I just had an idea for an SCP after seeing the book from this page. Basically, that book is semi-sentient and capable of "scanning" nearby objects, people, and/or data storage devices (which includes papers, books, etc) and storing data contained thereupon, which can then be read normally from the book itself. Might be tied in to the CotBG or have been used for espionage purposes. Any potential?
hmm some potential but you should remember to double check that this hasn't been done before. It sounds somewhat familiar.
Also note that this shouldn't be a super useful item. It should have a drawback of some sort. Perhaps it removes the information from whatever was scanned keeping the only copy inside of itself.
I do like the idea of a book collecting its own knowledge though.
I suppose it could either steal information directly or completely absorb whatever bore the information it wanted, so it might have "eaten" some staff in the past to absorb their knowledge.
I'm almost certain that has been done before… I can't put my finger on it.
One that pops to mind is the drawing of that chick, whatever her name is—CASSIE! She basically has that power, but I'm sure there's a non-sentient that does that too.
How about these for hazards?
It will helpfully read stuff, then organize it into useful formats for reading. All stuff. Including stuff the foundation would prefer it didn't have.
It's really weird. How it could have a zoologist's guide to the care and feeding of Eurypterids (sea scorpions) from the point of view of someone who did it? Stuff not written in English or anything the foundation can translate? A guide to the culture and religion of SCP-562 in the wild? A classification system of rating cuteness in animals? A guide to a traditional myth of the █████ tribe that the foundation only found in it. And it lacks any form of index. Open it and it may be on any of these topics and more.
If not given stuff to read every week or so, it starts creating small clockwork robots using this image which will forcibly gather more information.
Or best of all, all of the above!
Sounds good. I think the all of the above option could be plausible.
I was thinking the keys the drones carry would allow them to somehow bypass barriers between them and sources of information they want, so containment procedures would include leaving pamphlets or papers containing non-hazardous information it could absorb for its monthly "updates".
Be careful you do not add too many oddities to your scp. If it gets too complicated it will be hard to execute.
Another thing: which would this be more likely associated with: MC&D or CotBG?
Why's it have to be associated with a GOI? That doesn't necessarily add anything to the SCP.
It was just a thought; MC&D seem like the kind of people that would want to sell a self-updating book of absolutely everything, and its clockwork elements might make it the sort of thing CotBG might want.
Just remember that SCPs are judged fairly harshly if they decide to jump onto a GOI. Make sure your SCP is a really good match for the GOI if you are going to include it.
Neither group seems like a perfect match, but if you twisted the idea it could be either. However this being said, Scantron is right. A GOI doesn't necessarily add anything to your scp.
Further advice if you want it:
1. Scrap the drones. It [DATA EXPUNGED] if not "fed" monthly, without any clue of what that refers to, apart from that the foundation really doesn't want it to happen.
2. Those dials on the cover, they serve as an "index" of sorts. Like this:
A. Random number combination is entered via dials.
B. Key is turned in keyhole. It comes with a fancy key for this, other keys don't work.
C. Book opens to a topic.
The foundation hasn't found any correlation between what topic a number unlocks, and what number was used, but they keep an archive of numbers tested, and what topic they led to just in case. Presumably a collaborative page so anyone can add a number/topic as long as they use the formula.
3. Scans by aiming lenses at things, will try to grip stuff with "arms" if it tries to get away before scanning is complete. Maybe throw in a list of stuff it can scan?
4. MC&D seems more like the sort of guys to have a self-updating book of everything to me than the CotBG.
An idea for the winding-key perhaps?
All in all, I think this looks to be a very interesting SCP idea.
I guess the drones aren't necessary (the picture kind of seems like it could go with something else, anyway), and good eye with the dials; I'm surprised I hadn't noticed those. The scanning thing is more or less what I had in mind, question remaining is whether scanning should [REDACTED] and absorb the object itself or simply remove the information from the scanned object?
Also, should the book scan things when:
-it comes within a certain distance of another source of information
-only on "update day", when it becomes active for a while and absorbs any source of information within range and [DATA EXPUNGED] if none are found, or
-when triggered manually somehow, but will still [DATA EXPUNGED] if it hasn't been "fed" for about a month or so?
No. No [DATA EXPUNGED] if it doesn't get its needs met. Come up with something to put there.
^my two cents
Piffy is an SCP Foundation Moderator, Lv. 9001 Squishy Wizard, and Knight of the Red Pen.
I suppose I have a compromise: it does release the drones, but their capabilities/behavior is redacted.
More input if you want it:
1. It scans whenever it comes withing about a meter of any information it hasn't seen before, not harming the information source at all, although if not fed for a month it [DATA EXPUNGED] leading to containment breach and loads of deaths unless given information which is absorbed and destroyed. In other words, as long as "fed" by having a few newspapers tossed into its containment cell daily, it won't have rampages and is harmless.
2. Keep the key and dials as an "index."
3. No drones. Or maybe the drones simply come out, grab any papers or DVDs or informational sources and tug them back into the book which [DATA EXPUNGED] leading to the annihilation of the source if not properly fed.
4. At the end of each document in it, it has a "works used" entry. Some of the works listed are… odd.
Also, have you considered the Serpent's Hand as a GOI responsible for this thing?
I liked the key and dials idea, so I'm definitely keeping that, and I would probably have the "works included" page, and would mention some numbers yielding recognizeable works that the Foundation might have provided (directly or indirectly), as well as some other known works and a good deal of unknown ones. I pretty much imagined the drones would just try to draw sources of information back to the book where they are [DATA EXPUNGED], though I was considering letting Foundation staff or computers count as "sources of information", which they would try to obtain on sight. They probably could just be placated with a newspaper as long as nothing else of interest enters the containment cell on update day, or if someone just lets the book scan the newspaper in question so the drones aren't necessary.
Also, the Serpent's Hand thing just might have potential, both because of their "Library" and because giving the Foundation a book that steals (their) information sounds like they might do, unless I'm thinking of the CI. Might need to try writing the article itself first, though.
1. How about having it not harm informational sources, unless not fed monthly? It simply "scans" by looking at with the lenses normally, but if unfed for a month will [DATA EXPUNGED] the drones, source of information destroyed.
2. It sometimes is seen "scanning" stuff which seems odd. How much information can it be getting from the pattern of the ceiling tiles in contaminant anyway?
3. It probably shouldn't be able to scan people. If it could, the foundation would keep away from it, and we wouldn't see the entries inside it.
4. Another idea for how the foundation could have gotten it, it was inside the vault of stuff that SCP-1867 had recovered.
5. I still think the drones are a bad idea. Sorry.
Also, a few questions:
1. What is that stuff its cover is made of? Looks like some kind of leather, but blue.
2. What kind of writing does the inside text come out in? Am I the only one thinking of it looking like a medieval illuminated manuscript only on odder topics?
3. Does it have pictures? Maybe a number leads to a book of prints of paintings it scanned?
4. How would the CI get it? They are a foundation group that want rogue and is trying to take over the world using weaponized SCPs, they don't make SCPs or really understand them better than the foundation.
5. When can we see a write-up?
Second on the drones being a bad idea. I just don't think they can be pulled off well enough.
I also agree that scanning people would detract from the article.
I imagined it would only absorb people during "unfed" events, otherwise it would not react to them.
And yes, I did think it would be leatherbound with the metallic parts being an alloy of iron and brass(or something like that, maybe just brass). I think I like the "illuminated manuscript" idea, though I'm currently debating whether all articles should be readable to whoever opened it or if the languages would vary by source, i.e. Sun Tsu's Art of War would be in its original Chinese, and there might be odder stuff like an article in an unknown language that diagrams imply to be a recipe for preparing SCP-682 for human(?) consumption (doesn't tell you how to kill it, but apparently accounts for it already being dead).
Also, the write-up will come when I find the spare time to do it without becoming dissatisfied with it mid-draft. I have a problem with trying to perfect my writing as I go rather than making multiple drafts.
Adding a 682 reference is probably a recipe for instant downvote among some people. I'd like it, but quite a few people wouldn't.
How about having it shift languages like everything else? For example, you might get Art of War in English, but the newspapers the foundation feeds it would be in Chinese. Or proper sonnet format, and kingon. Again, randomness is a major trait of this thing. For example, a number might lead to a few hundred pages of elaborate code, which when broken turns out to consist of….
Or a pie on a spring? DNA testing of filling indicates it to be some form of fruit, but the foundation isn't sure what.
Maybe a book of pressed flowers. Many match no known species.
It alternates between trolling the foundation, and great scientific discoveries. And until a foundation scientist enters the number there is no way to know if it will be a guide to killing 682 or a 500-thousand word piece of erotic Star Wars fanfiction.
I love collab tests.
I actually have two more ideas that might become collabs: an anomalous indie game whose antagonist is sentient and capable of "infecting" consoles its game is played on, allowing it to "cross into" games played on infected consoles and attempt to conquer their worlds. Gameplay would change to account for its presence, test log would show its effect on different games.
The other idea is a sort of "all knowing DJ" whose radio broadcasts had to be intercepted by the Foundation because
1: nobody knows where his broadcasts are coming from, and though he answers phone calls to the number he provides for his request hotline, the location he provides when asked doesn't exist.
2: He seems to know a good deal of personal information about his listeners as well as extensive knowledge of classified topics, but does not realize this information is classified/private or that not everyone else knows as much as he does, and
3: He can grant any song request given him. Any song request, even songs that theoretically don't/shouldn't/can't exist.
Fortunately he has reluctantly agreed to broadcast only to Foundation properties, and staff are allowed to make requests freely but are to document the results of abnormal requests.
Just an update: I'm still working on the draft for the Lexicon, but I seem to be having a bit of writer's block, namely I can't think of a way to properly introduce its anomalous contents. I had a way to describe the action of scanning sources of information, but I'm debating whether it should come before or after the part about its contents.
I would have the bit about the contents first.
Rumors that I made this idea following flipping a coin are false.
Also, after reading your sandbox page, I've got two questions:
1. The Paladin seems to be completed. Why not post it, and see how it does? I would upvote at any rate.
2. Should the Lexicon really be rated as Safe? It fails the locked-room test, as it needs "feeding"
All in all, I quite like your write-up so far.