I'm glad someone finally got around to using that picture.
Date: 18 Jul 2009 08:46
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Your standards are either odd, or awesome.
I love how they don't know it's true purpose.
Sure they are easy and safe to contain.
But why is something mimicing things humans make?
What is their true agenda?
After all, the captive one is genetically damaged… and may in fact be brain damaged.
What if the others are plotting…
Personally, I think it's just an extremely rapidly-growing/camoflaging part of the ecosystem…possibly of some relationship to the Wireweed (SCP-229). Perhaps one is the natural check and balance for the other, but because of the rather massive growth of electrical cables in the last hundred-and-some years, they've both gone out of control.
I know that not every SCP needs to be creepy… I like that not every SCP is creepy…
… but this thing is missing out on some really good creep factor that would be soooo easy to add.
What if instead of replicating itself through the electric wires, just like an actual tree it required its "fruit" to fall? In this case the fruit is the traffic lights, the seeds are the debris, and it gets its fruit to fall off by causing traffic accidents that hit the base of the pole?
I'm sorry, but I feel like this one kind of phones it in. The whole time I was reading this article, it screamed to me, "This was a case of someone who took an odd picture and wrote an SCP to match it!" I guess there's nothing particularly wrong with that, per se, but none of the articles before this have felt that way, not even the ones that were written just to match an odd picture, and this one just feels like it falls flat. Maybe it's the lack of [DATA EXPUNGED]s and [REDACTED]s, but more likely, it's the fact that a lot of this thing's qualities are a little too convenient and have no explanation behind them: The thing just happens to have bark that looks like steel, but just happens to still be an organic material that still works like bark when under stress, and there just happen to be bioluminescent spots that just happen to match the colors for normal traffic lights, and the "plant" just happens to be able to feed on power cables? There's no scientific grounds for this plant - plants don't just pop into existence from nothing and nowhere already perfectly adapted to take advantage of humanity, they have to have some kind of origin. I realize SCP's are supposed to be anomalies, but the awesome thing about them is that they have some sort of scientific baseline that makes them almost potentially realistic. That said, I think changing a few of the places where the article says "the reasons for this are unknown" to something like "tests show that [DATA EXPUNGED]" would fix the issue.
Also, I agree with Aridorn - not all SCP's need to be creepy, but changing this into a tree that propagates itself by causing crashes would be perfect in this case.
Please note that these are just my opinions.
I actually kind of like this. The idea of a tree adapting to an urban environment with camouflage and a change in, for lack of a better term, diet is pretty intriguing. i particularly like the statement at the end that there are many of these acting harmlessly in the world, and we just caught an anomaly.
There are a few little tone messups, but otherwise this SCP is cool and awesome.