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SCP-049, also referred to as the Plague Doctor, is a Euclid-class object under the SCP Foundation's containment. It is a humanoid figure that resembles a 15-16th century European Plague Doctor, with a black robe and a white-beaked mask.
During the time of the black plague, SCP-049 was just a simple poor man living in a village with his wife and daughter. Suddenly he saw an actual plague doctor riding a horse near his house before falling in front of him and succumbing to the plague. The man looked at the now dead doctor and had the idea to steal the doctor's garments and disguise himself as a doctor to scam people and gain money for his family.
He visited different regions and spread death, with people believing he was a real doctor, since he was somehow immune to the plague. After becoming rich he returned to his home to reunite with his family, but to his horror, found his wife had succumbed to the plague and was partially eaten, while his daughter soaked in blood, but was thankfully still alive, thanks to her immunity which she had inherited from her father.
SCP-049 is very well-mannered, respectful and polite, so it makes little attempt at escape. It seems to truly believe what it is doing is for the greater good, stating that its cure is "most effective". It is unknown why SCP-049 believes that it must eradicate this "pestilence", or what the "pestilence" truly is. SCP-049 is also extremely courteous and affable to both humans and fellow SCP's alike. It states that it does not like to speak because of the melancholy and pensive nature of the "victims of the pestilence", and that they do not react well to conversation. This shows that it still has its victims' best interests in mind when performing its procedure.
SCP-049 is a tall humanoid figure that appears to be garnished in long black robes and a white-beaked mask. However, upon further investigation, it was revealed that these items are a part of SCP-049's physical body, being similar in biological structure to muscle.
Behavior and Procedure
SCP-049's touch is extremely lethal to humans, killing those that come into contact with it within minutes. SCP-049 then somehow produces a black bag filled with medical and surgical tools, then begin surgery on the victim, inserting several unknown chemicals into the corpse.
After a few minutes, the subject's vital signs will resume and the subject (now an instance of SCP-049-2) will begin to function normally, except any higher brain function. The victim will be rendered completely feral, violent, aggressive, and dangerous, and will wander until it encounters another human. It will then attack and kill the human before returning to its unintelligent and brainless state.
SCP-049 was once thought incapable of speech, but this was later debunked when it spoke in a male voice, saying that while it can speak, it simply prefers not to. It explained that it seeks to eradicate "the Great Pestilence" from the world, which was first assumed to be the bubonic plague. However, this is unconfirmed, as SCP-049 senses the "Pestilence" in subjects who do not possess it, and has not seen it in some other human subjects. SCP-049 believes it is doing a great service by "curing" the infected. When confronted about the effectiveness of the cure, SCP-049 would not continue.
SCP-049 is kept in a secure holding cell. Should personnel want to converse with it, it must be removed by a Level 2 or higher personnel and sedated before being placed in an iron collar and accompanied by a minimum of two security guards. During a containment breach, SCP-049 came into contact and had conversations with SCP-035.
In Video Games
SCP - Containment Breach
|“||Hello. Greetings. Oh my, yet another victim of the pestilence... You are not a doctor. I sense the pestilence in you. I am the cure. Do not be afraid, I am the cure. Stop resisting, I'm here to cure you..||„|
|~ SCP-049 approaching the player.|
SCP-049 is a major enemy in SCP - Containment Breach. It will wander the halls and elevators, killing and "curing" any human it comes across, including the player. While it is not especially fast, it can be a major obstacle if it is blocking a path or pursuing the player. Touching the Plague Doctor will kill the player, and they will wake up a reanimated corpse, killed by a security guard. However, SCP-049's touch is not lethal when wearing SCP-714.
SCP: Secret Laboratory
In the Secret Laboratory, one of the players has the role of controlling SCP-049 and murdering the other remaining players. Out of all the SCPs in-game, SCP-049 is the slowest. SCP-049 is capable of murdering anyone instantly if he gets enough time to get close enough and can create zombies out of them. The zombies are also known as SCP-049-2, which are supposed to follow SCP-049 and protect him from other players and turn them into zombies as well. SCP-049 can take more shots than other SCP in-game. Tesla-Gate could potentially murder SCP-049 or take a lot of his health.
SCP - Containment Breach (Unity Remake)
SCP-049 will be added in the Unity Remake possibly in 2020 or 2021. Till then, we can only speculate what will SCP-049 look like and what will his future powers possibly be.
Indie Game Battle
SCP-049 was set to appear as a playable character in Indie Game Battle before the game's cancellation.
In Online Media
|“||Et donc, l'étudiant devient le maître. (And so, the student becomes the master.)||„|
In this non-canon, fan-made series, there is a set of two videos that expand on SCP-049's purpose and background. His aim to cure "the pestilence" remains in this video series in the same way as the standard SCP mythos. SCP-049 also discusses his encounter with SCP-035, which is a very different version of the same story that SCP-035 gave in its respective video within the series. SCP-035, much like in the original mythos, can speak many languages, but it's true language is not comprehensible by humans.
In the second video featuring SCP-049, he is interviewed by a Foundation member named "Jacobs", at the end of the interview, he intends to sacrifice himself to the SCP. Right as SCP-049 is about to touch Jacobs and "cure the pestilence", SCP-049 withdraws himself and doesn't touch Jacobs, explaining that "the pestilence has receded from him", and that Jacobs has a different fate in store for him.
In another video of the same series - a video about SCP-343. SCP-343 states that "a darkness follows" SCP-049, possibly hinting "the pestilence" that SCP-049 speaks of is something that's a part of the latter, rather than something others are infected with.
- The first original photo of SCP-049 got taken down, and replaced because of the SCP Foundation could not reliably get sourced as being Creative Commons Compliant. The image was not licensed by the SCP wiki, which is why the photo was not to be used in derivative works which utilize content involving the SCP Wiki.
- SCP-049 is based on the real-life Plague Doctor, a medical physician who treated victims of the most devastating pandemic of the whole humanity known as the Black Death.
- SCP-049 is one of the many creations of the Brothers Death.
- More specifically, he was created by Small Death who reaps people who died from an illness.
- SCP-049 appeared as #21 on Tat's TopVideo's Top 22 Scariest SCPs.
- There is a bug in SCP - Containment Breach where SCP-049 will remain in its crouching position even after the player has already been turned into an SCP-049-2.
- SCP Wiki.
- Villains Wiki.
- SCP - Containment Breach Wiki.
- SCP - Containment Breach Official Wiki.
- Garry's Mod SCP-049 Nextbot.
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