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Operation Essex is a group created by Dr. Edgar Allan Wright, to get players to investigate the mysteries of the Niantic Project, with some support from official sources.
Anyone can join by finding the current set of questions (listed in the g+ group, which can be seen publicly) and messaging any member of Essex with the answers.
An overview of the resources shared by members can be found Operation Essex Resources
It was first mentioned in this g+ post
The fever of yesterday has passed, leaving clarity.
I must throw everything I have into this investigation. I don't have money like the corporations. I don't have data like ADA or Omnivore. I don't even have the intel of the NIA, nor to I benefit from the knowledge of those who were actually on the Niantic Project. But I do have, at my disposal, the best investigators in the world. I commence Operation Essex in memory of an ancestor.
It is our mission to assemble all of the data we have and follow the Ingression… For the future the present and the past depend on our success.
Who will join me in Operation Essex?
The fever that he mentions was a post made by him the previous day (26 of October).
It is as if the phrase 13MAGNUS was a key that unlocked hidden parts of my memory… Dormant… A synapse bridged… It coming back in waves… Images… Flashes… Seattle… The Space Needle… The Assassin from Parallax View… We live in a world forged by our imprints… Seattle… Felicia. I knew her, but from where? Waratah… Who is she? Is IQTech Parallax in code? Is 13MAGNUS my Coronet Blue… Do we all have one? Its coming back.. But not clear… Associations without firmament… 13MAGNUS is an idealized condition… Somebody said that… It exists for a moment, leaving traces… Leaving clues… But you have to know how to follow them.“ Somebody said that. Was it Lightman? Calvin? Kureze? Devra? What do they know? What have they forgotten? Is it only me?
The Sharding… What is the Sharding within and without… I got a call from a Niantic Operative… Mumbai… Searching for the Awakening or the Transcendence or something… It all added up to the Enlightenment. Osiris… Yama… Kala… Annubis… Ascention… That was it…. Ascention… Tamarind… The Sacred Spices…. All eyes will be on Atlanta… But see Mumbai from the other… 'Swingin' on the Bombay one day… Every move he makes… Its tangled. Cluttered. Reality. Art. Music. Movies. All of it in a stew of consciousness… Marinating… Curry Land… Atlantis… Did I really get that call? Yes. Yes. It is here on my phone.. I really did.
I have done my best to record a thought stream. Fractal thoughts that assemble to a truth. I would not say that it is coming back. I would say that it is crystallizing. Yes. That's the word. Make of this what you will..
Edgar explained in this post
Somebody asked about the significance of the Essex: One of my ancestors was aboard that ship. The Essex went down when rammed by a whale and was the stimulus for Moby Dick. I trying to stop the Leviathan that is coming, I feel like Captain Ahab. My ancestor, by the way, survived the Wreck of the Essex and died in a hurricane alter on.
This is a reference to William Wright that after surviving the Essex incident returned to whaling and drowned during a hurricane in the West Indies
Posted by Dr. Wright as a means of gauging entry into the Operation Essex Group.
EASY: Who is going to Buenos Aires? EASY: Who is working on a documentary called Nomad? EASY: Who is hinting at an alliance with Devra? MEDIUM: Who is Claudia Glass searching for? MEDIUM: What did Jarvis caution against in his Redemption Speech? MEDIUM: Where do you next expect to see Hank Johnson? HARD: Who did Susanna Moyer select to give passage to the ex-Niantic Researcher? HARD: If you were to hear of something were stolen or missing this week, what would it be? HARD: What will Hank Johnson be looking for in Phoenix? VERY HARD: Why is Susanna Moyer helping Dr. Lynton-Wolfe VERY HARD: Can Susanna be trusted? If so, then by whom? VERY HARD: If you were to hear of something were stolen or missing this week, what would it be?
EASY: Who were the two corpses at the Zurich Train Station in the 2WillDie Poster (might want to put the poster in the newsletter. EASY: Who do you think was the female voice speaking to Katelina? MEDIUM: Which Faction would benefit if Calvin and Owen manage to come to an agreement? MEDIUM: Hank Johnson was not present at CERN on Epiphany Night, but he took something with him that allowed him to escape the Dark XM Portal. What was it? Where did it come from?. HARD: Last time we saw Dr. Brandt, somebody died shortly thereafter. Who was it? HARD: Calvin, Owen and Phillips tangled right before a critical event last year. What was the event, and what were the consequences? VERY HARD: Why did ADA select Katalina to use for her purposes?