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SCP-XXXX.

Special Containment Procedures: The entrance to SCP-XXXX is contained at its location of discovery. To prevent civilian access to SCP-XXXX, a 1km perimeter has been established around SCP-XXXX, with barbed wire fencing an routine security patrols. Unapproved individuals approaching SCP-XXXX are to be detained and turned over to local authorities. Cover story XXXX.19 "Uncontained Chemical Waste Spill" is to be disseminated within the local community.

Any humanoid entities emerging from SCP-XXXX are to be held in containment for analysis, and then returned to SCP-XXXX. Per Foundation Compliance Agreement XXXX-Flagstaff, any quadrupedal entities emerging from SCP-XXXX are to be met with lethal force unless otherwise authorized by extant articles of FCA XXXX-Flagstaff.

Ethics Committee Memorandum: Foundation Compliance Agreement XXXX-Flagstaff is currently under review. Until such time as a consensus can be reached, the Compliance Agreement is temporarily suspended.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a spatial anomaly located 3.4km northeast of Centralia, Oklahoma, USA. The anomaly presents as a opaque distortion in the air, roughly 5m tall and 3.2m wide. The distortion produces minor amounts of electromagnetic interference in electrical equipment, though this effect is not so pronounced as to damage more robust systems.

Beyond SCP-XXXX is a planet within an alternate spatial dimension (currently classified as XXXX.Ada1) populated by numerous species that exist on Earth. Genetic tests performed on entities found within XXXX.Ada have confirmed near-relatedness to Earth-born species, though minor differences are present. The most significant difference between Ada and Earth, aside from differences in the geographical makeup of the planet beyond SCP-XXXX2, is that human beings are not the dominant species on Ada. Instead, the dominant species on Ada is a species of large, quadrupedal entities that resemble modern horses (Equus ferus caballus).

According to information gathered from sources within SCP-XXXX, human beings (which exist within XXXX.Ada and bear close genetic similarity to modern humans) were domesticated by these horses (self described as "The Equus") during prehistory, when the first group of Equus - led by a legendary being named "Xanthos"3 - approached the humans and made a pact of cooperation with them. Over time, due to the increased perils on Ada, this cooperation became subservience, and humans on Ada now act as a servant class to the more powerful Equus.

The Equus entities (classified collectively as XXXX.E-Equus) appear similar to Earth-born horses, with several significant differences. Equus are significantly larger than Earth horses, with most standing higher than 4m and several members of the ruling class standing more than 11m. Additionally, Equus are significantly stronger, both in physical strength and strength of their hide and internal structures. It is believed that prehistoric Ada humans became subservient to the Equus in part due to their considerable weakness in comparison4. Lastly, Equus are both sentient and sapient, at least at the level of modern Earth humans and in many cases noticeably more. The increase in intelligence is believed to be in some way related to their increase in size, as the brains of the Equus are likely much larger than their Earth counterparts. This has allowed the Equus to both dominate their environment (specifically through the use of their human builders) and command the use of speech, which they do so in an unknown language5.

There are a number of other sentient Earth-based species that occupy Ada, the majority of which live either in servitude towards or have been colonized by the Equus. Several species, namely those who identify under the banner Cervid, are currently in open rebellion against the Equus and their human builders. Information gathered from within SCP-XXXX indicates that SCP-XXXX itself was created to allow access to Earth by Cervidian soldiers in order to commit a genocide against mankind, presumably as a way of striking indirectly against the Equus. Despite the intervention of the God-King Secretariat6, the Cervidians have begun a campaign of hostile aggression against the human beings on Ada. It was determined that, in order to alleviate the suffering of the Adan humans, the Foundation's military assets would become involved in the defensive effort against the Cervids.

Addendum XXXX.1: Discovery

SCP-XXXX was discovered after reports of a massive horse were investigated by Foundation agents in the region, who determined that there were three such entities, two smaller horses and one considerably larger and armored. The following is a recording of the initial exchange between the entities, who had with them a human translator capable only of speaking an ancient Mesopotamian dialect. After some initial issues with the language barrier, a proper translator was brought in to facilitate the discussion.

Individuals in recording:

  • One member of the Equus ruling class "General California Chrome"
  • Two members of the Equus military "Unbridled" and "Ferdinand"
  • One Adan human translator
  • Foundation translator Dr. Mehmet Aldin
  • Two members of a local Foundation investigative team, Agents Long and Valdez

[BEGIN LOG]

Dr. Aldin: (Speaks in Mesopotamian dialect)

Translator: (Speaks in Mesopotamian dialect)

Dr. Aldin: That's astounding, he speaks it like it's his mother tongue, I've never heard anyone so fluent before.

Agent Valdez: What is he saying?

Dr. Aldin: He says, "Gracious tidings to you, Man. You stand in the presence of the great General California Chrome and two of his retinue, Unbridled and Ferdinand. Blessed is your fortune for this unparalleled gift."

Agent Long: Ask him what the horses are.

Dr. Aldin: (Speaks in Mesopotamian dialect)

Translator: (Gasps, then answers)

Dr. Aldin: He says that these are three of the- er, Equus, I think, who are gods who walk amongst men. The word he uses is strange, it's almost like he's saying they're primordial. Something fundamental.

Agent Long: Ask him his name.

Dr. Aldin: (Asks question)

Translator: (Pauses, answers)

Dr. Aldin: He says it is not suitable to speak his name in the presence of his masters.

Agent Valdez: Masters? Does he mean the horses?

Dr. Aldin: Let me ask. (Speaks in Mesopotamian dialect)

Translator: (Responds)

Dr. Aldin: He's asking that you stop calling them horses, they-

The largest of the three entities opens its mouth and a sharp, low, loud sound is emitted, like a foghorn. The translator recoils.

Translator: (Speaks)

Dr. Aldin: The largest entity there, he's saying that's General California Chrome. He's come as a envoy to the highest levels of our government, to bring us into the counsel of their… god-emperor? I've never heard that before.

Agent Long: California Chrome… isn't that a racehorse? The one who won the derby a few years ago?

Another short, sharp blast from the largest entity. The translator speaks quickly afterwards.

Dr. Aldin: He's saying there is no time to waste. We're being summoned before their god, it seems.

Agent Valdez: Let's radio this in and get some more eyes on it.

[END LOG]

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