This mission is acquired as part of the mission on Ilos.
The Archives EditProtheans probably were trying to stay alive that way.
When you reach the next ramp down you encounter the first sign of enemy presence in the bunker, some of Saren’s rear guard, mainly Geth Rocket Troopers, but only three of them. Because of this just drive the Mako up and take them out on foot. Remember the exp difference from inside the Mako and on foot. When the geth are destroyed, keep heading down the ramps. When you reach the next landing, you'll see a shimmering at the far end, and a twist from the generic Mako run.
When you get close, the Mako becomes trapped by another forcefield that comes up behind the vehicle. Don’t try to shoot your way out because you can’t. One of your squadmates will comment about it being a trap, however the other will counter that it probably isn’t Saren or the geth. Exit the Mako and head into the elevator that is along the right wall.
The Watcher Edithologram.
It comments that while you aren’t Prothean or machine, you were "expected". It talks about the warnings from the beacons. One of your squadmates will comment that it is a badly damaged VI. The program counters that it doesn’t sense the taint of indoctrination upon any of the squad, unlike the other, Saren who also passed recently, so there is still hope. The other squadmate will ask why they can understand it even though it is Prothean. The hologram says that it was monitoring communications and translated its output so it could communicate. It introduces itself as Vigil and comments that while you are currently safe, nowhere will be for long.Ksad Ishan the chief researcher at the Ilos facility. When you ask why it stopped the Mako, Vigil will say that the cycle must be broken, as it has gone on for millions of years. Vigil however needs the squad to understand so they can avoid making the same mistakes. It tells how the Citadel is really an enormous Mass Relay and a huge trap. When the relay is activated the Reapers come through from Dark Space and destroy all organic civilization in the galaxy before disappearing again. If you investigate then you will get some guesses on why the Reapers operate the way they do however no one knows why.
After responding, Vigil will confirm the fears about the Citadel Fleet and the Council and that is what happened with the Protheans. Their leaders were dead before anyone knew what was happening. Because the Reapers had access to all the maps and census data on the Protheans, they went systematically and wiped out their civilization. Colonies were isolated and picked off one by one and indoctrinated “refugees” were taken in by other Protheans only to have them turn on their own people when the Reapers showed up.Conduit is a prototype mass relay and that it links to the Citadel, bypassing defenses. The Protheans were on the verge of unlocking the technology when the Reapers invaded. When you ask, Vigil will give the story behind how Ilos survived because all records of the project were destroyed in the initial attack so the Reapers had no knowledge of the planet. They went into cryostasis and eventually the facility went dark. However as the power failed, Vigil eventually had to deactivate the pods and even when the Reapers finally retreated, only the top researchers were still alive, all twelve of them. You can comment about that, but Vigil defends its actions.
Further investigation reveals the scientists knew their race was doomed however they labored for years to stop the cycle. They found a way to alter the signals from the Citadel to the keepers to prevent them from activating the relay. They used the Conduit to travel to the Citadel and thus preventing Sovereign from signaling the keepers. Vigil, if asked describes that their fate, trapped on the station, probably wasn’t pleasant.
Before you leave, Vigil gives you a file that temporarily will give full access to the Citadel and its resources. However you must find the Master Control Terminal to get that access. Vigil says to follow Saren as he knows where to go. As you leave, if Liara is in your party she will ask to stay because they will probably never have another chance like this. You can either stay and ask Vigil more questions or go and she will understand either way. When you do leave, Vigil gives you one last beacon of hope: Saren hasn’t reached the conduit yet and therefore Shepard still has time.
Trench Run Edit
When you reach the bottom of the ramps there are three Rocket Troopers that are around the entrance to the trench run. Take them out and then take a left and head into the trench. Move along the trench until you reach the first turn. This area is defended by a lot of geth, mainly Geth Shock Troopers, Rocket Troopers, a Geth Juggernaut and a Geth Colossus.
- Before turning the corner and exposing yourself to fire from the Colossus you can separately engage and take out some of the smaller geth whether you do so from in the Mako or outside it.
- After turning the corner you will see a second nearby group of geth who can often be lured back down the corridor with you to be dealt with away from the Colossus.
- You can now safely blow away the remaining small geth using the Mako's heavy gun if you're willing to give up the rather insignificant-by-this-point-in-the-game amount of experience they'd provide if you killed them without the Mako.
- Finally the Colossus can be whittled down with the classic method of turning the Mako sideways and rocking it back and forth to avoid projectiles. At the last moment you can get out of the Mako and kill the Colossus on foot for some bonus experience.
Before moving on, get the Mako’s shields to full strength (even though this can be a tiresome wait) and fully repair the Mako because if you don’t then you will probably die. As you move forward you are treated to your squadmates commenting on the Conduit and how getting to it will not be easy.
Note: Do NOT be lulled to sleep or put down your controller/mouse during the upcoming cutscene, as you will be in a timed combat sequence immediately following.
The cutscene shows the geth and Sovereign attacking the Citadel. The attack opens with a massive volley by the Reaper forces that hits the Citadel Fleet and does a lot of damage. However the Citadel Forces counter attack and attempt to, and fail to close the Citadel Arms. The commander of the Destiny Ascension orders the evacuation of the Council. The scene shifts to the Presidium where a geth throws a body of an asari aside and Saren and the geth enter the elevator for the Citadel Tower and the Council Chambers.Warning: Attempting to enter the Conduit on foot for whatever reason will result in instant death.
Tip: It is possible to take out 2 of the 4 Colossi before you start the cutscene. One is to the right of the bottom of the ramp and the other is to the far left. Look for the faint blue lights. You can double zoom your sight to make it easier to see over the lip of the canyon.
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