Scp 1644 Backup
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The bottom manual of SCP-1644 upon initial containment

Item #: SCP-1644

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-1644 is to be kept in a large temperature- and humidity-controlled room at Site-24. The manual covers on SCP-1644 are to be kept closed and locked when not in use. SCP-1644's chamber is to remain secured with at least one armed guard when not in use. Access to SCP-1644 is restricted to routine testing on Tuesdays and Thursdays and at the behest of Lead Researcher Elmherst, who is to be the only sub-O5 personnel to know the access codes to SCP-1644's chamber. In the event of any non-age related damage to SCP-1644, any non anomalous piece of organ equipment can be used as replacement.

A reflective yellow circle of paint placed on the floor, which denotes the maximum observed range of temporal effect during Incident Reger-Fugue, is to be maintained as needed. No anomalous effects in regards to SCP-1644's range has been observed since, though all non-operators of SCP-1644 are recommended to remain outside of this circle for safety reasons.

SCP-1644 is to be cleaned bi-weekly by employing conventional dust removal agents and applying wood shine to the exposed portions of SCP-1644's wooden components. Every six months a professional organ technician is to be brought in to perform routine maintenance on SCP-1644. As of this writing, a simple cover story of SCP-1644 being a unique, custom built artifact and an NDA have been sufficient to retain SCP-1644's secrecy. Efforts are currently underway to staff a permanent technician on site.

Description: SCP-1644 is a large, cathedral style organ. It has two manuals and 164 pipes extending from the top of the object, behind the console. The organ is constructed of fine wood, mostly mahogany with teak trims and molding. Its flue pipes are constructed of a tin-lead alloy. SCP-1644 appears to be very old and carbon dating of its wooden portions has placed its age around ████ years old. The keys of SCP-1644 are not made of ivory, but rather wood with a white covering, much of which has peeled and receded with SCP-1644's apparent great age. Its pipes are blackened with dust. All non-anomalous parts introduced to SCP-1644 for repairs undergo rapid aging in order to match the rest of the object. This process is currently poorly understood.

When played, SCP-1644 creates a localized bubble of time around it and its operator. Depending on the complexity of the piece, the amount of time which passes for the player and SCP-1644 differs. More technically challenging pieces result in time flowing faster within SCP-1644's bubble. This effect is believed to be the cause of SCP-1644's degree of age related wear. Aging has been observed to occur in any range from approximately █ months to ██ years in non-extreme events. See Experiment Logs 1644-Alpha through -Delta for a full documentation of SCP-1644's range of effect. The overall result of this is that the player experiences the outside world as ceasing to proceed forward in time, while themselves continuing to age, ideally giving them infinite time to practice. An outside observer would see the player perform his piece at a very fast pace, matching up with SCP-1644's increased temporal speed. When the player finishes playing, spacetime within SCP-1644's field of effect rapidly compensates for the time passed within. Ultimately, the effects of time within SCP-1644's bubble only take effect after the player ceases interaction with the manuals.

It is not fully understood how SCP-1644 decides what constitutes a more complex piece, though several difficult hand maneuvers have been found to cause advanced aging regardless of the complexity of the overall piece. Among the several professional organists recruited to assist in studying SCP-1644, no clear consensus could be reached. In the aftermath of Incident 1644-Reger-Fugue, no skilled organists are to be allowed contact with SCP-1644.