Hey everyone. Here's a new draft for the Horizon Initiative (first seen in Fire on the Horizon): http://scpsandbox2.wikidot.com/dmatix-s-sandbox-mk2
Not that interesting, and tries to do too many incongruous things. You've got a magic decanter of endless oil (albeit oil that happens to be useful for various Jewish ceremonial purposes and for koshering— I assumed that this is what the blood removal aspect was for), and you've got an almost totally unrelated interview log.
The blood removal aspect is related to the story I listed below, not for koshering, as is the the entire "endless oil" object. I might have given too much focus to the Jewish mythology behind the article, as it seems not too many people are familiar with it, and without being familiar with it the interview log does appear somewhat unconnected.
It's a great new idea with that different oil in different directions thing. The interview adds the spooky SCP feeling, too, so it's all good… but the spooky SCP feeling doesn't actually come from the object, does it? I'd probably upvote even in this form, but what about linking the contents of the interview to the actual SCP? Unless I seriously miss something.
I like the idea with different oil at different angles, but I'm not sure I quite get it. Forgive my ignorance, but is the item a reference to any specific Judaic/Christian legend?
There are several different references, but the main one is to the story of the miraculous pot of oil. According to it, when the Greek conquered Jerusalem they desecrated the Temple with pig blood and destroyed all of the sacred oil used for the Menorah. The Macabees, a group of Jewish zealots, managed to drive the Greek out but found the temple desecrated and without oil. In the rubble they found one tiny pot of oil, with only enough to light the Menorah for one day. The miracle was that the oil lasted for eight days, giving the Macabees enough time to procure more and keep the Menorah lit.
As a side note, the plant Helichrysum Sanguineum (red everlasting) is known in Hebrew as Blood of the Maccabees, and is used as the symbol of grief and remembrance in Yom Hazikaron ceremonies (ceremonies for the fallen of war).
I figured it had to do with the Maccabean Revolt/Hanukkah when I read the title, but for some reason I didn't pick up on it when actually reading the article. It was early morning and I was pretty damn tired, but still….
an organization sponsored by several major religions the Foundation had only limited information about
This makes it sound like it was the religions they had limited information about, rather than the organization.
Secondly, the interrogation log seems a bit hammy, and I'm not quite sure why he blew himself up (and even then it doesn't feel appropriate for the group, but that might just be me) but outside of that I'm loving this idea.
Yeah, that is awkwardly phrased. Fixing.
I reduced the ham on the interrogation log a bit. As for blowing himself up, it has to do with the underlying theme of the article- zeal. The Macabees were extreme zealots (going so far as to be the only Jewish group to forcibly convert others to Judaism), and the Horizon Initiative contains some sub groups of similar composure.