RPC-014

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Registered Phenomena Code: 014

Object Class: Gamma-Red

Hazard Types: Grouped, Organic, Regenerative, Self-Replicating Hazard

Containment Protocols: No RPC-014 instances have been contained thus far. Operation 014-01 is currently underway with the goal of utilizing several MST's to secure RPC-014 and nearby Diceros bicornis longipes (Western black rhinoceros) populations.

Human sightings of RPC-014 and/or resulting fatalities are to be given appropriate cover-stories. All witnesses are to be interviewed before being amnesticized.

Description: RPC-014 designates several hundred thousand bipedal organisms, most commonly found throughout South Africa, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. RPC-014 were first sighted on the coast of South Africa following a large thunderstorm, 1968. Their origin is as of yet unknown.

RPC-014 have several traits resembling telluric species, but do not genetically trace back to a common ancestor with any other known organism(s). The most common characteristics of RPC-014 include:

  • dark-yellow glossy skin resembling that of the Hippopotamus amphibius. Because of identical tissue seen under the skin when injured, instances may not have skin and instead have exposed muscles.
  • an overall structure of a bird, though instances lack wings, heads, and necks.
  • a regenerative cartilage skeleton. The skeleton has no joints and is very flexible.
  • a long tail, believed to provide bodily balance.
  • a long slit running down the chest. Believed to lead directly to the stomach and/or womb. Since ingested food is never disposed via waste, it is believed to be completely dissolved during digestion.
  • webbed feet covered in bright pink tissue. Based on footprint samples, the feet are believed to excrete a sappy acidic puss.
  • an asexual reproductive system. Instances have been observed regurgitating fetuses from the slit on their chest, which reach maturity over the course of several hours.
  • an indefinite lifespan.

Little else is known of RPC-014's characteristics, due to research and containment difficulty. Despite use of several containment methods, RPC-014 have proven unpredictable in terms of speed, strength, and overall strategy used to avoid the Authority.

RPC-014 typically hunt, in groups of 15 to 45, for instances of the Western black rhinoceros. One group may eat 3 to 4 daily. RPC-014 have not been seen hunting any other species/subspecies.

Addendum 1: Below is a list displaying the progression of the RPC-014 population from 1970 to the present. If you like to modify or add to this list, please contact Researcher Norwell.

1970:
RPC-014 population has exceeded 1,000. Description has been revised.
1986:
RPC-014 population has exceeded 10,000.
1994:
RPC-014 population has exceeded 20,000.
2001:
RPC-014 population has exceeded 50,000. Operation 014-01 has been initiated.
2005:
RPC-014 population has exceeded 75,000. Western black rhinoceros population in southern Africa is below 100, and preservation efforts in Northern Africa are increasing.
2006:
RPC-014 population has exceeded 80,000. RPC-014 groups have been sighted in northern Africa. Of the 100 Western black rhinoceroses captured in the last year, 94 have expired due to internal RPC-014 manifestations.
2008:
RPC-014 population has exceeded 90,000. Termination of RPC-014 instances has been temporarily approved.

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