RPC-249

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Several instances of RPC-249-1.

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Registered Phenomena Code: 249

Object Class: Beta-Purple

Hazard Types: Grouped, Organic, Bio-Hazard, Emotional

Containment Protocols: RPC-249 is to be kept in a hermetically sealed container at a temperature of -196°C within an airtight, air-locked chamber under similar conditions. No biological substances are to enter RPC-249’s containment chamber without the authorization and direct supervision of a researcher or senior staff member of Security Clearance Level 3 or higher.

In the event of a containment breach, RPC-249’s containment chamber is to be flooded with potassium hydroxide for a minimum of 48 hours. All personnel that come into contact with RPC-249 are to be given a full examination and sterilized. All clothing that comes into contact with RPC-249 is to be fully submerged in potassium hydroxide for 24 hours, then burned.
All personnel infected with RPC-249 are to be immediately terminated, and their remains soaked in potassium hydroxide for up to 72 hours, then incinerated.

Description: RPC-249 is a parasite that appears to be of the helminth1 family, though no genus can be determined. Adult instances of RPC-249 can reach a length of up to 0.95mm.
RPC-249 is capable of becoming dormant when there is no nearby food source, or when reaching temperatures too low to allow free movement. It is theorized that RPC-249 can remain dormant for up to 2,000 years before needing to feed again.

When entering a dormant state, instances of RPC-249 will form a tough protective encasement around themselves that is capable of withstanding temperatures above 1500°C. Numerous tests have shown that this encasement is also capable of withstanding pressures exceeding 725,000 PSI.

Upon submersion in potassium hydroxide, the protective encasement surrounding dormant instances of RPC-249 will begin to deteriorate, becoming fully dissolved within about 48 hours. Once this occurs, the parasites are rendered vulnerable to extreme temperatures. Authority personnel have not been able to recreate this result under any other conditions, rendering this the only reliable method of eradicating dormant instances.

When an instance of RPC-249 comes into contact with a living human, now designated RPC-249-1, either through the ventral system or via direct exposure to skin, RPC-249 will make its way to RPC-249-1's intestinal tract, where it will lay its eggs and begin feeding off of RPC-249-1’s blood. In less than 24 hours the eggs will hatch, and the larva will separate into two groups, designated RPC-249-A and RPC-249-B. RPC-249-A will enter RPC-249-1's brain, changing RPC-249-1's brain chemistry. This often causes headaches, blurred vision, vertigo, and slurred speech. RPC-249 is also capable of influencing the behavior of 249-1, causing them to seek out sources of heat; allowing faster growth and movement within the host; as well as increase their appetite far beyond their normal daily requirements. When questioned about these symptoms, RPC-249-1 will claim they feel "just fine" or "great", despite showing many signs of discomfort.

RPC-249-B will move to 249-1's sweat glands, where RPC-249-B will start producing a mineral composition similar to that of volcanic ash, forming a mineral cocoon around RPC-249-1's body, until RPC-249-1 is completely engulfed. This process can take anywhere from forty minutes, to 36 hours. RPC-249-1 will still claim to be in great condition, despite indications of extreme pain and discomfort.

Once RPC-249-1 is completely covered in volcanic rock, RPC-249 will induce a comatose state upon RPC-249-1. RPC-249 will then regroup in 249-1's intestinal tract and begin to consume RPC-249-1's internal organs. RPC-249 will then begin to rapidly reproduce, creating several thousand new instances of RPC-249. This process can take up to three months before its completion, the victim inside remaining alive despite lack of oxygen and the consumption of vital organs. How this is achieved is currently unknown.
Once RPC-249-1 is completely consumed, RPC-249 will become dormant until the mineral cocoon is broken, at which time RPC-249 will become airborne, seeking new hosts to repeat the process.

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