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.”
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 valuable resources and read logs from a computer.
Heading on to the next part of the level, you will find an injured quarian female in need of rescuing. 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.
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); it is also located quite far from the quarian.Collector Particle Beam) to vaporize attacking creatures. An upgraded Vindicator Battle Rifle also works well on Insanity with incendiary ammo to burn through the varren's armour.
Another is to use Squad Incendiary Ammo and place your squad members at each of the first two holes on the right. You take care of the varren from the left 2 holes with a sniper rifle or the grenade launcher until all the varren are killed.
Another useful strategy on the harder difficulties is to have two teammates who can use the Warp ability, such as Thane and Miranda, to quickly take down enemy armor. In addition, Shepard can use a high powered shotgun to finish them off. For Vanguards, this can be extremely effective, seeing as how that class can use the Heavy Claymore shotgun. One direct hit usually defeats a varren. Also, the Vanguard can use the Biotic Charge ability to move quickly around the area, eliminating or weakening enemies 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.
Commander Shepard will receive the following e-mail, from Captain Ysin'Mal vas Idenna, after completing this assignment:
The Cyniad -- Thank you
- Much like the planet Sinmara, another planet with an Assignment associated with it, 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.
Found and extracted quarian survivor. Notified Idenna of Cyniad scout ship location.
- Experience reward: 125 (156)
- Credits: 7,500
- Cerberus Funding: 7,500
- Palladium: 2,000