RPC-229-A, Front view

Registered Phenomena Code: RPC-229

Object Class: Omega-White

Hazard Types: Sapient Hazard

Containment Protocols: As RPC-229 is transient in nature, current containment procedures are geared towards minimizing public knowledge of RPC-229. Advanced web crawler programs are to search likely forums for references to events that may be an instance of RPC-229, and forward them to the nearest field operative capable of investigating the possibility. When a phenomenon is recognized as an instance of RPC-229, a decision should be made by a Level 3 or greater researcher familiar with the phenomenon on whether to document it immediately, or let it expire naturally, based on possibility of exposure to the public. Heuristic word processing algorithms are to be used on all Authority files for the possibility of documenting an instance of RPC-229 before being uploaded to the main database, to avoid an unintentional disabling of the current instance. Capture or neutralization of the entity or entities that self-identify as WAW is a top priority due to the high likelihood of paranormal informational breach to the general public.

An investigation to discover the identity of the entity or entities known as "WAW" is presently underway. Additionally, Authority researchers are engaging in a long-term study of the methods in use, in order to enact more effective containment procedures. No significant progress has been made on either front as of the last time this file was updated.

Description: RPC-229 is the designation given to a series of 20 73 more than 250 loosely related phenomena documented by the Authority since December 13, 2007. Instances of RPC-229 have only six documented similarities, and have varied widely in every other respect.

  1. Instances of RPC-229 are localized to either one object or an area of no greater than 20 square meters.
  2. Instances of RPC-229 are not directly harmful to human life.
  3. Instances of RPC-229 are accompanied by an odor of lavender, tea tree oil, Irish Spring original formula soap, Dr. Squatch Citrus Pine Tar soap or lime.
  4. Instances of RPC-229 are accompanied by a sensation of tingling in at least three of the fingertips of the left hand, either upon entering the area of effect or noticing the anomalous nature of the current instance.
  5. Instances of RPC-229 cease being anomalous or completely disappear 90 days after their inception or at the time of their documentation in official Authority files, whichever happens first.
  6. Instances of RPC-229, upon ceasing to function, manifest within the area of effect a slip of very fine 80lbs rag paper1 measuring 3x3 centimeters. These slips of paper display on one side a white sigil associated with Modern Chaos Magic2 on a black background with the letters WAW in the center. The reverse side always contains a message in black text on a white background. These slips of paper are not otherwise anomalous, and have been designated RPC-229-A.

It is important to note that phenomena that fit these conditions are not RPC Phenomena in their own right; rather, they are instances of RPC-229, apparently created by an unknown entity or entities, suspected to be an anartist(s). No definite positive connection to The Academy of True Art has been posited by Authority investigators, but a connection cannot be ruled out either; an informational contact within the Academy said only that the Academy was "aware" of the phenomenon.

Partial list of past instances of RPC-229:

RPC-229 instance Description RPC-229-A message
RPC-229-1 (Formerly LO-███) A small patch of grass outside Bend, Oregon which continuously wove itself into a fractal pattern. Documented December 13, 2007. None3
RPC-229-12 (Formerly RPC-███) A billboard in Taipei, Taiwan which appeared to be in the native language of any viewer. Documented January 12, 2008.4 "Targeted advertising is like hunting birds with lawn darts."
RPC-229-20 An Arizona Raspberry Iced Tea can which, when kicked, acted as though the local gravity were 0.15G5. Connection posited between RPC-229 occurrences by Authority researchers due to the discovery of RPC-229-A messages at multiple anomaly sites, all previous phenomena that fit the conditions re-filed as instances of RPC-229. Not documented, ceased functioning April 11, 2008. "Childhood would be more fun if our imagination matched reality."
RPC-229-34 A reversal of local gravity confined to the broom closet of the Our Grace Seventh Day Adventist Church in Salina, Kansas. Discovered October 27, 2008. Broom closet closed off under guise of dangerous electrical malfunction. Not documented, expired January 25, 2009. 90 day interval confirmed. "Explain this, father!"
RPC-229-50 All paper products in, or brought into, the kitchen of Mrs. Amy █████████ of Colorado Springs, Colorado instantly shredded themselves into a number of pieces equal to a prime number of three digits or more. Discovered August 5, 2009, not documented, allowed to run its course. Owner of the home was amnesticized and returned to civilian life successfully. "Art does not have to be creation alone."
RPC-229-62 Bathroom mirrors in a New York subway station reversed their images along the vertical axis. Deactivated via documentation January 1, 2010, to avoid media attention. "Everyone should take a moment to really look at themselves occasionally."
RPC-229-112 The men's room of a Starbucks in Waukegan, Illinois, caused anyone currently inside of it to forget the existence of religion, stick shift cars, Waffle House, and chihuahuas until exiting the area of effect. Documented September 18, 2012. "If only everywhere could be this nice!"
RPC-229-117 A traditional Mexican Chiminea6 in Acapulco, Mexico produced a blue flame that was cold rather than hot, with the decrease in temperature directly proportional to the amount and quality of fuel used. Deactivated May 13, 2013, upon being designated LO-███ and added to the Catalog of Lesser Anomalous Items. "Why do they like these things? Mexico is already too hot. It doesn't need more fire."
RPC-229-120 A slide in a playground in Lisbon, Portugal gave the user the impression of the slide being roughly 3 kilometers long, with an estimated travel speed of 200 m/s. This was only an illusion, and outside observers just saw children screaming on the slide. Contained without documentation under the cover story of a sewer main break, expired July 9, 2013. "WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!"[sic]
RPC-229-127 A radio broadcast available only in room 214 of the Site-038 Mechanical Anomaly Research Wing at 103.5 FM, playing a constant loop of "I Am a Scientist" by the Dandy Warhols. Not documented, expired January 3rd, 2014. "This should be your theme song. Seriously."

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