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|“||Yours is a strange era, Professor. I’ve learned much of your colleagues. My time was an age of kings. Blood was spilt in the name of gods and glory. Your colleagues do not fight for either. I don’t pretend to understand all your methods, and yet I know your capacity for ruthlessness. But not in search of land, power, not even peace. Your sacrifices are in the name of …'normality.’ Could you think of no better cause but the preservation of the mediocre?||„|
|~ SCP-140-A in "A Visitation".|
|“||But a single man saw that past. That single moment in which a prince ate a child and he stretched it into eternity. He made it the past of the country — that slavery was the backbone of our entire past — and the present. The revolution wasn't salacious enough for him, so he took the moment in time that was, and he made it the only image of the country, the only one that could exist. But without the release of revolution. Depravity, but without consequence. And it spirals from there, becoming worse and worse. Because we had no voice, nothing to say "Stop. It wasn't like that."||„|
|~ Dr. Jad-Leshal Pretten to the Foundation about the actions of Bruce.|
SCP-140-A is one of the overarching antagonists of the SCP Foundation mythos.
They are the original author of SCP-140, A Chronicle of the Daevas, an anomalous book which is capable of using ink and blood to rewrite reality and help the evil civilization of the Daevites to exist for much more longer. Following the discovery of the chronicle, the SCP Foundation has made one of its priorities to find and capture SCP-140-A.
(Note: Due to the lack of canon in the universe of the SCP Foundation, there at least two major versions of SCP-140-A. They are described below)
SCP-140-A was a member of the ancient savage Daevite Empire named Tibon. Following the empire's downfall SCP-140-A was able to live on thanks to their immortality, and through history they witnessed many historical events such as the burning of the library of Alexandria, the bonfire of the vanities and the destructive fire that engulfed the city of Munich, while also being continually pursued by the Knight Templars, the Spanish Inquisition and the ghazis as they saw them as a dangerous heretic. During the 18th century after garnering a number of loyal followers they formed the cult known as the Ascetic Order of the Immortal Daeva which wished to bring back the Daevite Empire. At some point in the 19th century they created the book titled "A Chronicle of the Daevas" in order to bring back their civilization. With the help of the Eternal Text, a deity previously worshiped by the Daevites, SCP-140-A was able to create the chronicle along with other numerous copies which were capable of rewriting reality in the Daevites' favor every time it came near ink or blood.
During their search of SCP-140-A the SCP Foundation discovered the Glendale Homestead in the United Kingdom which was posdibly created by SCP-140-A and possessed a colony of SCP-5280, a modified species of bees that were used by the ancient Daevites to create and modify plant-based products. This lead to the Foundation suspecting that SCP-140-A was using SCP-5280 as another way to reestablish the Daevite Empire before they published the Chronicle. SCP-140-A also became associated with some shell company that owned a server which was used by the Chaos Insurgency.
On September 13th of 2020, when General Bowe formed the group known as the Foundation Elimination Coalition in order to bring down the Foundation for good, SCP-140-A joined the group as Bowe's right hand man and used their personal army of mind-controlled modified slaves which were designated SCP-140-2 to aid in the takeover of the Foundation sites. Their first task was to go after Site-19's director Tilda Moose who had managed to escape them through a secret trapdoor in her office after exiting her comatose state that she had been put by 140-A prior. They were able to follow Moose to a motel in a nearby town where she was joined by Dr. Dan and a bum who claimed to be a time traveler. SCP-140-A upon encountering the bum quickly shredded him apart before finding Moose hiding inside a motel room. They then began using their mind control powers to manipulate Moose's inner negative thoughts and force her to use her gun to kill Dan. However, Moose was able to fight back and instead unloaded her gun on 140-A, killing them for good.
SCP-140-A was in actuality an orientalist and anti-modernist man named Thomas Bruce who was the 6th Earl of Elgin. In 1786, Bruce visited the Grand Khanate of the Daeva, a reduced country of benevolent citizen who descended from the ancient slaves who dethroned their cannibalistic suppressors, and while there Bruce became fascinated by the bloody past of the now defunct Daevite Empire.
After publishing his religious philosophical book titled "The Three Laws of The Scarlet King" in 1787, under the pen name of Ab-Leshal Curix Bruce wrote his own version of the history the Daevites that would become SCP-140, making them a highly anomalous and bloodthirsty civilization and blending it with the local mythologies, while completely disregarding the current state and most history of the nation. Before publishing 75 copies of the scandalous take of the Daevites, Bruce had an occultist to perform an extensive ritual on his two books on the summer solstice on June 20th, 1788. This ritual resulted in Bruce's book about the Scarlet King to brainwash its readers into regarding its content as important religious facts and his take of the Daevites becoming the real one and replacing the actual nation and people with his own take. The Scarlet King would later be transformed into an actual entity after Bruce's book was cataloged into the Foundation's database as SCP-KING by Dr. Tufton and allowing SCP-001 (McDoctorate's proposal) to amplify the effects of the book's anomaly.
Thankfully, this was all undone when the Children of the Scarlet King performed a ritual on a copy of SCP-140 which was preserved by Bruce's descendant Richard Bruce, in the hopes of bringing back the evil Daevites, but instead they destroyed the previous ritual, which resulted in the original history of the nation coming back to reality, while the religion centered around the Scarlet King losing its anomalous properties and the entity ceasing to exist.
Powers and Abilites
In the Daevite version, SCP-140-A appeared to be immortal and possess some dark magical powers as they were able to create SCP-140 and transform innocent people into strong thralls. They were also described by Moose as a hypnotist, carnokinetic and possible reality bender. They were also able to affect Moose's mind but she was able to fight back against their influence.
Thomas Bruce appeared to be a normal human being with no anomalous or magical powers.
Professor Ian Thomas described the daeva SCP-140-A as possessing black and red eyes, pale slender hands, narrow chin and teeth resembling a row of gleaming knives. Other than that is unknown, due to the daeva using their magic to cover themselves, even their voice which left their gender ambiguous. When using their powers on Moose their eyes emitted red light.
The Daevite SCP-140-A appeared as an enigmatic and respectful being who somewhat missed the glorious and bloody times of the original empire and was disgusted by the Foundation's attempt at keeping "normalcy" around the world, and teased a historian who had been working with the SCP Foundation, deeming their attempts as mediocre and futile. They also seemed to highly value the knowledge of books as they wept when witnessing some events which destroyed vast amounts of books. When Foundation personnel found some old photos depicting the Glendale Homestead they were surprised to find normal human people calmly standing beside the SCP-5280 hives, as that contradicted with the usual behavior SCP-140-A had shown while with humans. They also seemed to be sadistic as after shredding a bum accompanying Dir. Moose and Dr. Dan, 140-A began playing with his entrails.
Thomas Bruce appeared to be an orientalist individual who preferred his own scandalous take of the Daevites instead of the real and natural nation of the Daevites which was benevolent and shameful of its past. He decided to completely disregard most of the Daevites' history in favor of his fabricated version which caused severe destruction and suffering to people involved after he had an occultist rewrite reality after Bruce's take. He apparently was also an advocate for anti-modernism as he wrote a book about a fabricated religion which centered around violent anti-modernist methods to revert humanity back to a survival-based life and with the occultist's help he forced its readers to adopt the book's content as their new religion. While writing the Daevites' book Bruce decided to also tie his character of the Scarlet King from his religious book into his version of the Daevites to downplay the matriarchal system of the Daevite empire.
- The image of Thomas Bruce actually depicts Edward Montagu, 1st Earl of Sandwich. Coincidentally, there was a real person named Thomas Bruce who was the 7th Earl of Elgin.
- The original author who wrote SCP-140, AssertiveRoland, intended to write a followup tale to "A Visitation" centering around SCP-140-A. This tale would have explained that the character was actually one of the few benevolent Daevites who wrote the book with the intent of reviving his people so through time they would see the errors of their ways and redeem themselves and becoming a normal peaceful nation, but it failed causing SCP-140-A to regret creating the book.
- In "A Completed Chronicle", after SCP-140 was seemingly affected by SCP-3059, a 18 year old man named Sam Michaels whose body parts gets absorbed by various written narratives, it stated that its author was Michaels himself.
- In the universe of the Shark Punching Center, SCP-140-A was known to the Center as GREY WANDERER who created SPC-140, also known as the "Chronicle of the Sharkic War". They intended to use the book in order to fight the rising threat of Sharkicism and its messiah SPC-001, and after the Center got hold of a copy of the chronicle they congratulated them and instructed the Center on how to use it.
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