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Research, Protection, Containment.

The RPC Authority is a collaborative wiki that focuses on documents, reports, and scientific research on various anomalous entities, objects, areas, events, and so on. RPC stands for Research, Protection, Containment. The RPC Authority's goal is to capture and research (emphasis on research, hence the title) anomalies to protect the Earth and the rest of the universe and use their research to benefit civilization as a whole. However, the RPC Authority is willing to commit questionable actions to preserve the safety of civilization and secrecy of the anomalies. To make matters worse, the anomalies are not the only things that the Authority deals with because they also face more dangerous Groups of Interest, like The Church of Malthus, the German Anomalous Research Division, The PCAAO, and UNAAC.

Also see its Spiritual Predecessor, the SCP Foundation.

The RPC Authority contains the following tropes:

  • Abstract Scale: The RPC Authority has what is known as an Anderson Coherency Scale, which is used to measure the levels of coherency of reality, which is very useful for the Authority since it regularly has to battle against Reality Warpers.
  • Alien Geometry: The Anderson Coherency Scale measures just how 'stable' the Authority would define pocket dimensions to alternate realities. Many can appear dreamlike, or even nightmarish.
  • Alternate Universe:
    • The RCPA Reality is a universe where the Authority became a world-ruling organization known as the Righteous Centralized Protection Authority.
    • The Remnants Timeline is a universe where a calamity generated many new anomalies and destroyed civilization on Earth.
    • The Cosmic Embers is a universe where humanity was forced to move from star to star after Earth was destroyed. This one is notable for being a whole Alternate Continuity.
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  • Animalistic Abomination: RPC-197, a sapient Savage Wolf with regeneration and Super Strength who literally hides and travels through the shadows. Whenever it speaks, its voice is heard as warped and distorted. It also claims to be Fenrir from Norse Mythology.
  • Ancient Conspiracy: The authority is an ancient artifact collection agency dating all the way back to the 1500s.
  • Ancient Order of Protectors: A monastery on the slopes of smoke-belching Mount Vesuvius were called upon for help to contain the anomalous remenants of the renaissance era since 1514.
  • Anomalous Art:
    • The Academy of True Art (a.k.a L'Academia Della Vera Arte) is an academy that employs anomalies in it's teachings of art, everything from visual to auditory the AOTA has you covered. Unless you try and kill someone that is, more common than you think.
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    • RPC-478 no longer is, but was in the past an anomalous painting that could transport people into itself, now it's just a painting.
    • Leonardo Da Vinci is also an anomalous artist in a classic case of Beethoven Was an Alien Spy
  • Anti-Hero: The RPC Authority is an organization version of this trope. They're willing to sacrifice prisoners called CSD's (the RPC equivalent to the SCP's D-personnel) and sometimes animals for either containing or experimenting with the anomalies in order to protect civilian lives.
  • Apocalypse How: The Remnant is an alternate universe in which a universe-wide calamity (named the Alpha trigger) occurred, generating massive amounts of new anomalies and destroying organized civilization on Earth. Some of the events includ Africa becoming a hellscape and Australia being infested with giant animals.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Leonardo Da Vinci was an anomalous artist; most of his anomalous work was confiscated by the Auctoritas Impertus.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Many, such as RPC-730 mutated witchetty grubs 4cm long with spider like legs and large fangs.
  • Black-and-Gray Morality: Just like its Spiritual Predecessor, the RPC Authority will get their hands dirty in order to protect the universe from actively malevolent Eldritch Abominations and Groups-Of-Interest, like the German Anomalous and Research Division.
  • Black Helicopter: RPC-666 happens to be a Mi-24 (NATO "Hind-A") helicopter gunship, except it's also a Mechanical Abomination with the ability to weaponize the weather.
  • Body Horror: Oh so much! A wonderful example is RPC-510, an anomalous virus that turns people into miniature (relatively speaking) planets, or the aforementioned RPC-730 where its larva infect its human host and transforms them into green, 4-legged, bear-sized bug-like monsters that can claw through metal and viciously eat anything alive.
  • Canon Immigrant: Some RPCs used to be SCPs before being moved to the RPC wiki by their authors. Some examples are RPC-354, who used to be the original SCP-1162, and RPC-548, who used to be the original SCP-1548.
  • Cosmic Horror Story: The RPC universe is somewhere between this and Lovecraft Lite. It's bloated with Eldritch Abominations and while some are too powerful to be contained, many of them can also be contained with reasonable efforts.
  • Crossover Cosmology: In the RPC-verse, most if not all Mythology is true in their own regard with certain deviations from the original mythological canons. With Roman gods walking the earth to the great wolf Fenrir chained within the confines of the authority vault.
  • De-Power: Many RPCs apply to this trope, known in-universe as neutralized anomalies, examples include:
    • RPC-075 were two weeping figs that no human could cross the path between but was de-powered and now no longer works.
    • RPC-478 was a painting that could take people into itself but was de-powered and now no longer works.
  • Duty That Transcends Death: RPC-049 is the ghost of former Site-002 Human Resources archivist Janet Neuman, who continues to do her job even after her death in 1957. She has been nominated for the Site-002 Employee of the Month award every month since 1957, often with significant majority votes. A permanent "Honourary Employee of the Month" plaque has been dedicated to her since 1962.
  • Eldritch Location: RPC-313 is a vast empty space that contains a simulation of the universe.
  • Evil Counterpart: The Righteous Central Protection Authority is an alternate version of the Authority from another universe that activately uses anomalies to ensure their dominance over the world.
  • Evil Teacher: RPC-010 is an anomalous elementary school run by Ms. Jackson, who reads stories with disturbing themes (such as rape or murder) to her 31 students, and whenever any of them fail to meet her expectations, she horrifically tortures them and brings them back to life with an anomalous object called the "Happy Box", just so that she can repeat this depraved cycle.
  • Good Is Not Nice: The RPC Authority is interested in protecting the world and further benefiting the public, and while many anomalies can be contained with mundane and harmless methods, most of them require questionable or even disturbing methods.
  • Grand Theft Me: RPC-134 is a species of Galápagos tortoise that, when certain phrases are spoken near it, transfers the speakers consciousness into the tortoise, leaving their original body brain-dead. Unfortunately, tortoise brains aren't exactly capable of higher brain functions such as "sapience", so the resulting RPC-134-1 is stripped of any human intelligence.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: RPC-588 are in appearance and behavior (mostly) indistinguishable from normal bees making them difficult to locate and contain.
  • Hostile Terraforming: RPC-799 is a damaged extraterrestrial terra-forming machine whose abilities will warp planet Earth's conditions to hostile conditions for its native life when left unchecked.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: All the anomalies are referred to as "it".
  • Kitsune: RPC-886 happens to be a peaceful, if understandably depressed, shapeshifting Japanese red fox which ironically has white fur and seven tails. She is also the Last of Her Kind.
  • Masquerade: The Authority's mission is to maintain the illusion of normalcy and keep the existence of the anomalous a secret.
  • Mechanical Lifeform: RPC-388 is a series of bio-mechanical organisms that resemble construction vehicles.
  • Mechanical Abomination: RPC-666 is a malevolent helicopter that attacks anything on sight, complete with the ability to manipulate the weather by bringing the area's temperature to freezing levels while raining boiling hot water. It also has rotting corpses of its victims hung on the landing gear and weapons with electrical wires. Last but not least, when an Authority soldier blasted the pilot seat off, a massive sack of flesh and arms is revealed and it tries to cover the hole with itself.
  • Mirror Universe: There is a universe where the Authority (supposedly) become straight up Knight Templars and brand themselves as the Righteous Central Protection Authority.
  • Mole Men: RPC-037 are communist molemen with Soviet Superscience earthquake machines.
  • Monster Clown: RPC-239 is a clown doll possessed by a killer clown.
  • Panacea: RPC-588-A is just that, an all curing chemical produced by seemingly normal bees.
  • Portal Picture: RPC-478's power before it became depowered was to transport people into the world it depicts.
  • Siblings Share the Throne: The position of GD-WEST in this case being held by triplets.
  • Space People: The main theme of the Cosmic Embers canon, where humanity lives in space.
  • The Social Darwinist: The Church of Malthus are a Type 3 of this trope; a group of Evilutionary Biologists who view humanity's technological and medicinal progress for extended life and quality of life as failures of science, so they plan to force humanity to evolve through any means, be it by culling those considered "weak" or even getting their hands on absolutely powerful and/or dangerous anomalies.
  • Sore Loser: Seems the programmer for RPC-328 is just that, a bitter man-child releasing potentially lethal apps on the internet because he was expelled from the Academy of True Arts.
    A text file attached to the program of 328: [EXPLETIVE] the Academy! Hope you [EXPLETIVE] enjoy this floating around.
  • Science Fantasy: The RPC universe has both fantastical and sci-fi elements, ranging from supposed Gods and Mythological creatures to advanced technology and aliens.
  • Spiritual Successor: Most of the founders and writers of the RPC Authority wiki are former SCP Foundation editors who left that ongoing collaborative project to form their own on 4chan.
  • Tank Goodness: RPC-368 is a massive yet unfinished somewhat sapient German tank made of sentient parts that get smarter when more of them are connected. The tank somehow fires slugs of magma, which is basically impossible to pull off with relatively modern technology, let alone for its time.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: The German Anomalous and Research Division is a group of interest formed during world war 2 based on the common stereotype that Nazis were highly invested occult research.
  • Weird Sun: RPC-548 is a malevolent sapient star that's hell-bent on crushing planet Earth, and the Authority currently has no methods to stop it. It also used to be in the SCP Foundation as SCP-1548 until its author moved it to the RPC wiki.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Again, the RPC Authority is not only protecting the Earth and its civilization, it's also using the knowledge its scientists have gained to benefit the public, although the organization is also not above doing questionable containment methods or scientific experiments.