The Serpent and the Hand: An Introduction for Foundation Writers

Welcome, SCP Foundation Authors

Please read this page to find out about the site!

What We Are

The Wanderer's Library is based on the collections of The Serpent's Hand, a group of interest known the Foundation, and thus set in the Foundation universe. Unlike the Foundation, or most of the groups of interest, the Serpent's Hand doesn't specialize in collecting SCPs; they collect stories. And whilst they have quite a few scientists in their ranks, they also have philosophers, new-age retro-alchemists, avid readers, and "magicians".

Logo for The Wanderers' Library

This means two things for our little site here! The format for general articles is quite different; they tend to be narratives, stories, fables, and descriptions. Hell, even paintings and other art would be fair game. The Serpent's Hand embraces knowledge of all forms, and is positively thrilled to explore "magic", unknown entities, and silliness. This means a certain fondness of mystical bullshit which would not be tolerated at the Foundation. After all, how can science be top dog in an universe with SCP-914 in it?

Ahem, anyway, please do look around! Please comment and vote, we'd love to hear opinions on the few articles we have up thus far. Feel free to start scheming of books and selections of your own~

- Pair of Ducks, 18 Apr 2010
Originally posted here on the Foundation forums.


  • The Forums - Where to discuss the Library and its works with fellow patrons.

So, in a nutshell…

The Wanderer's Library is a collaborative fiction exercise. It's a collection of stories that explore strange and fantastic corners of the world, hidden from ordinary eyes. Some of the stories take place in the distant past, taking the form of legends and fables. Others are from the modern day, hiding in the shadows just out of sight. The basic premise is that there are strange things that are not quite of our world. Some are dangerous, some are merely fascinating. They are all in some respect extraordinary.

A big game hunter searches for hunting in other worlds.

A creature lives in alleyways and junkyards, collecting bits of trash to disguise itself.

A red thing of many parts promises everything you have ever wanted.

Stories here should try to evoke a Sense of Wonder, a sense that there is a larger world beyond the one we know. In the world of the Library, these wonders are hidden, but never truly far away. But never forget that this is a wilder world than our own, and it's never entirely safe, either. Tread with care.

Now that you know what we're all about, click here: Orientation
Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License