Registered Phenomena Code: 552

Object Class: Alpha-Yellow

Hazard Types: Organic Hazard, Visual Hazard, Sentient Hazard


Figure 12-5: Image of Soldier instance of RPC-552.

Containment Protocols: RPC-552 is to be contained in an 8m x 4m x 1m terrarium. The enclosure is to have no less than 3 hides1 at various points throughout the tank and is to be placed on top of a 3cm layer of topsoil. The heating apparatuses are to be situated at the west side of the enclosure to create a heat gradient from the west (30°C) to the east (23ºC) side of the terrarium. RPC-552 is to have its water replaced every day and be fed a meal of live crickets coated with calcium supplements every two days. The tank should be cleaned on a bi-weekly basis.

Authority staff assigned to care for RPC-552 must take extreme caution while near RPC-552's enclosure to ensure RPC-552 does not in any way feel threatened. This includes slow, methodical movement, and a calm demeanor. Authority staff who manage to provoke or alarm RPC-552 are to be immediately re-assigned to another task.

In the event that RPC-552 becomes panicked, Authority staff are to immediately take the inhaler of RPC-925 which has been provided in the containment room. Should there be insufficient time to access RPC-925, staff are to go prone preferably at a 1m distance from RPC-552's terrarium in order to avoid damaging the tank.

Description: RPC-552 is a species of desert-dwelling reptiles closely resembling that of Eublepharis macularius. While RPC-552's temperament is normally docile, when threatened it has displayed an array of anomalous abilities. Manifestations of these abilities include subjects experiencing seizures, temporary blindness, disorientation, and loss of consciousness.

It is hypothesized that RPC-552 channels its anomalous effects through its tail. It has been observed that prior to any attack, RPC-552 slowly wags its tail in the air in an 'S' shape. Instances of RPC-552 which have lost their tails have not been observed to utilize their anomalous abilities until the tail has been regrown.

There are multiple recorded instances of RPC-552 exhibiting eusocial behavior in much the same manner as Heterocephalus glaber. The social structure consists of one breeding female and one or more breeding males, with the rest of the colony being relegated to worker or soldier roles. The average colony of RPC-552 numbers approximately 10-25 instances. RPC-552 has displayed the ability to non-verbally communicate and has shown rudimentary organizational skills2.

RPC-552 has exhibited higher brain functionality compared to a non-anomalous instance of Eublepharis macularius, proving capable of recognizing individual humans as well as individual instances of RPC-552. Depending on whether the experience was benign or malevolent, RPC-552's reaction will range from apathy to outright hostility.

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Addendum 3: Colony Functionality

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