I'm seeing a lot of the same thing over and over…"his power-level is over 9000, and he can kill anything." almost all of the keter class SCP's have the same tone. They can't all be fucking GAWDZ.
How can we fix this?
WE MAEK AN EVEIN STRONGUR OEN DAT EAT THEM AND THEN UES THIR REMANS FOR TOOTHPASTE
Or not. Because sadly, there's not much we can do other than just try and maybe urge people not make anymore of those …
I'd personally like to see more neutralized SCP's … simply because not everything is going to have a function to the foundation, and unless it's a simple inanimate object that requires to particular procedures, they have enough expenses to cover without having to contain disposable and expensive SCP…
And now that I think about it, maybe that's why people make so many unkillable uber SCP's. Because making an SCP to have it be neutralized; even by your own writing, is a bit sad somehow…
I've noticed that with a lot of Keter SCPs.
The best solution I can think of is, when writing Keter SCPs, give it a weakness or a containment procedure that proves effective.
If it's animate, make it a highly adapted killer instead of an unstoppable force.
If it's inanimate, make it something to use only in a worse-case-scenario.
SCPs that mess with time are interesting, maybe include evidence that it has already affected the time-stream.
We need more dread and less 'OMGWTFPWN'.
The problem with Keter-class SCPs is that they are defined as SCPs that, "display active hostility to human life, civilization, and/or the space/time continuum, or are capable of causing significant destruction upon their use." It's a thin line between that an an eschatological uber-threat. A lot of the controllable ones wind up as Euclid instead.
One that I made that I'm pretty pleased with is SCP-668. It's not an uber-threat that'll destroy the world if you make one mistake, but it's clearly just barely this side of Keter: it is implied that a person wielding this could basically kill the entire world one by one if he wanted to, but it's easily controlled now that it's in containment.
I honestly think, though, that a lot of it is people trying to outdo SCP-076
I've been trying to make proposals based around neutralization of various SCPs using other SCPs for some time now - in particular, SCP-682 (which has I think seven standing disposal recommendations, any of which could easily prove effective, though I favor SCP-053 myself).
Because honestly, we've got so much scary junk around here that just about anything can be destroyed by something that's not necessarily even bigger or scarier. I mean, somewhere around here is a self-contained black hole. If we're going to be serious about reducing the number of Keter-class objects, we're going to have to start getting creative.
The problem lies within the definition of the Keter class itself.
It's just so wonderfully vague as to imply that ALL Keter-class objects have the capacity for complete, utter ruination. This is not, obviously, the case. The difference between a Euclid and a Keter, at least how I've interpreted it thus far, is as follows:
Euclid-we kinda sorta maybe know what it does, or at least have a good idea. But that doesn't mean we can necessarily control all functions of this object. If we leave it alone, with proper containment procedures, it's more or less harmless. But improper use (or misuse) can lead to some pretty bad shit.
Example: an innocuous red button that reads "don't push". Testing reveals that this button, when pushed, instantly kills the person who pushed it.
Keter-we know exactly what it does, but have very limited means of containing it. These are objects that will actively (though not necessarily consciously or sentiently) seek to do harm; and boy, are they good at it. These are the major players, but thankfully, can be contained, given the proper resources.
Example: an eight-year-old child who, while awake, is perfectly normal. Every full moon, however, he turns into an incredibly strong werewolf—capable of tearing through solid steel, and has a nasty hankering for human flesh.
As a general rule, Euclids are under our complete control, whereas Keters tend to be more of the "well, we sorta have it contained for now" type. The difference is not necessarily in how deadly an object is, but how much harm it can do if left to its own devices.
Using this as a guideline, I think there's a lot of license for creativity with both classes. Keters that aren't necessarily all-powerful, but very difficult to control (and thus, posing a greater threat to those outside the Foundation). Or Euclids that have the potential to cause mass chaos, but are relatively easily contained (like a little red button).
But those are just my thoughts/ramblings.
I kind of see the category break-up thus:
Safe objects have unusual capabilities, but those capabilities are not dangerous. (Theoretically, you could have a sword that causes a small, happy owl to appear for ten seconds on the head of whoever touches it and it would be classed as Safe; you could still use it as a sword, but its ability doesn't make it more deadly.)
Euclid objects are dangerous, but can be "neutralized" by passive security systems (turning the man-eating mirror towards the wall, for instance) without actually destroying the object or removing its powers.
Keter objects must be destroyed in order to fully neutralize them, or kept under active security until a means of destruction can be found.
A good plan of action would be someone writing a story, like a journal Entry, or something to that shape, that would tell that something catastrophic happened and a entire wing of the site had been destroyed. Then the writer could send out announcements. SRSLY.
then go back Edit 30-40 SCP's (random #'s) and include that the event destroyed it and it's never coming back. Change it to neutralized. END.
Except that most Keter-class SCPs are not stored in the same area for exactly the reason that if one escapes all of them probably will, and any event prominent enough to damage so many Keter-class SCPs at once (without, I assume, touching the Euclid or Safe categories) would feel like a huge plot device. I think individual destruction testing is far more reasonable.
Twist on this idea, though. It might be interesting to see the result of an open offensive between the Foundation and, say, the Chaos Insurgency, that specifically targets Keter-class objects, and the Foundation is forced to destroy many objects to prevent them from either falling into Insurgency hands or escaping and causing public incident. We'd need to more clearly define what capabilities and objects the Insurgency (or whatever group would be used) has at its disposal, though. (As far as I'm aware only three SCPs not in the hands of the Foundation have been identified, and all belong to the Insurgency - the Staff of Hermes, the Bell of Entropy, and the undescribed SCP-CI-103. Oh, and presumably more samples of SCP-355, so that's four total.)
Hey, don't forget SCP-268 and his mysterious owner ;D … soon the expanded upon.
In any case, I agree. That would certainly be an interesting scenario. And though I thoroughly support neutralizing some keters, we don't necessarily have to go so overboard we have to do 30 to 40 SCP's at once …