RPC-123

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RPC-123

Registered Phenomena Code: 123

Object Class: Alpha-Yellow

Hazard Types: Visual Hazard, Ontological Hazard

Containment Protocols: RPC-123 is to be kept within medium security small item containment locker A-23 in Site-004.
The object itself is to be secured in a locked book clamp and placed in a sealed chemically stable plastic container.
Humidity and temperature of the container is to be controlled for long term storage of RPC-123.
The book clamp key is to be stored in a lock-box in alongside RPC-123's container and secured with a 6 digit locking mechanism.

Access to the object is restricted to project leads, permission to access is granted by Site-04 secure requisitions.
In the event that the clasp key is damaged, bitting is logged with Site-04 secure requisitions.
In the event that the clasp key is lost, Site-004 secure requisitions must be notified immediately for binder lock re-pinning.

Description: RPC-123 is an 1868 primary school English textbook titled "Clarks English Grammar 40TH ED". The cover is a navy blue hard cloth type in rough condition. Pages are complete and legible with some yellowing and water-damage present. The object appears to be a cognito-hazard that, when read, causes the victim to involuntary integrate contractions into their speech, the effect beginning one hour after commencement of first reading. Duration of reading and subsequent readings do not appear to alter the speed of effect.

Reading the title present on the spine of the book does not appear to produce the effect. The effect is categorized into two phases, phase-1 having 4 distinct stages and phase-2 being a steady deterioration.

Phase 1 is characterised by integration of spoken contractions with no observed impact on other higher mental faculties. Phase 1 manifests as 4 distinct stages:

  1. Integration begins with common contractions one hour after the first reading.
  2. Manifests approximately 24 hours after the first reading, the victim begins to contract words that have no recognized or colloquial English contraction.
  3. Sufferers begin to formulate contracted sentences, beginning approximately 83 hours after the first reading.
  4. Speech malformation progresses to entirely contracted, unintelligible vocalizations approximately 60 hours later.

The use of contracted speech is not recognized by the victim as abnormal until the onset of stage 3, when the use of contractions causes victim some distress becoming severe distress by stage 4. Speech effects typically fully develop over a period of 168 hours, after such time behavioural effects manifest in victim's general higher cognitive ability.

Phase 2 is characterised by the progressive deterioration of general higher mental faculties. Decline in neural function during phase 2 is not uniform therefore no stages are defined.

Once the victim reaches stage 4 of phase 1, physical neural damage becomes detectable; the spread of this damage beyond speech centers marks the onset of phase 2.
PET scans confirm diminished neural activity first manifests in speech centers, primarily Broca's area, and spreads to adjoining cortices until all higher functions are affected. The damage spreads over a span of 48-72 hours, depending on the health of the victim, and is accompanied by behavioral degeneration.

Progressive Neural damage halts approximately 10 days after the first reading, leaving the victim's cognitive capabilities comparable to that of the average chimpanzee. To date, all victims presenting with affected speech have progressed to higher neural damage.

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