Scanning the planet will reveal this broadcast:
“Repeat: This is Lieutenant Forzan vas Idenna, pilot of the scout ship Cyniad. Request immediate assistance and-- STATIC”
Launching a probe at the anomaly 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 M-100 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.
Commander Shepard will receive the following e-mail, from Captain Ysin'Mal vas Idenna, after completing this assignment:
The Cyniad -- Thank You
- 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.
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