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Don't you see, they have always been here, in the realm of the unexpressed idea, waiting for their opportunity. And they got tired of waiting! So here they are, coming to us of their own accord, being themselves and being me at the same time! I am, we are, all of us are of this realm. The natural flow of something, I'm not sure what, it's returning somehow. Do you understand what I mean?
~ Izquierdo when feeling the anomaly affecting him and the town of Dotson.
I think he was from somewhere far away, like you, I started. I imagine a man who lived a life that wasn't concerned with jobs and deadlines and bills. But he still understood all kinds of people. I think he would have been interested in what a waitress had to say, just like you. Whenever I came out for a smoke, I could imagine him lighting my cigarette and telling me a story or a joke.
~ Lila Stone in "Stars Over Misty Veil".

Joaquín Pablo Izquierdo de San Felipe, or simply Mr. Izquierdo is a benevolent character in the universe of the SCP Foundation. He is an inspiring vagrant artist who seeks to help people whenever he is needed and he alongside Agent Roberto Esquivel are the main protagonists of the SCP-2188 file which is about Izquierdo's relationship with the artistic residents of the town of Dotson, Nebraska, United States.

Biography

Joaquín Pablo Izquierdo de San Felipe was thought to have been born around 1943 in an unnamed village in the Department of Treinta y Tres, Uruguay where he was seemingly raised without his father due to him dying at some point, but due to unreliable documents about Izquierdo not existing prior to 1961, when Uruguyan authorities issued him a work permit, not much else is known about his early life. Eventually he began residing in the various barrios of Montevideo, Uruguay where he helped the poor people such as impoverished residents, orphaned children, and street artists, becoming known as a benevolent vagrant and eccentric. However, when significant events occurred in Izquierdo's life, the residents of the town of Dotson, Nebraska, more specifically, when something happened to or was done by Izquierdo members of the artistic community in Dotson would do artistic pieces or performances based on the event which involved Izquierdo and depending on the severity of the event the artists in Dotson would get seriously hurt.

The SCP Foundation first made the connection between Izquierdo and the artists in Dotson in 1965 when the former was arrested by Uruguay's Interior Police for smuggling indigenous porcupines. At the same time, an individual in Dotson was demonstrating a performance art which involved him dancing tango for an extended time while his partner pierced him with porcupine quills. This caused the Foundation to become involved in order to mitigate the effects of the anomaly, which they had designated SCP-2188, but upon analyzing the situation they determined that the best action was to let Izquierdo live his normal life while keeping him safe from harm coming to him in order to prevent the residents from also being harmed. In 1967, they decided to send Agent Roberto Esquivel to act as a clandestine overseer for Izquierdo.

Izquierdo first met Agent Esquivel in April 17th of 1967 inside a bar in Malvín Norte named Chito's. There Esquivel attempting to gain Izquierdo's trust by buying a beer for him, but Izquierdo seeing that Esquivel was dressed rather poor instead bought him a large mate with two straws. While drinking together, the two talked with each other and found they had a lot in common and decided to meet again next week for more mate. From this event several artists in Dotson created art pieces based on the interaction between Izquierdo and Esquivel. Willie John Lincoln performed a Blues song titled Tea With Strangers in Redfeather's Tavern with his guitar; John Grauber painted a mural of the deity Apollo playing the lyre with a sunrise in the background and Rebecca Moorad wrote a short story titled Mount Ararat which was about two archeologists searching for Noah’s Ark becoming friends and drinking tea after being trapped at a dig site by a blizzard.

In August 23rd of 1967 around 11 o'clock, Esquivel met with Izquierdo near a park bench where the latter asked the former to help him organize a gathering of the local poets in La Figurita despite the poets' writings not being good. He explained that he mostly needed Esquivel to look intimidating as they would be dealing with some criminals much to the dismay of Esquivel who disliked being seen is such manner. They went to a shabby part of the neighborhood where Izquierdo knocked to a house which was used for drug commerce and demanded the owners to lend them the building for tonight's poetry recital. The owners initially refused but after threatening with Esquivel they agreed to lend the house for tonight and allowed them entrance. As all of the poets arrived, Izquierdo had the first one recite his poem despite the poor quality put into it and followed by a man named Lalo who unlike the previous poet described with passion his hard life, leaving everyone speechless. However, the police took notice of this and arrived to raid the building, forcing both Izquierdo and Esquivel to fight their way through while all of the poets fled the scene. After successfully escaping into a nearby alley with some injuries, Izquierdo laughed at the absurdity of the event and assured Esquivel that La Figurita's poetry would improve from then on. Meanwhile in Dotson, Calvin Medina made a sculpture depicting his late father who had been an itinerant farm laborer from Mexico; Carolyn Walsh performed a dance at the Dotson Masonic Hall where she asked the audience to take LSDs prior to the performance and then attack her after finishing the dance, but luckily there had been no serious problems; Bess Five Wolves performed a ritual based on traditional Comanche funerary practices to mark "the passing of the moon" in the middle of South Grange Avenue which disrupted afternoon traffic while several motorists stopped to join the performance.

In November 14th of 1976, Izquierdo began organizing a pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Florida as part of the traditional Uruguayan veneration of the Virgin of the Thirty-Three. After some organizing he went to Conciliación where he awaited Esquivel in front of a library. After Esquivel arrived Izquierdo showed him that he had packed his old truck, which was secretly given to him by the Foundation, with a massive jug filled with wine, and the two proceeded to return to Montevideo while drinking. On the road he explained to Esquivel that he has had talked with some local CIA agents to help him organize the pilgrimage, and as they stopped in each village to refill the mug with more wine he urged people to come participate. They eventually arrived at the plaza in front of the Cathedral where thousands of people had gathered and upon arriving Izquierdo used his bullhorn to blare to people to not buy food from vendors as they needed to maintain their holy fast, angering the food sellers. When Esquivel, who was driving the truck around while his friend yelled, inquired on what he was doing, Izquierdo directed him to a large clearing behind the cathedral where some sculptors whom they had met one night in Bañados de Carrasco awaited them with even more wine and while drinking they showed the duo three sculptures each titled "The Father, The Son, and The Holy Smoke" which were made out of wood and straw. When night came, Izquierdo got up on top of the truck and using his bullhorn told the crowd his made up version of the legend of the Virgin of the Thirty-Three before letting the sculptors to burn the three sculptures in a bonfire. As the sculptures burned in front of the hungry crowd, U.S. helicopters came and released numerous parcels in parachutes for everyone gathered to finally eat, thinking that the crowd were a group of refugees fleeing repression in Argentina. Esquivel again asked Izquierdo on this and he partially admitted of lying to the government before resuming his slumber. From the spectacular event, the artists in Dotson created their art pieces. Zelda Hughes wrote a book thirty-three separate poems themed around sacrifice for larger causes leading to personal anguishes which she read every Monday evening at the Dusty Crossroads Coffee House in downtown Dotson; Steven F. Braddock wrote a book about a Buddhist monk in Vietnam who immolated himself as a form of protest against the policies of the government and reliving his life several times; Reverend Francis Abernathy held a religious sermon at the burial site of a vagrant whose identity only he knew and compared Saint Augustus of Topeka to George H.W. Bush as men who had done necessary damage for the greater good.

Around August of 1987, Izquierdo began being haunted by visions of him in Dotson which he never knew and wanting to find out more about himself and the visions he commissioned eight artists to make self-portraits of him. In August 28th, Izquierdo invited Esquivel to watch a football match at the home of an acquaintance, and while drinking mate during breaks Esquivel asked his friend on why he was planning to paint self-portraits to which Izquierdo answered by explaining what had been transpiring and he needed to know more about himself. The artists eventually arrived on time and immediately began their work to paint Izquierdo based on their visions of him, while he distributed beer to each of them, but when an artist had finished her work tried to present it to him, Izquierdo told her that everyone had to finish at the same time. Eventually all of the painters finished their work and went to eat in the kitchen, Izquierdo went to the center of the room where he closed his eyes and asked Esquivel to turn all of the eight portraits to face and unveil them before him. Esquivel did so but was shocked when he saw that the paintings actually portrayed the aforementioned artists in Dotson who had created art pieces based on the events that had involved Izquierdo. Despite this, Esquivel did what he was asked and told Izquierdo to open his eyes and look at the portraits. Although he was left confused at first, Izquierdo soon became happy as he realized that they were artists who were tired of not expressing themselves and decided to show themselves through him as they were part of the same realm. When Esquivel, playing ignorant, inquired on what he was talking about Izquierdo tried to explain exactly what was going at which Esquivel responded that he now perfectly understood. Meanwhile in Dotson, Molly H.R. Yerevan made a prose about the narrator's experience with their companion; George Hillsong made a video presentation about meditation on the nature of identity, interspersed with footage of the football match seen by Izquierdo and Esquivel; the rock band The Fading Sky made songs that would help them develop more and become more famous.

In June of 1998, Izquierdo was diagnosed with an advanced case of pancreatic cancer and was submitted to the Hospital de Clínicas in the barrio of Parque Batlle, and in the ensuing days Esquivel would come visit him and even brought charcoal pencils and a pad of paper. One month later, Izquierdo asked his best friend Esquivel to come visit him again one last time. At the hospital Izquierdo showed Esquivel a portrait he had drawn of him through his own eyes, depicting Esquivel with his own despair. After showing him the picture, Izquierdo told Esquivel that he was his friend and was glad to be here with him in his last moments. Following his death, at the request of Esquivel the Foundation buried Izquierdo in Misty Veil Cemetery which was located 2 km outside of Dotson town limits. From this event, almost all of the residents of Dotson participated in "The Remembrance March" organized by Roland Nygaard, scoutmaster of Dotson's local Boy Scout troop to commemorate those they had lost over the prior year. This march included artists from multiple media who soon formed a parade and created multiple art pieces which included countless songs, paintings, stories, sculptures and other artworks that were all deposited at the Misty Veil Cemetery at the end of the march. Following this, Esquivel began working in Site-41 near Dotson to observe the artistic community, and during his work discovered a story written by Lila Stone which featured him talking with the narrator and discussing about Izquierdo.

Appearance

Izquierdo was a short Caucasian man with some tattoos such as a large one of a dollar across his chest. He was also described as beautiful.

Powers and Abilities

Izquierdo had some unknown connection to the mindset of the artists in Dotson. When an important event involving him happened, the artists in Dotson would unknowingly create art pieces or performances based on the event which was happening simultaneously. However, depending on the event the artists could be affected either positively or negatively, as seen in various events which resulted in Izquierdo being involved mishaps which led to the artists harming themselves. Izquierdo himself eventually felt this strange connection with Dotson and originally was unable to figure out why until seeing the his portraits of the Dotson’s artists and stated that these people had been waiting to express themselves for so long but after becoming tired of waiting they finally expressed themselves through him because they were all part of the same realm.

Personality

Izquierdo was an energetic and free-spirited artistic individual who enjoyed helping the poor, especially in their objectives. He tried always tried his best to make the world around him more interesting and cheer everyone up. He apparently possessed minor delusions of grandeur, but didn’t let these delusions to limit him and become arrogant and instead loved inspiring the artists of his community to create various art pieces regardless of quality. Upon meeting Roberto Esquivel, who unbeknownst to him was secretly an agent working for the SCP Foundation sent to keep him out of trouble due to the anomaly affecting him, the two almost immediately became best friends, spending time together hanging out and helping each other out in various situations. They were so close that Esquivel, despite keeping his true identity and his employment by the Foundation a secret, almost never hid his true feelings towards Izquierdo, genuinely enjoying spending time together and considering each other close friends who perfectly understood one another. When he began feeling his connection with artist community in Dotson, Izquierdo summarized that the residents were expressing themselves through him after being unable to do so for a very long time.

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Trivia

  • Izquierdo enjoyed drinking mate and eating panchos.
  • Izquierdo didn't like the works of Jorge Luis Borges.
  • In "Library Lifeline", anartist Finnegan found in the Wanderer's Library Izquierdo's autobiography titled Heisenberg Shit.

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