Registered Phenomena Code: 401

Object Class: Alpha-White

Hazard Types: h-contact.png h-sensory.png h-biohazard.png h-mechanical.png h-organic.png

Containment Protocols: RPC-401 is to be kept inside a high-value item, vacuum sealed, container at containment wing of Site-008's. Inside a reinforced underground 4m x 4m x 2m room that has adjacent, 2.5m x 4m x 2m hermetically sealed room, also known as a safe room, with a 1m x 2.5m bullet-proof window, that should be used only for gathering information about RPC-401. Safe room is equipped with electron microscope1 atomic force microscopy (AFM) tools, samples of requested chemicals, ventilation system, sample fridge, chairs (2), research bench and a computer terminal for logging new information into a localized data base. It's password is to be changed once a month.

Surveillance system consists of two cameras on opposite corners of the main room, both getting footage of the container RPC-401 is in, it is rigged with a motion sensor on the inside. 1 camera is located inside the research room pointing towards the door. Both doors inside RPC-401 containment are hermetically sealed, reinforced steel doors and both are equipped with an ID identifier.

2 ASF personnel are set outside to guard containment at all times. They are to be armed with tranquilizers and live ammunition. Lethal force is only to be used as last resort.
In case a scientist attempts to enter prior to scheduled research, they will be politely informed that they will have to wait or, if they don't have a schedule, they will be redirected away from RPC-401 containment.

Research of RPC-401 is allowed only to Level 2 3 researchers with ID authorization and a two week prior research notice provided from a senior item researcher. Any and all attempts to research RPC-401 without said requirements should be viewed as a containment breach and those caught in RPC-401's room should be, apprehended (if violent or ASF personnel are unable to subdue them, execution on sight is highly advised), interrogated, given amnestics and be assigned to D class. Level 2 3 scientist is to be accompanied by at least one level 2 3 apprentice. Upon testing of RPC-401, tester is recommended to wear proper equipment2 due to the possibility of coming into contact with RPC-401-1. All personnel that are going to participate in an experiment should be equipped properly. If the need arises to test with living subjects, there should be at least 2 Level 2 3 scientists and a single ASF personnel containment at the experiment due to potential violent outbursts caused by subjects.

Description: RPC-401 is at first glance, a saber with a blade measuring at 66 cm. The hilt is 15 cm in length and 3.25 cm in width. Unknown circular stamp can be seen that encapsulates what seems to be two letter Ss mirrored vertically on the side of the hilt. It is assumed to be a logo of a potential GOI.
Closer inspection reveals that the blade is composed of an unknown mist-like matter that flows in the shape of a blade that is 1.3 cm thick.

After taking a sample from the mist-like substance and observing it with AFM tools, it was determined that it was composed of a hologram and nanobots, hereby designated RPC-401-1. RPC-401-1 instances are cylindrical in shape and 2μm x 3μm x 2μm in size with 2 grabbing mechanisms on each of their sides, 0.9 μm in length each. They propel themselves with 1 tail 7 μm long, akin to the one of a sperm cell. Numerical values listed that are relating to the amount of RPC-401-1 instances are speculations due to their unpredictable movement patterns. Approximation of their amount in blade visualization came to the number of around 2.3833333 x 10^12 due to their total volume which stands at cca 28.59 ml3 When the weapon is in it's maximum efficiency. The uncertainty of their numbers stands at ±3.5 x 10^8, when it's considered that RPC-401-1 instances flow in erratic swarms inside of cca 1/3 of the blade's volume, which is 28.6cm³4 as well as when combined with their semi elliptical movement at the edge of the blade that follows electrical current. Current is maintained at 12 millivolts, 35011 Hz, [DATA EXPUNGED]. On their own, without the main electrical current, RPC-401-1 instances have a half-life of 2.542 hours. After their time expires, they turn into husks that cannot be activated again with the same current used to start up new RPC-401-1 instances. They can be readily observed but decay quickly due to their inactivity. Researchers are advised to conduct all investigations as rapidly as possible following removal from RPC-401.

The blade is generated by a projector that is located at the edge of a hilt, it surrounds the micro (RPC-401-1) manufacturing plant that have current emitters that form an arc. These features are powered by an aluminium-air type battery that makes RPC-401's battery life virtually eternal5 due to the low electrical need in RPC-401-1 production lines and maintenance of holographic projection. This is due to the fact that battery needs only oxygen to work effortlessly. Electrical current that isn't used up guides the nanobots in a stable arc.
In case of nanobot deficiency, new RPC-401-1 instances will be made in the manufacturing plant. It is not known at this time how are they made, but it is known that they are composed of organic materials. It is presumed that there is a self-replicating organic component within the hilt which is guided towards replication via electrocution.

Upon further testing, it was revealed that RPC-401-1 instances are able to affect only organic creatures, noted as RPC-401-2 upon contact with RPC-401-1, capable of experiencing discomfort (see Experiment Logs RPC-401-2-02/23/45).

Experiment Logs

Researcher: Dr. Kofsky, assisted by Dr. ██████

Subject: Mus musculus6, female; referred to as RPC-401-2-02 in this experiment.

Procedure: RPC-401-2-02 is poked with visual tip of RPC-401's blade. Monitored for duration of experiment.

00:00:03 After the initial contact, RPC-401-02 starts squeaking and moving around the edge of the cage.

00:00:20 RPC-401-2-02 settles down and scratches left ear.

00:01:04 RPC-401-2-02 starts squeaking occasionally.

00:20:41 RPC-401-2-02 bolts around the cage while squeaking.

00:47:17 RPC-401-2-02 begins to shake and scratch as if trying to get rid of flea followed by panicked, non-stop squeaks.

01:00:29 RPC-401-2-02 starts defecating and running around while occasionally running into cage walls.

01:38:10 RPC-401-2-02 starts frantically scratching corner of a cage.

01:58:00 RPC-401-2-02 gets back to scratching with greater severity, making deep cuts in the flesh.

02:12:47 RPC-401-2-02 bleeds from self-inflicted wounds and starts biting its leg off.

02:30:59 RPC-401-2-02 manages to bite it's leg off while running around itself.

02:32:32 RPC-401-2-02 stops all movement and drops on its side and starts licking its wounds as if nothing happened.

02:35:03 RPC-401-2-02 starts acting as before, albeit with less vigor due to lacking leg.

Closing statement: RPC-401-2-02 has showed severely lowered amount of hormones including, but not limited to, serotonin and dopamine upon inspection. It also exhibited damaged synapses and receptors as RPC-401-01. Overall, it was unharmed, but it was lacking the feeling of discomfort. This was clearly shown in it's lacking need to be at the edge of the cage, which it preferred due to the feeling of safety.

Addendum RPC-401-R1: They enter RPC-401-2 body via inhalation or direct contact with the body. Upon the moment they enter they are separated in two classifications: RPC-401-1-S and RPC-401-1-H, which depends on the location in the body. RPC-401-1 instances that are closest to the brain/memory holding equivalent, or closest to veins that lead to said brain, will transform into electroshockers; RPC-401-1-S, while the rest, RPC-401-1-H, are targeting hormone control points - amygdala and hypophysis or equivalents. If subject doesn't have brain/memory holding equivalent, only RPC-401 instances that will be present are RPC-401-1-H.
Whithin the human sized mammal, time for RPC-401-1 instances would travel to the farthest reaches of the body, from toe to head, is about a minute, although the results may vary slightly depending on circulatory status of RPC-401-2.
RPC-401-1 instances were viewed upon extensive blood sample analysis from every subject.

RPC-401-1 instances aren't always stopped by clothes due to their size that fits the holes in fabric, however, they have been unable to pass through clothing capable of forming static electricity.
Around 0.62 ng of total amount is enough to affect complex organisms. If RPC-401-1-S/H are in need of more instances, they will start extracting materials from the surrounding area (veins, blood cells, muscle etc.) as they move towards their targets, until they are at cca 0.1% of sword's maximum speculated amount.

RPC-401-1-S instances drop to scan RPC-401-2 subconscious mind with an MRI-esque sensor. It allows them to discover the weak points in RPC-401-2 mental hull (all memories that cause discomfort) which leads to them electrocuting the synapses in a way that they trigger imagery all the while RPC-401-1-H instances release and/or consume hormones necessary for RPC-401-2-specific discomfort. RPC-401-1-H instances use their grabbing mechanisms to break down and consume hormones via absorption. The nutrients they get can be used to create new hormones. Their task is to create a hormonal imbalance via consumption of, but not limited to, dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, prolactin, and norepinehrine, while forcing mild production of epinephrine (at least from what has been seen in the tests, they may produce other in certain RPC-401-2 instances), as well as influence the receptors of said hormones to overload by flooding them with hormones, to create emotional distress such as sadness, depression, regret, general discomfort, anxiety, etc.
RPC-401-1-S/H instances increase exponentially their emotional barrage until their half-life ends. This causes RPC-401-2 to undergo severe distress that can lead to self-harm.

Addendum RPC-401-R2: Dr. Nikolaus instructed research of RPC-401, due to the fact that it may be useful when dealing with demoralized folk.

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