Sometimes, it’s nice to test the edge of the impossible.
On October 5th, 2019, we held an Ingress First Saturday event in Perth, Western Australia. We decided to do something special – a cross-faction link star – not just a pair of stars near each other, but a full 360 degrees of green and blue links from all directions.
It was time for another cross-faction, cross-linking operation, this time with homogeneous fields, but most of all, it was time for an Ingress get-together!
A plan was put together – picture of a kitten spanning the city. The plan involving two four-layer homogeneous fields for the ears. Made the usual way, these would require sixteen portals each, but by making a triple crossed link, that number was brought down to six!
At 2pm on Sunday 17 February, eight agents converged on the rendezvous point in Northbridge, Western Australia. The operation began with clearing, and farming whatever keys were still needed for the anchors of the ears of the cat.
To make the blue ear, five Resistance agents attempted an ambitious five simultaneous crossed links. On the very first attempt, three links went through, enough to make the four layers shown!
Four resistance agents then made a field covering the three portals near the middle, and then threw back-links to complete four layers of fields on six portals!
While this was happening, two of the Resistance agents went to support the Enlightened as they made their own triple crossed link and homogeneous field. Their triple crossed link succeeded on the second try!
Then, it was quick work to complete the rest of the City Kitty, and convene to a local watering hole for refreshment and celebration.
Congratulations agents 57Cell, BobKeever, CarelessComms, LittleKehua, octarine, OrangeKeeper, scyrma, thestarfigment, and a special thanks to nzcoops who suggested the name for the op!
The crossed links in City Kitty’s ears show up beautifully in Ingress Prime:
A YouTube video featuring City Kitty premieres on February 23. You can watch it right here:
Well, only a couple of days after HitC was posted, Niantic officially announced the December Glyph Challenge. So the team decided to make the artwork again, on the official Ingress #GlyphChallenge weekend.
After Operation Marshmallow Man went so well, we were itching to do another cross-linking operation. We heard a rumour that the December Ingress #GlyphChallenge would be “Harmony” – the perfect glyph for a cross-linking operation. And so, Op Harmony in the City was born!