SCP-4449河本大輔、赤・案山子-さん、案山子サムライと伝説の悪の殺人者(原題:Daisuke Kawamoto, aka Kakashi-san, Scarecrow Samurai and Legendary Slayer of Evil)
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アイテム番号: 4449
レベル2
収容クラス:
safe
副次クラス:
none
撹乱クラス:
keneq
リスククラス:
warning


Special Containment Procedures: SCP-4449 is to be contained in a standard low-threat humanoid containment cell.

特別収容プロトコル: SCP-4449は、標準的な低脅威度人型収容セルに収容されます。
SCP-4449 is to be interviewed weekly for the purposes of maintaining its psychological health and to acquire further information concerning its past and anomalous properties, with special scrutiny applied to any mention of the crimes of Daisuke Kawamoto or the current state of affairs in Higashishirakawa, Japan.

SCP-4449は、その精神的健康状態を維持し、過去と異常性に関するさらなる情報を得るために、毎週インタビューを受けることになっており、河本大輔による犯罪や日本の東白川村における現在の情勢に関するいかなる言及にも特別な精査が適用されます。
Description: SCP-4449 is an animate humanoid scarecrow 1.8 meters in height, dressed in traditional samurai robes and full combination lamellar/plate armor including kabuto and sōmen.1

説明: SCP-4449は、高さ1.8メートルの生きた人間型の案山子で、伝統的なサムライの僧衣に、総面2などを全面的に組み合わせた層状/板金鎧を身に着けています。
SCP-4449's body is composed of sack cloth and stuffed with cotton and straw. This material is susceptible to wear and damage and does not exhibit any anomalous durability, nor do its clothing or armor (which are removable). However, if SCP-4449's body sustains damage, it can be repaired or replaced using conventional and readily available materials such as cloth, twine, and additional stuffing. This interchangeability and anomalous integration of new materials is suspected to be responsible for SCP-4449 remaining in serviceable condition despite its age.

SCP-4449の本体は袋布で構成され、綿と藁が詰められています。この物質は摩耗や損傷を受けやすく、異常な耐久性が存在しません。これは衣服や装甲(両方とも取り外し可能)も同様です。しかし、SCP-4449の本体が損傷を受けた場合には、布、撚糸、及び追加の詰め物のような従来のまたは、容易に入手可能な物質を用いて修復または交換することができます。この新しい物質との互換性と異常な集積性は、SCP‐4449がその年齢にもかかわらず使用可能な状態で残っていることが原因であると考えられています。
In addition, SCP-4449 is able to remain upright and balanced while wearing its armor despite the protective equipment outweighing its own body by approximately 14 kilograms, and it is able to lift and move weights of up to 115 kilograms, having the overall approximate physical strength and agility of an athletic and healthy human male of its size despite its low mass and lack of biology. It has proven capable in a combat capacity and has demonstrated intimate, detailed knowledge of both Edo period kenjutsu and bōjutsu3, to the point of being reliably able to match and occasionally best master-level Foundation practitioners of these martial arts in authorized sparring matches.

また、SCP-4449は、約14kgもの重量の防護装備を装備しているにもかかわらず、鎧を着用したまま直立姿勢とバランスを保つことができ、最大115kgの重量を持ち上げたり動かしたりすることができ、その全体的な体力と敏捷さは、その小さな体格と生物学の欠如にもかかわらず、そのサイズの運動選手で健康的な人間男性とほぼ同じです。それは戦闘能力で詳しく証明されているためです。江戸時代の剣術棒術4両方の詳細な知識を有しており、時折これらの武術の最高のマスターレベルである財団の実践者とスパーリングマッチを行うことが許可されています。
SCP-4449 is sapient and capable of speech in Edo period-appropriate Japanese, although it is unclear how this is physically accomplished, as SCP-4449 lacks organs responsible for speech and furthermore lacks a face entirely without its mask. Its personality is predominantly genial, courteous, gregarious, and respectful, if somewhat bombastic and opinionated.

SCP-4449は江戸時代に相応しい日本語をしゃれた表現で話すことができますが、SCP-4449は言語をつかさどる器官が欠けており、さらにそのマスクのない顔も完全に欠けているため、それがどのように物理的に達成されるのかは不明です。その性格は主に愛想がよく、礼儀正しく、社交的で、多少大げさで独善的であっても敬意に表するものです。
SCP-4449 is aware of its status as a non-human construct, and claims to be the disembodied spirit of Daisuke Kawamoto, a samurai who (according to SCP-4449) was born in 1799 in the outskirts of Tokyo (then known as Edo) and directly served the Tokugawa Shogunate5 as both a soldier and political and military strategist. SCP-4449 further claims that its spirit was placed into its current housing via a magical ritual immediately following its death in 1888, so that it could continue to serve its descendants and the village in which they lived as both a mentor and guardian. It also alleges that its existence as a spirit allows it to both perceive and interact with other spirits, and that it uses this ability to combat the yōkai6 that regularly threaten its village's citizens.

SCP-4449は非人間的な構成物であるという現状を認識しており、(SCP-4449によると)1799年に東京郊外(当時江戸と呼ばれていた)で生まれ、徳川幕府7に軍人、政治家、軍事家として直接仕えていた武士である、河本大輔カワモトダイスケの肉体から離れた魂であると主張しています。SCP-4449はさらに、その魂が1888年の自身の死の直後に魔法の儀式によって現在の住居に安置されたため、その子孫と彼にとって庇護者であり守護者という存在であった村に仕え続けることができたと主張しています。また、魂としての存在となった彼は、他の魂を感知し、相互作用することが可能になったため、この能力を利用して、村民を恒常的に脅かしている妖怪8と戦うために使用していたと主張しています。
History and Discovery: SCP-4449 was recovered from Higashishirakawa, a small village located in Gifu Prefecture, Japan.

歴史と発見: SCP‐4449は岐阜県に位置する小さな村である東白川にて発見されました。
Accounts gathered from the residents of Higashishirakawa indicate that SCP-4449's existence had been common knowledge within the village for more than a century, with numerous photographs and written accounts featuring SCP-4449 being kept in the village's records, the earliest of which dates to 1893. Due to the village's isolation, lack of available public transportation lines, and a moot agreement within the community to avoid mentioning SCP-4449 to any visitors, the Foundation remained unaware of its existence until April 22, 2006, when a video of the entity openly walking down a populated street was posted to the Internet.

東白川村の住民から集められた資料によると、SCP-4449の存在は一世紀以上前から村内の常識となっており、その村の記録の中にはSCP-4449に関する多数の写真や文書が残され、最も古い記録は1893年にまで遡ります。この村が孤立していたこと、利用できる公共交通機関が無かったこと、訪問者に対してSCP-4449について言及することを避けるというコミュニティ内での合意があったことから、財団は2006年4月22日までその存在を認識できませんでした。この日、人通りの多い通りを公然と歩いている団体のビデオがインターネットに投稿されました。
The citizens of Higashishirakawa accepted SCP-4449's presence, and would freely greet or speak with it as it traveled both within the village's center and its outskirts. Interviews conducted with multiple citizens reveal that the populace saw SCP-4449 as a somewhat unusual but harmless, helpful, and even benevolent entity. A small number of of the village elders maintained that SCP-4449 was proof of the existence of the afterlife, and was a sacred ancestor sent to act as a guardian against evil spirits as a reward for their faith. The majority of the population, however, saw no evidence of SCP-4449's claims of combating yōkai and merely assumed that SCP-4449 was some form of delusional ghost.

東白川村の住民はSCP-4449の存在を受け入れ、村の中心部と郊外の両方を移動する中で、自由に挨拶したり、話しかけたりしていました。複数の住民にインタビューしたところ、住民はSCP-4449を一風変わっているが、無害で、助けになり、慈悲深い存在と見なしていたことが明らかになりました。SCP-4449は来世の証しであり、信仰の報いとして悪霊の守り神として遣わされた神聖な先祖であると主張する村の長老も少数いました。しかし、人口の大多数はSCP-4449が主張をしていた妖怪と戦闘を行った形跡を見ておらず、SCP-4449は何らかの妄想的幽霊であると想定していました。
Despite this, the citizenry and local government of Higashishirakawa maintained a friendly and cordial relationship with SCP-4449. They allowed it to travel wherever it wished, and would occasionally offer it gifts or even invite it to visit within their homes. When not patrolling through the forests surrounding the village, SCP-4449 adopted a generalist supportive role within the community, with recorded accounts of SCP-4449 performing duties such as:

* Policework, cooperating with Higashishirakawa's small police precinct to apprehend minor offenders (typically teenage vandals or shoplifters attempting to escape custody) or to help with filing and other minor clerical duties
* Volunteer firefighting, during which SCP-4449 would charge into burning buildings to rescue trapped or injured individuals, despite its existence as a flammable scarecrow
* Janitorial work, wherein SCP-4449 would work alongside nighttime janitorial staff to clean various public buildings throughout the village
* Substitute teaching, during which SCP-4449 would volunteer to take the place of an ill or otherwise indisposed member of Higashishirakawa Elementary School's faculty. In this role it would teach subjects such as Japanese and basic mathematics (with a noted preference toward history), as well as coordinating and leading the facility's after-school martial arts classes
* General labor and repairwork, with SCP-4449 assisting villagers in various tasks such as patching leaking roofs, painting, chopping firewood, replacing broken windows, mowing lawns, and raking leaves
* Chasing birds away from crops and out of farmers' fields,

それにもかかわらず、住民や地方自治体はSCP-4449と友好的かつ誠実的な関係を維持していました。They allowed it to travel wherever it wished, and would occasionally offer it gifts or even invite it to visit within their homes. When not patrolling through the forests surrounding the village, SCP-4449 adopted a generalist supportive role within the community, with recorded accounts of SCP-4449 performing duties such as:##

  • Policework, cooperating with Higashishirakawa's small police precinct to apprehend minor offenders (typically teenage vandals or shoplifters attempting to escape custody) or to help with filing and other minor clerical duties
  • Volunteer firefighting, during which SCP-4449 would charge into burning buildings to rescue trapped or injured individuals, despite its existence as a flammable scarecrow
  • Janitorial work, wherein SCP-4449 would work alongside nighttime janitorial staff to clean various public buildings throughout the village
  • Substitute teaching, during which SCP-4449 would volunteer to take the place of an ill or otherwise indisposed member of Higashishirakawa Elementary School's faculty. In this role it would teach subjects such as Japanese and basic mathematics (with a noted preference toward history), as well as coordinating and leading the facility's after-school martial arts classes
  • General labor and repairwork, with SCP-4449 assisting villagers in various tasks such as patching leaking roofs, painting, chopping firewood, replacing broken windows, mowing lawns, and raking leaves
  • Chasing birds away from crops and out of farmers' fields,

among a multitude of others. As a result of these behaviors, SCP-4449 was held in high esteem by the majority of the village residents and local officials. It was particularly popular with children, who referred to it affectionately as “Kakashi-san9 and with whom it would regularly play when not in a supervisory or teaching capacity.

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Woodblock print portrait of Daisuke Kawamoto by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, circa 1855

Foundation historical researchers have uncovered genuine records and accounts of a samurai by the name of Daisuke Kawamoto who lived during the late Edo period. Information concerning this individual is somewhat scarce, but a recorded birth year of 1799, a death year of 1888, and an occupation as a soldier and strategist have been confirmed in concordance with SCP-4449's claims.

However, all written accounts that reference Kawamoto in detail, regardless of their source, consistently and emphatically describe Kawamoto as having been a notoriously cruel and ruthless man, with a reputation for dispassionate killing and a lack of regard for honorable conduct upon the battlefield. In these accounts Kawamoto is often referred to by the epithets “The Blood-Soaked Executioner” or “Gashadokuro10", as a result of his imposing stature, gaunt features, taciturn and impassive personality, and purported love of bloodshed. Kawamoto is said to have been responsible for numerous war crimes and atrocities during his tenure within the Shogunate and throughout the course of the Boshin War11, including the burning of crops, recreational torture and murder of prisoners, refusing death rites to enemy combatants, and the repeated slaughter of non-combatant civilians. Noted frequently is Kawamoto's persistent unwillingness to spare the children of those opposed to the Shogunate, which earned him criticism and revulsion from his allies and peers.

The specific circumstances of Kawamoto's death are unknown, but consensus among historians derived from what little data exists concludes that he fled the capital upon its capture by Imperialist forces and assumed a new identity, living in seclusion for the remainder of his life in the countryside. A small number of accounts then attest that his true identity was discovered immediately following his death, and his body was taken by a nearby sect of Shinto priests to be burned, as penance for his crimes. However, Kawamoto's grave has never been located, nor have his remains, and these accounts remain unverified.

SCP-4449 has been respectfully cooperative toward Foundation personnel, with the sole exception being its firm but polite requests to be released from containment, insisting that its village is defenseless against predatory yōkai in its absence. After more than a decade of both conventional and thaumaturgical surveillance, no creatures matching this description have ever been detected within the vicinity of Higashishirakawa. Additionally, while SCP-4449 has been compliant and predominantly truthful during interviews and has provided consistently verifiable information, on no occasion has it addressed, acknowledged, or admitted to any of the unscrupulous or immoral acts attributed to the man it claims to have been. The reason for these omissions is currently unknown pending further questioning.

Addendum 4449-01: On October 31st, 2017, following a national census and population survey period, Foundation agents embedded within the Japanese government discovered multiple statistically improbable and alarming data points associated with the village of Higashishirakawa.

Since 2006, rates of physical and mental illness reported by the population of Higashishirakawa have consistently increased. As of late 2017, Higashishirakawa's infectious disease, genetic disorder, schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, suicide, cancer, and infant mortality diagnosis rates have risen to more than quintuple the national per capita average, to the point of exceeding total rates reported by towns with ten times Higashishirakawa's population. The village's violent crime rates have also greatly increased, with larceny, kidnapping, sexual crime, child neglect and abuse, domestic abuse, and murder all rising to unprecedented levels, far exceeding rates reported from any other period in the village's history. In eleven years, Higashishirakawa's residential population has fallen from 2,677 in 2006 to 1,004, due to a combination of incarceration, emigration, or death.

No definitive or verifiable explanation for this abnormality has been found by the Japanese government or the Foundation, nor has any demonstrable correlation between these trends and SCP-4449's containment been determined. SCP-4449's status has not changed. Upon questioning, SCP-4449 professed to have been unaware of the state of affairs in Higashishirakawa and demanded to be released from Foundation custody immediately, insisting that it was now the village's “only hope” and that disaster would soon befall Higashishirakawa, and subsequently the entirety of Japan, if it were kept in confinement. This request was denied.

Investigation into these events is currently ongoing.


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