Peppermill II

These Woods Have Rules

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Gateway that leads to the suitcase of the man who stands beneath a sheet.

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: Entities native to SCP-XXXX are considered Eshu-Class nomenclature hazards and may not be referred to or addressed by any name, title, or designation. Only descriptions of physical features may be used when addressing or referring to a native entity of SCP-XXXX. Assumptions of an entity's nature may not be used in descriptions. A single description of a native entity cannot be used more than once without alteration.

In the event of a nomenclature breach, standard Eshu-Class recontainment protocol must be carried out immediately by the individual responsible for the breach (see DOC-ESHU-05). If the individual is terminated before they are able to perform the recontainment procedure, the responsibility falls to the individual's next of kin.

Any unauthorized documents pertaining to SCP-XXXX must be suppressed via standard information containment protocol immediately after they are discovered. Unauthorized individuals with knowledge of Procedure XXXX-Halloway are to be administered Class-B amnestics as necessary and may be released upon the completion of disquisitional rehabilitation.

Due to the high risk involved in entering SCP-XXXX, personnel sent to conduct research in SCP-XXXX must follow standard exploration procedures as detailed in XXXX-SEP.

Description: SCP-XXXX is an extradimensional forested area that does not follow the fundamental .

SCP-XXXX is accessed by performing Procedure XXXX-Halloway in any indoor fireplace (see expurgated document P-XXXX-H1). Upon completion of the procedure, the interior dimensions of the fireplace anomalously expand to accommodate the size of a human subject, and a rope ladder will descend from flue. Subjects may then enter SCP-XXXX by traveling up the ladder and into the flue, eventually emerging from the opening of a dilapidated brick well.

The only known way to reliably traverse SCP-XXXX is by use of a single dirt path designated SCP-XXXX-1. Traversing SCP-XXXX by any means other than SCP-XXXX-1 has invariably resulted in immediate loss of contact with participating subjects. Additionally, SCP-XXXX-1 can only be traversed in a single direction, and any attempt by subjects to turn around and follow SCP-XXXX-1 back the way they came will result in similar loss of contact.

SCP-XXXX-1 does not adhere to the constraints of Euclidian space as they are presently understood. Exploration missions to map SCP-XXXX-1 have resulted in vastly different routes being recorded with each expedition; furthermore, sections of the path that should logically overlap or intersect do not. The only consistency in the layout of SCP-XXXX-1 is the well access point, which is always located at both ends of SCP-XXXX-1.

Human subjects can only traverse SCP-XXXX-1 in one direction. All attempts to turn around partway through and follow SCP-XXXX-1 the other way have resulted in immediate loss of contact with the participating subjects. Consequently, the only way for a subject to exit SCP-XXXX after they have begun following SCP-XXXX-1 is by walking its entire length and returning to the well access point at the opposite end.

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The entity that is only visible when covered by fabric.

A large variety of anomalous entities native to SCP-XXXX have been documented.

Native entities regularly undergo changes in appearance and demeanor when unobserved, which has made it difficult for researchers to determine which recorded entities are unique beings and which are newer iterations of those previously documented. Although some are hostile towards humans, most can be interacted with safely as long as XXXX-SEP precautions are followed. Native entities frequently obstruct SCP-XXXX-1, making it necessary for subjects to interact with them in order to progress.

A full list of recorded SCP-XXXX entities can be found in Document XXXX-RE.

P-XXXX-H: The following is a censored list of instructions for accessing SCP-XXXX. Certain steps have been omitted in this version of this document. Please note that only subjects with two biological siblings can conduct P-XXXX-H. They may either be the oldest of the three (Type-1), the middle born (Type-2), or the youngest (Type-3).

  1. Using any kindling, start a steady flame within the fireplace.
  2. Combine the powdered bones of a male red fox (Vulpes vulpes, any age), an adult male lion (Panthera leo), and a baleen whale (Mysticeti, any age, any gender).
  3. Take an easily burnt personal possession that has a particular emotional significance to the individual conducting the procedure and allow the fire to consume it.
  4. Carefully toss three feathers from any black-plumed bird of the genus Corvus and allow the smoke from the fire to carry them up the flue.
  5. If the fire begins to emit vocalizations, respond with the appropriate counter phrase (see Phrases and Counter Phrases below).

XXXX-SEP: General guidelines for exploration:

  • Equip subjects with a standard Foundation expedition pack and provided with a canteen of water prior to entering SCP-XXXX.
  • When in SCP-XXXX, do not eat any food other than the rations included inside the standard Foundation expedition pack.
  • Do not bring firearms into SCP-XXXX under any circumstances.
  • Type 1 subjects must avoid accepting or directly handling that could be considered a valuable resource. This includes (but is not limited to) forms of currency, precious metals and stones, objects imbued with useful anomalous properties, and well-crafted weaponry.
  • Type 2 subjects must avoid any native entities that regard the subject with affection or romantic attraction, and must not give the appearance of reciprocating these feelings in any way. Statements made by a native entity that professes affection or romantic attraction for a Type 2 subject are false.
  • Type 3 subjects must avoid partaking in activities that are commonly considered frivolous, luxurious, or physically comforting. This includes (but is not limited to) dancing, smoking, playing with toys, drinking anything other than water, listening to music, and sleeping on a padded surface.

Guidelines for interacting with native entities:

  • Greet native entities with any formal salutation2 before engaging in conversation.3
  • Speak in a friendly tone of voice.
  • Do not make any statements that you know to be false.
  • Do not make disparaging comments about native entities while in their presence.
  • Say 'please' and 'thank you' when applicable.
  • Refer to and address native entities using descriptions of their physical appear.
  • Do not refer to a native entity by a name, title, or designation, even if it introduces itself with such.
  • Do not state your name, nickname, codename, alias, or any other personal designation when in the presence of a native entity.
  • If a native entity attempts to assign you a name, title, or designation, politely decline.
  • If a native entity makes a statement in which it addresses or refer to you by a name, title, designation, or anything other than a physical description, ignore the statement as though it hadn't been spoken.
  • If pressed for information that is considered confidential, briefly apologize and bow.
  • If a native entity appears to require your assistance, consider its appearance before choosing to help. If the entity appears threatening, do whatever is necessary to aid it. If the entity appears attractive or harmless, do not approach.
  • Do not attempt to mount any animal entities you encounter.
  • If an animal entity invites or requests you to mount it, politely decline.
  • If a native entity offers you a physical gift, receive it with both hands.
  • Do not discard physical gifts from native entities, even if they initially appear to have no use or value.
  • If a native entity offers you a nonphysical gift or attempts initiate a trade, politely decline.
  • Do not eat food offered by native entities.
  • Do not sleep in any lodging offered by native entities.
  • You may sleep inside the residence of a native entity as long as you do not have an invitation to do so.
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