks in ignorance and frailty and repeating the word reap for a few minutes The change in scenery seems to even confuse Gaza Lee who expected to find the valley and a temple suddenly India asks echo to shoot Gosling but when India raises his gun echo instead shoots him Gaza Lee is now very confused but echo explains that since Orrock is a prophet of betrayal and Loyalty this demonstration of both loyalty and betrayal will allow them to find the temple Sure enough, the unknown voice speaks again stating that the harvest has been fulfilled the hunt begins Based on the dialogue. It sounds like godly didn’t know that echo was on the same side as him until now Although why he didn’t ask about that when they killed golf is a little. Unclear The technician is also affected as he tells the two to go and reap India’s body camera, which was swallowed up by the ground records a black stone hallway as his body is carried by one of the pale entities as The other to turn the topography of the area shifts in front of them revealing a large valley and a black stone temple complex the architecture of the temple suggests Mesoamerican and Sumerian influences and Gaza Lee remarks that this place is truly ancient And it’s possible that even the grand car system self may have walked here India’s camera footage shows his body and gulfs body on stone altars surrounded by humanoids Back with echo and Gaza Lee echo hears a sound and turns while Gaza Lee remarks on the beauty of the reliefs on the walls When echo turns back Gaza Lee is gone The unknown voice speaks again saying that a Roman soldier once explained to them that warfare is an honorable enterprise But it was the Romans that coined the phrase divide and conquer Gaza Lee turns to see that echo is missing and the temple complex is beginning to spatially distort around him He starts to climb a pyramid structure near him that appears to be stable Echo meanwhile is seen similar distortions and he retreats to a nearby outcrop with his rifle in hand He calls out on the radio to both Gaza Lee and the technician but only gets a response from the unknown voice Who states that they are here? Echo asks who it is and the voice simply responds with I live At this point four of the humanoids emerge from the ground near Echo one of them pulling a sword from the center of its chest and pointing it at Echo Before them slowly moved towards him the other three producing long glaives from their arms Ecco opens fire to little effect as gulfs body camera turns back on apparently behind echo A hand resembling that of the humanoids is shown but in a foundation security uniform and It plunges the dagger into echos neck Ghazal II has reached the top of the pyramid structure and retreats into a chamber inside of it The chamber is anomalously large on the inside and Gaza Lee sees a number of pulsating red structures along the walls There’s a light at the far end. So he runs toward it eventually running into a large chamber surrounded by stadium seating Ghazal he falls into the center of this small stadium where the floor is covered in a pool of viscous black fluid as he looks around he sees that the seats are filled with the humanoids chanting in an unknown language a Large door and the opposite side opens releasing two of the tall pale humanoids Gulfs indya’s and echos cameras all resume recording from a vantage point above Gosling Ghazal he cries out that he is with them and wanted to help them as he is just a simple pilgrim the unknown voice speaks out simply saying Wreath and the pale humanoids quickly kill godly ending all video footage Seven days after this one of the vertebra trees spontaneously appeared in the atrium of the nearby foundation site bearing four large fruits the for fruits soon ruptured releasing four humanoids genetically identical the ghazal II echo India and Gulf Site records show that these entities were returned to active duty The exploration logs are done, but you probably recall earlier when I mentioned the timeline of events being important This was clearly an important Sarkic anomaly, but it was contained by nothing more than a chain-link fence With Gaza Lee given a full run of the show Something was clearly affecting Gaza Lee and others at the site But no one else knew about it because they were able to redact and hide all of their work For a number of years the foundation simply thought it was a weird olive orchard not knowing about the affect of entering it after sunset this changed in 2015 a year after the exploration logs when a Biological containment specialist named dr. Marshall grant came in to inspect the place During the inspection a number of anomalous entities poured out of 3989 and proceeded to tear through the fence Dr. Grant activated the containment breach alarm but the on-site security made no motions to stop the breach as they were all affected just like Gaza Lee was Instead they proceeded to release all biological anomalies that were in containment there Leading to a firefight between thus ARCIC forces and the inspection team later joined by MTF agents from Damascus some of the entities managed to escape though and are still unaccounted for Dr. Grant managed to survive the ordeal and took control of the site After the fight was over, dr. grant gave an interview in which he explains that he was looking through foundation records when he stumbled upon 3989 An anomaly that is popping out strange entities in the middle of a war zone with only a fence for containment and no pathologists on staff He had called Gaza Lee and left plenty of messages but was ignored with higher-ups telling him that everything was under control and not to worry about As they had no reason to believe otherwise Dr. Grant decided to come out and check for himself to confirm this When he arrived the whole place smelled rotten with a kind of dusty yellow haze over the area Other agents didn’t report anything like that and dr. Grant explains that due to some prior work he’s been inoculated against basic cognitive hazards and hallucinogens as They tried to call someone out to talk since dr Grant really didn’t want to enter the area a number of the tall pale entities emerge from the ground initiating the firefight Dr. Grant radios in for assistance and waits out the battle eventually coming out when he hears helicopters overhead He sees dead humanoids and dead humans partially consumed Entering into the facility he found weird symbols on the walls Obviously mimetic hazards and some of the personnel willingly surrendered leading. Dr Grant to believe that whatever is affecting. These people doesn’t work on everyone in the atrium He sees the vertebra tree and he hears it breathing somehow They had apparently been feeding it people in order to grow new entities Dr. Grant notes the current containment procedures state that the active area of 39 89 is 12 meters in diameter, but in actuality, it’s much more than that Because it’s growing Information is added about the cognitive altering effect of 39 89 which conceals the full active range of the area and anomalous activity Extended exposure makes it so that an individual is much less likely to notice that anything is wrong and Also makes them much more curious about 3989 Long-term exposure say in the case of dr. Causally results in an obsessive or religious fascination with the area Proper biosafety precautions seems to prevent this exposure suggesting that it works through some sort of chemical means The current containment protocols enforce these bio safety precautions as well as the introduction of concrete barriers Security checkpoints and a platoon of MTF agents equipped with anti-tank weaponry These agents will enter the active zone twice a week from all four directions to incinerate any new growths So far this seems like it’s working but under cazuli’s care the active zone grew at least 18 meters in diameter The final addendum for 3989 lists all of the designations for different entities within the zone such as the worms the trees the tall pale humanoids and the regular-sized humanoids A few of the entities have notes explaining that there are unconfirmed reports of these entities present in active zones of SCP 610 the flesh that hates suggesting a prior successful breach of 3989 it also notes that the entities resembling dazzly echo india and golf are Are uncontained with whereabouts unknown The big aspect of horror related to sarkicism is of course the body horn As many Sarkic anomalies twists distort disfigure and corrupt the human form in some terrible way the idea that many of these anomalies were once normal human beings and through some unimaginable process have contorted and Distorted into such horrors is pretty terrifying The other aspect of sarkis ism that is pretty scary is the idea that these types of horror can pop up anywhere Around the world and can conceal themselves slowly meticulously expanding and corrupting humanity It’s almost comical then that the original owner of the orchard Just managed to make some profit off of it before getting sent on his way by the foundation with no real consequences SCP-3989 doesn’t offer any groundbreaking revelations for Sarkic mythology And it doesn’t offer any particularly original horror concepts But it is creepy and unsettling and that’s all we really want from those crazy Sarkites

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