Item #: SCP-694
Object Class: Euclid
Special Containment Procedures: SCP-694 is to be kept within a sealed containment area. The containment area is to be maintained with surveillance cameras and adjustable lights. The exterior of the area is to be regularly be checked for cracks and damage, which is to be repaired immediately. Entrance into the containment area is forbidden without signed documents from Site Command. Any items being used for testing must be cleared with Site Command. All personnel are to wear hardened armour environmental suits when in the containment area. Any damage to protective gear will result in immediate quarantine upon exit of the containment area, followed by a full medical evaluation.
Any confirmed outbreaks outside the containment area are to be sterilized immediately, and all civilians involved are to be terminated. “Natural disaster” or “terrorism” are to be given as explanations whenever possible.
Description: SCP-694 is a species of communal pack hunting life form, with an appearance visibly similar to that of a large black spider with luminescent red eyes. Members of SCP-694 vary in size from approximately 10 cm in diameter, including legs, to approximately 2 m. The average weight has been compared with that of a large house cat, approximately 1 kg to 3 kg. Evidence suggests that SCP-694 is sapient but non-communicative.
SCP-694 hunts and eats animals, and is capable of taking down prey many times larger than itself. They possess a tendency to hunt humans, despite less intelligent or easier to capture prey in the area, suggesting a preference in prey items. SCP-694, after capture of an animal, will paralyze it with venom and encase it in web, similar to some arachnids. The animal will remain conscious for several days before death, and will sometimes be kept alive with food and water for months. It is believed that this pattern occurs as a method of maintaining food availability for famine, drought, illness, or other events that might interrupt the food supply.
The eating and digestion process of SCP-694 is similar to that of most spiders. SCP-694 injects lethal doses of venom. This is followed by internal liquefaction of the animal. Finally SCP-694 drinks the fluids out of the husk of its prey.
In the case of SCP-694 size is an effective model for age. Most members of SCP-694 die of natural and unnatural causes before exceeding 60 cm. The younger “spiders” can exceed 60 m/s2 of acceleration for a period of up to 0.5 seconds. Members of SCP-694 are capable of lifting approximately three times their body weight individually. The younger members tend to chase the prey, frequently herding it towards traps.
The larger members of SCP-694, past breeding age and of sizes between 80 cm and 2 m, are less aggressive. They are also less capable of rapid acceleration then juvenile and adult members of SCP-694. However, their chitin has been rated as class IIA bullet resistant armor and they show signs of intelligence, including increased creativity when not stimulated with a variable frequency, and patterns of rapid twitching when exposed to large numbers of stimuli. Post-adult members of SCP-694 have been known to develop traps using their web and components from the environment. These traps become increasingly complex as the spiders get older, frequently reaching the point where it has taken a team of Foundation scientists extended periods of time to figure out what the trap does.
SCP-694’s breeding pattern involves the female planting eggs in the brain of an animal host with a long, sharp, hollow ovipositor of approximately 0.5 mm diameter at the thinnest part. The entry point is through the eye socket. This is done without significant damage to the eye or the optic nerve, though younger members of the species cause more obvious damage and scarring than older members. Once the female has performed this action, the male injects caustic sperm. This caustic sperm sterilizes important centers of the brain. In humans this causes a sense of extreme docility; in most other mammals, a similar behavior pattern is noted.
SCP-694 then uses the egg-carrying life forms as bait to bring in others of their kind. Sometimes an egg carrier is successfully removed from the nest. Incubation typically lasts months, but occasionally can last several years until the right conditions occur. The current conditions are unknown, however they appear to be somehow linked to the population density of SCP-694, and a form of pheromone emitted by them. When the eggs do hatch, the newborn members of SCP-694 eat their way out of the carrier’s brain, most commonly causing death. It takes a specially trained doctor to properly diagnose SCP-694 infection, which can be mistaken for retardation, chronic depression, or a side effect of lobotomies.
Addendum 694-1: Outbreak and recovery data
SCP-694 was first discovered in a castle in █████████████. Reports of the “booby-trapped” nature of the castle, and multiple reports of “monsters”, lead to a Foundation investigation. During the recovery attempt SCP-694 killed 25 team members in various traps. Recovery took three days. The decision was made that repeated recovery attempts were untenable and that all other instances should be met with site sterilization. Since then outbreaks have been noticed in [DATA EXPUNGED] on all six habitable continents, with large-scale outbreaks in California, Oklahoma, India, and England.
Addendum 692-2: A partial list of traps made by SCP-694 follows:
- A giant ball of webbing set to roll down a spiral staircase
- A suit of armor with a sword transformed into a lethal marionette puppet
- A stove rigged to belch flame 15 feet
- A power saw attached to webbing and set to swing like a pendulum
- An ultrabright flashlight used to temporarily blind prey
- A large stone set to fall from above
- A simple pit-trap lined by webbing
- A wall of dancing swords
- Three pounds of C-4 stolen from the recovery team