19 layers (4 for 7:00 PM checkpoint, 13 for 12:00 AM)
Over 10.5 million MU, plus a distraction field of 6 layers and >1 million MU
26 agents from 4 states (DE, PA, NJ, MD) and 2 communities (DAIR and Delco Resistance)
2 onyx Illuminator badges
3 platinum Illuminator badges
3 gold Illuminator badges
It all started when agent [redacted], fielding guru of the Delaware Resistance, offered to help as many DAIR agents as possible earn their onyx illuminator badges. The first agent up to the plate was veteran DAIR agent [redacted], who played a crucial role in such legendary East Coast fielding ops as Operation Yankee and PAIR Shield, and even had three Shonin shards come through his backyard before he successfully sent them to the Washington Monument – but somehow he didn’t have his onyx illuminator badge yet. Agent [redacted] drew up a plan for an eight-layer field, with durable anchors at [redacted] and [redacted] and a series of layers at [redacted]. Agent [redacted] fiddled with the layers to see if she could improve upon it, and eventually modified the plan to 23 layers.
The plan sat on the back burner for a month or so, but after the DC anomaly was over, agent [redacted] decided it was time to get moving. She suggested a date of June 27th and started recruiting DAIR agents to help. Crucially, she also asked the Delaware County, PA (Delco) Resistance to help, and they came through wonderfully. Four Delco agents agreed to help clear, and a fifth was not available during the op but still helped with keys and planning. This field would have been utterly impossible without the Delco Resistance’s expert assistance and advice.
In the days and weeks before the op, keys were exchanged, recruitment continued, plans for rails and distraction fields were discussed and finalized, and quiet pre-clearing of blockers began. [redacted] attempted to go into [redacted] to blow up some blockers, only to be turned away because of a private event for [NSFW]. Luckily, he was able to destroy the blockers from the other end. The day before the op, DAIR agent [redacted] serendipitously boomed the town of [redacted] with her daughter [redacted], clearing some blockers and making [redacted]’s job much easier during the op itself.
On the morning of Blue Onyx Day, June 27th, agents [redacted] and [redacted] went out to clear some links in the way of the main distraction field, while [redacted] and [redacted] sought out the accessible-but-inconvenient endpoints of a nasty blocker. [redacted], who wasn’t available during the op, took out the even-more-inconvenient area of [redacted]; it was taken back by ENL agent [redacted] an hour later, but luckily no new links appeared. Agent [redacted] deployed on the southern anchors in [redacted] so as not to call attention to the area later. About 15 agents involved in the op met for lunch in [redacted], where many of the DAIR and Delco agents met in person for the first time. Some final key exchanges took place, and then it was time for the op.
By 3 pm, the weather had turned from a tolerable drizzle to a driving rain – which didn’t stop Delco RES agent [redacted] from going out and attempting to secure seven portals at [redacted] before it closed. Unfortunately, three of the seven portals were neutralized or had resonators knocked off by ENL agent [redacted], who was also there at closing time, happily tooling around the parking lot as [redacted] was being escorted out by staff. We were disappointed to lose three layers, but their loss wasn’t fatal to the larger plan.
The main task of clearing and tunneling out the lanes got in motion around 5:20. In Chester County, agents [redacted], [redacted], and [redacted] went into the territory of formidable ENL agent [redacted]; [redacted] generously loaned a [redacted] to [redacted] so that he could operate effectively. They boomed a small number of heavily shielded portals, Jarvised another, and started throwing rails to [redacted]. By this time, [redacted] had done some clearing in Chester County as well, and she squelched through a field in [redacted] to kill the blocker she had scouted out earlier that day. She threw a rail to [redacted], neatly carving out the western half of the north lane, and then proceeded to one of the anchors of the distraction field.
In Eastern Maryland, [redacted] threw a rail from [redacted] to [redacted] that cut off the problem areas of [redacted] and [redacted] from the main lanes. Agent [redacted] boomed a few portals in the town of [redacted] and then ventured out into a nearby park in the driving rain, making sure none of the portals there were fully deployed green.
In Kent County, DE, agent [redacted] threw a rail from [redacted] to [redacted] to further fortify the western lane.
In south Jersey, agents [redacted] and [redacted] quietly threw an elegant distraction field that carved out the NJ portion of the lanes.
And in Delco, where the opposition turned out to be the toughest of all, agent [redacted] cleared the area of [redacted] on the DE-PA border, while agents [redacted] and [redacted] started taking out the home turf of ENL agents [redacted] and [redacted], and [redacted] prepared to throw a distraction field from [redacted]. The two Delco ENL agents, known for their quick response time to attacks in their area, managed to retake a few portals and throw some more blocking links before the Wilmington/Delco distraction field could go up. But agents [redacted] and [redacted] stayed on their tails and boomed the links, and agent [redacted], who was not originally involved in the op, saved the day by Jarvising a blue blocker that had come up late in the game at an inconvenient location. The distraction field went up around 6:30, and its six layers were worth over 1 million total MU.
In the milieu of throwing the distraction field, [redacted] managed to establish the baseline for the main field. Now everyone looked to southern Delaware to watch the big fields go up. But there was a snag: agent [redacted] didn’t have a clear lane to her eastern anchor. Multiple IOs looked around for a blocking link on the east lane, and with the slowness and crappiness of the intel map, it took 5-10 minutes to finally find a tiny blocker in New Jersey that we had missed.
By this time it was about 6:50, so we skipped the first layer and sent [redacted] and [redacted] down to the second portal in the southern sequence. Throwing as fast as they could, they got 4 layers up by the 7:00 PM checkpoint. Each layer was worth over 560K MU, so the Resistance got a hefty bump in the cell scores for AM01-LIMA-03 and AM02-LIMA-12. One of the layers of the distraction field remained up through the checkpoint as well, thanks to the valiant efforts of [redacted] and [redacted] in defending their anchor when ENL agent [redacted] showed up to attack it. [redacted], who was at an unchallenged anchor of the distraction field, helped recharge remotely.
Between 7:00 and 8:00 PM, five Resistance agents continued throwing layers from southern Delaware. Finally, at about 8:05, agents [redacted], [redacted] and [redacted] capped off the last three layers from the western anchor. 19 layers and 10.5 million MU had been thrown.
Agents split into northern and southern groups for post-op food drinks, watching their scanners and marveling as they stayed solidly blue. By 11:30, all 19 layers were still up. Unfortunately, ENL agent [redacted] showed up in [redacted] at about 11:45 to boom a few of the layers, but 13 of them still remained up at the 12:00 AM checkpoint. Though it was completed later than originally planned, Operation Blue Onyx was a resounding success.
I want to give a HUGE thank you to every agent who was involved in this op. I have redacted your names in order to avoid giving the opposition a list of People Who Might Collectively Be Up To Something, but you know who you are, and your help is deeply appreciated and very important.
Thanks to for intel help, and no thanks to Niantic for the recent shitty changes to the intel map that made this op a lot more cumbersome than it would have been a week before. #reswueisawesome #intelisnotacrime