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After returning to the Citadel for the first time after finding Liara, completing Feros, or completing Noveria, an Alliance admiral -- Rear Admiral Mikhailovich -- will be standing by the elevator to C-Sec, and he will accost Commander Shepard in passing. However, if the first return to the Citadel is only during the lockdown, the Admiral will not be there, making the assignment impossible to acquire and complete.
Mikhailovich is irritated that the Normandy was (in his opinion) handed over to the Citadel Council, when both the Normandy and Shepard were intended for the 63rd Scout Flotilla after their shakedown run. Though there's nothing he can do about it, Mikhailovich demands to make an inspection of the Normandy.Renegade points. Otherwise, Mikhailovich will make his inspection, then return to Shepard with a list of grievances, including:
- The Normandy's CIC is too far from the bow
- The stealth system isn't worth the cost of the element zero used in the Tantalus drive core
- There are alien crewmen on board, which is a risk to Alliance security.
Shepard has a choice of how to respond to each of these points, but only Charm or Intimidate will make much of a dent in Mikhailovich's negative opinions. You need at least a Charm/Intimidate score of 9 to answer all their associated dialogue trees. Different answers result in different rewards, varying from grenades to a codex entry, Starships: Carriers, and influence how positive or negative Mikhailovich's report to the Joint Military Chiefs will be.
Only 2 Renegade points can be gained from this mission, whether you completely refuse to allow the Admiral his inspection tour, or allow it and then take all possible Renegade conversation options. You will gain 2 Paragon points by allowing the Admiral to inspect the ship and taking every possible Paragon conversation option.