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Exploring the SCP Foundation: The Ouroboros Cycle – Part Three

Exploring the SCP Foundation: The Ouroboros Cycle – Part Three


The Ouroboros Cycle – Part Three. The theme of this miniseries so far has been
about the ends justifying the means, from doing horrific things to children to defeat
some powerful enemies, to forcefully creating a false god as part of your religion. The third part in the ouroboros cycle, atonement,
continues this theme, with the foundation once again lured by the idea of messing with
forces beyond their understanding and control in order to deal with their problems. Atonement is in some ways, more comic booky
than the previous two parts, as you’ll see, and it once again deals with an incredibly
powerful godlike anomaly, which might turn some people off, but for those interested,
let’s continue. This 001 entity is a gravitational singularity
in the shape of a humanoid, currently contained at a site in Norway within a specially designed
array. The entity is immeasurably dense, as it’s
essentially a black hole, and this array is the only thing keeping it in check. A free standing humanoid shaped black hole
probably wouldn’t be a tremendous problem for the foundation, but unfortunately, the
entity is capable of manipulating the nature of reality through alterations in gravity
that change the shape and structure of spacetime. In familiar terms, this means that it is a
reality bender in a sense, but it works in a different way than other reality benders,
and can only be contained by this special array, not by reality anchors. It also means that it’s alterations to reality
are irreversible, even by other reality benders. It is shaped like a humanoid though, and there
is a good reason for that. A team of foundation researchers in Norway
were working on building a device capable of containing entities that manipulate spacetime,
specifically those with immense or fluctuating densities. They were basically using a particle accelerator
to create a miniature black hole, but the black hole would quickly destabilize. On June 19th, 1982, they decided to ramp up
their testing. With the test an hour away, the particle accelerator
began spooling up, and a research assistant, Dr. Calvin Desmet, noticed some minor power
fluctuations. He had the time to fix it, so he went into
the testing chamber to fix a power coupling. Unfortunately, and the reason for this is
still unknown, a power regulator attached to the primary generator failed, and so the
facility was evacuated due to the radiation risk that this posed. Without the regulator, more power than was
expected began to flow into the array, causing it to spool up faster. Because of the loud noise of the array powering
on, Calvin couldn’t hear the evacuation order. Personnel attempted to power down the array,
but the power regulator failed entirely, and the array was now approaching testing levels
of power. By this point, Calvin realized that something
was horribly wrong, and attempted to leave the chamber, but he was too late. A black hole formed within the array, pulling
the entire testing chamber, much of the research wing, and Calvin into it. The singularity soon destabilized and dissipated. In the aftermath, many of the administrative
personnel were reassigned, and the facility was repaired, as it still housed a few other
SCPs. The control system of the array was replaced
with an artificial intelligence in order to limit the human element involved. Testing of the array would continue 13 years
after the incident, in 1995, although the tests were fairly minor. It wouldn’t be until 2004 that the array would
finally serve its purpose, and begin containing minor gravitational anomalies. They continued ramping up the array’s capabilities
until 2006, when they finally manifested a black hole and were able to keep it stable. Two hours after stabilizing this singularity,
it began to change, rapidly growing in size and threatening to expand past the array. The AI in control was able to make changes
to the system to keep it contained, but a thick cloud of gas and dust formed around
the singularity, concealing it. Shortly after, personnel began to hear communications
coming from within the array, starting with unintelligble noises, becoming full sentences,
and eventually a conversation. Through the use of infrared cameras, it was
determined that there was a humanoid shape within the array, and it was attempting to
speak with them. The entity in the array doesn’t actually speak
in the traditional sense, as it’s too dense for sound to travel, but instead it uses gravity
to vibrate metal within the array, creating sounds. A Dr. Ramsey is the first to converse with
the entity, who reveals that it knows Dr. Ramsey’s full name, and knows of the SCP Foundation. The twist here isn’t too much of a surprise,
and is certainly reminiscent of the comic book story of Dr. Manhattan in Watchmen, but
Calvin didn’t die when exposed to the singularity. Instead, he became something else. The entity does not refer to itself as Calvin
Desmet, but instead says that it thinks it was once him, or he is it. He was here once, and then he wasn’t. It’s really not clear exactly what the entity
is, and what parts of Calvin made up its creation, but Calvin is in there, or at least his memories
are. It’s somewhat similar to scp-3812, another
godlike entity i’ve covered in a video previously, written by the same author. Calvin has transcended our existence in some
way, but is still capable of communicating with the foundation. It tells them to deactivate the array, as
there is something he needs to do, and then asks them to bring all of the o5 council here. Dr. Ramsey argues that it’s against protocol,
but the entity says that they will come, because he has something to offer them, a way out. Keep in mind that at this point, the foundation
is unclear on exactly what this entity is. All they know is that it’s immeasurably dense,
it’s capable of communication, and they currently have it contained. The vague offer of a way out piqued the interest
of o5-1, who paid a visit to the entity. The entity allows itself to be referred to
as Calvin Desmet, although it admits that it’s really not accurate. O5-1 then asks what it meant by a way out. The entity explains that the foundation’s
efforts to contain the anomalous in order to protect the world is merely applying a
bandage to the real problem, which is entropy. It says that existence is a tapestry of various
realities layered on top of one another, and the inevitable problem of entropy causes these
realities to bleed into one another. In the moment before Calvin’s soul was cast
into darkness, he was able to see this tapestry. Basically, every SCP present in this world
originated from some other reality, where it’s not really seen as anomalous. That is not to say it changes when it bleeds
over to our reality, just that the other reality it came from is so different from ours that
it’s seen as normal. Presumably, objects from our reality that
we would see as normal could bleed over to other realities where they’d be seen as anomalous. The entity says that the slow tide of entropy
is inevitable, and eventually, the borders between realities will tear away completely,
and all existence will be destroyed in the ensuing pandemonium. A typical person might scoff at this notion,
writing it off completely as nonsense, but the members of the o5 council are not typical
people, and o5-1 is inclined to believe the entity. He asks how long until this occur, with the
entity replying that it will take decades, but as more tears occur, more and more anomalies
will bleed into our reality, with no way to undo it. The way out it promised is preventing this
collapse from occuring by removing all other realities. With no other realities with anomalous objects
in existence, the one remaining universe can exist peacefully. The entity claims that it is capable of doing
this, by removing the barriers between all the other realities except for the ones around
ours. Each other reality will be flooded with anomalies
from others, basically the foundation’s worst nightmare, but ours would be safe. The only reason the entity hasn’t already
done this is because the foundation is containing it in the array, and it can’t see outside
of it. After the conversation was finished, all of
the staff members currently at the site were amnesticized and transferred, as this was
a pretty big secret. O5-1 called a meeting of the council to discuss
this proposition and vote on whether to release the entity or not. The council had several teams work independently
to confirm the entity’s explanation of the multiverse, which they did. They predict that in 30 years time, there
will be an uncontainable amount of anomalies, and within 45 years, something big will get
loose and that’ll pretty much be the end. Ironically, the efforts made by the scp foundation,
and any other similar organizations in other realities, to prevent the end of their worlds
have damaged the barriers between realities. Additionally, the council posits that it’s
statistically impossible that an entity capable of saving the world would only come to this
reality and not any other. In essence, if the o5 council votes to not
allow the entity to save our existence, there’s no guarantee that a different council in a
different reality would vote to do it, dooming the foundation we know and love. O5-1 went to various precognitives, those
capable of seeing into the future, to see if there’s a time in the future that they
cannot see. This was forbidden by the rules of the council,
but o5-1 ignored it, confirming that none of the precogs have had a prediction past
2066. O5-6 wonders if the entity is just a reality
bender that will kill them as soon as it’s released, but as I said, it’s not a reality
bender in the traditional sense, and O5-1 explains this, saying that it’s become something
fundamental to the nature of all things. Ultimately, this is a massive decision for
the council to make, as even if the entity is telling the truth and it will save this
universe, it’s a decision that will end countless lives. O5-3 says that the goal of the foundation
and the council is to protect our existence, and they should expect any other o5 council
to come to the same conclusion. All of the work they’ve done in researching,
retrieving, and containing thousands of anomalies is now being revealed to be a waste of time,
as the world will come to an end no matter what they do. Except, they’ve been given an option, a way
out, and if they do nothing, every universe will die, but if they accept the offer, at
least one universe will live. This would be the end of the road for the
foundation, fullfillment of their ultimate goal of protecting our world. It comes down to a vote, with 8 for yes, 4
for no, and one abstaining. O5-9, who voted no, says that no matter what,
this will be a day remembered as being the day the council gave up on their mission of
securing and containing, risking everything for a glimmer of hope. O5-9 asks o5-1 why he trusts this entity so
much, after everything they’ve achieved. O5-1 says that he knew Calvin Desmet from
long ago, and he wasn’t recruited by the foundation, but instead he volunteered. He had done some work for the chaos insurgency,
but his young daughter was killed by scp-106 during a breach, before the foundation devised
reliable containment procedures for it. After that, he sought out the foundation,
and o5-1 believes that if calvin found a way to remove every trace of the anomalous from
our universe, no matter the cost, he would do it. O5-1 trusts the entity to do this because
he can hear calvin’s determination in its voice. With the vote finalized, it was time to see
if the entity could do what it proposed. Rather than completely releasing it though,
they decided that the array would be slightly powered down, enough for the entity to demonstrate
its ability by removing a single scp from our reality. Three overseers were in attendance, and the
scp chosen to be removed was scp-884. You might remember that one as the mirror
that the chaos insurgency purposefully allowed the foundation to have as it spread doubt
to those nearby. They power down the array, and the entity
says that it now can see everything, including the mirror. It says that it can also see the reality the
mirror originally came from, one not unlike our own. In that reality, a dying soul attached itself
to the mirror as a curse to whoever should own it. The mirror folds in on itself over and over
until it completely disappears, and o5-1 asks how long it will take to remove the rest of
the realities. The entity replies that it will only take
moments, but it will be agony for everyone affected. The building begins to shake as it starts
to work, the room darkens, and the array undergoes an intolerable amount of stress. Suddenly, o5-1 jerks backwards, and his body
begins to unnaturally compress. The entity begins repeating o5-1’s own words
from the council meeting, talking about removing every trace of the anomalous from existence
so that their children and grandchildren can live lives that do not end in horror. O5-1 collapses in on himself, eventually disappearing. O5-4 is lifted screaming into the air as her
body folds in on itself, bones audibly shattering. She too eventually compresses into a single
point before disappearing. O5-12 is about to receive the same fate, but
the AI controlling the array has activated an emergency failsafe, powering back on and
recontaining the entity before it can do any more damage. So, the entity was clearly capable of doing
what it claimed, removing the anomalous from our reality and protecting us. Additionally, it also has a vested interest
in doing so. The reason for this is because there is still
a part of Calvin Desmet in there. A father who lost his daughter to one of the
cruelest scps in existence because the foundation devoted to containing it failed. It can remove the anomalous from our existence,
and wants to do so to protect us, but that includes removing the foundation itself, and
the o5 council that runs it. The foundation has done good work for the
world, but they have also done plenty of horrible things, and calvin believes they must atone
for these sins. That leads to the name of this part of the
cycle, Atonement, something which calvin wants from the o5 council, but it’s something they’ll
never provide. Ultimately, they could release the entity,
saving our reality once and for all, but they would all have to die in the process. This goes back to the overall concept of the
ends justifying the means. Calvin believes that removing the council
and the foundation is justified in this case, but the council clearly disagrees. The council developed a protocol to save themselves
in the case of the entity breaking free, by escaping into other dimensions. They now believe however that this is no longer
a viable option, and containing the entity is their only objective. The main failsafe in place then is called
the forty days protocol, which involves a series of events if the array fails. First, an evacuation order is given for the
facility, in which personnel on site have seven minutes to get out. After that, gates will open, sluice gates
will open, flooding the lower portions of the facility with water. Two minutes after that, explosive charges
around the test chamber will go off, collapsing the chamber into the massive borehole located
beneath it. Ten minutes later, more charges will go off,
collapsing the entire facility into the hole, and fifteen minutes later, a number of charges
will detonate, causing the surrounding mountainside to landslide into the hole, capping it off. A set of locking steel plates will top the
hole, and then a nuclear device will be detonated at the base of the hole. Honestly, the foundation has no clue if this
protocol will even work, but it’s the best they’ve got. I know what you might be thinking, as you
probably thought the same thing in the last video: what on earth does this have to do
with the rest of the ouroboros cycle? I’ve hammered on the overall theme of the
cycle up to this point multiple times, but narratively it’s still pretty loose. Each part so far has been a standalone 001
proposal in their own rights, grand, dangerous anomalies that can each threaten reality,
but there is a big story here. Things will come together in the final part
of the ouroboros cycle, the way it ends. Stay tuned.

  • You’re all fools!!! The SCP foundation does exist but they leak their information so you doubt their existence they add extra articles just so you think it is fake. How can you be sure that a shadow organization doesn’t exist?

  • Says a lot about the Foundation leadership: Willing to sacrifice folks in their own reality as a means to an end, willing to sacrifice other realities to save their own skins, but not willing to sacrifice themselves
    Well, I guess it’s not so surprising to see elitist scum revealed
    Disgusting

  • I can never express the amount of sophistication that these SCP articles have, they are just so filled with the biggest of people’s imaginative minds, the people/person who can come up with this and have people read it are undoubtedly Unbelievable. They take their time to think and imagine this fictional reality where all of our actions are based to protect the future, and this puts insult to injury about the SCP Foundation’s “Selfishness” and Hard work to basically live out the next 70+ years of “Well we’ll die, but we’ll live out and appreciate all the work we did”

  • To me they should have done it let Kelvin do it that way everything and everyone is safe but I do understand they want to save themselves but at what cost they are risking everyone lives in the whole world with out first telling people that these anomalies exist but at least they are trying to contain these anomalies and be safe and healthy everyone have an awesome weekend and day WWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOO ✌😁.

  • Definitely thinking too hard on the subject, but if we assume there are multiple 05 councils across the many realities, and those councils would reach the same conclusion the 05 of this reality would.. (Safeguarding our very existence at all costs)

    Would each reality with a functioning 05 council exist and cease to exist simultaneously. Then again, if there's only one "singularity anomaly" and it's in our reality the others wouldn't have a choice to make in the first place.

    Definitely thinking too hard about it.

  • So if things become anomalous after traveling to another reality, does that mean in another reality, there's an SCP that's just some ordinary person?

  • Neat morality tale, but I'm not a fan of stories that try to categorize the whole of the unknown and anomalous under a single source myself. It's something that greatly reduces the vast gap of understanding between what the SCP knows and what it tampers with.

  • Typical. The 05 council is willing to sacrifice the innocent, the guilty, their own people, and whole towns in the name of the greater good. But sacrifice themselves? Whoah, let's not get crazy here!

  • This story reminded me of Valiant Comics Solar, Man Of The Atom and of the 2 Unity comics events.
    Unity – 1992
    Unity 2000(sequel)

    Both the events revolved around collapsing the multiverse into a singularverse.

  • To be entirely honest, Atonement seems and feels like one of the weaker 001 proposals. It just feels and reads wrong and not of the quality that many SCPs, and even many 001 proposals, hold.

  • Can't wait for The Way It Ends. I just finished reading it today and I can't wait for what you have to say about it!

  • I don't know what's worse dying in the scp universe or Warhammer 40k!!!!! Jesus!!!!!!!!😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

  • This has nothing to do with the video, but what if the demogorgon was the first SCP, or well one of them

  • “I can destroy all dimensions but I promise not to destroy yours. I like your dimension. I promise.”

  • Wouldn’t Calvin have to destroy himself? He is an anomaly, himself, after all. The council doesn’t seem all that smart if they are willing to abandon their plans just because an SCP says that it can save the universe. As far as the end of this story, I think the title “Ouraboros” might be a clue. The beginning and end are one in the same kinda thing? “_Increasing voice pitch after each question like Stewie Griffin_” When the universe ends it also begins? When it dies is when it’s reborn? Hmm? Maybe it’s a never ending cycle? Hmm? Infinite repetition? Hmm?
    Sorry, I’m just being stupid. Love the videos, keep it up! 👍

  • I love listening to your content while I'm at work. I just can't decide which series I like more, this one or 40k.

  • Interesting SCP… but man… is anyone else getting a bit tired of how lately SCP's are seeming to really go for the 1) god-like all powerful entities that shall destroy reality or 2) the meta-narrative ones? or ones that combine them? It's just exhausting and it's getting to point they are getting boring.

    I'm hoping the series gets away from the huge all powerful SCP's for a bit and goes back to some simpler ones, like the Little Misters, or The Unkillable Lizard. (After he clues up the 4 parter of course)

  • Gotta say, this scp IS really weak. The comic book origins aren't even the problem. The heart of the narrative is too simple, too finite and too on the nose.

  • Wow, dude. Your narration's are so good that I don't even need to go to the site itself, blasphemous as it may seem. Can't wait for part 4.

  • I think this cycle shows the Foundation cares more about their preservation and control over the world than actually protecting people.

  • I've always enjoyed your videos and I look forward to the conclusion of The Ouroboros Cycle, but afterwards I hope we take a break from the reality benders. I get that every SCP author wants their own world-ending threat, but when every third SCP can end the universe with a thought it kind of breaks the immersion of the fiction and makes it hard to take the SCP universe (multiverse) seriously.

  • Please never stop making these videos. I have watched them all in three days and they're by far the best SCP exploratory videos that don't focus on trying to scare you and rather let you become interested and learn. Keep up the good work. I adore this set of videos.

  • In this case the 05 council are selfish cowards. What are their lives to ensuring your reality surviving? Not much.

  • "a humanoid shaped black hole wouldn't be too much trouble for the Foundation" Yes, you heard that correctly. This is just another day that at the office for the 05s.

  • O-5 Council : Our mission is to protect our world no matter the sacrifices. No cost is too great.
    Solution to save the universe exists but requires the O-5s to sacrifice themselves
    O-5 Council : Now wait a minute!

  • Watchmen was hardly the first to do this, it was just among the better known examples of what has become a plot formula in Scyfy horror. Scientist(s) begin great experiment that will revolutionize technology, cure disease, end war, prove their theories and earn them the recognition they deserve (take your pick). Everything seems to be happening according to plan until a minor factor like having the wrong brain in the body, a loose screw, being shut in the machine, or a bug hitching a ride with you in the teleportation device causes to go (insert dramatic music) horribly wrong! Frankenstein's monster, the Fly, Jekyll and Hyde, the Incredible Hulk, the list goes on.

  • Hey guys even though you killed be 05 counsel there's a black phone next to the nuclear bomb does that off every vomit every site that phone happens to rain and tell you that the administrator will always exist because that is the nature of the SCP foundation a.k.a. I am the rider and I am god because I have a God complex oh you want to do piano everybody well you failed and now I gave you some bullshit plot As a writer to make myself the greatest. 001 is apparently to hide that the the writer is the greatest and can do whatever they want and this story has no goddamn interesting points besides lord Blackwood which is still made up of bullshit iBecause All it Is anime isekai (another world)

  • Sweden: NORGE HAS AN SCP?!
    Norway:(insert childish insult)
    Sweden:…….IKEA………..get them good.
    IKEA: we have just the store for you!
    hint- hint-hint.

  • O5 Council : Agrees to let Calvin get rid of all anomalies
    Calvin: Does it
    O5 council starts to be destroyed
    O5: Surprised Pikachu Face

  • Wait the O5-Council actually wants to preserve lives? Then why are they continuously throwing D-class into anonymous objects? lol

  • It very much frustrates me when the sections of the cannon intersect and ruin the possibility of a coherent head cannon what I mean by this is the fact that 05-1 both left the foundation and created the chaos insurgency but was also killed by the black hole dude

  • This reminds of Marvel secret wars when the multiverse was coming to end, also reminds of when Victor Von Doom said “isn’t worth the sacrifice of nearly everything, if you can save something”

  • If I have to destroy everything besides my reality to keep from getting a fuckin pimple? Kiss yo ass by by EVERYone outside my reality

  • "Every SCP originated from another world, where its not seen as anomalous"
    Where is the Dragon Snail dimension and how can i get to it

  • I for one made a law against destruction of multiverse unless I say otherwise (yes im biased but it was made recently) so I am soild no on this

  • Personally this stories tells me that the 05 council are hypocrites of the highest order and utterly without spines. They're perfectly prepared to sacrifice millions of people, D-class, researchers, agents, civilians on a regular basis for the sake of their mission. But when it comes to their own necks, they're prepared to risk the fate of the entire multi-verse to save themselves.
    The foundation is an extremely powerful organisation and the age old phrase 'power corrupts' seems applicable in the extreme.

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