RPC-xxx "An Imperfect Mold"
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Item #: RPC-xxx

Object Class: Beta

Containment Protocols:
RPC-xxx's spores are to be sealed within an airtight vacuum container, and locked within a containment chamber rated for virulent Biohazards. Personnel handling samples of RPC-xxx are to wear Class-C Hazardous Material suits and respirator, and undergo rigorous decontamination after examining samples. Should the airtight containers containing samples of RPC-xxx fail, the chamber is to be sealed and cleaned with a 15% Hydrogen Peroxide solution, and monitored for spore growth. Any personnel infected with RPC-xxx are to be quarantined immediately and treated with potent anti-fungal medication.

The entirety of Containment Area -xxx is to be monitored by an automated system designed to detect RPC-xxx-1 colonies. Cameras are to be replaced on a bi-monthly basis, and any vacant rooms are to be sealed off from the rest of the building. On an annual basis, Containment Area 01-xxx is to be inspected and sprayed down with fungicide to protect against any possible RPC-xxx-1 growth. The jungle surrounding Containment Area 01-xxx is to be swept weekly for any RPC-xxx-1 colonies by armed security personnel and automated drones.

Local Authority security forces are to collaborate with the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to investigate any potential RPC-xxx-1 activity. Any attacks by various anti-government forces, such as the FDLR and Lord's Resistance Army, are to be investigated as a potential RPC-xxx-1 attack. Confirmed groups of RPC-xxx-1 are to be eliminated by Mobile Strike Team Hotel-7 "Jungle Warriors".

Description:
RPC-xxx is a species of fungus, physically bearing a resemblance to Sporothrix schenckii. When not in contact with living animal tissue, RPC-xxx behaves similarly to non-anomalous S. schenckii, growing on moist soil and dead plant matter, releasing spores for aesexual reproduction. Upon spore contact with animal tissue however, RPC-xxx's behavior drastically changes. When entering an open wound (or more rarely sprouting on healthy skin) an infection similar to Sporotrichosis develops. The infection is nearly indistinguishable from Sporotrichosis, except special structures within RPC-xxx's mycelia capture cells and extract the cell's nucleus. Proteins within these structures then cut out sections of DNA, specifically: Myostatin, NGF, and in human victims, FOXP21. These genes are then integrated into RPC-xxxx's genome.

After a period of 5 days, RPC-xxx releases spores containing it's altered genome into the air and dies. RPC-xxx spores are highly resistant to environmental stresses, able to survive with low oxygen levels, extremely dry conditions, [REDACTED], and highly basic solutions exceeding ██ pH. The most effective method of destroying RPC-xxx spores discovered so far is incineration and high energy gamma rays. Spore growth can be halted temporarily with Echinocandin fungicides.

When RPC-xxx spores settle in a environment conducive to their growth, an RPC-xxx-1 individual begins to form. RPC-xxx-1 are complex pseudo-mold colonies that assume the basic body-plan and intelligence of the animal that RPC-xxx infected. These colonies develop muscle and nervous systems similar to ones found in the kingdom animalia but also retain fungal traits, such as reproducing through spores and absorbing nutrients through mycelia. RPC-xxx-1 individuals appear to act nearly identically to the organism they resemble. For example, an RPC-xxx-1 instance that originates from a predator will hunt other animals for sustenance, herbivorous instances will seek out dead plant matter to absorb. Humanoid instances of RPC-xxx-1 in particular are noted to form tribal-like social groups, and have been observed communicating via [DATA EXPUNGED]. Attempts to establish communications with these groups has so far been unsuccessful. See addendum RPC-xxx-190

RPC-xxx-1 colonies are extremely hostile to non RPC-xxx-1 animals, and can wipe out entire ecological niches and replace them with RPC-xxx-1 copies. Estimates suggest that RPC-xxx could destroy and replace the majority of earth's ecosystems within █ years if left unchecked. Human population centers are especially vulnerable to RPC-xxx-1 attacks, with groups of colonies (usually lead by Humanoid RCP-xxx-1) making monthly sorties into human villages and towns. Local governments attempting to quell these attacks with military force have met with little success, leading to speculation that RPC-xxx-1 are able to coordinate on levels equivalent to modern militia groups.

The Authority became aware of RPC-xxx on ██-██-199█ when UNAMIR Commander Roméo Dallaire had contacted Regional Director █████████ about "non-human combatants posing as peacekeepers, Hutu rebels, and civilians to pillage and murder indiscriminately". Agents were dispatched to the DRC to investigate, and confirmed the presence of RPC-xxx shortly thereafter.

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