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A distress signal from a shipwreck on planet Gei Hinnom (Sheol System, Hades Nexus) matches known quarian signatures. The distress signal was categorized as "extremely urgent."

Acquisition Edit

Scanning the planet Gei Hinnom will reveal the presence of a crashed quarian ship and of an activated distress beacon.

Scanning the planet will yield the following text:

“Surface scans show evidence of a shipwreck meeting quarian design specifications. Identity of ship unknown. Number of life signs detected in vicinity uncertain. Local wildlife may interfere with accuracy of biological scan.”

Preparation Edit

You will be facing only varren on this mission, but a lot of them, and in a situation where you must defend an extremely weak quarian. Factors you should weigh when choosing squadmates and powers include the ability to deal damage quickly to organic targets and on higher difficulty levels the ability to strip armor. Incinerate and Warp work well in this regard, particularly when wielded by your squadmates as they hit instantly and avoid the tendency to curve around and miss fast-moving varren. The Incineration Blast evolution of the former can be especially useful for creating an area-of-effect kill zone and for last-ditch defense around the quarian.

Ammo powers effective against armor, i.e. Armor-Piercing Ammo, Incendiary Ammo, or Warp Ammo, should also be considered.

In terms of weapon choice, you may wish to equip Shepard with a high-powered shotgun such as the Heavy Claymore or for easier aiming the Geth Plasma Shotgun. An upgraded Vindicator Battle Rifle also works well on Insanity with an ammo power equipped to burn through the varren's armour.

WalkthroughEdit

Gei hinnom - varren scavengers
Upon landing, it is clear that the quarian survivors have been attacked by an endemic predator. The journal updates and tells you to search for any survivor of the crash that is still alive. Before moving on to the next area, you can search the containers of the camp for palladium and a med-kit, and read logs from a computer.

Follow the blood trail out of the camp to find an injured quarian female in need of stabilising. You will need to hold on and defend her against the varren attacks until your shuttle arrives. You can finish the assignment as soon as it lands by running up to it and pressing the action button, or you can wait and finish off the remaining varren (there is a finite number of them). If you finish the mission while there are varren remaining, they may interfere with the final animation sequence.

Gei hinnom - forzan vas idenna
Note that the varren have the tendency to ignore you and head straight for the quarian survivor, so make sure to shoot the closest ones to her as she has limited health. They will come from all directions, even behind the rock wall next to the survivor. You can use the explosive containment units littered across the ground to repel some of the varren. There is also some cover provided, though using it does more harm than good as it adds additional delay when firing (and varren do not use firearms anyway). The cover is also located quite far from the quarian.

The straightforward strategy of bringing your entire group a bit forward of the quarian such that any varren have to pass through your combined and concentrated firepower works well. Another strategy involves placing your squad members at each of the first two holes on the right. You take care of the varren from the two left holes with your weapon of choice until all the varren are killed.

For the heavy-weapons inclined, an effective if expensive strategy for defeating the varren is to park your companions on top of the quarian survivor, step off to the side toward the original camp and use a high-ammo heavy weapon (like the Collector Particle Beam) to vaporize attacking creatures. The Grenade Launcher's area blast is likewise effective.

On higher difficulty levels be sure to make full use of armor-stripping abilities such as Warp and Incinerate. If you have the area-of-effect evolution of Incinerate, you can try to activate it when varren arriving from several directions all reach the center for maximum effect. Overload can be used to detonate the explosive containers in the center of the field at key moments.

Vanguard Tip: Use Charge to move quickly from varren to varren, eliminating or weakening them before they get close enough to become a threat to the quarian.

Pilot's Log Edit

Lt. Forzan vas Idenna recorded several logs while on the planet.

Commence Pilot's Record

We managed to escape the geth's notice thanks to some clever work in silencing Cyniad's engines, but the strain on the old ship was too much. The best we can hope for is to find a friendly spot somewhere in the Sheol system. Our reports show that that isn't extremely likely. We were nervous scouting this close to the Perseus Veil, and we were right to be. At this point, I'm afraid we might never see the Fleet again. With everything the Cyniad has been through, it seems like an ignoble end.

The First Few Hours

The landing was rough, be we managed to salvage from the wreckage the things we'd need to survive. Unfortunately, Lieutenant Commander Gorlat didn't make it, leaving me the senior officer in charge. We've scouted the landscape and found the planet to be extremely hostile. We don't dare remove our environment suits here. We're all hoping to be rescued before there's any danger of exposure.

Missing Survivors

I don't know who or what is taking them, but we've now lost more than half the crew who survived the crash. We hoped to build a camp here, to survive until the Idenna found our beacon. But something is hunting us. I have to keep the crew together the best I can. We will send out a search party when the day comes. I will find my crew, and we will do whatever it takes to return to the Idenna.

E-MailEdit

Commander Shepard will receive the following e-mail, from Captain Ysin'Mal vas Idenna, after completing this assignment:

The Cyniad -- Thank you

From: Captain Ysin'Mal vas Idenna

Commander Shepard:

Please accept my sincere appreciation for your efforts in locating the wreckage of the Cyniad. That ship has a storied history with both the Migrant Fleet and Cerberus, and we are pleased to know that her wreckage can be salvaged by my people.

In finding and stabilizing Lieutenant Forzan, you have returned to the flotilla one of her newest and most honored heroes. Your efforts in furthering the quarian search for a new homeworld will be remembered.

TriviaEdit

  • As with Sinmara, another planet with an associated assignment, there is inconsistency between the planet description and the actual surface: Gei Hinnom is described as "tidally locked" and "almost atmosphereless", but upon landing it appears to be a lush garden world.
  • The quarian ships Idenna and Cyniad play major roles in the story of Mass Effect: Ascension.

Mission SummaryEdit

Found and extracted quarian survivor. Notified Idenna of Cyniad scout ship location.

  • Experience reward: 125 (156)
  • Credits: 7,500
    • Cerberus Funding: 7,500
  • Minerals:
    • Palladium: 2,000

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