Last night, while browsing the vast and almost always pointless vistas of the internet, I came across a very interesting and peculiar Wiki. When I began reading, I realized that it wasn’t as unknown as I had thought. Yet I still never heard of the SCP Foundation Wiki. The SCP Foundation is a fictional foundation devoted to securing, containing, and protecting literally thousands of fantastical anomalies, from magical creatures, to strange events. Contributors to the site create new entries regarding anomalies they’ve invented that the ‘foundation’ needs to secure, contain and protect. After reading only a couple of articles on a few anomalous objects, I was instantly hooked!
In the brief time that I have known about the site’s existence, (approximately fourteen hours) I believe that I’m already becoming a fan. There’s so much to love about the site and all of the articles on it. So, let’s summarize what I love about it so far. If you haven’t checked it out, I highly urge you to do so!
1. What is the SCP Foundation Wiki?
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The SCP Foundation Wiki is a creative writing website. Here, users and administrators are free to post their creative content, but in a specific format and tone. All articles must maintain the illusion of being based on reality and must contain very specific details. Users often post about SCP cases; they are usually titled by labels like “SCP-1010”. Before a description in the article is made, the writer has to put down the “special procedure” and class of different items, but we’ll get to that in a bit.
The articles are made to sound real. Often, fictional reports from characters appear on each article, most likely a part of another article in another SCP case or a part of a Tale of the site. The Tales are what you’d expect them to be: stories revolving around various anomalies, human observation, and the interactions with them.
2. What exactly is the SCP Foundation though?
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Remember the Men In Black series? They would go around fighting, containing, and watching various aliens and monsters while making any witnesses forget about any of the events they may have seen? Well, the SCP Foundation shares some similarities with that idea, but expands much more in depth.
SCP stands for secure, contain, and protect. The main goal of the fictional group is to find any type of anomalies anywhere in our known world and secure it from leaking out to the public’s knowledge. Then they contain it and relocate it with safe yet often clandestine methods. This is how they protect humanity from the various anomalies that they know about. They’re jurisdiction seems to be just about anywhere, as all countries are compliant with their activities.
3. What are these anomalies?
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The anomalies on the site cover a very wide variety of just about anything you can imagine. They can range from people to places to creatures to simple magical objects. For instance, SCP-043 is simply a vinyl of the Beatles’ The White Album, but it has no grooves and will begin to play the entire album no matter where the needle starts at. Then there’s SCP-040 which is an unusual young girl who can change various organic or inorganic materials to her liking.
Each article usually begins with some sort of image of the anomaly. Then, the “special procedure” is given as the ways that the SCP personnel are meant to deal with and contain the anomaly in the most efficient and safest way. Its details show you how to keep every anomaly in check. After the special procedure, a full description of the anomaly is given which containing its effects, visual details, temperament (if creature, person, or entity), and how the foundation came upon it.
Each anomaly has a classification. The most basic classes are the Safe and Neutralized categories. These types refer to those anomalies that do not present any immediate danger or may even benefit the foundation and can be easily contained or have been destroyed in the past. Euclid-type anomalies are usually harder to contain and, more often than not, have much more harmful effects on humans or their environment. They can be contained, but still prove to be a menace to the Foundation.
The last two classifications are of particular interest to me. The Keter category is the hardest and most dangerous to contain. These specimens range from full-on deities and gods to dangerous places with chaotic and disastrous events pertaining to them, to malevolent entities, and more. These are more often than not the worst of the worst and extreme caution is listed in their “special procedures”.
Finally, we have the Thaumiel category. These specific anomalies are of interest to the foundation for their usefulness in helping contain other anomalies. They either suppress the effects of others or may even destroy certain specimen if allowed or rather if able to.
The last thing to know about all the entries on the site is that they are all subject to change over time. Perhaps an author wants to change up that particular anomaly’s behavior or even wants to add onto that specific article with their own stories. This is why some SCPs are unavailable or some information may be crossed or blocked out.
4. Where should I start?
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That’s easy! If you head onto the Wiki by clicking here, you can start reading tales and SCP cases. If you want to add your own story or case, become a member and follow the guidelines on the site. Keep in mind that there are so many stories and details that there are multiple cannons; this means that basically every interpretation of the site/series is also considered cannon. The site has one rule about becoming a member or a fan which is “Don’t Be a Dick“. Indeed, wise words to live by.
Hopefully, this has prepped and excited you to explore the world of the interesting Wiki. The SCP Foundation is always looking for new recruits, so don’t be afraid to sign on and explore the limitless anomalies in the world!
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