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R. Roger: This is Ralph Roger from BCB1 America. Today, we have Mr. William Frederick, the Administrator of the non-governmental organisation humbly called the Centre. Please welcome him.

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W. Frederick: Thank you for hosting me, Mr. Roger. I hope to educate the audience and debunk the many misconceptions surrounding the Centre.

R. Roger: Indeed. Our viewers have sent in many queries about the Centre, in addition to the common criticisms of your organisation. Are you ready for them?

W. Frederick: I'm prepared for anything.

R. Roger: Let's start with the easiest question. Your Centre is frequently accused of animal cruelty against the shar-

W. Frederick: Stop. We do not acknowledge that term. It is a term borne of our species' fear of the unknown, suggestive of a submissive stance. In the Centre, we use the term 'Selachian entity'. It grants us the resolve to overcome centuries of superstition and allows us to execute our mission statement.

R. Roger: To punch Selachian entities?

W. Frederick: Officially, we prefer the term 'pugnātorial damage'. But we have accepted the term 'punch' in vernacular. By the way, I must address the absurd moniker coined by the media. 'SPC' actually represents 'Selachian Pugnātorial Capabilities' and only that, guidelines in which we conduct ourselves for the sake of the mission.

R. Roger: Administrator Frederick, you have mentioned guidelines. That relates to my initial question, that detractors expressed the opinion that the Centre is excessive in its mission, that these Selachian entities are being hurt unnecessarily.

W. Frederick: Ralph, given the nature of Selachian pugilism or pugilism in general, there will be pain. However, I must dispute the accusations of excessiveness. Pro-Selachians have even accused us of conducting genocide against Selachian entities, a fallacious deceit birthed purely from their ignorance. Even the lowest members of the Centre know otherwise.

R. Roger: If you would not mind, please share with all our viewers.

W. Frederick: A deceased Selachian entity means that there will be less of them to inflict pugnātorial damage against. The Centre does not terminate Selachian entities; we only inflict pugnātorial damage and the Selachians are our targets. After all, the Centre also runs countless conservation programs to ensure there will be enough Selachian entities for the next millennium.

R. Roger: Administrator, regarding excessiveness, there are also allegations of the Centre utilising Deviant technology to fulfil your mission.

W. Frederick: They're real. Deviant technology is a necessity.

R. Roger: But won't that be excessive when you're dealing with Selachian entities? Statistics from the UAS states that more people have died from road accidents than from Selachian entities annually.

W. Frederick: I see you were severely misinformed by pro-Selachians, but I don't blame you. Deviant technology has been making our work more efficient, and has allowed us to handle all types of Selachian entities – both Baseline and Deviant. And I have to correct you about the UAS' statistics; it only refers to Baseline Selachians. Deviant Selachians are an entirely different matter.

R. Roger: Yes, I think we are aware of the threat of hostile Deviant beings. However, why does the Centre focuses on Selachians?

W. Frederick: Hm, I'm afraid to say that it's a trade secret. I can say that it is for the good of all Mankind. It's a thankless job really, to be at the frontline and all.



Notes:

sirpudding: The BBC is an institution from our world, and I think in general we should try to avoid those, since the Centreverse diverged thousands of years ago, SCP-1329 indicates that the Centre uses a language that's related but not identical to our languages, and part of the appeal here is the bizarro-world distortion of the familiar.

I also think we might want a glossary tab, or otherwise a tab with worldbuilding elements, where we can list the security clearances, [Greek letter]-[Colour] priority system, common code names (like CYAN AYBSS) and phrases (like Selechaian Entity), geography and similar.

Abyssal Sharkicists are almost universally CYAN ABYSS entities, though some individuals have been observed to have appearances closer to baseline humanity

Note, their undesea cities are living Halcosts as well.

Hades Shoal, Western Atlantic Ocean

HADES SHOAL is a Centre codename, and was expressly an "outpost". It corresponds roughly to Y'ha-nthlei.

kenneth1221: I think having a few things from our world is fine, simply to add some contrast so the really bizarre divergences stand out. In terms of divergence, I have personally been treating it as kind of like SCP-1968 retrocausality or a time boom from Flashpoint — enough to make changes, but also enough to still be recognizable. I'm assuming most people have been doing something of that approach.

Glossary sounds like a good idea. We should also work on codifying the terms. In my proposed changes, I raise a few questions and write misgivings, if you're wondering about my concerns.

Changed the HADES SHOAL to "Atlantos". Also, is the "World Wildlife Foundation" distinct enough to stand on its own, or should I fold it under another group like the NU?

Question: what sort of standardization are we putting into this terminology, if any?
I was thinking colors could be a sign for standardized Deviant clades (ex. CYAN for Sharkics, GREEN for fairies/magical creatures, GREY for unknown capabilities/relation to Serpent's Hand), with the other term serving as further information/encoding? My proposed additions would be WHITE as relating to 001, CERULEAN for augmented cetaceans, and CHROMA as Thaumiel/high-priority/something significant.
For baseline sharks, codenames could be puns of species name (ex. DOUBLE SQUATINA for Squatina squatina or angelshark).
Other information could be ERIN representing the Pan-Celtic Union, POET/ARTIST/PAINTER/MUSE for information-based projects/entities, and GLOVE/GIRDLE/UPPERCUT/other fighting-related words for SPC-components. Maybe terrestrial locations would be associated with a symbol, such as TURKEY for the UAS, while Abyssal locations could be codenamed after demons/death gods?

Other than that, I've been operating off of free association, and if you guys don't think an organization would put so much information into obvious codenames, we can disregard parts or all of this schema.

sirpudding: I think the WWF being some shadowy GOI is hilarious.

Code names have largely been free association, or easter eggs for me, If there's a consistent scheme across all works, I'd be surprised.

sirpudding: I added the Boatswains to the GOI list and Enhancement Summary to the template.

So we've used the color priority scheme three times now:
SPC-140 — Omega-Black
SPC-682 — Alpha-Orange
SPC-1984 — Beta-Red

I don't think that this actually bears explanation or codification, but we could if we wanted to. I think that the Greek letter is strategic priority, with Alpha being routine everyday operations and Omega being the upmost strategic priority, with the rest of the alphabet falling in between. The color is which tasks have priority over others, and go in color spectrum order with Red being low priority, Violet being high priority, Black is "drop everything to do this", and White is "emergency all-hands".

What about mainlist style titles? Should the hub include them?

Wrong: Responses

The BBC is an institution from our world

Personally, I was thinking that the B stands for Britannian or Brythonian, not British.

Code names have largely been free association, or easter eggs for me, If there's a consistent scheme across all works, I'd be surprised.

Same for me as well. But I think 'two words' ought to be a standard for how codenames are made. A standardised codename scheme… well, GOC does that already.

What about mainlist style titles? Should the hub include them?

I personally did not implement it, but it seems to be highly-practised. I suppose we can anoint them with nicknames.

kenneth1221:

…I just realized I may be the only one who's been adhering to 'two words, one color'. 'Two words' is fine.

How many of these codenames do we want to include? I've added a few that I think are important to the canon, and I think that should be the general guideline.

Tossed in nickname ideas for my SPCs, and cleaned up some of my geographical information. Added a tab "Notes for Authors". It's up to you guys whether you want to keep it. Also added a possible idea for a sect of the BotCoG. Again, I value your opinions.

Also, I don't have any ideas for a SPC featuring them yet, but what do you guys think about making AWCY a pseudo-Masonic organization? Artisan Workers Cohort of Yosiah/Yerevan/Yrusalem. The logic being, since Deviant tech and art's well known, men like Da Vinci would've been anartists, and would've had to go somewhere.

Personally, I was thinking that the B stands for Britannian or Brythonian, not British.

"Broadcast Britannica Corps"? "Brythonian Broad Cast"? I don't see any particular reason not to put reversals in slightly unorthodox form.

sirpudding: I have used one word code names at least twice: "VENUSBERG" and "MFT CENTURION".

Wrong: Response.

How many of these codenames do we want to include? I've added a few that I think are important to the canon, and I think that should be the general guideline.

Maybe mostly for the GoIs. That being said, I am very liberal on the codenames and I don't think they matter much in the long run.

Artisan Workers Cohort of Yosiah/Yerevan/Yrusalem. The logic being, since Deviant tech and art's well known, men like Da Vinci would've been anartists, and would've had to go somewhere.

That can work out.

sirpudding: Another random factoid: at least the part of the UAS that includes Seattle uses "talents" as the primary denomination of currency.

sirpudding: Here's a thought (maybe more for SPC-001 as SH document than the hub): So SPC-001 is the Mistaken Beast, the "god" of Sharkicism that they are trying to eat. This is either us being amused by the typo, so the Centre is forced to punch sharks in order to keep the universe going. Or it's the poor dead dream-shark of SCP-1449 (and As It Always Was, As it Always Will Be) and the centre is forced to punch sharks in order to keep the shark from waking up. Did djoric write the dying shark or did the dreaming shark dream him?