RPC-705

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RPC-705 prior to containment.

Registered Phenomena Code: 705

Object Class: Alpha-White

Hazard Types: Sentient Hazard

Containment Protocols: RPC-705 are to be contained within a 2 cubic meter tank filled with seawater brought from the coast of ██████, NE Australia1. This tank is to be kept at Dr. Armstrong's office on Site-008. The tank is to have 20% of its water rotated monthly, the temperature of the tank is to be kept around 25° to 27°. As RPC-705 requires little sustenance, no more than 10 grams of algae retrieved from the same location the creatures were found are to be fed monthly.

Testing with RPC-705 is approved for level 2 and above personnel, all examination or experimentation requests must coincide with scheduled feeding times and within RPC-705's containment chamber. Testing must be done by carefully and gently holding one of the specimens under the water of their tank. Under no circumstances are any of the specimens or their tank is to be taken outside of their containment area. Personnel repeatedly requesting testing with RPC-705 due to their anomalous properties are to be reprimanded and restricted access to RPC-705.

Further instances of RPC-705 found on the tide pools are to be reported to Lead Researcher Dr. Armstrong for containment.

Description: RPC-705 are a pair of sea urchins of the Strongylocentrotus purpuratus species. Measuring 10 cm in diameter, and weighing 400 grams. Both specimens are identical in all aspects. The anomalous effects of RPC-705 are manifested when humans interact directly with them, usually by carefully holding one of the specimens. Upon doing this, individuals in contact with RPC-705 will report feeling "lightheaded". Testing has revealed that while RPC-705 is held the neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin are released on minute quantities to subject's blood, after which RPC-705 will feed on the mentioned chemicals via active absorption through the contact between its spines and the subject's skin.

After feeding this way from a subject, RPC-705 will roll away from the hands holding it and reunite with the specimen that was not held, apparently sharing sustenance. Blood analysis reveals that after exposure to RPC-705 a compensatory slight increase on the neurotransmitters affected occurs, followed by the manifestation of an unknown molecule which promotes cellular growth and activity on the subject's blood. This molecule has been labeled RPC-705-1. structure of this molecule has not been able to be replicated in Authority labs as of yet, analysis of it suggests it encloses nanotechnology as of yet unknown. RPC-705-1 promotes the healing of minor injuries and possesses a half-life of 8 hours. It appears to be capable of hepatic metabolization without further anomalous effects.

Repeated exposure to RPC-705 results in the development of an addiction like state on the individual, however, there have been no reports of psychological or physical dependence on the effect. It is theorized intense and repeated exposition to RPC-705 could result in the development of dopaminergic syndrome, coma, and other related effects. However given only two specimens have been found this theory has not been able to be proven.

Discovery: Both RPC-705 instances were discovered by personnel stationed around the area while assigned to work with RPC-992, both specimens were found huddled together in a tide pool. An Authority operative reported the anomalous effects the creatures possessed upon holding one of them and as such retrieved both specimens for study and containment. To date no other specimens similar to RPC-705 have been found. It is currently theorized they could be the result of experimentation done by Dr. Os given the area they were found in.

Addendum 1: Testing Log.

Testing Log 705-01

Date: 04/08/2017 Time: 10:00

Objective: Evaluate RPC-705's effects on exposed individuals.

Subject: D-1023 (African-American, female, 19 years old). Subject is told to hold one of RPC-705's specimens with bare hands under the water of the tank.

Results: D-1023 proceeded as told, subject reports feeling "lightheaded" and "giddy", and a slight tingling sensation on the skin contacting RPC-705. Blood samples were taken from D-1023 while holding the creature exhibit an increase in dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin. RPC-705 is seen slightly pulsating and shaking. D-1023 accidentally clutched RPC-705, resulting in puncture wounds on contact. After feeding RPC-705 rolls back into containment tank and huddles close to the other instance of RPC-705. Blood samples from D-1023 taken 5 seconds posterior to contact with creature reveal minute amounts of RPC-705-01 molecules beginning to form and a compensatory elevation of the neurotransmitters noted before. 1 minute after exposure puncture wounds on subject's hands has completely healed with minimal scar tissue.

Researcher Note: Creatures promote the healing of minor wounds through the release of unknown molecules into the exposed subjects bloodstream, analysis of these molecules has been requested to Research Division. Apparently, these creatures are not venomous. -Dr. Indigo.

Testing Log 705-02

Date: 04/08/2017 Time: 14:00

Objective: Response to offensive stimuli.

Subject: D-452 (Asian, male, 25 years old). Subject is told to prod one instance of RPC-705 with a wooden stick.

Results: D-452 proceeded as told, RPC-705 rolled away after being prodded twice. D-705-02 is told to continue prodding the creature applying more force. D-class complies, both specimens of RPC-705 roll away from the stick to the corner of the tank. D-452 is told to continue prodding. Upon complying, both instances of RPC-705 squirted a liquid similar in composition to sepia ink at subject's face, reporting minimal discomfort.

Researcher Note: These creatures do not seem to possess any real defensive mechanisms, if the theory about Dr. Os being involved in their development is to be believed, this could explain why they were found outside of the laboratory. - Dr. Indigo.

Note from Head Researcher: Any requests for further testing of responses to offensive stimuli are going to be rejected, and researchers submitting them reprimanded. We have found a use for these and it's not to have them being prodded around for your entertainment thank you very much. - Dr. Armstrong.

Testing Log 705-03

Date: 05/08/2017 Time: 8:00

Objective: Healing capabilities of RPC-705.

Subject: D-2350 (Asian, male, 27 years old), D-89563 (Asian, male, 24 years old) both involved in a fight that quickly escalated into a brawl in D-class living quarters, each one sustained minor injuries. D-2350 and D-89563 are told to hold one of RPC-705's instances each.

Results: D-classes proceeded as told, reporting expected behavior from RPC-705 to being held. After feeding of the specimens stops, both instances roll back inside their tank but don't huddle together. D-classes report the healing of minor cut wounds sustained during the brawl. Bruises progress through expected healing stages. D-2350 reports a long and deep cut wound on his forearm didn't heal completely, subject is taken to medical wing for treatment.

Researcher Note: The healing capabilities of the compound RPC-705-1 seem to be limited to minor wounds, also their huddling appears to be a mechanism of sharing nourishment. Request to use RPC-705 for the treatment of minor wounds has been issued to Head Researcher Dr. Armstrong. -Dr. Indigo.

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