Here's an idea I had:
An object is capable of producing absolute darkness, which expands to fill anywhere with oxygen within it. Living creatures within the field are filled with absolute terror. This fear generally kills smaller animals, and paralyzes larger ones. Humans are the only creatures that are even capable of movement within the darkness, but are essentially blind. The object appears to be a cup, when identified by touch. After a certain period of time, humans withing will begin to hallucinate their fears, until they panic and try to escape the darkness, BUT, if in the darkness long enough, it will start trying to calm you down, I don't mean, it just stops scaring you. It seems to not know it's Terrifying and will start speaking to you. If part of the darkness is either cut off from the main body, or loses oxygen, it will dissipate and the effects will wear off, though if subjects reach the panic phase, they will be traumatized for a short while, then go back to whatever they were doing.
Here's an idea I had:
Eh, I don't think it's going to work. It's too similar to 017, it's a generic "fear generator" type SCP, it uses darkness to a very predictable effect, and it kills people for no discernible reason.
It doesn't kill anything but small animails, though i agree it is rather similar to 017. Originally fear wasn't even part of the idea, so i can fix that. Any suggestions?
Object, hallucinations, mind-affecting, death.
It's kind of a tired formula, and I'm not sure there's any advice to be given here other than, "It needs to be way more interesting than that."
I like the beginning concept - producing absolute darkness wherever there is oxygen - but I have seen similar things to the effects of the darkness an awful lot already. It also rings of that particular section in C. S. Lewis' Voyage of The Dawn Treader where the characters enter a patch of darkness which… fills them with absolute terror.
I would suggest you keep thinking about the darkness but find a more inventive effect - here are my thoughts:
- If it fills any place with oxygen, how does it act in environments with different levels of oxygen gas?
- Does it effect breathing? I missread your post and initially though it affected people by entering their lungs through the oxygen.
The idea of something which creates darkness is interesting, but when all that darkness does is makes you go scared and mad it loses a lot of its appeal. Take another angle with it - does anything need to actually HAPPEN in the darkness at all for it to be a good article?