RPC-012

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Print taken from RPC-012-365. Caption reads "By the will of God and all the saints our forces have crushed the Oriental hordes! God save the Tsar!"

Registered Phenomena Code: 012

Object Class: Alpha-White

Hazards: Grouped Hazard, Extra-Dimensional Hazard, Ideological Hazard

Containment Protocols: Authority personnel are implanted within the archival staff of the Russian and Japanese Ministries of Defense, and are to conduct regular investigations of any and all physical files relating to the Russo-Japanese war that might become duplicated by RPC-012. Digitized copies of all RPC-012 instances are archived on Authority servers at Site-313. In the unlikely event that an instance of RPC-012 is reproduced in a publicly-accessible format online or via physical media, Cover 291-A (Fictional Alternate-Historical Art Project) is to be utilized.

As instances of RPC-012 are non-anomalous historical archival documents in and of themselves, any handling of them must abide by the Department of Historical and Pseudohistorical Studies Archival Collections Management Policy.

Description: RPC-012 refers to the anomalous alteration of Japanese and Russian historical records of the Russo-Japanese war to reflect an historical scenario in which the Russians won that conflict through anomalous and apparently divine means. RPC-012 occurs in the presence of any number of documents currently controlled by active members of the archival staff of the armed forces of Russia and Japan, but not in civilian-held records in those countries, or military records belonging to any countries other than Russia and Japan.

RPC-012 manifests itself by spatially displacing preexisting Russo-Japanese war documents to other locations in adjacent archival spaces, while simultaneously filling the space occupied by the original document with a duplicate that is nearly always physically, materially and chemically identical in all ways save the modification of its informational content. The creation of these duplicates is instantaneous and generally produces no external change in the document, preserving the same exterior labels or storage media a document might be contained in. RPC-012 only affects physical paper documents, including photographs, dating from the 8th of February 1904 to the 5th of September 1905. Original film negatives, audio recordings and digital files from within this time period are unaffected, as are documents relating to the Russo-Japanese War written before or after this period.

Document RPC-012-312: The following document displaced a telegram sent by General Aleksey Kuropatkin following his retreat from Liaoyang on the 7th of September. The original telegram describes Russian forces making a 'victorious retreat' from the city following its partial encirclement by the Japanese.

JAPANESE IN ROUT RETREATING PAST AUPING1, SEVERE LOSSES

VICTORY BY GRACE OF SAINT ALEXANDER AND SAINT DEMETRIUS.

IN THE NAME OF GOD, VICTORY

Document RPC-012-788: The original document, dated 30 January 1905, is from a Russian corporal present at the Battle of Sandepu2 to his mother. It describes the soldier's misery at the failed Russian attack on Japanese lines, and laments the death of one Sergeant K.S. Chotkin, a close friend of his. The original document bears several heavily censored sections, not present in the RPC-012 instance.

[…] I have written before to you of Sergeant Chotkin, who has often had occasion to share his tobacco with me. I believe him to be no great soldier, but a kind and Godly man who treats his subordinates with the respect and dignity that is so often lacking in this army.

When the call to charge came he was praying quietly beside me, and even in the depths of my fear I sensed a tension from him that I had never noticed before- Chotkin is a smiling and cheerful sort, even in the midst of the mud and blood, but today he was grim.

The whistle blew down the line and we ran forwards together but as we did I saw a sight I can barely countenance, Mother- for the Sergeant's bayonet glowed with a golden flame, and about him I saw a radiance, as if the very air was alight. I know how unlikely it sounds, Mother, but I swear to you that as he ran through the storm of shellfire and bullets the shots of the enemy melted before they could touch him. A man tried to bayonet him and simply burst into flames as if he had been doused in oil! Through it all I felt myself drawn along, like the little ducks who swim the waterfall in the hill above the old mill.

[…] I still have no clear recollection of the battle itself, but Mother I swear to you when all was done and the Orientals were running, the clouds opened and the sun warmed us, and we realized that of the whole platoon- no, maybe even the whole regiment, not one of us had been injured! They say the Japanese might even be pulling out of Manchuria entirely, can you imagine?!

DOCUMENT RPC-012-112: Original document is a transcript of Russian Baltic Fleet radio communications during the Battle of Tsushima, 27-28 May 1905.3 Original mentions loss of several Russian ships, notably Oslyablya4 and Borodino5. Unlike other instances of RPC-012, the replaced document does away with much of the original format. Later pages of the document appear to be hand-written on vellum instead of the original paper, and in several areas the original black typewriter ink is replaced with a mixture of powdered gold and human blood.

[…] JAPANESE FLAGSHIP SUNK STOP
JAPANESE CREWS THROW THEMSELVES INTO THE SEA AT THE SPLENDOR STOP
WE RIDE THE WAVES ON WINGS OF HEAVENLY LIGHT AMEN
OUR HULL IS THE SHIELD OF THE LORD STOP
METROPOLITAN BOGOYAVLENSKY6 APPEARED UPON THE BOWSPRIT WITH BLOOD ON HIS PALMS AND SIDE AND GUIDED THE GUNS BY HAND AMEN
GLORY GLORY GLORY GLORY AMEN
WE ARE THE LORD AND HE IS US
AMEN

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