[[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/ The Wanderer's Library]] is a sister site of the SCPFoundation, based on the main location of the Serpent's Hand Group of Interest. But while the SCP Foundation is (ostensibly) a horror site, and thus has strict tone and format requirements, the Library plays much faster and looser with its requirements. Almost any type of story is fair, from crime to science fiction. Whereas the Foundation focuses on creating a feeling of “fear”, the Library focuses on creating a feeling of “wonder”. This doesn't mean that other types of stories are forbidden; the stories can be just as gruesome or disturbing as what you might find on the Foundation.

In universe, the Library is a MagicalLibrary located outside of any other universe, accessible through portals called “Ways”. The Library's catalog is massive, containing books that have already been written, have yet to be written, and will never be written, from an equally massive number of universes. Who created the Library, what purpose it serves, or where the books come from are all unknown, but many theories have been proposed.

The patrons are just as varied as the books. You're just as likely to find a human scholar as you are to find a god, talking animal, or alien, non-Euclidian explorer. Assisting in running the Library are the librarians, people who have broken the rules of the Library and physically transformed. The eyeless Archivists serve at the main desks, and can tell you where to find each book. Docents, mouthless humanoids with lanterns for hands, enforce the rules and help patrons wandering the shelves. Restocking of shelves is performed by the spider-like Pages.

Note that most stories are not set in the Library itself- it simply acts as a FramingDevice. Most of the stories take place in one of the (seemingly) infinite number of worlds it connects to, or maybe they're made up, or maybe it's a bit of both. Who knows?

The list of stories can be found [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/the-library here]]. The archives, stories focusing on the Library itself, can be found [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/the-archives here]].

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!! This wiki provides examples of:

* ActualPacifist: The monks in [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/pollution Pollution]]. [[KillEmAll It ends poorly]]
* AfterTheEnd: [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/the-cafe The Cafe]], among others.
* AlienSky: [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/system:page-tags/tag/unwaking The Unwaking]]. The sun changes color with the days of the week: On Tuesday and Thursday it's red, on Monday and Wednesday it's yellow, and on Fridays and Saturdays it's blue. It used to be dark on Sunday, when Sunday was still alive. Don't ask.
* AlternateUniverse Almost every story takes place in a different one.
* AllMythsAreTrue: Almost anything can be found inhabiting the Library or its stories.
* AllTrollsAreDifferent: It seems to be treated like a profession in [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/trolls-introductory-handbook The Troll's Introductory Handbook]].
* TheAllConcealingI: Used to great effect in the Journal of Aframos Longjourney to conceal the fact that [[spoiler: basically every assumption you make about the main character is wrong.]]
* AnAesop: [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/a-caution-to-the-wise From A Caution to the Wise]]: “They ask for a story with a moral; the moral is, “A caution to the wise—look elsewhere for your wisdom.”
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: Gods are often depicted this way, although there's no strict canon. In [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/and-i-was-present-at-the-death-of-a-god And I Was Present At the Death of a God]] the god of Tasmanian Tigers begins to die along with the species. In [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/gods-of-money Gods of Money]], the eponymous god confronts the ruler of a Zimbabwe {{Expy}} over rampant inflation.
* ApocalypticLog: [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/stars Stars]] describes the stars descending to earth and destroying [[spoiler: The Land of Elrich]] as punishment for returning to ways of violence and warfare.
* AppealToInherentNature: [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/grandfather-scorpion Grandfather Scorpion]], which directly references the tale of the scorpion and the turtle.
* AsYouKnow: Often completely averted. Entries are written from the perspective of people who assume the reader will know everything about the world they take place already, and the appeal of many is trying to glean as much information as possible from a very limited amount of exposition.
* TheAtoner: The main character in [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/communion Communion]]. Unfortunately, he's past forgiveness.
* ArcWords: Frequent mention of stars in the Elrich setting.
* ArtificialIntelligence: [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/the-cafe The Cafe]].
* ArtificialLimbs: [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/six-day-week-part-one Simon Heller]] has an artificial hand after he traded the real one for better eyes.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: A Caution to the Wise.
* BellyDancer: The narrator of [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/hips-of-fools]] meets one on another planet's moon.
* BodyHorror: In [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/abundance Abundance]], a stranger feeds a starving village by causing select villagers to grow new limbs and other meaty appendages, which they then cut off and eat.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Appears in the [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/system:page-tags/tag/haskhakian Haskhian Inscriptions]], as it's based on ancient mythologies.
* CannibalismSuperpower: The driving force behind the events of Abundance.
* CainAndAbel: [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/the-first-blood The First Blood]], with the Anthropomorphic Personifications of Industry and Foresight as the brothers. It's left ambiguous which is which.
* TheChainsofCommanding: The lord in A Caution to the Wise has only one lament : "If only I were free!"
* ChessWithDeath: In [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/for-the-glory For the Glory]], a former heavyweight champion challenges Death to a boxing match. [[spoiler: He loses.]]
* CivilizedAnimal: The Elrich series of tales features them. In one, [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/from-the-crown-press From the Crown Press]], a notice is put out warning of an “armoured force of mystic marsupials, which were supported by a column of raccoon mystics”, and orders a death sentence on them.
* CloudCuckooLand: Elrich, if [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/fifth-elrichian-national-party-manifest this]] is any indication.
* CloudCuckoolander: Everyone in Elrich, but the fruit are on a whole different level.
* TheConspiracy: "[[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/a-brief-history-of-stairs A Brief History of Stairs]]" has a hilariously petty one. For a long time in the world of Elrich, elevators were the only method of going up. When stairs were invented, they posed a threat to the livelihood of the Elra Architectural Sub-Union, which made elevators. In order to discredit stairs, they loosen one step that the king will be going up. He falls to his death, thus making sure no one will use stairs again.
* CosmicEgg: [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/eggshells Eggshells]].
* CrapsackWorld: Several, but [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/system:page-tags/tag/book-of-ur#pages Ur]] probably takes the cake. Lower class citizens are treated as nothing more than batteries for powering magic in Alteres, Harrhem is being destroyed by the very earth, and Etten is being slowly covered by an EldritchLocation created by gods afraid of death.
* CreationMyth: Many. [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/how-grandmother-triode-stole-binary-from-the-sun How Grandmother Triode Stole Binary from the Sun]] is one told by a computer program.
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: According to [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/season-of-chaos Season of Chaos]], Emperor Joshua Norton wasn't crazy, just from a different universe where he actually was emperor.
* DeadpanSnarker: Peristrixalo. “Just once, I would like to meet something beautiful that tries to kill me, but I suspect that's asking far too much.”
* DeathOfTheOldGods: And I Was Present at the Death of A God, wherein the god of Tasmanian Tigers begins to die along with the species. [[spoiler:He Gets Better once his Thanatos Gambit pans out... seventy years later]]
* DeathWorld: [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/excerpt-from-the-journal-of-archibald-hannity Excerpt of the Journal of Archibald Hannity.]]
* {{Doorstopper}}: The Journal of Aframos Longjourney, at least by the standards of the site. It's well over 70 entries and still going, all describing the travels of the eponymous Longjourney.
* DownerEnding: Elrich is destroyed by its stars, which are then captured and contained by the SCP Foundation at an unknown point in the future. A Hand, An Eye, A Tooth ends with protagonist being killed by her husband for her disfigurement.
* EldritchAbomination: Whatever is in the [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/the-cave-of-red-flies Cave of Red Flies]]. “It had smooth red skin like that of a frog, had the body of a bare man, legs like those of an eagle, and four crimson-feathered wings. I could not see his head or face, or more likely my sanity forbids me from remembering. But I remember those two great eyes, impossibly large, shining with an intelligence like laughing fire.”
* EldritchLocation: Prominently featured in [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/the-tomb-war The Tomb War]].
** In [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/red-bark Red Bark]], the narrator meets a village living on the edge of creation. They have planted the titular red-barked trees to delineate the edge of the world.[[spoiler: Villagers and houses living on the wrong side of the line turned into [[HumanoidAbomination something else]].]]
** The Library itself. A repository of almost every book ever written, as well as countless others that have never been written and will ''never be written''. It features portals that lead to various points in various realities. Oh, and it's capable of defending itself against any kind of attack.
* EpistolaryNovel: [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/inscriptions-or-marginalia Inscriptions Or Marginalia]] is about a man who finds some sort of conspiracy regarding writing in margins of books.
* {{Expy}}: Lower Gregaria from Gods of Money is one of Zimbabwe.
* FantasticFruitsAndVegetables: [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/system:page-tags/tag/calbhach#pages Brother Calbach's Herbal]] is a book devoted to them.
* FantasyKitchenSink: Stories range from science fiction to urban fantasy and often blend genres. The Library itself acts as a waypoint between many, many universes, so almost any sort of patron can be found there.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Dark is unfailingly polite in letters, whether suggesting a business venture to potential partners or [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/mssrs-marshall-and-carter demanding the murder of one of the aforesaid partners]]
* FirstLove: [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/a-loaf-story A Loaf Story]] is this for one of the protagonists, Elizabeth.
* TheFuture: [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/system:page-tags/tag/book-of-potential The Book of Potential]] is for stories set here.
* GaiasVengeance : The settlers in [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/shikuan-misiwe shikuan-misiwe]] are killed to stop destroying the island they lived on.
* GeniusLoci: The Library itself is implied to be one.
* GentlemanAdventurer: Transitive Norton and Sir Foebeld.
* GodIsEvil: [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/collected-excerpts-on-the-sea-mother The Sea Mother.]] [[spoiler:Or maybe she's just insane from feeling us moving through her “skin”.]]
* {{Golem}}: Appears in A Caution to the Wise.
* GreatBigLibraryOfEverything
* GrimReaper: He appears in For the Glory.
* GroundhogDayLoop: [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/mssrs-marshall-and-carter Mssrs Marshall and Carter]] shows that [[spoiler: Marshall and Carter of Marshall, Carter, and Dark, are caught in something similar, where Marshall kills Carter, forever.]]
* TheGunslinger: Simon Heller.
* HappilyEverAfter: [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/a-loaf-story A Loaf Story]] ends with this. [[TearJerker You'll still cry.]]
* HumanSacrifice: At the end of their service, priests of Kahek in the Haskhian Inscriptions sacrifice themselves to their god.
* HighSchool: I Was A Teenage Cyclops combines traditional teenage drama with TimeCube to great effect, twisting many typical teenage problems in bizarre ways.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: In [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/big-red Big Red]], a village offers children's hearts to a monster attacking them.
* ImaginaryFriend: The narrator of [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/places-the-mind-cannot-go The Places the Mind Cannot Go]] is one, created to help boost a child's self-esteem. When the child begins to feel good about themself again, it's left without purposes, begging to be noticed again.
* {{Immortality}}: The narrator and his allies in [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/there-were-six-of-us-once There Were Six Of Us Once]], though it's not clear what type they fall under and implied one is eventually killed. [[spoiler:Turns out it makes them prime targets for the SCP Foundation.]] It's also implied the narrator of [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/the-people-i-have-been The People I Have Been]] is this, changing forms regularly to extend his life.
** In the GOI page for the Library, several beings who are several thousand years old are mentioned.
** Peristrixalo is stated to be older than the Victorian era.
* JerkJock: Wesley from I Date A Teenage Cyclops is a textbook example.
* KillTheGod [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/ascendor-storming-the-gates-tour-2014 Ascendor: Storming the Gates Tour 2014]] describes a band so metal that they kill a god at each concert they perform.
* LaResistance: In [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/victoria Victoria]] the Earth has been taken over by… something. What exactly is never made clear, but they're opposed by the Human Resistance Group, who uses superior numbers and technology to fight back. Whether it eventually succeeds or fails is never elaborated upon.
* LaymansTerms: In universe, [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/shortcuts Shortcuts]] is an attempt to use this to make magical comprehensible reader.
* LivingForeverIsAwesome: Not awesome per se, but the narrator of The People I Have Been seems quite happy with his arrangement, saying “I've been a soldier and a minister, a leader of men and a follower of causes. I've preached hellfire and harmony. I've said words profane and holy. I've been people I didn't like, and people I wish I could be again. But that's life, Emma. Life isn't static, it isn't frozen. Life doesn't stand still. It changes, and it changes us. This is just another step.”
* LostWoods: The Ravelwoods, described in detail in [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/aframos-introduction The Journal of Aframos Longjourney]], are a textbook example.
* MagicalLibrary
* TheMagicGoesAway: In [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/the-last-magician-of-moscow The Last Magician of Moscow]], the world of Russian magic has been destroyed by pointless rivalries and feuds. The titular magician is one of the few Russian magicians left alive, and he is retired. [[spoiler: By the end, there's hope that [[TheMagicComesBack it might return]].]]
* MagicIsEvil: In [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/the-rise-of-the-steam-soul The Rise of the Steam Soul]] mages wage ware against each other with no regard for its effects on others, killing thousands and destroying most of the land.
* MagicLibrarian: The Library has a variety of librarians [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/the-librarians seen here]], ranging from spider-like beings in charge of reshelving books to [[HumanoidAbomination silent monstrosities]] who guide patrons. Some are implied to be human, some are implied to have [[WasOnceAMan been human]] but are being punished for breaking Library rules.
* MindScrew: [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/system:page-tags/tag/the-cyphers#pages The Cyphers]], “is a collection of seemingly random quotes and musings, most of it handwritten. Based on the styles of handwriting found, the original authors number in the dozens. Some of these quotes have been deliberately arranged to form dialogues or storylike proses.” They make about as much sense as it sounds.
* MonsterCompendium: [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/system:page-tags/tag/howes-bestiary#pages Howe's Bestiary]] and [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/system:page-tags/tag/the-spirit-world#pages The Spirit World]].
* TheMultiverse: The Library acts as a linchpin for it, connecting an uncountable number of words together.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Geb from the The Rise of the Steam Soul. “Gods forgive me; I knew not.”
* NativeAmericanMythology: Surprisingly frequent. Eggshells, [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/sedna-v-arnaaluk-the-qaqulluk Sedna V. Ataciara the Qalluk]], and [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/memoir-of-ongwe-ias Memoir of Ongwe Ias]] are just three examples.
* OurLichesAreDifferent: [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/the-death-of-boris-yegorovich Boris Yegorovich]] is an EvilSorcerer who hides his death [[spoiler:inside the thirteen days that Russia skipped when it moved from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar after RedOctober.]]
* OurMonstersAreWeird: The Elrich setting, and the Library as a whole, thrives on this. Goats that sweat butter and psychic cabbages that serve as royalty are just two examples.
* PantheraAwesome: Nigerian lava cats.
* PassingNotesInClass: The events of [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/i-dated-a-teenage-cyclops-part-one I Date A Teenage Cyclops]] start with this.
* PhysicalGod: They appear frequently. Communion, Gods of Money, and Sedna V. Ataciara the Qalluk to name a few.
* RebelliousSpirit: Victor from I Dated A Teenage Cyclops rejects standard cubic-Earth theory for present-day mathematics.
* SanitySlippage: This happens to a ''book'' in [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/of-the-metabible Of The Metabible]]. The Metabible, a godlike entity over which wars have been fought, is an impossibly long book. As you read farther it begins to get more and more incomprehensible, and by the millionth page it's completely broken and begging for somebody to read it. [[spoiler: The last page of the book separates itself from the Metabible and forms a second one. It's implied it eventually goes through the same process.]]
* ScienceIsBad: The Rise of the Steam Soul, though it's not science per se.
* SecondLove: After [[spoiler: Emilio is eaten by a pigeon]], Elizabeth from A Loaf Story finds happiness with this in the most Tearjerking way possible.
* ShoutOut: To {{UsefulNotes/Discordianism}}: The five seasons of discord are discussed in Season of Chaos, and gives it its name.
* {{Skinwalker}}
* SpellBook: [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/system:page-tags/tag/eleven-hours The Book of Eleven Hours]], which contains “alchemical processes, written accounts on contact with supernatural entities, and magic rites and rituals.”
* StarCrossedLovers: [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/mixed-metaphors Mixed Metaphors]] describes two people who will never be together, because one's a symbol and the other's a metaphor.
* TheStoryteller: They appear frequently.
* {{Steampunk}}: The Rise of the Steam Soul.
* StrawNihilist: [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/a-prayer-to-futility A Prayer To Futility]] is written from the perspective of such an individual.
* SwitchingPOV: [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/and-we-slipped-away And We Slipped Away]], which is written from the point of view of a man and his murderer during the few seconds before he dies. The two inner monologues run together to form a continuous narrative.
* TechnicolorEyes: [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/the-woman-in-the-mountain The Woman in the Mountain]] has eyes with the coloration reversed. The pupils are white, with black irises and green sclera.
* ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight: [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/vladimir-stane Vladimir Stane]] meets one, "The Ol' Biglio", which leads him into Hades.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/2052 2052]] and [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/family-co-replacement-parent-user-guide Family Co. Replacement Parent User Guide]] both take place in [[CaptainObvious the year 2052]]. AI and mechanical implants are commonplace, the moon is colonized, India is suffering from “the worst war in human history”, and genetically modified “changelings” are denied the right to breed.
* UrbanFantasy: Several entries fall into this. In [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/asphalmancer Asphalmancer]], special mages are employed “to appease the gods of the parking lot and bring another day of successful parking.”
* UpperClassTwit: Elrich again. Some of them are cabbages.
* WalkingTheEarth: The Journal of the Walk, The Journal of Aframos Longjourney (in fact, Longjourney is a title specifically given to someone who walks the earth).
* TheWestern: The Unwaking setting.
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