PART 1: A Very Well To Do Factory
I have been talking to my brother about Mass Effect and the squads I’m picking. My favorites to take with me are Wrex and Tali. My brother tells me though that his favorites are Garrus and Ashely. I decide to take them with me to Noveria. The Council has sent us to Noveria because they believe the Geth are attacking. We get there and there is no disturbance whatsoever. I run into security officials Makeo Matsuo and Kaira Stirling. I am told that I need to relinquish my weaponry. Giana Parasini-san informs them that my Spectre classification checks out and that Spectres are allowed to bring weapons onto Noveria. I talk to Giana and she tells me that Matriarch Benezia is here and she’s at Saren’s lab in Peak 15. Ashley tells me that I should bring Liara along with me, it might make her drop her guard so I switch out Garrus for Liara.
This is a place with many labs where research is done on weaponry and all forms of technology. It is outside the reaches of the Citadel so technically it doesn’t have to follow the laws of the Citadel. There is some red tape here and there, but since I’m a Spectre I can pretty much cut through it however I want. As I am exploring this place a lot of people don’t want to talk to me. They think I’m there to possibly snoop around in their works. I decide to talk to the one in charge Anoleis-sama who is a Salarain. Anoleis is a bit of a jerk, he answers my questions to the best of his knowledge and sends me on my way. This guy may be a jerk, but I understand where he’s coming from, he has so many secrets he has to keep quiet and a lot of companies and races he has to keep happy. He has a stressful job. I ask him for a pass to Peak 15, but he refuses. Gianna tells me that a turian named Lorik Qui’in could get me a pass. I decide to look around a bit more though.
I meet a hanar named Opold who is trying to smuggle a weapon in for a krogan named Inamorda. He knows I have Spectre status and can do this. I agree and he has the weapon dropped outside my ship. I retrieve it, but fear of what might happen if I just turn it over, so instead I give it to Anoleis, figure it will make things better off. Anoleis gives me a pass to Peak 15 and I go tell Opold the bad news. I run into Inamorda who said he would have done the same thing and goes off to have a talk with Opold. I run into Lorik Qui’in who is a hilarious turian, I love this guy. He gives me some information about Peak 15 and then sends me on my way.
"Let me go?" Do humans consider conversation a form of imprisonment? Well, that would explain why humans are less willing to sit down and talk.
I enter the Garage and that is when the Geth attack. We take them out pretty easily as Maeko Matsuo and Kaira Stirling enter and ask what’s going on. We tell her that the Geth were in the crates that Benezia brought. They find that hard to believe since they checked her out completely.
PART 2: Climb Ev’ry Mountain
We jump into the Mako once more and start driving around the mountainside taking out turrets and Geth along the way. I have to say that this desolate mountainside is quite beautiful. Like the beauty of a vulture, how cruelty and death can be captivating to the eyes.
Driving along this mountainside is quite exhilarating. Hearing the blizzard just blowing while in the heat of battle. It is wonderful. Even though that is all that is being done on this mountainside I still love it. Helps break up the tension so to speak. Almost flew off the mountain though.
PART 3: Peak 15
I get to Peak 15 and fighting Geth is the standard at this point in time, so nothing new there. Until I get to the cafeteria that is. I am met by a new enemy called the Rachni. These are some scary little bastards. What happened in the cosmos to make these terrifying cockroach things come into existence? They’re not that big of a threat even though they make sure to scare the crap out of you at any chance they get.
I come across the core of this peak and I have to fix it to get the VI back online. This is one of the dumbest puzzles in the game. I don’t mind a puzzle in a video game, I actually thrive on it and this looked like a puzzle I would really enjoy, however it doesn’t really have any rhyme or reason to it. You think you have figured out how it works, but then you didn’t. I finally figured it out from sheer dumb luck, but that’s because this puzzle didn’t have any form of rules to it. I fix the Mira Core and the VI appears and tells me that the tram system can’t be accessed and the core’s reactor is down so I have to fix these problems. I get the reactor back online okay, but then I get to the tram.
The VI suggests I use the fail safe, which is broken, which I need to repair with my omni-tool, however I can’t because I don’t have Electronics. Liara has Electronics, but her’s isn’t high enough to fix it. I tell the VI to manually open the door so we can take these rachni out ourselves. She does and we do. I ride the tram over to where the scientists did most of their work at the Rift Station.
PART 4: 875-020-079
I meet Captain J. Ventralis and save him from the rachni. He tells me that Benezia is in the Hot Labs and that I should go down there. I meet a Yaroslev Tartakovsky who tells me that Binary Helix found a rachni egg, when it hatched it was a queen. They wanted to clone more rachni, but rachni without their mother are confused and reckless. He wants to purge the rachni here and now. As he’s about to use the code a rachni kills him. I take out the rachni, get the code and use it to set up the purge. I have a time limit to get to the elevator and back to the Rift Station out of the Hot Labs. Apparently Benezia wasn’t there and I was tricked. I go back to talk to Captain Ventralis about this and he tells me sorry, but Benezia’s orders. I take out the Captain and his squad and move on.
I find a volus by the name of Han Olar who tells me a lot about the project being done at Peak 15 and the rachni. There was some cloning going on in trying to build an army of rachni. Captain Ventralis sent me to the Hot Labs in hopes of the rachni killing me. That didn’t work. I look around the Rift Station more and I find Benezia.
PART 5: Spectre vs. Matriarch
Well didn’t think I would be fighting Benezia this early to be honest. I’m not really that deep into the game and I’m already fighting a right hand to Saren. She starts off with Stasis which freezes us in place so her troops can get into formation. Smart tactic I must say. By defeating her troops her power grows weaker in having to send in more troops. When she finally gets weak enough I head on up and Helga gives her a smack down. I have to admit though I did die on this fight and boy is it a hard fight. Hardest fight in the game at this point in time.
I begin to talk to Benezia who has the Rachni Queen captured and tells me that they were supposed to be their soldiers. She also tells me that Saren was looking for the Mu Relay. She can’t seem to fight off Saren’s control over her. She says that she is very proud of Liara and then yells DIE! And now we have to do this fight… again? What? I die within the first five seconds and have to go through this dialogue sequence again. I mean what?
Well now that I’m a bit more prepared for this battle for a second time, I opt my powers and choose Advanced Carnage, which Inflicts weapon damage +100% within 2 m of its impact point. With this plus my Katana VI shotgun in hand I pretty much one shot Benezia. I’m gonna say that Liara and Ashely also had something to do with this, but it was mainly my lovely shotgun named Helga who was behind it.
We take out some more Geth troopers and Asari commandos, thanks to Ashely’s sniping abilities and we get a cutscene where Benezia dies. I try to leave, but I can’t so there must be something else I need to do. The Rachni Queen takes controls of one of the Asari Commandos and starts to talk to me through her. She says that her race is known for singing, the world is full of colors and that the Rachni sings them… creepy. She wants me to let her go. Ashley tells me to fry the bitch while Liara doesn’t want us to make the same mistake we made with the Krogan in the past. I decide to let her go, which the Rachni Queen says that they will sing songs about me to future generations. After this we leave and return to the Normandy.
We need to find Saren and find the Mu Relay, but we don’t even know where it is.
END OF CHAPTER
Well this was certainly a roller coaster ride. The next captain’s log should be interesting to hear what everybody else has to say. I believe we’ll be heading out to help Garrus find Dr. Saleon next. I don’t believe I’m even close to finishing this game, but it is weird to be fighting Saren’s right hand man and then killing her this early.
By: Jack Wall and Sam Hulick
NORMANDY CAPTAIN’S LOG
CAPTAIN’S LOG IV: Let’s Go Shopping
After our dealings on the moon I check the medical bay and Liara is still there thankfully. One thing I didn’t realize because I never thought about it was that I could sell my old equipment. I do forget that I’m playing an RPG quite a bit. Someone on Newgrounds informed me that I could do this and that I should do this whenever I get the chance. They also told me that I should sell at C-Sec because I would get better deals and better weapons there. You know what, he was right.
I sell a lot of stuff that I have doubles of as well as stuff I just flat out don’t want and get all the nice things I need. So with that said, here’s what everybody has.
I realize now that shops will be optimized with different equipment and that I should visit as many as I can to see what they all have. I think that C-Sec is going to give me some of the best stuff.
Other than that, thanks to feedback, we will be heading to Noveria next. A cold icy planet. Great… just what I wanted was an ice level. For anybody out there who knows me, the one thing I hate in video games is the ice level. I wonder how this game will handle this.
This is Captain Dohn Shepard signing out.
Mass Effect Trilogy
I think I’m gonna start each chapter and captain’s log with a random song to fit the chapter that we have ventured in. Seems like that would be fun.
Now on with the show.
PART 1: Six-Wheeling on The Moon
After I return to the Normandy I open the Galaxy Map and locate the Local Cluster and our home planet Earth. Nearby is our moon, Luna. I decide to take Kaidan and Liara with me. I get there as fast as possible and not only do I get to be on the moon, but I get to drive on it with the Mako. I believe I have finally mastered this tank like car. As I’m driving around the moon I look into space and see our beloved planet Earth. The small pale blue dot.
It truly is a marvel to see. I felt immersed by this experience. Seeing this beautiful planet from the vantage point of the moon. It made me realize that this isn’t another science fiction game that will have nerds and geeks orgasming over every finetune of technology. This is a game that thrives on the technological advancements that we as a human species have made and will continue to make over the next few centuries. Seeing the Earth and driving on the moon in this game gives me a sense of gratitude towards the astronauts who originally landed on the moon back in 1969. This game now gives me the same opportunity to not only be on the moon legitimately, not through some half-ass science fiction plot, but through a means that makes sense in a scientific and technological standpoint. This is why we read books. This is why we watch movies. This is why we play video games.
It is hard for me to turn away from the vision of Earth from the moon, but I have to trek on and stop a VI that is controlling a training facility here on the moon. As I’m driving along just shooting at the moon (which I blow chunks of the moon up into the air, love that detail) I come across some rocket turrets used by the Alliance. I realize that the VI is probably controlling them. I take them out no problem and I enter a building underneath the turret.
PART 2: Apples to Apples - Dust to Dust
I enter this building and notice a feint but creepy song playing in the background. It gives me a haunting feeling. I check my journal to see what I’m supposed to do, I am to eliminate the conduits in each core. I’m in one of the three cores and there are eight conduits in each core. There are also Power Junctions that I destroy along the way. I guess they help out in the fights, but not much. Speaking of which I head through a door and there are droids everywhere. There are Advanced Assault Drones and Advances Rocket Drones. They are quite viscious in their attacks. The Rocket Drones easily snuck behind me and one shot me. With this in mind I figure that the best place to hide would be in the hallway before entering this room full of drones and pick off as many as I can from there. This works out well.
I get to the room with the conduits and when I destroy the first one, I am informed that a toxic gas has been unleashed. This does not affect my squad since we needed oxygen to be on the moon anyways. I elminate the rest of the conduits in this core and move onto the next one.
I should note that I’m not sure if I should be here this early. I am picking up levels quickly and am getting a lot of cool upgrades for my weapons and armor. I am sad though, because I have met other VI’s already and I was hoping to meet the VI causing the problems here, but alas nothing. Not even a voice in the background all GLaDOS style. Just going to each core and killing drones along the way. When I destroy the conduits at the second core though the VI throws up some barriers… which I can one shot with Helga.
PART 3: Third Core and For Something Completely Different
I get to the third core and just like the last two times this one is no different. Kaidan runs in like a fool and does some heavy damage to the drones, but dies quickly. Liara hangs back with me and gets stuck on the wall and blasted by a Rocket Drone and disappears. Yeah she just disappeared. I thought she might respawn next to me if I got far enough away, but no she disappeared. She still shows up on the radar in the spot I left her, but she just completely disappeared. I don’t know what happened or even how it happened. I get to the next set of four conduits and destroy them, which ups the drone security next to the other four conduits. Kaidan starts shooting at nothing, everybody is losing their minds, the drones can’t fly straight, Liara is just gone and I don’t know what’s going on anymore.
Kaidan and I take out the rest of the drones and I take out the remaining four conduits. I figure once I return to the moon, Liara would respawn outside the building. That would be a no. She doesn’t respawn. This has me a bit worried now. I check my journal to see if I finished this assignment and I did. I jump onto the Normandy, load out my squad’s equipment and save my game.
END OF CHAPTER
This was rather short, but I’m not really complaining. I feel that some missions and/or assignments will be long and some will be short. I’m just rolling on the river at this point. I didn’t go check the medical bay where Liara is supposed to be to make sure she made it onto the Normandy. I will be afraid if she’s not there. There’s not much point in doing a Captain’s Log here, so I guess I’ll leave a question then.
Where should I go next — Noveria or Virmire?
Before we begin I thought some of you might want a little music to read these by. I am working on getting some sort of theme up, but until then enjoy the following track.
Now onto the journal!
NORMANDY CAPTAIN’S LOG
CAPTAIN’S LOG III: A Normal Normandy (or Hot In The City)
PART 1: Introversion, Family, and Mad Scientists
After our ordeal on Feros I decide to question my crew on the mission among other things. Joker wasn’t pleased with zombie possessed colonists banging on the ship, I get the feeling he loves this ship more than the crew on it. Kaidan seems to be having some problems with his L2 unit. I think he needs some fresh air, so I’ll be taking him with me on my next mission. Kaidan tells me about his past a bit, about Conatix and a turian named Commander Vyrnus. They were both part of an experiment at Jump Zero. Kaidan feels bad about what happened at Feros. He has a cousin who could possibly get shipments to the people there which is good.
Garrus and I have an interesting conversation. A strange incident that happened while he was a part of C-Sec. Garrus had a run in with a Salarian geneticist named Dr. Saleon. There were suspicions of him due to an influx of organs being transported through the black market. He was working with a turian who had apparently lost his liver, although when Garrus questioned him, he swore he never lost his liver. They went to the lab, but found no evidence whatsoever. When Garrus was interviewing a detainee, the detainee started to bleed profusely. They found out that Dr. Saleon was cloning organs, but that they organs were being cloned inside the people, where you couldn’t see them. He was using them as test tubes. When C-Sec got this evidence they went after him. Dr. Saleon ran, blew up the lab, took some workers and some hostages. He said if C-Sec fired upon him he would kill the hostages. Garrus believes they should have shot him down, maybe the hostages live maybe not, by letting him go the hostages were as good as dead, he just would have used them as test tubes. I want to find this sick son-of-a-bitch so I ask Garrus if he knew where he went. Garrus got a lead about him changing his name to Dr. Heart and might know where his ship is. If I go after him I am to take Garrus with me.
I catch Ashley in a conversation with one of her sisters. Ashley starts to talk to me about her sister, her family, her service. She believes her father is with God and asks if I believe in God. I pick the middle ground and state that people have the right to believe in whatever they want to believe.
I catch up with Wrex who tells me about his people, his father who he hated for constantly wanting to fight. Wrex also tells me that he killed his father and that his grandfather wants him to get their family armor. Someone by the name of Tonn Actus has it I am to find them. If I do I am to take Wrex with me.
Last but not least I talk to Liara. She tells me that her mother Matriarch Benezia likes to look to the future, while she likes to look to the past. She likes to research alone and to be alone for the most part. She has the tendencies of an introvert. I connect quite a bit with Liara in someway.
I decide to make my way to the Galaxy Map to head to the Citadel, when The Council calls me. They tell me that there is a signal from Virmire. They sent a Special Tasks Group (green berets in this universe) out to look for Saren as well and they have found something of interest at Virmire and that I am to go there. I am also contacted by an Admiral Hackett who wants me to go to Earth’s Moon and help out with a rogue VI. With all this I decide to go to the Citadel.
PART 2: Easter Eggs and Mission Logs
I arrive at the Citadel and I start off by looking for the Keepers that I didn’t scan my first time at the Citadel. I also clean up a few short missions here and there. While looking for the rest of these Keepers I pick up more missions along the way.
One where I am helping Dr. Michel from my first visit to the Citadel once again. She’s being blackmailed, I learn that the person blackmailing her is a man named Banes. I go ask Captain Anderson about it and he tells me to ask an Admiral located in the Citadel Tower. I go there and his squad is missing, turns out he’s missing in the same place that Banes is supposedly at. Perhaps a coincidence?
I find a club that I was surprised that I didn’t come across before called Flux. It is ran by a Volus named Doran. I love this Volus. A woman named Rita works there and her sister is working as an undercover agent at Chora’s Den, which is highly dangerous. A Turian from C-Sec informs me to meet him later at C-Sec. When I get there I am called an idiot for almost blowing her cover. I get her out of this deal though in exchange for helping C-Sec. After I solve his problem I go back to tell Rita the good news and it seems a Salarian is being thrown out for cheating at the equivalent of a slot machine there called quasars. This Salarian’s name is Schells, which I’m guessing is a play on shell games and how the ones hosting that game would cheat. Schells has a device that will find out how many times you win and lose and can help you cheat to win. He wants me to collect data on it to perfect it. He gives me the device and I agree to help him. I notice though that Doran is near the quasar machines, he’s a good Volus and his club is cleaner and more attractive than Chora’s Den, I couldn’t do this to the guy so I hand over the device to him and tell him that Schell gave it to me. He thanks me and gives me a good payment.
As I continue onward throughout the Citadel I help some more people in dilemmas of their own, gather coordinates for other outside missions and I move on. I run into one man named Lieutenant Zabaleta, he wants 20 credits to eat and says he once worked with my mother on the ship Einstein. I give him the credits and go along my way. When I get back to the ship and contact my mother named Hannah Shepard who serves as executive officer on the Alliance dreadnought SSV Kilimanjaro (which I freaking love the name of that ship). She tells me to go talk to him and see if I can get him to go to the Veteran’s Affairs Office for help. I intend to do this before going on my next mission. Speaking of which…
That is where we end this Captain’s Log. My next trip will be a side-quest to the Local Cluster to Earth’s Moon to deal with this rogue VI that is causing trouble. Why? Because I have never gone to the moon in a video game legitimately, so this is gonna be exciting!
This is Captain Dohn Shepard signing out.