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Tufto Disclaimer: This declassification only represents my interpretation of the piece. While the general plot and most details have been confirmed by the author as matching their intent, you are free to have your own interpretation of the piece.
Hello SCPDeclassified, Brewsterion here. Today, I want to do a fairly frequently requested article that I've had my eye on for a while, SCP-4833.
I hope you're all ready for a pretty long one today, because this piece has quite a few things that need unpacking.
Before we start, however, I highly recommend that you read the Class Of 76 Declass
first. As the title would suggest, this piece provides an interpretation of the origin for many of the anomalies related to said class. Therefore, it would be highly beneficial to understand the nature of what goes on in these anomalies before we dive into this thing. Assuming that you've read that, let's start figuring out what the Symphony's playing.
And right as we open the page, before we even get to the header or class, we're met with some out-of-document prose.
Rows upon rows of empty seats line the hall. You've made sure only you're here tonight—the others are all off on business, or caught up in their work. You made sure to register a week's holiday after the business down in Magaluf—your sheer exhaustion needs to be tended to.
In the few months since your promotion, you haven't had much time to yourself. But there have been things you've been curious about for a long time, things beyond your particular remit. You made a requisition request for a file, stuck in a filing cabinet in one of the more obscure parts of Site-01. It's pretty clear that it's something most people would like to forget.
The reel begins to play—all automated, of course. Grains flicker across the screen, before bursting into an image. It's a high-school playing field. The year must be about 1975, 76. There's no audio, and the image flickers and distorts at inconvenient moment, but the forms are all clear. They're playing—rugby? American football? Something like that. It's not quite right.
The camera stretches, and moves around. A smiling group of people, spectators, all wave at the camera. Their movements are not constructed, or acted, or precise—they're messy and uncertain, giggling and youthful. People. Real people, sitting right in front of you. Right?
You look down at the document, but you can't quite concentrate. You remember school, don't you? Your experience was different—different place, different time—but you remember it. The disciplined format of time, the early pangs of heartache, the promise of all your dreams before you. An infinity of youth, shaped by your name. It was all ahead of you. That sunset curve over the horizon.
You do remember, right?
Don't you remember?
A few things are established right off the bat. We-the person reading the document in universe-are an O5 or the equivalent senior staff member of the Foundation. This file, as well as this film reel of a high school circa 1976, was hidden away deep in Site-01 either intentionally or by people simply forgetting about it. Memory is already shaping up to play a big part, as well as people intentionally trying to forget about 4833. We have no idea of the significance of much of this all yet though, so we'll need to figure that part out. Let's see what we can dig out of the conprocs. Special Containment Procedures
SCP-4833 activity is currently being monitored by MTF Eta-11 "Savage Beasts". Eta-11 will immediately respond to any reported incidents, ascertain the situation and attempt to contain any potential anomalies.
Following Incident 4833-C, the nature of SCP-4833 is considered to be radically altered. SCP-4833 will be reclassified and its file altered as soon as Agent O'Hara's debriefing has concluded.
Eta-11 is an MTF dedicated to sound-based anomalies, which was kinda expected since this thing's a symphony and a lot of Co76 anomalies focus around either music or memory. It looks like whatever Incident 4833-C is, though, it's got some serious revelations waiting for us that involved this Agent O'Hara. There's unfortunately nothing more in the conprocs to look at, so let's check out the description. Description
SCP-4833 is an organised group of reality-benders, ordinarily going by the name "Syncope Symphony". SCP-4833 is believed to contain between 10 and 29 individuals, all of whom exhibit similar abilities and properties.
Something we sort of knew prior, but is confirmed. 4833/Syncope is a group of reality benders that are organized and working together.
Beginning in the late 1940s, the group's primary activity has been experimentation on youths between 15 and 18 in age, with the intention of anomalously altering them for unknown purposes. SCP-4833 was once a significant player in anomalous affairs, being particularly feared within the anomalous underworld for the kidnap and forcible alteration of numerous individuals since the late 1940s. However, their presence has significantly decreased in recent years.
They're targeting high schoolers and have been for some time, but have dropped off in recent years for some reason. Who wants to bet we're gonna find that part out?
Beyond this, very little is known of SCP-4833's purpose, modus operandi, or fundamental nature. They have only been encountered indirectly by Foundation agents through events SCP-4833 has orchestrated. Testimonies from several survivors indicate that SCP-4833's ultimate goal is the institution of a "state of harmony"; what this entails is unknown.
SCP-4833's anomalous properties seem to centre around memory and music. In most of the forms in which the Foundation have encountered them, they appear either as a performing orchestra or as a musical supply shop. Sightings of SCP-4833 members invariably mention that they are "masked". However, due to the amnestic effects all such individuals have suffered, further details are unclear.
More things that we'll hopefully find an explanation for later.
So, we know Syncope is a group of reality benders seeking "a state of harmony" and they're using music, memory, and experiments on teens to do it. We've got some hints towards motivations, but no real answers. There's a timeline below this, so let's check it out.
1947: Believed to be the beginning of SCP-4833's activities. Subjects begin to be kidnapped worldwide, with a particular concentration in the vicinity of Yellowstone National Park. I'm sorry did you just say Yellowstone?
There's only ever one reason that anything happens in Yellowstone with the Foundation-one big, mechanical, deus-ex-machina-shaped reason. We're gonna need to watch for other references to 2000.
Autumn 1975: Mass cognitohazardous event taking place at Lake ███████████. Although no conclusive evidence linking this to SCP-4833 has been found, the nature of the anomaly fits SCP-4833's modus operandi.
That's a link to SCP-2316. However, despite having similar motifs to Syncope, memory and high schoolers, they don't seem to be actually linked to this by evidence. This isn't going to come into play for a while, but I'll let you know when it will come back.
1976: Series of experiments performed by SCP-4833 at Kirk Lonwood High School and ███████ High School. The schools and towns in question were swiftly evacuated and Foundation control was enforced. The "Syncope Symphony" musical supply shop was found abandoned upon a Foundation raid.
And now we see the infamous class of 1976, SCP-332 and SCP-1833, the students Syncope experimented on to get things right. Once again, they managed to distort memory in a way that made it just off-kilter enough to not be real. Their absence can likely be explained by Syncope realizing they were in hot water following this and trying to get out.
1977: The number of subjects kidnapped by SCP-4833 sharply decreases when compared to 1976, beginning a trend which has continued to the present. Figures in the anomalous underground have speculated that this is due to SCP-4833 achieving its goals at some point in 1976, with further kidnappings simply being a way of "fine-tuning".
1988: Last known encounter between Foundation personnel and an individual altered by SCP-4833 prior to 2019.
2019: Incident 4833-8C (see below).
So we get 3 things from this block. One, whatever Syncope did with 2316, 332, and 1833 and the rest of their experiments, they got what they wanted. Two, people altered by Syncope have survived afterwards. Three, something BIG happened in Incident 4833-C that changed a lot. Unfortunately, this timeline has opened up several more questions than answers. Let's see if the first addendum helps. Addendum 4833-1
Addendum 1 is a transcript of an interview between an Agent Hardcastle and a reality bender named Stroganov, who was apparently altered by Syncope. This is the last known encounter mentioned in the timeline, taking place in 1988. The interview takes place in a very dirty and run-down Russian tavern in the middle of nowhere, and Stroganov went there for a reason.
Stroganov: Please, just leave me alone. You promised to leave me alone. After Buda, after I saved—
Agent Hardcastle: I'm sorry, Vasily, I really am. I didn't want to be here, but there's something bigger than you or I going on.
He was hiding. Both from the Foundation and probably Syncope as well.
Stroganov: No. No, no no. Go away, John, you don't know what you're dealing with.
Agent Hardcastle: Children, Vasily. Just like you were. I need to know what happened in 1954.
This interview is only happening because the Foundation needs information about Syncope. Otherwise, they would probably leave him alone.
Stroganov: This town doesn't feel obscure to its residents. It's the biggest city for hundreds of miles. But for a man in the West, a man looking at the map of the world, it seems like the farthest outpost of civilisation. Everything you think anchors you is just a minute island washing through an endless sea. There's always another design, bigger than the last, that's what they told me, and they'll find me, John. I can't tell you anything.
Syncope knows something about the universe that apparently has very huge implications, but we don't know exactly what. Keep in mind them knowing that "there's always something bigger".
Not much else is revealed through the rest of the interview, as Stroganov doesn't say much else. Hardcastle continues to press him, until things go very south very quickly.
Stroganov: Who was Marcie, John?
Agent Hardcastle moves back sharply.
Agent Hardcastle: I—I don't know what you mean. Stop it.
Stroganov: Marcie Green. A village girl, who would dance on the moors. Practising for a life you both knew she'd never have. You'd sneak out of boarding school to watch her.
Agent Hardcastle: I—I don't don't please—
Stroganov: Your first kiss. You talked of running away together. But your parents found out and you were taken away. You were seventeen. The last summer of your life.
Agent Hardcastle: I said I'd wait…
Stroganov: But you didn't. You went off. She probably did too, but I can't see that much. The Marcie in your head is just a shadow, a shade, a frail copy that only tells a fraction of the story of the original. Why don't you go back, John? Go—God, I'm sorry.
Agent Hardcastle: Go back to the fields…
Stroganov: Y—yes. Go back. I'm sorry, John, I'm sorry…
Agent Hardcastle collapses, gibbering for several seconds before expiring. Stroganov stares into space, mutely crying, for several seconds.
Stroganov: I had to. I had to. They'll never get out of my head. They want it too badly, don't you see? Don't you know what you did?
We're getting more specifics about what memories Syncope specifically messes with: ones of things long lost, and of high school. We also know that the people they alter and let live have powers probably similar to Syncope, since they can access and alter similar memories. There's actually nothing more to the interview, but there is a bit more prose left. There's a tiny bit of soliloquizing about Hardcastle, and some more details about the footage playing on the film reel-since that's still a thing.
You light up a cigarette, and keep watching the footage. The cameraman is at home now. His mum's clothes are old-fashioned even for the time period—she looks like a faded 50s housewife, smiling a perfect smile at the camera. Her anachronism is flawed, though, and little bits of the contemporary are sneaking in.
The father smiles. Short-sleeved shirt, old-fashioned watch, beer can, sunglasses. A man who never thinks he's out of place and always is. You know these people. They're the same as any thousands of parents who live today, but their past placement still changes them, alters them. They're not the same. They're too natural to be from back then.
This isn't something from being some sort of alternate 1976, despite what it may seem. It's actually more of a point about the feeling when you see a semi-staged image of an event you were at, and the dissonance between what you see and what you remember. Not entirely related to the plot, but Tufto wanted to add it in.
Let's move into addendum 2. There's...a lot to unpack in this one. Addendum 2
Everything we see in this addendum is a series of documents and items recovered by an Agent Valerie Kowalski, an agent assigned to investigating Syncope who committed suicide in 1997 and had their stuff picked up by the rest of the Foundation. This first thing is a shipping manifest from 1947, apparently to Syncope.
|Date ||Item number ||Item ||Units ||Price ||Notes |
|08/05 ||SS-13 ||French horn ||1 ||$11,099 ||Strong amnesiac effect; forces the user to forget key aspects of their childhood. |
|08/05 ||SS-14 ||Copy of book, "Visions of the 20th Century: 1940-1970" ||1 ||$1,120 ||Non-anomalous, but contains impossibly accurate predictions and photographs known to be taken after its date of publication. |
|14/10 ||SS-15 ||Prototype "amnesiac" drug ||30 ||$45,900 ||Taken from SCP Foundation "Q" Facility. |
|14/10 ||SS-16 ||Bassoons ||16 ||$56,900 ||Possesses a memory-restoration effect; experimentation into implanted memories ongoing. |
|14/10 ||SS-17 ||Yellowstone Park Visitors' Guide c. 1970 ||1 ||$20,000 ||Obtained from SCP Foundation "Q" Facility; tagged with label "Department of Temporal Anomalies." |
|19/11 ||SS-18 ||Documents and items recovered from the Marianas Trench ||7 ||$101,000 ||No further information provided by Ms. Dark. |
|28/11 ||SS-19 ||Wooden violin ||1 ||$3,250 ||Non-anomalous, but due to sourcing of the wood from Yggdrasil, is particularly susceptible to anomalous alterations. |
Alright, so we have several instruments with memory-altering properties, a Yellowstone guidebook from 1970, a book detailing events up to the 1970s, and-
Documents and items recovered from the Marianas Trench Holy shit.
So Syncope's trying to get their hands on things related to both the future of the 1970s, and a previous iteration of 2000. I know they first picked up around Yellowstone, but how does the Foundation have stuff from the 1970s that isn't anomalous? It's only 1947, and Syncope is nowhere near a big player yet. Plus, the sudden interest in Yellowstone and the memory-restoring drug just makes things stranger. Syncope seems to be looking for details on 2000.
Something you should remember as we keep going, though: When 2000 starts another iteration, it kicks off several decades before the last one ended. And when did Syncope's activity skyrocket? 1976. Just keep all that in mind going forward. The next thing up is some letters from Facility "Q", which is probably a time travel/Syncope focused site and facility. These seem to be about various subjects recovered from Syncope.
Symptoms of BH12 remain constant; complete absence of own memories, but consistent belief that they are a schoolchild in 1976, despite lack of ability to give accurate information on events after 1954 and ignorance of much of recent history. Infective capacities, however, seem to have increased; curious obsession with exploration of WW2-era bunkers recently noted.
More callbacks to high school in 1976. Note the sudden references to bunkers, as that will be explained very shortly.
Anomalous Subject 1 is a male, aged 19. Subject was incarcerated by the Foundation following demonstration of anomalous memory-altering abilities. Subject was anomalously alterered at an unknown point in 1966. Subject described experimenters as wearing "white carnival masks".
Subject is capable of temporal alteration; they can specifically change events which they percieved prior to 1966, but only to a highly limited degree and with minimal alteration to the overall flow of events. Very little has been changed except for the events of a road trip taking place in 1965, and the outcome of brief romance subject had with his classmate Valerie Smith in 1964.
Even more fuel to the memory fire, as well as confirmation that the Syncope members being "masked" is literal.
Anomalous Subject 88 is a female, aged 36. Subject is believed to have undergone significant anomalous alteration in 1949, to a degree that permanently damaged their cognitive capacity.Subject appears obsessed with the Marianas Trench, and frequently talks about it being a "sheer fall off the edge of the world." Notably, statements by subject are highly consistent with [REDACTED]. Subject has an advanced piano-playing ability not known to be present prior to the experimentation. Subject speaks in an unknown language2 during all times where the piano has been played.O5 Command has ordered subject to be transferred to Site-01 immediately. However, due to dissent from the Ethics Committee over [REDACTED] vivisection, this order has been temporarily halted.
Syncope just got a lot more serious. They somehow managed to make this subject remember the last iteration of the world before 2000 got activated, and the O5s are concerned. The fact that Syncope somehow knows the about the world before 2000 raises some concerns, though. If they know about before 2000, that would explain the fixation with Yellowstone and a few other things, but I want to finish this addendum before we start theorycrafting.
Anomalous Subject 212 was a female, whose age at death was 30 years. Incarcerated since 1959. Subject's memories are entirely replaced by memories of an unknown 17-year-old schoolchild, claiming to be from 1976. Subject's predictions of events in the last decade have proven to be entirely incorrect, however: claimed that events such as the assassination of a "President Kennedy" and a war between the United States of America and an unknown entity called "North Vietnam" (possibly related to 3rd century Triệu dynasty/Republic of Hanoi?) would occur in the 1960s and 70s.Subject possessed anomalous memory-replacement abilities against all unprotected individuals to come within a 5 metre radius. Subject found hanged on 09/10/1969, shortly before Facility "Q"'s closure and implementation of Site system. No note was found; however, a series of pencil drawings of a violin, a WW2-era bunker, and a "Super 8" film camera of unknown brand were found in her quarters, having apparently been composed shortly before her suicide.
All three of those last things are going to be important. The fact that this subject predicted events up to 1976 raises a point: how far did the last iteration of the world get before it ended, and when did 2000 place the restart point?
The final thing in this addendum before even more prose is a transcript of some film recovered off of a Super 8 camera found in a cave in Idaho in 1985. Like I said, the drawings would be important. As to why it's in a cave on Idaho, we'll get to that.
00.00.00 to 00.00.43: The video opens on an unknown hillside, with a the landscape is reminiscent of the American midwest but with the colours differing significantly from baseline reality. A small settlement or town can be seen at the bottom of the hill; it is reminiscent of many towns in America from the mid-1970s.
A large cloud, reminiscent of a vortex, can be seen over the town. It is intermittently red and black in colouration. Several indistinct grey shapes can be seen emerging from it and heading towards the town.
The camera's movements are consistent with being held by an individual familiar with its use. The weather is, however, causing significant shaking.
There's an image here that shows pink grass and trees and a greenish-blue sky. This isn't an apocalypse, however; it's a world that's not ours.
00.08.54 to 00.09.02: The cameraman briefly drops the camera. While picking it up, he is briefly visible: a white male in his mid-teens, with a violin case strapped to their back. Beyond a long hairstyle typical of the 1970s, no other details are clearly visible.
Violin case, huh? That's drawing #2 checked off. And based off his hairstyle and the other information we've picked up so far, I think we guess tell what year the last world ended: 1976.
00.09.02-00.11.12: The cameraman begins to run again. After a couple of minutes, he comes across a cave. A light can be seen shining from within.
00.11.12-00.14.33: The cameraman enters the cave. A thin, rose-tinted film can be seen stretched across the centre of the cave. Crude graffiti which reads "SAFE HOUS" can be seen on the far side of the cave, beyond the film. The cameraman lets the camera fall to his side, and walks forward, towards the film. He switches the camera off shortly before entry.
And now the cave is somewhat explained-it managed to serve as a safehouse against whatever is ending the world. Good thing our cameraman got inside.
00.14.44-00.15.27: The video opens onto an image of the cameraman, now severely emaciated. He is talking to the camera, but due to localised image distortion, it is not clear what he is saying. His speech becomes increasingly desperate, before he turns off the camera. The colouration of the environment is now correct.
The world has changed to be like ours, but our cameraman is still in a bad spot. He's panicking about something, and probably low or out of food.
00.15.27-00.17.38: The video opens onto the hillside, as seen from the cave entrance. The jolts to the camera seem to show the cameraman limping. He is moving towards the edge of the cave, and appears to retch and throw up before continuing onwards.
00.17.38-00.18.03: The camera is pointed at the former site of the town. It is in ruins, but large scaffolding and construction materials can be seen across it. Thousands of indistinct but apparently identical humanoids can be seen engaged in construction work; nobody else is visible. All are wearing identical orange jumpsuits. The extreme weather seen in the earlier version is not present.
00.18.03-00.18.07: The camera is dropped and the image abruptly cuts out.
Identical humans in orange jumpsuits rebuilding in the post-apocalypse? Looks like somebody kicked off 2000, and the Foundation's getting back to work.
00.18.07-00.19.25: The camera is picked up. Its angle points towards the town, which now resembles Boise, Idaho in the mid-1940s.00.19.25-00.19.30: The camera turns towards the cameraman—their face and hands are now indistinct, and not visible due to image distortion. From what is visible, the cameraman appears to be screaming. The camera is turned off.
The Foundation set 2000's start date in the 1940s it seems, and our cameraman got left behind as the new world was rebuilt around him. But why would he be all distorted?
00.19.30-00.19.35: The video opens on the interior of the cave. Several words can be seen scrawled on the wall in black marker: "Synapse", "Sibilance", "Signs", "Sayonara", "The Sybil". One word has been circled: "Syncope". Oh.
00.19.35-00.19.49: The camera turns towards the cameraman. They are clearly no longer emaciated: their face and hands suffer the same distortion, but markedly worse. They are wearing a white Venetian mask. The camera is turned off.
Ladies and gentlemen, our first sighting of a member of Syncope Symphony.
Now, what on earth just happened?
Well, we're beginning to get an idea of what led to Syncope being created. The previous version of the world, the one before us, ended in their year 1976. The circumstances are unknown, but it seems to have ended in a way that left survivors and quite a few little artifacts over. Hence the film reels and books. The survivors found that something had happened to them, and grouped up after society had restarted in what 2000 made everybody think was the mid 1940s. This lines up with when Syncope starts kidnapping. They're trying to found out more about 2000 as well, but they probably know as much as we do. We still don't really know what happened to them or why they need to do the experiments, but there's still a bit of prose and the last addendum.
There is a place that nobody talks about. It's buried miles under Yellowstone Park, and it's a mystery even to the Foundation which created it. It's the one thing which truly terrifies them.
The primary purpose of this place, this cavernous expanse of steel and concrete, is repopulation, reconstruction, restoration. But there are things buried in it that have a broader purpose. Scranton Reality Anchors, the XACTS, other buried machines you know nothing about. Things which alter time and change causality in ways which are subtle, unknown, unheard.
Sometimes, things might fall through the cracks.
Now that's a disturbing implication. 2000 has some strange, other functions that presumably quite literally bury the world that just ended-wiping it away, removing all traces of it so the only things left over are things that shouldn't have a right to exist. This seems to be what happened to the survivors. 2000 changed the universe around them, leaving them as distorted things that shouldn't exist.
A boy, unseen by the cameraman but in the background of the shot, is seen writing on a piece of paper. His eyes and face are serious, in concentration. He looks up occasionally, twitchy and nervous. Beside him lies a violin case.
You don't see the boy—you've already turned back to the file. He's not a part of your memory, that other image of an image of something that might have been real.
Was he ever really there?
Wait, the film reel has the cameraman on it? Is this thing from the old world too? We'll apparently have to wait and see, as the only thing we have left is Addendum 3. Addendum 3
This one's different. A single member of Syncope took over an abandoned high school's auditorium, and an Agent O'Hara was sent in to detain them. This is just a transcript of the video feed.
The member of SCP-4833 (henceforth designated SCP-4833-A) is standing in the centre of the auditorium's stage. Their appearance is heavily distorted, but their gait, posture and movements are consistent with an elderly human male. They are wearing a white carnival mask, and the outfit typical of American conductors of the mid-20th century. They are holding a golden violin.
Around them lie a large number of items of clothing. These resemble the outfits worn by orchestra members from around the world during the early-to-mid 20th century.
Man, violin kid/cameraman is showing up a lot. Guess he was the main head of Syncope when it kicked off at least.
Agent O'Hara: It's OK. I'm not here to hurt you. I just want to understand who you are, and why you're doing this.
Agent O'Hara: I—I'm sorry, I don't know what you mean. I don't know of any bunker—do you mean one of our sites?
Bunker, huh? If it supposedly belongs to the Foundation like O'Hara's response implies, it's probably 2000.
Agent O'Hara: No, that's not—OK. Look. Maybe we started on the wrong foot here. Could you tell me about the rest of the Symphony? Your co-performers?
SCP-4833-A gestures to the clothes around it.
Agent O'Hara: …They're just—they're only clothes.
Agent O'Hara: They—died? Your kind can—
Agent O'Hara: Oh… I see.
Agent O'Hara: So it wasn't a plan at all. You faded. You declined.
Our first, big final revelation hits. Syncope didn't stop kidnapping because they succeeded. They stopped because they were starting to fade away, which is likely their version of dying.
Agent O'Hara: Why did you experiment on children?
Agent O'Hara: What do you mean, like you?
Agent O'Hara: And the lake?
Agent O'Hara: I—what?
Uh oh, that's not good. Remember way back at the start when I said that there's no evidence actually linking Syncope to 2316? This is where it comes back in. They didn't make it, and it doesn't seem like they know anything about it either.
Agent O'Hara: N—no. There's always a meaning. Sometimes, things aren't hidden behind themselves.
Agent O'Hara: There's no other force at play. There can't be. There's just you, and your musicians, and the children you did this to. Memory's just another method of recording. I don't know where you came from, but you're as flesh and blood as I. There's nothing mysterious about you, and nothing that made you do this.
Agent O'Hara: Then what the hell did?
Something else made 2316. And that something else seems to have been with Syncope this entire time, forcing it to keep going, experimenting on the children for reasons that seem to involve memory.
Agent O'Hara: You didn't have to make them remember. Their lives weren't worth that. And you failed.
Finally! Actual, confirmed motivation for Syncope's activities! They're trying to make themselves remembered in the minds of the children. Since we know from the tape at least one member was a high school band student when their world ended, that explains why they went for high schoolers and marching bands.
Agent O'Hara: There is no bunker! There are no past words, or forgotten peoples! You conned your followers into joining you, and they all left and died. Nobody was forgotten! There's only you! History is singular. The truth is singular. You are explicable, what happened to the class of '76 is explicable, I—I'll find it, I'll find the truth.
This line is about to get proven very wrong. O'Hara begins remembering an old friend due to the effects of being near a member of Syncope, and then things get weird.
SCP-4833-A begins to play the violin; a melody beginning with a slow tempo, gradually increasing in speed and pitch.
SCP-4833-A's playing is becoming increasingly rapid. They appear to be lurching away from the violin.
SCP-4833-A is now playing at a speed and complexity impossible in humans. With a great wrench, they detach themselves from the violin, collapsing to the floor. The violin hovers in the air, continuing to play.
Well shit that's not good.
Agent O'Hara: What are we? Who are we? Don't you remember?
SCP-4833-A is now clutching its head; it makes a distorted sound, believed to be a scream. The violin continues to play at impossible speeds.
Agent O'Hara: Don't you remember?
Several figures can be seen to appear around the edges of the concert hall. They all possess heavily disfigured faces, and are facing Agent O'Hara.
Agent O'Hara: I remember.
The camera feed cuts out.
The final bit of prose, while absolutely beautiful, is unfortunately not too relevant for our answers. What you need to know is that the film reel was recovered from the Marianas Trench, and that the O5 narrator burned the 4833 file. There's no trace of Syncope left apart from their failed, twisted experiments.
Now let's figure out what the hell happened at that log there. You'd be forgiven for assuming that those distorted figures were the memories of students experimented on by Syncope. I assumed that too on first readthrough. However, that leaves a question unanswered: why did the Syncope member, who was almost certainly the boy from the tapes because violin, seem fearful? What could have caused such fear in him?
Referring back to my comments about 2316: something else caused it.
This is that something.
We don't know what it is, and I have it on author word we are not supposed to. Whatever secret powers 2000 has, whatever happened to Syncope, and whatever caused all the experiments to go wrong and created 2316 are one and the same-and none of us have any idea what they are. What are the figures in the auditorium? No idea. What are the bodies in the water? Also no idea. We don't know what they are, and Syncope doesn't either. We ultimately only get part of the story's answer in this piece, but that's the point, according to Tufto.
Now, to explain what Syncope actually is. What's Going On Here
Syncope was a group of people from a previous iteration of the world that ended in 1976, mostly high school students. As the world was rebuilt around them, 2000 changed the world around them, literally burying the memory of the old world, and the survivors got stuck in a limbo. These changes ended up giving them their reality bending powers. When the world fully restarted, in the mid-1940s, the newly formed Syncope Symphony decided to try and make themselves remembered. They tied themselves to the minds of other people like them-high school band students. All the while, they tried to figure out what strange "bunker"-2000-had turned them into this, and what it could do, but all they did was dig a deeper rabbit hole. They never fully understood what they were doing, messing with memory or with 2000. Because they never understood, they were never succesful with attaching themselves to anything-and things began popping up behind them. 2316, the things in the auditorium, even the fate of Syncope members themselves-understood by none. And if the O5's intuiton is accurate, it's likely better for all of us if it's forgotten for good.
Basically, now, we know their motivations and their backstory, but we don't know what was going on behind the curtain with the other forces of memory and 2000, so to speak.
Is this the end of the story for Syncope and the mystery of 2000? Of course not. When our world ends-and it will end-a new group will be there in place of Syncope, as it has been in the past and likely will be again. They'll encounter the same mysteries, likely with a different thematic flair than band kids, but the questions will remain the same-unanswered. The core of 4833 is that the Foundation and Syncope both are dealing with forces they don't understand. The Foundation is just lucky enough to have it on their side.
And that concludes the SCP-4833, a story of being remembered and things nobody understands. I hope this piece helped you understand this piece better, and thank you to Tufto for the assistance on this piece. Thank you all for reading, and remember to let the music keep on playing.
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