Defending Artifact #2 - Hail Mary Link and Last Gasp JarvisOh no Destiny is in Bangalore
Bangalore agents were disheartened and disinterested, given that we won the ground battle in all three anomaly cities, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Delhi and still lost the Anomaly. Just what we didn’t need, a jaw dropping link from Egypt into Bangalore sending Artifact #2: Destiny into Element Heritage portal just few kilometers from the Artifact Destination Sri Chamarajendra Wadiyar Statue portal. Little did we realize this was the perfect situation not just to galvanize us, but to show the leadership skill of agents.0745
: Frantic calls and messages and agents were roused. Agent @hacker10101, despite his exams in 30 minutes rushed and created cross links at the knick of time. At the exact moment agent @atombomb immediately set off to the target. Both the portals were P8 and linked, Destiny would move by 0830. atombomb reached the destination portal and began firing furiously. The portal went down, he set off to artifact portal but resistance were in force, immediately the destination portal was capped back to P8. Agent @Floydified rushed to the destination portal and took it down and @atombomb took down the artifact portal. They both stood their ground. Enlightened knew this was a losing battle with atleast 15 L8 Resistance agents hovering around. Enlightened agents @Vaiyach and @djasdak rushed to the portals and a furious green/blue dance started with the portals.0830
: Destiny was not destined to reach her destination yet. Enlightened agents @fuzion and @ChanandlerBing arrived at the portals to bolster the defense.0930, 1030, 1130
: Enlightened defend destiny at Element Heritage. Resistance agents seeing the futility of their efforts, dispersed. Enlightened agents continued to keep vigil, keeping both the portals Green.
Given the proximity of Destiny to the destination portal, we knew we would lose the battle of attrition. Plans were frantically made to ship destiny out of Bangalore. Pune was chosen, as there were already P8 portals there for which we had keys. Under the coordination of @djasdak, agents @fireen and @iamanand72 started ADAing portals to clear green cross links. 8 level 8 agents gathered at Elements Heritage to power it up and ship the artifact out. Alas it was not to be, as last minute cross links by low level agents prevented it. The Resistance got an idea about our plans and the Pune P8 portals were taken down. Agents stood in defence and ensured that the artifact portal and destination portal stayed green till Cubbon Park (where the destination portal was located) closed at 2200 IST. The park opens at around 0400 IST, and we had time till then to rest or to plan for a lasting solution.Hail Mary Link - stealing the artifact
Once the plan to ship the artifact to Pune failed, we made an insane proposal to Pune agents. Have four Pune agents travel all the way to Mahabaleshwar (3 hours journey) in the middle of the night (12:00am), with 1 hour notice. For what? For the only chance of saving the artifact from being gobbled up by the Resistance target portal. The plan was to upgrade the portal at Mahabaleshwar to P8 at the last minute, and have agents make the link through a thin zone within Bangalore which agents here had cleared earlier. The probability of success of the operation was < 1%, but that was the only real chance we had.
The success of the plan would rely on our perfect execution, and on the Resistance’s confidence that nothing could go wrong for them. After all, they were riding high on the confidence of that amazing link from Egypt to Bangalore, just few kilometers away from target portal! The last thing in their mind would be, Enlightened tearing a thin hole through the outskirts of the city to send the artifact out 800km away from Bangalore!
Pune agents started to Mahabaleshwar at 12:30am, they were on time to reach at 4:00am and receive the artifact at 4:30am jump point.
Meanwhile, few of the Bangalore agents were catching some much needed sleep after a day long battle. Others were watching Resistance activity closely. Around 2:00am, it became clear Resistance were planning to move the artifact to another portal very close to target. As any movement of artifact would jeopardize our attempt to send the artifact out, agents immediately went and took down all high level portals in the vicinity. We hoped resistance to leave once they realized they can’t move the artifact.
Around 4:00am, eight level 8’s (@TheAshenLady, @djasdak, @Vaiyach, @CowHerd, @mAttination, @Chanderandbing, @hokanaka and @Alzh) traveled early morning to Elements Heritage. All set to power it up and ship Destiny out. Simple plan right? It never is. Just as agents were getting ready to power up the portal, nine level 8 Resistance agents rode up to Elements Heritage. Holding an L8 portal against 9 Resistance agents seemed impossible. Quick deliberations were made, and agents on ground decided, we have one very long shot and our only shot: Power the portal up at 04:27 and defend and link at 04:29.04:24
: Call was made for operation to go ahead.04:26
: Pune agents at Mahabaleswhar powered the portal to P8.04:26
: Bangalore agents ADA’ed elements heritage and took it back in sub seconds. The speed this flip and recapture went unnoticed by both their operator and agents on ground!04:27
: Agents powered Elements Heritage up to P8. Resistance started attacking the portal. Swift reso redeployment and recharging followed.04:28
: A tug of war, in progress.04:29
: Agents hold Element Heritage to P8 with Destiny ready to leave. “Link, Link!” screamed Enlightened agents loud enough for resistance agents to hear. Destination portal was linked in the final few seconds.04:30
: 'Destiny kissed goodbye to Resistance'. Mission accomplished for Enlightened. Destiny was stolen from under the resistance's noses. They literally snatched defeat from the jaws of victory!04:32
: As soon as the artifact was received and confirmed at Mahableshwar, agents there ADA’ed the portal and recaptured it as an L4 portal.
To cage Bangalore and ensure the artifact did not come back, we had to establish cross links.
@KnightWarrior went to Ennore (north of Chennai) and waited patiently for Goa and Pune agents to ADA the cross links. Once they were done, he linked to Fountain of Youth in Goa to effectively cut off the artifact from Bangalore.@Sheldor went to Kolar and linked to Goa Airport and Hindupur for further protection.The Mahabaleshwar Last Gasp Jarvis
Destiny is the name of this artifact, and it did change our destiny for the time being.
With quite a few sleepless nights and with massive planning and coordination, it was time for the Mahabaleshwar agent to give his best shot which would be the game changer.
Keeping an eye on the artifact at every passing hour and maintaining contact with other players for cross link’s was never agent @BrightEagle’s plan for the evening, but this artifact changes his destiny, in this regard.
Guarding this artifact was really the interesting part.
Agent @AlfaSierra, gets notification of capture of Alibaugh portal. He also gets ping from Resistance agents who were taking down the Portal.@AlfaSierra alerts everyone immediately.@Atombomb calls @BrightEagle at 2:20am, and @BrightEagle immediately heads to the artifact portal.
2.24 am that the artifact portal is under attack and 8 resistance were there ready to ship it out of Mahabaleshwar to Alibaugh.@BrightEagle was the only enlightened agent at ground zero and had to face 8 L8 resistance agents.
Within no time @BrightEagle reached the portal while he was driving the car he had the scanner in his hand and had enabled the use JARVIS option, loaded with the very last one which he had with him, and now what he needed was portal in range and a click on confirm icon.
It was 2:29:25 am when he reached the portal and jarvised it, and that jarvis worked and did miracles, links went down and to everyone’s surprise artifact jumped randomly to a secure location.
Agent @BrightEagle did not notice that until he met the resistance agents. Well the most interesting part, for the second time in consecutive nights we managed to ruin the resistance dreams of shipping the artifact to a destination portal.
The last Gasp Jarvis did a miracle!!! #Siterep +Anne Beuttenmüller +Joe Philley +Brandon Badger +Brian Rose +Ingress #recursion #artifact #destiny Agents
Atombomb +Ashik Murthy
Vaiyach +Vaibhav Kaul
Chandlerandbing +Ashutosh Dutta
Floydified +Shivangi Vyasulu
djasdak +Dhandeep Lodaya
TheAshenLady +Shivani SP
sheldor +Sachin Shenoy
CowHerd +Arjun B
Fuzion +Mayur Tejsinghani
Fireen +Kunal Tejsinghani -fireen-
iAmAnand72 +Anandkumar Gupta
Hokanaka +ANSHUL SIKRORIA
mAttination +Madan A
Maherik +Maher kilpady
timonti +Mehrzad Irani
Isynova +Vamsi Varanasi Kolar
sabermaster +Gavin Yap Han Yong
xM0rPh3uSx +Jun Kai Lee Mahabaleswar/Pune
BrightEagle +Azhar Mulani
DebS +Soumya Deb
Urdir +Monish Deshmukh
sriks7 +Srikanth Krishnan Chennai
KnightWarrior +Hemanth Kumar Goa
digim0nk +Lloyd Almeida
webhax +Swapnil Thakur Operators & Remote support
d0gboy +Brandon Downey Anecdotes
@CowHerd: @Alzh screams “LINK! LINK! LINK!”, while agent @Vaiyach sifted through 600+ keys in under 2 minutes while deploying R8 onto a portal under attack by 9 RES.@Vaiyach finds the key, links, link goes through and its a Hell Yeah! moment for the ENL.
The RES were shocked that they had fumbled the ball so badly! After the artifact traveled over 4000 KMs from Egypt to Bangalore, India, the RES failed to move it 4 KMs to the destination portal. They literally snatched defeat from the jaws of victory
and their first comment after they recovered was “You guys celebrate too loudly. Why even bother after losing the anomaly?” ENL just grinned and left. It was a good way to start the day.
Once @TheAshenLady ADAed the L1 portal,@Chandlerandbing fired so furiously and recaptured so fast, the portal probably never even turned blue on the scanner.