Dummie's Sandbox of Infinite Wonders


Registered Phenomena Code: 916

Object Class: Beta-White

Hazards: Sentient, Temporal

Containment Protocols: RPC-916 instances are currently contained within permanent Alpha-Class storage containers at Site-002 or Site-0381. In the event that containment of all acquired RPC-916 instances is no longer feasible for any reason, destruction of RPC-916 instances is to be allowed after the instances are digitally scanned.

An Authority searchbot has been created for the purposes of detecting any mentions of "The Time Traveller's Handbook" on internet forums and book sharing websites, and the anomalous scientific community is to be monitored for the construction of a device capable of controlled temporal displacement. A false buy order on booksellers for a book titled "The Time Traveller's Handbook" has been established and regularly maintained. Retrievals of RPC-916 instances are to be considered one of the top priorities for personnel with involvement in temporal anomalies.

Any individual found in possession of RPC-916 is to be detained and questioned for the means of which RPC-916 was acquired. Individuals who originate from either the present or displaced within a 20 year period are to be amnestied and released, while individuals with a temporal displacement of over 20 years are to be detained until methods of returning individuals to their original time periods are devised.

Description: RPC-916 is a book of varying size, language, and colour, titled "The Time Traveller's Handbook - The Definitive Guide to Not Fucking It Up" in whichever language RPC-916 is composed of. RPC-916 shows no special resistance to age-related wear and use, is not especially resistant to any forms of physical damage and possesses no anomalous properties individually.

RPC-916 may manifest manifests whenever an individual, hereby referred to as the subject, has successfully been displaced temporally, through whatever means, for the first time. As a result, possession of RPC-916 is considered to be a reliable assessment on whether an individual is or has been temporally displaced.

RPC-916 manifests near-instantaneously within close proximity2 of the individual after the individual has completed the process of temporal displacement.

All RPC-916 instances are written in a casual tone through relatively simple words with the subject's native language and do not utilize technical terms. While the exact accuracy of information not directly related to temporal displacement provided by RPC-916 varies, all information directly regarding temporal displacement is accurate.

Furthermore, RPC-916 instances are proportioned to fit within whichever storage methods the subject may have on hand, ranging from pockets to suitcases.

Additionally, all RPC-916 instances provide information related to the time period, such as clothing, currency, language, and geopolitical structure. The exact depth of the information provided varies with each instance. RPC-916 instances also provide information that assists the individual in either returning to the individual's original time period or commencing further displacements.

RPC-916 also frequently diverges from the topic of temporal displacement, with certain instances possessing only 5% temporal information. Topics of divergence often focus on personal experiences of the author, commentaries on Roman politics3, the handling of anomalous objects, and insults towards the reader.

RPC-916 lists the author as [DATA EXPUNGED] and a publishing year of [DATA EXPUNGED]. Also, all RPC-916 instances possess a number on the reference page.4

It is currently unknown whether RPC-916 is created instantaneously, or is merely transported from a larger stash located in an unknown location. Due to the nature of temporal anomalies, whether both scenarios have differences is currently debated.

RPC-916 was initially discovered on 08/11/1923 by Authority forces after the discovery of a temporally displaced individual in Munich, Germany. However, RPC-916 would be disregarded as a non-anomalous until the second discovery of a temporally displaced individual on 29/10/1929, where another instance of RPC-916 was retrieved.

As of this writing, ██ instances of RPC-916 have been retrieved and documented.

Addendum 916.1:

The following are excerpts from certain RPC-916 instances, arranged according to the labelling number. All excerpts have been translated to English.

For an extended transcript of all RPC-916 instances, please contact RPC-916 Head Researcher Dr. Leung.

Addendum 916.2

On 18/02/73, an experiment involving RPC-████ resulted in the temporal displacement of D-7689 by 0.03 seconds, during which an instance of RPC-916 was manifested.

The contents of the RPC-916 differed considerably from conventional RPC-916 instances, with a tone of formality and being adressed towards the Authority.

Attempts to replicate the aformentioned experiment have been unsuccessful.

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