Is this the first time you've ever seen Aurora Borealis crush man-kind?

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Keter

Special Containment Procedures: The specific bandwidth that SCP-XXXX transmits on has been reserved for Foundation use through political channels globally. References to SCP-XXXX are to be removed from any medium that mentions them, and the authors of such references are to be amnesticised.

Should SCP-XXXX reach public awareness, it is to be explained as part of an animation or film project.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a broadcast that occurs on a specific frequency once per year on a date in December. These transmissions spontaneously transmit from major telecommunication towers around the world; the length varies, but are typically between 11 and 26 minutes.

The contents of SCP-XXXX varies with each broadcast and the specific part of the world in which it is received, but possess a number of common elements; it contains a number of compressed streams that consist of television channels, there will be a news broadcast (designated SCP-XXXX-1) featuring an anomalous event, and this news broadcast will be the only channel that can be cleanly decoded from SCP-XXXX.

SCP-XXXX-1 differs in content year on year, but possesses a number of common thematic elements:

  • The news broadcast will be live, and feature contemporary news anchors for the channel on which it appears to be.
  • It will begin covering a mundane event (for example, turning on the Christmas lights in a major city.)
  • At some point early in the broadcast (typically one to two minutes in) an atmospheric phenomenon resembling Aurora Borealis will become visible in the area depicted. This will occur regardless of the location in the world.
  • A period of time after the Aurora becomes visible (typically between four and seven minutes), a large scale anomalous event will occur. This event is invariably catastrophic, triggering a K-Class scenario of some form.

SCP-XXXX was first detected on 10/12/1983 and has occurred once per year on a date in December since. The source of SCP-XXXX remains unconfirmed.

Examples of SCP-XXXX-1

Year Event
1983 Five minutes after the Aurora became visible, they began to rapidly increase in intensity until after approximately one minute white light overwhelmed the transmission. When the light faded 30 seconds later, all humans were gone from both the news studio and the live scenes being broadcast.
1987 The Aurora presented as a notably vibrant red colour. Approximately three minutes later, large numbers of small (estimated size between 1m and 3m) meteors began materialising withing the Aurora and striking the ground with great speed. The transmission ended approximately 45 seconds later, presumably when either the transmitter or the studio for the broadcast was struck.
1992 The longest broadcast received to date, lasting approximately 3 hours 20 minutes. Beginning roughly 20 minutes after the appearance of the Aurora, the news station began receive reports of corpses walking the streets and attacking people. These reports escalated until vision confirmation was received by way of a video of a heavily decayed man attacking and killing civilians, who then became affected by the phenomenon. Transmission ended shortly after the news studio was overrun and the news anchors killed.
1998 Almost immediately after the Aurora became visible, it began noticeably descending through the atmosphere. 10 minutes later, it had begun to reach the tops of buildings; anything touched by the Aurora was apparently vaporised. This continued until the transmission ended, presumably when the broadcasting studio was destroyed.
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