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|“||No, Bertrand, I’m afraid that won’t do. See, you and I live in a world where money has value. We can purchase a cure for cancer, Bertrand, because fortunes buy miracles here. But the Factory doesn’t care about money. Its payment for your intrusion was you, and it won’t accept anything less.
I don’t know if this is going to work, Bertrand. There are dark places in this world and you found yourself digging around in one of the very darkest. Their rules are different - their perception of life and death, is different. There’s no undoing this thing you’ve done, but their magic isn’t infallible.
|~ Skitter Marshall in "To Never Again See The Light Of Day".|
|“||WE CAN NOT FAIL. THE FACTORY IS ETERNAL. THE BLOOD OF THE WORKER IS OUR OIL; HIS HEART, OUR ENGINE. AT OUR CENTER WE HAVE LASHED A THRONE OF HATE FROM THE SINEW OF A THOUSAND SCREAMING MIGRANTS, THEIR HOPES AND DREAMS MUTILATED ON THE COUNTRY'S SERRATED SHORE. OUR WORK IS||„|
|~ The Factory in "#LetTheFactoryFail".|
|“||The Factory has no God. The Factory builds. The Factory tears and rips and digests and excretes and what it excretes is the future. Know this, Trunnion. Know this-||„|
|~ The Factory talking to Legate Trunnion through Chase in "Variations on a Schema".|
The Factory is a major antagonistic organization in the SCP Foundation Mythos. It is an evil living corporation founded in the 19th century which enslaved many of its workers whose suffering fueled it, and is responsible for the production of many anomalies that would qualify for SCP classification. It is one of the many anomalies given the designation of SCP-001 in which it was partially responsible for the creation of the organization that would become known as the Foundation. The Factory is also often depicted as the archenemy of Dr. Wondertainment.
SCP-001 (Bright's Proposal)
The Factory was founded by industrialist and alleged pagan or Satanist, James Anderson, in 1835. The Factory back then was known as the Anderson Factory and was designed to produce anything the consumers wished ranging from food to clothes to weapons. The Factory was the largest factory that ever built at the time as Anderson was very specific in its construction, and possibly even used black magic to it paranormal powers. The Factory employed numerous workers who were eager to work as they believed that it was chance to earn money and have someplace to live.
However, instead they were imprisoned within it and as slaves were forced to work for extended periods of time under extremely harsh conditions while barely being treated as animals. The chained workers, which also included children, would slaughter animals to produce food and maintain The Factory's machinery which scoured their flesh from their bones and when their blood spilled over the walls of The Factory, archaic runes would appear, although this was never affirmed. Injured workers would be forced to still keep working, while those too injured to work would be dragged by the security and present them to Anderson who experiment on them by stitching their body parts together or add animal parts to them to transform them into monstrous servants. The Factory even had breeding pits where girls as young as eight were chained and repeatedly raped probably to breed more workers.
Rumors began spreading about the real nature of the Anderson Factory, but nobody did anything about that until in 1875 when one of the workers finally managed to escape. She went to President Grant and told him about the real horrible nature of The Factory which prompted the president to send a militaristic force made out of fifty men and women to take down The Factory. The army, led by the future O5-1, attacked The Factory and made quick work of the security as it was made up of normal workers before coming across the modified workers. The army was able to also kill them and proceeded to free all of the workers while looking for Anderson. After finding him hiding in his office, the army punished him by disemboweling him and hanging him using his own intestines. Despite this Anderson managed to stay alive and laughed at them, stating that The Factory would live on despite his death, and finally died after being taken apart.
Following the conquest of The Factory, a few members of the army and their leader marveled at the anomalous products created from The Factory such as toys that acted like real lethal weapons or cloaks seemingly made of darkness that allowed its users to go to another dimension. When the time came to make a decision about the fate of The Factory twelve of the army's, which included the leader, decided to use The Factory and its products to protect humanity, causing those who believed that the building and its products should destroyed or reported to the president to form the Allied Occult Initiative. Other members would use the products for their own purposes, with the Chaplain forming the Church of the Broken God, believing that some of the products were pieces of God, while a member named Marshall decided to sell the products for personal gain, forming Marshall, Carter and Dark Ltd.. One of the workers who were freed would become Dr. Wondertainment and produce products to induce joy and happiness to his customers. The twelve left in charge of The Factory would eventually become the SCP Foundation's O5 Council and form a city around it.
The Faeries after finding out about The Factory and its diabolic nature attempted to warn the Foundation of the great threat posed by The Factory, but seeing that they would not listen in 1911 decided to attack and destroy The Factory themselves. They were able to slaughter most of the Foundation, including eleven members of the Council, leaving O5-1 to try to hide somewhere within The Factory. He eventually came across a mysterious door which was inscribed in a language similar to Arabic and upon stepping inside he met with the living consciousness of The Factory which was using Anderson's mutilated corpse to talk to the Overseer. It proceeded to offer O5-1 a deal in which The Factory would rewind time before the slaughter and help the Foundation in killing the Faeries while the Overseer would give it human sacrifices for it to feast on. O5-1 not having any other choice, accepted the deal, reviving the Foundation and committing genocide on the Faeries. However, the Overseer refused to carry out his part of the deal and after moving away from The Factory he proceeded to completely bury it, wanting to ensure that it would not be a threat to anyone anymore. This did not work, as after some years The Factory was able to produce more and more dangerous artifacts, and finding out about this the Overseer was forced to feed it a number of D-Class personnel whose bodies vanished without a trace.
The Grand Theological Game
The Factory originated as an ancient cult known as the Crucible which was formed within the Daevite Empire and were once accused of crucifying people on the streets, although the Crucible denied doing such actions. It was possibly because of this that The Factory fell to the services of the Scarlet King, consuming multiple people to strengthen itself and help the King in his plans. One of the Scarlet King's other servants, Lord Goran, after conquering multiple civilizations and realities would often enslave the inhabitants and give them to The Factory.
SCP-001 (Ralliston's Proposal)
Eventually The Factory was able to grow its influence so much that it created a website in which every person around the world could buy its products. This worked as several individuals, such as Timothy Dalton and Simon Hayden, bought some of The Factory's dangerous products, with Timothy accidentally using it to kill one of his friends.
As the entire world was slowly being destroyed, The Factory originally used the event as a chance to profit. However, near the end of it The Factory refusing to be destroyed unnoticed by anyone, fastened its production of its horrible products and spread further chaos. Eventually, The Factory and its products like everyone else was left completely eradicated following the universe's destruction.
|“||The Factory is progress.
The Factory is innovation.
And the Factory is hungry.
|~ From "The Factory is Hungry for More".|
Although The Factory was originally a corporation made up of workers producing anomalous products within a building, it seems that as a result of the black magic and the workers suffering The Factory itself became alive, as it talked to O5-1 through Anderson's corpse, making a deal to help them turn the tides of the war with the Faeries in exchange for human sacrifices. However, when the Overseer refused to keep his promise, The Factory was undeterred and used its influence to create many anomalous and evil products to forcefully take human lives and expand itself. The Factory was even stated be a member of the Old Gods, showing how much powerful and malevolent The Factory truly is.
According to the Serpent's Hand and the Wanderer's Library The Factory, or as they know it as the Robber Barons, is a multiversal entity which has difficulty in traveling between realities. In each universe it spread The Factory would take the form of a twisted and horrible amalgamation of recent successful businesses and organizations, such as a restaurant which didn't sell food, and be tended and managed by individuals known as the Foremen who are equally corrupted amalgamation of managements. The Factory would attract new workers by promising of taking care of their needs, only for it to abandon them and force them to torture themselves during their work. The Factory also cannot produce materials out of nothing and needs to gather various materials for the workers to assemble them and create anomalous products. Upon arriving to a new universe, The Factory would slowly infect that universe, although it usually required between 500-2000 years.
Relationships with other anomalous factions
The SCP Foundation, the Global Occult Coalition, the Unusual Incidents Unit and the Serpent's Hand understandably consider The Factory as dangerous threat to the world and seek to stop it using their own means as soon as possible.
Marshall, Carter and Dark Ltd. appear to be on good terms with The Factory as they derive their products from it and would also sell needed products to The Factory's workers. This also appears to be the case with the Church of the Broken God, although this relationship soon turned sour and eventually cut all ties between each other.
Dr. Wondertainment has an extreme animosity and hatred towards The Factory due to their past history and can be considered as archenemies. In another take of their relationship they had an agreement that The Factory would contribute to Dr. Wondertainment by providing products but this agreement was eventually dissolved by Holly Light.
During the war with Daevites, the Sarkic slave revolt also fought against the Crucible, the predecessor of The Factory.
When The Factory opened their own amusement park known as "The Factory Funtime Facility" in the Crossroads Nexus connected to the Wanderer's Library, Herman Fuller's Circus of the Disquieting was opposed by this for fear of being bought out and went to sabotage it in order to have the evil park destroyed.
In Internal Investigation (I-49274), after one of The Factory's workers successfully committed suicide, The Factory decided to cover it up as a murder in order to not ruin their image and had an innocent man to confess of being a Chaos Insurgent who was responsible for the murder.
Notable SCPs associated with The Factory
- The Factory appears to be a metaphor about the unchecked expansions of selfish industrialism which violates the workers' rights and damaging the world for the sake of producing various products and consuming everything on its path.
- The Factory bears a bit of resemblance to the Overlook Hotel, being both living buildings which negatively influence its inhabitants.
- As stated in "Ties That Bind", James Anderson has no connection to Anderson Robotics or its founder Vincent Anderson.
- In the tale "Blood In The Water", General Bowe when forming the Foundation Elimination Coalition thought of also gaining the assistance of The Factory but because he was unable to confirm its existence, The Factory ended up being excluded from the new organisation.
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