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RPC-303, during initial recovery.

Item #: RPC-303

Object Class: Beta

Containment Protocols: Instances of RPC-303 are to be contained in a secured observational cell at Research Site 9. To allow for the item's survival, two dozen vermin including eastern grey squirrels (S. carolinensis), house mice (Mus musculus), and eastern cottontail rabbits (Sylvilagus floridanus) are to be deposited into its chamber via pneumatic transfer system twice per day. Items must then be allowed free movement throughout the cell by way of four oscillating fans located in each corner, which are to be kept active for two four-hour periods per day. The cell must have its air intake register checked daily for any irregularities, or to clear stuck instances of RPC-303 or animal fragments caught in the grille to ensure that Site HVAC systems are properly functioning at all times.

Description: RPC-303 is indistinguishable from a single-use plastic shopping bag made of a thin, flexible, plastic film. Printed on one side of the item is the name "S█████ C███████," a store that has no existing record anywhere in the world. RPC-303 has the same physical characteristics of other plastic shopping bags, being thin, easily torn, incapable of self-propelled movement, and partially transparent to objects inside them. When in an inactive state, the item will move only when caught in a breeze of any strength, allowing it to travel a distance relative to the force by which it moved.

RPC-303 enters an active state when it comes in contact with animal flesh of any kind. When this occurs, the item attempts to wrap itself around the animal starting at the mouth of the bag. Due to its smaller size, RPC-303 poses little risk to most large bipeds and quadrupeds, though smaller animals can be more easily trapped inside the item's interior. If full immersion into the bag is successfully accomplished, the item's mouth will close with a heat seal and begin to devour the animal within. This process, though only somewhat visible, is best described as "digestion." During the process, animals captured by RPC-303 often attempt to escape, making distress calls to other animals in the process. Digestion cycles are accomplished in a span of approximately three hours, after which the item's mouth reopens. Any animal byproducts remaining after the digestion cycle are regurgitated from the item at this time. To date, no animals fully swallowed by RPC-303 have been documented as having escaped.

RPC-303 has no means of reproduction and no observed life cycle. Despite this, the Authority has contained sixteen instances of this item throughout the American East. No point of origin has been discovered for instances of RPC-303. It is theorized that, due to the item's appearance, they are produced and freed from "S█████ C███████" at unknown intervals. Since the item is identical to other plastic shopping bags, other instances are likely to have existed, but have likely been recycled, burned, or otherwise disposed of. If instances of RPC-303 go without feeding for a period exceeding 48 hours, they will undergo rapid decomposition and cease all anomalous activity. These instances are considered deceased.

Discovery: RPC-303 was first brought to Authority attention after a series of pet disappearances were reported in ████████, upstate New York, 199█. Mobile Strike Team Oscar-5 was deployed to the area to perform a sweeping study across the neighborhood, after which the item was contained, cataloged, and sent to Site 9. Following this event, similar occurrences were reported in ███████, North Carolina and The █████████ Pre-K Center in ██████, Massachusetts. In the latter case, [DATA EXPUNGED] were terminated to prevent knowledge of RPC-303's existence from spreading to local media. Since this event, the Center has been repurposed to a monitoring station staffed with three analysts and two members of MST Oscar-5, scanning local and social media for possible additional instances of RPC-303 in the wild.

Efforts to discover the origin of these items are ongoing.

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