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“Stay strong and clear!”

Jaal Ama Darav is a native of the Andromeda galaxy. At some point after the arrival of the Andromeda Initiative in their corner of the universe, Jaal joins forces with the human Pathfinder Ryder and their team.

Jaal comes from a famous angara family and is a high-ranking member of the angara resistance against the kett. He joins Ryder's team as an observer for the resistance because the angara are wary of the intentions of new species after the kett invaded the Heleus Cluster.[3]

Jaal is a potential romantic interest for a Ryder of either gender.

Mass Effect: Andromeda Edit

When Pathfinder Ryder makes first contact with the angara in search of Aya's Remnant vault, Jaal volunteered to join the Tempest crew as an observer, though Evfra warned Jaal to be prepared if the human decided to kill him.

After Ryder gained Evfra's trust, Jaal joins the squad to infiltrate the kett facility on Voeld where the Moshae Sjefa was being held, where he discovered the truth of exaltation.

Jaal brings up the Roekaar with the Pathfinder and described how they were founded. Knowing that the Roekaar would have to be dealt with sooner or later, Jaal suggested making contact with the Roekaar leader, Akksul, through a friend of the latter's, Thaldyr. When they arrive on Havarl, they find Thaldyr's sanctuary besieged by kett. After clearing out the hostiles, they find that Thaldyr had committed self-inflicted injuries to herself to avoid capture by the kett. After she expired, Jaal lamented that Akksul used her devotion to him to spread. Reluctantly, Jaal reached out to the Moshae to secure a meeting between Ryder and Akksul.

After Ryder thwarted the Roekaar's attack on Eos, Akksul sent a message to the Tempest, labeling Jaal a fool for siding with aliens ahead of his own people. Jaal noted that Akksul sought to provoke them into reacting recklessly and advised against obliging him.

Loyalty Edit

Three of Jaal's siblings, Teviint, Lathoul and Baranjj have run off to join the Roekaar. Jaal's mothers ask that he brings them back. Traveling to the Forge, the ancestral birthplace of the angara on Havarl, Jaal is puzzled to discover that the Roekaar had forced the civilian scientists out. Eventually, they run into his siblings, who open fire on the squad, before Jaal called to them to cease fire. After punching Baranjj twice in the face before hugging him, Jaal tried to convince his siblings to abandon the Roekaar, introducing them to Ryder to prove that Akksul was wrong. Lathoul saw reason and revealed that Akksul planned to destroy the Forge with explosive stolen from the Initiative to further demonize aliens, before being shot in the back by Teviint, though not fatally.

After disarming the bombs, Teviint came running to Jaal, believing she had killed Lathoul before being told otherwise, before speaking her desire to leave the Roekaar. Akksul then showed up and attempted a grandstanding speech before his followers. Jaal countered his views, citing how Ryder made their worlds habitable and how the human rescued their beloved Moshae. Akksul then raised a gun to his face, labeling him a traitor. If Ryder shoots Akksul first, it will only embolden the Roekaar. Otherwise, Akksul will scar Jaal's right cheek, causing his followers to disband.

Romance Edit

“You make my heart sing.”

When he first joins the team, he's quite distrustful of Ryder and will give almost no information about himself. His romance is also unique in the way that you have to become friends with him before having the option to flirt. The conversation icon with 'two people standing next to each other' indicates trying to have a better relationship with him. This icon will eventually turn into the usual heart icon once you've established a better trust with him. If Ryder's 'friended' him and flirted with him at every opportunity that they get, at one point he can be asked if he's interested to get to know each other better and he'll agree, claiming that it would be a privilege to get to know a person such as Ryder better.

After you complete his loyalty mission (and checking your email), he'll take you to meet his family. You'll meet his true mother, Sahuna, and will be given the option to hug her. Take it. She'll tell Ryder a few things about Jaal, embarrassing him, and then leave for a meeting. Next, he'll show the place he spent most of his childhood days, which is packed with his family members at the time, and lead Ryder to his room, his "tiny sanctuary". He'll show them some schematics of a weapon he received from his aunt when he was seven and the remains(?) of a pet that he had. After showing Ryder these items, he'll say that he never shows anyone these things and tells Ryder that he wants them to be together. If you accept, he and Ryder will share a kiss and he will show you a project he did long ago. He will express his wish to complete the project, saying that it is just one more thing that he wishes to take apart and figure out, and that he now has someone to do it with.

Later he will send you an email saying he has a special place he want to show you on Aya and this is the place where things get steamy but also where you get the option to profess your love for Jaal.

Correspondence Edit

First email once Jaal has joined the Tempest.

Communication from Jaal Ama Darav
To: Ryder
From: Jaal

Pathfinder Ryder,

A manifest of items that I have brought aboard your ship, the Tempest:

1) Blankets and bedding in the event your unfamiliar alien bedding is insufficient or uncomfortable.
2) A small number of personal projects; these are bits and pieces of angaran tech and weaponry.
3) Twenty-five jugs of nourishment paste. This will need to be replenished regularly.
4) Armor, including my two Rofjinn [unknown: alt: cape; suspenders] and equipment to repair them.
5) Vials of salves, creams, and perfumes. I can provide your science officer with a list of ingredients if that is required.

I've also brought my personal weapon, a kett rifle. I've been issued an "omni-tool," which I am currently calibrating.

I hope that this list is compliant.

Received after completing A Dying Planet.

Communication from Jaal
To: Ryder
From: Jaal

Pathfinder Ryder of the Human Initiative:

I've heard privately from Evfra, the leader of our Resistance. He's very impressed that we were able to help our scientists on Havarl, and I've made sure that he knows that you played a key role.

Maybe he's already said these things to you, but if I know Evfra, he probably hasn't.

As for me, I've learned a lot about trust--being on this team, letting myself be open to trusting you and the others. I've learned that trust is more of a feeling than a science. And it seems like it is a universal truth. Universal. Get it?

I'll try to be even more trustful in the future. This assignment might change my life.

Good-night,
Jaal

Received after completing A Trail of Hope.

Communication from Jaal
Ryder,

The Moshae sent some news from Aya that she asked me to share with you.

Under her guidance, officials are again allowing study in the Aya vault. It comes with great risk, of course, so she's restricting participation to her brightest students, under armed guard. Although she doesn't have your ability to interface with the Remnant, she wants to be ready to assist you--however she can--once Meridian is found.

These are interesting and exciting times.
Jaal

Received after the gifts conversation.

Non-Work-Related Email from Jaal
To: Ryder
From: Jaal

Ryder,

I told Liam and Peebee and Lexi a children's story that the mothers used to tell us when we were small. It's from our oral history of the time before the Scourge. The crew said I should write it down so that it can be added to the cultural center on the Nexus.

The Wayward Child
Long ago, there was a child who was very stubborn and wouldn't listen to any wisdom--not from her father, nor her many mothers. One day, seeking adventure, she snuck aboard a spaceship with an unknown destination. That child was brave to seek adventure; however, she ended up getting spaced with a load of garbage. Deservedly, she froze in the cold vacuum of space and died. The End.

I don't know why the crew enjoyed it; it's a terrible story meant to scare youngsters into obedience. Is this a novelty to your people? If so, how do you humans keep children from hurting themselves?

Jaal

Trivia Edit

  • According to Michael Gamble, Jaal's name in angaran means "guy with cloak which moves".[4]
  • Jaal used to have a pet kaerkyn named Alfit.
  • Jaal is 27 angaran years old.
  • In a conversation with the Moshae Sjefa, she reveals that Jaal sometimes talks in his sleep.
  • Originally, Jaal could only be romanced by female Ryder. Since patch 1.08, Jaal can now be romanced by either male or female Ryder.

References Edit

  1. MASS EFFECT: ANDROMEDA | Combat Profiles & Squads | Official Gameplay Series - Part 2
  2. https://twitter.com/CabLivingstone/status/840328033986789376
  3. Mass Effect: Andromeda - Introducing Jaal Your Angara Teammate (4K) - IGN First
  4. https://twitter.com/GambleMike/status/844054436133703681

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