RPC-706

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Registered Phenomena Code: 706

Object Class: Omega-Orange

Hazard Types: Grouped, Sapient, Organic, Biohazard, Regenerative, Mutilation, Contact, Extra-Dimensional, Immeasurable

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Surviving footage of RPC-706 in situ

Containment Protocols: Entrances to RPC-706-adjacent spaces are sealed. The existence of these spaces are by themselves highly innocuous; compact protocol surrounding the access of RPC-706-adjacent tunnel systems are entirely within the jurisdiction of the RPC Authority, UNAAC, and other anomalous containment authorities, rendering civilian discovery improbable. At present, the Authority maintains operational ties with the New York City Council1 surrounding the concealment of these passageways.2

RPC-706-A instances found above-threshold are to be sedated and returned to the underground.

At the discretion of Head Researcher Simmons, MST Charlie-180 "Shark Teeth" and MST Echo-8 "Plague Doctors" are assigned to exterminate RPC-706 via standard chemical weaponry should a containment breach be imminent.

All personnel assigned to RPC-706 are to wash their hands to the fullest extent before making their presence known.

It is of utmost urgency that the Authority prevent RPC-706 from breaching the underground.

Description: RPC-706 are a species of Culicidae3 measuring on average 0.3 inches long. Wingspan of members greatly vary from 0.4-0.7 inches. Notably, the wings of RPC-706 are encased in a fibrous chitin, similar to paper in chemical composition, resembling a type of singular, flexible elytra.4 Specimens are black in coloration and are averse to warm temperatures. Note that the biological taxonomy of RPC-706 is under scrutiny; although the physical resemblances to Culicidae are significant, the mating ritual of RPC-706 instances (particularly in the context of the larvae produced therein, as well as the incubation process of birthing such) may place them as an anomalous evolutionary link between Culicidae and Cestoda.5

RPC-706 swarm in dense groups of up to over 700 individual specimens per 1.53 meters. Within RPC-706-adjacent complexes, the internal atmosphere is, on average, composed primarily of the RPC-706 swarm. However the vast majority of mature RPC-706 may be found resting on minor outcroppings or along cave walls, making succinct navigation possible; in some contrary cases, RPC-706 have been known to form clots within tighter spaces, resulting in the massive expiration and subsequent consumption of all instances trapped therein. The sheer density of RPC-706 flocks, in conjunction with the previously mentioned physical make of instances' elytra, are liable to cause minor rupturing when bare flesh or cloth is exposed to them.

RPC-706 inhabit a speculated 44 tunnel systems loosely connected with the New York City sewer system.6 Concrete entrances to this system are the result of RPC Authority manufacture, maintenance, and jurisdiction; prior to outside excavation, RPC-706 had no means of ascending said tunnel systems, and at present are seemingly unwilling to approach within ~5.6 meters of Authority-made entryways. As per Administrative purview, these tunnels are not themselves classified as a Registered Phenomena Code; this is due to the disconnect between their formation and RPC-706's behavior.7

A recorded 37 Homo sapiens (RPC-706-A, -01 to -37) cohabitate said tunnels. Each instance has been properly identified.8 Instances are the unwilling hosts of continuous copulation and brooding by RPC-706 and are capable of rapidly regenerating ruptured tissue. Biological processes of RPC-706-A are suspended, and all subjects remain animate and seemingly aware of their surroundings.

Although fleshly rupture by the wings of RPC-706 are not directly utilized in the mating process, as instances have an observed preference of carving small slits into the flesh of RPC-706-A via the proboscis, said gashes are viable exit sites of RPC-706 pupae. Insemination process of RPC-706 eggs is unrecorded; as stated above, specimens are observed copulating with entryways carved into RPC-706-A, in which a form of spermatophore9 may burrow through the exposed muscle mass prior to incubation. Following the hatching of these eggs, flatworms 6.3 inches on average, deep orange in coloration, will violently eject from the afflicted RPC-706-A alongside a surplus of bodily fluids. Pupae often number in the thousands during this stage, of which the majority survive birthing. Pupae will then feast from the bodies of RPC-706-A in order to undergo metamorphosis into mature, airborne RPC-706; this process lasts a projected 16 days.

RPC-706 post-metamorphosis have a recorded lifespan of 3 months. Cadavers of specimens serve as the sole mode of nutrition for RPC-706-A.

Addendum: On Janurary 6th 1998, the RPC-706 research team was granted permission by the Administration Division to dispatch the Authority Subterranean Rover "Capricorn" to survey the whole of the RPC-706 population underneath Manhattan. The rover was lowered through Entrance 706-05 at 184 W 44th street10 via mechanical pulley. Capricorn was outfitted with an LST-2 remote camera system, a two-piece microphone, and a portable incandescent lamp (106 °F).


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