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Jahan and I took inventory. I suspect she was only showing me the parts of her collection that she knew I was already aware of. She's far too clever...

I saw many things, she explained few of them. Prime Objects, ancient texts (words have powers far beyond language, but we always knew that, too).

In the end, it seems that the Remote Intrusive Penetration (RIP) Team was not successful, but that does not mean that they will always fail. We discussed new ways of hiding prime objects and deterring their theft. We realize that we are entering into a new and particularly dangerous era. In some ways, the two role these two ancient families have played is more important than ever before.

In between, we ate -- those complex curries the subcontinent is so famous for. Maybe it was just the moment. Maybe it was her or the place. But I realized that recipes are really potions. The heat and fragrances awaken dormant sensory possibilities.

I remember my recent time with her in a blurry montage and it is hard to separate it into discrete events or place a normal chronology to it. As we stood looking at an ancient zodiac-like calendar (which had 13 months), I saw in it the Archetypes.

According to that calendar, we are in the Season of the Trickster -- evoking all of the Trickster's manifestations from Loki to the Coyote to Puck. My mind travelled back to Niantic, the Tiki Bar, with it's horrific masks, and Misty.

Jahan prophesied that Misty would return in the time of the Trickster. But which Misty? And what demons will follow her this time?

And there was another strange thing. Jahan suggested to me that Jarvis is still very much with us, but in a new form. It was not clear to her what form, but we both share a similar suspicion, which I will not record here.

Time is cycling around again. Five Years. Half a decade. My journey now is to return to the five places shown in Tycho’s original posters presented at what I now know to be the San Diego Anomaly at Comic-Con 2012. His visions of distant times were something more than just visions. They were presences.

A cycle is completing. I will report more. I will record what I can. I have no illusions that this will be a safe journey. I am quite sure that what is known to me is known to others with darker intentions.

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What I saw at Jahan's place has caused me to view statues, public art and even architecture in a very different way.

Where I used to believe they were inert objects, I now believe that they serve a much deeper purpose. They are like 'icons' or 'avatars' for a very different reality and energy. For instance, the statue of a warrior, in fact, is an avatar for a real exogenous warrior which has the potential to manifest under the right circumstances. That is to say that exogenous entities have always been amongst us, hidden in plain sight, inert, but waiting to be brought to life -- if 'life' is indeed the right word...

In some ways, this comes as a great surprise to me. In other ways, I knew it all along. Why else has every culture in the history of mankind fashioned strange fantastical guardians, from primitive masks to ornate statues?

They are vessels.

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What I did not mention in my last post is that, after hearing from Jahan, I traveled to India (through very conventional means) to help investigate what had taken place...

It is impossible to overstate how complex and intertwined her and Azmati's family histories have been. It is a true 'frenemy' situation. While they have ferociously competed for Prime Objects for centuries, along with Anomalous Zone Prediction capabilities and other exotic Intel, they are bound together by a desire to keep the rest of the world from breaking up their virtual monopoly. If you think about it, this makes quite a bit of sense though it's often confusing.

In some ways, the NIA and the widespread availability of the Ingress Scanner was a nightmare scenario they had both hoped never to face.

I also find that our personal relationship is both at the cause and effect of these ancient tides.

Arriving at her palace we indeed found evidence, not only of intrusion, but of what followed... In other words, some of the would be thieves had been repelled by various Exogenous mechanisms that Jahan and her ancestors had placed in the chambers along with passive and active intrusion deterrence systems. In plain speak, traps built in ancient times that still work to deadly effect.

It is becoming quite clear to me that high-tech is not necessarily as effective as low-tech and Exogenous weapons are no more or less effective than modern weapons. They simply work on a slightly different frequency.

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As you know, I’ve returned to production on Nomad, but there have been a number of fascinating interruptions.

I do not know how, but the ripple effects of recent Remote Participation events are still being felt...

I received a communication from Jahan that she believed that there had been a theft attempt against her Prime Artifact Archives by a Remote Intrusion Participation (RIP) Team. I think she was trying to figure out if it was me. I assured her it was not... I have no interest in escalating things to that kind of level.

She said that her passive and active defense systems had repelled them, but she had no assurances that it would not happen again. And, she suggested that I take precautions, that the Azmatis' Treasury -- which is under my care -- could face a similar attempt. Though, to my knowledge there have been no leaks as to its coordinates.

Hopefully there's some security in obscurity...

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Forgive my near silence since Navarro. One mission always begets another and it seems the events of 13MAGNUS: Reawakens have caused a new journey to unfold for me... the details of which I will disclose in due time.

I've also working on another installment of Nomad which I hope should tell more. That having been said, there are some things that I felt the need to weigh in on:

PAC's compromised NIA drop of yesterday resonated with my own findings. There is no doubt in my mind that remote participation is real, but only under very specific circumstances. It is not something to be taken lightly or undertaken frivolously. The potential moral and actual consequences of it are incalculable. We must exercise extreme caution with Remote Participation Exercises. We simply don't understand enough to trust what we think we know...

Likewise, I hope H. Richard Loeb (aka PAC) will be very careful working with ADA. We have no idea what is inside her at this point and/or what influences she is operating under. While liberating her was necessary to stabilize the situation at Niantic and shut down the HAZDATA operation to reawaken Lynton-Wolfe's Tecthulhu, she should be treated as a volatile and potentially dangerous being. ADA herself would know this, but whether she would be transparent about it is another thing.

Finally, for reasons that I cannot currently disclose, I am trying to make contact with my charismatic colleague from the Niantic Project, Misty Hannah. If anybody has information on her whereabouts, please get it to me in a non-public manner.

That is all for today, but there is more to come.

Much is happening.

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I'll be honest -- don't recall meeting the person who calls themselves Amaziah.

I do remember the conversation that was mentioned in that email -- the bicameral mind, and how it might explain a sudden change in humanity's relationship with either itself or the Exogenous, depending on how you frame the question.

A number of us were present -- at the time I was not very well known in these highly academic circles (to be fair I'm still kind of an outsider) -- and I mostly hovered around the edges of the discussion. If I remember correctly, it was Wright who was the key driver and who first raised the possibility that the bicameral mind theory could have emerged as a rationalization for the sudden disappearance of an outside influencer on human thought and behavior.

If you've ever been around Wright for a period of time, two things become clear: 1) He will talk endlessly about nearly any subject and enjoy it perhaps more than he should, and 2) Despite this, the ideas he presents are often challenging or at the least thought provoking.

Time and science have largely dismissed the bicameral mind theory, but for those of us who are aware of the vast body of evidence surrounding what -- for lack of a better term -- we call the Exogenous Era, it's a well thought out explanation for something that remains a mystery.

One day, we exist in a fluid system where an outside force may have actively engaged in shaping our destiny. The next day, we were alone. Did this happen, or are we imagining it from the comfort of a scientific future and a mind that conceives reality in a certain, self-assured way?

I recall a story told to me by another Niantic researcher -- and I apologize if I (or they)'ve told this before -- of a person who doubted the myths of their faith and visited a guru to discover the real truth.

This person asked the guru a number of questions:

Guru, you say that two great gods fought here, and one died and this mountain is his body. Is this true?

The guru says yes, this is true...

And guru, you say that this god's mother wept at the loss of her child, and these oceans was formed from her tears. Is this true?

The guru says yes, and the conversation goes on for some time like this -- each time the guru affirming that the myths are true, and explain the presence of every aspect of the world around them.

Finally, the frustrated visitor says: Guru, when I look at the world around me, I see no great gods, I see no evidence to serve that any of these things you claim actually happened.

The guru responds: Did you want to know if these things are true, or did you want to know if they happened?

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Normally, I consider myself one of the cautious ones. However, since +Martin Schubert has gone out on a limb, I'll return the favor and play devil's advocate for a minute.

Here's one possibility that we shouldn't overlook: Tecthulhus are by themselves neither good or bad -- or to use the XM term of art... stable or chaotic. They are, I suspect, defined by the will and temperament of their creators.

My own research indicates that Tecthulhus have been a part of our history with XM going back many hundreds of years, if not thousands. They are immensely powerful, this is known... but their nature has varied.

It doesn't surprise me that Lynton-Wolfe's Tecthulhu was an unstable and dangerous construct -- those are properties that define Lynton-Wolfe himself.

The Tecthulhu modules being used at 13MAGNUS: Reawakens seem to be fragments of a whole... I do not know the exact details, but my understanding is that they are limited to prevent destabilization that could result in Anomalous XM activity. (Of course, with 13 running at the same time, who knows what could happen).

I have been following the activities of the various builder teams. Their enthusiasm, passion and creativity is infectious. My guess is that these modules will build upon those qualities, enhancing XM in the area to the benefit of all.

Like I said... devil's advocate. I don't know that any of us (myself, Schubert or any others) have enough information to be definitive at this point.

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My meeting with Jahan didn't happen by chance. I think the details of it are even more pertinent given the recent conversations posted by PAC between Shaw Henson and Jay Phillips.

It involved use of a Prime Object not unlike the Shonin Stone. I did so under instruction of Jahan and with trepidation. (In inheriting the Azmati Family’s collection of Prime Objects, traded and stolen over centuries, I inherited a set of very powerful objects that don’t come with instruction manuals or FAQ sheets. Unfortunately, Jahan knows this catalog better than I do.)

It happened as follows: Jahan contacted me and suggested that we meet. As I am still being followed by unknown organizations with unknown intentions and Jahan is experiencing the same -- and as Jahan herself is dubious ally, we agreed to meet in a neutral zone.

Here is where it gets interesting.

Our agreed meeting place was Jahan’s palace a millennia ago -- before it was taken over by her family. On a video conference, she explained how to use the artifact and we set our coordinates in a way I will not explain here for obvious reasons.

Instantly, we were in a scriptorium that would become Jahan’s library, where we have been before, at a time I would estimate as around 1200 AD.

After a cordial greeting, she showed me a scroll filled with odd drawings of what appeared to be blue and green genii or demons from an unknown mythology. She traced for me how some of these memories evolved -- becoming one with native cultures through legend, folklore and myth. She explained that what I saw in the scroll were the true 'Exogenous Entities.'

"Why have these things appeared throughout history?" She believes that the events in the future may bring about a return of an Exogenous era.

It is something she is preparing for. It is now a possibility I am aware of as well.

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Continuing from where I left things yesterday, our reaction as primates who think that the world is knowable is to perceive this (that the world is not as it seems) as a 'wrongness', but perhaps that's what a revelation or an epiphany is for.

It is a revealing. And as something hidden is revealed, there is a moment when you realize that things never were what they seemed and the mind, craving always order and connection, must go back and reassemble the world based on the revelation.

Things never were as you thought they were. They always were different. You write a new rule and emerge with a new understanding and you know that your new understanding, itself, might also be an illusion.

Just as the internet has connected people and place and events in ways that they had never been connected before, Exotic Matter and Chaotic Matter have forged new Links.

Standing here, now, a new image is appearing... I realize that what we perceived as video games and entertainments with their artificial worlds are simply a step in evolution to make us realize that our perception of the world is an artificial world.

Just as every person holds together their vision of a world and a 'narrative' of reality, we must realize as a species that we have a fragmentary and illusory vision of the world held together by the 'stories' we tell ourselves in an effort to keep out the chaos.

The world is not chaotic and it will never become orderly.

It is something very different.

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As you know, Jahan and I have had a long and checkered history since we met after I was injured during my journey east -- gosh, long time ago -- Darsana? -- sometime around then. We have been enemies, friends -- close at time, and at times unreconcilable separated.

I can’t say that I know her and I can’t say that I trust her, but I am drawn to her, not for the obvious human reasons, but I somehow I feel that we are a yin and a yang. We are two pieces of a puzzle that expands even as it is solved, which is not uncommon when you study anything. Things that appear very clear in the beginning become murkier as you gain knowledge. As opaque becomes transparent, detail emerges, and in the detail are a million other mysteries.

I met Jahan recently. I met her in that old estate she calls her palace. Of course, the palace is an Anomalous Zone, but this time I did not enter it as I had before. This time, I transited from one Anomalous Zone to another. It seems that there is a secret set of connections in the world that connect Anomalous Zones. The model in Ingress is Links. When places are connected, they are for a moment one thing -- connected by the person or network of people that unified them. It is not exactly quantum entanglement, it is a secret geography that connects times and places -- an entanglement of mind and spirit. They are Linked, and that word takes on a deeper meaning.

It is becoming more and more clear to me that recent developments in technology and in non-physical spaces like the internet have been preparing our minds... brain priming or shaping us to accept the fact that reality is not what we think it is.
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