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test comment by DrBleepDrBleep, 10 Jun 2024 17:10

desiderium (n.)
an ardent desire or longing
especially: a feeling of loss or grief for something lost

This is a more experimental piece for me, since fantasy isn't particularly my forte. While it usually takes me a week to come up with an idea for a contest, this one took me two full weeks and I went through tons of idea revisions before it clicked for me. So, regardless, I hope that you enjoyed this article.

Thank you to IronShearsIronShears for helping me with the infrared camera version of the first image; you're a real lifesaver. Thank you also to Rex AtlasRex Atlas and Agent WhitneyAgent Whitney for anatomy help for SCP-8000-B, as well as tetsusquaredtetsusquared and NaepicNaepic for SCP-8000-C historical accuracy feedback, as well as Deadly BreadDeadly Bread for help with tags. And, of course, thank you to my critiquers for their invaluable feedback: AftokratorAftokrator, AriadnesThreadAriadnesThread, AstersQuillAstersQuill, Bhomas TourgetBhomas Tourget, Rab333Rab333, PoultryguestPoultryguest, and CaliboldCalibold.

Author Post by YossipossiYossipossi, 10 Feb 2024 19:22

The original title of Edgar Allen Poe's Masque of the Red Death was The Mask of the Red Death: A Fantasy. I like wildly divergent interpretations of the contest theme. If that doesn't work for you, then take the following definition:

a fanciful mental image, typically one on which a person dwells at length or repeatedly and which reflects their conscious or unconscious wishes.

which we can say is Roig's perfect film.

A special thanks to my critters for this article! Check out their SCP-8000 entries:

My preferred runner up slots:

  • 8800
  • 8666
  • Lowest Ranked 8x00 slot
  • 8010
  • 8682

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by stormbreathstormbreath, 17 Jan 2024 02:37
Author Post by DarkStuffDarkStuff, 03 Jan 2024 20:31

This is so wonderful and unexpected. I'm just — tearing up. No idea who this is but I am so, so grateful that you took time to make my Christmas a little brighter. Thank you. <3

by AriadnesThreadAriadnesThread, 25 Dec 2023 22:26

tags: hub tactical-theology _image


For the purposes of legal clarity, this article heavily references and quotes Delos W. Lovelace's novel King Kong, which is in the public domain. This is most notably the section describing that Gregory recites, which is a direct quote, and the small scene with Leslie and Gregory after the battle, which is a slightly altered quote.

Further, the character who appears in this article is named Kong, NOT King Kong. Calling the character King Kong is a trait that originates from material that is not public domain, and is therefore NOT applicable to this character. You can work around this.

Thanks to LordXvnx, Ralliston, nico, Othello, and SYTC for looking this over.

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by stormbreathstormbreath, 16 Jun 2023 21:18

'Cause the players tried to take the field
The marching band refused to yield
Do you recall what was revealed
The day the music died?

This is my rewrite of SCP-332, The 1976 Kirk Lonwood High School Marching Band. It is a daunting prospect to rewrite an article this old and famous, but it really never did all that much with the concept initially presented. I was mulling over the rewritable Series 1 slots, saw this, and realized I had a direction for a rewrite — so I hopped right on it, and got to work.

My goal with the ListPages here is that the first offset is a very classic version of the article, one that hews closely to the original premise (with one exception, see below). This preserves any references to SCP-332 found elsewhere. I get funky with things in the second offset, but that's set five hundred years later and can be ignored for continuity with other canons if needed. Still part of the story, but the base anomaly isn't locked into Ad Astra Per Aspera.

Thanks to the following for helping to get this into shape:

  • LORDXVNVLORDXVNV — Initial help with idea crit, led me to focus on AAPA instead of a mix of canons as I had initially considered. Later general crit.
  • RallistonRalliston, GremlinGroupGremlinGroup, DrBleepDrBleep — General crit.

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by stormbreathstormbreath, 11 Apr 2023 13:53

ListPages article:

- First offset is a very standard rewrite of SCP-332. It removes the elements of the music causing other people to join in (the Pied Piper effect), the massacre at Kirk Lonwood, but is otherwise the same. Some small details to play around with:
— Instead of playing every 48 hours, they play every Friday during the high school football season / lead up to the season, on an annual basis.
— Instead of standing in the field, they stand in their music room.
— The music room and field are similarly indestructible.
— Replace the logs at the end with a series of notes. Every kid in the ban expressed some kind of anxiety or fears about growing older / graduating high school / intense joy in what they were currently doing. Basically, they set themselves up to get nostalgia trapped in their present form.
— This version is short and mostly unchanged, to allow for 332 to remain what it needs to be for the minds of the public / backlinks.

Second offset:
— Set in Ad Astra Per Aspera, in the year 2476
— It has been five hundred years. A human and a taronyu researcher descend through the antimemetic fog on Earth to check out SCP-332.
— In the present future, SCP-332 is primarily described not as the band, but as the entirety of the surroundings, which are the only memetically-aligned region on the surface on the planet Earth. Everything else has been totally obliterated by LETHE events.
— the nostalgia and memories of 332, however, are strong enough to completely overpower the LETHE fog, and this is the one area on Earth that can be remembered.
— "high school", in the form that it took in 1976 America at least, is completely gone. The taronyu researcher has absolutely no familiarity with it. The concept of "educating teenagers" is not strange to them, but SCP-332 / Class of '76 is so baked into the specific mold of high school of 1900s/2000s America that the idiosyncracies are strange to them — like a marching band.
— the kids who are in the marching band will never change. they are in a world completely divorced from what they once was. the thing they have nostalgia for is gone, utterly obliterated. this is not because of a K-Class directly, but any societal change will have these impacts.

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by stormbreathstormbreath, 11 Apr 2023 13:46

Happy Hannukah, everyone! What better time to release the Tactical Theology Hub than on a holiday about tactical theology?

This article has been a really, REALLY long project. I think I officially started working on this over a year ago, and added more to the hub with my coauthors consistently throughout that time. I've been interested in the idea of "tactical theology" for much longer, and now — over fifty articles and two whole themes later — we've got an answer. It still astounds me how much the simple notion of "tactical theology" can inspire, and I'm happy that years later, the well of creativity still hasn't come close to drying up.

Here's to more theologically tactical fun! 🍻

I also want to give some thanks to the people who contributed to this hub. Without y'all, this would have been much harder to do:

I appreciate you taking the time to read the hub, and I hope you have fun reading/writing about the DoTT yourself. Cheers!

Revelatio Per Sacrificium by YossipossiYossipossi, 23 Jan 2023 21:09

Hey! Thanks for reading my 7kon entry! I don't know if this'll even get close to winning, but I'm hoping that y'all will like it! This article's a bit out of my usual style, but I hope it'll hit. "Luck" is definitely a hard theme to work with; I struggled quite a lot writing this, but hopefully it will be worth it!

Thank you to TheeShermTheeSherm, Veralta does not match any existing user name, TheyCallMeTimTheyCallMeTim, bigslothonmyfacebigslothonmyface, basirskipreaderbasirskipreader, TstafforTstaffor, WizzBlizzWizzBlizz, NagirosNagiros, TuftoTufto, and ModulumModulum for their critique and feedback! Also thank you to Jacob ConwellJacob Conwell, JackalRelatedJackalRelated and CityToastCityToast for their technical expertise!

My preferred slots are:

  1. 7777
  2. 7999
  3. 7007
  4. 7707
  5. 7077
  6. Lowest 7XX7 Slot

If you like my stuff, check out my Authorphage for more!

Image is created by me, and is released under CC-BY-SA 3.0.

SCP-7000 - We Will Endure
By: stormbreathstormbreath & Lt FlopsLt Flops

find a song

The Hy-Brasil luck wards were first mentioned in LTE-0851-Cetus, back in 2018. I never really put too much thought into them at the time, but it was an element of the canon that's existed since the earliest days: Hy-Brasil falls because of its own hubris.

I was pretty stumped when "Luck" was announced as the 7K theme, and then remembered this — it occurred to me that I could spin a story out of that concept, and make a new origin for War on All Fronts. This ties back into one of the oldest ideas for a WoAF article, that's never fully be manifested: a fairy princess who knows the island will fall and dies in the attack, an idea had by myself or someone else who I discussed WoAF with back in 2018. The article here is loosely connected to that theme, but it was an inspiration.

Some notes:

  • O5-1 at one point calls the Tuatha Dé Danann "leprechauns". This is an incredibly offensive and inaccurate racial slur. It does not represent what they actually look or behave like.
  • One line from this — "It wasn’t supposed to storm in Hy-Brasil." — is a quote from DrChandra's A Foul Storm in a Fair Land. It's pretty minor so I'm not citing it in the licensebox.

Thanks to our critters, for looking this over. Check out their excellent entries to the 7000 contest (or another article of their choice if not applicable)!

Our choices for runnerup slots:

  1. 7777
  2. 7700
  3. 7010
  4. 7007
  5. Lowest Remaining Slot

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by stormbreathstormbreath, 28 Jun 2022 21:55

Change the plot from the "baseline" Foundation being horrified and sickened at us to being more … horrified and entranced. Rather than being shocked and disgusted, they want to know how this happened.

  1. SCP-7000 is the only portal to a world with war in their universe. They have portals to other universes, but these are also non-war verses, or ones that have only once or twice known war.
  2. 7000 is one of the first portals discovered by the Foundation, going back hundreds of years. Date the Foundation to some really early date, to make the AU more apparent.
  3. General outline:
    1. Description, as you have it.
    2. History of the anomaly.
    3. Begins of investigation of the causes, exploration of the multiverse.
    4. Reveal: it's just luck.

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by stormbreathstormbreath, 27 Jun 2022 04:55

I don't know how do to this without being cliche

the that makes you kill people SCP?

tell it from the perspective of the world without war, and have them not talk much about their own reality.

  • they live in a much more prosperous world. how do they resolve conflicts? much better than ourselves.
  • but they are a little less advanced technologically. not much tho — and nowhere near the blood price.
    • "sure you save a thousand lives a day through automation. Your Second World War killed 85 million souls for that automation. is that the blood price we must pay?"
  • the pervasiveness of war, and how brutal it is.
  • Foundation/English is from an 001 proposal. (or the article isn't English, only is for us)

200+ nation states
world governing body without teeth

one document is a pyschological primer for new employees discussing what the people on the other side are like. still human, and not on the whole much more violent on a personal level — but they are much more used to it.

short-term conflict exists. violence exists. battles exist. but war does not. long-term conflict.

war!Foundation flaunts their advancements and gets shut down. peace!Foundation gets them, just maybe in a little different way. and the blood price isnt worth it

but it's one of those stories that's more … shut up and accept the allegory.

they'd still have technology, telecomms. drop the internet to make us feel the difference and give war!Foundation something to flaunt (but buff up other telecomm systems)

firearms are out entirely. that's exclusively military technology.

so a sword will still be the pinnacle of their arms technology here, then

the SCP is less intended to be as realistic of a take on the concept as possible but more so one that allows for easy exploration of the concept and delivery of the allegory/moral

Cerastes, McB, Magnus, HammerMaiden —> discussing the concept on irc

  • Rewrite the interview log to be angrier. more pissed off at this smarmy fuck and his belief that war is necessary.
  • new ending idea: a project proposal from the War!Foundation that proposes they take some people from their respective environments and put them into a neutral zone to see if war happens.
  • diplomatic visit is how war bleeds and seeps into everything. "Why are their soldiers in your cities during peace time
    • response: hahahahahaha. fuck you. we will never participate in war.

reread the latipsoh essay
get some mention of the Nacirema in here

War when divorced from context is an insane death cult.

rereading this, I think I want to rethink some major segments of it (particularly the tabs after the first.) There's a lot of good writing in here that I'm fond of, but it's all rather … unfocused, I suppose. I think one of the strongest ideas is the utter unthinkability of war to somebody who isn't familiar with it: the scope and level of violence just simply cannot be grasped.

but I really like that idea about the "war is the mother of invention" bit being bullshit. I really hate that sentiment.

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by stormbreathstormbreath, 27 Jun 2022 04:46

There is a pervasive belief in modern culture that war is inherent and inextricable to human culture and life. Even worse, there is the belief that war is a part of our society that cannot be removed. That we cannot avoid it, or that the scarce benefits somehow outweigh the horrors. I find both of these beliefs to be morally abhorrent. They disgust me.

This SCP is an allegory. The actual literalism of the nature of the other world are not as important as the message and story it tells. It is not about the world without war. It is about us. Please do not comment about how unrealistic a world without war would be; I won't read or listen to that. This is speculative fiction. I do not care about the realism of the concept of a world that has never known war. The world without war is a utopia. It is a no-place. It doesn't exist and isn't realistic. Neither of those matter to the story I wanted to tell.

I got the title for this from TalktoTransformer. I liked the idea — a world without war — but wasn't sure how to do it well. It was always meant to be a mirror, in which it would really say more about us than them. Then it hit me that I should turn the world around, giving me the ability to actually discuss us in the lense of a clinical tone. The World Without War isn't important. It isn't real. But maybe, it could be?

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by stormbreathstormbreath, 27 Jun 2022 04:45
by Lt FlopsLt Flops, 02 May 2022 05:18

I can't believe my eyes,
but it's a world without sex…

Everyone here just wears full length pants,
and loose-fitting turtle necks…

Men and women wave to each other,
from a respectable distance…

–The Ninja Sex Party

I promised some folks over on -ES a long time ago that I'd write a sequel to SCP-6969, so here it is. Those debts have now been paid and I hope I never have to write another sex article again lol.

Thank you to everyone who helped me write this, especially Dr Whitney does not match any existing user name for the image in the final addendum. I'd like to also give a shoutout to Creepy-OtterCreepy-Otter and NagirosNagiros for moral support, Dc_YerkoDc_Yerko for partially inspiring me to actually write this, and OptimisticLucioOptimisticLucio, nihonionihonio, Placeholder McDPlaceholder McD, AftokratorAftokrator, Deadly BreadDeadly Bread, and CaliboldCalibold for critiquing and helping refining this piece.

I'd like to note that, while the beginning and end are Evangelion references, and a few sections of this piece have other references in them, none of these are critical to the understanding of the piece nor are they the only jokes.

Also note: there are numerous intentional quirks with the documentation. If you think I made a typo, or forgot formatting somewhere, do not edit the article without asking me first. I will let you know if it is intentional or not.

If you like my stuff, please be sure to check out my authorphage!

by YossipossiYossipossi, 31 Mar 2022 19:59

storm test

by T RutherfordT Rutherford, 28 Mar 2022 18:01

author post

by Captain KirbyCaptain Kirby, 28 Mar 2022 18:01
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