I've heard that a fun and easy project is an origin piece. An article gives an ending to the story — Foundation custody. This just leaves me to fill in the middle. My question to you is, what main-lister would you love to hear the origin of? I'd like to do one that hasn't been done yet.
See, the problem I have with this is twofold: firstly, the lack of a total picture to me is an important part of the Foundation's feel. Taking that away tends to ruin the story for me.
Secondly, of all the SCPs I can think of, if I wanted to know their origins I'd want to hear it from the original author. I don't mean this as disrespect to you or anyone else, I just prefer "canon" explanations, no matter how messed up they are. Personally, I'd rather like to see what original content you can come up with.
I am going to counter everything that Aelanna just said and say go for it. It's usually pretty interesting to see alternate takes on scips in little "what might have been"-esque tales. I mean, I've written alternate origin 343, alternate origin Cain and Able, and probably quite a few others to boot.
But don't come to us. You gotta come up with the idea yourself. Pick a scip that you want to see the origin of, and then write it up. Write it up well, of course. I mean, the original author's explanation will always be the more or less official one, but that's what we have multicanon for.
Thank you Djoric, that also seems fair.
Do you know the number of the book that lets you live out an epic fantasy adventure in your dream? The novel is blank on every page except the one you open it to, and it reads 'A hero is born.' In your dream, the book (sentient) is an old man who guides you. I also remember an excellent addendum with examples of researchers and D-Class using the book.
Edit: Found it by searching for an excerpt. It's SCP-1230. I'll keep you posted, and thanks again.
What about…. Larry?
Really, most any SCP could be interesting to see, even ones that have been done before. Origin stories are cool.
I can't uh, I can't imagine what would have led up to that. Great bit though. Maybe a performer who… was nuts. And magic. And subsequently died transferring all magic and personality into the llama garb — hold on… Nicholas Cage just emailed me with a movie proposal and offered me an EP credit. Apparently he has a telepathic ability to know immediately when a really really really stupid thing has been said, and turns every single one into a movie. Oh, look, an original scip.
Edit: I'm sorry, I just reread it and it sounded really condescending. I didn't mean to insult you, I think that Larry would definitely make for a good origin. And Nick Cage just hasn't made an appearance for me lately, so I worked him in.
Wogglebug replies: "I. AM. Nicholas Cage. But seriously, I'd like to hear more about your idea."
I want someone to do SCP-557 — an Ancient Foundation Tale.
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I'm jazzed about 1230's origin (if you're reading this without the insight, definitely check it out first.). He's a kind old man, who's been approached with an offer that leads to becoming SCP-1230-1. I think I'll add some of the adventures in the dreams, but I need some brainstorming help. I started in the third person, but it may be prudent to do the first person perspective, especially if I do the epic tales from the experiment log. Insight?
As for somebody making him into an anomaly, would it be MC&D? They're the only GoI I see making sense here, but maybe I should go in a completely different direction. And whether or not this is or isn't a bad idea, is there a logical and interesting way of embedding a human being into a book?
Is this approach even original? Now that I think about it, it may be cliche, or at least an obvious way of going about things, given the scip. I'd like to get started off on the right foot, so I'm going to absorb some feedback and get another session under my belt tomorrow.
If this is too obvious, I have another thought: Nobody finds out his job is to help make something good or people happy and is pointed towards this benevolent old man.
Here's what I have so far. Please evaluate, though it isn't much.
I'd personally like to see SCP-1231's origin, but that's just me.
I wasn't able to get in. No Level 5 clearance. As a noob, I'm level 1 at best. If you would like to offer me a pass, or an unwarranted promotion, however, I'm sure a member of Staff will disappear sooner or later.
I read it. I think it'd make for an excellent story, but now I'm committed to 1230. I think this warrants a #2 roster position though. And thus began his journey, to write the origin of every SCP past 1230 in order.
Hmm. SCP-1729 is one of mine that perhaps could work for an exercise like this. A slowly breaking down fleet of harvesters that deliver an oddly specific range of human parts to places where nobody picks them up anymore.
Brilliant work, sir. Maybe a, uh… idiosyncratic scientist got into a partnership with a black market organ ring that got busted. The cars were programmed with patterns to follow for organ retrieval a few months into the partnership, when the unorthodox scientist found a regular ratio of demands for organs.