RPC-071

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RPC-071 upon initial recovery.

Item #: 071

Object Class: Alpha-Black

Hazard Types:

Containment Protocol: Following the death of the previous individual designated RPC-071-2, RPC-071 is considered inactive. RPC-071 is to be kept in a hermetically-sealed safe in the Section 4 Storage Room in Site-002, only accessible to Authority personnel with Level 4 Clearance or higher. Under no circumstances is RPC-071 to be reactivated without proper approval.

Reactivation of RPC-071 for research or [REDACTED] purposes must be approved by at least two Global Directors. The next iteration of RPC-071-2 must be appointed by Global Command and is to be terminated after attempting the necessary protocols in order to return RPC-071 to its inactive state.

Description: RPC-071 is a standard brass oil lamp, measuring 0.3 meters in length and 0.15 meters in width. Authority archaeologists have dated RPC-071 to approximately 1000 A.D, with parts originating from various countries.

The anomalous properties of RPC-071 manifest when the body of the lamp is rubbed by an individual human being. After the subject ceases rubbing the lamp, RPC-071 will produce a cloud of thick white smoke and an entity designated RPC-071-1 will emerge from the spout of RPC-071. After an individual causes RPC-071-1 to manifest, the individual is referred to as the current instance of RPC-071-2 until their death, upon which RPC-071 will re-enter an inactive state.

RPC-071-1 takes the form of a large, bare-chested man of Arabian descent. The torso, arms, and head of RPC-071 resemble a human being, but the lower half of RPC-071-1 is obscured by a thick cloud of white smoke that appears to lead from RPC-071. RPC-071-1 has displayed reality-bending capabilities on multiple occasions, but to date expresses that he may only use them at the command of RPC-071-2 to grant their desires.

RPC-071-1 displays an extremely lethargic personality, and will often procrastinate following the commands of RPC-071-2. While RPC-071-1 will eventually follow through with the commands, Authority researchers have noticed that RPC-071-1 tends to put off following commands for long periods of time, ranging from hours to months before the command is carried out. RPC-071-1 is also extremely specific about the phrasing and terminology used during these commands. This is believed to be an attempt to avoid wishes that would cause RPC-071-1 to exert its abilities. It is unknown whether this is due to the abilities to place a strain on the anomaly or RPC-071-1 simply attempting to minimize the effort required to follow the command.

Discovery: RPC-071 was first discovered in Baghdad, Iraq, after reports of a "magic lamp" came to the Authority's attention. Anomalous activity surrounding the city was traced back to a singular individual, who upon Authority interrogation revealed RPC-071 as the source of these events. The individual, one ████████ ████, was promptly taken into custody and questioned regarding the events surrounding him, eventually admitting to the existence of RPC-071 as their source. Following this admission, RPC-071 was successfully retrieved and ████ was administered Class-A amnestics.

RPC-071 remained inactive until the summer of ████ when during a routine polishing RPC-071-1 manifested and offered its services to D-2918. Approximately one day before this event, the Authority received a news report from Baghdad that the previous instance of RPC-071-2 was murdered during a drive-by shooting. It is theorized that the death of the last instance caused RPC-071 to fall into inactivity without an instance of RPC-071-2. Following these events, D-2918 was classified as RPC-071-2.

Interview Log 071-1-A

By the directive of Head Researcher Kasim, D-2918 was asked to order RPC-071-1 to agree to an interview with Dr. Hamesh of Site-02. Following a typical period of inactivity (approximately two months), RPC-071-1 reappeared and acquiesced to D-2918's command.

<Begin Log>

Dr. Hamesh: Thank you for finally agreeing to speak with us, RPC-071-1.

RPC-071-1: You simply had to ask my master to make me do so. I am surprised 'men of science' like yourselves did not think of that sooner… very well.

Dr. Hamesh: …Right. They did tell me you had a bit of an attitude. Let's get on with the questions. Please, if you can, what exactly are you?

RPC-071-1: I suppose that is a fair question. Beings such as myself have been called many names by you mortals- Djinn, Genie, Ifrit… you may call me whichever you see fit.

Dr. Hamesh: I see. Most of us are more familiar with the term Genie, so let's just use that. Where did you come from?

RPC-071-1: *RPC-071-1 yawns* Such trite topics. I do wish you humans would ask more interesting questions. But I suppose I don't have much better to do. You already possess a piece of the puzzle- that is why I am here, after all.

Dr. Hamesh: A piece of the puzzle- do you mean RPC-071?

RPC-071-1: If by this you mean the lamp, yes. My origins, however, are less of a straightforward answer. The life of my kin is a curious one in that we are unaware of our existence until our first master calls. I imagine you realize that this applies to me as well.

Dr. Hamesh: And who was your first master?

RPC-071-1: The first was a child. A young boy from the slums of Baghdad. A fine young man, he was. He did not seek power or rule over the world, but after seeing the extent of my abilities became worried about the prospect of others using me for such purposes. So he kept my existence a secret, asking only for small wishes at a time.

Dr. Hamesh: What did he wish for?

RPC-071-1: My first master was a careful boy- he realized that a sudden rise from a poor trader to a figure of power would be extremely suspicious, especially in those times. He asked for small things, which quickly added up- a gold coin or two in the folds of his robe every day, or high-quality goods to trade at the Bazaar. It was not a life of complete luxury, but it was one of comfort.

Dr. Hamesh: I see. What happened next?

RPC-071-1: A young man became an old man, and my master felt he could not hold on to the lamp forever. I offered him the prospect of immortality, but he would refuse, saying he was happy with the time he had been given. His primary concern in the last days of his life was that my next master would not be as kind as he was, and that I might find my way into the hands of a cruel-hearted person. So he buried me in the desert, in hopes his secret would stay hidden from the corrupt. He told his son my location, and soon I had a new master.

Dr. Hamesh: And it just kept going?

RPC-071-1: Precisely. So the cycle would continue for a millennium: my masters would pass on, and a new one would take their place. My first master's son did not remarry but passed it on to a traveling merchant, who used its power to become a warlord. When he was slain in battle it was passed to a trusted advisor, and I imagine you can see where this leads.

Dr. Hamesh: That's how we found you.

RPC-071-1: Yes. My last master was, how do you say… less than discreet about my existence. He used my powers frivolously and broke the one constant of my former masters- keeping the source of his fortune hidden. As I expected, this drew the attention of others- particularly those who alerted your Authority. Whether this was from concern or jealousy, I cannot say.

Dr. Hamesh: Alright. Here's one that my superiors wanted me to ask. Some of our researchers involved with the project are irritated by your lethargic behavior. If you do possess this amazing power to grant wishes, why do you come off as lazy and unwilling to use it?

RPC-071-1: Irritated? Humph. How direct. Tell me, are your superiors aware of the idea that doing the same activity for one thousand years can become grating? I am not 'unwilling' to use my powers, doctor. I simply would prefer to do other things that grant wishes at the moment. Your superiors would be wise to remember not to anger one who can crumble their organization to dust with a flick of the wrist.

Dr. Hamesh proceeds to review notes. RPC-071-1 yawns once again.

RPC-071-1: Are we quite finished? It is almost time for my programs.

Dr. Hamesh: Programs?

RPC-071-1: I do enjoy your 'television'. Being immortal does tend to allow one sufficient time to catch up on what you refer to as 'soap operas'.

Dr. Hamesh: Interesting… one final question, but can we keep it between me and you?

RPC-071-1: Very well. Please make it quick.

Dr. Hamesh: I've been trying to get a promotion for years… any chance you can make it happen for me?

RPC-071-1: You would need to speak with my master about that… I can not grant wishes to anyone but him.

<End Log>

Closing Statement: Following the interview session, Dr. Hamesh attempted to speak with D-2918 regarding using RPC-071-1 for a promotion. However, when returning to the interview chamber, Dr. Hamesh found that RPC-071-1 had hastily retreated into RPC-071. After attempting to summon RPC-071-1 again, RPC-071 became unresponsive for a period of three weeks. Following this period of inactivity, RPC-071-1 suddenly reemerged during routine testing, and the following conversation was recorded:

RPC-071-1 emerges from RPC-071 in a cloud of white smoke, startling the researchers and D-29189.

D-2918: Gah! What the hell?

RPC-071-1: That was a wonderful rest. I have a short bit of free time before my program starts. Now tell me, master, did you still desire me to grant your wish?

D-2918: Grant what now? I don't remember which one you're talking about.

RPC-071-1: I suppose not then. A shame. Oh, well. Back to the lamp.

*RPC-071-1 retreats into RPC-071. Following this incident, RPC-071 became unresponsive for a period of five months.

Researcher's Note: It appears that we've discovered two things from these interviews: One, that our friend here really is what we'd normally call a Djinn- and he possesses the wish-granting powers of one. The second, and more frustrating one is that he seems to do everything in his power to avoid using them. Just our luck- we get to have a reality-bender that we can potentially control, and he'd rather sit and watch TV.

-Researcher Hamesh

Addendum 071-1: Following the death of D-2918 during a raid on Site-02 conducted by the "Church of Malthus" GoI, RPC-071-1 is to remain inactive until further testing is required.

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