I certainly wouldn't downvote it since it's written so well. But… I feel like I don't quite get this one.
Date: 06 Aug 2008 18:37
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Agreed, the writing is a bit muddled in areas, so it's sometimes hard to tell which 'flight' is the subject. Also, we have plenty of religious SCPs, but this one, I don't know….just can't put my finger on it.
I've always liked this one.
Personally, I dig the idea of heavenly beings progressing technologically along with their terrestrial counterparts. I'd be willing to bet that back in the early days the pilgrimage was made by a fleet of chariots, then horse drawn carriages, then a bus, and may change into some new form as our transportation technology develops.
Ridin' to reincarnation on a Segway? Oh my.
I like this SCP because of it's subtlety. There are no flesh-ripping [DATA EXPUNGED] lurking about the cabin, only a (relatively) mundane and quiet supernatural event. It works as a contrast to the SCPs that live only to rip your face off.
OK, so the Foundation steps in and gets an airfield, and all associated rights. Fine. Then, planes start arriving. Sure. And an airport mysteriously appears at the destination? Wait.
If there is one plane that has an unknown origin, and one SCP-supplied plane that takes all the same passengers that arrived hours earlier…why doesn't the first plane just go straight to Site-22B? It seems like it only stops at Site-22A so that the Foundation can conveniently study the travelers. If Site-22B can create an airport and tower that magically, why does the Foundation have anything to do with this at all?
I'm seriously missing something about this, I guess.
However, I do like it, maybe just because it makes me ask questions.
Hm, from what it says it claims that SCP hot associated rights, which was the argued reason but yeah, if they can summon up a airport of their own, I imagine, getting a regulation accepted plane would be no problem. As to why SCP would have helped before hand is not really explained as well.
Yet…I shall upvote it.
I believe the key here is the holy men. The pilgrims are brought to site 22A instead of directly to 22B because they have to be escorted by the holy men who now serve as the pilots of the plane the Foundation provides
I really like this one simply because it's just so unusual and relatively minor. It's the sort of thing I can very easily imagine happening unnoticed in some corner of the world.
Also, the Foundation aren't total sociopaths in this one, helping out disadvantaged religious minorities and all. I quite like that the Foundation hae a relationship with an unusual group that isn't 'lock them all up and dissect them'.
I agree with all of the previous posts… but I still up-voted it. It has such potential! Especially if the issues raised are addressed, namely the justification of having this middle-man airport and how the airport at the holy site came into existence (then again, the "airport" at the holy site could just be a bare strip of land)… I mean, what I pretty much assumed while reading this (though it would be better if this was explicit) is that the Yazidi trust the SCP enough to allow them knowledge of their holy pilgrimage site and provide a central hub for all the pilgrims to come to (though I think the pilgrims ought to come in multiple planes for the SCP owned airport to make sense), as the SCP would provide these oppressed people some protection (though why does the SCP need these Yazidi anyway? What did the Yazidi have that others couldn't provide? How did the Yazidi have the power to guarantee unrestricted airport access to the area?), and the Yazidi needed this airport because for some reason it would be more efficient (or impossible otherwise) if just one plane makes this weird supernatural voyage…
Also, I think some of the statements need to be rewritten for the sake of tone and clarity, such as "The crew are typically never able to elaborate upon details of the pilgrimage or what the kiras guhorîn actually is", which would imply that at least once the crew did in fact elaborate. If so, where is that information? And why are they not "able" to? Or do they not "want" to? Another picky thing… why would the information about how far the arrival plane appears on radar be important? What would be important is where the plane is coming from…
Also, it would be nice if the details about the SCP Mobile Task Force Sigma-4 mission to site-22B were more specific. I mean, details about what actually happened in the mission, I think, if fine to be left out or be expunged or whatever for creepy factor… but saying simply that the mission took place in the 1990's is way too vague and not in keeping with the ideals of the website and doesn't lend to verisimilitude, methinks.