Published on May 31st, 2016 | by Mustafa Said
The Niantic Investigation-May 2016 Status Update
Hello there and welcome back to Fev Games as we explore the Niantic Investigation in 2016.
So what's the most important thing or things that you need to know in order to jump in?
Intel Mission in San Diego:
Intel had emerged regarding a special Mission that would take place at the University of California, San Diego on May 7th. The mystery deepened when P.A Chapeau received a heavily redacted debriefing on the attack. ENL and RES Agents on site quickly learned via media drops that the goal of the Mission was to lift the redacted portions and discover the truth.
Thanks to all who were present, the fully redacted document was released, revealing that ADA had organized the attack on the compound...but she contacted OLW and gave him instructions to escape before it happened. After fleeing, OLW reached out to the Acolyte, telling her that the Power Cube stockpiles were actually stolen and that a major breakthrough was almost inbound. As of right now ADA and Lynton-Wolfe are now operating as thier own independent group, even going as far as to set up a XM research lab and begin recruiting talent.
Flint's presentation was awesome, but we were all led to believe that the Mission would yield similar results to the mission in Bologna. It was exhilarating trying to complete the mission first. When, from the 9 portals in the mission, we realized we had 11 different media sets it was super important for us to get back out there.So I split the team up to go revisit portals. This was really cool.
After we all finished, Flint said we had won. We waited with baited breath...was it the rule set? Target locations? Shard Spawn information?
Flint and the interns all went to the side and then came back to say that we should continue looking. I had searched The Bear(the portal on campus where the mission began at) several times and scattered the team. I went back to the bear and couldn't quite fit into a tiny crawl area...so I asked a couple of kids to help me out (non ingress family that just happened to be there).
I thought I could see teal but wasn't sure but then..BOOM! I found an Ingress Novel(Niantic Project:Ingress).
My heart was racing as I flipped through it looking for highlights, notes, anything. A third, slower inspection, is when I found the note about Susanna being next.
It was SO FRUSTRATING having the investigate ingress website down!
Even now, we're still waiting to hear if someone...anyone...will pass on an additional clue to us for finishing first. Maybe to Nigel's whereabouts...Susanna's absence? Or actual Aegis Nova information regarding San Diego since that is where the Mission was.
Anoxic, who also has an incredible report written up of the event, had this to say:
We have some really good preparation beforehand, and being a student in UCSD with a bike helped a lot. After finishing the mission, I was so tired and didn't realize I hacked some media. BUT I guessed the correct answer - my first try was OLW and second try was ADA - and bingo!
It only took me 15 minutes and the organizer (Brandon) seemed so surprised at first. He kept asking me what I got and I replied things like AXA when what I wanted was ADA, until later I realized hey there was some media!
I went to get some food around 3 or 4 since I didn't eat anything since then, and when I turned back people told me there were some dead drops. As I can see that event was well-organized, and everything happened when they should.
Flint appeared to know nothing about what was gonna happen when the talk started, and he was really really happy to see so many people involved into this event.
And about the interview with him - he agreed without hesitation when I asked him if I could ask some questions on behalf of Project Isthmus.
May Lore Update:
Nigel Moyer had slightly emerged: a special media hacked in London revealed his thoughts: That the Obsidian Shield can be 'transformed' into the Aegis Nova: a weapon of 'terrible power' through a network of sites around the world, aka the Aegis Nova Anomalies.
Finally, Klue had emerged with revelations that her disconnection with ADA wasn't as smooth as she would have liked. She reported that she was suffering from nightmares and other mental trauma and that the Acolyte had reached out to her, offering a way out: a special ritual at the compound. Klue took the offer...but reports from Hulong Transglobal revealed that the Acolyte was actually working with Roland Jarvis to obtain information from deep within Klue's mind to attack ADA. The first Anomalies struck the world on May 28th and the Enlightened emerged victorious, allowing Jarvis' mind hack to succeed. At this time there is no word on Klue's current condition.
The world is slowly changing....who will wield the Aegis Nova?
Serious investigators dig deeper. Seeking the truth, no matter where it may lead, is our calling. Faction, race, gender, age - none of these things matter here. To potentially dig down the rabbit hole, join us at Operation Essex. Keep a close eye at Investigate:Ingress as well as pages of the Niantic Researchers, sensitives and Corporations to learn more.
Until next time!