I'd been thinking of how different Dorian Grey's life would've been if he'd used some sort of pet instead of a painting. My first thought was dog, but that's a bit dull… then I thought, what about an intellegent, self aware cat? Being at the mercy of a cat would be terifying.
Date: 20 Apr 2009 07:43
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I like this one a lot. Especially the way the entire thing suggests that the cat's helpful and friendly, unless you actively antagonize it… right up until the end, when it becomes clear that the cat might just kill itself and you for the lulz.
Also, until I read your comment, I thought the inspiration was "The Cat Came Back", which this could be a delightfully twisted reimagining of.
First off, you hit a big snag right off with the "Regenerates when killed" cliche. I cannot stand seeing this in SCP articles.
Second, invincibility is very very played out by now.
I think it could do with some better wording as well.
Hmm… thank you for commenting. I'm glad to get some constructive criticism. Thing is, the immortality bit is kinda the point, and if it didn't regenerate, it wouldn't be scary, and we wouldn't have ever found it in the first place. what exactly do you mean by 'better wording'?
The very nature of the cat though wouldn't work without that aspect. It's not just some un killable creature. It's a parasitic organism with suicidal tendencies. I'd classify that as unusual and SCP worthy.
I enjoy it. I've also seen cats with suicidal tendencies first hand, they WILL do this kinda crap. If a cat is sick or hurt or something, they (for some reason I know not) will walk in front of a car, or do something to kill itself. Cat's have always been parasites. This is just the more advanced kind.
If the cat can't die, why wouldn't it be permanently immobilized and fed through an IV? Seems like something pretty useful for an Agent to have stuck on him when you can do that.
Because it's under surveilance for study, and if it were on an IV, that wouldn't work very well. I may actually make the IV thing happen eventually, but for now I'm planning a few addendums about the fate of various owners.
On that front, I'm open for suggestions.
Also, someone (Lurker) suggested using the cat for assasinations. That's an excellent idea, and one I may or may not use. Like I said, I'm open to suggestions about where to go with this, but I don't want to just dope it off yet.
The cat is of "indeterminate age" but its "behavior and feeding patterns are consistent with a normal cat of its age?"
Clef, I've been looking through the recent posts, and the level of completely unhelpful negative comments you post is absolutely astounding. I suppose I should be glad you noticed my little article or something, but shit, man.
Really? Because I thought I was being helpful. Let me elaborate.
Very simply put, your idea is dumb.
The very best SCP articles, I think, are the ones that are not directly malevolent, but are dangerous by nature. You suffer not because it's trying to kill you but simply because of what it is.
This one tries too hard to be scary but it's just dumb.
Having one's life tied to a somewhat capricious life form is a unsettling idea. That being said, I've never really been overjoyed with this entry. The tone is a little off, and the cruel nature of the cat seems…unnecessary. I grew up in the country, and have had cats all my life. Between possums, eagles, raccoons, tall trees, drainage pipes, speeding cars, and a myriad of other things, a cat has no need for a cruel intelligence to almost die on a daily basis.
Now, if you made it more of a normal cat, and added damage sharing, then you may be on to something. A example would be if the cat got a leg split open during a fight with something, and the owner suddenly gets a gaping wound as well. The cat gets hit, and suddenly the owner gets splattered all over the area he was in.
Suggestion for improvement: make the cat invincible, instead of regenerating, with injuries inflicted to its body-double being the injuries it would have received, not just equivalent. Perhaps, to further the Dorian Gray allusion, the cat's owner should exhibit signs of aging at a slightly accelerated rate, while the cat feels nothing. Furthermore, erase signs of the cat being homicidal: instead, it has simply learned it is utterly invincible, with no real grasp of the human cost of its thrill-seeking ways.
Actually, making the cat simply enjoy throwing itself into danger is a better Dorian Gray reference than making it murderous.