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Khalisah al-Jilani
Human News Reporter
Voice Actor
April Banigan
Mass Effect
Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect 3
Khalisah Bint Sinan al-Jilani is a human Westerlund News reporter.

Mass Effect Edit

Al-Jilani appears at the C-Sec Academy on the Citadel, asking Commander Shepard for an interview. If Shepard agrees to the interview, al-Jilani's questions begin cordially, but gradually become more hostile. It soon becomes apparent that she is appealing to popular human opinion; she is critical of the Citadel Council, believing it treats humanity as a "poor relation".

Al-Jilani asks Shepard if the Normandy has effectively been handed over to the Citadel, if the Council has been asking Shepard to put the Citadel's requests above humanity's needs, and - if Shepard has just returned from Noveria - whether the Commander was specifically asked to sabotage Peak 15, which she describes as a human research station. She will also ask about Feros if Shepard has just returned from there. Al-Jilani pushes for answers that will 'prove' Shepard is a shill for the Council and becomes irritated if she does not receive them.

Shepard can answer al-Jilani's questions in several ways. The Commander can choose to answer diplomatically, which annoys al-Jilani; conversely, she agrees with several aggressive answers, but still usually manages to include a snide remark in her responses. Eventually, Shepard can either calmly dismiss al-Jilani, realise she has an agenda and walk away - much to her annoyance - or, if she has particularly angered Shepard, punch her. Although Admiral Hackett will later disagree, Shepard can impress al-Jilani by answering her questions in ways that emphasize human independence and strength, with Shepard finishing the interview by saying, "Strong words. This is a good time for strong words."

When the Commander uses the Galaxy Map to travel to another system, Admiral Hackett will contact Shepard and describe what the response was on Earth to al-Jilani's interview. Also, a news report can be heard when travelling in a lift on the Citadel, remarking on Shepard's behaviour toward al-Jilani.

Mass Effect 2 Edit

Khalisah al-Jilani

Al-Jilani returns in 2185, in a far corner outside of the Dark Star Lounge on the Citadel. She again requests Shepard to conduct an interview, asking loaded questions, drawing irrelevant conclusions, and other logical fallacies about the Battle of the Citadel and the Commander's choice of saving the Council or leaving them to die, in order to show Shepard in a negative light regardless of their responses. Shepard can interrupt her by punching her in the face (she will have a black eye and other facial injuries afterward). If the Commander is patient and listens to the question, they can choose to charm the audience by saying that the sacrificed people are heroes (if the Council was sacrificed, Shepard will compare their background to humanity's past and note how the death of the Council allowed other species to excel) or they can intimidate her by responding that the audience and families of those sacrificed deserve better than her. Shepard can also simply walk away from her, without replying.

Mass Effect 3 Edit

In 2186, after Shepard returns to the Citadel to petition the Council's aid in retaking Earth, the Commander encounters al-Jilani the first time while visiting Commander Bailey's office. Al-Jilani demands an interview from Bailey, claiming the Council is promoting anti-human propaganda. Later, she confronts the Commander outside the Embassies, criticizing Shepard for abandoning Earth while countless innocents die. Shepard can attempt to punch her, which she will dodge. If she was punched both times when the Commander met her previously, she will declare "not this time you military thug!". The Commander can then headbutt al-Jilani and admonish her for her attempt at yet another slandering report as she falls unconscious. She lies unconscious on the floor for the remainder of Shepard's current visit to the Citadel. Should the Commander not headbutt her, al-Jilani will knock the Commander on the floor with an uppercut.

If Shepard does not punch al-Jilani, the Commander can convince her that they are doing the right thing and ask for her assistance. Shepard tells her that they need all the help they can get, asking her to stay on the Citadel to keep asking the tough questions. She promises to do so. Before walking away, al-Jilani reflects on her prior interactions with Shepard, either calling the Commander a violent thug or saying that the two of them have not always seen eye-to-eye depending if they punched her before or not. If Shepard never met her before, she says she hasn't always spoken kindly of the military. Whatever the case, she is glad Shepard is on humanity's side.

If Shepard elects not to goad or encourage al-Jilani, the Commander will tell her to "get some help" and walk away from the interview.

During the Citadel coup attempt, al-Jilani uses a Westerlund News van to broadcast an alert requesting C-Sec reinforcements at the station's communication towers.

Mass Effect 3: CitadelEdit

Shepard can listen to al-Jilani's unfinished interview with Admiral David Anderson for the Alliance News Network, which was recorded before the Reaper War began, inside Anderson's Personal Apartment. She asks Anderson about his experience training in the N7 program and his opinion on what qualities good leaders possess. Al-Jilani notes that the remainder of the interview, which was cut short due to the Reaper attack on Earth, would have focused on personal questions about Anderson's life. She dedicates her show to the soldiers fighting the Reaper invasion and concludes by expressing her hope that Anderson and all those under his command will survive the war.

Her name can be seen on the Armax Arsenal Arena scoreboard on the Silversun Strip, as well as among the high scores for Shattered Eezo at the Castle Arcade.

Trivia Edit

  • The Shadow Broker's archive contains several video records of her.
  • Her name, Khalisah (Arabic, خليصة بنت سنان الجيلاني), means "sincere" or "pure", both of which are ironic contradictions to her occupation as a slandering reporter.

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