RPC-234

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Registered Phenomena Code: 234

Object Class: Gamma-Orange

Hazard Types:

234-1: Organic, Bio-Hazard
234-2: Bio-Hazard
234-3: Bio-Hazard, Sapient, Aggression

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RPC-234-1

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Containment Protocols: RPC-234-1 appears in temperate climates without warning. Given the danger of both the anomalous lifeform and its mundane counterpart1, it is recommended to destroy both on site as quickly as possible; Fire is an effective means of termination. The host, a potential instance of RPC-234-3, must be treated with antiviral drugs within 24 hours of infection. RPC-234-2 is transmissible through any bodily fluids excreted by RPC-234-3, as well as the white, milky ichor of RPC-234-1. After 24 hours, RPC-234-2 cannot be extracted, leaving termination or containment of RPC-234-3 the only conceivable course of action. All bodies should be incinerated, regardless of suspected infection, and all personnel in close contact with instances of RPC-234-3 placed in quarantine for 24 hours, to be released only when no signs of the anomalous virus manifest. RPC-234-2 affects most human and animal hosts, regardless of species.

Description: RPC-234 is an anomalous, sapient lifeform with a three-stage vector. RPC-234-1 is a species of massive, multi-cellular helminths2 with no detectable anomalous properties, save for its unusual size3, and the presence of a complex virus (designated RPC-234-2) in approximately 80% of samples studied4. RPC-234-1 resides in various cereal crops. Experiments in high risk locations involved isolating several acres of farmland within hydroponic tents and replacing the soil up to six feet (2m) deep. When attempting to cultivate grain imported from non-hazardous areas, not only did the anomalies manifest, despite maximum quarantine levels, it was found that smaller crops appeared to yield higher densities of RPC-234-1. Resulting hypothesis is that the worm manifests through some unknown, anomalous means.

Infected humans will exhibit mundane symptoms pertaining to ergot poisoning, usually beginning with gastric interference5 and increasing from there. Once RPC-234-2 infects the nervous system, it spreads at an accelerated rate, reaching the brain in roughly 6 hours. At this point the virus will rewrite neural pathways, resulting in a period of spastic contortions resembling epilepsy. These convulsions extend to every muscle in the body of a host, affecting the eyes, tongue, throat, and diaphragm, creating instances of false glossolalia6, abnormally fast or heavy breathing, and rapid eye movement. Hosts of RPC-234-2 often injure themselves during this period, resulting in torn ligaments, broken bones, and even death. Convulsions last roughly ten minutes, before a new instance of RPC-234-3 regains consciousness. Subject will initially appear lethargic, exhibiting slurred, irregular speech patterns, and disorganized thinking for several hours, after which they become alert, and potentially dangerous.

Instances of RPC-234-3 display radically altered personalities, and while they can be docile, infected subjects are often prone to violent mood-swings, and hence must be restrained when interviewed. Instances of RPC-234-3 appear to retain their memories, but often refer to their past selves in third person, exhibiting apathy, dismissal, or contempt. Subjects often exhibit self-destructive behavior, destroying their human hosts with addictive and sadomasochistic tendencies. Advanced infection exceeding three weeks displays complete eventual hair loss, a deep yellowing of the sclera7, and blackened skin around the hands and feet, growing outward until subject is completely enveloped, though very few survive to this stage. Severe neural degeneration typically ensues.

Addendum 234.1: LO-118

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