📋 SCP-173 — The Sculpture - The Original
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SCP-173 - The Sculpture - The Original

Object Class: Euclid

Author: Moto42

Posted: June 22nd, 2007

Hey. It's your favorite curvilinear condominium here to offer my thoughts on the first (and arguably the most important) SCP ever written.

Part I

Item #: SCP-173

Object Class: Euclid

We can derive a lot from this handful of words and numbers. The immediate implication is that whatever this things is, there’s at least 172 others. A little bit of a longer look at it and you see that, this thing is being organized very meticulously. There’s Item #s, acronym designations, and an object classification system. All this serves as a fascinating introduction to the piece. It gives you an atmosphere of this extremely specific management system for this object and ones like it. These entities are clearly numerous enough to warrant a dedicated cataloging system.

When personnel must enter SCP-173's container, no fewer than 3 may enter at any time and the door is to be relocked behind them.

This adds some more flavor to our universe. The item is locked in a container, and they need somewhere to store said container. They’re not going to just leave this container with an extremely hostile and dangerous entity lying around somewhere, so we can safely assume that they operate facilities designed for the purpose of containing these anomalies. Aside from that, this group must also employ personnel for the same intention of containment and upkeep. All that amount to one thing: funding. This group has got money, and a lot of it, considering what the turnover rate must be on keeping things like this safe and away from the public. Money equates to power, and this group is well-funded in both.

Description: Moved to Site-19 1993.

In the event of an attack, personnel are to observe Class 4 hazardous object containment procedures.

Okay. This group operates at least 19 sites, and has existed since at least 1993. We can infer that it also existed prior to that because these kinds of things don’t happen overnight. The place also has standardized protocols for dealing with these kinds of situations, implying some kind of regularity to these incidents. All this is just repeating what is said before. This piece serves to illustrate the vastness of this hidden world dedicated to protecting humans against these hostile entities.

Part II

On June 22th 2007, one S.S Walrus posted a 309 word sci-fi/horror story on /x/. It would go on to become the cornerstone of the biggest collaborative creative writing project the internet had ever, or would ever see. Since those humble days of /x/ threads, we’ve grown into a powerhouse of creative, original content, bringing in new authors and readers every single day. In December of 2018, we achieved nearly 2 million unique visitors to the site. All that from a tiny little horror post on a message board. Clearly, SCP-173 had something going for it.

What we can conclude is that SCP-173 was not written to tell people about a cool statue that snaps your neck when you’re not looking at it. It was written to convey a setting, a world in which the abnormal is not only reality, but commonplace. The actual object was just a narrative vehicle for that.

I choose to believe that the allure of this fantastical urban fantasy setting was something that people were craving, and that SCP-173 was posted at the perfect time to capitalize on that want. It had the perfect ingredients for such a story. It implied everything about this Foundation, but never really said anything. It let the reader build that world in their own head and translate it into words. And at the end of the day, the best any writer can hope for is to inspire others to pursue writing of their own. In that medium, 173 is by all accounts a massive success.

Over 11 years later, the image of the SCP Foundation has changed a lot. At the time of writing, we are well on our way into Series 5. We’ve moved beyond simple “magic objects” to metaphysical concepts and the nature of reality. The attitude of the community has also shifted dramatically, in ways I don’t think I have to articulate. We have plans to build our own dedicated website, one day in the far future. No matter how much we grow and evolve as a writing community, we must take care to remember our roots. A tiny little horror post on a message board, one that would inspire countless writers, artists, and creators to put their own spin on it.

We all carry that mantra with us, as we march towards whatever the future brings.

Secure, Contain, Protect.

Link: SCP-173: The Sculpture - The Original

Written By: RounderhouseRounderhouse, u/rounderhouse

Date Published: February 21, 2019

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