First murder

Initiative personnel Nilken Rensus has been convicted of murder, but it may be a mistake. Investigate all the details to discern the truth.

Acquisition Edit

Speak with the turian named Mariette located in the Militia Office in the Nexus and agree to help her investigate the possible wrongful conviction of her husband to begin this mission.

Walkthrough Edit

Mariette is distressed that her husband has been sentenced to exile for a murder she believes he is not guilty of committing. Believed to be the first murder in the Andromeda galaxy, Nilken was sentenced to exile, but Mariette can't believe he killed his friend Reynolds.
Nilken in cell

Speak with the Prison Guard Edit

Sergeant Aker is a turian security guard located across the atrium from Mariette near the prison cell where Nilken is confined. Speak to him and he'll introduce you to his prisoner. Nilken will explain that he argued with Reynolds while they were stationed together during a field colonization attempt of Eos. Shortly after the argument, Nilken may have accidently shot Reynolds, mistaking him for kett during a limited visibility attack. Nilken mentions that there is a recording of the argument and recommends that Ryder listen to it.

Speak with Kandros Edit

Rdyer will have to get permission from the security chief, Tiran Kandros, before they can listen to the recording. Speaking to Kandros, he will reaffirm the suspected guilt of Nilken but offers Ryder the chance to evaluate the evidence by interviewing a witness and listening to a recording.

Optional: Playback Recording Edit

Although optional, listen to the recording first. It doesn't leave much to the imagination; it certainly seems as though Nilken was willing to do whatever it took to evacuate Eos rather than counterattack the kett.

Speak with Witness Shaw Edit

Cassidy Shaw is located on the Nexus bridge, speak to her. She'll ask if you've listened to the recording and explain that she was the one that separated Nilken and Reynolds when they fought right before Reynolds died. Shaw tells the story similarly to how Nilken described it, leaving little room for a defense. At the end of the conversation, Shaw mentions that Reynolds' body was never recovered, leaving an important piece of evidence un-examined.

Speak with Tann Edit

Tann wouldn't authorize an extraction of Reynolds' body for examination during the murder trial, claiming it was too dangerous to return to Eos to retrieve the body. Speak to Tann and Ryder will convince him that it's worth the risk of sending the Pathfinder team to locate and retrieve the body. The coordinates of the remains are added to your map.

Investigate Murder Evidence Edit

Travel to Eos to find the body. It is outside of the radiation shielding, so you cannot walk there. First, you must Activate the Relay Station and find a vehicle. Once you have the Nomad, drive to the mission marker. You will come upon pieces of Reynolds' armor. Scan it, then continue following the trail until you end up at a Kaerkyn nest inside a cave. Take out the threat, then explore the cave to find Reynolds' omni-tool with a recording. Examination of the remains shows that a shot with an Initiative rifle missed Reynolds from the front, while a kett successfully shot the chief from behind. However, the audio log reveals that Nilken shot with the intent to kill.

Confront Nilken Edit

Return to the Nexus to inform Nilken of your findings. He's relieved that his shot didn't kill Reynolds, and believes that exonerates him of the charge. Whatever your response, you'll need to report to Tann.

Speak with Tann Edit

Updating Tann of the evidence, he gives you the choice of what to do: maintain Nilken's guilty verdict as a murderer and exile him, or declare him innocent of the crime and release him. Make your decision to complete the mission.


530 xp (is not showed on the screen).

Trivia Edit

If you chose to release Nilken, you can find him and Mariette in the prison cell area. Talking to them, Ryder will warn Nilken to behave in the future. Mariette asks what that means, and Nilken says they will talk later. Some time later, Nilken can be found in the cryo bay, requesting to be put back in stasis; after Mariette found out the truth, she left him, and everyone still treats him as a murderer, so he hopes to sleep until things have blown over.

If Nilken was exiled, he can be found in the Kadara slums, in the lower level of Tartarus. Nilken still believes himself innocent. However, since Nilken was honest with Mariette on this path, she has decided to stay with him, and they are actually happy living among the exiles.

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