RPC-419 during transport


Registered Phenomena Code: 419

Object Class: Beta-White (Utility)

Hazard Types: Organic, Transmutation, Regenerative, Sentient/Sapient1

Containment Protocols: RPC-419 is to be contained within Site-015's Light Containment Wing. Internal temperature to be maintained at below 28°C at all times. The object's mass is to be kept at a minimum of 5000 lb. RPC-419 is not to be offered any form of nourishment under any circumstances.

Sudden weight exceeding mandated minimum indicates possible containment breach; Engineers are to inspect the main containment chamber for any signs of breach, deliberate or otherwise, while RPC-419 is transported to Medical Wing to undergo material expulsion protocol via nitric acid spray.

RPC-419 is to be injected with a strong opioid codeine solution on a daily basis in accordance with guidelines posed by the Office of Ethics and Review.

Description: RPC-419 is a mammalian polymorph consisting of approximately 1 partially decomposed Mammuthus trogontherii2, 4 unidentified humans, and an uncounted number of smaller mammal species. Signs of autolysis3 clear on organism's surface and organ structure, however anomalous preservation by abnormal homeostatic upkeep has either halted the process entirely or mimics the appearance of decomposing body parts.

The organism's skeletal structure is composed entirely of bent steel rods in place of bones, connecting it to a wooden stand. A copper placard is positioned at the wooden stand's front side, reading "EURASIAN STEPPE MAMMOTH; 1948" in Russian. Significance of the inscribed date, 1948, remains undetermined.

Eyes of RPC-419 exhibit epiphora4 and regularly follow moving objects when uncovered. Organism breathes through a plastic apparatus installed in place of the lungs, attached by several wires of undeterminable material composition.5 Muscle spasms occur regularly. Judging by reported movements, internal composition, and the previously stated factors, it has been determined that RPC-419 is in chronic pain due to its condition. Vocalizations, although uncommon, appear distressed: RPC-419 clearly puts in great effort to generate sound, and only does so when personnel are present.

RPC-419 maintains anomalous homeostatic systems capable of exorbitant regeneration. When damaged, organic compounds have been observed of regenerating within 2 hours when not accounting for excess biological compounds.6 RPC-419 exhibits fatal ataxia7. This is due to a compound generally found circulating through the organism's veins hereto referred as RPC-419-A: a partially clear liquid of reddish coloration.

This fluid is naturally generated by RPC-419-A despite lack of appropriate means to do so. Following the spontaneous creation of newly regenerated flesh, RPC-419-A is forcefully ejected from the veins via organic structures generally resembling spray valves. RPC-419-A acts as a natural adhesive, similar in chemical structure to cyanoacrylate.8 When wounds are clotted by RPC-419-A the substance may also exude a regenerating effect onto the area.9

Addendum 419-1: RPC-419 was discovered at the Zoological Museum of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Saint Petersburg on June 7th 2020. Due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic the campus was shut down indefinitely resulting in most exhibits being put into storage. It was at this time that RPC-419 was first reported by maintenance staff when it seemingly appeared at the striped hyena exhibit after the taxidermy display was removed.

Records clearly indicate RPC-419 was bought by the museum from an unlisted source, however there are no concrete records of the entities involved in this purchase; Museum Director Chernetsov Nikita Sevirovich denied any knowledge of the organism's circulation in the market.10

Days after acquisition a letter was found to have been received by the museum, sent by an "N.N.11 Archeologist." The letter, translated from Russian, reads as such:

The identities of the four human bodies integrated into RPC-419's organism remain unidentified.

Addendum 419-2: On October 10th 2020, the Office of Ethics and Review identified the continued existence of RPC-419 as fundamentally unethical. Before this point, whether RPC-419 was capable of sensory perception was a matter of debate, given that it did not require sustenance.

However, an EaR study of its nerve tissue proved that it was indeed capable of perception, primarily pain. Furthermore, the document called for RPC-419's neutralization, a resolution rejected by the greater Research Division community due in large part to the presence of RPC-419-A.12

On October 12th, 2021, collective tally of Research Division staff at Site-015 determined that RPC-419's termination was to be prevented: it was generally agreed upon that its academic value was too significant for it to be discarded, due in large part to the presence of RPC-419-A. As a compromise, Director Daniel Hines proposed continuous injection of anesthetics to relieve the anomaly, a measure adopted into is Containment Protocols. As a consequence of this controversy, studies of whether RPC-419 may be classified as sentient or sapient remain on hold.

RPC-419 has been granted the secondary object class Utility due to RPC-419-A's sheer potential in the field of medical advancement.

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