Summary of Research: The 13 Magnus
In my attempts to follow Operation Essex's investigations, I've tried to go down plenty of rabbit holes to make as much sense of a history I have not been present for all of, and recently, one has come up that I felt I could summarize for the new community: the 13 Magnus, and their archetypes. I can't yet link, but below is a summary of the research I've found, and why it's important to the investigation. Also, feel free to correct me if I'm wrong about any of this or leave information out!
What is it?
Put simply, a Magnus is a group of 13 specific individuals, all with the skills capable of accomplishing any given task, usually, but not necessarily, in relation to XM. It has had historical significance in the investigation of the NIA, with many groups being named a Magnus by the community and researcher.
A Magnus consists of the following archetypes:
The Catalyst, who causes changes and brings out the potential hidden within others.
The Explorer, who goes out of their way to find and uncover what is hidden to others.
The Dreamer, who's hopes for the future can inspire others.
The Alchemist, who can transform themselves or others
The Spiritualist, who can change what is otherwise intangible
The Omniscient, one who has a nearly limitless access to any and all information
The Interpreter, who can find a meaning where others cannot
The Trickster, who can change others perception of reality
The Skeptic, who questions all and causes the group to re-evaluate what may be wrong
The Listener, who can perceive what others may not
The Visionary, who's visions can clarify what the group may not otherwise see
The Humanist, who has the ability to perfectly leverage other's human instincts and awareness
The Patron, who can compel the group to form.
Reading these, it can be obvious why a group of these specific people could come together to surmount otherwise insurmountable tasks, and lead to great achievements where others may not be able to. Each member can lean on the others to form a wholly functional and skilled group.
The Original Magnus
The original Magnus are the group of the following individuals from the 1218 universe, who's combined skills led to the evolution of the Ingress scanner, and XM manipulation as we know it, at the Niantic project. They are made up of the following people:
Catalyst - Devra Bogdonavich; Explorer - Hank Johnson; Dreamer - Roland Jarvis; Alchemist - Oliver Lynton-Wolfe; Spiritualist - Stein Lightman; Omniscient - ADA; Interpreter - Carrie Campbell; Trickster - Misty Hannah; Skeptic - Martin Schubert; Listener - Enoch Dalby; Visionary - Victor Kureze; Humanist - Yuri Alaric Nagassa; Patron - Ezekiel Calvin.
Why does this matter? Because the stake of our future depends on having a Magnus to move forward. Without one piece, the group may not be able to accomplish certain tasks, or anything at all, which could lead our race as a whole to a particularly bad position, particularly regarding the case of Nemesis, who has done their best to reduce the effectiveness of the Magnus of the Prime Universe (they are known as an Anti-Magnus)
Their existence has led to the Prime universe's loss of the following Magnus:
The Listener, Enoch Dalby, who was Carrie's closest confidant. His knowledge may have been useful to help translate the language of the Nemesis.
The Spiritualist, Stein Lightman, who's connection to the intangible has led to the translation of countless glyphs
The Interpreter, Carrie Campbell, who was killed with a form of knife on a video put online. This is notable because the moment she was killed, after following the last two capable of translating languages related to Shaper Glyphs, Nemesis began speaking to us in their glyph sequence.
The Alchemist, Oliver Lynton-Wolfe, who went out on his own terms. He has had a hand in creating all the tools used in our scanners, and without him, we may lack an effective XM weapon to fight with.
The Explorer, Hank Johnson, who's memories and explorations may have been key knowledge to help fight Nemesis.
This leaves us in an uncomfortable spot, as only the following members of the Prime Magnus are remaining:
The Catalyst, Devra Bogdonavich
The Omniscient, ADA
The Dreamer, Roland Jarvis
The Patron, Ezekiel Calvin,
and the Trickster, Skeptic, Visionary and Humanist, all of which have yet to be confirmed in the Prime universe (as far as I am aware).
What are your thoughts on this? What position do you think this puts us in as both researchers and protectors of this universe, in regards to the upcoming anomalies and foreseeable future?
Also, thanks to Essex and all who have helped me compile this information!