Registered Phenomena Code: 216

Object Class: Alpha-Yellow

Hazard Types:

Containment Protocols: RPC-216 is to be kept in a 60 cm x 60 cm x 60 cm safe within a locked room. The safe is to be 3.5 cm thick and made with industrial-grade steel. Level 2 clearance minimum is required to apply for the combination. Personnel located at Site 23 with Level 4 clearance and higher will be provided with the current combination and all proceeding updates. No researchers may be present in the room once an instance of RPC-216-1 has been created.

Description: RPC-216 is a Montefortino-type Roman legionnaire helmet dating back to the 3rd century BCE. It has weathered considerably and has minor dents scattered throughout the dome of the helmet. Due to the recovery site of RPC-216 in ████████████, Italy and the construction and condition of the helmet, researchers suggest that it may date back to the 2nd Punic War. When worn, subjects, now an instance of RPC-216-1, exhibit increased pupil dilation, sweating, and increased resting heart rate to 100-120 BPM. The subject then experiences what appears to be a schizophrenic episode, regardless of mental health history. Additionally, any instance of RPC-216-1 is capable of speaking fluent classical Latin, though, due to the nature of RPC-216, it cannot be determined if the subject retains any knowledge of the language(s) known pre-exposure.

After putting the helmet on, RPC-216-1 begins to act erratically. RPC-216-1 seems to already be in the process of losing reasoning once the helmet is put on, suggesting the events that occur in the mind of the wearer are somewhat through their course already. The subject will begin looking around the room, seemingly observing events that are not present, and will enter a state of hysteria, generally within a minute of testing. This hysteria includes cries for help, prayers to the old Roman gods, and sobbing. RPC-216-1 attempts to describe the perceived horrors, but stutters from sobbing throughout.

After anywhere from 10 to 17 minutes of "prolonged suffering" according to RPC-216-1, they will attempt to claw their way through the floor. Research suggests this 'clawing' is an attempt to commit suicide through suffocation. This seems to be related to the Battle of Cannae, where Roman legionnaires were reported to have dug pits to bury their heads in, thereby suffocating themselves. Any requests to test RPC-216 outside the facility have been denied. After 2 to 3 minutes of attempting to claw through the facility floor, RPC-216-1 experiences a heart attack regardless of any cardiovascular disorders identified before testing. RPC-216-1 dies of cardiac arrest in all instances.

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