This is my first stab at writing an SCP. I know that some parts towards the bottom may need polishing, but nonetheless I would really appreciate some advice/critiquing.
I have had look at this and I got to say it would pass as a Euclid class object. The history, the effect and the logs all work together.
My only complaint (and it's not a major one but someone will say it so i'll be the first) is why the focus on the series 1 SCPs when there are so many SCPs in series 2 or 3 that would work better for this one. I understand that it is one fans will understand the most but people would want to see the lesser known SCPs. Give them a chance.
Overall: Good writing but try to focus more on the series 2 or 3 SCPs on your next SCP if possible
Okay, so this is a little oddly phrased. There's some language through that's kinda unscientific. For example, you wouldn't describe something as massive, you'd give the sizing details. I'm also uncertain as to how wood or animal bone would be used to repair this - they would likely break almost immediately after the machine was used, given the forces used in the workings of such a massive machine. What might be more interesting is for the SCP-XXXX-1 instances to go roaming around in search of metal, perhaps?
The use of data expunged here feels lazy to me. You're deliberately obscuring the mechanisms by which it is anomalous, because you, as the author, don't know. If you don't know, that's fine! But this use of the redactions is making it obvious.
All in all, I think this idea has potential, if you do more to give SCP-XXXX a sort of personality. Building this machine into a character would be a very interesting way to approach it - something so big and massive and mechanical having a personality and behavior patterns that are clearly on the level of human beings. SCP-261 doesn't have a straightforward communication mechanism like this does, but it clearly has a mind of its own.
As such, I want you to think about the purpose of this SCP - why was it built in the first place? Does it know why? Is it unsure of its purpose? Does it consider humans inferior?
I really like this idea and I think there's a ton you can do with it, and I'll be happy to help you going forward with any questions you may have.
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I can't wait to see what you do!
Thanks for such good advice! Thinking about it a bit more, I agree that having SCP-XXXX-1 encorporate organic material into the machine is pretty silly. I was thinking that maybe instead, I could make it so that one of them managed to finally work it's way to a little town and began scrapping things for metal, thus leading to Foundation intervention and the administration of class B amnestics or something like that?
Making SCP-XXXX conscious is an interesting idea that I prefer to its current state too; I think it would be a nice bit of irony for a colossal hulking machine to have the personality of a gentle, curious old man. At any rate, I don't see SCP-XXXX as being hateful or snide because in my view it was built for the good of humanity.
That might be a much more plausible story, I think. That aspect felt like danger for danger's sake.
I think there's a definite hook there in having it have a gentle, grandfatherly personality. Perhaps a little crotchety and persnickety. Some questions I would ask: does it remembers its creator or its intentions? What is its view of the automatons? what makes it feel most fulfilled?
Alright, I completely redid the article. It's not so much of a calculator anymore though. Heh. Anyways, please leave some feedback!