Registered Phenomena Code: 376

Object Class: Alpha-Yellow Gamma-Red

Hazard Types: Animated, Sentient, Sapient, Ballistic, Aggression, Mind-Control

Containment Protocols: RPC-376 is to be held in a standard containment cell in Site-014, and given a liter of goat’s blood twice a day through an automatic dispenser on the wall of its cell.

RPC-376 is currently uncontained after an incident regarding Ranger Macdonald, and is being tracked down for recontainment by MST Romeo-7. Customer service complaints, especially those in hotels, regarding towels are to be investigated as well as any uses of the name Frank Macdonald and all transactions with a Frank Macdonald for any connection to RPC-376.

Description: RPC-376 is an animate cream-colored body towel that can manipulate its body to mimic the body structure and behavior of certain species of animals. RPC-376 can almost perfectly replicate the animals in both their appearance, size, and capabilities, even when should not be physically large enough to do so. RPC-376 has thus far demonstrated the capability to mimic three animals, a Canis lupus, or Gray Wolf, a Pteropus, or Flying Fox, and a Vampyroteuthis infernalis, or Vampire Squid. RPC-376 can also fold itself into a humanoid form that is about 1.8 meters tall, although this is rarely seen and almost never used by RPC-376. RPC-376’s typical behavior is to fold itself up in a stack. This is always what RPC-376 will do when being directly observed by RPC personnel, even when items that would be hazardous to RPC-376 are introduced into its cell. If it is not being watched, it will rapidly and sporadically reform itself into multiple other forms and roam its containment area.

RPC-376 is able to sustain itself through consuming the body fluids of organisms. RPC-376 does appear to need or heavily desire these fluids, with the only aggressive behavior being seen after staff did not provide its usual allowance of blood. RPC-376 usually achieves this by clumping its bristles together into a set of makeshift fangs that are strong enough to pierce the skin of most animals. It uses these fangs to bite its target1 at which point it siphons the blood coming from the wound. Instead of sucking the fluids into one space, the fluids it absorbs flow through the towel in red streaks which resemble pulsing blood vessels throughout its form.

These vessels can be seen on RPC-376 until RPC-376 dissolves this liquid through an unknown digestive process. As this liquid dissolves, RPC-376 slowly loses all pigmentation it gained. All tranquilizers used on RPC-376 have been unsuccessful in sedating it, and as such the Authority has been unsuccessful in performing many tests.

Addendum - Site-014 Failsafe Incident: Security footage that was transmitted from Site-014 in its final moments show RPC-376 acting abnormally after the emergency alarms began ringing. RPC-376 unfolded itself to be completely flat and laid itself in front of the entrance to its containment chamber.

What happened next is still not fully understood by watching the tape. Most of the footage transmitted after the failsafe was activated is of very low quality2. However, through this footage, RPC-376 appears to slowly disintegrate, leaving nothing but small scraps of cloth visible. Whether it truly did manage to disintegrate itself or this is simply a video artifact is still being investigated. Approximately 3 minutes after this footage is recorded, personnel reported a large albino bat had attached itself to the emergency tram leading out of the site.

After the incident, RPC-376 was quickly spotted and captured by MST Charlie-2 who had been dispatched to the site. It was in its humanoid form, pinning down and attempting to rip the clothes off a member of personnel who had begun feeling the effects of acute radiation poisoning due to their proximity to the nuclear explosion. RPC-376 did not appear to be affected by the nuclear explosion or radiation at all. RPC-376 was placed in a modified quarantine cell, guarded by 2 ASF officers.

Incident 376-1: After RPC-376 was placed in a modified quarantine chamber as a way to temporarily contain it, it seemed to be very complacent with the room. It became less frantic in its movement and only turned into their humanoid form once, not utilizing any of their other forms. However, on June 30th, MST Echo-3 had accidentally struck multiple members of the cleanup effort while attempting to capture or subdue an unknown anomaly. RPC-376 was able to take advantage of the incident and escape its temporary containment chamber by what is believed to be some form of mind-control.

The two ASF personnel stationed to watch RPC-376, J. Patton and L. Farnsworth were observing the incident, which had captured their attention. This allowed RPC-376 to "influence" them to investigate the scene. From the testimony of L. Farnsworth:

At the same time, we both heard the exact same sentence coming from somewhere. It sounded like two voices mixed into one whispering into both ears at the same time. One of the voices sounded exactly like the other guard, but the other voice sounded real soft and light, almost like a little kid, but much gentler and mature. It just said "I think we should go and check that out" and I needed no further explanation, no questions about any of this, nothing at all. I just knew I was going to listen to him, as if he was somebody I trusted more than my own mum.

After both ASF personnel had left RPC-376's cell, it broke out of its containment cell by by ripping open one of the walls. After walking about 10 meters in its humanoid form, it ran into Agent Macdonald of MST Charlie-02. Macdonald was about to replace another member of Charlie-02 that had been hurt during an incident with an unknown anomaly when he ran into RPC-376. The encounter was caught on a body-camera normally only used by ASF but was being worn by Agent Macdonald. He was using an ASF uniform to replace his normal outfit, which had been mostly destroyed the previous day.

Agent Macdonald - I swear to god, firing straight into a crowd? Are they just letting boots3 join these days? Fuckin’ Christ…

Macdonald spots RPC-376 leaving its temporary holding cell

Macdonald: Hey, come on, get back into your tent 3…66? There’s no reason to look at the scenery.

RPC-376 looks at Macdonald and begins approaching him

Macdonald: Great, another issue to deal with. Looks at RPC-376 Alright, I’m gonna need you to return to your temporary holding cell right. now.

Macdonald reaches for his sidearm as RPC-376 continues approaching

Macdonald: Alright enough of this crap! Macdonald raises his firearm and shoots at RPC-376 twice, which is unaffected. RPC-376 puts a hand in front of itself, making a “stop” gesture

RPC-376: There’s no need to shoot an old friend, is there?4

Macdonald: What the hell?! Why do you have Hawkins voice? You're just the stupid fucking towel!

RPC-376 had moved to within 3 feet of Macdonald at this point

RPC-376: I’m so glad that I found you, let me make some room for you

RPC-376’s hand reached for Macdonald’s before it appeared to erupt into multiple different tentacles with light fabric serving as a webbing between them. RPC-376 then grabbed onto Macdonald using the tentacles, with blood starting to flow through RPC-376 much faster than normally seen

Macdonald began screaming in extreme pain and tried to shake RPC-376 off of his arm, pulling away from it

RPC-376: Shhhhhh, don’t want to cause a scene, right Frank?

While Macdonald continued to show extreme agony, grabbing at the tentacles continuing to constrict his arm and his body trembling in pain (this did not affect the footage as the camera was affixed on a gyroscope) he became completely silent. He kept clawing at the tentacles on his arm, but began to lose energy and eventually stopped as his skin turned pale and the majority of his blood was drained

RPC-376: whispering Sorry about this, truly.

RPC-376 then notices and grabs the body camera, throwing it to the side

Closing Statement: When Agent Macdonald's corpse was found, his body was missing all clothing except his undergarments. The body camera was found a few feet away, where it was retrieved and all data analyzed. A detachment of Romeo-7 was organized to begin looking for RPC-376.

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