SCP-1520 An Elderly Monk | safe | Humanoid / religious scp

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Item #: SCP-1520 Object Class: Safe Special Containment Procedures: SCP-1520 is
to be seated in the corner of a standard cell of the type used to contain Safe-class humanoid
SCP objects. No furniture, fixtures, or amenities are to be provided. No external or internal
light sources are to be provided except when SCP-1520 is being directly interacted with;
when interaction is necessary, personnel shall wear low-light goggles and light provided
shall be of a bare minimum necessary to allow their functioning. The chamber is to be soundproofed
to prevent any external stimulus. Air shall be filtered constantly and silently to prevent
any odiferous compounds from accumulating. Air temperature is to be maintained at 16ºC. SCP-1520 is to be fed one nutritionally-supplemented
wafer with a neutral taste profile once per day, as well as 30 mL of filtered water. Interaction
with SCP-1520 for interview and examination purposes shall be kept to a minimum. Any physical
interaction with SCP-1520 is to be conducted by personnel wearing elbow-length gloves and
direct contact between SCP-1520 and exposed flesh is not to occur. Medical examination
of SCP-1520 shall be conducted once per month to determine whether additional attention
is required; SCP-1520 is not to be adjusted from its current position during examinations
unless necessary, and all examinations are to be performed as quietly and in as little
light as possible. SCP-1520 may be provided, at its request,
with a pair of opaque goggles. Description: SCP-1520 is a human male of Japanese
ancestry, approximately 400 years of age at the time it entered Foundation custody. SCP-1520
is highly desiccated and dehydrated in a manner resembling the corpses of Buddhist monks prepared
by an archaic process called sokushinbutsu, wherein the aspirant was gradually dehydrated
by means of a special diet over the course of several years in order to produce a natural
mummy after death. SCP-1520’s flesh is dried and translucent and is stretched taut over
its bones. X-ray and MRI analysis has shown that musculature and internal organs, excluding
the brain, eyes, and ears, are severely atrophied. SCP-1520 has been noted to inhale and exhale
once approximately every 8.3 minutes – heart rate is approximately 2-3 beats per hour.
SCP-1520’s circulatory system contains less than 0.5 liters of blood – other bodily fluids
are found in quantities negligible to nonexistent. SCP-1520’s body temperature is not significantly
higher than room temperature. Due to its inhibited metabolism, SCP-1520 requires little food
or water and does not appear to excrete or sweat. SCP-1520 is fully conscious and aware of its
surroundings, and is able to speak a dialect of Japanese found in ████████ Prefecture
in the 16th century, and to make signs through simple movements of its hands and fingers.
SCP-1520 is either unwilling or unable to engage in any other physical movements. When
not being interacted with by Foundation personnel, SCP-1520 sits in a Lotus position, motionless
except for breathing and occasional quiet recitation of prayers; at other times, it
appears to be sleeping or meditating and does not react to external stimuli. It is not apparent
whether SCP-1520 is capable of sleep or whether it remains aware of its surroundings during
these periods of inactivity. SCP-1520 was surrendered to Foundation custody
in 1946, when United States Army personnel found it enshrined in a Buddhist temple in
███████████, Japan during the Allied occupation. Temple priests referred
to SCP-1520 as a “living Buddha” who had undergone sokushinbutsu in 1576, and had been revered
as a god by the templegoers. Interview Log 1520: Date: ██/██/19██ Interviewer: Dr. Y█████, hereafter
“Y.” Interviewee: SCP-1520 Foreword: SCP-1520 has, in general, politely
refused any attempts to interview it, responding to any attempts to question it with silence
or by saying “I cannot discuss that.” The extent of SCP-1520’s spoken comments have
consisted of simple requests pertaining to its containment, such as clean robes, goggles
when it is being examined in brightly lit areas, and to be given less water in its daily
feeding. On ██/██/19██, during a medical examination in its cell, SCP-1520
abruptly began to speak to Y., a native Japanese speaker, while Y. was monitoring its pulse.
The following is a translation of the conversation that ensued. Foot note 1: As no audio recording equipment
was on hand when the incident occured, this translation is based on notes compiled by
Y. after the incident occured. Y. has stated that the original Japanese spoken by SCP-1520
was considerably more “flowery” and “old-fashioned” than the version he has produced, and that
it made use of several terms not used in modern Japanese which he was unfamiliar with.SCP-1520: It beats when it must. Y: What the… (Y. recoils from SCP-1520) SCP-1520: You are afraid? Fear not. Fear is
only an aspect of Maya. Y: You’re… you’re speaking. (Y. attempts
to regain his composure.) SCP-1520: Yes. Y: You’ve never just started talking before.
Why now? SCP-1520: Because I must. Y: Why? SCP-1520: Because I have failed. Y: Failed at what? SCP-1520: I have sat and meditated and pondered
for how long I do not know awaiting Nirvana, but this body is unwilling to release me from
its grasp. I am… unable to achieve what I set out to accomplish. Y: Why? SCP-1520: I have regrets. They… keep me
here. I am unable to rid myself truly of desire while this work is undone. I must ask you
to help me do what I cannot do for myself. Y: Do you want us to kill you? SCP-1520: No. Death will come to this body
when it will. You must bring a message to a woman I left behind when I chose this path. Y: No offense, but do you know what year it
is? Everyone you knew before you “chose this path” is long dead. SCP-1520: It has been long since I counted
the days. If she has died, take it to her children. Have you a scroll and ink? I shall
wait.Footnote: Following this conversation, Y.
acquired a pen and paper and proceeded to transcribe a lengthy letter to a woman named
██████ ████, in which SCP-1520 apologized for leaving her, explained
his reasons for becoming a monk, and stated his hope that their child would grow up wise
and benevolent. Foundation historians were able to identify ████ as having died
in 1588; a descendant, ██████ ████, was identified living in Scranton, PA. An English-language
copy of the letter was delivered to ████, who could not speak or read Japanese, under the
pretense of being a family memento discovered during an estate sale. After delivery was
completed, Y. returned to SCP-1520’s chamber and informed it that the task had been completed.
SCP-1520 exhibited no reaction to this news and has not made any attempt to communicate
with Foundation staff since.

 

61 Responses

  1. Eastside Show SCP

    July 5, 2016 5:02 am

    SCP-1520 is a rather interesting SCP, especially since its connected with historical culture and such

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  2. Edward Dundon-Smith

    July 5, 2016 6:20 am

    Why this spc need such procedures like low light and controlled levels? They never say what it will do otherwise or is it that they are just being nice to it?

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  3. Dr. River Rain

    July 5, 2016 12:06 pm

    Whats interesting to me is, it seems this Monk had an actual life way before what it is today, Judging buy this message it wanted to send. Perhaps this women was an EX lover? I love this Idea. This tell me that some SCPS may have more life they what is let on. I think we need to listen to them much more closely and pay attention to what they ask of us, if we truly want to under stand them better.

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  4. Freakish Uproar

    July 12, 2016 5:15 pm

    It's interesting to note how the music you choose can really set the tone for the readings. It could quite easily have been rendered much more dread-inducing and creepy, but that melancholy piano piece put much more emphasis on the tragedy of 1520's life and death. Good find Steve!

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  5. Techno Angelz

    July 13, 2016 3:25 am

    Wait. How do we know he isn't dead. For all we know he could be faking it and while wake up again asking another favor

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  6. Gamer One

    August 27, 2016 5:48 pm

    When I first started reading ur videos
    I always thought you said "I remember SCP" and not "Item number SCP"

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  7. shannon berry

    December 25, 2016 7:50 am

    Wow who ever tured this mounk over will probly burn in hell…. you just half to touch everything, who knows mabe his Skelton will be crystaline

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  8. TheBlues32

    January 6, 2017 2:05 pm

    I have a huge respect for the monks who undertake this ritual. It is long, unpleasant, painful, and ultimate will kill them, but they stick to it because they believe. Call them fools if you want, but they die without fear and without regret.

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  9. Fallout Dude

    February 6, 2017 2:07 pm

    Isn't anybody else surprised by the kindness the foundation showed this monk with the letter and all that ?

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  10. TheSchmeister

    April 19, 2017 9:41 pm

    Wait, so these Monks starve themselves to death to become an SCP, but they need to be regularly fed after?? That logic kills it….

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  11. Creeker 223

    June 3, 2017 3:54 pm

    Righ as you said Scranton pa I almost shit myself lol at the time I'm in Scranton driving through listening to this on Bluetooth then you say then name of my city lol

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  12. Russ Darracott

    January 3, 2018 5:48 pm

    I think that SCP 1520 had after hearing that the message had been delivered obtained this nervanna.

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  13. Neb

    April 24, 2019 4:50 pm

    This is a pretty cool one. I wish he accepted questions I would love to hear what he said about the Sengoku Jidai

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  14. tyler goutermout

    September 3, 2019 1:51 am

    Its insane how there is some scps who are almost normal and for example mr forgetful and Mr laugh is it they are who to function entirely normally they just can't control what they do

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  15. Alex Arriaga

    September 18, 2019 12:38 pm

    This SCP is actually sad he’s a man who’s regret kept him alive and kept him from reaching nirvana I honestly think that the SCP ended up neutralized shortly after the request was fulfilled by the foundation finally reaching nirvana and his goal is complete

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