I really like this. A rather harmless SCP, but one that seemingly warped the people around it indirectly.
Date: 30 May 2012 18:50
Number of posts: 29
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Addendum SCP-1948-1: Further examination of SCP-1948's weather changes in captivity found an interesting pattern: every leap year the specimen's preferred temperature would drop from twenty seven (27) degrees centigrade to five (5) degrees centigrade for a period of three months. This correlated to the time of the human sacrifice practiced by the residents of ███████ █████, though the pattern continued regularly without any need for the sacrifice practiced by the locals.
a: "interesting" is non-clinical, and adds nothing.
b: this would be much better if tied to something like el nino or sun spot cycles, rather than leap years.
The flow here killed it for me. This is a sorta-neat idea, but the execution doesn't work for me. -1.
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It's language encumberences that are holding this SCP back.
"Tests on SCP-1948 found no relation between its weather control abilities and the townsfolk's increased hostility, nor was any connection found between them and the ritualistic sacrifices the townsfolk made to SCP-1948, contrary to their beliefs." is very awkward. You should break it into two declarative sentences, one about the hostility vs weather, and one about the sacrifices vs weather. Similar rewrites would make this SCP better. No vote for now.
This is neat, but how did anyone pinpoint the phenomenon to a single bird?
Edited the article according to what vezaz suggested.
As for how they knew it was the bird, the locals had a long time to watch it do its thing (the temperature change is strongest near it) and the agents overheard their meeting about the bird.
That still doesn't make much sense, they somehow knew it was that specific bird that was changing the temperature? Does it glow when it changes the temperature or does it become super hot? Why did the town even have meetings about their temperature shifting bird?
Because of the agents snooping around. Everything the bird does is more noticeable the closer you are to it; years of living in the place and noticing its warmer and nicer the closest you get to the bird should be enough.
Ehhh, I still don't see how, but it's a good article anyways.
I think it makes as much sense as anything; superstitions form very easily. Perhaps there was once a flock of birds that came and went with the good weather; now there is only this last survivor, and the townsfolk have been raised for generations to help it stay, with blood if needed. I admit I was much more interested in the history of the townsfolk sacrificing to their bird god than the actual effects of the creature.
that just reminds me too much of normal bird migration, up here in Canada we see the geese flying back when it starts getting warm again (I even use robins to let me know that my birthday is near) but I don't think we'd ever come to think that the geese are changing the weather.
I like this, but I have a question: does the bird conciously create the storms, is it just a constant thing, or does it just happen out of nowhere?