Excellent! 'Course, now that face is gonna haunt me….
Date: 11 Dec 2009 01:42
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First off, this thing is fantastic. It deserves the score it's gotten.
Some of the language of the D-Class people struck me as unrealistic, personally, but this is an incredibly minor quibble. They just seemed a little too precise on their distance estimates, didn't feel real to me. But the concept and execution of this SCP are spot on.
It might be a good idea for one of the D-classes to use feet instead.
Yes, I know the foundation doesn't use feet, but under enough stress I doubt the D-classes are going to care particularly much.
I'd like to nominate this article as the first new Featured Article since the Mass Edit (not that I have any clue about that process beyond "an admin updates the Main Page").
Okay, it's interesting to send D-class down there unprepared. Makes for a good read. But it's also a bit wasteful, and it's not necessarily the best approach.
Next time we send someone in, they should bloody well be WARNED that a) 'partway down, you're going to start hearing a little kid crying for help. We don't think it's a real kid', and b) 'partway down, you're going to run into this creepy guy with no eyes or mouth'.
Oh, and any reason not to use infra-red viewing?
I too wondered about infra-red. It'd probably be interfered with like the light, but it would at least be worth testing.
Also, since it doesn't seem to mess with radio signals, perhaps a remote-controlled probe could be sent down?
Well if you wanted to do things efficiently you'd send someone down there with an assault rifle to light that little bugger up, but that wouldn't be creepy, would it? Kudos to Zaeyde, by the way.
It would be creepy if the assault rifle had no effect…
That stupid-ironic "they thought they were prepared BUT THEY WERE LEAST PREPARED OF ALL" kind of thing is just cheap, though; firing guns at the eldritch horror never really works out well in fear stakes. One of the things I learned from House of Leaves and Jurassic Park is that if I have the choice of a highly experienced, well-motivated hunter or a civilian with no weapons (preferrably a minor or an unfit dude in a wheelchair) I'm to stay as far away from Mr. Gun as possible. The monster becomes either a Thing What Cheats At Not Being Killed or a Thing What Can Be Killed, neither of which is really as scary as a Thing What You Don't Know Much About (but is right behind you as you read this)
Besides, I doubt the Foundation has totally discounted that the D might find something down there and gun it down before realising that it was the Beast That Keeps Humanity Alive By Not Being Shot With An Assault Rifle or something.