RPC-697

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The following file is outdated. The current RPC-697 file may be accessed from any Site terminal, provided you possess Level 2 credentials.

This file is dated 07/07/1970.


Registered Phenomena Code 697 ■ ■■■■
Informal Designate FACELESS AUTOMATON ■ ■ ■■ ■ ■
Object Risk PURPLE ■ ■ ■ ■
Containment Degree MEDIUM ■■■
Primary Hazard CONTACT ■■ ■ ■■■
Secondary Hazard ANIMATE ■■■■ ■■ ■
Tertiary Hazard SENSORY ■■■■ ■■■
Number Contained 1 ■■ ■■■ ■■■
Reporting Personnel Dr. Elías del Bosque ■■■■■■■ ■■

Containment Systems: RPC-697 is held within a sealed room, previously functioning as a junction for Site-009's maintenance tunnels. All entrances to the containment area are to be closely monitored by Site guards. This containment area has been modified to redirect the mannequin's leakage to a secondary unused tool storage room for ease of cleanup, so that direct access to RPC-697 is unnecessary.

Janitorial personnel may only access the maintenance tunnels for cleanup purposes, provided they are dressed in proper isolation suits. Other personnel are not allowed to access either the main containment area or the storage room.

Specialized gas masks are to be provided to janitorial personnel in order to prevent exposure.

Pacification Systems: RPC-697 remains normally inert, and as such, pacification measures are not required. For transportation, any measure that avoids direct skin contact with RPC-697 or its leakage is acceptable.

Object Description: RPC-697 is a beige, superficially wooden mannequin, extending 1.8m in height. It is fully articulated, although knee joints have been welded together. RPC-697 displays extensive heat damage, with the mining team responsible for its original recovery having attempted to destroy it. Its chest displays half of a circular sigil painted in black, with the remaining half being removed due to abrasion damage.

Notably, abrasions on certain segments of its body have allowed us to closely analyze its construction material: while wooden to the sight, its interiors prove to be white in color and soft, more akin to gum than wood.

RPC-697's head has been extensively damaged, with its face having been mashed or ripped away by sharp objects. The exact date of this occurrence is unknown, perhaps happening before its recovery by the mining team.

Behavioural Characteristics: While RPC-697 is capable of movement, it will only consistently move when displaced from its usual upright position. Otherwise, it will rarely roam around in a circular manner and return to stillness.

RPC-697's damaged segments continuously leak black fluid in differing consistencies, either identical to water, or similar to mud. This fluid displays several anomalous effects upon consumption, as well as direct skin contact. This liquid has been designated RPC-697-1.

When in direct contact with RPC-697-1, human subjects will quickly lose awareness of their surroundings, appearing to become abnormally distracted and unfocused. Perceptive functions are known to halve, leaving affected individuals unable to perform most common tasks. This results in them becoming unusually obedient and incapable of coordinated action and communication for limited timespans, partially recovering after 48 hours. Recovery is never complete, and further exposure will worsen these effects.

Consuming RPC-697-1 has no immediately apparent effect. However, sleep sessions following consumption invariably feature lucid dreaming. Lucid dreams caused by RPC-697-1 always consist of similar elements, but vary in clarity and detail in a manner directly correlated to the amount of RPC-697-1 consumed.

RPC-697-1 may also evaporate when in quantities exceeding 23 liters. RPC-697-1 is still visible while in gaseous state and cannot activate its second anomalous effect, but will slowly develop its first when inhaled even in small quantities.


Addendum A — Discovery [02/05/1951]:

RPC-697 was accidentally discovered following a mining accident in the weeks after the 7th September 1950 Knockshinnoch mining disaster, on Ayrshire, Scotland. Initially, the disaster had trapped 264 men underground following an inrush of liquefied moss. While 251 were recovered, 13 others remained unaccounted for, presumably having been trapped near Heading No. 5.

In the process of recovering these men, a large cavity below the glaciated lake that flooded the mine was discovered. This cavity contained large quantities of RPC-697-1 in a gaseous state, the leaking of which prevented further rescue efforts for a number of days. However, a number of rescue workers had inhaled RPC-697-1 in unknown quantities, and began to show signs of affection in the following weeks.

Eventually, Authority agents in the area took notice of the occurrence, and eventually traced back a potential origin of the affliction to the Knockshinnoch Castle Colliery mine, and began efforts to locate the cavity. On the 23d of September, RPC-697 was recovered, partially engulfed in gaseous RPC-697-1, most of which would leak in the hours following recovery, despite Authority efforts to seal the cavity again.

The circumstances involving the first discovery of the cavity are unknown, as all rescue workers present were afflicted by RPC-697-1.


Addendum B — RPC-697-1 Test Logs [14/07/1951]:



Addendum C — Golf-7 Protocol [04/06/1966]:


Addendum D — Incident 697-1-1 [04/07/1970]:

During the Golf-7 Protocol execution of 03/07/1970, RPC-697-1 displayed a tertiary, previously unknown anomalous property.

Once the Site-009 lunch room was unsealed for ventilation and extraction of CSD personnel, it was discovered they had apparently barricaded around the center of the room, using all available tables in order to construct a circular barrier, leaving chairs in their places. Initially believing this to be a failure of Golf-7 and the start of a mutiny, local ASF was dispatched. Mutinying CSDs remained immobile and hunkered down.

However, when an ASF guard displaced a chair in the room, a number of CSDs jumped up from the barrier and threw parts of their cutlery at ASF personnel, taking particular aim at their uncovered faces and hands. These implements were immediately identified as covered in liquid RPC-697-1 the origin of which was unknown, as vapor produced by Golf-7 had never apparently collected enough to form identifiable RPC-697-1.

The mutinying CSDs were apprehended at 17:38 without further issues. It was later discovered that they had dug a 5m deep hole in the center of their barricade, and were on the process of filling it with RPC-697-1.

Apprehended CSDs displayed no further anomalies, and recovered as normal from the effects of RPC-697-1. Cleanup of the lunch room is in process.

According to Site Director Lombard, Golf-7 had proven invariably effective in quelling unrest until this incident. Further changes in protocol are pending.


Addendum E — Post-Incident 697-1-1 Update [07/07/1970]:

In case you're still wondering, yes, Golf-7 Protocol is revoked. I don't think you needed my confirmation, but here you have it.

Now that this is out of the way, let me put this very shortly: this is why we do not touch them.

Now that it was put shortly, let me put it extensively: anomalies are to never be interacted with, save for testing purposes. Anomalies by definition deviate from what is expected. They vary, mutate, shift. They are unpredictable, and what rules apply to one, or even one set, may not apply to any other. Or they may apply for a second only, and cease doing so the next. Unexpected qualities arise, expected interactions do not turn out as planned.

Before last week's incident, there was a push to employ anomalies as another asset. There wasn't a push like this since the 1800s, and I hope there will never be another. Let this be a lesson.

— Regional Director Karl Samson

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