Box of Delights

Box of Delights

Departments Research/Mystical/Containment
Secrecy Secret
Danger Potentially Dangerous
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Description
Apparently Sumerian 30cm x 70cm x 20cm box with hinged lid, made out of unknown pliable material. Material stretches to fit all items placed in box so far. Designs on the box consist of swastikas, snakes, horses and betentacled humanoids.
Items placed into the box change slightly over time. In most cases the change is deleterious. Living creatures placed into the item tend to age significantly, die horribly, or are stricken with a disease. Inanimate objects placed into the box either come out with their condition markably decreased or they emerge transformed into a more dangerous version of themselves.
Item was recovered from an archeological dig in Iran. The archeologists had been ripped apart by some sort of wild animal. The extraction team located the anomolous box and also discovered a 3 metre long beetle burrowed into the ground nearby. The beetle was killed by the extraction team whilst attempting to capture it. Carcass taken to Research for further study.

Equipment Needed
"Waldo" robot with dual grapple arms, remote viewing booth.

Safety Precautions
Containment area is fitted with type 2 cutting traps.

Storage/Containment
Item is to be stored in a pressurized vault. Inward opening door able to withstand 2 metric tonnes of force to be securely locked at all times. 12-ply layered glass and plexiglass 2m x 1m viewing portal with full spectrum camera mounted behind it to be used to monitor item.

Experiments Performed
Format for experiments:
Item: Item introduced to the box.
Time: Amount of time left in the box.
Results: Results

Item: One white mouse in steel cage.
Time: 30 seconds.
Results: One white mouse in rusted steel cage. Mouse reintroduced to other mice. Subject mouse stayed in the corner of the cage and appeared to tremble. Subject mouse died when approached by another mouse. Autopsy showed significantly elevated adrenalin levels. Suspected that mouse died of heart attack.

Item: Two white mice in steel cage.
Time: 5 minutes.
Results: The mice appeared to have blended together into a two-headed mouse. The new mouse had weeping lesions on its skin and intestines on the outside. Intestines ripped when mouse began clawing at itself. Subject deceased approximately 2 minutes later. Autopsy showed significant gain in muscle mass.

Item: Two white mice in steel cage separated by steel plate.
Time: 5 minutes.
Results: Two white mice with paws twisted so that one of their claws became opposable. Rudimentary axes and shields clutched in their paws made of steel. Steel separation plate missing. Steel spikes lining the inside of the cage. Mice began circling each other banging axes on shields before attacking. The larger mouse sustained a wound to the leg before killing his opponent. The injury healed within 30 seconds. Mouse reintroduced to cage with 5 other mice in. Subject mouse slaughtered the 3 male mice and proceeded to copulate with the females.

Item: Basic woodcutting hatchet with wooden handle and steel blade.
Time: 5 minutes.
Results: Item gained size and weight and became a double-headed axe with a spike at the handle. The handle now has thorns adorning it where the user would grip. Waldo robot gripped the axe by the handle. Two of the thorns became deeply embedded in the robot's grappling claws and the rest of the axe fell apart as if rotten.

Item: Basic woodcutting hatchet with wooden handle and steel blade.
Time: 8 hours.
Results: A 60cm apparently wooden wand. Item appears to hum slightly and waldo sensors detected a slightly vibration when held in hand. Waldo waved the item at the floor: A large bolt of electriticy shot from the end of the wand causing a 30cm mark on the floor. Waldo short circuited. Another Waldo robot was sent in to retrieve the first Waldo and the wand. Wand retained by Mystical division for further examination. The first robot was examined and found to have expended all of its supercapacitor charge in one burst causing repairable damage to its circuitry.

Item: White mouse in steel cage.
Time: 8 hours.
Results: Mouse deceased. Various cancerous growths and buboes on body.

Item: White mouse in steel cage.
Time: 8 hours.
Results: Mouse deceased. Mouse has been turned inside out.

Item: White mouse in steel cage.
Time: 8 hours.
Results: Mouse deceased. Rusted clockwork version of mouse located in the centre of the cage, motionless. Clockwork mouse was covered in spikes and hooks. The cage appeared to be made of flesh and fur.

Item: White mouse in steel cage.
Time: 8 hours.
Results: Mouse deceased. Flesh, skeleton and a pool of bloody liquid located in separate parts of the cage.

27 further experiments performed using a white mouse in a steel cage at 8 hours. All resulted in an expired subject creature. It has been hypothesized that living creatures cannot survive this long inside the box. Further experimentation regarding this is required.

Item: White mouse in steel cage.
Time: 24 hours.
Results: Mouse deceased, only skeleton left. Cage rusted and bent. Several of the bars of the cage had been bent to pierce the mouse's body.

Item: White mouse in steel cage.
Time: 1 hour.
Results: Mouse had grown to 70cm in length and had vastly increased muscle mass. Mouse had notably changed form, now resembling a primate. Nothing was left of the cage, however the mouse's fur was a steel grey. Mouse forced itself out of the Waldo's grip, exerting a pressure of twice what a human is capable. Mouse proceeded to attack the Waldo robot, ripping the armoured carapace of the robot with apparent ease. Once it had finished with the robot the mouse proceeded to pace around the room before setting off the type 2 blade trap and being cut into three pieces. An autopsy of the mouse showed that its skin had become significantly tougher, resembling a flexible metallic covering. The mouse's DNA had altered to include two more elements in its DNA chain in addition to the normal GATC. The cadaver has been sent to Research for further study.

Item: Wooden hatstand. note: due to size of item, significant difficulty was encountered attempting to add the item to the box.
Time: 1 hour.
Results: 1 wooden staff. 2 metres long. No obvious anomolies. Item sent to Mystical department for further study. note from Mystical: Thanks for this! "No anomolous properties" - do your research better next time.

Item: One infant child, suffering from Down's Syndrome.
Time: 30 minutes.
Results: One infant child. Several tattoos had appeared on its body, resembling the drawings on the box. The infant's arms appeared to have no bones in them but still functioned normally. All traces of Down's Syndrome had gone. Infant spoke in language not recognized by the research team, assumed to be ancient Sumerian. Item retained by Research for further study.

Conclusion
It is not yet known how this device is powered or by what method it changes items. It appears that the amound of time spent within the box increases the effects but over-exposure is inevitably fatal to living creatures. Inanimate objects placed into the box appear to become more dangerous, often to the user of the item. Objects altered by this box are not to be offered to clients without prior authority from Head Office.
Due to the unpredictable nature of this item and the possibility of accidentally releasing something of great power upon the populace, this item is to remain in the keeping of Marshall, Carter & Dark at all times. Clients in good standing may lease time with the item provided they are instructed with the basic safety procedures.

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