RPC-302

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Registered Phenomena Code: 302

Object Class: Beta-Red

Hazard Types: Chemical, Sentient, Organic, and Biological-type Hazards

Containment Procedures: The 50 RPC-302 specimens are to be contained in a plexiglass terrarium. Due to the biochemical effects created by the parasites, all personnel entering the containment chamber that houses the RPC-302 organisms are to be equipped with a hazmat suit. The air filters in Site-45 are to be checked for any chemical disturbances on a daily basis.

The RPC-302 instances are to be fed twice a day. The meals consist of food appropriate to the dietary needs of the instances.1

Description: RPC-302 is a species of insectoid parasites found in ████████, Africa. Due to the fact that they target sentient and/or sapient mammals instead of going after a host that would be easier to find, and due to the fact that they resemble no known species of insect beyond rudimentary and coincidental traits, they are believed to have been genetically engineered. All members of the species are solitary organisms, with no queen or other such rulers. They average between 0.5-2 CM in length and have a lifespan of roughly one year. There are no males in the species, with females reproducing asexually inside of a host.

RPC-302 has a three-stage lifespan: The larval stage, juvenile, and adult. A report of each stage in the lifespan can be found below.

The larval stage of RPC-302, like most other larvae, is abandoned shortly after being hatched. The larvae resemble maggots and armored caterpillars and possess a horn on their head resembling the kind found on several species of rhinoceros beetle. The horn is used to help penetrate the surface of whatever part of the body they reside in, though this cannot be done through the horn alone. To assist in this process, RPC-302 specimens are capable of spitting chloric acid. Given that this trait has yet to be shown by any adult RPC-302 instances, it is believed that the acid-spraying ability is lost in the next phase.

Outside of the human body, the larva will eat whatever they can to survive. Using a combination of their horn and chloric acid, the larva will prey on smaller insects and small newborn reptiles. Subjects average .1-5 centimeters in length, and weigh a total of 2-10 grams. In addition to their legs, subjects also possess the ability to shoot silk in order to create a path to wherever they may be going. The silk is similar in composition to spider silk, and has shown much of the same qualities.

Retrieval log 302-1: On █/█/8█, several reports of people having panic attacks for seemingly no reason were filed in ████████, Africa. Most of said people were not known to have had them prior to this incident, which sparked the interest of the Authority. Doctor Miller T. Johnson, clinical psychologist and chief of psychological sciences at the RPC Authority, was dispatched along side MST Zeta-45 ''Backwater Filterers'' to investigate.

The RPC-302 instances were captured, however, one managed to escape and enter the brain of Doctor Johnson. After he experienced several symptoms of becoming an RPC-302-1 instance, Doctor Johnson was taken into medical custody and was the subject of a cranial surgery operation. The following interview was conducted when Doctor Johnson was housing an RPC-302 instance inside of his body.

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