SCP-3700: Tides Of War

Item #: SCP-3700

Depiction of SCP - 3700's area of effect

Object class: Heimal

Special Containment Procedures: Foundation Naval Task Force Delta-7 ("Northern Storm") is currently assigned to patrol an area 800 km in diameter encompassing the Orkney, Shetland, Faroe Archipelagos in the North Sea. 2 refurbished battleships, purchased from the United States military, have been assigned to this task force. 13 destroyers, 5 cruisers, and 15 small support craft are to accompany these vessels. Delta-7 has been instructed to patrol in a spiral pattern, moving outwards from a central predetermined location, known as the Origin. This pattern is to be maintained until Delta-7 encounters SCP-3700-1, or reaches the edge of the designated 800 km zone wherein they will return to the origin and begin the process again.


Information regarding SCP-3700's actual depth is to be retracted from all public texts and scientific publications. Should SCP-3700-1 be encountered, Delta-7 is to accompany the entity until it encounters SCP-3700-2, or it de-manifests. SCP-3700-1 has been implanted with 32 large scale Donovan holoprojectors which gives the entity the appearance of a pod of humpback whales. Delta-7 is authorized to dissuade SCP-3700-1 from directly approaching any of the archipelagos, via force if necessary. Inquiry in Delta-7's presence is to be explained via maritime exercises between international peacekeeping forces. High ranking elements of the British Royal Navy have been informed of Delta-7's presence and purpose.


Should SCP-3700-1 encounter SCP-3700-2 at any point, Delta-7 is authorized to engage Protocol "Winter Maelstrom".


Protocol Winter Maelstrom


Upon encountering SCP-3700-2 in the presence of SCP-3700-1, Delta-7 is to take the following actions.

  • Destroyers are to deploy harpoon based anchors into SCP-3700-2's skin on its head, securing it in one location.

  • Destroyers are to move in a circular pattern at a distance of 200 m, and engage the entity with both L - cannons, and standard armaments, with anchors at full taut to ensure the entity cannot orient properly in any one direction.

  • Cruisers are to draw SCP-3700-2's attention away from the destroyers and battleships, via use of Class 3 L - cannons and standard armaments. Cruisers should engage in a circular serpentine pattern at 300 m.

  • Battleships are to employ Class 4 L - cannons in systematic continuous barrages, at 180 degrees on either side of the entity, 400 m away. Both vessels should coordinate as to launch each barrage at the same time as their counterparts.

  • All vessels shall follow this protocol until either entity subdues the other.

As conventional weaponry and L - cannons are only capable of doing limited damage to SCP-3700-2, Delta-7 should not engage it in the absence of the other entity. Should SCP-3700-1 prove unable to subdue SCP-3700-2, or should SCP-3700-1 encounter SCP-3700-2 before Delta-7 encounters the entity, protocol "Tumult" will be put in place.


Protocol Tumult


The following procedures are to be enacted upon failure to properly contain SCP-3700-2.

  • Evacuation of naval and civilian craft from the 800 km area of effect.

  • Rerouting of trade and ferry routes to the archipelagos for a period of no less than six months.

  • Continuous aerial and naval reconnaissance of, and engagement with SCP-3700-2.

  • Increased monitoring of SCP-3456 activity, due to SCP-3700-2's regurgitation of instances and a result of the changing and hazardous weather patterns.

  • Continued surveillance for the reappearance of SCP-3700-1.

  • Activation of land based aquatic defenses.

Due to SCP-3700-1's degrading physical condition, inquiries into the potential damage caused by allowing SCP-3700-2 to subdue SCP-3700-1 twice every 5 years is ongoing. Cooperative requests to local GOC forces are pending via review of GOC demand.

Information on SCP-3700-1: SCP-3700-1 is an arthropod, which resembles Homarus gammarus (European lobster), is six km in length, green in pigmentation, with a mixture of blue, yellow, pink, and red markings etched along the top forming a facsimile of a woman's face. It possesses six prehensile limbs attached to an elongated crescent shaped segment of its abdomen on the anterior end, with eight legs attached to a cylindrical segment stretching roughly 4 km in length. The entity possesses four compound eyes, orange in pigmentation, attached to stalks at the front of the crescent. SCP-3700-1's carapace is is heavily damaged, with large amounts of scarring, cracking, and small holes that expose softer tissue.


Other than its size, SCP-3700-1 possesses anomalous capabilities, a number of which are used to subdue SCP-3700-2. The entity is capable of using its club - like appendages in a similar manner to a Peacock Mantis Shrimp, where both the strike and the resulting cavitation bubbles produce a force in excess of several tonnes of dynamite. Two of SCP-3700-1's eyes are capable of projecting concentrated blasts of gamma radiation. The entity is capable of dispelling/dispersing storms, and other aberrant weather phenomena, while simultaneously increasing rates of erosion on any land mass it comes within 100 m of. SCP-3700-1 is also capable of reaching speeds in excess of 100 km/hr, and has demonstrated an ability to de-manifest entirely if it is unable to locate SCP-3700-2 within a certain time frame (15 days post appearance, with the exception of the previously mentioned spring and autumn equinoxes).


SCP-3700-1 is benign in nature, and displays rudimentary signs of sapience. When accompanied by Delta-7, it will either ignore the presence of Foundation vessels, or provide some primitive form of aid via propelling disabled craft away away from peril. The entity travels the 800 km area in which it manifests in a spiral pattern, moving out from a central location (aka the origin) towards the edge. Since its discovery, and the subsequent implementation of containment protocols, the entity has slowed considerably in its movements, suffered several notable decreases in mass (originally 16 km in length when measurements were first recorded in 1932) and has weakened considerably in its ability to subdue SCP-3700-2.


When SCP-3700-1 subdues SCP-3700-2:

  • Storms, and harsh weather are immediately dispelled, despite meteorological conditions in areas outside of the 800 km zone.

  • Reproductive rates of local oceanic and island fauna increase by a factor of three, and crop yields double for the duration of the six month period. Careful culling of ocean fauna must be undertaken, due to unintended creation of dead-zones as a result of overpopulation of certain species of zooplankton.

  • Erosion rates of each archipelago's shores increase from standard rates by a factor of five. Foundation personnel have been forced to import large amounts of dirt and sand in order to slow erosion rates and restore lost beach which buffers the islands.


Artistic rendition of SCP-3700-2 as described by native inhabitants of the Island of Orkney.

Information on SCP-3700-2: SCP-3700-2 is an anomalous member of the Actinopterygii (Ray finned fishes) which closely resembles Europharynx pelecanoides (Pelican eel) in appearance with the exception of 13 appendages encircling the middle section of its body. These appendages resemble the tentacles of an octopus, with accompanying suckers, and tucked into the entity's torso when not in use. The entity is currently 32 km in length (originally less than 300 m when it first appeared in 1945), with the majority of its length being composed of a whip - like tail ending in a sharpened point, with the widest point of the entity being approximately 1 km from top to bottom. Each tentacle is estimated to be approximately 60m in length, and its mouth is estimated to reach 3 km in depth when opened. SCP-3700-2 is black in pigmentation, and is bio-luminescent with white, purple, and red luminescent lines forming the facsimile of a man's face on either side of its torso.


SCP-3700-2 is capable of invoking rapid changes in meteorological conditions, specifically invoking storm conditions in excess of category 5 hurricanes. The entity is capable of bending its torso between the tail, in the semblance of a joint where there is visibly not one, and then spinning the lower portion of its body, while its head remains oriented in a single direction. This allows SCP-3700-2 to generate a whirlpool/maelstrom, drawing any vessels within 150 m towards it, at which point its tentacles will grip and rip said objects apart, regardless of composition. The entity is capable of releasing high energy sound waves and streams of blue fire from its esophagus, allowing it to quickly dispatch close range targets.


SCP-3700-2 manifests at random locations along its counterpart's spiral path, with the exception of the aforementioned equinoxes where it appears at the Origin. SCP-3700-2 remains submerged unless it is engaged with another object/organism or SCP-3700-1, and it will de-manifest 15 days after appearing. The entity is openly hostile to any and all organisms that approach it (Delta-7 have watched the demise of several pods of Blue Whales at the jaws of the entity); however, SCP-3700-2 reverts to rote predatory behavior in all instances other than interactions with SCP-3700-1. The entity cannot be subdued via conventional weaponry, and only suffers moderate damage from anomalous weaponry, thus only SCP-3700-1 is capable of fully subduing it. Several of SCP-3700-2's more notable properties, including regurgitating SCP-3456 instances, have emerged in the last decade, as its counterpart has grown weaker.


When SCP-3700-2 subdues SCP-3700-1:

  • Meteorological conditions become perilous. Continuous storms ranging in strength from that of a category 1 to a category 5 hurricane occur throughout the 800 km zone. Temperatures experience rapid fluctuations, ranging from well below 0°C to well above 28°C as a result of the constantly changing storm fronts. Such conditions may cause damage or complete destruction of buildings, and loss of life, resulting in SCP-3456 appearances.

  • Travel by sea is rendered difficult, if not impossible, by turbulent storm surges and waves. Supplies, food, and transport must be arranged by air, or aboard storm-faring vessels.

  • Ocean food sources are driven from the area due to the extreme conditions, and livestock often expire from exposure or disease. Crop yields are greatly reduced due to high winds, over-saturated soil, and lack of sunlight.

  • SCP-3700-2 does not de-manifest. It will actively patrol the zone, and is known to approach the archipelagos explicitly to regurgitate SCP-3456, as well as prey upon any unsuspecting civilian vessels capable of traversing the harsh conditions it generates.

Description: SCP-3700 is the designation for a circular area in the North Sea with a diameter of 800 km encompassing the archipelagos of Faroe, Orkney, and Shetland. SCP-3700 has an abnormal depth, with the sea floor located approximately 5 km below the ocean surface, compared to an average of 250 - 300 m for the rest of the North Sea. SCP-3700 is subject to a wide and varied array of anomalous occurrences due to ritualistic interactions between two entities, which have been designated SCP-3700-1 and SCP-3700-2. Active effects of SCP-3700 are wholly dependent on which entity successfully subdues the other during each ritual. All rituals, with the exception of two consistent dates, takes place at random periods of time. SCP-3700-1 and SCP-3700-2 always interact on dates corresponding with the spring and fall equinox of the given year.


Interactions between SCP-3700-1 and 2 consist of a prolonged struggle, where each entity will attempt to temporarily kill or subdue the other. Interactions on equinox dates always occur at the center of the 800 km zone. Interactions shortly following the equinox dates are usually short, and can occur in random locations, with the victor of the previous interaction quickly dispatching the other entity. Historically, the previous subdued party has defeated its counterpart during the next equinox, prior to implementation of current protocols. This resulted in two six month cycles where SCP-3700-1 would dominate one cycle and SCP-3700-2 the other. Since implementation of current containment procedures, SCP-3700-1 has subdued SCP-3700-2 for 64 straight equinoxes with Foundation aid.


Historical reports indicate that SCP-3700-1 has been regularly encountered by local fishermen since the 1500s; however, based on oral traditions, and known folklore of the area, it is likely that SCP-3700-1 has been present during the construction of several nearby [DATA EXPUNGED] and its counterpart was one of the many targets of such efforts. Reports of SCP-3700-2 are also consistent in local folklore; however, no recorded sightings of the entity were noted until the mid-20th century.

Incident Log I-3700-039:

The following incident log contains a composite video and audio recording transcript of the interaction between SCP-3700-1 and SCP-3700-2 which occurred March 20th, 2017. Descriptions and events were constructed using mounted CCTV cameras and audio communication logs between task force vessels. It should be noted that the nature of this incident is novel, and the given containment procedures and description have not been revised to reflect it due to a distinct lack of certainty regarding its consequences, and absence of historical precedence in regards to such an occurrence.


Incident Log I-3700-039


Forward: Delta-7 arrived at the "origin" at approximately 00:00 hours on March 20th, and began preparations for Protocol "Winter Maelstrom". SCPS Mither and SCPS Teran were the retrofitted battleships present for the engagement, with the Mither serving as the flagship for the force. 2 of the destroyers suffered minor damage during the engagement, and the destroyer SCPS Stronsay Beast suffered heavy damage, including complete engine failure, and had to be towed from the area. Several vessels reported loss of personnel following the incident, with the majority of losses due to unusually turbulent seas, or SCP-3456 appearances. Communications throughout the engagement refer to SCP-3700-1 and SCP-3700-2 as HOMER and ANGIE respectively.


SCP-3700-1 = HOMER

SCP-3700-2 = ANGIE


Begin Log


[At 17:32:37 an area of water, 600 m from where Delta-7 was anchored, began emitting intense rays of light for approximately three minutes, before SCP-3700-1 appeared.]


SCPS Mither: This is the Mither to all vessels, HOMER has appeared. I repeat, HOMER has appeared.


[Delta-7 withdraws their anchors from the ocean floor and begin steaming towards HOMER. The entity begins moving slowly, in a circular pattern, as Delta-7 gains on it. It catches sight of Delta-7 after approximately five minutes and appears to acknowledge their presence by raising 2 of its claws into the air, and clicking them repeatedly while emitting a low rumbling noise from the appendages around its mouth.]


[Delta-7 escorts HOMER around the origin for approximately 30 minutes, in formation, without incident. At approximately 18:02:08, weather conditions begin changing. Large, black wall clouds resembling those found in hurricanes form within several seconds, the wind visibly increases in speed and the waves become turbulent.]


[HOMER raises its claws and moves them in a circular motion, creating a small hole in the clouds above it and Delta-7. HOMER is noted to cease this activity after approximately 30 seconds, its antenna drooping, visibly taxed by the effort. The hole remains for the rest of the incident.]


[600 m in front of Delta-7 and HOMER the ocean begins to froth and foam, before SCP-3700-2 emerges from beneath the surface, head pointed vertically upwards. It rises up until the tops of its tentacles are visible, and then stops. Its torso bends and the head becomes horizontally level. The entity's jaw opens, unhinged, revealing several rows of serrated teeth, before it emits a roar, followed by a stream of blue fire. HOMER dives beneath the surface at this point.]


SCPS Mither: All vessels, ANGIE has been spotted. Engage protocol "Winter Maelstrom."


[Delta-7 scatters outwards from where HOMER submerged. All 13 destroyers reach their positions and fire their harpoons, which embed in the entity's head. ANGIE emits a second vocalization and becomes agitated, as its lower body begins to spin, generating the characteristic whirlpool at its base. Cruisers reach their positions and open fired with L-cannons and conventional weaponry, drawing ANGIE's attention. Destroyers begin moving at top speed, drawing the harpoon lines taut and dragging the entity's head in a continuous 360 degree loop. Battleships reach their designated positions and charge their cannons.]


SCPS Mither: Fire barrage on my mark. 3… 2… 1… Fire!


[The first broadside barrage from the battleships collides with ANGIE, causing it to wail. ANGIE begins emitting grunting vocalizations, before regurgitating an SCP-3456 entity into the water below. The instance begins moving towards the line of destroyers in excess to 50 km/hr, despite a lack of aquatic anatomical features.]


SCPS Selkie: CENTAUR in the water! Heading straight towards us!


SCPS Mither: Selkie, switch targets to CENTAUR #1, engage with all weaponry.


[The SCP-3456 instance closes the gap between it and SCPS–Selkie before the vessel can retarget its weaponry.]


SCPS Selkie: It's too close!


[The Selkie is briefly lifted from the water by the instance, and it can be seen reaching towards crew members who are clinging to the railing and their weapon emplacements. ANGIE is briefly relieved by this action, allowing it to orient itself and release a stream of blue fire which impacts SCPS–Stronsay Beast.]


[An audible crack is heard, as the Selkie is released, and the SCP-3456 entity wails. HOMER surfaces, and strikes the entity with its club like appendages once, twice, and three times, each resulting in loud cracks. The SCP-3456 instance is torn in half by the third strike, sending its human torso flying through the air, before landing just beyond the SCPS–Mither. The Selkie returns to full steam, drawing the line taut and pulling ANGIE out of its orientation. The Stronsay Beast has suffered moderate damage due to the fire, and is visibly smoking near its engine compartments.]


[HOMER is seen lifting several crew members from the Selkie, who were displaced into the ocean, and places them safely aboard another destroyer as it passes. The entity curls its tail down below it, leaving only its crescent segment visible above the water and turns towards ANGIE. HOMER moves towards the edge of the whirlpool, two of its eyes beginning to emit luminescence. ANGIE is beginning to show signs of moderate damage due to the L-cannon barrages. Several SCP-3456 instances can be seen in the surrounding waters, and are being kept at bay by smaller support craft.]


SCPS Mither: Brace for the killing blow!


[HOMER emits several concentrated blasts of gamma radiation, carving several large holes in ANGIE. ANGIE wails, and begins flailing violently. Its motions manage to snap all of the destroyer's harpoon lines, and creates several large waves which push all present vessels backwards. The entity's barbed tail snakes from below HOMER and impales it in its midsection and lifts it clear of the water. HOMER strikes at the tail with its club like appendages, attempting to free itself several times, before all movements stops. ANGIE flings HOMER past Delta-7 where it plunges beneath the ocean surface and does not reemerge.]


SCPS Mither: HOMER is down, HOMER is down, all ships pull out and regroup for implementation of protocol Tumult.


[All Delta-7 vessels turn and begin moving away in the opposite direction of ANGIE. The SCPS–Stronsay Beast has visibly slowed, sputtering smoke, before coming to a complete halt. ANGIE has begun expanding its whirlpool, and the sea becomes extremely turbulent, as its flails have ceased. It emits a loud vocalization, and turns towards the fleeing vessels, before spotting the Stronsay Beast.]


SCPS Mither: Stronsay Beast, get out of there now!


SCPS Stronsay Beast: We can't move! Our engines are shot!


[The Stronsay Beast is caught in the whirlpool and drifts towards ANGIE. A tentacle rises from beneath the surface and wraps the damaged vessel. ANGIE opens its mouth, preparing to consume the destroyer. HOMER leaps from beneath the surface as ANGIE's mouth begins to close, managing to strike and sever the tentacle gripping the Stronsay Beast, then weakly attempting to strike it, sending the damaged destroyer just beyond the whirlpools edge.]


[ANGIE emits another vocalization, jaws clamping down on top of HOMER. Several bright flashes of light are visible, and ANGIE roars in pain, thrashing as its lower half stops spinning. Its tentacles come up from beneath the waves and begin tearing HOMER's legs from its abdomen. ANGIE's tentacles stop moving and a rapid succession of muffled cracks can be heard. ANGIE's lower jaw is severed, dropping HOMER into the water. ANGIE begins flailing, its movements growing weaker before it releases one final stream of fire onto HOMER in the water. Delta-7 stops streaming in the other direction and patiently waits for signs of a victor; however, after 5 minutes neither entities are seen moving.]


SCPS Mither: This is Delta-7 to Command.


Command: We read you, Delta-7.


SCPS Mither: We have a bit of a situation.


Command: Go ahead, Delta-7.


SCPS Mither: SCP-3700-1 and 2 are both down.


[10 seconds of radio silence.]


Command: Please repeat, Delta-7.


SCPS Mither: SCP-3700-1 and 2 are both down.


Command: Stand by.


[Approximately three minutes of radio silence.]


Command: Are either entities' effects active, Delta-7?


SCPS Mither: Negative, command.


Command: Is there any trace of either entity?


SCPS Mither: Also negative.


Command: [Anxiously] It appears the anomaly has been neutralized. Delta-7 is to return to base for debrief following any recovery efforts.


SCPS Mither: Understood, command.


[Approximately five minutes of radio silence occur as recovery efforts begin, and the Stronsay Beast is attached to tug boats.]


SCPS Mither: Command, we're picking up unusual levels of gamma radiation and a sonar contact at a depth of 3km. Requesting permission to deploy submersibles for exploration purposes?


[One minute of radio silence passes, wherein command is recorded to have deliberated a decision.]


Command: Request denied. Return to base for debriefing.


[Delta-7 turns from the scene of the preceding battle and begins steaming in the direction of its berth.]


[During the next 5 minutes of recording, gamma radiation levels continued to increase. Ocean surface turbulence visibly worsen and several smaller vessels are seen tossed by large waves. CCTV cameras on multiple levels record the abrupt cessation of surface turbulence and the appearance of four, large yellow orbs, 300 m from Delta-7's location, below the surface. The orbs linger for approximately 2 minutes, during which time significant seismic activity is reported within the area, before vanishing. Command notes the presence of the objects at this time, but does not inform Delta-7.]


[Following the disappearance of these objects, Delta-7 detects a new sonar contact 5 km directly beneath the task force. Initial readings indicated some sort of metallic structure.]


SCPS Mither: Command, we've lost the signal from the previous contact, and are no longer detecting gamma radiation. We're detecting a new contact, 5 km deep, large, and metallic.


Command: Stand by, Delta-7.


[Command discusses further action for approximately 3 minutes.]


Command: Delta-7, you are authorized to deploy submersibles for exploration purposes. Be advised, should SCP-3700-2 manifest, exploration teams are to be considered lost, and you are to return to base.


SCPS Mither: Roger, command.


<End Log>

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