I had an idea buzzing around for a pair of knitting needles that force the users to knit themselves into a silk cocoon. Not sure what sort of butterfly would come out of that chrysalis or where the silk came from. Maybe have a time limit for rescuing victims before opening the cocoon becomes lethal due to accumulated physical modification.
But this is a cocooner not the cocoon itself like scp-200. An object that forces you to do it to yourself instead of it just happening. Imagine not being able to stop yourself from building your own prison…
The point is that cocoons have been done. You aren't making anything original by making an item that causes what is essentially another item, and nothing else. I could make an SCP that makes robots out of spare parts that shouldn't work, but if all they do is waddle around and futilely threaten people even though they're completely incapable of damaging anything, then I've just made an SCP-1370 constructor.
So there is no difference between a scp that makes a zombie and a scp that is a zombie? How many different ants are there in the scp list? Ants are all the same right? What about spiders? How many spiders are in the scp list?
They're not really comparable though, and it's not like having an existing cocoon SCP places a ban on using cocoons in any other SCP. This is like saying we shouldn't have any book SCPs after 140. Cocoons themselves aren't a particularly original concept, they occur all over nature. It's what the author does with them that's interesting.
I think this idea could work, the compulsion to do something that's going to transform you into something horrible reminds me of Uzumaki and Amigara Fault. I don't know if this has to be silk, a yarn cocoon would be weird enough and plausible. Just make sure the moulting stage is viscereal and horrifying.
What would be a more likely transformation
A: Arachnid (Arachne's Curse)
B: Mantid/Vermin (Metamorphosis)
C: Random Extradimensional Horror (Lovecraft)
D: Random Mutagenics (Splice)
E: All of the Above
roaches are mantids
For some reason I could also imagine a new set of clothes that subjects are unable to remove without some kind of consequence.
bah… now I have Emperor's New Clothes x Venom in my head… this can't end well…
The invisible symbiote?
Invisible when it wants to be carnivorous symbiote that is jealous of nice clothes and cannot be easily removed without tearing out the hypodermis… That is a whole 'nother idea though. Probably won't work with the knitting needles.
No, it wouldn't… but it could be a good one
"Why are you naked?"
"I'm not naked, I'm really not, and if I put anything else on it will get mad."
"… okay… What will get mad?"
"It will!" Crunch
But what if we painted it?
Seems that would cause it to defend itself. It might be able to be invisible but the person wearing it isn't.
feel free to run with this idea if you want to.
Still trying to fix one right now. Not getting much feedback though.
Back on topic? Ideas for the result of the cocoon?
It kills 682? :P
Hmm… Maybe the subjects skin is replaced with various fabrics, and the hair with yarn?
Neither of those sound like something worth getting torn apart over.
Skin replaced with fabric
That would make a bit of gore and lead to some seriously messed up issues for the person (ranging from mold growth to infections.) I would look into this aspect.
Hair made of yarn
Ehhh, could work in it's own way but combined with fabric skin could add a bit of wtf-ery to a seriously squicky premise (imagine a person with thin fabric instead of skin, their muscles weeping blood and puss underneath the cloth, then they have bright colourful yarn for hair and a silly face made from felt over-top their screaming face as they writhe in horrible torment.)
I like this concept and with some good work it could do really well.
Seems too much like morgellons… not really what I was going for but it could be a failed wondertainment product… or AWCY being creepy.
I don't see how having your skin replaced by fabric reminds you of a skin disorder (that potentially doesn't exist) or how it could be Wondertainment/AWCY? but it's your article.
It's because conspiracy theorists claim that morgellons replace skin cells with threads of artificial nanomaterials that regenerate themselves. Now replace that with yarn and have it tattoo "Are we cool yet" somewhere on the body after all the skin is replaced and it gets really horrible. Making it contagious also makes it that much worse.
I quite like the idea of a virus/body horror which replaces organic tissue with stitched equivalents.
By the way, what do you think of this for usage as an image?
An infected frog, following conversion.
I've got a really rough start to this idea in my sandbox http://scpsandboxwiki.wikidot.com/solomen-s-sandbox
Any suggestions for tone are appreciated.
Still looking for feedback.
Almost ready to post this http://scpsandboxwiki.wikidot.com/solomen-s-sandbox
Feel free to pick it apart. I'm still refining the descriptions.
Still seems off… any suggestions on how to fix it?
Is it clear that they are tearing through what is left of their original skin when they emerge from the cocoon? Seemed to be a point of confusion between the woven cocoon and the skin sack chrysalis…