RPC-300
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Blockaded entrance leading into RPC-300


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Item #: RPC-300

Object Class: Alpha Beta

Containment Procedures: Authority personnel are to guard RPC-300's seven two remaining entrance tunnels located near Mount Song or around Henan Province, China under the guise of RPC's front organization "Henan's Fellowship Retreat." As Mount Song is one of China's Five Great Mountains, the front organization's responsibilities are as follows:

  1. Direct authorized persons along preset tourist locales and passageways.
  2. Detain any non-authorized persons entering research zones and tunnels leading into RPC-300.

Two of the larger cave entrances are to be guarded by MST-X-Ray 17 "Jade Rabbits" in joint operations with the People's Republic of China's military. Due to Operation Divine Battle-Axe (A-300-3), problematic cave entrances have been demolished. Fortifications built around the bulkhead of the previous entrances are sealed with hydraulic sealing agents and cement covering an area of 21 cubic meters. Site-119-1 has been constructed over the surface area on top of RPC-300. MST-Xi 17 "Jade Rabbits", MST-Kilo 4 "Screaming Frogs", and MST-Oscar 8 "Mars Pathfinders" are to guard the perimeter surrounding known RPC-300 entrances. Immediate quarantine or termination of ███████ █████ cultists is mandatory. Sightings of ███████ █████ are to be reported to project head for further instruction.

Description: RPC-300 refers to a sequence of interlocking spatial phenomena located underneath Mount Song in Henan (China) 1400 meters below ground-level with a total surface area of 2300 cubic meters. RPC-300-1 is an amalgamation of the following:

  1. a collection of various thermophiles (with several undocumented species of general Crenarchaeota), cyanobacteria, and alphaproteobacteria.
  2. water super-saturated with methane, ammonia and hydrogen.

The extent of RPC-300-1's sea-floor area is unknown, though it pervades the interior of RPC-300. From below its surface, RPC-300-2 (various anomalous groups of coral) situate at the baseline, where nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, methane, and carbon gases separate.

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Ceiling of RPC-300-2 pillar.

Further inspection revealed "hanging"1 architecture similar in design to buildings from the Shang and Han dynasties (1500 BC - 200 BC) of varying sizes.2 Objects and rooms within demonstrate architectural and construction with a distinct organic or 'grown' appearance. The structures are embedded into cylindrical pillars with an average diameter of approximately 26 meters.

Examples of RPC-300-1 architecture and objects include:

  • Round pavilions in the center of open enclosures. The walls lining the enclosure are designed with bilateral rooftops.
  • Chairs constructed of continuous-grown segments of bamboo coral.
  • Decorative tables made from red coral sponge.
  • Several pagodas housing altars to bronze sculptures depicting deities belonging to Chinese, Greek, Babylonian, and Sumerian mythology are found within each coral pillar.
  • Bioluminescent lanterns and lion sculptures are situated near large gates and open pagodas.

RPC-300-2 pillars descending to the seafloor of RPC-300 are currently immeasurable bottom of RPC-300 appear to diminish in width and form convex, non-euclidean spirals when near the center of RPC-300. (See A-300-1: Excavation Logs below.)

Any fragmentation of RPC-300-2 will release chemical enzymes into the surrounding water which seem to lure humanoid minders classified as RPC-300-3. These organisms will attempt what has been designated the Pangu Procedure, during which they will initiate internal fertilization upon apprehension of the fragment, or any moving object near the fragment. RPC-300-3 seems to treat such objects as intromittent male organs. Being of a genus related to lophiiformes3 and homo sapiens, RPC-300-3 assumes all males are sexually dimorphic parasites. Thus, instances will attempt to pair-bond with male organisms, an act which usually causes severe physical damage to the bonding object due to gross physiological incompatibility.

If the instances fail to fertilize in a short period of time, they will become enraged. Instances will manually open their mouths and expose a 3-meter-long esca4 from their throat. It emits a cognitohazardous light that penetrates all known non-anomalous materials. Subjects influenced by this will experience extreme hyperarousal and shock to the sympathetic nervous system. (See A-300-2: Retrieval below.)

The following is an audio recording archived by Site-119 on July 15, 1981:

After several months, eggs laid by RPC-300-3 hatch into distinct polyps. These become new instances of RPC-300-2 as they are eventually processed by RPC-300-1 after several days. There are no known marine vertebrate or invertebrate typically observed between bathyal to abyssopelagic zones5 existing inside RPC-300 outside of instances already described (see A-300-2: Retrieval.)

Large capillary networks derived from RPC-300-1's erosion of limestone bedrock connect with horizontally extensive underground river systems. Infiltrating meteoric water or oceanic water funneled through halocline water systems utilizing hydraulic conductivity filter through cavities under RPC-300's domain and are then converted to instances of RPC-300-1. The organisms existing in RPC-300 die upon entering bodies of water alien to their native ecosystem.

A distant centrally-positioned light-source is visible from all points within RPC-300, regardless of the onlooker's geological positioning within the anomaly. Its apparent position aligns with an area of seafloor emitting ██████, a previously unknown type of radiation. Exposure to this radiation in the uppermost layer of the uppermost layer of RPC-300-1 raises water temperature to approximately 41°C. Any direct observation of the light source at depths below 5100 meters is believed to result in a lethal cognitohazard. Individuals will [DATA EXPUNGED] due to gradual acceptance of the light as a source of heat. Afterwards, normative temperature regulation by the body ceases.




WARNING

Due to the severe data corruption to RPC-300 archives, the following may only be accessed by personnel with security clearances level 4 and above. Personnel lower than this level will be terminated. If your terminal allows access below this prompt and read excerpts, your authorization credentials have been accepted.




<Discovery>


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Drawn representation of the Battle of Canton circa 1858


Original documentation of RPC-300 can be found as early as 1842 after the Battle of Canton6. During the peace treaty negotiations, Li Hongzhang7 had covertly included the location of RPC-300 in a package of generic documentation outlining Qing concessions to Major Charles Rigault de Genouilly. The following diary excerpt's existence was brought to the attention of Authority personnel implanted in the People's Republic of China in 1970 when linguists stumbled upon it after translating an various encrypted entries made by the late diplomat:8

The joint operations between the People's Republic of China and Authority agents have since secured the tunnels leading to Quadrant Alpha10. Total pacification occurred in 1980 after hostile confrontations with a branch of the ███████ █████ that had been orchestrating their own research endeavors and expeditions in Alpha Quadrant. Dispatched Jade Rabbits paramilitia brought the systematic network of tunnels connecting guerrilla ███████ █████ chambers together to compliance purging all traces of the latter. Site-119 was established after securing the Mount Song entry tunnel.

Bibliography
1. All buildings and objects held inside were engineered with their x-axis inverted. Housing units and temples for example would have their roofs descending downward while the ground-floor would be attached the ceiling.
2. A combination of elliptical star coral (dichocoenia stokesi), crisp pillow coral (anomastraea irregularis), and elegance coral (catalaphyllia jardinei).
3. An angler fish.
4. The organ serves the purpose of luring prey in dark, deep-sea environments and also serves to attract partners.
5. Deep-sea environments below 3300 to 13000 ft.
6. The Second Opium War.
7. Chinese politician, general and diplomat of the late Qing dynasty.
8. Romanized pinyin with several distinct regional dialects rendered in morse-code.
9. The Taiping Rebellion.
10. The mapped territory encompassing RPC-300 below Henan.
11. Statues of guardian lions have traditionally stood in front of Chinese Imperial palaces usually depicted in bronze or stone and paired with an adjacent lion.
12. A species of deep-sea lobsters.
13. The incestual relationship between two mythological figures credited for the creation of human civilization. Fuxi was an ancient God and one of China's Three Sovereigns who taught the ancient Han people how to domesticate animals. Nüwa was an ancient Goddess credited for molding humans from loess clay and repairing the leaking sky from storms. She is also known as the Goddess of marriage.
14. Used for pyromancy - a form of divination - in the Shang Dynasty. Comprised of pieces of ox scapula. Though contents surfaced from RPC-300 have been made from a variety of flesh derived from creatures held within it.

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