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RPC-XXX-1 during execution of 9-OMEGA. Fire truck in view used to control burning of building.

Registered Phenomenon Code: RPC-XXX

Object Class: Gamma-Black Neutralised

Hazard Type: Sentient, Aggression, Self-Replicating, Toxic, Visual, Biohazard

Containment Protocols: The remains of RPC-XXX are to be closed off from public access. Inspection must take place every day to ensure that there are no RPC-XXX-2 instances in the wreckage. Should any RPC-XXX-2 instances be found in the wreckage, classification will immediately elevate to Gamma-Purple and Procedure 9-OMEGA1 will be enacted immediately.

Description: RPC-XXX consists of two components; these being RPC-XXX-1 and RPC-XXX-2.

RPC-XXX-1 is an abandoned hospital located in [REDACTED], Moldova. RPC-XXX-1 is in a dilapidated state due to it being abandoned in ███, and the damage caused by 9-OMEGA. However, the hospital is completely covered in webs due to RPC-XXX-2. RPC-XXX-1's only anomalous property is its temperature; which sits at a consistent -7°C. Attempts to significantly alter this temperature have so far proved unfruitful. RPC-XXX-1 is the native habitat of RPC-XXX-2.

RPC-XXX-2 is a species of spider resembling the Latrodectus7 genus. RPC-XXX-2 instances are venomous, and their venom is a latrotoxin8. RPC-XXX-2 instances are are able to resist the -7°C temperature of RPC-XXX-1 with no negative effects. However, aside from this, they are not particularly hardy, and can be squashed like any other non-anomalous spider. Due to the extreme population of RPC-XXX-2 instances however; flamethrowers are best advised as the method of terminating instances. Due to sexual dimorphism, females are significantly larger than their male counterparts.

RPC-XXX-2 instances' diet consists mostly of insects. However, they have also been observed to consume small lizards, other spiders, mice, and small birds. In cases where other food is not available, RPC-XXX-2 instances will consume each other.

RPC-XXX-2 instances' reproduction methods are identical to those of a facultative parasite9. While RPC-XXX-2 instances are able to reproduce much like a normal spider of the Latrodectus genus; their preferred method of reproduction is infection of mammals via their fertilised eggs. RPC-XXX-2 instances are able to release their eggs into the air, with are inhaled by mammals causing RPC-XXX-2 infection. These eggs can remain dormant for up to 3 years before hatching; however they have been observed to hatch 30 minutes after infection at their fastest. RPC-XXX-2 instances have also been observed infecting cadavers. RPC-XXX-2 instances will commonly die 1 hour after successfully laying their eggs. Sexual cannibalism of the male has been observed in 100%10 of cases, to the point where other RPC-XXX-2 instances11 will physically restrain males attempting to escape. This behaviour is hypothesised to be be a result of pheromones, though this has not been confirmed.

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Female RPC-XXX-2 specimen.

After eggs inside of the host have hatched; RPC-XXX-2 instances will attack the lungs while lining them with web. This action typically ends in asphyxiation to the host. RPC-XXX-2 instances can live inside of a cadaver for up to 3 years, and reach sexual maturity inside of the cadaver. After this period, the spiders will erupt from the mouth and nose; often numbering in the thousands. These spiders with immediately spread out, and attempt to find suitable locations inside RPC-XXX-1.

RPC-XXX-2 instances are hostile, and will attempt to attack any living personnel. To locate suitable hosts, RPC-XXX-2 instances build web systems; these systems are linked with other instances' webs, giving all RPC-XXX-2 instances complete knowledge of moving organisms in contact with webs. These webs are identical to those of other spiders in the Latrodectus genus in basic structure. Additionally, webs constructed by RPC-XXX-2 instances are almost always observed to contain writing. This writing varies in language, and most commonly includes Romanian, Russian, German, English and Chinese however additional languages have been found including [REDACTED]. Words written on these webs are often pleas for help, and have a cognitohazardous effect.

Personnel viewing, whether directly or by photo/video, writing created by RPC-XXX-2 instances will generally express deep anxiety. After approximately 20 minutes of viewing, subjects will begin to act irrationally, often putting themselves and others at risk. This will eventually descend into psychosis and paranoia, usually resulting in RPC-XXX-2 infection, and the death of the host.

RPC-XXX-2 instances are regularly observed attempting to leave RPC-XXX-112 via doors, windows and even ventilation systems. RPC-XXX-2 instances successfully leaving RPC-XXX-1 will immediately seek a suitable host; and will often release their eggs into the air attempting to infect any suitable hosts. Hosts will normally not notice this infection, and will often return to their homes or habitats. These eggs behave the same as those found in RPC-XXX-1; following the same life cycle.

Recovery: RPC-XXX was first made aware to the Authority when embedded RPC Authority Agents noticed spider webs and spiders resembling the Latrodectus genus, with visible words observed on these webs. While this was reported to the Authority, its classification as an RPC was withheld due to lack of information. It was not until [REDACTED] which resulted in ███ casualties that RPC-XXX's full effects were noticed. █ individuals were successfully evacuated and placed in custody. Approximately ██ hours later, the individuals expired. RPC-XXX-2 instances began crawling out of the expired individuals' mouth, nose and chest. Full lock down was put in place, and all RPC-XXX-2 instances were successfully terminated via flooding the site with chlorine gas.

Addendum 9-OMEGA:
The correct steps for executing Procedure 9-OMEGA are as follows:

  1. MTF Beta-41 ("Arachnophobia") is to be readied outside RPC-XXX-1; armed with flamethrowers
  2. RPC-XXX-1 is to be doused in napalm, whether by aerial delivery or from at least 7 fire-hoses
  3. MTF Beta-41 ("Arachnophobia") is to begin using their flamethrowers to neutralise any RPC-XXX-2 instances outside RPC-XXX-1
  4. Once RPC-XXX-1 has been doused in napalm, MTF Beta-41 ("Arachnophobia") is to approach RPC-XXX-1 and pumping chlorine gas into RPC-XXX-1
  5. After 10 minutes, if no RPC-XXX-2 instances are observed, Procedure 9-OMEGA is to be declared a success. If RPC-XXX-2 instances are observed outside RPC-XXX-1 MTF Beta-41 ("Arachnophobia") is to begin pumping chlorine gas into RPC-XXX-1, checking for RPC-XXX-2 instances outside of RPC-XXX-1 every 10 minutes until no more RPC-XXX-2 instances are observed outside of RPC-XXX-1

Addendum-1:
Exploration log into RPC-XXX.

Addendum-[REDACTED]: Level 3 clearance required to access details on Operation Delta-XXX.

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