スザンナとミスカトニック大学

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束の間の静寂だった。

スザンナはポータルの前に立っていた。瞳を閉じ、内にその眼を向けた。演奏が聞こえる...ガスランプ・クオーターから流れてくる素晴らしいブルースの調だ...カモメの群れは...次第に消えていった...自らの呼吸を確かめると、非常に浅かった。心臓がバクバクと拍動していた。海風が鼻腔をくすぐった。その全てを意識から退けねばならなかった。次から次へと感覚が...消失していった。そしてスザンナは広大な電気的ネットワークと自らを形づくる化学的相互作用に意識を向けていった。それらと同調し、やがてはそれすらも沈黙させた。スザンナは立ち尽くしていた、彼女のそばを通り過ぎる人々も多くは彼女に気付いた様子はなかった。それでもスザンナにはアノマリーの発生したこの街に今なお漂うエックスエムを抑え込むことはできなかった。

スザンナは感じ取っていた、エックスエム特有の疼くような感覚を。深く強い感覚だった。スザンナは自分が優れたセンシティブであるとは考えてもいなかったが、この街で生み出され消費されていくエックスエムが彼女に影響を及ぼしていたのだ。おびただしいエックスエムに晒されたが故の当然の結果であった。

スザンナは過去を拭い去り、今を拭い去り、そして未来のみが残された。スザンナには使命があった。決して復讐などではない。復讐は隠れ蓑に過ぎなかった。実に尤もらしい隠れ蓑であった。国家情報局でフィリップスから学んだことだ。誰もが望むであろう顛末を利用せよ、とはフィリップスの言葉だ。ヤーハンとスミスは父親を殺害していた。復讐心には誰もが関心を寄せる、衝動的にだ。人々はスザンナを愚か者と考え、ヤーハンを襲うものと考えることだろう。そう信じ込ませておけばよい。

ヤーハンとスミスは壮大な盤面の駒に過ぎぬ存在だった。だが、その盤面をスザンナが変えようとしていた。この時、この世界にいる七十億からなる全人類でただひとり、スザンナにはその力があったのだ。今から数か月前、父親が彼女に囁いた言葉がそう告げていた。

ナイジェル・モイヤーは誰よりも世界の深淵まで覗き込んだ男だったが、ナイジェルに機が熟すことはなかった。オブシディウスもベスビアン・マグナスも、あるいは他の者たちも...その機を掴むことはなかった。

今こそ刻が到来したのだ。あるいはスザンナがそうだと信じようとしているのだろうか。いつの世も人は自分たちが終末の世にいるものと考えてはいなかっただろうか。思い違いではないかとの考えがよぎってはスザンナは振り払っていた。そんなことを考えても埒のあかぬことだった。

迷いは何者かが侵入したことで断ち切られた。大学図書館のアーカイブを覗き込もうとする人物をスザンナは察知したのだ。男は監視の目に気付いたかのように顔をあげた。その瞬間にスザンナは察知した、スコーパエステーシアとも言うべき超常現象の引き金となってしまったことを。男はスザンナと視線を交錯させた。彼女に監視されていることは察知していたが、それが誰で何処からなのか察知しただろうか。男の動きは迅速に、人目を避けるものとなった。より慎重なものに。

その男と話さねばならないとスザンナは悟った。男のそばにはポータルの気配があった。そこには杖を手に冠を被った人物が描かれていた。司教、あるいは教皇だろうか、あるいは聖人だろうか。スザンナは、ある言葉に思い至った。ミスカトニックだ。スザンナはどこへ向かうべきかを悟ったのだった。

A moment of silence.

Susanna stood before the Portal. She closed her eyes and focused inward. The sounds of traffic -- of surf blues from the Gaslamp Quarter -- the seagulls -- they slowly faded away... She measured her breathing. Too rapid. Her heart was throbbing. The ocean breeze tickled her nose. She had to tune it all out. One sense after another -- extinguished. She became aware of the vast network of electrical exchanges and chemical interactions that defined her. She harmonized them and then commanded them into silence. She stood stone still, mostly invisible to those passing her by. But she could not suppress the XM haze that still hovered over the Anomaly Site.

She was charged. That distinctive XM tingle. It lay deep but was powerful. Even though she did not believe she was a truly powerful sensitive, the amount of XM being generated and used in this area was affecting her. It was a natural consequence of abundance.

She blotted out the past. She blotted out the present. Finally, there was only the future. She had a mission. It wasn't about revenge. Revenge was going to be her cover. A very plausible cover. She'd learned that from Phillips at the NIA. Use what they want to believe against them, he had said. Jahan and Smith had murdered her father. The desire fore revenge makes people rash. Impulsive. They would count on her to be stupid and attack Jahan. So let them.

Jahan and Smith were but pieces in a much larger game. And Susanna was going to change that game. She alone, among all of the 7 billion people who occupied this place in time and space had that ability. It rested in the phrase whispered to her by her father in their final moments together.

Nigel Moyer had stared deeper into the cosmic abyss than anybody, but his time was not right. It hadn't been right for Obsidius or the Vesuvian Magnus or in any of the other times when people had understood... this.

The time was now. Or was she deluding herself? Didn't every generation think they were living in the end times? The thought that she was delusional washed across her mind. She dismissed it. It was not useful.

Another one broke through instead. She saw a man peering through the archives of a university library. He looked up as if he knew he was being watched. Susanna knew in that moment that she had triggered something -- psychic staring effect -- scopaesthesia -- whatever its name was. The man met her gaze. He knew he was being watched, but by whom and from where? His movements became faster, more stealthy. More aware.

Susanna knew she had to talk to him. She felt the Portal near him. It was marked by a man with twisted crook and meiter. A bishop or a pope or a saint. A word came to her. Miskatonic. She knew where to go.

Daniel van Os
2016/10/10 04:43:43
Update: rearranged and better aligned version of the document:https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/photo/109210061029583643688/6339722510160243010

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Usually when +H. Richard Loeb​​​ calls for some help in finding a portal, between a few of us we are able to find that portal pretty quickly.

Today was different, after a brief look it was obvious most of these portals would not be found the usual way. It turned into a world wide team effort, with new hangouts popping up all through the day. Some with hints, some with portals and on a few occassions even "Hey, I've got media from one of those portals."

A very special mention must go to agent @Qu33nB who drove for 2 hours on snowy roads to get to the portal in Chetwynd, BC. Unfortunately, the portal there did not drop any media.

We've checked the image, the portal and the surroundings, they are a match for the Dragon shown in the image in PAC's post. Hopefully this media will surface soon.

Many thanks to the usual crowd of decoders, networkers and string pullers as well ;)

And finally most of all to all the portal identifiers and hackers:

@Qu33nB @Sant0ri @WWhitetiger @AEC @GFratz @exp626 @transplorador @CeruleanAngel
@konsternacja @electrosuccess @bigtoad @tango13nov @gem808 @DayWaste @D0MC @TheHiveMind
@Secretlondon @kellenb @doooon @TomatosaurusRex @da1ku

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ThomasScottTomatosaurusRex/posts/esTcvwfk2HU
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ThomasArteagaZyn/posts/fhmtNbefwf9
https://plus.google.com/104807397923247470132/posts/RsLnRzeDCfN
https://plus.google.com/+jplolojplolo/posts/KsyPhuNwdok
https://plus.google.com/+CarolineFord1/posts/BXgqfqQT8LA
https://plus.google.com/+KellenBailey/posts/RvJV1APuDJv
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AECBln/posts/Mrq6JAxdrQK
https://plus.google.com/u/0/106817857126695206710/posts/GVctEJwompf

And my sincere apologies to anyone who I've missed.

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Daniel Richter (TheHiveMind)
2016/10/10 18:26:06
The final piece of the puzzle has been found in Moscow!

Kudos to agent @Red27 for recovering the media, and special thanks to +Irina Sokolova for her continued assistance and reliability.

The portal image is from a carving in British Columbia, which delayed the efforts a bit. ;)

+Agent KodamaSmiles +Daniel van Os +Operation Essex +Edgar Allan Wright +H. Richard Loeb +Niantic Project +Ingress +Anne Beuttenmüller +Matilde Tusberti

Portal link: https://www.ingress.com/intel?ll=55.842357,37.566455&z=17&pll=55.842357,37.566455
Media link: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-aq8_MIWbynY/V_tc6fCDEMI/AAAAAAAAXeU/SWRZS6QDSNELbKSM7U0uc6AyRGFKR5R_wCL0B/h1499/2016-10-10.png