I was Research Lead on the Niantic Project. We were chartered by the NIA to study the threats and opportunities coming from Exotic Matter (XM). XM is a new form of matter that clusters near what we refer to as ‘Portals.’
We discovered that Portals occur in places of artistic, cultural, or historic significance. We believe this has been the case for humans of all nationalities and cultures, throughout recorded history.
It also became clear that certain people are deeply affected by XM. We classify these individuals as ‘sensitives.’ The effects of XM are considered positive by many and may include heightened creativity and cognitive capacity.
During our analysis of XM, we also discovered that XM seemed to be carrying encoded information within it. Someone, or something, seemed to be trying to communicate with us. Because of this, and the perceived effects of XM, that unknown entity became known as ‘the Shapers.’
The ‘Scanner’ was created as by Dr. Lynton-Wolfe as a means to harvest XM and to test various XM constructs designed to control XM and to increase the output of XM from Portals.
In an unanticipated event, the XM Scanner slipped into private hands and was released to the public as a ‘game’ called Ingress. As a result, the XM scanner was widely disbursed and we are left to deal with the effects of XM exposure on hundreds of millions of people.
Within the lab, our opinions about XM, and the force that might be using it to try to communicate with us, were split. Some believed that XM held great promise for the progress of humanity and that the Shapers, whatever they are, might be our allies in continued evolution. Others saw XM and the Shapers as an existential threat to human existence. Those supporting the study and use of XM became known as ‘the Enlightened.’ Those committed to fighting it became known as ‘the Resistance.’
One of my fellow team Niantic members, an artist and suspected Sensitive named Roland Jarvis, was killed shortly after being exposed to a massive dose of Exotic Matter. When an autopsy was carried out on his body, it was found to be obdurate to the autopsy process.
A month after his death, Roland Jarvis ‘manifested’ as some kind of XM being at the Cupid’s Span portal in San Francisco. Jarvis, in this new form, came to be seen as a kind of leader for the The Enlightened. He has since issues a number of communications about the meaning of XM and those behind it.
In August 2013, the struggle over XM reached a new level of urgency when Jarvis instigated an effort to gain control of power centers around the world in a series of events that came to be known as ‘Operation Cassandra.’ In the process, information was uncovered about an ancient language of shapes or ‘glyphs’ which have the ability to influence, and perhaps even ‘program’ human minds. A series of potentially dangerous glyphs were unleashed on the world. These were ultimately diffused but not until former Niantic lab member +Carrie Campbell sacrificed herself in an effort to block them.
There’s more. And it only gets worse.
Former Niantic Lab member Dr. Oliver Lynton-Wolfe first tried to help Jarvis, but after being attacked by him during Operation Cassandra, retreated to Bangkok where he developed a new type of XM weapon, this time using ‘Dark XM’ or ‘Chaotic Matter.’ When he used this weapon against Jarvis he not only failed to defeat him, the Jarvis ‘entity’ shattered into 13 pieces or ‘Shards’ that dispersed to Portals around the world.
It is significant to note that in Bangkok Jarvis referred to himself as ‘Osiris.’ As you know, the Osiris myth relates to resurrection after a body is divided into 13 parts.
We now believe that Jarvis is plotting a resurrection of his own. This will be achieved if a viable number of Shards are gathered at the Cupid’s Span mega-Portal in San Francisco. Enlightened agents are working at this very moment to make that happen. A parallel effort by Resistance agents is underway to gather the Shards into another mega-Portal in Buenos Aires, Argentina in order to destroy the Jarvis entity forever.
It is my firm belief that we should prevent a unification of the Shards at all costs.