Successful Operation

Local operations are still slow at times, but we've had some nice successes today. With a little help from Agent Bitmap and Agent ZapNeutron, a sliver of home was blanketed with layers of green.

I may have an opportunity to spread Enlightenment in other parts of the Midwest in late spring. Travel plans are in the preliminary stages, but it looks promising. I wonder what it will feel like to sleep in a place where the Resistance doesn't have such a strong foothold. What dreams could visit me in the night?

Quiet and Cold

I've been quiet for a few days, just keeping an eye on our Intel and planning my next move. It's pretty cold out there and will be for a couple more days yet. Maybe I'll spend some time digging though P.A.'s collection and see what I can learn.

Obstacles and Opportunities

I'm feeling disheartened after yesterday's minor acquisition. It often takes less than 24 hours for my efforts to be unraveled.

The resistant power around me is immense right now. I only have enough weapons to recapture two to three enemy portals, the closest friendly portal is over four miles away, the XM drained by hacking enemy portals seems to have spiked recently, and gasoline prices have gone up again.

I'm not sure what to do. I wish the Shapers would communicate in a more direct way, lead me somehow, Enlighten me about what steps to take next. Who knows, maybe they are communicating and I'm trying too hard to hear a call to battle. Maybe I'm supposed to create.


For the past week I've been covertly monitoring the status of an untitled portal. It sat alone and untapped, surrounded by Resistance portals and fields. I finally had a chance to act today. Once I was nearby I could see that the recent snowfall was the probable cause for its state.

Fortunately, I was wearing my heavy boots.

XM and Climate

My understanding of XM is still somewhat limited, but there seems to be agreement among researchers that it's related to human populations across the globe.

Living in an area where the outdoor temperature is below freezing at this time of the year, I wonder if there will be noticeable XM pattern changes when the warm weather arrives.

As the people around me spend less time alone in their homes, and more time enjoying the beautiful Minnesota state parks and 10,000 lakes, will existing portals migrate to new locations? Will new portals appear in places that were considered remote due to the snow coverage over the winter?

I can't wait to find out.

Were the Büchners Sensitives?

"We are only puppets, our strings are being pulled by unknown forces." ~Georg Büchner

And what properties of matter was Ludwig Büchner really studying?

War Heroes

I didn't notice the green smokey strands in person, but they sure are clear in the photo I snapped with my phone after I deployed my resonators and shields. That scanner software is really something. This is part of the Honoring All Veterans Memorial in Richfield, MN and it should come as no surprise that it's also the site of an active portal.

I urge you to view it in person if you are able. The influence of the shapers can be seen in the overall design, with the six curved pillars elegantly arching toward the statue in the middle. Being there made me think about our world's history and how heros are born out of extremely challenging circumstances.

I wonder how the Enlightened will be remembered. Am I on the right side of this fight? At what point does it become a war, and am I ready?

Day 25

My recruitment was standard, as far as I can tell. My area is heavily populated by agents working for the Resistance, so they needed to find another body to join the Enlightened ranks. Simple math, right?

But, I keep hearing about Sensitives.

I haven't had any creative outbursts. I haven't had any strange dreams. I don't think I'm one of them, but how would I know? I need to do some more digging.

Anyway, I participated in my first joint operation yesterday. For a brief, beautiful moment the majority of my home town was blanketed in a field of Enlightenment.

I didn't expect it to feel so important to be a part of it. I'm glad I was able to help, even though it was in a small way, and even though the Resistance reclaimed much of the area in such a short time. I'm proud to work with such talented agents and I believe that as our numbers grow we will become a truly powerful force.