From LGPedia
Revision as of 23:28, 11 December 2007 by (Talk)

Jump to: navigation, search
This page is a reference for the OpAphid ARG character "Tachyon". For the strange tag used by Bree, see strange tags.
Tachyon They Are Watching.JPG
First Appearance Last Appearance
an update of sorts Aly Zarin!
Character information
Age Unknown
YouTube Tachyon
Revver tachyon
Portrayed by Unknown
List of Tachyon videos

Tachyon (whose undercover alias is Aly Zarin) is the second major player in the OpAphid storyline/ARG. Tachyon, which is the code name for an operative who infiltrated the OpAphid organization, is the spokeswoman for most of the opposition to OpAphid's activities. We were first introduced to Tachyon when OpAphid informed us that someone had stolen a significant amount of confidential information from one of their information-gathering facilities, and asked us to track the thief for clues about what information had been stolen and where it might be headed. Further search revealed the thief to be Tachyon, a spy for another secret organization known sometimes as The Family, The Bureau, The Ring, or just Mom and Dad.

For reasons unknown to us, Tachyon has not chosen, or has not been able, to go "home" to Mom and Dad. Instead, she has conveyed her stolen information, as well as anything new that she learns or discovers, through her partner, codenamed "Brother" or "10033." Brother and Tachyon, who are not actually related, communicate through voicemail, YouTube profile updates, and drops, or physical locations where Tachyon leaves items for Brother to recover. It appears that although Tachyon frequently finds Brother irritating, dense, and slow, she does what she can to protect and help him (such as keeping OpAphid from blowing him up, and facilitating his attack on Gemma).

Tachyon herself is well-characterized by her YouTube tagline about her location: "By the time you know, I'll already be gone." She responds to some people who send her messages via YouTube, but her replies can be witty, helpful, vague, misleading, or simply unrelated to the question asked, seemingly on a whim. She dislikes giving out information about herself or her past, although some of her communication has suggested that she might be connected to the family Gemma talks about in her video "They Disappeared...," even as the information she leaves behind reveals more and more about her own personal story. Tachyon does not appear to stay in one place for any length of time, if she can help it, and is extremely fond of codes and cryptography, which she often employs to protect the information she distributes.

Tachyon was first discovered by YouTube user LonWpnX who looked up all the LG15 tags. The similar style to OpAphid and the similar story to Bree caught their eye. When the user was subscribed to, the vids were pulled until the release of The Action of an Enemy - Be Careful.

Just like her enemy OpAphid, Tachyon logged into her YouTube account on May 24th, 2007, leaving this farewell message:

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.
Lately, I am not having the easiest time with the situation i am in. But i can handle it, 
right? What other choice do I have?

However, Tachyon has since come back, helping out the Redearth88 characters...

Aly Zarin is an undercover alias Tachyon uses to get close to Rachel. Aly professional photographer whose bag Rachel grabbed by mistake at the luggage claim after her flight to Southern California from Nacogdoches, where she was staying with her grandfather. Apparantly Aly is a very busy person, as Rachel was playing phone tag with her in an attempt to get her luggage back. Based on her name, Rachel says that she "sounds like a Russian heiress or something" (Opportunity Crisis!).

In the video Divine Intervention?, Rachel reveals that Aly Zarin will be her roommate. Aly Zarin was staying with her brother and did not get along well with her brother's wife. Aly is okay with dogs, but asked Rachel if she had any puppets.

Tachyon released a video on December 11th, 2007, confirming that she was undercover as Aly Zarin.


There has been much speculation as to the true identity of Tachyon, especially after the video The Human Ransom. A video posted by xitsMx suggests that Tachyon is indeed Cassie, and some fans also think this could be the case. Others have suggested that she is the girl that Gemma mentioned in the video They Disappeared.... Some have even gone so far as to suggest that it is Gemma herself. There has also been more tentative speculation that Tachyon may be Nikki Bower, and although there are some links and similarities, it is a much more abstract thought to prove.

Other Name Meaning

Tachyon is also a hypothetical particle that moves faster than the speed of light. In the language of special relativity, a tachyon is a particle with space-like four-momentum and imaginary proper time. A tachyon is constrained to the space-like portion of the energy-momentum graph. Therefore, it can never slow to light speed or below. To date, the existence of tachyons has been neither confirmed nor explicitly ruled out.


  • Tachyon's character as a hacker / special ops girl pokes at typical gender roles.

List of Videos

OpAphid vs. Tachyon


External links

lonelygirl15 Characters
Main Characters Bree · Daniel · Jonas · Sarah · Taylor · Emma · Jennie · Gina
Supporting Characters Gemma · OpAphid · Tachyon · Alex · Carl · Spencer · Mallory · Dr. Hart
Recurring Characters Lucy · Nikki B · Virgil · Elizabeth Avery · Bree's Watcher · Brother · Sonia · Jules · The Whartons · Claire · Edward Salinas
Full Character List
Redearth88 Characters
Main Characters Rachel · Tachyon · Brother · OpAphid · Linc · War Pylol
Supporting & Guest Characters Bucket · 15over15 · Doctor · Gregory
Additional Characters Dr. Arscott · Jordan · Rachel's parents · Rachel's grandfather · Rachel's boss · Rachel's boss's wife · Rachel's co-workers · Zoey · Maddison · Rachel's landlord · Larry · Brother's wife · Milo · Eric