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Several RPC-286 corpses, during containment breach on ██/██/2018.

Registered Phenomena Code: 286

Object Class: Gamma-Purple

Hazards: Sapient Hazard, Regenerative Hazard, Metaphysical Hazard, Explosive Hazard

Containment Protocols: Site-286 has been assembled for the sole purpose of containing RPC-286 and coping with the volume of corpses it produces. RPC-286 is contained within a series of specially-designed enclosures, each 3m x 12m x 3m, with a continuous-belt floor which carries corpses into a chute leading to the onsite materials recycling and processing facility. The entrance to this chute is protected by a series of water cannons designed to keep RPC-286 from approaching the entrance without causing lethal injury. The chute system passes through 18 layers of reinforced airlocks, each equipped with ultrasound detectors keyed to detect an excessive density of RPC-286 corpses which could result in a detonation (see below).

The walls of RPC-286's cells are padded to prevent it from causing bodily harm to itself, and coated in a specially-developed low-friction compound to prevent RPC-286 from climbing them easily. In the event that one of the four currently functioning RPC-286 cells is damaged by RPC-286 and requires repair, the current cell is to be flooded with nitrogen to induce a soporific state in RPC-286, whereupon it is to be caged and moved to a functioning cell as quickly as possible. Any research involving RPC-286 must last no longer than 48 hours, to avoid the risk of a new instance of RPC-286 being created in an uncontained environment.

Special divisions of MSTs Echo-11 "Securities", Golf-14 "Jatayu's Vultures" and Papa-84 "Amitabha's Chainsaws" are permanently stationed on Site-286 for the retrieval and capture of RPC-286 instances during containment breaches. They are accompanied by Containment MST India-13 "Squirrel on a Stick", charged with rapid deployment and corpse cleanup operations in the aftermath of breaches or unusually frequent deaths onsite.

Description: RPC-286 is a highly intelligent sciurine entity with the ability to create exact duplicates of itself upon dying. RPC-286 is anatomically comparable to Sciuris carolinensis1, save for its slightly elongated fingers, opposable thumbs, and unusually large cranium and brain. Unlike the Eastern gray squirrel, RPC-286 appears to be wholly omnivorous, and has been observed consuming a large range of natural and processed foodstuffs, including carrion and the flesh of its own corpses (see below) without difficulty. However, on numerous occasions RPC-286 has gone without food for long periods of time, as the time of its natural expiration occurs well before its time of expiration from starvation or malnutrition (see below).

RPC-286 demonstrates human-level intelligence and has proven totally unwilling to communicate with the Authority in any capacity, though is has been observed to be capable of reading the English alphabet, perform complex mathematical calculations with and without the aid of memory calculating aids, and, on several occasions, read lips.

RPC-286's anomalous abilities manifest whenever it expires; within 0.0002s (± 0.0001s) of total loss of nervous activity, a new instance of RPC-286 will be created within a random area of unoccupied space within a 3m radius of its body. If all the space in that radius is filled, RPC-286's re-manifestation will exactly occupy the confines of RPC-286's previous corpse, causing a localized and extremely violent nuclear fusion reaction. This is sufficient to kill the 'new' instance of RPC-286, and thus the chain reaction will continue until enough space around the entity has been opened to provide room for unhindered creation of new instances.

RPC-286 instances will die of natural causes within 3 days of appearing; they display no signs of aging or maturing, but will merely expire by sudden cessation of heart and brain function. This process has occurred in specimens undergoing medically-induced coma, cryogenic freezing, and mechanically-sustained nervous system dismemberment. In all cases, injury or modification to a previous instance did not carry over to the new instance.

New instances of RPC-286 demonstrate all the acquired knowledge of previous instances, and show no delay in their capacity to act immediately upon appearance; there appears to be no discontinuity of thought or lacunae in memory between the moment of death and the moment of creation of a new instance. It remains unclear as to where RPC-286 draws matter or energy from to generate new instances of itself, and it is generally accepted by RPC-286 research staff that RPC-286 violates the laws of conservation of energy and matter.

RPC-286's goal or goals are unknown, but seem to include the murder of any and all human beings that it encounters. While it has never been observed to be deliberately cruel or take pleasure from these acts, it has demonstrated considerable creativity in the ways in which it kills, and is more than capable of recycling pieces of its own previous corpses into complex and elaborate tools. RPC-286-created tools have thus far included;

  • Bow made from bone and gut, firing bone arrows tipped with sharpened teeth
  • Bear trap like device smeared with RPC-286 bowel contents to cause infection
  • Garrote composed of RPC-286 nerve fibres
  • Improvised explosive device using methane gas created from the fermentation of dead RPC-286 stomach contents.
  • Fresh RPC-286 corpse used as a bludgeon

RPC-286 has shown no compunctions or hesitation about killing itself, and appears to prefer to do so by violently clawing open its own chest cavity and manually destroying its own heart, or by repeatedly hitting its head against hard surfaces until death by brain trauma results. While RPC-286 has shown a below-average sensitivity to pain in tests, it appears to be almost totally unaware of pain or the shock of extreme bodily trauma when working towards the act of harming a human being.

I've seen behavior like RPC-286's in extremely well-trained police and military bomb sniffer dogs which have suffered lethal injuries. It has, for a lack of a better word, purpose. It has resolve. And it seems that resolve can overcome unbearable pain and wounds that would make any remotely sentient being die from the sheer agony or gross systemic shock. I once witnessed the Squirrel- there really is no other name for it- pull off one of its own legs to use to reach out and pull the latch of a cage open, then calmly snap its own neck. The new instance was out of the cage before the old one had stopped twitching, and it didn't even look back.
What really scares me is that it's actually gotten better- faster- at killing itself in the time I've been working on it.
-Dr. C████ G███-S██████, RPC-286 Biological and Psychological Research

While current containment protocols are adequate to deal with any of RPC-286's near-constant breakout attempt, the entity presents a unique logistical issue for the Authority due to its creation of mass; on occasions where it has escaped, it appears to have distributed its corpses in areas where recovery and cleanup would be as difficult and inconvenient as possible for Authority forces, or where recovery would necessitate operations in areas where exposure of classified information to uninformed civilians would be likely.

Addendum: Excerpt from a briefing by J███ O██████, Head of Containment for RPC-286:

Fifteen percent of all bone ash produced in North America is made of RPC-286 bones. Thirty percent of the chicken grown on that continent is mixed with 286 flesh. Almost sixty percent of the 'synthetic animal fur' produced is actually RPC-286 hair. We use its bodies to make emergency survival rations, glues, a huge range of chemical products; but we can't process all of it. With the best technology we have there is approximately 0.5% of each SCP-286 corpse we can't dispose of, and the waste is piling up. The biofuel generators most sites use as backups when the nukes break down are powered entirely by RPC-286 fat, and it's still not enough. Site-286 ships out roughly a ton of RPC-286 corpses every day, and that number is growing.

The Squirrel, so far as we can tell, is functionally immortal; it has died at least 12 million times while in our custody. We have actually lost count at this point. If it continues at this reate, it is a statistical inevitability that we will drown in its corpses. I don't know why it wants us dead so badly, but it is remarkably well-equipped to play the long game. The Squirrel is engaged in a war of attrition and God help us it's winning.

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Registered Phenomena Code: XXX

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Containment Protocols: RPC-XXX is contained in a standard humidity-controlled secure locker on Site-██. To minimize the risk of RPX-XXX-1 manifestations in situations disadvantageous to the Authority, only personnel of level 3 and above with proven loyalty records are permitted involvement in RPC-XXX testing. All personnel known to have been exposed to RPC-XXX, and thus subject to RPC-XXX-1, are to wear personal audio/visual recording devices at all times while on-duty in order to maximize observational data of RPC-XXX-1 manifestations. Use of such recording devices while off-duty for the purpose of cataloguing manifestations is encouraged but not mandatory.

All instances of RPC-XXX-1 are to be classified as potential emergency security assets by the ASF, and should be aware of the duties and responsibilities such positions entail before committing to becoming RPC-XXX-1.

Due to the deleterious emotional effects of physical experimentation on RPC-XXX, Research Department counsellors are to be made available during any testing and the administration of low-level amnestics in small quantities is permissible in extreme cases.

Description: SCP-2801 is a seaman's chest of unknown make and origin, measuring 1m x 0.75m x 0.75m, and built entirely of pine wood and iron nails. Chemical analysis of the varnish coating SCP-2801's interior and exterior has proved inconclusive. The object is devoid of markings save for a short inscription engraved by hand on the interior of the lid (See Addendum 2801-2).

When opened, SCP-2801 will always be filled with aged, non-anomalous clothing familiar to the person (hereafter referred to as the "subject") who opened it. This clothing incorporates items from the subject's childhood, generally pieces they wore before adolescence or clothing belonging to close friends and family they recall wearing or desiring. If opened by multiple subjects simultaneously, SCP-2801 manifests clothing specific to the subject who has interacted with it the least in the past, generally those who have never been exposed.

The act of opening SCP-2801 induces extreme feelings of nostalgia in the subject, as well as the sensation of an odour strongly associated with positive childhood memories. This odour is chemically undetectable and varies from subject to subject, including such scents as sandalwood, mothballs, baking, or wood smoke. When SCP-2801 is closed both the clothing and the odour instantly cease to exist until the object is next opened. The odour and combination of clothing is always consistent between each subject; clothing that is destroyed or altered before SCP-2801 is closed will reappear in its original state when the subject next opens it.

A secondary emotional effect of SCP-2801 occurs whenever the item is deliberately damaged or altered. When SCP-2801 is damaged through direct human intervention, any and all personnel responsible for the damage will experience intense, overriding feelings of regret and guilt, as well as sudden vivid recall of incidents in their childhood where they accidentally or deliberately caused emotional harm to those close to them. The effect manifests itself in anyone who has directly harmed SCP-2801, or anyone who has given orders or commands resulting in damage to SCP-2801. The intensity of the altered emotional state decreases when those affected are removed from the presence of SCP-2801, and takes up to a week to subside fully. Exactly what constitutes damaging SCP-2801 is not entirely understood, and due to the negative emotional impact on SCP-2801 staff, testing is not to be undertaken.

SCP-2801-1 refers to the temporary manifestation of anomalous powers and clothing in those subjects who have both opened SCP-2801 and interacted with the clothing it has generated specific to them. SCP-2801-1 events only occur during moments of extreme physical or emotional distress, often brought about by situations wherein the subject's life or livelihood is in immediate danger, and last until the subject perceives said danger to be past.1

During SCP-2801-1 events, clothing consistent with that manifested by the opening of SCP-2801 will appear on the subject's person, altered in size and fit to be at the same proportions to their body size at it was as a child.2. This clothing remains on the subject's person until the end of the manifestation, whereupon it will vanish.

While undergoing SCP-2801-1 manifestations, subjects will exhibit anomalous abilities consistent with those abilities or qualities they consistently imagined themselves to have as children. These qualities can include superior sensory or physical strength, supernatural powers and control over objects or manifested entities. Subjects demonstrate an immediate recollection of the nature and means of control over their imagined abilities, and retain this recollection even after the end of the SCP-2801-1 event.

Addendum SCP-2801-1: Sample SCP-2801-1 Manifestations:

Event # Subject Circumstances of Manifestation Clothing Manifested Outcome
2801-1-27 Researcher A█████ K█████ Cave-in during exploration of tunnels below SCP-████ Oversized pink rubber boots with yellow trim and white polka-dot pattern, belonging to subject's elder sister. Heavily damaged straw hat belonging to subject. Immediate manifestation of a 3-meter-tall animate green plush stuffed toy in the form of a rabbit. Entity obeyed all commands given to it by subject and demonstrated extreme physical strength and resilience, clearing debris and freeing 6 trapped personnel. Entity embraced Researcher K█████ and vanished.
2801-1-95 Junior Researcher H██████ v██ G██████ Chlorine trifluoride spill and subsequent internal ventilation system fire on Site-██ caused incapacitation of 96% of base personnel. Subject was working in environmentally-sealed acoustics laboratory at the time. Pair of oversized black plastic spectacles, no lenses, frame repaired with electrical tape. Subject was able to modify extant audio equipment to emit an intense low-frequency sound which temporarily neutralized the oxidizing and corrosive effects of the chemical. Later analysis revealed the device to be non-functional and non-anomalous in nature.
2801-1-104 Agent Q███-██████ L█ Encounter with Chaos Insurgency operatives during Operation [REDACTED] MTF-[DATA EXPUNGED] heavy casualties Pair of clear plastic swimming goggles, heavily moth-eaten red and yellow towel tied around subject's neck, horned helmet constructed of cardboard and tinfoil. Subject's voice became highly amplified. Subject demonstrated the ability to deflect incoming projectiles with fists. Anomalous effect forced retreat of CI unit.3.
2801-1-104 Agent B██████ E███ Outbreak of SCP-████ and subsequent containment breach of ████-1 through -78 results in heavy casualties on Area-██. Subject trapped in breached guard post with 3 other members of Area-██ security team. Football jersey consistent with that of the Brazilian 1970 national team. Hand-sewed name on back reads "E███". Football consistent with those used during the 1970 world cup manifests at subject's feet. Subject is able to exhibit perfect control over football and kick it at apparently supersonic speeds, resulting in no damage to the ball. Subject is able to use football to delay SCP-███ until reinforcements arrive.
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Addendum 2: RPC-XXX Interior Inscription:

The following is inscribed on the interior of SCP-2801's lid. Wear marks indicate inscription was performed by hand, but the age of the inscriptions and the results of handwriting analysis have been inconclusive.

My dear child. I will not lie to you and say that the world out there is safe or good, but I know that you have it within you to make it so. Your childhood is your own; go and live it full of wonder, and hold on to it in your heart.

When you need it again, it will be there for you. I promise.

With love, Grandfather.

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