Brazil Shard Extraction SitRep
A few weeks back, just after the shards came into play I was approached with the possibility of extracting the Brazilian Shards to Portuguese soil. All we needed were the keys and a few VRLA for the extraction.
After finding out we had the necessary keys for it, the only missing ingredient were some VRLA, luckily we had a few agents going to the Florence Anomaly and we were able to securely transfer them. With everything in our possession we just had to set a time and date and a portal isolated enough to get us some leverage over the Resistance.
We ended up choosing the 21st of March for the 2400 UTC jump to a portal called Farol do Cabo Sardão.
A team of 8 was put together
We all met in Zambujeira do Mar late in the afternoon and decided we could do some grocery shopping and cook dinner for the 8 of us. Since some agents booked a room to stay the night we had a kitchen at our disposal.
After a delicious banquet comprised of meat for some and aquatic ginger
as others would call it (salmon), we laid down the plan and the procedure to be executed at the Sardão Lighthouse.
We arrived shortly after 23h00 to inoculate the portal and upgrade it to L8 before laying down the VRLA.
23h40 and @reaperfromhell's Scanner had no cell coverage neither 3G nor EDGE. So another agent promptly offered his hotspot connection so we could go on with the mission.
With 15min to spare agent @blueagt made the link to Brazil. Now all we could was wait... and what a long excruciating wait it was!
As the clock struck midnight we all started updating our scanner to see if the Shards, #Samba
(that's what we eventually named them), had actually jumped.
Agent @Klorofila was the first to announce it had jumped. We all sighed in relief.
On our way out we figured we could use some blockers just to make sure our path wouldn't be cut off. So we drove north to put up some blockers to the Azores. While the key carousel was still open agent @klorofila found a bunch of portals that were linkable and she had the key to sooo… a few links later we covered a great amount of land in the Alentejo.
After it was all set and done, agents @klorofila and @blueagt shared the snacks they brought some in case someone felt peckish, good thinking agents! ;)
Since we had to be back at the lighthouse at 6am, for the next jump, we decided to call it a night and try to get at least a little bit of sleep. Back in the room, agent @killorca decided it would be too risky if everyone fell asleep and we missed the jump. So she pulled an all-nighter while the rest took a very short nap. At 4h30 we all got up and drove back to the lighthouse to secure it.
On the way we spotted agent @klorofila and @blueagt still active in the vicinity so we challenged them to join us once more at the lighthouse for the second jump.
It's nearly 6am and still no sign of the enemy. We decided to take the chance and perform the jump with an 'un-inoculated' portal.
And just two minutes before 6, agent @OutfitJoe threw the link to the Azores.
After another two very loooong minutes of waiting, we could finally rejoice knowing the Shard jumped safely to Farol do Arnel in the Azores islands.
That was it... The team was completely exhausted and the only thing in our minds was going back to the house for our much needed sleep.
The next day, after sleeping in till very late we woke up in desperate need of food.
So before heading back to Lisbon we searched for a Picnic park in the neighborhood where we could grill last night's leftovers.
On the way back, the team in Sintra asked for our help dealing with the third Shard that had landed in Cabo da Roca the previous day as well. After a very quick dinner and a glance at the intel map, the 6 available agents sped straight to Sintra to help sending the shard back to the Azores.
While the Sintra team was receiving their intel instructions from agent @pedroraf, we were in charge of securing the Shard portal. After a quick inoculation we built the portal up to P7 and waited for the right moment to link since no one from the resistance was to be seen at the time. Alas a blocking link from the resistance appeared right in front of us, luckily one of its anchors was extremely close by and agent @OutfitJoe was able to drive there and take it down just as agent @SweetIris jarvised the last blocker.
The link was established 10 minutes before jump time... Now all we had to do was hold the Portal. We were all set in case the resistance showed up.
3min before jump time a Resistance agent did show up, but wasn't able to take it down.
At midnight, #7 jumped to the Azores and joined #Samba
in Nordeste, the easternmost region of São Miguel.
Having sent 3 Shards to the Azores in the last 24h, we all went home to sleep. ;)
Special thanks to everyone who helped, be it intel operating or just rooting for us.
As well as our four-legged agent @Piruças who endured us throughout the whole weekend and was always ready to scare any resistance agents that would come near the shard. =P
A huge shoutout to the Azores Team who went back and forth upgrading portals for us.
And another one for the Brazilians for securing the portal just as planned! Thank you all!!
PS: As expected... +Zé Maneli
tagged along and had to photobomb every opportunity he got, but it was great fun having him around =D+Matilde Tusberti
#ingress #enlightened #sitrep