RPC-144
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Cover art of "The Princess of Agmadar" as was displayed on its author's website.

Item #: RPC-144

Object Class: Alpha

Containment Protocols: Print copies of RPC-144 acquired by Authority personnel or printed for research purposes are to be transported to the nearest secure Site and reported to Dr. Park Ji-Hoon. Pending reply as to whether they are to be destroyed, transitioned to permanent on-site storage, or transferred to Site-16. Due to the few prerequisites for proper containment of RPC-144, as long as each instance of it and its location are noted on Site-16's inventory.

A digital copy of the text is to be stored on Site-16's intranet and backup servers, and another on Site-██'s backup server. Both print and digital copies are accessible to personnel of Level-2 and 3 clearance with Dr. Park's approval, or Level-4 and above without any outside approval.

Publication of RPC-144, or the posting of its text online are to be prevented by intercession of undercover media personnel already in place for [REDACTED] and the inclusion of the text; discussion of the object via digital media is to be quarantined to the boards and sites made specifically for it. Intercepted attempts at communication are to be treated as a potential breach of containment, with those involved being flagged for selective amnestic treatment via a digital-medium memetic dispatch. A list of those affected or previously affected and subsequently amnesticized is to be maintained in the event of the discovery of any significant secondary effects. Authority Personnel exposed to the anomaly are to submit to amnestic therapy when no longer assigned to RPC-144 to clear any possible residual, asymptomatic alterations to their mind.

NOTE: I know our current long-distance amnestics are patchy at best, but giving the proper chemical treatment to everyone who stumbles or could possibly have stumbled across a widespread anomaly that hides its own effects and spent █ years out in the wild is too much of a drain on our resources. We have more pressing concerns than this book. Even if it is absolutely incredible. - Dr. Park

Jerome Bartenson is to be flagged as an α-minus class suspicious person; no work submitted by Bartenson is to be published without prior review by the Class-3 Media Review Committee.

Description: RPC-144 comprises the unedited text of The Princess of Agdamar, an original science fiction written by American author Jerome Bartenson and formerly published in the United States by [REDACTED] Publishing House in 19██. The author demonstrated no anomalous capabilities before the writing of the text (Mr. Bartenson alleges it was not revised before publication), and none of his subsequent works have displayed any unusual properties. In spite of this, however, the text displays several anomalous traits.

First, upon reading a full page of the text, an affected individual will exhibit a mild compulsion to finish the full book - individuals with no prior affinity for the science fiction genre or reading in general will attempt to read the complete text, requesting a full copy if given only part or otherwise seeking it out to read in whatever time they use for leisure. If prevented from doing so, they will report annoyance but show no severe psychological effects. When asked why they want to read it, the answer given will always be an expression of curiosity as to how the story ends.

Second, in writing or conversation, only positive reference can be made to the quality of RPC-144. Reviews or attempts to convey the object's level of writing accurately will produce only praise, even though by all standards the book is filled with elegant and thoughtful prose. Subjects are typically unaware that they are actively praising or recommending the book with their words - references to the realistic characters and compelling central conflict are believed to be honest appraisal of the book's superlative quality, with the strength of the praise roughly corresponding to that of the intended critique. Even if made aware of RPC-144's effect, an as-of-yet insurmountable mental block prevents subjects from being made aware of their failure to articulate critique. Attempts to forcibly cause recognition of the anomaly in those affected is known to cause distress, migraines, and disorientation. These effects persist in altered versions of the text, provided they are not so changed as to be beyond recognition.

Exposure has shown to have no long-term or short-term effects outside those described.

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