Registered Phenomena Code: 912

Object Class: Alpha-White

Hazard Types: Organic Hazard, Grouped Hazard

Containment Protocols: RPC-912 is to be housed within a containment chamber measuring 4 square meters, with a grassy surface maintained under simulated sunlight provided by UV lights. A horticulturist is assigned to tend to the grass every thirty days. Daily checks are to be conducted, removing any replicated Garden Gnome statues. These replicas should be transported to Site-015's Research Bay or destroyed using a crushing machine.


A Reproduced RPC-912 clone.

Description: RPC-912 is an average North American Suburban Front-yard Garden Gnome measuring 30 cm long. The Garden Gnome shows clear signs of color degradation and has been vandalized with red spray paint on its right side. Despite this, the original colors of the Garden Gnome can still be seen, featuring a blue shirt, big black boots, and a red Phrygian cap. Despite the color degradation, there are no visible signs of damage to the gnome's ceramic structure, such as cracks or holes.

When RPC-912 stands upon a patch of grass, it will produce exact replicas of its exterior shell giving it the capability of producing exact replicas of itself. These replicas maintain the same size, color scheme, pose, and red spray-paint vandalism. The reproduction rate is entirely random, with the cell requiring daily cleaning, as RPC-912 could reproduce around a hundred or fewer Garden Gnomes per day.

X-rays indicate that the interior of the Garden Gnome contains a biomass of living tissue, including a heart, brain, and bone fragments, utilizing the Garden Gnome as its exterior. Hearing tests yield only faint groans from within the Garden Gnome.

Sound-Recoding of RPC-912 below:

X-rays of RPC-912 clones reveal a hollow interior. There is yet to be a clear explanation for why RPC-912 reproduces, though various theories have been proposed. One theory suggests that RPC-912 reproduces to blend into a crowd of itself. The mechanism behind the creation of the clones remains unknown, but video recordings show the clones of RPC-912 emerging from the ground.

RPC-912 was initially housed within a Security Locker in the Lower Levels of Site-015. However, containment became problematic as the anomaly exhibited an anomalous behavior: strange veins emerged from the sole of the Garden Gnome. These veins displayed an active effort to seek proximity to patches of ground for embedding. The invasive nature of these veins posed a safety risk, resulting in tripping hazards within the hallways. One incident occurred where a Researcher tripped over the protruding veins, suffering a mandibular fracture. Recognizing the potential dangers posed by RPC-912's pursuit of ground, containment procedures were reassessed.

The Authority relocated RPC-912 into a Containment Cell to mitigate the risks and accommodate its properties. This cell is specifically designed to allow RPC-912 access to a patch of ground, facilitating its ability to create additional replicas. The relocation of RPC-912 aimed to provide a more controlled environment for containment while ensuring the anomaly's continuous replication within prescribed parameters.

Discovery: RPC-912 came to the attention of the Authority on January 15, 1999, in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. The discovery unfolded when a neighbor's newly installed camera system captured footage of RPC-912 outside an abandoned house, engaged in a self-replication event from the ground. Upon acquiring the camera recording, RPC officials promptly initiated a response to investigate and address the anomaly. Efforts to remove RPC-912 from the location proved challenging initially, as the Garden Gnome appeared firmly attached to the ground, with the cause remaining unknown. Subsequent analysis revealed that the attachment was attributed to anomalous veins extending from the sole of RPC-912. In response to this revelation, a specialized team of RPC officials disguised as construction workers executed a meticulous operation. Their objective was to extract both RPC-912 and the patch of ground it was affixed to, ensuring the preservation of the anomaly's anomalous nature. Subsequent decontamination procedures, including pressure washing the affected patch of ground, were conducted at Site-15. The operation proved successful, and RPC-912 has since been contained within Site-15. Despite thorough investigations into the abandoned house, no evidence was uncovered regarding the creation or origin of RPC-912.

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