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Item #: RPC-184

Object Class: Alpha Beta

Containment Protocols: RPC-184 is to be stored within an A3 class storage box at research site-██. Testing of RPC-184 is to be carried about within facility wing-████ and may only be conducted by personnel who have passed a level 4 health screening. Personnel devoted to the research of RPC-184 are to undergo weekly health screenings. No tests are to be carried out without the overview of at least two trained medical staff. Any testing of RPC-184 is to be approved by on-site director.

Addendum-05: Following incident ███, all testing relating to RPC-184 is to be permanently suspended. Facility wing-████ is to be sealed off and disconnected from the rest of research site-██, including all ventilation systems and power supply.

Addendum-06: Following incident ███ the containment of RPC-184 will include the establishment of a security perimeter encompassing all located entrance points to facility wing-████. This perimeter is to be patrolled round the clock by on by members of CSD-Delta 4 "Mouth Breathers". In the event that any personnel are found attempting to enter said facility wing, protocol A1-12-184 is to be enacted and a level 2 containment breach is to be retroactively declared. Following the successful subjugation of breach instigators, all personnel stationed on floor 2, 3 and 4 are to be treated with class-C amnestics and are to be moved off site for psychological screening. All personnel who fail screening are to be immediately transferred to ████-█████ for processing.

Description:
RPC-184 is a clear, cone-shaped glass vial, with a content capacity of 2.4 liters. The sentence “From broken things all are made whole” has been engraved into the vertical surface of RPC-184.

RPC-184 has a passive and an active state. In its passive state, it is identical to a non-anomalous glass vial apart from being completely resistant to changes in temperature. Despite exposing the object to temperatures of ███.█K, no deformations or structural damage were observed on the object. Any material within the object is similarly unaffected by changes in outside temperature. During RPC-184’s active state, RPC-184 is responsible for the production of RPC-184-1a and RPC-184-1b, as well as the designation of a single instance of RPC-184-2. Should the object complete its full active process, RPC-184 will produce RPC-184-1c.

  • 184-1a: A pitch black liquid, which is high in viscosity and is both scentless and tasteless. RPC-184-1a appears to be responsible for the designation of the RPC-184-2 instance and is the catalyst through which the active process is carried out.
  • 184-1b: A transitional iteration of RPC-184-1a, this substance is produced following the initialization of stage 3. This substance has a color consistent with that of RPC-184-1a and is ethereal1 in nature.
  • 184-1c: A substance identical to RPC-184-1a in composition, with the exclusion of a shift in color from black to neon red. Like RPC-184-1a, RPC-184-1c can only be stored within RPC-184. However, the removal of small quantities will only cause the removed material to evaporate2. Additionally, RPC-184-1c has not only proven safe for human consumption, but appears to act as an [DATA EXPUNGED].
  • 184-2: A human subject who has met the process criteria of RPC-184 second active stage.

Upon activation, RPC-184 will attempt to undergo its active process. This process is divided into three distinct stages, each with their specific criteria and procedures. In order for RPC-184 to fully complete its active process, the object has to undergo all three stages successfully.

Active Stage Duration Criteria Stage process
Stage-1 12 seconds Introduction of organic material constituted from a living human body to the interior of RPC-184. Immediate conversion of introduced material into exactly 0.4 liters of RPC-184-1a
Stage-2 4 to 120 minutes Introduction of subject whose line of sight coincides with RPC-184, and is diseased, suffering from a mental disorder or suffering from a genetic defect. Immediate designation of subject to RPC-184-2. RPC-184-2 will attempt to obtain RPC-184 and initiate the consumption ritual, in which RPC-184-2 will become obsessively intent on obtaining RPC-184 for observation ending in the total consumption of RPC-184-1a. All attempts to dissuade RPC-184-2 from doing so will be met with deliberate ignorance by the instance. RPC-184-2 will do so even when restrained, with consecutive attempts becoming increasingly dangerous to both RPC-184-2 and site personnel. Expiration of RPC-184-2 upon conclusion of the ritual.
Stage-3 4 hours RPC-184-2 has consumed the entirety of RPC-184-1a and expired. The cadaver of RPC-184-2 convulses at random intervals followed by [REDACTED]. Cadaver then transmutes into RPC-184-1b, which is absorbed into the interior of RPC-184. Once fully absorbed, RPC-184 becomes sealed3 for exactly 4 hours. After this timespan, RPC-184 opens, revealing between 1.2L and 2.4L of RPC-184-1c.

If uninterrupted, RPC-184 will carry out its full process in approximately 4 hours and 6 minutes, upon which it will revert to its passive state. Additionally, the active stages of RPC-184 have proven susceptible to failure states. Should RPC-184 enter a failure state, the object will revert to its passive state whilst simultaneously erasing all present RPC-184-1a and -1b via the aforementioned evaporation of the materials.

Acquisition of RPC-184:
RPC-184 was acquired in ██/██/2013, following a “tip off” by members of the FSS as to location of the object. The object was found in a S.T.E.M. armored transport vehicle, 7 clicks north of researcher site-██. The vehicle and the surrounding area had been subject to attack, later confirmed to be anomalous in nature. The remains of 4 FSS operators were found within the vehicles, whom are presumed to have died during the attack. RPC-184 was found undamaged, situated within an open FSCB storage device. The FSS Engineer claimed to be present was during retrieval was nowhere to be found.

Discovery-01
Initial discovery of RPC-184’s activation criteria and its following process occured during incident R184-01, when a researcher tasked with the standard ROA of the object sneezed on the object, initializing stage 1 activation. Lacking adequate time to react, RPC-184 successfully produced the full quantity of RPC-184-1a and designated a member of the observation team, whom was a known sufferer of asthma, to an instance of RPC-184-2. The instance was quickly terminated by onsite secrurity and RPC-184 reverted to its passive state.

Controlled reproductions of the incident allowed the quick understanding of RPC-184 and its initial containment protocols.

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