SCP-4000: The Holy and Heavenly City of Fabled China


SCP-4000, shortly before containment. Photograph found in the possessions of an inhabitant of Cairo, Ziyad Abdullah, who disappeared without trace in the 1970s.



Item #: SCP-4000
项目编号: SCP-4000

Object Class: Safe Apollyon
项目等级: Safe Apollyon

Special Containment Procedures 01/07/18: Containment of SCP-4000 is no longer possible.

Description: SCP-4000 refers to an indestructible glass mosque lamp, recovered from Cairo, Egypt. Based on the testimony from a number of writers over the centuries, the lamp is believed to have been created in Marrakesh in the 14th century, travelling across Africa and Asia for several centuries before being brought to Cairo in the 1950s.

When an individual stares for several seconds at SCP-4000 while it is lit, they will see images of urban scenes within the fire. These images possess a strong cognitohazardous effect2, causing the viewer to become an SCP-4000-1 instance.

SCP-4000-1 instances are characterised by an impetus to go on a pilgrimage to the city seen within SCP-4000's fire. This involves travelling a great distance on foot, usually to another continent, and entering a specific portal; most often a door, cave entrance, or window. The location travelled to is almost always of some personal or spiritual importance to the SCP-4000-1 instance. Upon entering these portals, SCP-4000-1 instances will disappear.

When interviewed by Foundation staff, SCP-4000-1 instances invariably believe that they will be taken to the city seen in SCP-4000 at the conclusion of their pilgrimage. They claim that all the urban scenes are of the same, single city, supposedly located somewhere within China or encompassing the entirety of China. These scenes have a great deal of variety, and although none are believed to correspond to any known location, they often bear a great deal of similarity to real-world cities. The prominence of this city in SCP-4000-1 instances' narratives and the possibility of its existence based on common features found within them has lead to its provisional designation as SCP-4000-2.

SCP-4000 was discovered in 1975, when it was removed from storage in a Cairo mosque and lit during a full congregation, which resulted in several hundred worshippers being converted into SCP-4000-1 instances. The resulting mass movement of people was noticed by the Foundation, who contained SCP-4000 and detained several hundred SCP-4000-1 instances after a full investigation.

Addendum 1 09/09/2027: The following is a diary written by one Omar ibn Rashid, an Egyptian novelist active in the 1950s. Ibn Rashid disappeared in 1958, approximately 3 years after this diary was written. The entire diary was composed in a series of intricate and complex codes, and has yet to be fully translated. The following pages are translations of what have been decoded thus far.
附录1 09/09/2027:以下内容摘录自一名名叫奥玛尔·伊本·拉希德的埃及小说家的日记。伊本·拉希德活跃于20世纪50年代,在写下该日记三年后,他于1958年失踪。该日记以复杂繁复的密码写成,且未被完全破译。以下内容均为已被破译的部分。

Addendum 2 07/01/28: The following is an interview conducted by Project Lead Martha Hardcastle with an SCP-4000-1 instance, hereafter referred to as SCP-4000-1A.
附录2 07/01/18:以下是项目负责人玛莎·哈德卡斯尔对一名SCP-4000-1个体进行的采访,该个体被编号为SCP-4000-1A。

Addendum 3 23/01/28: The following is a selectively curated testing log of D-Class personnel exposed to SCP-4000.
附录3 23/01/28:以下是部分被暴露在SCP-4000之下的D级人员的实验记录节选。

Subject Place of Origin Date SCP-4000 Observations Place of disappearance
个体 籍贯 日期 在SCP-4000中看到的 失踪地点
D-2188 Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela 09/12/76 Subject observed a series of whitewashed coastal dwellings by a green ocean. Subject saw "a beautiful woman playing a violin to a postal worker." A cave on the Venezuelan coast, near Caracas.
D-2188 在委内瑞拉加拉加斯市出生并长大 09/12/76 个体看到绿色海洋边上一栋粉刷过的海边民居。同时“有一位美女在给一名邮政工人演奏小提琴”。 位于加拉加斯附近委内瑞拉海滩上的一个岩洞。
D-3733 Born in London, United Kingdom; raised in Yellowknife, Canada 08/02/79 Subjected reported seeing an "underground London, but somehow wrong." Entrance to SCP-1678
D-3733 生于英国伦敦,在加拿大黄刀镇24长大 08/02/79 个体报告称看到了一个“地下的伦敦,但哪里不对劲” SCP-1678的入口
D-3930 Born and raised in Worcester, United Kingdom. 12/11/86 Subject reported seeing a large number of factory workers, emerging from a "pear factory"25. Subject claimed that this represented the perfect way to live, a perfected form of Victorian-era capitalism. The cellar of a London townhouse.
D-3930 在英国伍斯特出生并长大。 12/11/86 个体报告称看到了大批工人从一家“梨工厂”26中浮现。个体声称这是维多利亚时代资本主义的完美象征,也是一种完美的生活方式。 伦敦一间连排别墅的地下室。
D-2513 Born and raised in Shanghai, China 07/02/92 Reported seeing the entire city; would not elaborate, and spent the rest of the time prior to entering SCP-4000-2 claiming he was the "brother of Jesus" A gateway in Nanjing, China.
D-2513 在中国上海出生并长大 07/02/92 报告称看到了一整座城市,但不愿进一步详细描述,随后他声称自己是“耶稣的兄弟”并尝试进入SCP-4000-2 中国南京的一处门廊
D-3380 Born in Shiraz, Iran; raised in Los Angeles, USA 17/01/97 Reported seeing a large palace, with many blue domes on its roof; the body, however, was reminiscent of the Pruit Igoe housing developments in Chicago. The entrance to the Ali Qapu palace in Esfahan, Iran.
D-3380 生于伊朗设拉子,在美国洛杉矶长大。 17/01/97 报告称看到了一栋顶部有着许多蓝色圆顶的宫殿。但宫殿的主体结构让人联想起芝加哥的普鲁蒂-艾戈建筑区27 伊朗伊斯法罕市的阿里卡普宫28入口。
D-3043 Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina 11/04/05 Reported seeing a large library which stretched on forever, with "each book being better than the last." Entrance to the National Public Library of Argentina.
D-3043 在阿根廷布宜诺斯艾利斯出生并长大 11/04/05 报告称看到一座无限延展的巨大图书馆,其中“每一本书都比上一本好”。 阿根廷国家公共图书馆的入口。
D-2508 Born and raised in Marrakesh, Morocco 28/06/14 Reported seeing an old man sitting on a carpet in some form of courtyard. The entrance to a door in Morocco. Agents escorting the subject noticed that the name "Omar ibn Rashid" had been carved into an external wall of the mosque.
D-2508 在摩洛哥马拉喀什出生并长大 28/06/14 报告称看到一个老人坐在庭院里的地毯上。 摩洛哥的一座清真寺的入口,同行的特工注意到清真寺外墙上刻有“奥玛尔·伊本·拉希德”的名字。
D-2072 Born and raised in Podgorica, Montenegro 15/12/25 Subject did not report on sightings. Instead, subject gouged out her own eyes while repeating the phrase "it does not have to happen! I am free! I am free!" A large door made of silicon in a factory in Podgorica.
D-2072 在黑山波德戈里察出生并长大 15/12/25 个体并未报告其所见,而是一边重复说着“不需要这样了!我自由了!我自由了!”一边挖出了自己的双眼。 波德戈里察的一间工厂中的一扇制大门。
D-2747 Born in Kashgar, China; raised in Cairo, Egypt 11/07/27 Subject reported seeing large numbers of men, women and children "standing on an iron wall" and "staring at Dr. Hardcastle." The subject did not elaborate on how they knew what these subjects were staring at. Dr Hardcastle reported feeling a sense of profound2 unease during the experiment. The Iron Gates, a mountain pass in Xinjiang, China, and part of one of the traditional "Silk Road" routes.
D-2747 生于中国喀什,在埃及开罗长大 11/07/27 个体报告称大批男女老少“站在一堵铁墙前”“盯着哈德哈德卡斯尔博士,但并未详细说明自己如何知道这些人盯着的对象。哈德卡斯尔博士报告称自己在实验期间感到不适。 铁门关,中国新疆的一处山隘,曾是古“丝绸之路”的一部分。

Addendum 4 31/05/28: On 30/05/28, several members of Site 867 spontaneously turned into SCP-4000-1 instances. The effect appeared to spontaneously affect members of Site 867 at random; after a few hours, approximately 20% of Site 867's staff had been converted into SCP-4000-1 instances.
附录4 31/05/28:在30/05/28,数名Site867成员不由自主地转化成了SCP-4000-1个体。该现象开始随机在SCP867的成员身上强制发生,数个小时后,约20%的Site867工作人员被转化成了SCP-4000-1个体。

The following is an interview conducted by Project Lead Martha Hardcastle with SCP-4000-1A concerning these alterations to SCP-4000's functioning.

Addendum 5 02/06/18: The following is another set of decoded entries from Omar ibn Rashid's diary.
附录5 02/06/18:以下是另一部分已被解读的奥玛尔·伊本·拉希德的日记。

Addendum 6 20/06/2028: The following is a log of attempts to contain SCP-4000.
附录6 20/06/2028:以下是对SCP-4000的收容尝试的记录。

Date attempt begun Percentage of population converted into SCP-4000-1 Description of attempt Results
开始日期 被转化为SCP-4000-1的人口比例 尝试描述 结果
04/06/2028 0.00004% Full lockdown and quarantine of Site-867 Attempt failed. SCP-4000-1 instances reported in population of nearby towns, which rapidly spread to other towns and cities nearby.
04/06/2028 0.00004% 完全封锁并隔离Site-867 失败,附近小镇发现了SCP-4000-1个体,随后像临近城镇随机扩散。
07/06/2028 0.3% Removal of all known SCP-4000-1 instances to remote site in northern Canada; attempt to track down remaining instances, presuming all are still in the vicinity of Site 867. Attempt failed; generation of SCP-4000-1 instances random and worldwide.
07/06/2028 0.3% 将所有已知的SCP-4000-1个体转移至位于加拿大北部的一个偏远站点。对剩余个体进行统计以确保他们都在Site867周边。 失败,世界各地都开始随机出现SCP-4000-1个体。
19/06/2028 2.5 Large-scale attempt, using a wide variety of technological and anomalous means, to track down and kill SCP-4000-1 instances while simultaneously conducting research into methods of immunisation. All tracking and immunisation attempts failed.
19/06/2028 2.5 开始大范围尝试,动用各种技术与异常手段以追踪并捕杀SCP-4000-1个体。同时开始研究免疫措施。 所有的追踪与免疫均以失败告终。
11/06/2028 12.5 Immediate shutdown of all modes of transport worldwide. Large-scale checkpoints, curfews and population control enforced. Immediate termination of any suspected SCP-4000-1 instances. Activation of Broken Masquerade protocols. Attempt initially successful, but SCP-4000-1 instances quickly began using alternate portals to enter SCP-4000-2.
11/06/2028 12.5 立即封锁全世界所有交通方式。强制执行大规模检查站、宵禁与人口管制。立即处决所有可能的SCP-4000-1个体。立即启动曝光协议。 尝试暂时成功,但SCP-4000-1个体随机开始使用各种可能的手段进入SCP-4000-2。
14/06/2028 20.6 Immediate removal of all known human populations away from possible SCP-4000-1 instances. Attempt failed; SCP-4000-1 conversion has become random and capable of appearing even in isolated populations.
14/06/2028 20.6 立即将所有剩余人类与潜在的SCP-4000-1个体隔离起来。 尝试失败。即使是独处的人类也开始随机被转化为SCP-4000-1。
15/06/2028 38.5 Use of SCP-2000 Request denied by O5-Council
15/06/2028 38.5 动用SCP-2000 被O5议会否决
16/06/2028 57.9 Ritual sacrifice to [DATA EXPUNGED] Request denied by O5-Council
16/06/2028 57.9 举行[数据删除]的祭祀仪式 被O5议会否决
18/06/2028 89.6 SCP-3799 Request denied by O5-Council, who also demanded the immediate reclassification of SCP-4000 as Thaumiel and the embarkation of Dr. Hardcastle and remaining personnel at Site 867 on a pilgrimage. This was countermanded by Dr. Hardcastle.
18/06/2028 89.6 SCP-3799 被O5议会否决,同时议会要求将SCP-4000重分级为Thaumiel,此外哈德卡斯尔博士与Site867剩余人员动身前去朝圣。哈德卡斯尔博士否决了该命令。
19/06.2028 99.9 Destruction of last non-infected human via suicide Attempt interrupted by SCP-4000-1A. Interview log concerning these events can be found in an addendum below.
19/06.2028 99.9 最后一名未被感染的人类自杀 被SCP-4000-1A阻止,关于该事件的访谈见下方附录。

SCP-4000 has been reclassified as Apollyon.

Addendum 7 29/06/2028: The following is a log of an unscheduled interview between SCP-4000-1A and Dr. Hardcastle.
附录7 29/06/2028:以下是SCP-4000-1A与哈德卡斯尔博士之间的一次临时采访。

Addendum 8 02/07/2018: The following is a third set of decoded entries from Omar ibn Rashid's diary. SCP-4000's translation and decoding team insisted, shortly after becoming SCP-4000-1 instances, that Dr. Hardcastle preserve these in the Foundation database. Dr. Hardcastle acquiesed to their request shortly after she accepted the fact that she had become an SCP-4000-1 instance.
附录8 02/07/2018:以下是已被破译的奥玛尔·伊本·拉希德的日记的第三部分。SCP-4000破译团队在成为SCP-4000-1个体之后坚持要求哈德卡斯尔博士将其录入基金会数据库。在接受了自己成为SCP-4000-1个体的事实之后不久,哈德卡斯尔博士默许了他们的请求。

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