A Modern Introduction to the SCP Foundation
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2ND EDITION/REVISED 2018

So you've stumbled across this thing called "SCP." You've come to realize that there's a huge website involved and you're not sure where to begin, or even what's going on. This guide has all the information you need to know about what the SCP Foundation is and what it has to offer you. It is a combination of essays and summarized material designed to deliver an ultimate primer to the universe and the wiki as it is and should be seen today.

Foundations

The basic information/canon of what exactly the SCP Foundation is.

Introduction

Operating clandestine and worldwide, the Foundation operates beyond jurisdiction, empowered and entrusted by every major national government with the task of containing anomalous objects, entities, and phenomena. These anomalies pose a significant threat to global security by threatening either physical or psychological harm.

The SCP Foundation is a collaborative creative writing platform centering around a fictional "Foundation," a scientific and military organization that seeks to protect humanity and the status quo by locating and containing anomalies, objects, lifeforms, events, locations, concepts, creations, and phenomena that - in one way or another - violate natural law.

On the SCP wiki, authors tell stories and explore ideas within this urban fantasy/science fiction universe, creating rich pieces of writing that take place in a world where the anomalous exists and how people and organizations interact with them. These articles may showcase the different types of phenomena that might exist in this universe (the SCPs themselves) or tell compelling narratives about life and interactions within the SCP world (Tales, Canons, and GoI formats).

The central focus of the SCP wiki is the SCP file (commonly referred to as just "an SCP"). It is a set of in-universe technical documentation supposedly compiled by the Foundation in an effort to understand, analyze, experiment with, and most importantly contain, the anomaly. The SCP file is in effect a form of constrained writing, an immersive way to tell a story about the nature and history of an anomalous object or entity, whether directly or by hinting at some greater idea.

Each SCP is given a unique serial number or designation, and on the wiki you can browse SCPs with designations ranging from 001 to 4999. They are organized into 5 numerical Series:

  • Series I: SCP-001 through SCP-999. (2007-2011)
  • Series II: SCP-1000 through SCP-1999. (2011-2013)
  • Series III: SCP-2000 through SCP-2999. (2013-2017)
  • Series IV: SCP-3000 through SCP-3999. (2017-2018)
  • Series V: SCP-4000 through SCP-4999. (2018+)

The SCP Format

An SCP file has a very specific format that in general must be strictly adhered to. SCPs are the backbone of the entire franchise. These documents are the setpieces of the universe, showcasing its tone, stories, and possibilities.

The basic format of an SCP is as follows:

Item #: SCP-[the number]

Object Class: [a category name]

Special Containment Procedures: [a detailed summary of all specific means needed to make sure the anomaly is safely contained]

Description: [a technically written documentation of all things that the anomaly is, does, and can do]

[Supplements]: [optional additional files added on to the base document]

Each SCP is given an object class based on the degree of containment difficulty. Here are the primary object classes:

  • Safe: The anomaly can be contained by simply leaving it alone. No special procedures, methods, or events are necessary to keep it from damaging the world. This *does not* necessarily mean it is not dangerous - a Safe-class object can be world-threatening if not contained, but it's just really easy to contain them.

Examples: [SCP-1981](http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1981), [SCP-2579](http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2579), [SCP-993](http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-993), [SCP-1425](http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1425), [SCP-3039](http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-3039)

  • Euclid: The anomaly is inherently unpredictable, or requires some amount of special effort to be contained. You're not quite sure what will happen if you leave it alone, and it might be a little bit more complex than a Safe-class entity, object, or phenomenon.

Examples: [SCP-3008](http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-3008), [SCP-426](http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-426), [SCP-1171](http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1171), [SCP-3001](http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-3001), [SCP-1609](http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1609)

  • Keter: These SCPs are really difficult to contain, requiring a huge expenditure of resources or extensively complex containment procedures. The most dangerous of phenomena are classed as Keter, often but not always posing an existential threat to humanity, the world, or universal structure itself.

Examples: [SCP-1739](http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1739), [SCP-231](http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-231), [SCP-2935](http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2935), [SCP-2293](http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2293) (a funny Keter?!), [SCP-3200](http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-3200)

In addition, there are a number of esoteric and secondary object classes that are used much less than the Big Three above, but still serve important purposes.

  • Thaumiel: This is a very rare object class only known to the highest levels of the Foundation. In essence, Thaumiel-class objects are "Anti-Keter" - they are used in the containment or counteracting of other SCPs. They act as powerful tools used by the Foundation, which normally rarely uses anomalies.

Examples: [SCP-2000](http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2000), [SCP-2003](http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2003), [SCP-3000](http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-3000), [SCP-179](http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-179), [SCP-3031](http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-3031)

  • Neutralized: It used to be anomalous. Now it's not. Maybe it just stopped working on its own. Maybe someone accidentally or purposefully destroyed it. Either way, it no longer has functional anomalous properties.

* Examples: SCP-1470, SCP-2682, SCP-3519, SCP-1762, SCP-2420

If you want to stop reading the guide now and start diving into the wiki, this is a good time to. Maybe you can pick one from the links above and then follow the crosslinks and navigation in the article. Maybe you can go to a Series page (I highly recommend Series II and III) and just click on one with an intriguing title. Or you could roll the dice and press "Random SCP." One of the best ways to learn about the Foundation is to discover for yourself all the genres, emotions, and ideas it can evoke.

There's still a lot to learn about the culture and vocab and universe of the site. You can find out and learn yourself by just reading as much as you can, playing it by ear - it's pretty fun that way. Or if you'd like to get a better handle on everything that's going on and a few more ways to drop you into the community, read on.

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