FakeKraid's Scratch Pad
  1. An Antique Pistol
    1. Probably too complicated for first effort, not because concept is difficult but because interesting execution will require delicate balance between narrative and technical data. Consider whether article or tale is better.
    2. Pistol is a Griswold and Gunnison revolver which, when fired at a live human being, shoots him or her in the forehead about ten years prior to the firing of the shot. It rewrites history retroactively in such a way that the firing of the shot is preserved at the original time and place, otherwise allowing for natural developments consequential to the change. In the service of this revision it is capable of producing a number of psychological effects in people as needed, but does not display any memetic characteristics otherwise. Outside of this property it has no anomalous qualities.
    3. The point of interest must necessarily be the difficulty (obvious on consideration) in figuring out what, exactly, is going on when this gun is fired. Since the revisions mean that no user can perceive a successfully fired shot at a live target as such, any experimentation would be altered retroactively, and the gun's properties might easily be mistaken for a memetic effect preventing it from being used to fire at a live human. This element of mystery is the only point of interest in the object, and therefore must be the focus of the article or tale.
    4. Possible interest also in considering paradoxical or otherwise curious implications in:
      1. Using the gun to commit suicide (the implications are interesting and provide a possible way to introduce the gun to Foundation custody).
      2. Firing the gun at a person aged at <10 years (could also be left out, as even the Foundation would not be likely to do something this cold). Alternatively, firing the gun at a clone recently created by SCP-222, though my intuition is that the gun would 'follow' the clone back to its source and retroactively erase both. By that logic, a child of <10 years, if shot, would result in his mother's retroactive death, though this is open to interpretation.
  2. Sunday Morning Paper
    1. This one would have to be played for a mixed horror-comedy effect; it isn't immediately striking, but the containment procedures could produce enough interest to carry the reader through the rest if done right.
    2. The object is a memetic 'template' that transfers between newspaper publications to infect individuals, causing the following stages of effects:
      1. The individual becomes pathologically disinclined to engage in any intellectually challenging or emotionally charged form of interaction, preferring instead to engage in small-talk and simple anecdotes.
      2. The individual begins to gain weight, especially around the mid-section, taking on the characteristics of middle age regardless of biological age.
      3. The individual loses the ability to learn new skills and loses all motivation to deviate from a very basic routine, though he or she is still capable of rote tasks.
    3. Individuals affected by the object are quite tractable and pleasant, and the effect is not contagious. However, the anomaly has been shown to 'jump' from publication to publication in order to ensnare readers. Initial containment attempts involved surrounding the object with suitable 'targets', as indications were that proximity was a factor in its movements; unfortunately, a containment breach in which a report read by Research Assistant Cready proved that the anomaly would actively seek out readers and even jump into publications normally outside its normal 'style' if none presented. Containment procedures updated to include weekly readings by D-Class subjects, who are then used in cases where tractable and predictable subjects are preferable.
    4. An interview with an affected subject would be an amusing way of illustrating the object's effects if done well.
  3. Telepathic Lichen
    1. An instance of a Safe SCP in Foundation custody where the primary focus is on keeping the SCP sustained rather than containing it. Clinical descriptions made interesting by a substrate of drama.
    2. The object is an unclassified species of lichen, growing on an otherwise normal specimen of [TBD], which appears to be sentient and capable of telepathic communication through the use of mental images. Subjects report receiving visions of a city or country, populated by vaguely humanoid beings. Details of visions appear dependent on the education and inclinations of subjects. The object has shown no hostility and visions have displayed no memetic threats or side-effects; Research Staff attempts at communication are approved and encouraged. Visions appear to respond to human attempts at communication, but in confused and strange ways, implying significant communication barriers.
    3. Experiment log should be shown of different Researchers, the visions they received, and their attempts to interact with the lichen.
    4. On ██/██/████, Researcher [TBD] reported a 'disturbing' vision in which the city appeared to be under siege by deformed monsters. On inspection, the lichen colony was suffering from a degenerative fungal infection. Since then, visions have shown the city to be in a state of turmoil, and researchers repeatedly report feelings of urgency and despair after visions. Measures to combat the infection awaiting approval from Site Director [TBD].
  4. Geoacoustic Phenomenon
    1. Probably interesting/scary enough to carry itself with a minimum of description.
    2. 'Object' consists of two related things: the first is a worldwide set of apertures in the earth's surface that are perfectly round and too deep to explore. Each produces a sub-sonic frequency at long intervals. Each is different and corresponds to a musical note transposed into the sub-sonic range; when all the apertures are taken together and the result is sped up and increased in frequency, they are playing a piece of music (a fugue) that is recorded on the second thing: a piece of sheet music written in what appears to be a mixture of ink, █████, and human blood, with a note scrawled in blood after the last chord that merely says 'Fin'.
    3. Changes in chords during the ██ years of Foundation monitoring of sites have corresponded to major natural and man-made disasters. Comparing recorded 'notes' with the sheet music indicates we are in a tocatta at about 4/5 from the end, and will reach the last chord in ███.█ years.
    4. The second object was found in an abandoned shack near Site XXXX-05, showing indications of being uninhabited for at least a century.