Alright since a lot of Agents (myself included in part) are confused about what is happening, especially after the Courier Ultimatum video featuring (supposedly) 1218 Hank, I felt it was a good idea to post what is known about NEMESIS and how past events have shaped what is happening now. PLEASE post with more details and I’ll try to edit this post to include them!
After being brought back to our world from the Portal Network as Simulacra (‘humans’ made of XM), NIA/Niantic researchers were killed off (too many to list individually), plus Wendy (host for ADA), Ezekiel Calvin, initiator of the Niantic Project, and the Hank Johnson we refer to as Prime Hank, one by one by one (except Oliver Lynton-Wolf, the same one from the Intro to Ingress videos, who apparently Sharded himself to escape NEMESIS), see the Investigate Ingress Reddit category to see the ‘**** videos’. In each of the videos, after the person ‘dies’ there is a flash of light or some other odd happening, followed by Nemesis’ symbol.
As it turns out, the people in the videos were not actual humans, but rather Simulacra resembling their human counterpart, with the same memories, personality, and essentially ‘soul’ of their counterpart. As seen in the Nemesis YouTube video (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uk7fISpOOmM) as the people were ‘killed’ they woke up in the ABADN chamber, revealed to the Agents in part during the ABADDON PRIME anomalies. https://www.januslaboratorium.com/tessellation
What happened was that NEMESIS killed off each of the 13 people because we are nearing a point where the Shapers (responsible for the Glyphs in portals) have more and more influence over the Human mind, which Nemesis opposes. The N’Zeer, who are more geared towards the Resistance faction, have remained relatively silent and out of the picture at this point. But it can be assumed that if the Shapers are cut off, so will the N’Zeer.
After waking up in the ABADN chamber, the 13 members realize they are stuck in a ‘world-between-worlds’ type dimension, dubbed the Anomalous Bubble. This Bubble is sealed off from our world by four Barriers placed around the ABADN chamber by NEMESIS, two of which have been dismantled during anomaly events, the last being Umbra.
NEMESIS appears to have their own ‘Magnus’ a group of 13 individuals with special qualities, and not all of them are linked to anomaly events. NEMESIS is using their own set of symbols (dubbed Runes) that are supposedly immune to exogenous (otherworldly) influence and each represents an English letter, a number, or symbol (a period or asterisk, for example).
As reported in the Wendy/ADA livestream, and evidenced in the Ko Lan videos, NEMESIS has Remote Participation Experience tech that allows them to ‘take over and control’ the bodies of their targets. Coincidentally, this is the same tech that might allow the Researchers in the Bubble to show up in our world temporarily during Anomaly events where XM is more reactant and in greater quantities (see video linked above).
The Tessellation and Tessera:
As the NEMESIS threat continues to evolve and more details emerge, a new factor has been revealed. A figure known as the Tethered Hand (named by PAC, @Truthseeker) set up a board at http:\\www.januslaboratorium.com/tessellation for as-of-yet unknown end goal. The objects that go on this board are hexagonal Media objects dubbed Tessera. Occasionally, media drops take place around the world (with hints given by the Tethered Hand to PAC) about the location and/or time of the drops. Sometimes these are media drops globally, others at select portals, and yet others appear as physical drops as evidenced by @teenyhedgehog getting a physical Tessera at the Umbra Anomaly in California. In the case of global and targeted media drops,
For each drop, a post is made in The Tesselation category, In most cases, the first three agents from each faction who receive the media and post it truthfully on the appropriate post will get an opportunity to guess where on the Tessellation a Tessera will go. If more than one of the first three pose a placement, there is a poll to decide which one will be submitted to the Tethered Hand, who will try and place the Tessera in the suggested spots during a livestream.
Factions will earn points for various aspects, but so can Nemesis. Again, the purpose, the Tethered Hand’s objective, and the ‘reward’ for having the most points at the end is unknown. See the rules and directives at the Tessellation website for more.
In a recent video released into the Scanners as a hexagonal Media object, titled CourierUltim (Courier Ultimatum), the figure called Courier actually ‘removes’ their mask. This is where we see 1218 Hank Johnson. According to the video, he has claimed that he himself is Courier, that he has not told much of the truth about NEMESIS, and that Agents should help both him and NEMESIS
Now the problem here is that, while Hank has had tumultuous relationships with those in the Bubble and a less-than-stellar view of XM, the timing and almost too-perfect confession have a lot of us concerned it is not really Hank. There are other reasons, but I’ll leave you to find them,.
Whether or not you believe Hank is Courier, the future of XM itself is at stake. The Glyphs themselves are in the XM, and if the Glyphs disappear, so might XM. Not to mention there are currently people trapped in a tiny bubble, outside of any known world and could stay there if NEMESIS succeeds. And apparently things are getting a bit testy with so many people cooped up in small places.
The world around you is not what is seems, Agents
Again, there is more to the story but hopefully this will help! Also, I am NOT a member of the Niantic team and do NOT promise all this information to be 100% accurate. I am merely a normal Agent who got pulled into the game and dove into the lore and backstory after joining Ingress recently.
Also, I apologize for typos, grammar errors, etc. I am trying my best from a tablet and its very late at night where I am at.
I totally understand the need for charging for tickets for anomaly badges going forward. The game costs money and we need to find a way to make sure it doesn't go away because the cost to keep it became too unbearable for the company.
However, I do ask you to consider the purchasing power of the countries you hold your events in. 1 US dollar in the USA may be worth much more in another country than in the USA. As such, I propose you have regional pricing to cater for this difference in purchasing power so that more agents from the selected host country can participate in the event held at their home.
For example, if you charge 15 USD for an anomaly in the USA, you should charge 5 USD for the same anomaly you hold say in Malaysia or India to compensate for the ability of those agents to buy the ticket. If however this is disagreeable to you, then I suggest you lower the ticket price overall to a more affordable price point for agents from the rest of the world (I'm still suggesting 5 USD).
We hope for you to continue to be sustainable, but for us to do so we need to be financially able as well.
Thanks for listening.